A Song for Today: July 2020

July 1:  Come and spread your arms if you really need a hug… “Can You Kick It” by A Tribe Called Quest (based on Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side).  Happy Birthday to Catherine Lewis.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 2:  I am sailing home again… “Sailing” written by Gavin Sutherland and sung by Vera Lynn, who died last month at 103 years old.  Thanks to Dan Woog for the suggestion. Happy Birthday to Amy Granoff & Tyra Fullam.  LYRICS  SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

July 3:  Look into my eyes… “Demons” by Imagine Dragons. Happy Birthday to Amy Beth Cohen and Elizabeth Repa Shea. xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS CHORDS  SPOTIFY

July 4:  Something that’s so close and still so far out of reach… “American Girl” by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.  Here’s hoping that this July 4th brings freedom, opportunity and renewed faith in the promise of America. .   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 5:  Make a change…“Breakaway” written by Avril Lavigne, Matthew Gerrard and Bridget Benenate and performed by Kelly Clarkson. Thanks to Maya for the song suggestion; I love singing this with you.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 6:  Come on and bring your jukebox money… “Love Shack” by The B-52’s.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 7:  Come along, sing this song…  “The Load Out/Stay” by Jackson Browne.  Happy Birthday to Alison Werner Cooper.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 8:  Everything is alright… “Rainbow” by Kacey MusgravesLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 9:  Walk in the rays of the beautiful sun… “Ooh Child” written and produced by Stan Vincent and performed by The Five StairstepsLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 10:  Loud and long and clear… “I Love To Laugh” written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman and sung in the movie “Mary Poppins” by Ed Wynn, Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.  Happy Birthday to the woman with the best. laugh. in. the. world… Carmel Gunther Robinson!  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

July 11:  When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long… “The Rose” written by Amanda McBroom and sung here by Bette Midler (but you really should hear the birthday girl Leslie French Seidman sing it. xo)   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 12: Worlds are turning and we’re just hanging on…“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 13:  A light hits the gloom on the gray… “Kiss From A Rose” by SealLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 14:  The next best thing to love… “Eye of the Hurricane” by David Wilcox.  Happy Birthday (and thanks for the great song suggestion) to my cousin Lori Sherman Raineri.  Happy day, also, to MJ McNamee.  xoxo LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

July 15:  We’re all alright… “American Kids” by Kenny Chesney.  Happy Birthday and thx for the song suggestion to Kerri Kohlun.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 16: Human kindness is overflowing… “I Think It’s Going To  Rain Today” written by Randy Newman and performed by Bette Midler.  Happy Birthday and thanks to Julie Lyon Borden for the song suggestion.  Happy day, also, to Morgan Morse.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 17: Protect me and save me… “Malamente” by Rosario.  Thanks to Jo Werther for the song suggestion!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 18:   Sincerely written by the hand that’s always yours… “King” by The Bundys. Happy Birthday to Lauren Addario & Amy Freedman Jurkowitz.  xo SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

July 19:  High on believin’ that you’re in love with me… “Hooked On A Feeling” written by Mark James and performed by B.J. Thomas; the song is also performed by Blue Suede in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Enjoy!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 20:  I’d turn lies and hate to love and truth… “Kill A Word” by Eric Church and performed with Rhiannon Giddens.  Watch this performance on the CMAs in 2016LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 21:  I may be climbing on rainbows… “Make It With You” written by David Gates and performed by BreadLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 22:  Everyone who knows us knows that we’re fine with this… “Royals” by Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a.k.a. LordeLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 23:   Up a steep and very narrow stairway… “At The Ballet” from A Chorus Line with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and a book by James Kirkwood Jr. and Nicholas Dante.  This version is sung by the cast of Glee, including Naya Rivera (who died earlier this month), Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Colfer & Lea Michele.  My favorite, though, is the original Broadway cast recording.  LYRICS SPOTIFY

July 24:  All aboard!  “Sausalito Summernight” by Diesel.  No lyric video today, but definitely check out the LYRICS and try to sing along.  Happy Birthday to Suzann Redding, Katherine Bruan, Aleda Santos Warren and Christine Theiss!  SONG HISTORY LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

July 25:  I’m drawn to the ones who ain’t afraid… “A Case of You” by Joni Mitchell.  Thanks for reminding me about one of my favorite songs ever and Happy Birthday to Lisa Addario. xoxo LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 26:  We’ll make it out of this mess… “Love Story” by Taylor Swift.  Happy Birthday to Molly Barreca. xoxo  Also, thinking about my mother-in-law, Vera Propp z”l, who loved (and wrote) good stories. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 27:   Thinkin’ only of you… “San Francisco Bay Blues” written by Jesse Fuller and sung here by Eric Clapton.  Thanks to my friend Judy Shore Stone for introducing me to this song.  Happy Birthday to Craig Sherman, Susie Kinkead and thinking about my grandmother, Rose Klayman. LYRICS & CHORDS SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

July 28:  Magic is your dream… “Undercover Angel” by Alan O’DayLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 29:  There’s a kind of love… “God Only Knows” by For King and Country and Dolly Parton.  Happy Birthday and thanks for the song suggestion to Amy Laurino! xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 30: ‘Til it rains I’m gonna stay inside… “Wish It Would Rain” written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, and Roger Penzabene and performed by The TemptationsLYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 31:  Love in a memory sparkles like diamonds… “I Wish It Would Rain” by Nanci Griffith, one of my favorite singer/songwriters.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY