Into month three and I’ve fallen behind a bit. Ah, that’s the problem with life. That’s OK. I’ll work doubly hard to make sure you get your song a day and that I continue to kick my butt into shape. In recognition of how good it is to be bad, here’s a rockin’ ballad by Jim Steinman, made famous by Mr. Meat Loaf himself. Toodles…
This song was always one of my favorites from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Right after “Roses of Success,” and the villain song was pretty good too. Oh, and “Me Ol’ Bamboo”! OK, so I love nearly every track on the Sherman Brothers-penned soundtrack (“Posh” is such a gem)… even though the Child Catcher was the scariest thing EVER.
I know so many songs, however, that I confess to having forgotten this one until I heard Pink Martini sing it with the von Trapps (yes, those von Trapps) in concert about two years ago. It has since become one of the most played tracks in my Platypus playlist (it’s a thing, don’t worry about it).
No, I’m not singing Journey… yet.
Sometimes when you have a blue, wet morning, a little car karaoke does wonders for your mood and inspiration. So, a big shout out to KZOK for playing music that moves me to rock out, and a shout out to Life Science Washington for the perfectly shaped water bottle that I used as my imaginary microphone.
And ALL thanks to Gloria Gaynor for the ATTITUDE! (click the link for the song)
(And no thanks to SoundCloud for not letting me upload this there, because somehow the Karaoke Channel thinks it’s the only backing-track game in town).
This song comes from a need for something bouncy that’s full of light and spice and joy. Another bread and butter artist in my household, Mary Chapin Carpenter was perhaps the first female vocalist I heard while driving around with my parents. At least she’s one that I remember most vividly.
Also, since Mardi Gras is coming up, this seems doubly appropriate. Here’s to the Big Easy, New Orleans. May your music and food never get swept away by your Hurricanes…
Just kidding. There’s enough nonsense going on in this world. I’ll just stay a little murky around the edges. That should work fine. Here’s today’s tune, from one of my “bread and butter” artists growing up:
First, some background: today is the day my sister and I celebrate each other. Robin and I have been through a lot together, including a lot of music and a lot of television shows. For whatever reason, I have a vivid recollection of watching Nick at Night with her, eating Grandma Jeffrey’s amazingly-good and famous burritos, and having lots of fun. One of the shows we watched was The Monkees. In addition to belting out the title song, we also were quite found of singing this one (and practicing the monkey walk in the grocery store. We also did a dance called ‘Strawberry-Kiwi,’ but that’s a story for another time).
This one’s for you, Ro-bear. My forever partner in crime.
*p.s. Fixed the audio again! It’s a learning process…
Hello again, Mr. Porter.
This is one of those songs that definitely requires an underground club, a dimly twinkling gown, smoke hanging thick in the air, red lipstick-stained teeth, a stiff drink, and a single spotlight.