Saturday Serenade

Wow, we do have lots of Saturday songs! But then we have such diverse attitudes and approaches to the day itself. Some of us tackle a daunting list of Saturday chores, while others relax and calm themselves after a hectic week. The juvenile cultural emphasis on ‘Saturday night’ can stir feelings ranging from party-time exuberance to misery and loneliness. Maybe we should take things easier … it is our weekend … Louis Jordan might tell us, let the joy begin! Just remember, after Saturday night comes Sunday Morning. And maybe we need them both.











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Fantasia for Friday

I was born on a Friday, I’m told, though I can’t swear to it. For sure, I never live up to the nursery rhyme characterization of my day-mates as “loving and giving”. Far from it, I fear. Maybe someday! But never mind, it’s finally Friday, and time to … do our Friday stuff. And time for a few Friday songs!








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Thursday Themes

Well how embarrassing, I didn’t expect this — my luck’s run out. Despite years spent or misspent listening to music, I couldn’t come up with a single ‘Thursday’ song title or lyric on my own. So, as is my wont, I cheated and looked some up. It’s too soon to claim any new favorites here, but these should get us through the day.







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Waltzing Through Wednesday

Wednesday’s child is full of woe? Maybe so. You do sense some melancholy running through today’s selections. This is the emotional ebb tide of the week in a way, before the hopeful surge toward the weekend. With no good rhymes for it either. Or is that just lazy me, rationalizing throwing in an ash wednesday song? Not to mention the extra tune that just feels like Wednesday to me, and seems to follow from John Lee Hooker’s stark, sad musings.

Searching Youtube for songs is a definite downer these days, a less than subtle reminder of our place in the imperial corporate capitalist pecking order. At rock bottom, that is, good little serfs patiently skipping or sitting through ads ad tedium before our videos run. Ad nauseum as well, with insulting in-your-face campaign spots everywhere. Even in the middle of a movie I watched the other day, don’t remember that happening before. Guess we’re just lucky they can’t yet tap into all the tunes playing in our heads! Not yet … as far as I know.

Also, I meant to include the Beatles’ ‘She’s Leaving Home’ for its “Wednesday morning at five o’clock as the day begins” opening line. But guess what? No Beatles. At least not in the first twelve pages of search results. Sure, we can choose from:
Vocal covers by everyone from anonymous uploaders to Bryan Ferry and Kate Bush. I didn’t see any by Kathryn Hepburn or Louis Armstrong, but who knows.
Plenty of how-to lessons for playing it on guitar, piano, and (probably) xylophone.
One supposed to be a Motown version — Paul’s vocal over a Barry White-ish backing.
Another called a Bee Gees (or Alvin & the Chipmunks) rendition — simply played at double speed. How cute.
Saw one titled ‘She’s Leaving Home Backwards’ … I didn’t check, it might be demon-possessed.
Several syrupy lullaby versions … about a kid leaving home? What’s that, wishful thinking for parents with a squalling little wide-awake monster?
Karaoke versions … the very thing to liven up your next party.
Instrumentals, everything from harp to bagpipe to ukulele. Okay, I made up the bagpipes, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere!
But no Beatles. Nada. ‘All You Need Is Love’ was sarcasm, I guess. Hell, I don’t even like the damn song much, especially now! Intellectual property owners have rights, not us. Oh well, hope you enjoy some of the music, anyway. At least, we’re more than halfway through the week now!







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Tunes on Tuesday

I notice there may not be so many songs about Tuesday. Perhaps it’s like a middle child, getting ignored in a large family? And music is pretty much geared for the weekend, while Tuesday is just there to slog through. Seems like there might be a blues for that, but I can’t think of one, except ‘Stormy Monday’ … they call me stormy Monday / but Tuesday’s just as bad … and I’ve already used it. Today’s pick may be ‘Taco Tuesday’– who could resist lyrics like:

“It’s taco Tuesday / So we say hooray!
As the kazoos play / Because it’s taco Tuesday!
It doesn’t matter if you’re from Peru / Or maybe Timbuktu, or Kalamazoo
Here’s the thing to do / Go invite your crew
And grab a taco or two / For you to bite or chew.”

Getting hungry yet? It’s done by (I’m not making this up) Transylvania Petting Zoo … so, would they have vampire bats in one of those? … Ahem. Sorry about that — time to get on to the music.







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Monday Medley … Or Muddle?

This is awkward. Here I’ve found a bushel of Monday-themed music to post, even ‘Welcome to the Working Week’. And then it kicked in … Linda, this is Labor Day, not just another Monday! I did know that, yet it somehow slipped my so-called mind for a while. Though like most of our holidays it’s far more of a cheap political gesture, and a handy prop to help sell us more shlock we don’t need. As I understand it, Labor Day was intended from the beginning to appease widespread unhappiness and unrest among working people, to forestall European-style “radical” revolt against Gilded-Age oppression. It also gave the bosses and their tame politicians a chance to show up at company picnics and say how great ordinary americans were, the backbone of the nation, the salt of the earth, blah-blah-blah. And of course to extol the value and dignity of hard work. Never mind, that’s another rant.

So now what do I do? Wait for next Monday to continue my lame music series? Nah … I’ll just add a Labor Day song to the mix. Funny thing though, I couldn’t find any good ones. Ah, but I know several about work and the working class, they’ll do. Isn’t that what Mondays are for, getting on with the job?

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Songs for Sunday

It’s odd, but I suddenly felt the urge to look up songs mentioning days of the week. (So all right, I will obviously do most anything to avoid real work, give me a break.) And it’s surprising how much I found. Maybe musicians are apt to be on the road so often they’re not always sure where they are or what day it is when they wake up? Smart phones may soon put an end to such temporal confusion. But for now, we have quite a selection of day-by-day music.

Never fear, I won’t inflict everything on you, not even close. Don’t like my choices? I might take requests, and I do welcome suggestions. Well … maybe. I’ve heard ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ too much already, and never liked the Doobies’ ‘Another Park, Another Sunday’ in the first place. Morrissey’s ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ is at least as bad as I remembered, his stuff never works for me. But other than that … a sunny Sunday in September … things could be worse. Like tomorrow … when it’s Monday all over again.

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