Song Remains the Same

I’ve been tagged by my good friend, Willow at the The Willow Manor
This is a fun, if difficult (at least it was for me – I was wracking my brains all night on this one!) little meme about music. The catch is, it’s not your favourite songs that everybody knows about and likes; it’s the songs you don’t want to admit to liking or at least find a bit embarrassing to own up to. See. Not so easy now, is it?

The rules:
1. Post the link to the person who tagged you and post the
rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that
you like and tell why.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.

Well, here are the ones I’ve narrowed it down to and I’m saving the best for last (although I think a good number of you will probably like it too.)
Click on the links to see a Youtube performance of 1-4.

1. Magic from the Xanadu soundtrack, recorded by Olivia Newton John. I’m sorry, but I loved this movie! In 1980 it was really cool! What was not to like? Gene Kelly dancing with Olivia and everyone on rollerskates! It was dy-no-mite! I sometimes hear this song in stores and I find myself singing along (I know every word) and people staring at me. Oh well! Everyone made fun of me for loving Xanadu and now, almost 30 years later – it’s a broadway musical. So there!

2. Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis.
Now, I was a post-punk, goth back in the day before the Pussy Cat Dolls started wearing tartan skirts! I swathed myself in black, wore mismatched earrings and studded belts, pointy black boots and spiky hair (believe it or not!), but somewhere along the line, I got sidetracked with a deviation into the world of cross-over country.
I first heard this song in a little bar outside of Kingston, Ontario where I was staying with my cousin over the March Break. I was hooked by the smooth, mellow voice and the poignancy of the lyrics. Wha??? I can’t explain how a weekend Brit-punk pogo dancer could fall for that, but – hey “I contain multitudes.” Remember?

3. Grandma’s Feather Bed
by John Denver. Okay, this may explain my foray into country music after all. I always loved John Denver (even have a Christmas album with the Muppets) and this is a toe-tapping, irresistible song that incorporates kids, animals and a big bed! Who can resist that? Googling for info (this photo is my own album, by the way), I discovered there’s now a children’s book based on the song. I love it!

4. Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks This song needs a bit of an explanation. It came out when I was in Jr. High (Grade 8) and I loved it! It was recorded by a Canadian from Manitoba ( I didn’t know that until today – I knew he was a Canuck, but not from where). It was a sad song…yup…suicide is pretty sad, don’t you think? Also a very strange topic for a hit song. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:

Good-bye Papa, it’s hard to die
When all the birds are singing in the sky…

Wow! I liked this song as a kid and in spite of myself, when I hear today, I still do. It’s got a great hook, it’s got an interesting 8 notes on the bass-guitar(?) that are very unique and catchy. It’s just a bit morose and weird, but hey! I can be as well. (I cannot for the life of me explain the song on the flip-side!)

And now…the moment you’ve been waiting for (hope you didn’t peek!)

5. The Rainbow Connection sung by Kermie (er Mr. Kermit, the frog). I adore this song and it makes me cry (as I said in the Danny Kaye post, I’m a softie).


Thanks again, Willow for tagging me, and here are the folks to whom I am doing likewise:

Shazza at Random Thoughts and Acts of Stupidity
Kalianne at Bygone Beauty
Caroline at A Tree in the Forest
Cynthia at Muse Swings
Pat at Mille Fiori Favoriti
Valerie at Thinking Out Loud
Louise at This is My Patch
Deb at Notes From the Cloud Messenger
Kat (another one) at Keep the Coffee Coming!


15 thoughts on “Song Remains the Same

  1. Poetikat! Thanks for the tag. I'm working on songs to admit to. Some of them are getting stuck in my head. Steviewren tagged me too, but that's okay – I may re-tag someone when I publish my songs.


  2. Awwwwww…I haven't heard Kermie sing “The Rainbow Connection” in years!!! It is so, so sweet. Do you still have that box of tissues on hand that I used for Danny Kaye?Fun, funny pix! Thanks for playing Kat! 😀


  3. Hi Kat! Thanks!Steviewren tagged me last night with the same meme so I'll do this for both of you! I still have some of her songs picks stuck in my mind and now “Grandma's Feather Bed” will be reverberating all day too! LOL!


  4. HA! What fun this is. I've posted so many horrible songs on my blog already…this should be a challenge to find a new one!I don't think the Rainbow Connection is embarrassing to admit to, neither is Grandma's Feather Bed….but Magic from Xanadu….yikes!


  5. Oh Kat, how adorable is Kermie on his banjo! I remember this one now – I think it was featured in one of the Muppet Movies? Thanks for tagging me! This is going to be fun! I'll try and get my post up over the weekend.~Kalianne


  6. Hihi You a post punk Goth It's hard to imagen. Than again my sister in law who is a principal was in her teenage years all dressed in black with black hear and all the bits and pieces. Interesting.


  7. Thanks for the tag, I enjoy doing them. I shall keep a note, but bear with me, it may take some time to complete. I remember Xanadu, Olivia Newton John doesn't seem to age! I remember Terry Jacks too, and I happen to quite like this one. The others I confess to not being familiar with. I love Kermit and can only remember Half Way Up The Stairs. I was beginning to wonder in the video whether we were going to see an appearance from the cute green fella! x


  8. Hey Kat – Loved reading about your songs. Randy Travis has such a good “country voice.” And John Denver – classic! BTW, I posted my meme response on my oldies blog instead. Hope that was okay.


  9. I loved 'Seasons in the Sun'. Never thought about what the lyrics were about at the time or since. I certainly never knew it was about suicide. Maybe I should go back and listen to it again…I used to have the 7″ but I'm not sure if I still do.x


  10. I had to come back to tell you that I remember Terry Jacks singing this but I never knew it was about suicide! I guess I thought it was about someone dying of an illness. I was quite naive as a child. Further down their was a video of Kurt Cobain singing it for Nirvana… sad that was to be his end :-(I will go and edit my post to include your name …I'm so sorry I forgot you asked me to do this too! My computer has not been cooperating with me due to the heat and I kind of rushed that post! Thanks Kat!


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