Childhood Obsessions: The Freakin’ Fish Song

“Do fish know that it is Christmas? DofishknowthatitisChristmas? DO FISH KNOW THAT IT IS CHRISTMAS? Or.Are.They.Confused?” The aforementioned words, sung to the tune of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” may be the death of me yet. Thanks a lot PBS! For 58 straight minutes on Thanksgiving morning my 5-year-old sat motionless in front of the television, completely and utterly entranced by “Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.” At the time I was elbow-deep in raw turkey carcass, unstuffed stuffing and uncooked potatoes. Consequently, I was grateful that good ol’ George the monkey was occupying my kid while I got … Continue reading

16 Reasons Why

Do you remember when you first fell in love how you couldn’t stop thinking, dreaming, and talking about the other person? Do you still feel the same way? Have you ever stopped to analyze why you love your spouse or that certain special person in your life? What is it that drew you to that particular person over another? Initially it may be their physical appearance that attracts you. But if the relationship is to be more than simple chemistry, there needs to be more than that. I admit initially I was drawn by Mick’s brown eyes. But obviously there … Continue reading

The King and I (1999)

You all know how much I love the story of “The King and I.” The multitude of times I’ve mentioned it here on is a testament to that. When I saw that an animated version of the film had been done, I was curious, but skeptical. After watching it this last week, I’m no longer curious, and the skepticism was proven to be well-founded. Of course we have the basic elements of the story. Anna Leonowens, a young widow woman, is hired to travel from England to Siam to teach the king’s children. She takes with her Louie, her … Continue reading

“Your” Song: Significant in So Many Ways

Wayne and I’s song is “I Melt With You” by Modern English. We actually heard them in person in 1986. They were performing in concert at the University of Denver. Vague Memories I wish I remembered if I actually heard them play the song. I don’t. I vaguely remember us attending the concert. Part of it. That was the night Wayne and I ditched the group we always ran around with to go spend time together, alone, for the very first time. (Before that we were always with our friends doing stuff. That night changed everything. After that we were … Continue reading

When Politicians Choose Bad Campaign Songs – Part 2

Yesterday, I was talking about really poorly chosen campaign songs. These are the ones that apparently, the candidates have selected without fully listening to all the lyrics For example, George W. Bush occasionally used “Still the One” by Orleans while on the campaign trail. Guess he missed the line that said, “Sometimes I never want to see you again.” Good grief, it was the second line of the song! How could you miss that? So far, I’ve been picking on Republicans. But, let’s take a look at the Democrats. How about Barack Obama? One of Obama’s choices was the U2 … Continue reading

Learning Through Song

Some one recently explained to me that her 4-year-old child who she is homeschooling learns best through song. This method of learning is so effective for him that he has learned his times tables. (I know for a fact that his method is very effective as my Jamaican husband and siblings learned to memorize multiplication facts in the same way at a very early age.) She asked for more ideas for educational music. Here are my recommendations. My favorite education music/cd’s is School House Rock. I purchased the 30th Anniversary issue that includes every School House Rock song ever created. … Continue reading

Do You Know Your Kids’ Favorite Holiday Songs?

I think you can learn a lot about a person by finding out what sort of holiday music he or she likes (if any). This can be a great topic of conversation and comparison for a family too. Do you know what your child’s or children’s favorite holiday music is? Favorite songs or singers? Find out and see what you learn about your child… Expect kid’s tastes to change over the years—just because they love “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” as a young toddler, doesn’t mean they will still love that song as a teenager. In fact, they may get rather … Continue reading

Movie Song Hits: Are They Extinct?

There used to be a time when you could not turn on the radio and not hear a song from a popular movie. But, when was the last time you remember that happening? It may have been after we were inundated with 1997’s “My Heart Will Go On.” Do you remember that one from Titanic? If you don’t, you must not have been alive at the time because that song was played over and over and over on the radio. And over again! Frankly, I got sick of that one, but I must admit there have been movie songs that … Continue reading

Best Opening Lyrics

Today, my husband sent me a link to Spinner magazine’s 25 Best Opening Lines. I love lists like this, but once I took a look at this one, the fact that I didn’t know some of the songs made me feel old. But, I will comment on the ones that I did know! 25. “You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar” –Human League’s ‘Don’t You Want Me’ Ah, the Human League. I always wanted my hair cut like the girls, sort of a Dorothy Hamill look with a rat-tail, which sounds atrocious now, but in 1981, it … Continue reading

Using Song Lyrics on Your Layouts

Having trouble finding the right words? Using some song lyrics on your scrapbook layouts is a great way to convey a feeling or emotion. Sometimes a song’s lyrics say it better than we can on our own. The best part of using lyrics in our journaling and on our pages, is the fact that there are so many different ways to do it. Titles Use the title of a famous song to title your scrapbook page. In some of the examples, I used titles from well-known songs as the title of my layout. You don’t even have to add any … Continue reading