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Agnes’ Birthday Wishes

 

Agnes Worthy (nee Armour) was born August 4, 1922. Her history states that she attended the London Teacher’s College, worked as a Federal civil servant and from 1942-45 was a radio operator under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. She has participated in the London Fanshawe Symphony Chorus, the Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA) and the Women’s Intitute. She has travelled extensively, is an incredibly strong, smart and sassy woman and, having just turned 90, I have to say is pretty awesome.

 

She is my Great Aunt. Great-Great Aunt to my Little Beats. That’s a whole lotta “great”. Deservedly so.

 

Generally speaking we cover modern music and new finds here at Beat & Lyric. However, today was about celebrating the 90 years my Auntie Agnes has lived with so much vigor and vitality. Plus, I tend to believe that it is highly impressive that I have a Great Aunt (actually, I have two of them – shout out to my Aunt Grace as well) who comes to hang out for lunch, enjoy amazing food and memories while sipping a vodka tonic and laughing. 90 looks pretty good.

 

So, today, a Top 10 list in honour of my Dear Aunt Agnes (kudos to those that gets the TVO reference there). 10 of the best songs from the last 90 years that I hope she likes as a dedication for her birthday. Happy Birthday Auntie Agnes! So much love and hugs!

 

1920s

 

West End Blues – Louis Armstrong (1928)

 

 

(Side note – what is it with trumpets? Love this sound)

 

 1930s

 

It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie – Fats Waller (1936)

1940s

 

 

God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday (1941)

 

 

 

1950s

 

 

All Shook Up – Elvis Presley (1957)

 

 

 

1960s

 

 

My Way – Frank Sinatra (1969)

 

 

 

1970s

 

 

You’re So Vain – Carly Simon (1972)

 

 

 

1980s

 

 

Bad Reputation – Joan Jett (1981)

 

 

 

1990s

Winter – Tori Amos (1992)

 

 

2000s

Who Will Comfort Me – Melody Gardot (2008)

 

 

2010s

 

 

Blunderbuss – Jack White (2012)

 

 


Challenge – Song #3

“Song that makes you Happy”

Well this song is from my leading quirky girl, Regina Spektor.  She first caught my attention back in 2005 with the lyrics “ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed”.  The quirkiness in her lyrics and in her style is what keeps me engaged, and I believe this to be genuine.  I see so many female artist trying to be cute and quirky but it seems so put-on and fabricated – *cough*KatyPerry*cough*.  Regina is the Queen of Quirk.  Kate Nash is definately in line for that throne but since the category is ‘happy song’ I have to go with Ms. Spektor for this challenge.  Kate has an angst-ridden quirk, whereas Regina’s music makes me feel elated and gives me that warm fuzzy feeling without being all Top 40. 

Better is my song because it makes me feel well…better and happy.  I do giggle at myself though, as this song is a stand-out for me in the ‘misheard lyrics’ category.  I still hear her sing “if I kiss you wearing shorts”.  She clearly sings “if I kiss you where it’s sore”.  Maybe that’s me assuming too much quirk in Regina.

If you like(d) Tori Amos back in the 90’s you will surely like Regina Spektor so give her a listen. 


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