Song Spotlights

Song Spotlight: “Lean on Me”

Genre: Soul

Bill Withers wrote and recorded the song “Lean On Me” for his second album in 1972. Not surprisingly, this uplifting song made number one on both the Soul Singles and the Billboard Hot 100. The song recalls Bill Withers’s childhood hometown of Slab Fork, West Virginia and the strong community bonds he experienced there. When…

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Song Spotlight: “Humours of Bandon”

Genre: Traditional Irish Jig

  Mood: Light  Theme: Irish Music, Styles of Dance Tempo: Moderate Genre/Style: Traditional Irish Jig Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or not, you can always find joy in a traditional Irish Jig such as “Humours of Bandon.” Named after a town in County Cork, Ireland, “Humours of Bandon” is a traditional tune not attributed to…

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Song Spotlight: “Lazybones”

Genre: 1930s Popular Song

Mood: Light-hearted Themes: Rest, Relaxation, Lazy days Tempo: Slow Genre/Style: 1930s Popular Song In 1933, Hoagy Carmichael wrote the melody to this catchy tune and Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics. Not only was “Lazybones” popular during the 30s, it has been sung by artists as diverse as Hank Snow, the Supremes, Harry Connick Jr., and the…

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Song Spotlight: “You’re The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly”

Country Duet genre

Mood: Comedic Themes: Comedy, Duets Tempo: Upbeat Genre/Style: Country Duet Early in the 1970s, Loretta Lynn decided to team up with fellow country star Conway Twitty. Loretta Lynn showed the country music world that she was not only a strong solo artist, but also a fabulous duet singer. From 1971 to 1988, Lynn and Twitty…

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Song Spotlight: “Calcutta”

Song Spotlight: "Calcutta" |

Mood: Relaxed Theme: Dance Music Tempo: Moderate, Relaxed Genre/Style: Easy listening Here’s an easy listening song that hit #1 on the charts even as rock and roll was dominating the music industry. Yes, while Motown was cranking out hits, Lawrence Welk was holding his own, with his light and bubbly arrangements of popular tunes. Lawrence…

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Song Spotlight: “Big Rock Candy Mountain”

Song Spotlight: "Big Rock Candy Mountain" |

Mood: Cheerful, Wistful Themes: Wishes, Dreams, Candy Tempo: Medium Genre/Style: Folk “Big Rock Candy Mountain” was written in 1928 by Harry McClintock, whose hobo name was Haywire Mac. It was said he likely drew inspiration for the song from other songs of similar subject matter: a dream world made of treats and food. He began…

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Song Spotlight: “El Sol Que Tú Eres”

Song Spotlight: El Sol Que Tú Eres |

Mood: Thoughtful Themes: The Sun, Heritage Tempo: Slow, relaxed Genre/Style: Ballad The fall season brings with it cooler weather. During the changing of the leaves the wind can bring a chill that contrasts the memories of warm summer weather. This song brings warmth back through music while describing the kind light of the sun. Linda…

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Song Spotlight: “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da”

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da - Song Spotlight |

Mood: Cheerful Themes: Family, Mottos Tempo: Medium Genre/Style: 1960s rock Who hasn’t heard of The Beatles? This British band got their big break on American soil in February 1964, kicking off the great cultural phenomenon known as the British Invasion, when the rock ‘n roll bands from the UK came to dominate American pop charts. …

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Song Spotlight: “On The Road Again”


Mood: Cheerful Themes:Travel, Friendship Tempo: Medium Genre/Style: Outlaw Country “On The Road Again” just may be the perfect road trip anthem. Although we have many ways of getting from point A to point B these days, a long trip on the highways and byways still holds a certain special place in our culture. And this…

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Song Spotlight: “Some Days Are Diamonds (Some Days Are Stone)”

Song Spotlight: Some Days Are Diamonds |

Theme: Validation, Positive thinking Mood: Thoughtful, processing, slow Style: Country, Folk The John Denver classic song “Some Days Are Diamonds” is one of those songs that is both soothing and upbeat at the same time. This song can be a musical container for processing changes in your life, and in the right context, the lyrics…

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