Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Watch Out for Mouse Heads in the Coleslaw

Isn't it wild that a song - not a tangible person or thing -is what holds so many of us up during the most difficult times in our lives? Reminds us of who we are, like Melissa's song, by Meredith Brooks:

I'm a b*tch, I'm a lover

I'm a child, I'm a mother

I'm a sinner, I'm a saint

I do not feel ashamed

I'm your hell, I'm your dream

I'm nothing in between

You know you wouldn't want it any other way

Or which remind of of what we've been and can be again, like Kay's, by Drake Bell:

Well hello let's go everybody must know there's love in my heart like a bomb
It's blowing a song inside
I'm singing
sunshine that you're bringing now and it makes me happy
Listen to the radio playin' back in stereo
Sounds like my favorite song

I'm humming along my head is ringing

And I just can't stop singing now cause it makes me happy

You're everything I need, handed from above

I can't get enough of your love
Cause it makes me happy

Mental P. Mama's favorite is Downtown, by Petula Clark. It seems it's always been her song. Forget all your cares ... :) And isn't that a fun video?

Brown Eyed Girl's song reminds of life, what it is, giving perspective when we probably need it most. The lyrics are long, but it's here, even though some kid is singing it - The River, originally by Garth Brooks (I heart Garth!). The kid's not too bad. The song itself, beautiful. I couldn't get it out of my head all morning. Thank you, Tammy!

Then Brown Eyed Girl popped in at the last minute with ANOTHER theme song! I like this one better for her, especially now that I've seen it. Y'all HAVE to go watch this song. I LOVE it.

Several of you named hymns I love. Lori, in good times and bad, finds herself singing How Great Thou Art. That one gives me goosebumps. So full and rich. Sports Mama find herself thrilled and humbled by Amazing Grace, grateful for God's grace in giving her the children she was never supposed to have. Grateful for her boys. Sports Mama - shame on you for making me cry! Then there was my aunt's Trust and Obey, which would have been my theme song otherwise.

Zobabe went all existential on me in a post dedicated to her song. Originally she chose You Are My Sunshine. Two quick stories about that song. The only part of Louisiana History that I remember from school is that one of our governors rode his horse up the White House steps singing You Are My Sunshine. Governor Davis had a bridge - the Sunshine Bridge in New Orleans - named after him and his song. And in high school, my basketball coach changed the lyrics to You Are My Basketball, and I sang it all the time.

But Zobabe decided that it wasn't such a great theme song - unrequited (I'd say codependent) love. So she's actually chosen a new course and picked Thy Mercy, My God. I've never heard it and couldn't find it on YouTube, but the audio
link is pretty. Found this though, to which she also linked, and it made me laugh. Thanks Zobabe. :)

Oh, and the title of this post? It's a reference to an old Emo Phillips sketch that always made me laugh. I couldn't find the sketch, but, for your viewing pleasure, here is a clip from Letterman's show about a million
years ago.

Thank you all for playing! I loved reading your entries, finding out about what really anchors some of you, brings you joy. What a pleasure. :) I'll be posting the winner and prize title on Friday!

Until I write again ...



~ Straight Shooter ~ said...

Knew I'd miss the deadline...I'm asking the Farmer's Wife (the one the little sweeties visited) help on this one cuz I am apparently brain dead and like I said this little assignment has kept me up at night!

Anonymous said...

I found a link on YouTube for "Thy Mercy, My God." The group is called Indelible Grace. I should have looked for a YT link before I posted. Sorry 'bout that. :)

The clip starts with thanks to the crowd, but maybe you can fast forward thru to 1:40 or so if you don't wanna listen to all that.

Indelible Grace is a college RUF ministry based out of Belmont College in TN. The personnel changes every year as a class graduates, so the faces aren't consistent from album to album. It's still great stuff. They put new tunes to old hymns and came up with some awesome arrangements. I can't say that all the links on YT are worth clicking thru, but the live version of Thy Mercy is actually better than what's on the album.

Here's a link to the main music website.

Wow. Sorry to be so long-winded!

The Sports Mama said...

Aww... didn't mean to make you cry. :) But.. here's a trick for that. (I actually use it as a vocal warm up when I'm getting ready to perform somewhere)

Sing Amazing Grace to the Gilligan's Island tune.

Very hard to cry through that version. :)

Jan Parrish said...

I like to take secular songs and give them spiritual meaning. I don't think God minds. :)

OHmommy said...

Cool! :)

Mental P Mama said...

Thanks for the warm memories. This was a wonderful idea.

AutoSysGene said...

See here everyone is choosing inspiring songs and I'm telling everyone I'm a B*tch...I guess that's irony for ya!!

Shellie said...

I guess it's a good thing I missed it cuz I can't make up my mind!

Lori said...

Awww! I liked You are My Sunshine!
My boy asks me to sing him "the sunshine song" all the time!