A Song For Today: JULY

July 1:  We should have done this sooner… “Crack The Case”.  Six months down and six months to go on this crazy New Year’s Resolution I called “singdaily.com”.  I hope you’ve enjoyed receiving it as much as I’ve enjoyed doing it.  To kick off the second half of 2018, I encourage you to think about and sing along with this song, one of my new favorites by Dawes.  (Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law, Catherine Lewis.)  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

July 2: “When Will I Be Loved?” written by Phil Everly and performed here by Linda Ronstadt (listen for James Taylor singing harmony).  On the “Heart Like A Wheel” album this song fades directly into “Willin'” by Lowell George; it’s a beautiful thing… (Happy Birthday to Tyra Fullam, one of my very favorite teachers and babysitters!)  LYRICS SPOTIFY

July 3: Because you’re mine…. “I Walk The Line” written and recorded in 1956 by Johnny Cash.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 4:  From sea to shining sea… “America The Beautiful” with lyrics by Katherine Lee Bates and music by Samuel Ward.  And, as an added bonus, here’s Ray Charles singing it on The Dick Cavett Show in 1972.  (Thanks to Melissa & Doug for the beautiful Westport fireworks!)   LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

July 5:  Could it be the devil in me, or is this the way it’s supposed to be?  (or is it Global Warming???) “Heatwave” written by the Holland–Dozier–Holland songwriting team (man, they were good!) and sung here by Martha and The VandellasLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 6:  You may be wrong for all I know, but… “You May Be Right” by Billy Joel  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 7:  It’s a fruit-based love…“Watermelon” by Tom RosenthalLYRICS SPOTIFY Happy Birthday to Alison Werner Cooper!

July 8:  His heart is the tenderest… It’s A Typical Day in Dogpatch U.S.A. from L’il Abner.  Happy Birthday to my father-in-law, Richard Propp.  LYRICS SPOTIFY

July 9:  Been dreamin’ of this since a child… “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons.  (Here’s the LYRIC VIDEO so that you can sing along.) Happy Birthday to Will Hardy!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 10:  If I had a song, I’d sing it in my car… “If I Had A Hammer” by Pete Seeger & Lee Hays and performed by Christopher BillLYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 11:  When the sky is bright, everything’s all right… “Daisy Jane” by America.  Happy Birthday to my dear friend LFS (there’s no accounting for some people’s shyness; you’ll just have to figure it out yourselves.)  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 12:  She’ll be drivin’ six white horses when she comes…. “She’ll Be Comin’ Around The Mountain” performed by Tommy Scott.  Thanks for the suggestion, Carol Fisher, and welcome to Sing Daily!  LYRIC VIDEO  SPOTIFY

July 13:  She’s the best one that we’ve ever had… “The Babysitter’s Here” written and performed by Dar Williams.  LYRICS AND SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 14:   No Professor Doom gonna stand in my way…“I Feel Lucky” by Mary-Chapin Carpenter.  Happy Birthday to my cousin, Lori Raineri!  LYRICS SPOTIFY

July 15:  ‘Cause we got one life… LIVE IT UP! by Nicky Jam featuring Will Smith & Era Istrefi.  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

July 16:  So come pick me up, I’ve “LANDED” by Ben Folds.  Happy Birthday to Julie Lyon Borden.  Can’t wait to be with you again at NFF ’18!   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 17:  My heart going boom, boom, boom… “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel. Thx for the suggestion, Jen Dowd!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS   SPOTIFY

July 18:  There’s nothing sweeter… “I Want Candy” sung by Aaron Carter and originally a hit for The Strangeloves, so you must check out their version and dance along with the back-up dancers!  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 19:  She was truckin’ on down the avenue, not a single thing to do…. “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” performed by Ella Fitzgerald and written by Al Feldman (aka Van Alexander) in 1938.  My favorite part is when the band sings along; you should, too!  LYRICS  SONG HISTORY  SPOTIFY

July 20:  All I see is love… “Wave Your Flag” by Afrojack.  Thanks to DJ Nashaly for the suggestion.  (Here’s the official video, too.) LYRICS  SPOTIFY

July 21:   Sweeter than candy on a stick… “Lollipop” sung by The Chordettes and written by Beverly Ross and Julius Dixon.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 22:  It’s simple as can be… Say Liza With A ‘Z’ written by Kander and Ebb and performed by Liza Minelli from the concert film of the same name.  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

July 23:  Funny, but it seems I always wind up here with you… “Rainy Days and Mondays” by Paul Williams & Roger Nichols, performed by The Carpenters.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 24:  We always could spot a friend… “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme song written & performed by John Sebastian and suggested by the very fun and funny birthday girl, Katherine Bruan. HB, also, to Aleda Santos Warren & Christine Schmitt Theiss!  LYRICS SPOTIFY

July 25:  The  memory of love’s refrain… “Stardust” composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish.  Thanks to Becky Marvin for the suggestion!  LYRICS  SPOTIFY

July 26:   She went to find a jolly hour on the trolley and she found my heart instead… “The Trolley Song” from “Meet Me In St. Louis” from 1944.  This song was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and sung here by Judy Garland.  In memory of my wonderful mother-in-law, Vera Ruth Winston Propp, whose genius parents, Irwin & Alice, moved Vera and her brother Peter from Germany to St. Louis at the beginning of World War II.  We are forever grateful. LYRICS  SPOTIFY

July 27:   If you know it, show it… “On and On” by Stephen Bishop.  Happy Birthday to my beautiful grandmother Rose Klayman, who always showed her love (and managed to stay tan in the process) and to my marvelous cousin Craig Sherman and his beautiful smile.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 28:  I think she’s clever ’cause she stops people dying… Avant Gardener by Courtney Barnett, who’s playing today at the Newport Folk Festival (I hope she plays this one!)  LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY

July 29:  You can dance in a hurricane… “The Eye” by Brandi Carlile.  I can not wait to hear her at the Newport Folk Festival today.  I will be singing along… NPR ARTICLE ABOUT THIS SONG  LYRICS SPOTIFY

July 30:  I will drink in and always be full.. “Run-Around” written by John Popper and performed by Blues Traveler.  LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY

July 31:  I’m savin’ my love for you… ‘“Ain’t Misbehavin'” written by Fats Waller, Andy Razaf & Harry Brooks and performed by Fats Waller in the movie “Stormy Weather” from 1943. (Here’s a lyric video so that you can sing along with Nat King Cole.)  Also, check out this animated movie about Fats Waller called “Jazz Time Tale”; it was the Propp kids’ favorite movie when they were in elementary school.   LYRICS & SONGFACTS  SPOTIFY