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Fave Dance Songs for Quirky T’s Fave Month

 

Welcome, Guitar Train passengers, to my favorite month – October! I’ve written in the past about why October is my favorite month. Check out this Guitar Train stop which explains why. https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/happy-month-on-the-guitar-train/ To add to those reasons, October is my favorite month because it leads into the best time period of every year – the holidays in November and December. So let’s dance through the great times coming with these dance favorites of mine.

 

The Beatles

  1. “Can’t Buy Me Love”
  2. “Back in the U.S.S.R.

 

Phil Collins

  1. “Sussidio”
  2. “Dance Into the Light”

 

Gloria Estefan

  1. “You’ll Be Mine (Party Time)”
  2. “I Just Wanna Be Happy”

 

Jon Secada

  1. “Always Something”
  2. “It’s Enough”

 

Barry Manilow

  1. “Daybreak”
  2. “Bandstand Boogie”

 

Other Faves

  1. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham!
  2. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves

 

Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite dance songs?

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Quirky T’s Favorite 80’s Artists

In continuing Guitar Train’s Happy Month in October, this stop offers a quick peek at an era of music that makes Quirky T happy – the 80’s. This is the music I grew up listening to and the music I still listen to. It’s interesting how songs I didn’t really like in the 80’s sound good to me when I hear them now. On one track, it could be nostalgia factor. On another track, it could be that in comparison to some of the music that came after, those 80’s songs weren’t bad.

 

Five Favorite 80's Artists
In addition to my favorites Phil Collins and Huey Lewis and the News, these are my top five favorite 80’s artists:

 
1. The Pointer Sisters
2. Michael Jackson
3. Tears for Fears
4. Wham!
5. Cyndi Lauper

 
All these artists had good songs which make me happy when I hear them. I’ll be looking at them more in depth when the Guitar Train stops for a month long 80’s Month.

 
Guitar Train passengers, who are your favorite 80’s artists? Do you still listen to their music today?

Songs That Make Quirky T Happy

To continue Happy Month in October, the Guitar Train is stopping at songs that make Quirky T happy. No matter how I am feeling, as soon as I hear these songs, I am happy.
1. “Gimme Some Lovin’” – The Spencer Davis Group
2. “Walking On Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves  http://youtu.be/iPUmE-tne5U
3. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham!  http://youtu.be/pIgZ7gMze7A
4. “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – The Proclaimers  http://youtu.be/tbNlMtqrYS0

 

Steve Winwood ticket stub

Steve Winwood ticket stub

Steve Winwood wrote the very energetic “Gimme Some Lovin’”. It was one of the four songs I hoped he would play at his concert in New Jersey on February 13, 2010 which I attended. Being one of his best songs, he did perform it and it was great to hear it live.

 

 

 

I first heard “Walking On Sunshine” in the 1989 John Travolta and Kirstie Alley movie “Look Who’s Talking”. It’s such a fun, upbeat song that it makes me want to dance (although I can’t dance as well as John Travolta).

 

 

Wham! Make It Big

Wham! Make It Big

I still have Wham!’s 1984 cassette tape, “Make It Big”, which contains “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. In the 80’s, I practically wore out the tape playing this song, my favorite of theirs. My friends and I even made up our own dance to go with the song.

 

 

Benny and Joon CD

Benny and Joon CD

In my May 30, 2013 post, “The Guitar Train Looks at the 20th Anniversary of “Benny and Joon”,

https://guitartrain.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/the-guitar-train-looks-at-the-20th-anniversary-of-benny-and-joon/

I wrote about The Proclaimers and this song from one of my favorite movies, “Benny and Joon”. It took me awhile to understand what The Proclaimers are singing. Even after I learned what the words are; I didn’t know what one of them, “haver”, meant. This song is just a good, fun, happy song. I wouldn’t mind a cute guy wanting to do all the things for and with me (although I might draw the line at havering).

 

 
Guitar Train passengers, what songs make you happy every time you hear them?

Happy Month on the Guitar Train

October is Happy Month on the Guitar Train because October makes Quirky T happy. I love October with football, fabulous food, and fabulous weather. I love the cooler temperatures of fall, my favorite season, as well as its blue skies and colorful leaves.

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI Champions

Being a huge New York Giants fan, I’m excited about NFL football in October. Unlike past seasons at this point, the Giants games so far have not made me happy.

 

 

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte signed photo

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte signed photo

October usually means New York Yankees playoff baseball. Unfortunately, there won’t be any postseason games for the Yankees after an incredibly injury-filled, tough season. As a long time fan, it was one of the hardest seasons to watch. Too bad Mariano Rivera, baseball’s all time greatest closer, and the great pitcher, Andy Pettitte, couldn’t end their amazing careers with another World Series win.

 

 

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My other favorite October activities are apple picking, navigating corn mazes, and exploring haunted houses. I love eating fresh Macintosh apples, apple crumble, and hearty stews in the fall.

 

 
Music, as always, is something that makes me happy. Two artists whose songs particularly make me happy are Lou Monte and Weird Al Yankovic.

 

 

Loe Monte CD cover
Lou Monte is an Italian American singer from the 1950’s. He sang novelty songs in both English and Italian. His songs are fun and unique. His most popular songs are “Dominick the Donkey (The Italian Christmas Donkey”) and “Lazy Mary (Luna Mezza Mare)”. My favorite Lou Monte songs are “Lazy Mary”, “Calypso Italiano”, and “Mama Get the Hammer (There’s a Fly on Papa’s Head)”. All these songs are on the CD, “The Very Best of Lou Monte”. His music just makes me happy with its fun scenarios and sometimes silliness.

 

 
Weird Al has built a whole career on making people laugh. His parodies of popular songs are hysterical and genius. I really admire his genius in parodying songs of many different musical genres in a way that is mostly non-offensive to the original artist.

 
I just recently heard Weird Al’s parody of Huey Lewis and the News’ “I Want a New Drug” called “I Want a New Duck”. I loved it, very funny. My other favorite Weird Al songs are

 
1. “Eat It” – a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” http://youtu.be/ZcJjMnHoIBI
2. “Another One Rides the Bus” – a parody of Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”
3. “Bob” – a spot on parody of Bob Dylan which illustrates many things that annoy me about him  http://youtu.be/JUQDzj6R3p4
4. “Dog Eat Dog” – a parody of the Talking Heads’ musical style

 
For a good sampling of Weird Al’s parodies and original songs, I recommend the two CD set, “The Essential Weird Al Yankovic.”

 

 
Guitar Train passengers, is there any music you listen to that makes you (intentionally) laugh?

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