Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Five Embarrassing Songs

I’ve been tagged by Britgal to list five songs that I am embarrassed
to admit to actually enjoying. This is not a hard task. I have tons!

The rules:
1. Post the link to the person who tagged you and post the
rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 songs you are embarrassed to admit to others that
you like and tell why.
3. Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.

Click on songs for a listen on YouTube.

1. The Spectrum Song, Ludwig Von Drake, Disney.
This is probably my most embarrassing song. I will always love it.
I had a 45 RPM single record in 1961 I played constantly on my
little record player. I still drive those around me nuts by singing it
...but only occasionally.

2. Substitutiary Locomotion, Angela Lansbury, Bedknobs
and Broomsticks. This is my song. I own it. I sing it while
cleaning up the supper dishes. (I think I am actually hoping the
magic kicks in and the dishes will do themselves.)

3. Rainy Days and Mondays, Karen Carpenter.
I am taken straight back to the summer of 1973 with this song.
It will always hold a special place in my heart. Don’t laugh.

4. I Love, Love, Love Being a Pig, Sesame Street.
Stuck in my head from the days when my kids used to
watch a lot of Sesame Street. This one is sung in a deep
baritone voice. Morning is best for the low, husky pig sound.

5. And last, but not least, My Favorite Things, Julie Andrews,
Sound of Music. It always makes me happy. Always. It induces
twirling around the room. Soul mates, remember?

So, there you have it! I have totally embarrassed myself
for your reading pleasure. I have many more, but I will
spare you the agony.


  1. Willow, everyone has a few songs that they don't want to get caught singing. For me it's Three Little Ducks, a song that I used to sing to my daughters. I catch myself humming it every once in a while and look around to make sure no one is listening. I've also been caught singing some of my favorite John Denver songs. Very not so hip.

  2. Just logged on to find your blueberry muffin recipe(I have an overload of berries)and saw that I have been picked to embarrass myself. You won't be surprised to find out all of the music I like is embarrassing! I'll be back later after I make my supper(muffins). Let me see....what is the geekiest music I like....

  3. Long live Karen Carpenter. Ahhh, that angelic voice, so beautiful and such a tragic life. She was an excellent drummer!

    Who cannot love Julie Andrews singing My favorite things?

    and anything about Ms. Piggy makes me so happy!


    Have you heard Billy Billy Bayou?

  4. I'll have to think about this one. I will post my response on my blog tomorrow. Thanks, Willow. I'll sleep on this and let you know.


  5. For me it's Lydia, The Tattooed Lady. You have to sing it full out to get the maximum pleasure of the lyric, but it's well worth it!

    I also know all the lyrics to I'm An Ordinary Man from My Fair Lady, which is great for sitting in traffic.

  6. Oh my...Ok...give me a day or two. There are a lot of them...remember the triplets don't give up the little kid songs and they blast through our house daily even now. And usually in layers..three boys...three songs simultaneously, you know! :) You either learn to love them too, or loose your mind! tee-hee!

  7. Hey...I like some of the Carpenters songs too!!! Did Bach remove his blog site? My link said it is no longere available. I tried yours (just in case mine was in error) and got the same message.

  8. Pamela, I love this one, too...especially Groucho Marx singing it! It's so cute when he hits the high notes.

  9. Strider, I'm not sure what's up with his blog...hmmm.

  10. Betsy, three layers? It's an opera! :D

  11. An opera? just doesn't have that same sophistication! ha!

  12. Oooh I love that Carpenters song too and many others by them.

    LOL at Julie Andrews, you will not be surprised to know this nearly made it on to my list too!

    Thanks for joining in and wtg on the utube links!

  13. LOL!!! This will be hysterical...I'll get this posted very soon...Rainy Days and Mondays, eh? Nothing says 70's quite like the Carpenters. I liked them, too..:-)

  14. I know this isn't quite what you asked for but I'm giggling at the memory of that catchy little tune "chopsticks" that most kids used to hammer out on the piano. Once thats in my head I just can't get it out again.

  15. Those are great choices Will! I applaud the brave choice from Sesame Street!

  16. What a great idea for a tag!

    Your songs brought back a lot of memories...especially the one from Bedknobs and Broomsticks!

  17. Uh oh! I've been tagged. Well, I'm already considering my songs, and actually laughing at my taste in some of them. Yikes. I'll post my selection in a day or two.

    Thank you Willow... I think! ;)

  18. This is a really-really tough one - first, I don't embarrass very easily... well not in ways noticeable at least.

    Second, I am very eclectic regarding music. I mostly have two distinctions: Music I like and music I don’t like - and I freely admit to both groups.

    DId you ever listen to Dr. Demento’s radio shows? I have hours and hours of his 1970s radio shows on tape - songs, such as, Dead Puppies, Pencil Neck Geek, They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa, Ballad of Irving, I’m My Own Grandpa - just to name a few favs.

    I have no problem with musical and show tunes, old style crooners and torch singers. I’m bored with most current rock n roll - but I have long iTune play lists of 60’s psychedelic music, old R&B and 50-60s folk music.

    Heck, I like the Harmonicats, Sons of the Pioneers, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, The Ink Spots, Jug Band Music, 30s-40s big bands. And I can easily switch from classical to Ecuadorian flutes or Japanese Taiko drums.

    Lounge sounds, chanting monks and ZZ Top are OK with me.

    During the Sesame Street time in the house - I successfully tuned all of it out - same with the Muppets and Disney movies.

    On the NO side: I never listen to polkas, yodelers, patriotic songs or country - altho Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings were OK at times. And, sorry, I mostly ignore opera. And I skip most MOR stuff, rap and most current pop and head banger stuff.

    So, it’s gonna take me a while to figure out what I am embarrassed to admit listening to ...

  19. What?! You don't listen to yodelers?

    I cracked myself up just saying this... :D

  20. I erred - Roy Rogers yodeled just fine and he's definitely on the "Like List".

    But I remain firm on no polkas!

  21. Oh come on...just a few little fun polkas on the accordion? ;)

  22. Enjoyed everyones comments, you guys are a riot;))))

    Oh!Willow, enjoyed your post...I guess the most embarrassing song I sing is when I'm in the country, I just can't resist Julie Andrews...

    "The Hills Are Alive With Music..." I love to sing it to the top of my voice and twirl all around...

  23. Hey Willow! Come on over, I'm done!
    (Bill Stankus, you might want to steer clear. Ha ha!)


  24. "Do it with flair!" :-)

    I had a jolly good time going through your list.

    Would you believe that even though I spent most of my childhood summers in Salzburg, I learned of the existence of "Sound of Music" only in my twenties, from my children (in DC, of all places *g*)?

  25. ROBYN.
    Oh dear, "Chopsticks" -
    still not on the forbidden songs list???

  26. Merisi, glad to hear that my songs were entertaining! ;)

    That is unbelievable that you actually spent so much time in Salzburg without knowing about The Sound of Music!

  27. Cool ... she tagged me too and I will do it this weekend .. my iTunes is on my laptop and my laptop is in the Apple Hospital getting repaired.


  28. I'm still laughing! THAT is a riot, Willow. Substitutiary Locomotion? I like the NAME itself. I never heard that before and it's a riot. Now I can picture you clearing up dishes to that. Too funny. Excellent! You've just moved up a notch in my admiration.

  29. Brush, it's so fun to be admired for such a wacky song! ;) And now everyone knows what cleanup time is like at the manor!

  30. What fun!

    I forgot about all the children's songs from movies that I love!

    I just did this tag too -I hope you come over to see. You haven't been around lately and I miss you.

  31. I love Bed Knobs and Broom Sticks and I love The Sound of Music!!!!!!
    Those are some of my favorite movies.
    And I walk around singing songs all the time.
    On an embarrassing note, one Christmas my family and I went to see the play The Sound of Music and during the break I was in the public bathroom with my mama and sister, thinking that no one else was in there of course, and there I am in my stall singing "The Hills are alive with the sound of music" in my best opera voice, and when I stepped out of the stall, ladies were standing there applauding.

  32. i'm right there with you on this list of songs, willow! and i love everything by the carpenters. did i just say (type) that out loud???!!!

  33. Willow, those are all such great songs! I wouldn't be too embarrassed by them. Actually, i had never heard the spectrum song before until following your link today.

  34. It's a silly one, I admit, but it is forever etched in my brain from childhood. ;)


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