October 31: BOO! A double-header for Halloween (and I’m not talking baseball): “Ghost of John” and “Old Abram Brown” (by Benjamin Britten); these two songs can be sung together at the same time and it sounds especially eerie. As a bonus (as if gratuitous candy-eating isn’t enough), here’s “Old Abram Brown” with clips from the Moonrise Kingdom movie. SPOTIFY P.S. In 6 days, you must go out and VOTE, so don’t eat so much candy that you make yourself sick!
October 30: It’s just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right, with your hands on your hips, you bring your knees in tight… “Time Warp” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY P.S. DO NOT FALL INTO A TIME WARP NEXT TUESDAY: BE SURE TO VOTE!
October 28: You can hear the whistle blow… “500 Miles” written by Hedy West and performed by Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands from the movie “Inside Llewyn Davis”. Rosanne Cash said that this song is on a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” given to her by her father Johnny. It is also on the NAfME list of songs that all Americans should know. Happy Birthday to three fabulous people: Meg Pomeroy Hurdman, John Temple Swing & Tony Eccher and a big “I miss you” to Mariann VanZanten.
October 25: Take good care of yourself; you belong to me… “Button Up Your Overcoat” with music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by B.G. DeSylva and Lew Brown; it is sung here by Ruth Etting. (Here’s a karaoke version so that you can sing along.) Happy Birthday to Ann Wriedt Forbes who introduced me to this song! LYRICS SPOTIFY
October 24: Don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?… “Vienna” by Billy Joel. A belated happy birthday to Eileen Barreca; I’m glad our crazy children brought us together! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY
October 23: First night of Major League Baseball 2018 World Series – may the best team* win! “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer and sung by Edward Meeker in 1908. (*ok, ok, I’ll admit it: I come from a long line of Red Sox fans. Check out my Instagram page and you’ll know why…) LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY