Thursday, June 21, 2012

by Jean Roberta

This is immensely frustrating. I tried to post my summer song list here, but when I tried to give my post a title, the whole post disappeared.

This is my second try.

Here is a driving rock song from my youth:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FSicQwimU

& another classic:

www.mondaypapers.com/summerinthecity/summersong.html

The following piece seems like the themesong for summer 1982, when I had my first sexual relationship with a woman. (she stole my bank account.) (Strangely enough, it was written int he 1960s but only became a hit in 1981.)

http://www.last.fm/music/Soft+Cell/_/Tainted+Love

Things got better! Here is my themesong for the summer of 1989, when I became involved with the Latina who is now my legal spouse, and I finally got my Master's degree after passing the oral exam (no pun intended) in which I defended my thesis on five novels by Doris Lessing. This song is all about dreams come true in a vaguely Latin setting:

http://www.last.fm/music/Madonna/_/La+Isla+Bonita

Here is a hot summer classic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYxoAJ3Boyc

Note that this song is awesomely covered by a home-grown (from the town where I live) velvet-voiced prairie singer-songwriter, Heather Bishop, but I couldn't find her version on-line.

Here is a favourite of mine, "Greensleeves," which my mother taught me to sing at age 3 to impress grownups. This version, by the King's Singers (UK) is the same arrangement that I sang with Prairie Pride Chorus, a local choir which dwindled away until it folded. Alas, my loves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmOb5H8KL30

Here is the funniest song about summer here in Saskatchewan I've ever heard:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRJCWyNvY7U

If you missed some of the lyrics, here they are:

http://artists.letssingit.com/arrogant-worms-lyrics-the-last-saskatchewan-pirate-c73bzxw

Okay, now I hope this will post.

Speaking of pirates, I must rush off to continue checking student essays. The plagiarism is out of hand.





3 comments:

  1. Hi Jean!

    Its fun to see what songs people grow up with. That Peggy Lee song is something I've been hearing forever. It reminds me of the kitchen radio when I was a kid.

    Garce

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  2. Hi, Jean,

    "La Isla Bonita" is one of my favorites.

    Sorry about Blogger. Sometimes it seems designed to frustrate.

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  3. Thanks for the comments! I hope Blogger will be more user-friendly for my next post.

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