A Song for Today: June 2021

June 1:  Only love can soothe that beast…“Love Will Come To You” by Emily Saliers and Indigo Girls.  Happy Birthday to Colleen Cooney, Ellen Hardy, Sarah Kochanski, Laura Curley Pendergast & Lesli Shapiro!  Also, let’s kick off LGBTQIA MONTH with love, insights, strength and a safe place for all.  For more information on Westport Pride and a list of Pride Month events, visit https://linktr.ee/WestportprideLYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

June 2: Love is patient, love is kind… “Same Love”  by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert.   OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY It’s LGBTQIA MONTH; for more information on Westport Pride and a list of Pride Month events, visit https://linktr.ee/Westportpride.

June 3:  What do they know about this love, anyway… “Come To My Window” by Melissa EtheridgeLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY Check out the Rolling Stone list of 25 Essential LGBTQ Pride Songs.

June 4: Don’t go for second best, baby… “Express Yourself” written (with Stephen Bray) & sung by Madonna LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY  Live at the MTV Awards Thanks to GFS’ own DJ Mo and Duggy Fresh for the inspiration and the great PRIDE/DEI SPOTIFY PLAYLIST.

June 5:  Play the fiddle with #pride….“Thank God I’m A Country Boy” by John Denver plus a live performance version by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY  Please consider supporting The Trevor Project, fighting to defend LGBTQIA Youth.

June 6: Baby, sing with me somehow… Dream comfort memory to spare… “Helpless” written by Neil Young and sung by K.D. LangLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

June 7:  I’m not the man they think I am at home… “Rocket Man” by Elton John (written with Bernie Taupin). Happy Birthday to Griffin Burke & Mark Wexler. Missing Nan. #pride  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 8: I couldn’t aspire to anything higher… “I Wanna Be Loved By You” written by Herbert Stothart and Harry Ruby and sung by Marilyn Monroe.  Happy Birthday to Dodo Bacharach!  LYRICS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY  Read: How Marilyn Monroe Became A Trailblazing Gay Icon

June 9: I’m just sayin’… “How Bad Can I Be?” from The Lorax sung by Ed Helms.  Watch THIS CLIP from the movie.  Happy Birthday and thanks for the song suggestion to my beautiful niece Sophia Sherman, who is the polar opposite of bad.  xo #PRIDE  LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

June 10: Take care of me… Holy as the sunrise… “Stronger” by RaveenaLYRICS SPOTIFY  Happy Birthday to Maura Keating Hirschler and Sharon Freeman!  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY 12 Uplifting Songs from Queer Asian Musicians

June 11: What they think is missing is not… “Smallest Community” by Marshall Borden & Gus Perkins.   Happy Birthday to Carole Robinson, Nancy Walker & Jenni Wilson Sinek (Go ‘Gate!). xoxo SPOTIFY

June 12: Qué pasó? Here I go! “It Won’t Be Long Now” from In The Heights sung by Karen Olivo & Robin de Jesus by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Thanks to Emily for the song suggestion (we’re loving PLP, btw) xoxo LYRICS SPOTIFY

June 13: Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung…  “All You Need Is Love” by John Lennon and performed by The BeatlesSONGFACTS LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

June 14: There are many ways to live… “Go West” by Pet Shop Boys (written by Jacques Morali, Henri Belolo and Victor Willis and originally performed by Village People). Thanks to the Bobs for the song suggestion; you’re right – we’re dancing. #pride Happy Birthday to Ashley Frisinger, Ryan Shea, Marissa Zeitlan and Suzanne Urban.  OFFICIAL PET SHOP BOYS VIDEOORIGINAL VILLAGE PEOPLE VIDEO. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

June 15:  It’s my life that I want to have pride in… “I Am What I Am” from La Cage Aux Folles (music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; book by Harvey Fierstein) and sung by Gloria Gaynor. Check out this performance by George Hearn.  It’s “You Be You” day at the Westport Elementary Schools; “What Makes YOU Shine?”.  Thanks, again, to the Bobs for the song suggestion and to Julie & Tom for asking. Happy Birthday to Justin Heller, Steve Dodd, Paula Harvey and Kurt Anderson! KARAOKE VERSION  LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

June 16: We’ll never forget you… “Coach” by Kenny Chesney in honor of Westport’s Coach: Paul Lane and for all who’ve lost their own personal coach. xo  LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

June 17: Crazy for loving you… “Crazy” by Willie Nelson & sung by Patsy Cline.  Happy Birthday (and thanks for the song suggestion) to Deirdre Daly! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 18:  Thinking ’bout the whole thing… “Nashville” by David Mead.  Happy Birthday to David Burke!  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

June 19: Trouble won’t last always when only love remains… “Freedom” by Ranky TankyBAND WEBSITE SPOTIFY It’s Juneteenth!

June 20: Always be who you are… “No Matter What” by Calum Scott.  Happy Father’s Day and thank you to all adults who have made it crystal clear to their children that they love them no matter what.  Happy Birthday to Mary Ellen Barry and Happy Anniversary to Russell & Lisa! xoxo   LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

June 21: Come along and have a ball… “Summertime, Summertime” by The Jamies (written by Tom Jameson & Sherm Feller). (Lyric video made by SingDaily!)  It’s the first day of summer and “Make Music Day”.  Happy Birthday to Alisyn Camerota! LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY

June 22: I know you really want to be your own girl… “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell and sung by Stevie Nicks in honor of Beth Heroux.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

June 23:  Like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies… “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Ray & Rick Nowels and performed by Hildegard Von Blingin’.  Happy Birthday to Chrissy Brennan, Brianne Chasanoff, Ann Mueller & Jen Purdy.  ORIGINAL SONG LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 24: Check out the wheels a-turnin’… “The Groove Line” written by Rod Temperton and performed by Heatwave.  Thanks to Jen Dowd for the song suggestion and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

June 25:  It turned my whole world around and I kinda like it… “Not Ready To Make Nice” by The ChicksLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 26:  If you love me, too… “(What A) Wonderful World” sung by Sam Cooke and written by Sam Cooke,  Lou Adler and Herb Alpert and released in 1960, the same year Ruthie & Larry got married: happy anniversary! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY 

June 27: I’m not asking much of you, just sing little darling, sing with me… “Emmylou” by First Aid Kit.  Happy Anniversary to me and Peter. xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 28: I could be a morning sunrise all the time… “She Keeps Me Warm” by Mary Lambert.  Yes, I posted “Same Love”, which samples this song on June 2, but felt that this song needed its own SOTD. Don’t you agree? LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

June 29:  They’re all made out of ticky-tacky and they all look just the same… “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds and performed by Sniffy Dog featuring Adrienne Stiefel. Check out the versions by Malvina Reynolds and  Walk Off The Earth; I can’t decide which is my favorite; you? Thanks, again, to the Bobs for the song suggestion! LYRICS & CHORDS SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

June 30:  There’s so much more to me… “I’m Coming Out” sung by Diana Ross (written by Bernard Edwards and Westporter Nile Rodgers) It may be the last day of Pride month, but it’s not the last day to be proud of who you are.  Need help?  Please reach out: singdailydotcom@gmail.com or The Trevor Project.  Thank you to Brian McGunigle, Kelly Konstanty and the folks at Westport Pride for the wonderful celebrations. LYRICS & SONGFACTS CHORDS SPOTIFY

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