It’s Monday! And we have a new guest conductor: Kim from The Reinvintaged Life. Her first assignment for all of us is to play songs about spring, flowers, rain, and anything else “springy.” Before we start, though, I’ve done a playlist with 28 of my favorite “rain” songs (it used to be 30, but two vanished), so I’ll probably stay away from those. Anyway, here we go…
- The Cowsills, “The Rain, The Park, and Other Things” The Cowsills were a family band, like The Partridge Family (i fact, The Cowsills were the basis for the Partridges) that had a few hits in the ’60’s. This reached #2 in 1967.
- Neil Diamond, “Sweet Caroline” Not a “spring” song per se, but there is that line “’twas in the spring, and spring became the summer.” It reached #4 in the US (#3 on the Adult Contemporary chart) in 1969.
- Tom Lehrer, “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park” A frighteningly cheery song by the master of songs like this one, former Harvard professor Tom Lehrer. From the album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer.
- Jason Donovan, “Rhythm of the Rain” Jason won a Battle of the Bands on this one back in 2015. I have another Battle that just started today that pits two foreign versions of the song against one another that you might be interested in participating in. It’s in the post immediately preceding this one, so feel free.
- Bing Crosby, “Easter Parade” Easter is the quintessential spring holiday, and 1942’s Holiday Inn, with Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Marjorie Reynolds is the quintessential holiday movie. This song is from that movie. But you probably already knew that.
- The Statler Brothers, “Flowers On The Wall” My brother Kip would like to remind you that this was played at an interesting juncture in the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, which I haev yet to see in its entirety. Title track from their 1965 album, it reached #2 on the Country chart, #4 on the Hot 100, and #1 in Canada.
- Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong, “April In Paris” I always marvel that these two sound so good together. This recording features Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums.
- The Beach Boys, “Graduation Day” Late spring is the time of year for graduations at all levels, so this fit the theme. It’s been sung by a number of acts where harmony is key, such as The Lettermen, The Four Freshmen, and The Arbors, who reached #19 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1967.
- Lynn Anderson, “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” This turned out to be a crossover hit for Ms. Anderson, reaching #1 on the Country chart, #3 on the Hot 100, and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US and #1 on both the Country and Pop chart in Canada in 1970.
- The Beatles, “Rain” Always good to get a song by The Fab Four in whenever possible. This was the flip side of “Paperback Writer” and hit #1 just about everywhere in the English-speaking world in 1966.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 1, 2019.