Day +4050: Whoa listen to the music…

“…All the time
Like a lazy
flowing river
Surrounding
castles in the sky
And the crowd is growing bigger
Listening for the happy sounds…”

1/1/2022: Greetings and Happy New Year! I noticed I’m way overdue for a tagline update. In addition to catching up, I decided to give you some background info on how we choose songs for each post. It isn’t as simple as you might think. The post is rarely, if ever, relevant to an entire song – simply a few lines that convey the current situation and associated emotions.

Michael and I have somewhat different selection approaches as his memory for songs and lyrics is so much better than mine. He thinks about what’s going on in our lives, and searches his brain for a particular song title or lyric, then looks it up online to verify. It might be a very old song or a newer one he heard on the radio that day. If he can’t think of an appropriate song, he does a web search for a particular phrase or group.

I, on the other hand, have a hard time remembering lyrics out of context from the music so keep a running list of possibilities when I hear them play from the radio or library. If none of those seem right for a given post, I search the web for lyrics using single key words, then read the lyrics for all the matches to see if any fit. When I find one I like, I go to YouTube if it’s a song I don’t know and listen; when we use songs that aren’t already in our library, we purchase them on iTunes as a courtesy to artists, and don’t want to get any we can’t stand listening to.

Finally, whether the post is Michael’s or mine, I look up release years and add the song title to the blog tagline list and to my iTunes Mausmarrow playlist. We listen to all the songs in blog post order once a year, and I verify that everything is synchronized and that I haven’t made typos or missed any songs. The entire process is a lot of work but we think it makes the posts feel more entertaining and less like dry medical reports. As mentioned in the sidebar, there’s no such thing as cheating in this game. We don’t care how you get the answers, but we love that our choices are acknowledged by responses in comments. Now you know why we get excited when our readers participate in our silly little game. 🤗 Please comment either here or in an email if you ever see errors or have questions.

  • Day +3400: Tag You’re It by Melanie Martinez (2015)
  • Day +3480: Back on the Chain Gang by the Pretenders (1982)
  • Day +3506: Insensitive by Jann Arden (1994)
    …Limbo Rock by Chubby Checker (1962)
    …Beds are Burning by Midnight Oil (1987)
  • Day +3520: One Less Day (Dying Young) by Rob Thomas (2019)
    …Doctor, Doctor by The Who (1967)
  • Day +3572: Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty (1989) IDed by Heather
    …Hotel California by the Eagles (1977) IDed by Heather
    …Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds (1962) IDed as theme song from Weeds by Heather
    …Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan (1962) IDed by Heather
  • Day +3592: Gloom Despair and Agony on Me by Buck Owens (1969)
    …Heaven Can Wait by Meat Loaf (1977)
    …Brother by NEEDTOBREATHE (2015)
    …Baltimore by Randy Newman (1977)
    …The Name of the Game by ABBA (1977) Day +3594: Good Feeling by Flo Rida (2011) IDed by Dave
  • Day +3603: Just another Day by Oingo Boingo (1985) IDed by Dave
  • Day +3610: Poison by With Confidence (2017)
  • Day +3612: Poison by Beyoncé (2009)
    …He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother by Kelly Gordon (1969)
    …Just Give Me A Reason by P!nk (2013)
  • Day +3615: The Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show (1973)
    …OK Not to be OK by Marshmello and Demi Lovato (2020)
    …There Only Was One Choice by Harry Chapin (1977)
    …The Bones by Maren Morris (2019)
    …Brand New Key by Melanie (1971) IDed by Cathy and Dana
  • Day +3619: Sci-Clone by Kirsty Hawkshaw (1998)
  • Day +3641: Waves by Dean Lewis (2016)
  • Day +3649: Give Me Love by George Harrison (1973) IDed by DanaYear +10: Hello Good Morning Happy Day by Roger Whittaker (1992)
    …Oh Very Young by Cat Stevens (1974)
    …Livin’ la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin (1999) IDed by Leslie
  • Day +3666: Good News by Classified (2020) incorrectly IDed by Dana (good guess though)
  • Day +3684: It’s a Wonderful World performed by Louis Armstrong (1967)
    …If the World Was Ending by JP Saxe (2019)
    …There Only Was One Choice by Harry Chapin (1977)
  • Day +3696: Breathe Out by Rob Thomas (2019) IDed by Dana and Leslie
  • Day +3717: Let It Go from Frozen soundtrack (2013) IDed by Leslie
  • Day +3732: The Waiting by Tom Petty (1981)
  • Day +3732: Dance Again by Selena Gomez (2020)
  • Day +3754: Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World by U2 (1991) IDed by Heather
    …Good News by Ocean Park Standoff (2017)
    …Prologue: Tradition from Fiddler on the Roof soundtrack (1964)
    …Circle by Harry Chapin (1972)
    …Another Day from the Rent soundtrack (1996)
  • Day +3759: A Complicated Song by Weird Al (2003) IDed by Heather and Mike K
    …My Favorite Things by Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music (1965) IDed by Mike K
    …Holding Back My Tongue by Camellia Pink (2019)
  • Day +3775: Outlier by Russian (2019) IDed by Debbie
  • Day +3790: Left to the Right by Terrorvision (2002)
  • Laura’s Day +0: Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (1970)
    …Bring Me to Life by Evanescence (2017)
  • Day +3817: Uncertainty by Stratovarius (1996)
  • Day +3927: Did you ever have to make up your mind? – Lovin’ Spoonful (1965)
    …Fortress Around Your Heart by Sting (1985)
    …Whatcha Gonna Do by Pablo Cruise (1977)
  • Day +3936: And drill, ye tarriers, drill – by Thomas Casey/Charles Connolly (1888)
    …The Waiting by Tom Petty (1981)
    …Beverley Hillbillies theme song (1962)
  • Day +3938: Circle by Harry Chapin (1972)
  • Day +3941: Back in the High Life Again by Steve Winwood (1986)
  • Day +3945: End of the Line by The Traveling Wilburys (1988)
    …These Dreams by Heart (1985)
    …Eat It by Weird Al Yankovic (1984) IDed by Heather
  • Day +3950: Those Were the Days by Mary Hopkin (1968) IDed by Mike K
    …Bad by Michael Jackson (1987)
    …Good News by Ocean Park Standoff (2017)
  • Day +3954: Transfusion by Nervous Norvus (1956)
    …Sixteen Saltines by Jack White (2012)
    …The Book of Love by the Monotones (1954)
  • Day +3958: Ordinary Day by the Cranberries (2007) IDed by Heather
    …The Longest Time by Billy Joel (1983)
    …I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin’-To-Die-Rag by Country Joe and the Fish (1969)
    …Time Passages by Al Stewart (1978)
    …Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969) IDed by Cathy
    …Zombie by the Cranberries (1994)
  • Day +3962: Tumbling Dice by the Rolling Stones (1972)
    …Rainy Day People by Gordon Lightfoot (1975)
    …Straight Shooter by The Mamas and the Papas (1966)
    …Das Land der Elefanten by Nena (1989)
  • Day +3969: Happy Anniversary by Little River Band (1977)
    …My Son the Vampire by Allan Sherman (1963)
    …All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow (1993) IDed by Heather and Leslie
  • Day +3973: Mr. Roboto by Styx (1983)
    …Blood Makes Noise by Suzanne Vega (1992)
    …These Dreams by Heart (1986)
  • Day +3979: Alabama Song by the Doors (1967)
    …Takin’ Care of Business by B.T.O. (1973)
    …surviving’ by Bastille (2020)
  • Day +3985: Cockeyed Optimist from South Pacific (1949)
    …Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton (1977)
    …Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield (2004)
  • Day +3993: quote from Das Boot film (1981)
  • Day +3999: Dizzy by Tommy Roe (1969) IDed by John, Amber, and Dana
    …Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce (1973) IDed by John and Dana
    …You Spin Me Right Round by Dead or Alive (1985) IDed by John, Heather, and Dana
  • Day +4003: Crystal Ball by Pink (2008)
    …Reminiscing by Little River Band (1978)
    …St. George and the Dragonet by Stan Freberg (1953) IDed by Heather
  • Day +4006: Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow (1993) IDed by Heather
  • Day +4018: Give Me Love by George Harrison (1973)
    …If You’re Going Through Hell by Rodney Adkins (2006)
    …Celebration by Kool and the Gang (1980) IDed by Amber
  • Day +4025: Pi by Kate Bush (2005)

6 Comments:

  1. Hugs and love being sent your way.

  2. I wonder if I missed the post that had a tagline by P!ink, or if I just didn’t realize it. I love her music and would love to see her in concert someday. Especially after watching her concert documentary on Amazon Video. Today’s tagline is “Listen to the Music” by the Doobie Brothers. A song that I actually recognized. YAY!

  3. It is past midnight and if someone commented on a post I made on my husbands’s CB page it was most likely from you Karen, so from one night owl to another here I am 🙂 I knew the words, but still needed to google, although I saw the Doobie Bros in the 80’s.
    We all have different methods to arrive at some conclusion and thank you for outlining the different paths you follow.
    Happy to hear you are feeling a little better and also going ahead with a more aggressive treatment that might beat back the beast, mind over matter as the saying goes.
    Wishing you and Michael a less eventful New Year!

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