Monday Earworm: Crosby, Stills & Nash

You might be aware that David Crosby passed away last week. I cannot say I was ever a big fan of his work or of the bands he was in, although I don’t harbor any objections. (I was more focused on disco in the 70s than rock.) I often enjoy listening to their music because harmonizing, even if I don’t generally seek it out.

Anyway, a friend of mine in college introduced me to this song on a really eclectic mixtape he had made for me, and I really do like it. So enjoy. (And thanks, Mike Byers. I loved that tape.) 


Monday Earworm: Redbone

This song is at least as old as I am, but it keeps coming up everywhere. I mean, it is evergreen and guaranteed to put a person in a good mood every time it comes on, so — sure! Let’s have more of it.

This “official music video” for it is more recent, though, and an interesting take on the song, in a somewhat meta-narrative sort of way. You can also easily find video clips of Redbone playing the song live, which is also worth pursuing.

Fun fact: Redbone was the first Native American band to have a hit on the Billboard Top 100, with this song. It peaked at #5 and spent eighteen weeks in the Top 40.

Monday Earworm: Judith Owen

This is one of those standards that seems to be done differently by everyone I’ve ever heard do it, and so far, it’s always been great. My first time hearing this song was when I was in 8th grade, in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (That might be the case for most people my age.) In college I fell in love with Sinéad O’Connor’s very unexpected rendition, and recently I heard an interview on the radio with Judith Owen that included her version, this one. It’s jaunty and danceable and well worth a listen.

What’s your favorite version of this song? Tell us in the comments.


Long-Delayed Earworm: Lana Del Rey

So you might have noticed the unfortunate dearth of Monday Earworms lately. Sorry about that. Mondays are challenging because they’re heavy workload days for me. And frankly, at this point in the semester, every day is packed. But here’s an earworm that’s been rattling around in my head a lot.

Also, if you’re in Houston — and maybe in other cities, too — you might have noticed that a certain radio station has been playing Christmas music for about four weeks now, give or take a few days. And it’s all the same tired shlock they always play. Never fear, I’m curating a fabulous 12 Days of Holiday Music for you, coming up soon.

That’s why this will be the last earworm you get from me until then, because I’ll be starting the 12 Days series up in about a week or so, give or take a few days.

Back to grading…

Monday Earworm: Suzanne Vega

I woke up with this song in my head. Literally a propos of nothing. As usual. There are worse things to have living rent-free in one’s brain than the music of Suzanne Vega, though, especially the tracks from Nine Objects of Desire, which might be her best album? Maybe? I do love it so.

Also, fun trivia fact for you Pulp Fiction fans: Vincent Vega is Suzanne Vega’s cousin. And fun fact for you Ani diFranco fans: her song “Napoleon” is about Suzanne Vega.



Monday Earworm: Sarah Vaughan

A Katz’s Deli (Katz’s Never Kloses) just opened up recently down the street from our house. We looked forward to it for the entire time it was being built and could not wait to walk down the block and a half for breakfast the weekend it opened. Fresh bagels! The best latkes! Blintzes filled with bliss! All the yummies!

And we have made Katz’s something of a habit…

This Sunday, with that delightful extra hour of sleep, we woke up early and walked down there again for breakfast. It wasn’t even 8:00 in the morning yet, and we were almost the first customers in the breakfast crowd. Frank Sinatra was playing over the speakers, and then the divine Sarah Vaughan came on with this number I hadn’t heard in far too long, and it’s been my earworm ever since.

Now it will be yours, too, perhaps. Enjoy.

Monday Earworm: The Proclaimers

Tomorrow begins NaNoWriMo! Woo-hoo!!

I have to tell you, I have never completed the NaNoWriMo in November. I love the concept dearly, but I have to believe that whoever thought writing 50,000 words in 30 days during a month which includes a major holiday was never a schoolteacher or anyone with a day job. I mean, come on.

And yet, people do it! (The slew of horribly rushed and minimally edited self-published ebooks every January is proof, amirite?)

And sometimes the NaNoWriMo yields extraordinarily wonderful results. (See also: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which was reputedly her NaNoWriMo project for three years.) So yes, people do it.

But I do not. With my familial and employment obligations, it would be utter madness for me even to try. But I heartily cheer on those who do! Genuinely! I am in awe and significant envy of those who have the ability to “win” NaNoWriMo in November. I just can’t manage that myself — at least, not at this precise time.

But I do still, sort of, participate. I make the commitment to just write something every day in November. Maybe it’s a blog post or a scene or a revision to a chapter in a novel I’m already working on, or maybe it’s something else like a poem or a flash story or a micro-essay, but I do it. And I will again this year. I’m working on an R&R of one novel and drafting another, so those are my more pressing manuscript projects. (But they are not my only ones, so I’ve got plenty to work on in case I get stuck on or finish those — both unlikely circumstances at this point, though knock on wood.)

But my earworm today is going to help us get pumped up for NaNoWriMo! Yes, it is! Do you know why??

I present to you The Proclaimers.