August 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 rarely know what triggers 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 August earworms.

Frank Sinatra & Tommy Dorsey – I’ll never smile again

Lynn Anderson – Rocky Top

Swing Out Sister – Breakout


Mighty Hannibal – Hymn No.5

Tex Williams – Smoke Smoke Smoke


Jimmy Dean – Big Bad John 

The Captain & Tenille – Love Will Keep us Together


Timi Yuro – Make The World Go Away

The Knack –  Good Girls Don’t 


Eddie Fisher – Tell Me Why 

Ketty Lester – Love Letters


The American Breed – I’m gonna make you mine

Glen Campbell – Galveston


Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love

Culture Club – Time


Seals and Crofts – Diamond Girl

Bananarama – I Heard A Rumour


The Drifters – Up on the Roof

Stray Cats – Rock This Town


The Alan Parsons Project – Eye in the Sky

Iron Butterfly – In A Gadda Da Vida


The La’s – There she goes

A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran


The McCoys – Hang on Sloopy

Collective Soul – Shine


The Four Pennies – Juliet

Michael Penn – No Myth


Bread – For All We Know

Echo and the Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar


B.J.Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head

Traffic – Dear Mr. Fantasy




A musical harvest

The fruits of summertime are here for such a brief time. It’s important to take advantage. I’ve been busy by making cherry clafouis, pear tarts, pumpkin scones, and saskatoon pie.

And of course, I’ve had appropriate music in the background while baking.

Broken down by fruit variety…


Neil Diamond – Cherry, Cherry

The Mills Brothers and Louis Armstrong – Cherry

Bee Gees – Cherry Red

Foghat – Wild Cherry

Lita Ford – Cherry Red

Billy Joe Royal – Cherry Hill Park 

The Runaways – Cherry Bomb



Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill

Prefab Sprout – Blueberry Pies

Ocean Colour Scene – Huckleberry Grove (if you wonder about this one, it’s because huckleberries and blueberries both grow wild in Alberta and they look really similar)



O. C. Smith – Little green apples

Dionne Warwick – As Long As There’s An Apple Tree

The Andrews Sisters – Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree

Connie Francis – I’ll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time



The Secret Sisters – Do You Love An Apple, Do you Love a Pear



Led Zeppelin – The Lemon Song 

Peter, Paul and Mary – Lemon Tree   



Prince – Raspberry Beret

Carole King – Raspberry Jam



The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever

The Collectors – Grass and Wild Strawberries

Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23

Coldplay – Strawberry Swing



Jay & The Techniques – Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie

Crash Test Dummies – The ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead



Seancara – The Gooseberry Bush



Bunny Wailer – Fig Tree

Peter Frampton – Fig Tree Bay

Scott Joplin – Fig Leaf Rag



Women classical composers – the August 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 two female classical composers whose works I have encountered, with links to music samples for each of them.

Portrait by Bernardo Strozzi, believed to be of Barbara Strozzi

Barbara Strozzi was an Italian Baroque composer. (died 1977)

She was lucky for her time, as her encouraged her musical ambition. She wrote for voice.

Find info on her compositions here


Betsy Jolas is a modern French composer. (born 1926)


Sally Beamish is a modern British composer of chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music as well as works for

musical theatre, film and television.  (born 1956)


Rebecca Clarke was an English composer. (died 1979)

Her work did not receive the recognition then that it does today and was largely forgotten until the 1970s.

Find info on her here


Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade was a French composer. (died 1944)

She learned piano early in her childhood but her father disapproved of her musical education so she had to continue her studies privately. Her own compositions were very popular in her day.

Find more info on her at AllMusic and on Wikipedia.  


Marion Bauer was an American composer. (died 1955)

Marion Bauer

She wrote at least 160 compositions. 


Tera de Marez Oyens was a Dutch composer who wrote over 200 works of music. (died 1996)


Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler was an Austrian-American composer. Seventeen songs by her survive. (died 1964)

Classical composers – the August 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 by composers you’ll find on my iPod, and two links to works by composers most of us would know – all artists born in August, whose works I have enjoyed.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Claude Debussy

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor     


  1. Hans Rott     
  2. Arthur Bliss   
  3. Karl Amadeus Hartmann     
  4. Anthony Payne     
  5. Henri Berger      
  6. William Schuman      
  7. Friedrich August Kummer      
  8. James Scott Skinner   
  9. Oskar Merikanto   
  10. Ernesto Lecuona     
  11. Adolf Busch   
  12. Jacques Hétu    

    Salomon Jadassohn
  13. Reynaldo Hahn    
  14. Albert Ketèlbey    
  15.  Alexander Glazunov    
  16. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber     
  17. Salomon Jadassohn
  18.  John Ireland    
  19. Leopold Hofmann     
  20. Jan Koetsier     
  21. Jacques Ibert    
  22. Francesco Canova da Milano      
  23. Ernest MacMillan     
  24. Herman Berlinski     

    George Enescu
  25. George Enescu     
  26. Moritz Moszkowski     
  27. Ernst Krenek     
  28. Constant Lambert    
  29. Stefan Wolpe    
  30. David Maslanka    
  31. Jean-Paul-Égide Martini