Although I think that we are almost all glad that it is coming
closer to the weekend, I do feel for those who work ‘weekend shifts’
and also, have to do second jobs, that begin on Friday. I thought I
would indulge you in another ‘play on words’ by using the words,
winding down. In this context and use of winding, the definition
almost means to ‘unwind.’ I won’t be able to carry on a long and
fun song list, like I did when I used two weeks’ of Monday’s to
incorporate the words, “rain,” “rainy,” and storms…
One song comes immediately to mind, “The Long and Winding Road,”
by the Beatles. I do so love that song!
On the subject of weather, it is a little S T R E T C H, but I would
like to have fun with songs with weather in them!
The first song with wind in it, of course would be Bob Dylan’s 1962
“Blowin’ in the Wind.” His distinctive voice lends a touch of character
and sensitivity to the song. Time does not change the remarkable lyrics,
that begin with the words,
“How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?”
It talks about doves who sleep in the sand and it gets to the impact
of guns and bombs…
“How many cannonballs must fly, before they are forever banned?”
And the chorus,
“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind…”
I think it became a peace anthem and anti-war one, too. I enjoy the
trio of Peter, Paul and Mary’s version, the best! Their blended
voices, in unison, form a perfect edition.
You may discover several famous artists who have performed this
song, over the years.
I heard the old song, “Windy,” on the radio station that plays out of
Mansfield, Ohio. I was driving on my way home from Mom’s over the
weekend. I could not help being taken back to a special memory far
in the depths of my brain… and long ago. Songs sure do take you
The song, “Windy,” was recorded by a group called “The Association,”
and released in 1967. The song was sung various places, including
the Ravinia Festival. Ruthann Friedman wrote this ‘catchy’ little
popular song about a man. The groups who recorded it were all
male, so the character, “Windy,” became female.
Here are just the first two verses, you may remember the chorus,
by the time you start singing it!
“Who’s peekin’ out from under a stairway,
Calling a name that’s lighter than air?
Who’s bending down to give me a rainbow?
Everyone knows it’s Windy.
Who’s tripping down the streets of the city,
Smiling at everybody she sees?
Who’s reachin’ out to capture a moment,
Everyone knows it’s Windy…”
This song has played on Top 100 lists and is one that my dear
parents would sing along to, in the car on long road trips.
It has some pleasant memories attached to it for me, lying on a
stack of pillows and blankets, with my two sleeping brothers, in
the back of a station wagon. Mom said, “I love you, Bob,” when it
Have you heard this song before? I wondered about its familiarity
and age, if young people will recognize it. Any romantic thoughts
attached to this song for you?
The song, “Windy,’ has been presented in different ways. It
was incorporated into a “Breaking Bad” episode, lending it a kind
of ‘creepy’ vibe for me, (2011). It is played in a January, 2014
television show called, “Mike and Molly.” It is when Molly goes to
see her stepfather at a warehouse.
It has been included in a long list of romantic songs, with the
likes of “Cherish” and “Along Comes Mary.” The singers who have
recorded this in their albums have been diverse. Andy Williams,
Barry Manilow and others. I remembered the group, Gary Lewis and
the Playboys, but had forgotten their rendition of the song, “Windy.”
It has also been recorded as an instrumental song, played more in a
jazzy way, than its original sensitive, ‘pop’ song style.
Another interesting fact is that the song is in a Charlie Chan movie,
(1930). A male character in the movie, whistles in a similar tune
and rhythm as the song, “Windy.” He is gazing at a mirror.
This is utilized as a sweet serenade, in that it has no purpose but
to create a carefree moment.
There is a deeper message in the “Colors of the Wind,” by Stephen
Schwarz and Alan Menken. The children’s animated film that featured
this song, was called “Pocahontas.” Judy Kuhn voiced the character,
but later Vanessa Williams sang the song. It won Best Original Song,
at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and at the Grammy’s in 1995, it
won Best Song Written for a Film. It is talking about Mother Nature,
Native Americans and our need to become careful inhabitants of the
earth and planet. I like the way the person singing it says, they
know every rock, tree and creature on the Earth. Each has a life,
a spirit and a name.
This is the chorus with wind included in it!
“Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or the Eagle tell you where he’s been?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?”
It is the same channel that featured the Rod Stewart “Classic”
called, “Maggie Mae.” I love his whiskey, gruff sounding voice,
that can give me chills with his emotional expressions.
It is almost May, which makes me happy that April is coming to
a close and excited about what is just around the corner.
I found a lovely quote by Helen Steiner Rice, who graces many
beautiful cards in Cracker Barrel, with her sweet messages.
The cards usually look like misty mornings, fiery sunsets or
floral arrangements. I like when they pair H. S. Rice’s words
with a country scene, possibly dandelions or daisies in an
overgrown grassy, dormant field. I like to picture dragonflies
and pretty butterflies, dancing in the warm, hazy sunshine.
“There’s Sunshine in a Smile”
Life is a mixture of sunshine and rain.
Laughter and pleasure, teardrops and pain.
All days can’t be bright, but it’s certainly true,
There was never a cloud the sun didn’t shine through~
So just keep on smiling whatever betide you.
Secure in the knowledge God (or your Higher Being) is always
And you’ll find when you smile your day will be brighter
And all of your burdens will seem so much lighter~
For each time you smile you will find it is true
Somebody, somewhere will smile back at you,
And nothing on earth can make life more worthwhile
Thank the sunshine and warmth of a beautiful smile.”
Take a ‘bow,’ Helen Steiner Rice, nicely expressed!