A Musical Interlude

Hi everybody, and Happy Laundry Day!

Some of you had fun adding extra bits — bumper stickers, theme songs, URLs — to your Famous Dead Person Blog Contest entries. And I was reflecting this morning that I already hear a particular pop song in my head for two of your real-life blogs. So I thought, wouldn’t it be fun to play around on YouTube and discover other theme songs?

I had three criteria: I really like the song; it has to come from the country where the blogger lives; and it can be located on YouTube.

Today’s list, then, is:

Theme Songs for My Blogroll

1. Checkers’ World. Checkers knows how to relax and have fun, to lie in the sunshine or walk barefoot in the park. My theme song for him is the Lovin’ Spoonful’s What a Day for a Daydream. I’m sorry this video leaves Fido at home, but the stop action is kinda funny.

2. Cody Bear’s Friends. I started with the Captain Kangaroo TV show opener, and soon found Dolly Parton singing the perfect song on his show! Someone else has posted a much better, non-Captain version. Here’s Cracker Jack, goin’ out to Goodbear!

3. Dog Daily Photo is all about the Beautiful Pupple, as seen by the puparazzi. I chose Steely Dan’s richly-layered song, Peg, for this dog blog.

4. Drawing the Motmot. When I think of New England, I think of Robert Frost. I found a slide-show video with Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening set to music by a guy named Dan Sample.

5. Laugh in the Sun. This one is dedicated to Alyson and her husband and kids and chickens and horse and garden and canning and writing and housework and… Anyway, here’s the Little River Band’s Help Is On Its Way.

6. One Little Detail. Livingisdetail’s selected theme song is already a theme song, for an Australian television series on their goldrush days. I don’t quite remember what the show was called; the German who posted the video on YouTube shows German credits, with the title meaning “A Handful of Gold.” The song is Golden Pennies.

7. The Aged Cat. I couldn’t think of a better choice than The Byrds singing Pete Seeger’s Turn, Turn, Turn.

8. Themarvelousinnature. Again, there was one obvious choice: Gordon Lightfoot and Pussywillows, Cattails. I read somewhere a long time ago that he wrote this song for his grandmother. The guy who posted this one, thomasj157, has lots of nice slideshow presentations using Lightfoot’s music.

9. The Right Blue. Three times lucky! Here’s John Denver singing Calypso. (No, he’s not imitating Harry Belafonte; Calypso was the name of Jacques Cousteau’s ship.)

10. The Unwound Road. Eyegillian writes about current issues with a slight philosophical slant — and once in a while, allows a peek into how she really feels. I’ve chosen Bruce Cockburn’s Wondering Where the Lions Are because it employs the same deception, using a bouncy rhythm and cheery tune to half-conceal some pretty deep lyrics.

11. Urban Observation. This one, along with Checkers’ World, are the two blogs for which I already had theme songs. Boy, was I surprised to learn that both songs are by the same group! Here once again is the Lovin’ Spoonful, with Summer in the City.

12. Yasashiikuma.  Shelley can rhyme off all the dogs who ever played in the Canadian TV series The Littlest Hobo. Youtube has the original version from 1963, and the one from the 70s. Travelin’ around from town to town…

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s concert. Thanks for listening!

22 Responses to A Musical Interlude

  1. goodbear says:

    perfect. this post has totally made me smile. it is one of the best blog post ideas EVER!
    thanks, lavenderbay, for being so thoughtful and fun!

  2. goodbear says:

    and….i love that steely dan song!

  3. Alyson says:

    LRB rocks! You really did your homework, you clever clever thing! This morning I shall smile now and sing that song and not so reluctantly mop! Thanks for giving me a good day :).

  4. lavenderbay says:

    I’m glad you liked it, Goodbear! Especially since I now realize that “Peg” was the only video I didn’t watch all the way through. Oops — I didn’t realize how many risque shots it has!

    I was 17 when the Little River Band’s “Reminiscing” came out. I loved it; it made me want to be 75 so I could reminisce, too…

  5. goodbear says:

    i didn’t watch it, as i had it playing in another window when i read about the rest of the theme songs!

    “cody bear” fits so well into “cracker jack”!

  6. livingisdetail says:

    What a fantastic post idea – I wish I’d thought of it! You know, I have never heard of this show – I wonder why I missed it? Where was I? Anyway, great choice – I love the historical images and the nostalgia of the song. Now I will have to investigate the show too. Thanks lavenderbay.

  7. eyegillian says:

    I’ve always enjoyed that Bruce Cockburn song — thanks for giving me a reason to check out the words and enjoy it anew!

    I love your other choices, too… but, um, where’s the song for Voice of the Turtle?!?

  8. lavenderbay says:

    I’ve only seen the closing credits myself, Livingisdetail. No membries as to how I didn’t watch the show. I had thought, in fact, that it was a childhood memory, but my son was three when it was first aired. I guess it was somebody’s childhood.

    I’m glad you liked your choice, Eyegillian.

  9. Shelley says:

    LOL!! I know all the Hobo dogs because I actually got to spend time with Chuck and the dogs 🙂

    But with my schedule lately…Traveling around from town to town fits just perfectly!

  10. lavenderbay says:

    OMG, another brush with fame!!!! The closest I ever got before was my (now ex-) sister-in-law, a dental hygienist, who used to clean Farley Mowat’s teeth.

    Oh, and Goodbear, I thought you were saying that the story of Cracker Jack (a rescue dog) worked well as a parallel to Cody Bear, but I’ve just realized that you mean “Cody Bear” scans like “Cracker Jack”. Cool!

  11. Gina says:

    I think you hit the nail on the head with Cody Bear and Checker’s songs. Great post!

  12. lavenderbay says:

    Well hi, Gina! How nice of you to drop in! I’m glad you liked my selections. I had a lot of fun researching this post.

  13. Shelley says:

    You live with the great-grandson of a celebrity and you’re telling me that you haven’t been close to fame 😉

    Penny, Cai’s great grandmother, was Queenie on the Shining Time Station special, Queen for a Day. That’s where the photo of her with Jeanette Charles comes from – Jeanette played the queen. She was also in the Bell Canada Calling Card commercial “Daddy’s Little Girl”, and in commercials for Altamira Investments and Kellogs.

    Donovan my wolfhound was “Blue” – the Labatt’s Blue Light dog.

  14. Thank you so much for including The Right Blue in your musical interlude showcase, and your choice of “Calypso” for us is humbling. We just played the video and, as we say here in Hawaii, “it gave us chicken skin.”

    Bobbie & Jerry

  15. lavenderbay says:

    I’ve gotta admit, Right Blue, that “Calypso” was the piece that made me weepiest, and I was in a weepy frame of mind that morning.
    “Chicken skin”! I love it! It’s actually very close to the French, chair de poule, which word-for-word sez chicken flesh, but still means goose bumps.

    I’m gonna hafta hawk out Cai’s pedigree, Shelley, and have a closer look!

    One reason I didn’t include my theme song, Eyegillian, is that it’s not on YouTube. I went out today and bought an album with it, and if I can figure out a way for everyone to hear it, I’ll post about it.

  16. Checkers says:

    My owner likes that daydream song. You sure know me! I love stop action stuff. Cool video

  17. lavenderbay says:

    I thought it might tickle your funnybone, Checkers! Glad you enjoyed it.

  18. TheAgedCat says:

    I found you! (The links to your avatar weren’t working.)

    Thank you so much for including The Aged Cat in your musical interlude. I’ve always loved that song! These were spot on. You could be scoring films!

    Incidentally, when I followed one of the links to YouTube, I came across one that made me blubber. In a good way. Did you see “Monkeyless John, Molly the Cat and A Daisy a Day?” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV3VaUt4W9Y)

  19. lavenderbay says:

    Oh my, Aged Cat, I haven’t heard “Daisy a Day” in decades! I’m feeling all smiley and sniffly already, and I haven’t even had my first cup of coffee. I’m gonna go check it out now.

    Dam, there’s brine in my coffee. I think it was the window perch.

  20. themarvelousinnature says:

    Great choice, I like it! I think I would have trouble thinking of appropriate songs for everyone on my list.

    I left a lengthier comment in response to yours on my blog, but regarding shade-grown coffee, try either Kicking Horse, which can be found in major supermarkets, or Birds and Beans, which does orders online or has a store on Lake Shore here in Toronto (as well as a number of cafes that carry their brand). http://www.birdsandbeans.ca/

  21. lavenderbay says:

    My Can Lit teacher introduced me to Gord’s music when I was in grade 9, and Lightfoot remained my hero all through high school. And yes, Marvelousinnature, I’m lucky that my blogroll is a bit shorter than some, and that the styles and interests of its writers are so varied.

    Thanks for the information and the link on bird-friendly coffee. I’ll swing by your site this morning and take a look. Maybe if I learn and experiment enough, I’ll write a post on it one of these days!

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