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Lake Mathews (Perris), CA, United States
I am a native of Illinois and grew up in Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago. I have one sibling, an older brother. After dropping out of college, I moved to California in 1973 with my first husband. I married my present husband, Butch, in 1977 and got 4 children in the deal. They have gone on to make me a grandmother 25 times over and a great-grandmother of 19. Three years after I married Butch I returned to school. I got my bachelors and masters degrees in speech communication and was a professor in that field for 13 years. I retired in 2001 to return to school and get my doctorate in folklore. Now I meld my two interests - folklore and genealogy - and add my teaching background, resulting in my current profession: speaker/entertainer of genealogically-related topics. I play a number of folk instruments, but my preference is guitar, which I have been playing since 1963. I work in partnership with Gena Philibert-Ortega with Genealogy Journeys where we focus on educating folks about Social History. More about that can be found at http://genaandjean.blogspot.com and more about my own business projects is on my Circlemending website.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sunday Singalong with Circlemending - Songs to make us feel better

This week has been one of organizing and cleaning for us. Putting things in order can be a somewhat therapeutic activity for me. And while I was doing much of the work, I was playing music (not personally, I mean on the player). It occurred to me that perhaps I didn't needed to clean up to make me feel better . . . all I needed was to play some music. Of course, my office would still be a mess!

So, what songs make you feel better? There are so many songs that fit that description for me, but I can only choose one, so I'll select "Golden Slippers." I love the topic, but also the upbeat manner in which most people perform it. I found this version on YouTube that reflects these elements.

Is there a song or a tune that makes you feel better? Share some lyrics, a link to a YouTube or MP3, or just tell us the title - what song will help bring you up when you are feeling down? Or just keep a good mood going?


  1. Zing A Little Zong (1952)

    Vocals: Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman

    Please do view - and - try not to smile :)


  2. The Blue Tail Fly song [Jimmy Crack Corn]. Never fails to make me smile and lift my spirits! You can hear Brad Sondahl singing it with the banjo on YouTube here:


  3. This is an easy one! When I'm down and need to be picked up it's always Linda. For those that don't know me that would be Linda Eder. "Vienna" is the signature song of this dynamic, powerful singer and it's my favorite. When I'm edgy and irritated my friend Melissa always says, "You need a little Linda". So here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW9CFi2sPoA&feature=related

  4. I have always loved the old song, "You are my sunshine". I don't know why it cheers me up so much, but it does.

  5. Great ideas! Yes, Patty, I could have guessed that one for you. And Susan, I knew that's where you would go. Thanks for the input, everyone.