A Song for Today: August 2019

August 1:  We’re waiting for the sunlight… “Sara Smile” by Hall & OatesLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 2:  I’d be safe and warm… “California Dreamin'” written by John Phillips & Michelle Phillips and performed by The Mamas and The Papas. Happy Birthday and thanks for the song suggestion to Kevin Cazzetta.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 3:  Hope is my philosophy… “You Are The New Day” written by John David, arranged by Peter Knight and sung by The King’s Singers.  My birthday present to me is this song, one of my all-time favorites.   LYRICS  SPOTIFY

August 4:  Time keeps on slippin’… “Fly Like An Eagle” by the Steve Miller Band.   In honor of my grandfather, Abraham Jacob Klayman (I miss you).  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 5:   Say hey, hey, hey… “What’s Up?” written by Linda Perry and performed by 4 Non Blondes.  We had a chance to hear Linda Perry sing this at this year’s Newport Folk Festival.  Happy Birthday to Bobbi Essagof and Lisa Shaw!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 6:  Enough love to share… “A Life That’s Good” written by Ashley Monroe & Sarah Siskind and performed by Lennon & Maisy. Happy Birthday and thanks for the song suggestion to my wonderful sister-in-law Lisa Weitzman!  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

August 7:   Hot August night and the leaves hanging down… “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show” written & performed by Neil Diamond.  Thanks to Ann Mueller for the song suggestion.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 8:  Be still my foolish heart…  “Almost (Sweet Music)” by Hozier.  Happy Birthday to Jill Johnson Mann & Amy Kiester Leonard.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 9:  I don’t know why you love me like you do… “Take Me To The River” written by Al Green & Mabon “Teenie” Hodges and performed here by Al Green, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz & Sheryl Crow.  Sorry, no lyric video today because this performance was too fun to pass up.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 10:  It’s better to give than to receive… “Fight The Good Fight” written by Rik Emmett and performed by Triumph.  Happy Birthday to two of our favorite lawyers (and friends) who fight the good fight every day: Adam Wergeles & Josh Koskoff.  LYRICS   SPOTIFY

August 11:  You’re waiting patiently… “Casualty” by Lawrence and produced by Jon Bellion.  In honor of Lawrence‘s upcoming gig at the Blues & Views Festival in Westport, CT on Sunday, September 1st.  Check out the line-upbuy TICKETS and read about the Festival in Dan Woog’s 06680 daily blog.   LYRICS  SPOTIFY

August 12:  Am I some dancing Lancelot?  “Guinevere” (also known as “Lancelot’s Tune”) written by Robin Batteau and performed by Lucy KaplanskyLYRICS (under the screen)  SPOTIFY

August 13:  Alarmed by the seduction… “Tempted” written by Chris Difford and performed by Squeeze.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 14:  I wish I could be more like you… “Hard To Love” written by Billy Montana, John Ozier and Ben Glover and recorded by Lee Brice (listen for the influence of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” – SOTD on April 8, 2018).  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 15:  I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had…. “Come Sail Away” written by Dennis DeYoung and performed by Styx (who will be playing at the Levitt Pavilion tonight in Westport.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 16:  Don’t pay no mind to the demons… “Home” by Phillip PhillipsLYRICS & SONGFACTS  CHORDS  SPOTIFY

August 17:  The reason is plain as the moon… “Elmer’s Tune” written by Elmer AlbrechtDick Jurgens and Sammy Gallop and performed by The Andrews Sisters with Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra.  Thanks to Larry Sherman for singing daily and for the suggestion! xo  SONG HISTORY  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

August 18:  I’ve got a feeling we are on our way… “Peace Will Come” by Southern Avenue.  In just 13 days, this fabulous band will be at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport at the Blues & Views Festival.   Check out the whole line-upbuy TICKETS and read about the Festival in Dan Woog’s 06680 daily blog.  SPOTIFY

August 19:  Wherever you’re going, I’m going your way… “Moon River” by Henry Mancini and sung by Andy Williams in memory of Eileen Dietzel. With love… (Here’s a video of Audrey Hepburn singing the song with clips from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.)   LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 20:  Put it in your heart where tomorrow shines…  “Shiny Happy People” written by drummer Bill Berry, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist/backing vocalist Mike Mills, and lead vocalist Michael Stipe and performed by their band R.E.M. Happy Birthday (and thanks for the fun suggestion) to one of the happiest people I know, Jeanie Bacharach; you make the world a shinier place. ILY xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 21:  No, not just for some, but for everyone… “What The World Needs Now is Love” by Hal David & Burt Bacharach and sung by Jackie DeShannon. Happy Birthday and thanks for the song suggestion to my wonderful friend Susan Bamel Glickman.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 22:  Remember me…  “Movie” by Tom Misch (check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert).  Thanks to B. Propp for introducing me to this musician. xo  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

August 23:  I really love the things that you do… “You’re My Best Friend” written by bass player John Deacon and performed by Queen in honor of one of my very favorite couples, Dave & Marianne Harrison (with a special shout-out to Conor Carlucci & Hailey Strausser for inspiring me).  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 24:  The paddle wheel of my heart spins by the steam of you… “Dead To Me” by Taylor Ashton and Courtney Hartman.  Thanks to Eliza Rossman for the suggestion.  No lyric video today, but you can check out the lyrics here.   SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

August 25:  I only hear what I want to… “Stay” by Lisa Loeb.  Happy Birthday to Erica Messina; we wish you’d stay, but we know you have to go.  Enjoy your retirement; we will miss you. xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  CHORDS  SPOTIFY

August 26:  What you see is what she got… “Calypso Blues” written by Don George and Nat King Cole and sung here by Calypso Rose featuring Biga Ranx & Blundetto.   Thanks to Uncle Donny for the suggestion; it’s totally worth watching the Nat King Cole version, even though there are no lyrics.   LYRICS   SPOTIFY

August 27:  May your school year be filled with Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding… “Aquarius (Let The Sun Shine In)” is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by American R&B group The 5th Dimension.  Thanks to Dave Harrison for the great song suggestion.  And we’re back… (to school, that is!)  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 28:  Tell the moon to wait and the sun to linger…  “The Summer Knows” written by Michel Jean Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman and sung by Barbra Streisand especially for the Brooklyn birthday girls: Pam Sidman and Betsy Alton.  I’m also thinking about my dear Swinging ‘Gates and, especially, our swim across the lake last summer. xoxo   LYRICS   SPOTIFY

August 29:  Listen with intent… “Traveling With Friends” by Anders Osborne, the headliner for the CT Blues & Views Festival on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport, CT.    No lyric video today, but it’s easy to sing (and play) along with this link:  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

August 30:   Save me, if you please… “Crossroads” written and performed by Robert Johnson in 1936.  Tomorrow is the beginning of the CT Blues & Views Festival and, even though Robert Johnson can’t be there (he died in 1938) his legacy lives on in some of the most amazing musicians ever to grace the Levitt Pavilion stage. Check out the 2019 lineup.  LYRICS   SONG HISTORY   SPOTIFY

August 31:  Songs are like tatoos… “Blue” by Joni Mitchell.  No, it’s not the blues and, no, Joni isn’t performing at this weekend’s Blues & Views Festival in Westport, but this was the album we listened to on our second date and I’m so proud of Peter Propp & all the work he’s done with Bob LaRose and their team to put together the 12th annual Blues & Views Festival.  I love you… LYRICS  SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY