by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett
Not going to mince words here, I am one UNHAPPY woman. My cats died 12 days apart in March. I've had a hard time getting back into writing after a long SAD winter. My mother has been gone now for three years and sixteen days. I'm friggin' SAD.
Animal Crackers' anymore." Mum was a HUGE Shirley Temple fan. : )
Lately, and especially when I'm making breakfast, I have been singing happy songs. The thing is ... they are not the songs of my generation. Nope. Maybe that's because ... really, how many happy songs can I remember from my favorite singers? ("I Can't Live if Living Is Wiithout You.")
My top song lately?
Singing in the Rain.
But it's "Singing In The Rain" that I seem to sing most. (Oh, and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby" -- only I sing it a LOT FASTER!!!).
My favorite is a compilition with the Andrews Sisters.
But where did my fascination with "Singing In The Rain" come from?
Well, that was from a more contemporaty song.
Okay, I really like Bruno Mars.
Uptown Funk." The thing is, the first time I heard it I knew that it would have been a song that my Dad would have LOVED. He didn't seem to have any kind of prejudice toward new stuff, even though he was in his 80s.
And when I saw the mash-up featuring dancers from the 1940s and 1950s, that's when I saw Gene Kelly dancing to "Singing in the Rain" and "Good Morning." Yeah, if you haven't seen it, you have been missing something great. (So go watch it now.)
If that doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.
So, I think I'll go watch it now, because I can't get enough of smiling. (And if you can't get enough of dancing, try Rita Hayworth dancing to the BeeGees "Stayin' Alive." And not to forget "Foot Loose.")
What song makes you happy? (Rolling Stones?)