A Song for Today: April 2019

April 1:  No, this is not a joke.  Madrigals are one of my very favorite things to sing any day of the year… “April is in My Mistress Face” written by Thomas Morley and sung by John Rutter and The Cambridge SingersLYRICS SPOTIFY

April 2:  It’s alright… “Here Comes The Sun” by George Harrison and sung by The Beatles.  HB to my sister who brings smiles to peoples’ faces every day; I love you so much.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 3:  Ski-Ba-Bop-Ba-Dop-Bop “Scatman” by Scatman (John Paul Larkin).  Thanks to Judy Lynn Brown for the song suggestion & happy birthday to my nephew Jeremy Sherman.  SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

April 4:  It’s wanting what you’ve got… “Soak Up The Sun” by Sheryl Crow & Jeff Trott  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 5:  Travel like gypsies in the land…. “No Roots” by Alice Merton.  HB to Drew Kanter, who’s replanted old roots and is blossoming yet again; you’re an inspiration.  HB, also, to the wonderful Barbara Halikman Balaban; xo.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

April 6:  Maybe the day will come when you’ll never have to feel no pain… “Love This Life” by Crowded House.  Thanks to the birthday girl, Emily Mikesell, for the suggestion. xo LYRICS  SPOTIFY

April 7:  If we couldn’t find the right dream by now, then we never will… “Be On Your Way” by Dan Fogelberg LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY  No words…

April 8:  Livin’ on the music so fine… “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees.  This song was #1 on this day in 1978. 🙂  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

April 9:  So pretty and so unique… “Hello Old Friend” by Eric Clapton for my wonderful young friend, Jen Kanter.  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 10:  We got everything we need right here… Banana Pancakes by Jack Johnson.  Thx for the suggestion and happy birthday to the very delicious B. Propp. xo  LYRICS & CHORDS  SONGFACTS    SPOTIFY

April 11:   I know you’d do it all again and again… “You Are” by Lionel Richie and his ex-wife Brenda Harvey Richie.  Happy anniversary (one day late) to one of my favorite couples, Leslie & Eric Seidman.  xo   LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

April 12:  Make ’em hear you from L.A. to Japan…. “SING!” by Pentatonix.  Happy birthday to Stacy Fowle! xo LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

April 13:  Your smile still owns my soul… “County Line” by Pousette-Dart Band.  Thanks to Cindy Dietzel for the suggestion and HB to @CarolineRhea who makes so many people smile…   LYRICS SPOTIFY

April 14:  They would tell you that I owe you more than I could ever pay… “If These Walls Could Speak” written by Jimmy Webb and sung by Amy Grant on her 1988 album Lead Me On, one of my favorites.   LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 15:  They will think you’re a heck of a fella… “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me, Kate! by Cole Porter and sung by Keenan Wynn & James Whitmore.   In honor of Dr. Kuroghlian, the best Shakespeare teacher ever…. LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY

April 16: These will pass onwards when we are forgotten… “Only Remembered” from War Horse with lyrics by Horatius Bonar and music by Ira D. Sankey.  Thanks to Lois Himes for the suggestion.  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

April 17:  Have a happy ending…  “Little Green” by Joni Mitchell.  Happy Birthday to Borny & Dana Benfer White. xo   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

April 18:  Turning all the night time into the day…  “Walk of Life” written by Mark Knopfler and recorded by Dire Straits.  HB to Greg White!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

April 19:  Let my people go… “Go Down, Moses” a traditional spiritual sung here by Louis ArmstrongSONG HISTORY LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 20:  What would happen if I surrender to the sound?   “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 21:  For in this world I’m bound to ramble…  “Man of Constant Sorrow” by Dick Burnett and sung here by the Soggy Bottom Boys from O Brother, Where Art Thou?   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

April 22:  I know we’ve come a long way, but…  “Where Do The Children Play?” by Cat Stevens / Yusuf.  It’s the 49th Earth Day, but there’s still lots of work to do.   LYRICS & CHORDS  SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

April 23:  Always been a shoe made for the city…  “Cigarettes & Chocolate Milk” by Rufus Wainwright.   One of my favorite songs for two of my favorite people: HBD to Jay Schmalholz & Angela Borregine.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

April 24:  I thank my lucky stars that you are who you are… “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor.  Today is Administrative Professionals Day and we at GFS have the best secretaries with the most beautiful, smiling faces every day, no matter what: thank you to Donna Santorella and Jessica Lennon (plus a shout-out to our retired friend, Jackie Dogali; we miss you!).  And a happy belated birthday to Pat Constantikes Colella whose birthday was on Sunday; thanks for the song suggestion.    LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

April 25:  Through the open window she hands Charlie a sandwich…  “The MTA Song”  a 1949 song by Jacqueline Steiner and Bess Lomax Hawes.  Happy Birthday to Tom Borden, Lynnie Walder & Lauran Walder Epstein.  LYRICS & CHORDS   SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

April 26:  Find a comfort from inside… “Have You Never Been Mellow?” written by John Farrar and sung by Olivia Newton-JohnLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

April 27:  Heaven on earth with an onion slice… “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffett.  Thanks, CJ, for the suggestion!  LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 28:  I got to be driftin’ along… So Long, It’s Been Good To Know Yuh by Woody Guthrie and sung here by Lew Dite.  This was one of Dr. Richard Propp‘s favorite songs; he may have drifted along, but his spirit and influence will stay with us forever.  I love you, Richard. LYRICS & CHORDS  SPOTIFY

April 29:  What if nothing ever will change? “Hard Place” by H.E.R.  Thanks, bud, for the suggestion. xo  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

April 30:   Please don’t tell what train I’m on…  “Freight Train” sung by Joan Baez and written by Elizabeth Cotten.   This song was written sometime between 1906 and 1912, which is just before Nonnie was born in 1913; happy 106th birthday, Nonnie!  LYRICS & CHORDS   SONG HISTORY


“Gulf Coast Highway” by Nanci Griffith


“By My Side” from the musical “Godspell” written by Stephen SchwartzLYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY