14 Jul

Dr. Spock’s Book, Baby and Child Care, Published

This book is one of the biggest best-sellers of all time, and was probably influential for many of us baby boomers.

I guess any song with “baby” in it is fair game, but You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby seems appropriate, or maybe Rockabye Your Baby (songs where “baby” is used to refer to an infant rather than a girlfriend).

Relevant Records

  • (You Must Have Been) A Beautiful Baby (Buckskin 1249)
  • Rockabye Your Baby (Chinook 131)
14 Jul

Woody Guthrie’s Birthday

Called the father of American folk music (also the father of folk singer Arlo Guthrie), Woody wrote more than 1000 songs.

I have This Land is Your Land. Also, if you have a copy of Redwing, you also have Union Maid, a Guthrie song written to to the tune of Redwing. “Oh you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union”.

Relevant Records

  • This Land Is Your Land (Grenn 12233)
10 Mar

Festival Of Life In The Cracks Day

Nobody seems to know what this means or how it started, but it’s listed on lots of sites.

Maybe your dancers could come up with a theory or an idea for this “holiday”.

I’ve called a very nice contra dance called “The Emptied Crack” by Al Olson.

10 Mar

Middle Name Pride Day

Here are two big reasons to be proud of your middle name:

First, there are plenty of John Smiths and and Mary Jones. It’s the middle name your parents gave you that makes your name unique.

Second, your parents chose your middle name with great care. It often was selected to honor a friend or relative. That person may have possessed certain characteristics that they want you to inherit.

You could ask people for middle names that might be used in songs; there are lots of songs that use names…one of them must be someone’s middle name!

10 Mar

Chart Topping Songs

Songs at the top of the charts on March 10:

  • 1957 Round and Round – Perry Como
  • 1965 My Girl – The Temptations
  • 1965 Eight Days a Week – The Beatles
  • 1975 Dueling Banjos – Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
  • 1981 I Love a Rainy Night – Eddie Rabbitt
29 Jul

National Salad Week

Hmmm…maybe songs about green? (Green Acres (part of Theme Time)), Green, Green,Green, Green Grass of Home

Relevant Records

  • Green, Green Grass of Home (Hi Hat 5008)
  • Theme Time (Cardinal 36A)
29 Jul

Randy Sparks’ Birthday

Folk singer, songwriter: groups: New Christy Minstrels: Green, Green, Saturday Night, Today; The Back Porch Majority, Randy Sparks and the Patch Family

I know there’s a Green, Green singing call, ’cause I have it. One might also take advantage of this week being National Salad Week when introducing the song….

15 Jun

Smile Power Day

Here’s an article about the benefits of smiling: Smile Power – Increase your Face Value

A good day for nice cheerful songs. There’s an old square dance record called Smile Medley. Then there’s “Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella” and “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” (“and smile, smile, smile”).

I’ll occasionally do things like “Spin Chain Thru and the girls smile (or smile twice, or smile once and a half)”.

Relevant Records

  • Smile Medley (ESP 133)
  • Sweet Sweet Smile (Rockin’ M 702)
  • Pack Up Your Troubles (ESP 906)
15 Jun

Arkansas becomes the 25th State

Arkansas was admitted to the Union on June 15, 1836.

Here’s a site with facts about Arkansas: Arkansas. Of course, square dancing is Arkansas’ state dance.

There’s a traditional square dance called the Arkansas Traveller. And the state instrument is the fiddle, so I suppose you could do fiddle songs all night.