Welcome to the second in my weekly series in which I present music I like for you to enjoy over a cup of coffee (or tea). Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the music but, if not, at least you’ve had a coffee. Again, my thanks to Kevin and Jenny from whom I‘ve stolen the idea. I’ve just discovered that, although their normal blog is on an indefinite break, they have a blog of their family adventures here.
Uncle Mac wasn’t a musician or a singer: he was only a radio presenter but not just a presenter. He presented “Children’s Favourites” on the BBC’s Light programme (channel) – 1954 to 1965 - which made him very important to many children. Here we could listen to our (innocent) music.
As I come close to my 60th birthday I was thinking back to my very young days and those songs. Unfortunately I’ve only space here for a few. I hope you like my choice.
Puff the Magic Dragon
Although this song has been tainted by connotations of drug use, I loved this song and still do. Mrs Carr and I used to sing it to our first child. When we split for the first time I can still remember singing this song to our child as I drove to Mrs C’s for the first handover. This was the only way I could keep the tears back.
This song sparked me to make up bedtime stories about meeting dragons in our dreams. Sadly these have all been lost in the mists of my brain.
I have just discovered that Mary (Travers), of Peter, Paul and Mary, died earlier this year. She had a gorgeous voice. Somewhere in our basement, I have an LP of hers but, unfortunately, no turntable. Mary, many thanks.
I Tawt I Saw a Puddy Tat
Silly times are here. Tweety and Sylvester with voices by Mel Blanc. No more to say.
Hello Muddah Hello Faddah
This song by Allan Sherman describe the tales of horror his son had when away at camp. According to Wikipedia ‘the song is the Grammy-winning novelty song based on letters of complaint Allan Sherman received from his son Robert while attending Camp Champlain in Westport, New York. The song is a parody that complains about Camp Granada and is set to the tune of Ponchielli’s "Dance of the Hours”.’
The background is irrelevant: the song is (was) a laugh.
PS. There is no video to this song, only the black background.
This sums up children, doesn’t it? Sheer hell instantly transformed.
Charles Penrose, a music hall entertainer, has this most outrageous laugh.
Did we really enjoy this??
Nellie the Elephant
This is more like it now with Mandy Miller singing about …. Just listen, the song tells the story.
That’s more like it: a song with a realistic storyline!
I Know an Old Lady
Yes I do and with every year I’ll know more but this is not about age but about stupidity. Apologies for the poor sound quality.
Whenever I start to sing this at home I don’t get past the second line before there is a chorus of “NO!!!!”
It’s time to finish with two of my real favourites.
The Runaway Train
I just loved this song by Michael Holliday.
Hopefully you did too.
Three Wheels on My Wagon
This song by The New Christy Minstrels with Barry McGuire (of “Eve of Destruction” fame) on lead vocal is a song of reality triumphing over hope. Brilliant all the same.
I used to sing along to this at full pelt but the ending never changed.
If you have any favourites from the programme let me know because I’ve probably forgotten about them but will enjoy.
Well, that’s it for another week. Tune in again next week and thanks for listening.