June 17: Happy Father’s Day to all of the Dads out there and a special shout-out to the fabulous, kind man who taught us the true meaning of love: “Too Young” by Sidney Lippman and Sylvia Dee and sung here by Nat King Cole. LYRICS SPOTIFY
June 14: Forever in peace may you wave…. “You’re A Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan for the musical “George Washington, Jr.” (1906) and sung here by James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942). Happy Flag Day, folks! (And happy birthday to one of my first babysitters and an amazing artist, Suzanne Ebeling-Urban!) LYRICS & HISTORY SPOTIFY
June 12: Don’t be afraid to let them show…“True Colors” written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly. This song was a number one hit for Cyndi Lauper in 1986. I have chosen the version sung by Marina & The Diamonds, and I also love Eva Cassidy’s version and Justin Timberlake & Anna Kendrick’s version from the movie “Trolls”. But my absolute favorite is the version sung by the GFS Chorus; good luck in your concerts today & tonight!
For me, this song is about understanding that we think about the same things in many different ways, so it’s ironic to me that, as I searched for lyric videos, I learned that many people think that the first word of this song is “Rows” even though I would have sworn it was “Bows”.
(The “Joni Mitchell Anthology” and the “Great Songs of the Sixties” songbooks both say “Bows”, but the lyric page on the Joni Mitchell website says “Rows”. Here is an article that mentions the discrepancy.)
What did you think it was?? E-mail me at email@example.com. And, when you’re done thinking about this, check out another incredible video with Joni, Mary Travers & Mama Cass)
June 8: “S’Wonderful” that there are people in this world who make me smile every time I see or think of them. Happy birthday to Dodo Bacharach who inspires me and keeps me believing that the world s’wonderful place. This song was written by George & Ira Gershwin and sung here by Fred Astaire & Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face“. LYRICS SPOTIFY