March 3: I (wish) I did I did I did the Iditarod Trail! “The Iditarod Song” by Hobo Jim. LYRICS SPOTIFY Learn More about the Iditarod, which starts today. Thanks, Pat O’Brien, for teaching me and our students about this event oh-so-many years ago.
March 5: Opening day is 23 days away and spring training is in full swing… “Centerfield” by John Fogerty. Here is a LYRIC video (with a live performance) and a fabulous baseball history video version of the song. Thanks to Dave & Marianne Harrison for the suggestion! LYRICS CHORDS SPOTIFY
March 9: Gotta keep it together…”Goose Snow Cone” written and performed by Aimee Mann from her new album Mental Illness. I am a huge fan and love this song, especially the cello harmony. LYRICS SPOTIFY
March 11: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” is a song on the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) list of songs all Americans should know. And here is a beautiful a cappella version by Committed. Thanks to Lois Himes for the suggestion! LYRICS & HISTORY SPOTIFY
March 13: “Can’t You See” written by Toy Caldwell and performed by the Marshall Tucker Band. And here’s a version by Zac Brown featuring Kid Rock, just for you, SSA; HB. LYRICS SPOTIFY (And an extra-special shout-out to the wonderfully talented Dr. George Weigle, our Staples Choir Director, on his 90th birthday: Thank you for bringing so much joy to so many lives. This one’s for you: Ride The Chariot) (Thanks, SCW, for the reminder)
March 15: “You know, you can say it backwards, which is ‘dociousaliexpilisticfragicalirupes’, but that’s going a bit too far, don’t you think?” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins” (1964); sung by Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke and written by the Sherman Brothers (no relation). Thanks for the suggestion, Kerry! LYRICS SPOTIFY
March 16: Uh Oh! What to do when the YouTube Account of your Song of the Day video is closed?? Don’t worry about a thing! Just post another one: “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” by Stevie Wonder NOT performing live in 1974, but still pretty darn good. And in 2016, this version was sung by Meena & Tori Kelly in the animated movie “SING”. LYRICS SPOTIFY Thanks for the suggestion, Josh Margolis, and HB to my one of my favorite harmonizers, Joyce Rossell Alla. Bedford El Forever!
March 21: “It Might As Well Be Spring” from the musical “State Fair” by Rodgers & Hammerstein, sung here by Nina Simone. This song won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1945. (If you’d like a lyric video of this song, here’s one from the 1962 movie. The actress is Pamela Tiffin but the singer is Anita Gordon; Pamela is lip-syncing.) LYRICS SPOTIFY
March 24: Why are there so many songs about Rainbows? (who cares! I still love ’em!) “Rainbow Connection” in Hawaiian by The Brothers Cazimero for my wonderful friend Lori on her birthday. Aloha wau ia ‘oe, e ku’u hoa. (And for those of you who are craving a little Kermit, here you go… Kermit The Frog Rainbow Connection Sing-Along) LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY
March 27: Do it! It’s your time to shine, don’t wait in line… “Waka Waka” sung by Shakira, featuring the South African band Freshlyground. Here’s the Shakira video, too, if you have a little extra time today. HB, DW! LYRICS SPOTIFY SONG HISTORY
March 28: Yearning to mingle with the old time throng? “Give My Regards To Broadway” written by George M. Cohan and performed here by James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy“. If you prefer to “follow the bouncing ball”, click here to sing along! LYRICS SPOTIFY SONG HISTORY
March 29: OPENING DAY and HOME (plate) is where I wanna be! “Running Home” written and sung by me, produced by Josh Margolis & Peter Propp and inspired by Bennett and all of his teammates from Westport Little League. Wish I could upload the amazing MLB end-of-the season re-cap video from 2009 made by Russell Sherman, but MLB owns the rights and I can’t seem to upload it. It was really good, though (thank you, R.A.S.). LYRICS SPOTIFY SONG HISTORY Have fun out there!
March 30: “Ol’ Man River” (music by Jerome Kern and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II) sung by William Warfield from Showboat. Suggested by Ellen Kuroghlian, whose husband “Dr. K” was one of my favorite teachers at Staples High School. Thanks for the suggestion! LYRICS SPOTIFY Song History