Tag: friday five

Friday 5: Songs with Names in the Title

I had a lot of fun with Friday 5 this week.  The topic was ‘Songs with Names in the Title’ and it turned out very eclectic. I would wager to say these 5 songs have never been combined together before this!

  1. Sherry- Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons. Classic song from the 60s. This is the first song with a name I thought of.
  2. Jolene- Dolly Parton. One of Dolly’s best songs about hoping a woman won’t take her man just because she can.
  3. Jeremy- Pearl Jam. This song is a little outside of my normal wheelhouse but it is really moving when you listen to the lyrics. It is based on a story Eddie Vedder heard about a high school student named Jeremy who shot himself in front of his English class. Very tragic of course but it describes the feelings of those bullied and when they get to that awful place in a very haunting way.
  4. Maria- Sound of Music. Talk about a change in 2 songs! There are actually a bunch of songs with Maria in the name. I guess with Virgin Mary making it such a multicultural name explains that. This is of course from Sound of Music with the nuns singing about their frustrations with the headstrong Maria.
  5. Barbara Ann- Beach Boys. Written in 1965, Barbara Ann is one of the most bopping tunes the boys ever wrote. It brings a smile to my face.

So a lot of different emotions and 5 great songs.

What are some of your favorite songs with names in the title? If you like my video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe.  Also, if you have a blog or channel participate in the Friday 5. We have some great topics coming up you won’t want to miss out on.

http://thefridayfivemusic.tumblr.com/

Friday 5: Songs About Moms

This week on the Friday 5 we are celebrating Moms. I think this proved out to be a really fun week and I have some good variety. Here are my 5 picks:

  1. Mama Says from Footloose: The Musical- A really fun little song about listening to your Mom!
  2. Mother and Child Reunion from Paul Simon- I love Paul Simon’s song writing and it is on display here. It’s a mother and child reunion and the power of that relationship.
  3. Just a Housewife from Marilyn Mathis, Not Just a Housewife- I wanted to have one song defending the life of a homemaker.  This song does a great job with that and I wish I could have included the entire song.
  4. Your Mother from Kathryn Beaumont and Peter Pan- Kathryn is one of the best vocalists in Disney history and even though I’m not the biggest Peter Pan fan she sings this song beautifully.
  5. Mama Says from The Shirelles- A classic Motown song about listening to your Mom on the bad days!

What are your favorite songs about Moms? If you have a blog or youtube channel join in with us in the Friday 5  It’s a lot of fun and we have some neat topics coming up.  To participate get the topics on the tumbler page. http://thefridayfivemusic.tumblr.com/

Friday 5: Best Songs from the 80s

Hey guys! Quick post today. I hope you are all doing well and getting ready for a fun weekend. I don’t have a ton planned but I haven’t been feeling super well so I may just rest up and work on content for next week.

Speaking of content it’s Friday so that means it’s time to participate in the Friday 5. This is a weekly series of youtubers/bloggers who get a topic and have to pick 5 songs that within that topic.  This week was wild card so we could pick whatever we want. I decided to have a little fun and dive into my favorite songs from the 1980s.

To me when I think 80s music I think of big arena type sound- you could call them epic songs! I think all 5 of my picks capture that spirit. Let me know what your favorite songs from the 80s are and what you think of my picks.

Also if you have a blog or channel you should participate in the Friday 5. It’s really fun! Take a look at the tumblr page to see upcoming topics and then join in! http://thefridayfivemusic.tumblr.com/

Have a great Friday guys!

Friday 5: Songs About Spring

Hey guys!  I hope you are having a Happy Spring!  Things are going well for me.  I’ve been keeping myself busy with blogging, movies, writing and work.  Next week I’m eagerly anticipating watching Jungle Book! Make sure you are subscribed to my channel and blog to find out my thoughts on it.

Today is Friday and that means it’s the next entry in the Friday 5 series.  This is a music series where we get a topic each week and have to pick 5 songs that fit said topic.  This week the topic is ‘Songs that Remind You of Spring’.  It’s not a time of the year that is very musical compared to Winter or Summer but I like all 5 of my picks.  They are each songs I feel are joyful and bright which is what I think of with Spring.

My 5 songs are:

Best Day of My Life-American Authors- I thought of this song because graduations and other big events happen in the Spring.  It seemed like a good fit to sing about the best day of my life!

Great Day to Be Alive- Travis Tritt- I hadn’t done a country song in a while and this one is the definition of chill.

Colors of the Wind- Pocahontas. If you’ve read my Disney blog you know I’m not the biggest Pocahontas fan but I do like the music (except Mine, Mine, Mine which is one of the worst Disney songs).  Judy Kuhn as Pocahontas’ voice is one of the best in all of Disney.  My Pocahontas Review.

Daydream Believer- The Monkees- Cheer up and sing a song with The Monkees!  This is such a fun song.

Pocketful of Sunshine- Natasha Bedingfield- It’s a song about a pocketful of sunshine. What’s more spring than that?

So those are my picks.  What would be your picks?

Friday 5: My 5 Favorite Male Singers

Hey guys!  I thought I would share with you guys my latest Friday 5 video . Friday 5 is a series where we are given a music-related topic and we are asked to pick 5 songs that fit said topic.

This week the topic is 5 Favorite Male Singers.  To make my decision easier I went with solo artists so that took out a John Fogerty, Brian Wilson, or Paul McCartney.  After that I had a fairly long list but I wanted to pick people I liked pretty much all of their songs and there had to be a good song I have not used in the Friday 5 yet (this week marks my 150th song recommendation for the Friday 5!).

Here’s what I came up with:

  1. Fire and Rain- James Taylor.  I love Fire and Rain.  It sometimes makes me cry if I am feeling down.  But honestly I love all of James Taylor’s songs and would love to see him in concert someday.
  2. Raise Me Up- Josh Groban.  Everyone knows I am a Grobanite and I’ve been saving this song because it is perhaps the most expected of Josh Groban.  I love Josh Groban’s voice and have seen him 3 times in concert including the best concert experience of my life.
  3. Piano Man- Billy Joel. You could make an argument that Billy Joel is a stronger songwriter than singer but I still love his voice and his songs.  Kind of like Raise Me Up for Groban, it was time to do the expected pick for Billy Joel too.
  4. Try a Little Tenderness- Michael Buble.  This is my 8th Michael Buble pick.  I’ve also seen him 3 times in concert and I loved it every time.  I love his original stuff and his covers like this classic song.
  5. Sweet Caroline- Neil Diamond.  This last slot I struggled putting a lot of different singers in there.  I don’t know if Neil Diamond is really my 5th favorite male singer but I do like him a lot and I hadn’t used this song so I figured why not

What do you think of my 5 songs and 5 artists?   What would you have picked?  You should join us for the Friday 5 if you have a blog or youtube channel.  It’s a ton of fun and next week’s topic is Five Songs About Fools so that should be tough!  If you do decide to play keep music clips under 25 seconds.  I haven’t been pinged once for copyright since I started that rule.

You can find out more at http://thefridayfivemusic.tumblr.com/

Do you like these Friday 5 posts and hearing my taste on music?  I would love your feedback.  Thanks!

Friday 5: Cover Songs

This week on the Friday 5 we have a fun topic- it’s cover songs!

I picked 2 Disney songs from an album called We Love Disney I think you will really like.  I could have done all 5 from the album.

Then I have a favorite song from Ingrid Michelson singing Elvis Can’t Help Falling in Love with You

Next one of my all time favorite songs by Hawaiian singer IZ his cover of Over the Rainbow

Finally we have from the failed movie Across the Universe a great cover of a Beatles song Blackbird

I hope you enjoy these songs and I would be so grateful if you watched my video on youtube and gave it a thumbs up if you feel so inclined.  And if you aren’t subscribed I have been doing daily videos so I think you will find it worth your while!

Next week is 5 Favorite Lullabies so that should be fun!

Friday 5: 5 Great Broadway Singers

This week on the Friday 5 we were asked to focus on 5 great female singers.  Well, I could have easily went with singers like Adele, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion etc but the more I thought about it the more I came back to Broadway.  For my money there is nothing like a Broadway singer in terms of quality of the singing voice.  Maybe you could make a claim for opera but I’m not as familiar with individual opera singers as Broadway.  Anyway, Broadway was my pick and I chose 5 singers I love:

  1. Julie Andrews- Does anything even need to be said to defend this choice? I mean Mary Poppins and Sound of Music alone seal the deal alone. The fact she can no longer sing makes me very depressed.  What an amazing voice and actress! Here she is singing Spoonful of Sugar
  2. Linda Eder- You might not be as familiar with Linda but she is an incredible talent.  She became famous playing Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde.   The most famous song from that show is Someone Like You.  I almost went with her rendition of Anthem from Chess but I couldn’t find a good 25 second or under section.  That’s the trouble with Friday 5 is you have to find a song that sell’s itself in a short section because of copyright issues. Not all songs do.
  3. Idina Menzel- My favorite belt singer is Idina and after seeing her live I am an even bigger fan of hers.  What a mastery over this particular type of sound.  It’s bold, striking and beautiful.  Here she is singing Defying Gravity from Wicked and Let it Go from Frozen
  4. Judy Garland- Ok she was not technically Broadway but she was in a lot of musicals and did a lot of concert albums, so I say it counts.  This particular song I went with because You Made Me Love You is such a heartbreaking reality of Judy’s life.  I also love her in Meet Me in St Louis and maybe I will use some of her songs from that show in later Friday 5s like the Trolley Song. . Of course I love Over the Rainbow.  Here she is singing it live in her famous London concert
  5. Kelli Ohara- Perhaps non-Broadway buffs might not be super familiar with Kelli but she has an amazing voice and has done just about everything on Broadway.  Recently she lit it up playing Anna in the King and I.  She’s also been amazing in Light in the Piazza, Nice Work if You Can Get It, South Pacific, Pajama Game and more.  Here she is singing Getting to Know You.  and here is Beauty Is from Light in the Piazza. 

What do you think of my 5 choices?  What are some of your favorite female Broadway singers both living and past on?  As a musical buff I would love to talk about it!  What’s your favorite musical?