A Song for Today: January 2021

January 1: Peace and love throughout the new year…“Ring In The New Year” by Alix & Anne Hermann, performed by me and produced by singdaily.com using the “Acapella” App from Mixcord. Subscribe at www.singdaily.com to get a song in your inbox each day. SING DAILY & STAY HEALTHY!

January 2:  Sing your own special song… Just to do your thing’s the hardest thing to do… “Make Your Own Kind of Music” by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and performed by Mama CassHere she is at the Hollywood Palace.  Thanks to Melissa Otten for the song suggestion! LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

January 3: They see the day beyond the horizon…“What Must Be Done” by Greg Greenway and performed by Greg & The Gettin’ Higher Choir. Thanks to Howard Dieno for the original footage. Karen Enegess for the song suggestion!  LYRICS & CHORDS

January 4:  My heart is beating so…“You Don’t Know Me” written by Cindy Walker based on a title and storyline given to her by Eddy Arnold and performed here by Ray Charles and Diana Krall.  Happy Birthday to my amazing husband Peter Propp who’s taught me so much about the art of life, love and the pursuit of happiness. This song has always been one of his favorites (and one of his favorite performers is Diana Krall’s husband Elvis Costello).  Happy Birthday, also, to Eliot Essagof!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

January 5:  I’m starting with me… “Man In The Mirror” by Siedah Garrett and Glen Ballard and performed by Michael Jackson.  Happy Birthday to Nahashon Ogutu and thanks to his son, Mannasses, aka “King” aka “Manny” for the song suggestion.  Happy birthday to Gina Lauricella and Richard Gabor, too! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

January 6:  Knowing you can always count on me for sure… “That’s What Friends Are For” by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager. It was first recorded in 1982 for the soundtrack of the film Night Shift, but it is better known for the 1985 cover version by Dionne WarwickElton JohnGladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. This recording, billed as being by “Dionne & Friends”, was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention. It was a massive hit, becoming the number-one single of 1986 in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. It raised over $3 million for its cause. Happy Birthday (and thanks for the song suggestion) to Sonya Lee Chung; Happy day, also, to Jackie Weiss!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

January 7:  Go jump in the lake… “Get Out Of This House” by Shawn Colvin.  Happy Birthday to Jim Kremens, Luke Rosenberg & Jim Hardy.  LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

January 8:  The Captain’s mind was not of greed… “The Wellerman”, a New Zealand folksong that dates back to the mid 19th century. This version is sung by The Longest Johns. Thanks to the Taft Family for the suggestion and Happy Birthday to Ricky Stevens.  LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

January 9:   How the winds are laughing… “Donna Donna” a traditional Israeli folk song sung by the birthday girl, Joan Baez! LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

January 10: Sing and and let people hear the words you long to say… You taught me how to love… “Everything I Own” by David Gates and Bread.  Happy Birthday to Bob Connelly! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

January 11:  I just can’t wait to grow out of this… “Kids In Coronavirus” by the Folman Family Band.  Thanks to Vanessa Folman for sharing!

January 12: Sing the common call… Shine my life like a light… “Let It Be Me” written by Emily Saliers and performed by Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers & Amy Ray) from their album Rites of Passage. Thanks to Carla Imperial for the song suggestion and happy birthday to Mona Takahashi Strick!  LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

January 13:  Stand before the lord of song… “Hallelujah” written and performed by Leonard Cohen for my uncle Sam Salzman on his birthday.  There are many versions of this song, but the original is my uncle’s favorite.  What’s yours?  LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY https://youtu.be/bVP52dC3jks

January 14:  Shine on us all… “Love Is The Answer” written by Todd Rundgren and performed by England Dan and John Ford Coley.  Happy Birthday today to Stacie Curran and happy belated birthday and thank you for the song suggestion to Rachel Fyffe.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  CHORDS  SPOTIFY https://youtu.be/SbfPJWL7ykc

January 15:  One man come in the name of love… “Pride (In The Name of Love)”  Bono and U2 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr (today is his real birthday).  Happy Day to Chris Chieppo.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

January 16:  Snow is cold, rain is wet… “Home Again” by Carole King from her 1971 album Tapestry.  Lyric video made for Jen Rago McCarthy’s birthday (happy belated and thanks for the song suggestion)!  https://youtu.be/JfIzuXehlWQ LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

January 17:   If we poison our children with hatred, then the hard life is all that they’ll know… “It’s A Hard Life Wherever You Go” by Nanci Griffith from her 1989 album StormsListen to Nanci sing the song in concert with Emmy Lou Harris in 1999.   LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

January 18:  Sing about peace all around the world… “Sing About Martin!” by “Miss Jackie” Silberg.  This is a GFS favorite.  Enjoy!

January 19:  ‘Tis the song the sigh of the weary… “Hard Times Come Again No More” by Stephen Foster and sung by Mavis Staples.  Today is the National Day of Racial Healing.  Happy belated birthday and thank you for the song suggestion to Elaine Camerota. Happy Birthday today to Jean Peterson Ashmore. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

January 20:  Let all the dreamers wake the nation… “Let The River Run” by Carly Simon.   Thanks to Lisa Weitzman for the song suggestion.  Happy Birthday to Deb Tolman and Uncle Donny! #joebiden #kamalaharris #inauguration #peace #change #empathy #compassion LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

January 21:  What shall be our legacy? What will our children say? “American Anthem” by Gene Scheer and sung here by Norah Jones.  Thanks to Joe Biden for the song suggestion.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

January 22:  It’s been a long time coming… “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke and sung here by Otis Redding.  Also, check out Sam Cooke’s version and this version by Leslie Odom, Jr. from the movie One Night In MiamiHappy Birthday to Janice Collins, Kathryn McDuffee (thx for the song suggestion), Audrey Morrissey, Naomi Weingart, the Yampolsky triplets and of course, Rex!  xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

January 23:  Love is all around… “I Must Be In A Good Place Now” written by Bobby Charles.  Happy Birthday to Deb Cerulli, Cassie Dippo (thanks for the song suggestion) and Esta Snider!  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY https://youtu.be/g5jbNLiQm0o

January 24:  We’re not the people we should be… “Put Your Hand In The Hand” by Gene MacLellan and sung here by Ocean.  Thanks to Steve Dean for the song suggestion!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

January 25: You won’t believe what you see… “Wonder Wheel” by Lisa Brigantino. (Lyric video created by Sing Daily!) Thanks to Mary Donohue Lester for the song suggestion. SPOTIFY

January 26:  Find a place to feel good… “Treat People With Kindness” by Harry Styles.  Happy Birthday (and thanks for the song suggestion) to Leslie Lucier Marino.  (Thanks, also, to Ellen Hardy who suggested that this song should be the next GFS flashmob… stay tuned!). https://youtu.be/0pSPyc_1AZs OFFICIAL VIDEO LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

January 27:  Singing them sweet sounds… “Nights on Broadway” by BeeGees.   Happy Birthday and thanks to Susan Charlton Wallace for the song suggestion!  Happy Birthday, also, to Ted Gangi!  xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

January 28:  Here’s to the songs we used to sing… “If You Know What I Mean” by Neil Diamond in honor of Joan Stark (thinking of you and your family, Victoria).  Thanks to Steve Dean for another great song suggestion!   LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

January 29:  A love song was playing on the radio… “Everytime I Hear That Song” by Brandi CarlileLYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY 

January 30:  If you only knew what I’m going through… “Can’t Smile Without You” by Barry Manilow.  Happy Belated birthday and thanks for the song suggestion to Linda Gans. xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

January 31:  We need more huggin’… “We All Need More Kindness In This World” by Guy Davis.  Thanks to Peter Morse for the song suggestion! Happy Birthday to Sue Vaccaro and Ellen Rosen!  LYRICS & UKE CHORDS  SPOTIFY