A Song for Today: August 2021

August 1:  I can’t imagine anything that’s better… “Groovin'” written by Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati and sung here by The (Young) Rascals.  Thanks to Lori Hashizume for the song suggestion!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 2: Love, success and rock and roll… “No Sleep” by Caamp. Happy Birthday to Kevin Cazzetta. LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

August 3: We could float among the stars together, you and I… “Up, Up and Away” written by Jimmy Webb and sung by The 5th Dimension.  Happy Birthday to me, Jini Bernstein Archibald, Guy & Izzy Claveloux, Phyllis Freeman, Sharon Coughlin Brockwell, Shelia Coughlin Hoyt and Morgan Patrick! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 4: Oleanders growing outside her door… “My Old School” by Steely Dan.  Happy Birthday to Andre Lambros (thanks for organizing yet another SHS ’81 reunion!) and in memory of my grandfather, Abe “Al” Klayman. xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 5: You’re a rhapsody, a comedy, you’re a symphony and a play… “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” by Rod Stewart.  Happy Birthday to Bobbi Essagof (thanks for the song suggestion) & Lisa Shaw.  LIVE VERSION LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

August 6: Ain’t it funny?  “Life Changes” by Thomas Rhett.  Happy Birthday to Lisa Weitzman (and thanks for another great song suggestion!) & Dawn McCabe. xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 7: I carry this feeling… “Leather & Lace” by Stevie Nicks and Don Henley (written by Stevie Nicks).  Happy 40th Reunion to all Staples 1981 grads! LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 8:  Time has taken control of what we couldn’t see… “Can’t Go Back” written by Rosi Golan with Natalie Hemby and Kate York and sung by Rosi GolanHere’s a version by Little Big Town.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 9:  It’s time… “Cool Change” written by Glenn Shorrock and sung by Little River Band. Thanks to Lynn Holcomb for the song suggestion!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 10: Maybe, but… “If It Were Up To Me” by Cheryl Wheeler.   Happy Birthday to Adam Wergeles & Josh Koskoff.  LYRICS & SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

August 11: I can imagine my whole life… “Iowa” by Donovan Woods & Aoife O’DonovanLYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

August 12:   I’d never go driving away and come back home without you… “Contact” by Phish.  Happy Birthday to Ken Shifman.  LYRICS & TAB/CHORDS  SPOTIFY

August 13: Faces pass and I’m home bound…  “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa CarltonLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 14: She’ll catch some blackbird’s wing… “Gulf Coast Highway” sung by Nanci Griffith with Mac McAnally; written by Nanci Griffith, James Hooker and Danny FlowersLYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY  When I was 22, I played guitar and sang at a bar in Utah.  One night, a man told me that I sounded like Nanci Griffith and I should listen to her songs. Even though I don’t sound anything like Nanci Griffith that night was the very beginning of a lifetime (not-so-little) love affair with her voice, her songs and her performances.   I am forever grateful to that guy who introduced me to Nanci Griffith, whoever you are.  Rest in peace, Nanci, and enjoy the flight. xo

August 15:  Birds all sing as if they knew… “Chapel of Love” written by Jeff BarryEllie Greenwich and Phil Spector, and made famous by The Dixie Cups in 1964.  Happy Birthday to Mary Sue Welch and thanks to Elaine Camerota for the song suggestion.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 16: Did you ever say a prayer for me?  “Only The Good Die Young” by Billy JoelLYRICS & SONGFACTS CHORDS SPOTIFY

August 17: You’re here in my heart… “Rewrite The Stars” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and sung by Zac Efron and Zendaya from The Greatest Showman.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 18:  See the love there that’s sleeping… “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by George Harrison and The Beatles.  Happy Birthday to Laura Nelson (a little White Album for Jim, too).  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 19: Settle down to a peach of a life… “Everything Is Peaches Down In Georgia” performed by the Betty Smith Quintet. Music by Milton Ager & George W. Meyer with lyrics by Grant Clarke.  Lyric video made by Sing Daily with love for all my Swinging ‘Gates friends, especially my mentor, Cindy Dietzel (thinking about her wonderful mom, Eileen Dietzel, today).   SING ALONG WITH SHEET MUSIC SINGER SPOTIFY

August 20: Love is a higher law… “One” sung by Mary J. Blige & Bono (written by Bono).  Happy Birthday (and thanks for the great song) to the wonderfully inspiring Jeanie Bacharach. xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 21:  The secret of love is in opening up your heart… “Secret O’ Life” by James Taylor for my dear friend Susan Bamel Glickman (our grandmother’s Hazel & Rose were bffs) who has definitely found the secret… Happy Birthday, Bames; skip around the room!  xoxo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 22:  The birds don’t sing as sweet of a lullaby… “Heaven Got Another Angel” by Gordon True.  Missing Laura and sending love to Jim, Charlie, Annabelle and all of the Nelson-Kremens family & friends. xoxo LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

August 23:  Love’s a state of mind… “Rhiannon” by Fleetwood Mac.  Happy Anniversary to Dave & Marianne Harrison.  Happy Birthday to Dan Richards. xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 24: I’m attuned to the grooves… “Wait For The Moment” by Vulfpeck.  Thanks to Julie Borden for the song suggestion! LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

August 25:  Are these just moon dreams? “Moon Love” sung by Frank Sinatra and written by Mack David, Mack Davis and Andre Kostelanetz based on the theme for French horn in the second movement of Pytor Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, written in the summer of 1888.  This video was made by Sing Daily for Erica Messina’s birthday!  LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

August 26: All you need is somebody to say… “OK Not To Be OK” by Demi Lovato and MarshmelloLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 27: See the sky in front of you… “She’s A Rainbow” by The Rolling Stones. LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

August 28: When we have so much… “Be Aware” written by Hal David & Burt Bacharach and sung by Barbra Streisand.  Happy Birthday to the very aware and caring Pam Sidman.  xoxo LYRICS  SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY

August 29:  Open up your heart… “Give A Little” by Maggie Rogers. Happy Birthday to Bevinn Romaine Murphy. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 30:  I met him on a Monday… “Da Doo Ron Ron” written by Jeff BarryEllie Greenwich, produced by Phil Spector and sung here by The Crystals. Check out the Shaun Cassidy version, too. Happy Birthday to Lisa Isenberg Doran & Charlotte Stroud! xoxo LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

August 31: For the hope of it all… “august” by Taylor Swift (written by Swift and Jack Antonoff).  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY