A Song for Today: October 2020

October 1:  What’s that flower you have on?  “Delta Dawn” sung by Helen Reddy, who died on 9/29/20.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  On January 20, 2018, “I Am Woman” was the www.singdaily.com Song of the Day.

October 2: And then there came along, one fine song… “Some of These Days” sung by Sophie Tucker and written by Shelton Brooks. Happy Birthday to my grandmother, Rosamond Sherman (she would have been 110 today, which is the same age as this song) and my friend, Debbie Weisburger Strachan (and happy 1/2 birthday to CJS).   SONG HISTORY LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

October 3:  Raise your hopeful voice… “Falling Slowly” from Once by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. Happy Birthday and thanks for the song suggestion to Kerstin Warner Rao! xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 4:  It’s good to live it again… “Autumn In New York” composed by Vernon Duke in Westport, Connecticut in the summer of 1934 and sung here by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis ArmstrongLYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

October 5:  Don’t let me sleep too late… “Wake Me, Shake Me” by Billy Guy and sung by The CoastersLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 6: He barked for no good reason… “Pepe Hush” by Leo KottkeLYRICS SPOTIFY  Happy Birthday to Storey Jones! 4 Weeks until the 2020 Presidential Election: VOTE!

October 7: I must be strong and carry on… “Tears in Heaven” by Eric ClaptonLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY 27 days until the election: VOTE!

October 8:  Love cleans the mind and makes it free… “Fill Your Heart” by David Bowie.   Happy Birthday to Yumi Iwama & Rhonda Payne (Thx, Yumi, for the song suggestion)!  xoxo  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY  26 days until the election: VOTE!

October 9:  I’d come back swinging… “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly ClarksonLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 10:  Come home straight and you come home curly… “Speed of the Sound of Loneliness” written by John Prine (whose birthday is today) and sung here by John Prine & Nanci Griffith on one of my favorite albums, Other Voices, Other Rooms.  No lyric video today, but here’s a link to the lyrics so you can see John Prine’s genius: LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

October 11:  Through the ages I’ll remember… “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” by Fred Rose and sung by Willie NelsonLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 12:  We are stronger when we band together… “In The River” by Raye ZaragozaLYRICS  SPOTIFY

October 13:  Wouldn’t it be nice to live inside a world that isn’t black and white? “Wonder” by Shawn Mendes.  Thx, Rose & Sophie, for the inspiration and happy birthday to their fellow Brokie, and my beautiful niece, Maya Sherman. Happy Birthday also to our wonderful cousin, Michael Winston. We love you guys…  xoxoxo

October 14: Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose… “Me and Bobby McGee” written by Kris Kristofferson and sung by Janis Joplin.   Happy Birthday to our Bobby (Hull) and Pierce Haley!  Love you guys! xoxo LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

October 15:  Without it I’d be less than what I expect from me… “It’s My Job” by Jimmy Buffett.  No lyric video, but please listen carefully; it’s a great message.  Shout out to my friend Miguel Valentin, as per our conversation at work on Monday.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  CHORDS SPOTIFY

October 16:  It’s a mighty good road… “Rock Island Line” written by Anthony “Lonnie” Donegan and sung here by Johnny Cash for Russ Gangi who is celebrating his 86th birthday today surrounded by his loving wife Tina and his daughter Lia (Jay and Teddy are no doubt standing by virtually).  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 17: Are you satisfied?  “Another One Bites The Dust” written by bass player John Deacon and performed by Queen.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 18:  This one’s for you… “Your Song” by Elton John.  Happy Birthday to Maggie Zeldes!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 19:  Not to put too fine a point on it… “Birdhouse In Your Soul”  by John Linnell and John Flansburgh performed by their band They Might Be Giants.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 20: I hear you calling out to me… “I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You” by Tom WaitsLYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

October 21: Harmony is the key… “Friendship Train” by Gladys Knight and The Pips LYRICS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY Happy birthday to Camille Addario!

October 22:  Give people light and they will find the way… “The Love” by Jennifer  Hudson and the Black Eyed Peas and JOE BIDEN!  Thanks to my brother Russell for the fabulous song suggestion.  SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

October 23:  A taste of honey is worse that none at all… “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.  Happy Birthday to Eileen Barreca!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

October 24:  I lost myself in a familiar song… “More Than A Feeling” written by Tom Scholz and performed by the band BostonLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 25:  When I’m broken you put me back together again… “Believing” from Nashville and sung here by Chip Esten and Lennon and Maisy Stella.  Happy Birthday to “big” Ann Wriedt Forbes; we’re so glad you were born and gave us one of our bffs. xo LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

October 26:  Listen to how my rhythm goes…  “Oye Como Va” written by Tito Puente and performed here by Santana.  Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law Elizabeth!  xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

October 27:  If you wanted the moon I would try to make a star… “To Sir With Love” by Don Black and Mark London and sung by Lulu; from the movie of the same name.  Thanks to Pam Sidman for the song suggestion.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 28:  Demons’ll charm you with a smile… “Not While I’m Around” sung by Edward Sanders and Helena Bohham Carter from Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim.  Happy Birthday to Marilyn Becker and Meg Pomeroy Hurdman. xo  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

October  29:  It’s alright… “Mysterious Ways” by U2.  Happy Birthday to Anne Parise and Debbie Wennett.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

October 30:  It’s all one world in which we live, so understand and try to give… “Stanley’s Song” by The Byrds in honor of two of my favorite Stanleys (Becker and Lewis) whose birthdays are tomorrow.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

October 31:  Put a spell on me… “Black Magic Woman” by Peter Green and the original Fleetwood Mac.  Today’s song is a live version suggested by Jeff Weitzman (click on the lyrics link to sing along)  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY