How are we already halfway through November? How?!
Only a week-and-a-half to Thanksgiving – I love this time of year. Yesterday (well, today if you’re reading this Sunday evening) was Princess Nagger’s birthday. She turned thirteen! How on god’s green earth did that happen? I must have blinked too much because it seems like yesterday she made her miraculous arrival:
Now I have a teenager in my house, people! A teenager!!
Life will never be the same again…heh.
This week’s theme is “Songs from the Big Band Era”, but I wanted to feature some for Princess Nagger so I’m going to combine the two. Let’s get to it, shall we?
Let’s start off with a song that I’ve loved from the moment I heard it on the radio – it was released November 17, 2003 – two days after Princess Nagger’s first birthday. It became our song, and every time I hear it, it gives me goosebumps and gets me all teary eyed.
Here’s Martina McBride with “In My Daughter’s Eyes”:
Next up is a cool flash-mob performance by the British Army Musicians in Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square.
The 60 professionals, from both Regular and Reserve bands, performed the big band classic “Sing, Sing, Sing”, by Louis Prima.
Check it out:
Next up is a classic that tells the tale of a man travelling from New York to Chattanooga. Recorded in 1941 for the film Sun Valley Serenade, this song became the world’s first certified gold record the following year for selling a record-breaking 1,200,000 copies.
Here’s the Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge with “Chattanooga Choo Choo”:
Next up is another song that hits close to home. The song was inspired by this artist’s oldest daughter and the teenage growing pains she was going through. Obviously, now that Princess Nagger is officially a teen, you see why it hits close to home.
The artist was quoted as saying:
“It’s interesting to me that there haven’t been other songs written about it, because almost everybody goes through it. I have an awesome relationship with my 16-year-old daughter, but about a year and a half ago, I started noticing a shift. It stopped being all about me and it was more about her friends. Which it should be. It’s perfectly normal. But as the person who was the center of the universe to this child, you go, ‘Oh. Well, this is a journey.'”
All three of artist’s children appear in the song’s music video. The proud mom was surprised “how natural they were.”
“I don’t think we could have casted actors who could have done any better. It was a lot to put on them – we didn’t have a rehearsal. They kinda just got thrown into it. Delaney especially has a flair for comedic acting. It really surprised me in that I had never seen her do that before. I loved sharing the experience with them. We’ll always have that.”
Give a listen to Martina McBride (again) with “Teenage Daughters”:
The upcoming years are going to be…. interesting. Good thing I’m all stocked up on wine. Ahem.
Wish me luck!
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohorts, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and Naila Moon from Just the Stuff Ya Know.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here.
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