I haven’t been blogging for that long, so even my regular readers may not know about this interesting quirk in my personality:
I sing. (A lot.)
Not in any professional capacity (stage fright!) but often at home. Always in the car. And sometimes… at times and places that others (ie. anyone – except my Captains) may find embarrassing.
Before I begin my list, I should mention some notable exclusions:(These are songs that I would probably still sing in public that are not on the list for the reasons stated.)
– any song popular with children that it would be beneficial (and therefore totally educational and appropriate) to sing along. Some examples are The Alphabet Song, A – You’re Adorable by Sharon, Lois and Bram, and anything by The Wiggles.
– any song that is begun by someone else within a 20 foot radius of my current location. If you are singing, I will join in. If I don’t know the song, I may just join in on certain parts.) I don’t do this to be annoying or overbearing – – the song just comes out.
Here are some of the songs that I am mostly likely to belt out at an inappropriate time and/or place:
1. Pretty much anything by ABBA – my first favourite band. (I realize that this is in fact a whole song catalogue, but I couldn’t choose just one.)
2. What Makes You Beautiful (One Direction) – I know. I’m forty. 4-0. Not fourteen. But it is still *way* catchy, and I am turning it up – while I sing along.
3. My Way (Frank Sinatra or Elvis) – I mean, who can possibly resist singing that last line? Who?
4. I’m Your Man (WHAM!) – possibly one of the catchiest songs ever written.
5. Calling Baton Rouge (Garth Brooks) – I recently embarrassed my husband when this song was playing over a loudspeaker. He never says anything to me, but gives me an indulgent shake of his head with a little smile. (Maybe, after all these years, he thinks it’s cute?)
6. Without You (Harry Nilsson or Mariah Carey) – so heartbreaking, so moving. Also? So. Much. Fun. To. Sing. Out. Loud.
7. It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (Celine Dion) – As a Canadian, I feel it is quite possibly unpatriotic *not* to sing along with a Celine Dion song.
8. Everything (Michael Buble) – see note RE: patriotism above. This song is one that I sing with the boys in the car. We have gotten looks from other motorists.
9. Come What May (from Moulin Rouge) – I got caught belting out this song as I sat in traffic one day. The people in the car next to me actually turned around in their seats to stare at me. I waved and laughed. What else could I do? Totally busted.
10. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something) – I could not.stop.singing.this.song when it first came out. They recently started playing it on a light rock station that I listen to and can I just say? Still has BIG embarrassment potential.
Hmmm… Breakfast at Tiffany’s – – MOON RIVER!
(Obviously, I could go on with this. It was tough to pick only 10.)
So, in summary, although it could happen at anytime or place, if a song has the right combination of catchy beat, stunning vocal crescendo and emotional grab, I am probably singing along. (Possibly loudly, and likely with dramatic emphasis.)
What are you musical favourites?
Linking up with Monday Listicles this week.