April 26th, 2011

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Music Meme - The F Song

I believe I may have done this before, but it can be fun more than once. You can play too by replying here on LJ or posting a facebook comment.

Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
List (and upload/link) at least 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
Post them to your journal with these instructions.

hahathor assigned me an "F." While the meme does not require commentary, I can never resist.

Unfortunately, the actual title of what I think of as "The F-Word Song" by Lou and Peter Berryman is "A Chat With Your Mother," so it doesn't qualify. There are, according to Youtube, real songs with that exact title, but none of them were what I had in mind.

1) So let's start with "Fly Me to the Moon". It's a song I've loved for a long time, though I can't really explain why. The link is Frank Sinatra's version which is one of the more standard recordings of the standard.

2) "Fugue for Tinhorns" is easier to explain. I can't think of a single Broadway song that does a better job of setting the mood for the show to follow. And, of course, since Guys and Dolls is the best musical of all time, that's quite a mood to set.

3) This is a very specific cover which I could not find a link for, but the trip hop band Snakefarm did an amazing version of "Frankie and Johnny." I will offer up a link to their cover of "St. James Infirmary" to give an idea of their style. They are also the reason I have any idea what trip hop is, which let me astonish some people half my age while playing Trivial Pursuit one night.

4) James Taylor's "Fire and Rain" is one of those songs that brings to mind a partcular time and place in my life. What can I say? I'm a child of the 70's.

5) "The Flowers of Bermuda" is a typical Stan Rogers song. That is always a good thing. It's the sort of thing I find myself humming when I'm on a ship in rough waters.

6) A little more modern and popular is "Fields of Gold" by Sting. I am slightly ashamed to admit how many years I thought the lyrics referred to "fields of holly" instead of "fields of barley."

7) I can't make a favorite song list without a Gershwin song on it. So here is "Fascinating Rhythm" performed by Fred and Adele Astaire, with George himself on piano.

I'll leave it at a week's worth of songs, but mention some other pieces I considered including are Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Family Fugue" from Stop the World I Want to Get Off, "Feeling Groovy (the 59th Street Bridge Song") by Simon and Garfunkel, and the Chenille Sisters' cover of "Frank Mills" (from Hair).

This is also, by the way, an atypical music list for me since all of the songs are in English.