March earworm roundup

I wake up almost every morning with an earworm. Some fade quickly, other last for days. Sometimes they make me happy, sometimes they make me doubt my own sanity. They come from all genres. I can never figure out what triggered them. The only thing I do know and that they do without fail is reinforce my belief that all music is connected and good music never goes out of style.

Here’s a roundup of my March earworms.

  1. Tommy James and the Shondells – Crimson and Clover

  2. Trio – Da Da Da (HaHa – you’re welcome)

  3. Pink Martini – Donde estas Yolanda

  4. Rod McKuen – Without A Worry In The World

  5. Roxy MusicLove Is The Drug

  6. Reunion – Life Is a Rock

  7. Ann Peebles – I Can t Stand the Rain

  8. Main Ingredient –  Everybody Plays the Fool

  9. Gary Wright – DreamWeaver

  10. Bobby Rydell – Wild One (Do you ever go back to an old song and suddenly realize it offends you…?)

  11. The Left Banke – Walk Away Renee

  12. Tony Christie – Is This The Way To Amarillo

  13. Wilbert Harrison – Kansas City

  14. Northern Lights – Tears are not Enough

  15. Barbra Streisand – Don’t Rain On My Parade 

  16. Freddie Scott – Hey Girl

  17. Dale And Grace – Stop And Think It Over

  18. Roy Orbison – Only The Lonely

  19. April March – Chick Habit

  20. Johnny Tillotson – Yellow Bird (What did I say about going back and realizing how offensive lyrics are…)

  21. Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

  22. Marty Wilde – Jezebel (O M G, are all old songs sexist…?)

  23. Al Green – Take Me To The River

  24. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love

  25. Buzzcocks – What do I get

  26. Bobby Vinton – Blue Velvet

  27. Lou Bega – Mambo No. 5

  28. Echo and the Bunnymen – The Killing Moon

  29. Big Country – In A Big Country

  30. Richard Berry and The Paroahs – Have Love, Will Travel

  31. Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine



Chuck Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017)

The world lost Chuck Berry this weekend. The man was mortal, but the work is immortal.

I’ll go. And my house will fall away
While the mice by night and the moths by day
Will nibble the covers off all my books,
And the spiders weave in the shadowed nooks.
And my dogs . . . I’ll see that they have a home
While I follow the sun, while I drift and roam
To the ends of the earth like a chip on the stream,
Like a straw on the wind, like a vagrant dream;
And the thought will strike with a swift sharp pain
That I probably never will build again
This house that I’ll have in some far day
Well . . . it’s just a dream house, anyway.

[Vagabond’s House by Don Blanding]

An Irish pub in every town, and an Irish song in every heart

My dad was born a Curry so I’m at least a wee bit Irish. They say everyone is a little bit Irish on St Patrick’s Day, which means today even that tiny bit of Irish blood is a reason to celebrate big.
I can’t share a beer over the internet; instead I’ll share some Irish songs from the Folk-BritIsles playlist on my iPod.

Bing Crosby: Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (Thats An Irish Lullaby)

John McCormack – When Irish Eyes Are Smiling

The Irish Rovers- The Orange and the Green

Dropkick Murphys – Finnegans Wake

The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem – Wild Colonial Boy

Jim McCann – Grace

The Pogues – Dirty Old Town

The Wolfe Tones – Let the People Sing

And lastly, I’ll leave you with my favourite movie kiss of all time. From The Quiet Man with the beautiful Maureen O’Hara and the handsome John Wayne.
Now go forth, and be Irish.

Women classical composers – the March edition

As is the case with all too many things historical, the talent of women composers is underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them women wrote, and continue to write, exceptional classical music that can be enjoyed today. They deserve more exposure, so it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are four female classical composers whose works I enjoy, with links to songs for each of them.

margaret_bondsMargaret Bonds (March 3, 1913 – April 26, 1972) was an African American composer and pianist. She is remembered for working with one of my favourite poets, Langston Hughes.





Jean Coulthard
Jean Coulthard

Jean Coulthard (February 10, 1908 – March 9, 2000) was a Canadian composer and part of a trio of women composers that included Barbara Pentland and Violet Archer.




Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (March 17, 1665 – June 27, 1729) was a well known French harpsichordist and composer in her time.




Els Aarne (March 30, 1917 – June 14, 1995) was an Estonian composer and pedagogue.


Classical Composers – the March edition

I have broad, perhaps somewhat eclectic taste in music. This is by accident rather than design. Most of the genres outside what gets airplay on popular radio I have luckily stumbled upon while on other paths. Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music, and that’s a shame. I feel like it’s a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are links to 31 works of classical music composed by artists born in March whose works I have enjoyed – one for each day of the month, plus links to other widely known composers and/or widely known compositions.

Portrait of J S Bach by E. G. Haussmann,
Portrait of J S Bach by E. G. Haussmann

You know their names:

You’ll recognize these tunes:

Thirty-one classical composers born in the month of March:

  1. Eugen Doga

    Karol Kurpiński
    Karol Kurpiński
  2. Alexander Goedicke 
  3. Paul Bazelaire
  4. Carlos Surinach
  5. Wibi Soerjadi
  6. Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse
  7. Heitor Villa-Lobos
  8. Karol Kurpiński
  9. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  10. Alan Hovhaness
  11. Josef Mysliveček

    Canadian composer Harry Somers
    Canadian composer Harry Somers
  12. Harry Somers 
  13. Pablo de Sarasate
  14. Ludwig Minkus 
  15. Aldemaro Romero
  16. Michel Blavet
  17. Hugo Wolf 
  18. Enrico Toselli 
  19. Pancho Vladigerov
  20. Ulvi Cemal Erkin
  21. Eduard Strauss
  22. Karl Davydov
  23. Johan Halvorsen

    Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
    Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky
  24. Josef Rheinberger
  25. Gian Francesco Malipiero
  26. Fredrik Pacius
  27. Modest Mussorgsky
  28. Dimitrie Cuclin
  29. Mykola Lysenko
  30. Johannes Matthias Sperger
  31. Johann Wilhelm Hässler