Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs About Bees

We had a new front porch and stairs put on the house last summer. The other day, I walked out the door and found sawdust on the stairs, a sure sign that carpenter bees are chewing their way into the new porch. We found some spray, and learned online that the trick is to shoot Sevin dust into the holes. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get rid of them, please let me know in the comments.

Anyway, I decided to share some songs about bees.

Slim Harpo, “King Bee” Slim Harpo is probably best known fo the song “Scratch My Back,” but he was a bona fide blues guitarist, harmonicist, and singer. This is a classic blues number

Blake Shelton, “Honey Bee” I was actually looking for the next song, found this one, and knew I had some country music fans out there, so I included it here.

Muddy Waters, “Honey Bee” Muddy would always get a little wild on the slide guitar on this one, and it seemed the older he got, the wilder he got. But it always sounded good.

Al Hirt, “Green Bee” This song and the next are arrangements of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee.” It was used as the original theme for the radio show The Green Hornet as well as in the serials, so naturally, when the show moved to TV, they licensed the rights for it and gave the job of playing it to trumpeter extraordinaire Al Hirt. Al released the song as “Green Bee” on his 1966 album The Horn Meets “The Hornet”. That’s Van Williams with Al on the album jacket.

Liberace, “Bumble Boogie” Say what you will about Liberace, he could play the piano. “Bumble Boogie” was a hit for B. Bumble and The Stingers in 1961, but the song goes back to 1946, when pianist Jack Fina played it with Freddy Martin and His Orchestra. Given the age of the clip, Lee’s version was sometime in between.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 17, 2017.

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29 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Songs About Bees

  1. I was thinking how I could help with the bees here in my yard. I did not think about carpenter bees at all.

    Thanks for sharing the music.


  2. Carpenter bees are a real pain to get rid of. I also have heard about Sevin dust but don’t know how effective it is. Great selection of music. Do you remember the song “The Happy Organ” by Dave “Baby” Cortez?


    1. I certainly do! In fact, I have it somewhere in my collection. Rhino put out a series of CD’s called “Rock Instrumental Classics.” There were discs for the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies as well as ones for soul and surf. I think it was on the Fifties disc, along with “Bongo Rock” and “Sleepwalk.”

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  3. We have carpenter bees and we don’t bother them…mind you we know we will be replacing those steps one day. I’m in awe of how perfectly round the holes are because they look man made. Love the blues and they can sing about anything. The Liberace clip is great and really shows how truly talented he was and this is before all his diamond capes


    1. My stepfather (who was a priest at the time) saw Liberace once and said he put on a fantastic show. Evidently, Lee saw Tex in his black suit and Roman collar, knelt down and blessed himself, then pointed up and said “is He watching?” For all the showmanship, Liberace was an incredible piano player.


  4. Carpenter bees are so not fun! But your song choices certainly are! πŸ˜‰ The Blake Shelton one is my absolute favorite!

    OK, so about getting rid of those bees – an old timer friend of ours in PA told us the trick is to fill a sprayer with 1 part dish soap, 4 parts water. Shake it up and make it sudsy before spraying – but spray everywhere there’s evidence of bees. It’s better to do it when the bees are in for the night (dusk/night), but if that’s not a possibility, just make sure pets and loved ones aren’t outside, and you wear protection because you’ll make some bees mad. The soap/water mix will cling to them (and their hideout/path/etc) and suffocate them. The soapy residue remains and makes the area they may have set up shop or a home unattractive to future infiltrators. It really works! And it’s not toxic to humans, pets or plants! πŸ™‚ We had carpenter bees at our old house in PA – after spraying the soapy spray, they disappeared. Also, if you find any holes they’ve burrowed into, don’t just caulk them, put steel wool in first before caulking, because they’ll chew right through the caulk. If they’ve laid any eggs in the holes, putting steel wool in before sealing the holes will also ensure no hatching bees will burst forth later. πŸ™‚


    1. It’s amazing the things Dawn is good for besides washing the dishes, isn’t it? Mary bought a few cans of insecticide that seems to be doing the trick. When I went out this morning, I didn’t run into them like I have the last few mornings, nor did I see any sawdust on the stairs or porch. I hope it means they’ve given up. I don’t like to kill things if I don’t have to…


  5. John, you are so much fun! Great tunes and omg… LIberace! I haven’t even thought about him in like forever. I’ve been watching his videos all afternoon… they’re fantastic & personally I think he’s fun too watch… some of the stories he can tell. DANG!!! Thank you for a fun afternoon!!! hahahaha Love it! Thank you and by the way… YOU ROCK!!!


    1. He was a remarkable piano player with the talent to be one of the greatest concert pianists, but he also had the showmanship and sense of humor it took to be a great entertainer. He loved the music and took it seriously, but never took himself seriously, and loved his audience. The outfits and jokes were his way of saying “Have a good time!” And people did.


  6. John, I hate carpenter bees! We get those around here and it’s hard to get rid of them. In fact, if you find a good way then let me know. I know we’ve had to spray in the past professionally to rid ourselves of carpenter ants but DH found a spray that he puts down around the perimeter of the house usually once in the spring and once in the fall and this keeps them away. I think it’s a product by Bayer. I’ll check with him if you’re interested. Best of luck getting rid of the bees and what a fun way to tie in with today’s freebie pick on Monday Mewsic Moves Me! Thanks for dropping by for a dance and peek at today’s Art Sketching Through the Alphabet “N” (Nightingale) post!


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