A Song For Today: March 2019

March 1:  With love in her eyes and flowers in her hair… “Going To California” written by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant and performed by Led Zeppelin.  With love for Lisa, Alan & Ellie and in honor of Rachel.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 2:  Dance in and out of the beams… “Neon Moon” written by Ronnie Dunn and recorded by Brooks & Dunn.  HB, Donald Sisto!  LYRICS & GUITAR CHORDS  SPOTIFY

March 3:  You know you’re in the largest state in the union… Anchorage by Michelle Shocked.   Yesterday was the beginning of the Iditarod.  Check out LIVE footage from the race.  LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 4:  Don’t mess with Mister In-Between…  “Accentuate The Positive” by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer and sung by Paul McCartney.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

March 5:  Everything is temporary anyway…  “Circle” by Edie Brickell & The New BohemiansLYRICS & GUITAR CHORDS   SPOTIFY

March 6:  Magic carpet made of steel…  “City of New Orleans” by Steve Goodman and sung here by Willie Nelson.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  GUITAR CHORDS  SPOTIFY

March 7: There’s no mountain too great… “He Lives In You” written and performed by Lebo M. and his South African Choir for the album Rhythm of the Pride Lands.  A shorter version of the song was used for the opening of The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride. It is also performed twice in the musical version of The Lion King. The song was co-written by Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin.  Break a leg today, GFS kids… LYRICS  SPOTIFY

March 8:   My heart says I love you… “Fallin'” with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. It is sung by Robert Klein on the Broadway cast album of They’re Playing Our Song, a musical from 1978 with a book by Neil Simon.   LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 9:  You keep me humble, keep me focused…“THANK YOU” by Meghan Trainor & R. City.  A huge debt of gratitude to Ms. Laura Pendergast for helping GFS kids put on a fabulous show this week. xo  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

March 10:  Be thankful for the life you’ve lived…  “If I Had Another” by David M. Bailey.  I am especially thankful to have not one, but two wonderful Kim Deans in my life: a special thanks to Dr. Kimberly Dean for the song suggestion and a birthday shout-out to ‘Gate Kimberly Dean Avison Huffard.  Also, a sweet Happy Birthday to my dear friend and mentor, Sarah Guterman.  I am thankful for you all.   LYRICS  SPOTIFY

March 11:  When you worry, you make it double… Don’t Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrinLYRIC VIDEO  SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 12:  Don’t care what anyone says… Keep Going by The Revivalists.  Happy Birthday to Miriam Pomerantz & Lisa Schatz Strausser (thanks for the suggestion).  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

March 13:  Turn a bright spark into a flame…  Wake Me Up Before You Go written by George Michael and performed by Wham.  Happy Birthday to our fireball of a friend, Susie Scull Aldrich!  SONG HISTORY  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

March 14: I’m still dancing at the end of the day… Light On by Maggie Rogers.  If you have about 10 extra minutes today, check out the video of Pharrell Williams listening to Maggie Rogers’ song “Alaska” for the first time at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in June of 2016.  LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

March 15:  Carry me home… To The Last Whale: Critical Mass/Wind On The Water by Crosby, Stills & NashLYRICS SPOTIFY

March 16:  We’re gonna have a good time… Birthday by The Beatles.  Happy Birthday to Joyce Rossell and my cousin Lee Sherman, the first person to request this song for his birthday Song of the Day!  Χρόνια πολλά!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 17:  We had dreams and songs to sing… “The Fields of Athenry” by Paddy Reilly.  Happy Birthday to Lee Norman.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 18:  She’s always been there for me when I’ve fallen… “When She Cries” written by Sonny LeMaire and Marc Beeson, and recorded by Restless Heart.  Thanks to Jedediah Bila for the suggestion.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

March 19: You belong somewhere you’ll feel free… Wildflowers by Tom Petty, plus a bonus for our friends Jen Dowd & Kim Lake, whose birthdays are today:  check out the Wailin’ Jennys beautiful version.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

March 20:  A little bit jumbled and jivey… “Mairzy Doats” written in 1943, by Milton DrakeAl Hoffman and Jerry Livingston and sung here by The Merry Macs in 1944.  Happy Birthday, Chelsea Steinberg!  LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

March 21:  They tell a story I used to know…  “Across The Great Divide” by Kate WolfLYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

March 22:  I know a gal that you don’t know…  L’il Liza Jane by the Dirty Dozen Brass BandLYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

March 23:  Crash through the surface… “Shallow” written by Lady GagaAndrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando and Mark Ronson and sung by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in the 2018 remake of “A Star Is Born”.  Happy birthday to Ann Sisto and Judy Shore Stone. xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS CHORDS SPOTIFY

March 24:  A lotta kisses… “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter” written in 1935 by Fred E. Ahlert and Joe Young and sung here by Frank Sinatra.  Here’s another one by Fats Waller who made it famous in 1935.  The song is also available on the Edukated Fleas “It Had To Be Uke” album.  Happy Birthday to Lori Hashizume (and thanks for the song suggestion)!  LYRICS & CHORDS  SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

March 25:  Running in the shadow… The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.  Happy Birthday to Lori Lane Miller!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

March 26:  Show me a garden that’s bursting into life… “Chasing Cars” written by Gary Lightbody and performed by Snow Patrol.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 27:  Give me freedom, give me fire… “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan.  Happy Birthday to Dan Woog (and thanks for the suggestion)!   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 28:  It’s Opening Day and I’m ready to play today…  “Centerfield” by John Fogerty.  Enjoy!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY  (and for those of you who want another view of baseball, try this one: “Running Home” by me.)  Happy Birthday, John Bayers!

March 29:  They’re quite aware of what they’re going through… “Changes” by David BowieLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 30:  I see my future in your eyes… “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.  And here’s a special bonus track of Ed Sheeran and Andrea Boccelli as a bday present for one of my favorite music teachers and friends, Barbara Bayers (you may remember her as Ms. Candee, our music teacher at Bedford Junior High).  She inspires me every day.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

March 31:  True peace of mind… “Way Over Yonder” by Carole King in memory of our dear friend, Estelle Margolis. xo  LYRICS   SPOTIFY