A Song For Today: MARCH 2018

March 1: Oh, them silly unicorns… “The Unicorn Song” sung by The Irish RoversLYRICS & HISTORY  SPOTIFY Thanks for the fabulous suggestion, Uncle Donny!

March 2: I know you won’t let me down…. “Peaceful Easy Feeling” written by Jack Tempchin and recorded by the EaglesLYRICS SPOTIFY  HB, DS.  WLY!

March 3: I (wish) I did I did I did the Iditarod Trail!    “The Iditarod Song” by Hobo JimLYRICS SPOTIFY Learn More about the Iditarod, which starts today.  Thanks, Pat O’Brien, for teaching me and our students about this event oh-so-many years ago.

March 4: “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’” written by Rodgers & Hammerstein for “Oklahoma!”  Here’s a LYRIC VIDEO so that you can sing along and here’s to everything going your way today.   LYRICS   SPOTIFY

March 5: Opening day is 23 days away and spring training is in full swing… “Centerfield” by John Fogerty.  Here is a LYRIC video (with a live performance) and a fabulous baseball history video version of the song.  Thanks to Dave & Marianne Harrison for the suggestion! LYRICS  CHORDS  SPOTIFY

March 6:  Wonderful feeling, wonderful day… “Zip A Dee Doo Dah” (and here’s a LYRIC VIDEO) LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 7: “Brighter Than The Sun” by Colby Caillat.  LYRICS SPOTIFY “cause we shika-shika a shine down…”

March 8: May you live a life of ease and have all you need…  “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles.  Here’s a LYRIC VIDEO performed by, well, I’m not sure…. LYRICS  SPOTIFY

March 9: Gotta keep it together…”Goose Snow Cone” written and performed by Aimee Mann from her new album Mental Illness.  I am a huge fan and love this song, especially the cello harmony. LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 10:  “Shenandoah” sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.   Happy Birthday, SG.  I am so glad you were born and became a teacher and shared some of your secrets with me…. LYRICS & SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

March 11: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a song on the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) list of songs all Americans should know.  And here is a beautiful a cappella version by Committed.  Thanks to Lois Himes for the suggestion!  LYRICS & HISTORY SPOTIFY

March 12: It’ll be better than before… “Don’t Stop” by Christine McVie and performed by Fleetwood MacLYRICS  SPOTIFY HB, LSS!

March 13: “Can’t You See” written by Toy Caldwell and performed by the Marshall Tucker Band.  And here’s a version by Zac Brown featuring Kid Rock, just for you, SSA; HB. LYRICS SPOTIFY (And an extra-special shout-out to the wonderfully talented Dr. George Weigle, our Staples Choir Director, on his 90th birthday:  Thank you for bringing so much joy to so many lives.  This one’s for you: Ride The Chariot) (Thanks, SCW, for the reminder)

March 14:  A single word can make a heart open… “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.  LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 15: “You know, you can say it backwards, which is ‘dociousaliexpilisticfragicalirupes’, but that’s going a bit too far, don’t you think?” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins” (1964); sung by Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke and written by the Sherman Brothers (no relation). Thanks for the suggestion, Kerry!   LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 16: Uh Oh!  What to do when the YouTube Account of your Song of the Day video is closed??  Don’t worry about a thing!  Just post another one:  “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” by Stevie Wonder NOT performing live in 1974, but still pretty darn good.  And in 2016,  this version was sung by Meena & Tori Kelly in the animated movie “SING”.   LYRICS  SPOTIFY Thanks for the suggestion, Josh Margolis, and HB to my one of my favorite harmonizers, Joyce Rossell Alla.  Bedford El Forever!

March 17:  “Danny Boy” (lyrics by Frederic Weatherly; melody: “Londonderry Air” performed here by the Celtic Woman. LYRICS SPOTIFY   (Need more Irish music today?  Here are some more suggestions.)

March 18: Swing open up your heart and let it in… “Everybody” by Ingrid Michaelson.  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

March 19: I know there’s magic whenever you’re around me  “Let’s Pretend” by Al Jarreau Thanks to SJS for introducing me to this album back in 1984.  LYRICS SPOTIFY (HB to the magical JenDowd!)

March 20:   “Moondance” written and performed by Van Morrison and a rockin’ band.  And here’s a Lyric Video if you want to sing along.   LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 21:  “It Might As Well Be Spring” from the musical “State Fair” by Rodgers & Hammerstein, sung here by Nina Simone.  This song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1945.  (If you’d like a lyric video of this song, here’s one from the 1962 movie.  The actress is Pamela Tiffin but the singer is Anita Gordon; Pamela is lip-syncing.)  LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 22: You came and you gave without taking… “Mandy” by Barry Manilow (for Arriany at the GoDaddy Help Desk) 🙂 LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 23: “Wagon Wheel” performed by Darius Rucker (and written by Bob Dylan & Ketch Secor).  For my wonderful friend on her birthday: this one’s for you, Annie! .  🙂 LYRICS SPOTIFY

March 24:  Why are there so many songs about Rainbows? (who cares!  I still love ’em!) “Rainbow Connection” in Hawaiian by The Brothers Cazimero for my wonderful friend Lori on her birthday.  Aloha wau ia ‘oe, e ku’u hoa.  (And for those of you who are craving a little Kermit, here you go… Kermit The Frog Rainbow Connection Sing-AlongLYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

March 25:  I was born to love you… “The Meaning” by Fruition.  Thanks, Peter, for the suggestion.  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

March 26: Every little thing is gonna be alright… “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.  Thanks, Elise, for the suggestion!  LYRICS   SPOTIFY

March 27:  Do it!  It’s your time to shine, don’t wait in line… “Waka Waka” sung by Shakira, featuring the South African band Freshlyground.  Here’s the Shakira video, too, if you have a little extra time today.  HB, DW!   LYRICS  SPOTIFY  SONG HISTORY

March 28: Yearning to mingle with the old time throng? “Give My Regards To Broadway” written by George M. Cohan and performed here by James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy“.  If you prefer to “follow the bouncing ball”, click here to sing alongLYRICS   SPOTIFY   SONG HISTORY

March 29: OPENING DAY and HOME (plate) is where I wanna be!  “Running Home” written and sung by me, produced by Josh Margolis & Peter Propp and inspired by Bennett and all of his teammates from Westport Little League.  Wish I could upload the amazing MLB end-of-the season re-cap video from 2009 made by Russell Sherman, but MLB owns the rights and I can’t seem to upload it.  It was really good, though (thank you, R.A.S.).   LYRICS  SPOTIFY  SONG HISTORY Have fun out there!

March 30: “Ol’ Man River” (music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) sung by William Warfield from Showboat.  Suggested by Ellen Kuroghlian, whose husband “Dr. K” was one of my favorite teachers at Staples High School.  Thanks for the suggestion!  LYRICS  SPOTIFY  Song History

March 31:  I feel one comin’ on soon…. “Once In A Very Blue Moon” written by Patrick Alger and sung by Nanci Griffith.  LYRICS SPOTIFY  Learn more about Blue Moons here.