Today is the last day of Bee’s music prompts for the month and I get to choose my own lurve songs, no theme. I want to thank Bee for putting together the prompt list ~ I had lots of fun rediscovering old faves and finding out new facts about classic tunes. I leave you with these two:
“Love Hurts” by Nazareth, 1975 (first written by Boudleaux Bryant in 1960 for the Everly Brothers). This is one of my all-time faves ~ and I just now learned it was written for another group. So interesting.
“The Story” by Brandi Carlile, 2007. Once, I felt exactly like this about someone, but it was all a lie, so I turned into a butterfly and flew away.
Bee asks for our favorite love song from a film, and as I noted yesterday, I’m sharing two faves for the rest of the month (not much longer to go now).
My first fave is “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, 1997. It was in the adorable romcom How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 2003, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. Apparently “Kiss Me” was in other movies and TV shows too, but like who cares?
My second one is from Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock. It’s “She’s a Lady” by Tom Jones. The movie is from Y2K and the song was originally written by Paul Anka in 1970, but I think most people know and like Tom’s version best. This one is an extended mashup with the movie though. Enjoy! 😍
You probably noticed I missed the last two days of Bee’s music prompts. I’m sorry! But it would really have been cheating to share a favorite love song (or any song) from an opera or in a foreign language. I simply don’t listen to them and never have. It’s not like looking up oldies and remembering I liked one. Anyway, to make up for it, I’m going to share two (2) songs per day for the rest of the month in these prompts. Yay! 💖
Today’s prompt is my favorite lurve song from a musical, and you’re gonna laugh (hope so), but I just adore “The Lonely Goatherd” from The Sound of Music (1958). And I love how Gwen Stefani mashed it up in her 2006 hit “Wind It Up.”
Today Bee asks for a song from the country I love the most. Welp, I’m not feeling super patriotic these days, though I guess I’m glad I live in the US and not some place we’re currently bombing or threatening to bomb. Which is pretty much everywhere else, eh? I could say I love California, but I don’t really, though there are certainly good things about it, like the gorgeous coastline and mountains. There are also bad things, like the cost of living. Chicago had great food and museums, and I miss the friends I left there (not that they’re all still there either), but the weather is insane. I was born in New York, and I’m at that age where memories become misty and you say dopey things like mmm I probably would have been happier if I’d lived my life on the East Coast like I was meant to.
“New York, New York” was written in 1977 by Fred Ebb and John Kander, and it was originally recorded by Liza Minelli. I prefer Frank Sinatra’s cover.
With that, I present the one and only Ol’ Blue Eyes…
“Let’s be friends.” That works plenty of times when the romance was relatively tame and the breakup mild with only one or two bandaids needed and a week’s recovery time, if that, before moving on.
But! When you can’t even bear a song or a street or a food or anything that reminds you of the person for years without crying again, that’s a different thing. When the romance, however short-lived or one-sided, was crazy wild and full of passion (even if an illusion) and the breakup hurtful or ghostly, friendship isn’t an option. At least not for me. Just go away and stay away. 💔
“Don’t Expect Me to Be Your Friend” was written by Roland Kent LaVoie(Lobo) in 1972.
Jewish Atheist here, but yep I love this fun, upbeat song by Norman Greenbaum, also Jewish, who listened to some Gospel music in 1969 and thought hey I could write a song like that. And so he did and it became a monster hit. ⭐️
Funny side note. I read Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome to Temptation around Y2K and thought hey I too could write a sexy fun contemporary romance novel in a similar irreverent snarky voice. And so I did and nothing happened. 🙄
Today Bee’s prompt is a song for our pet, and not to be too mushy but I love my little kitty more than almost anything. He saved me when I was super duper depressed (more than once), and I am so lucky and grateful he’s in my life.
Many have covered this song, originally written and recorded by Bob Dylan in 1970, but I like Bryan Ferry best because yummy Brit. 💖
My first husband and I “eloped” to Vegas. We told both sets of parents (mine were upset), but basically we wanted to do something impulsive and fun ~ we were in our mid-20s, independent, so no big deal. When we returned, my mother bought us a cake from the grocery store. The marriage lasted one year.
My second husband and I had a nice wedding, though small. It was at a hotel with a snooty French chef who didn’t “do” pastry. He also refused to allow outside food in “his” restaurant. He made us a baked Alaska as a compromise. That marriage lasted 21 years.
So, the one thing I absolutely require at my next wedding, should there be one, is a real actual proper WEDDING CAKE. And that brings us to this song: “Doll Parts,” written by Courtney Love in 1994. It’s not exactly a romantic song, but it’s honest, dammit, and that’s what counts.
I’m not sure which songs count as queer. Do they have to be by queer artists or have explicitly queer lyrics? This isn’t clear to me. Wikipedia says there are gay anthem songs, and “Come To My Window” (1993) is one. I’ve always loved it, plus Melissa Etheridge is queer (not all the anthem artists are), so that’s double points.
PS: It’s not my fault that Wikipedia says gay and not queer; I’m using queer because Bee is using it for her prompt. I have no opinion on which word should be used. If either or both are now wrong, sorry!
Again, I was clueless about choosing a current song ~ one from this year? So, I let YouTube pull up a playlist and I stared at it. Started playing a few songs, meh. Then I saw this vid with bunnies against a moon. Wait, it’s from Watership Down? First, how is that new? Second, how is that a love song? Ooh, Sam Smith! I like him! I had to listen obviously.
Well, not only is this song utterly fantastic, but the video made me cry. The movie came out as a reboot in December 2018, so the date is close enough for Bee’s music prompt game.