A Song for Today: September 2019

September 1:  So many people to talk to… “Get Faded and Go” by Jake Kulak who rocked the stage at the Blues & Views Festival at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport, CT yesterday.  No lyric video today but come on down to the Levitt and sing along with the rest of the line-up!  SPOTIFY

September 2:  With you I’d walk anywhere…  “Come Monday” by Jimmy Buffett.    LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 3:  We’re in trouble deep…  “Wake Up, Little Susie” written by Felice & Boudleaux Bryant and sung by The Everly BrothersLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 4:  Join in on those harmony parts… “You Can’t Make Old Friends” written by Ryan Hanna King, Caitlyn Smith and Don Schlitz and sung by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton.  Happy Birthday and thank you to Kaye May for (among other things) the fabulous song suggestion.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 5:  Life is short… “Make It Sweet” by Old Dominion for guitarist/songwriter Brad Tursi‘s aunt Donna’s friend Donna Santorella’s birthday. Love to all the GFS Donnas and Happy Birthday, also, to Jackie Weisburger. xoxo LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 6:  You’ll surely find the way… “Crying In The Chapel” by Artie Glenn and sung by Elvis Presley.  Happy birthday to the source of today’s song inspiration, Eric Seidman (Elvis sings it almost as well as you), plus Darcy Hicks, Ann LeSchander, Tracy Loughlin Quinn and Barbara Maisonpierre. xo to all.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 7:  Every song I sing, I’ll sing for you… “Leaving On A Jet Plane” by John Denver.  Watch this video with Mama Cass & John Denver singing in 1972; if you’re not registered to VOTE, get on it, please:  https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote.  Have a good trip, B. LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 8:  You were only waiting for this moment to arise… “Blackbird” written and sung by Paul McCartney on The Beatles’ the White Album (1968)  Happy Birthday to Karen Mutter and Gayla Dean! xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 9:    Let’s go… “All The Debts I Owe” by Caamp.  No lyric video today, but click on the LYRICS & GUITAR CHORDS site and sing along.  Thanks to Rose for the suggestion and reminder about Caamp’s fabulous pop-up performance at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival.  SPOTIFY

September 10:  Mothers tell your children not to do what I have done… “House of the Rising Sun” sung here by River Matthews.  This traditional folk song was made a #1 hit in the UK in 1964 by The AnimalsLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 11:  The answer, my friend, is… “Blowin’ In The Wind” written by Bob Dylan and performed by Peter, Paul & Mary. With love and peace to all… LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

September 12:  Wipe your feet really good on the rhythm rug… “Can I Kick It” by Lou Reed and A Tribe Called Quest.  Happy Birthday to Amanda Moitoso; thanks for the song suggestion! LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 13:  Have you ever had a wish sandwich?  “Rubber Biscuit” sung by The Chips.  And, as a bonus for the birthday boy, Adam Becker, check out The Blues Brothers singing the song.  Thanks to Alex for the suggestion!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 14:  Take the time to live again… “Breathe” by Brianne ChasanoffSPOTIFY

September 15: When love was an ember about to billow… “Try to Remember” music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones for their musical, The Fantasticks.  This version is sung by The Brothers Four.   I’m so glad that my maternal grandparents were married on this day in 1935.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 16:  A young girl ought to stand a better chance…  “Millworker” by James Taylor and written for the Stephen Schwartz musical Working (performed by me & Josh Margolis & produced by Josh & Peter Propp).  LYRICS & GUITAR CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

September 17:  Yeah, yeah, yeah… “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John  and Bernie Taupin (lyrics). LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY PLAY THIS SONG ON UKULELE! (Don’t know how?? Come join us this Saturday, 9/21/19 at Pequot Library in Southport for the CT Ukulele Festival.)

September 18:  I’m gonna sit back right easy and laugh… “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” by Bruce SpringsteenClick HERE to hear the version by Jim Boggia, headliner for the CT Ukulele Festival this Saturday night (9/21/19).  Join us!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 19:  We’ve got everything going on and on and on… “Every Time You Go Away” by Daryl Hall and performed by Paul Young.  Click HERE to hear the version by Jim Boggia, headliner for the CT Ukulele Festival this Saturday night (9/21/19).  Happy Birthday to Bill Derry!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 20:  Why did I refuse to view the truth… “Weather” by Jim Boggia.  The CT Ukulele Festival is tomorrow, Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Southport, CT and Jim Boggia (with his “Bruce Off Broadway” show) is the headliner.  Don’t miss him.  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

September 21:  Hum while you strum…  “I Love A Ukulele” by Arthur Fields and Fred Hall and sung by Annette Hanshaw (with Frank Ferera & His Hawaiian Trio) in 1930.  Join us at the CT Ukulele Festival TODAY, Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Southport, CTLYRICS  SPOTIFY

September 22:  Let the music play on…  “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie.   Happy Birthday (and thanks for the great song suggestion) to my wonderful friend Betsy Tucker (I forgot how much I love this song)!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY (P.S. Congratulations and thank you to Peter Propp, Lori Hashizume, Sharyn Taymor, Steve Forlano et al for another fabulous CT Ukulele Festival. )

September 23:  Can you hear the horses?  “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + The Machine.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 24:  We’ll help you party it down… “We’re An American Band” by Grand Funk Railroad (written by drummer & co-lead vocalist Don Brewer in 1973).  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 25:  My love for her goes on…  “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” written by Sting and performed by The Police. Click here for a beautiful version by Violet Willows.  Happy birthday to my fabulous friend, Mary Gardner and congratulations on her engagement to the beautiful Brianne Chasanoff.  Check out Mary & Brianne’s band Violet WillowsLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 26:  We are here to discover the heart that beats within each other… “Rhythm Inside” written by Belgian singer Loïc Nottet & Beverly Jo Scott and performed by Loïc Nottet.  Check out his performance at the Eurovision 2015 Grand Final.   LYRICS  SPOTIFY

September 27:  If I could I would give you my world… “Go Your Own Way” written by Lindsey Buckingham and performed by Fleetwood Mac.  I was inspired to include this as today’s SOTD because I heard a beautiful cover (and the original) in the trailer for the movie Abominable, which opens today; it inspired me to play my violin and sing. Now if I could only learn to do both at the same time. #goals.)  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 28:  Ain’t nothing like the sky to dose a potion… “Moonlight Feels Right” by Bruce Blackman and Starbuck.  Thanks to Dr. Kim Dean for the suggestion (I especially love the marimba part!); have fun at your reunion! xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

September 29:  Plant a little happiness… “Crowded Table” by The HighwomenLYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY  Happy Birthday to Michelle DeCarlo and Cameryn Robinson, two wonderful GFS teachers, and Happy New Year to all who celebrate. Yom Tov!

September 30:  You will see how good it is next year… “Bashanah Haba’ah” a 1970 Israeli song with music by Nurit Hirsch and lyrics by Ehud Manor.   Here’s a video of Ilanit singing it in the early 1970’s.   LYRICS  CHORDS  SPOTIFY