Mom Mix (Cont.)

Today we celebrate Mom’s 80th birthday with a party.  As I’ve mentioned before, my primary responsibility for the party was to prepare a mix of songs that Mom and her guests would enjoy.  We expect to have about 80 people there of all ages, but the primary musical audience will be Mom and her contemporaries, who like Big Band music and show tunes.

I’ve tried to put together a bit of a musical journey to track Mom’s life, from Over The Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz, released when she was only nine years old, through the Big Band music and crooners of the War Years and the ’40s, past the movie musicals and solo artists of the ’50s and early ’60s, and ending with the rock ‘n roll music of the late ’60s and early ’70s, when all of us kids were growing up and insisting on watching The Monkees TV show and listening to rock ‘n roll music on family drives.  (I put one song in particular, Windy by the Association, in the mix because I have a very strong recollection of listening to that song while being ferried in the Ford Country Squire station wagon to a family dinner at a restaurant/pub called The Other Place near Bath, Ohio.)

I’ve posted the songs in the Mom Mix below.  In all, the mix should take about three and a half hours.  I’ll try to post some photos of Mom’s party, and perhaps some reactions to the mix, later.

’30s/’40s

Over The Rainbow Judy Garland
In the Mood Glenn Miller
Swinging On A Star (Single Version) Bing Crosby
Let’s Dance Benny Goodman
It Might As Well Be Spring Rosemary Clooney
In a Sentimental Mood Duke Ellington
Little Brown Jug Glen Gray
Up An Atom Gene Krupa & His Orchestra
If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) Kay Starr
String Of Pearls Benny Goodman And His Orchestra

’50s/Musicals

Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra
Just In Time Dean Martin
I Could Have Danced All Night Rosemary Clooney
The Shadow Of Your Smile Tony Bennett
Selections from South Pacific (There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame, Bali Ha’i, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair, I’m In Love With A Wonderful Guy, Younger Than Springtime,
Finale
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The Lady Is A Tramp Frank Sinatra
Unforgettable Nat King Cole
A Bushel and a Peck Vivian Blaine & The Hot Box Girls
Alley Cat
Selections from The King and I (I Whistle a Happy Tune, Getting To Know You, I Have Dreamed, Something Wonderful, Shall We Dance?)

Who’s Sorry Now Connie Francis
Selections from Oklahoma! (Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, The Surrey With The Fringe On Top, Oklahoma)
Soldier Boy The Shirelles
Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson
Selections from West Side Story (Maria, Tonight, Gee, Officer Krupke, I Feel Pretty, Somewhere)

’60s/The Sound of Music

Mack The Knife Bobby Darin
16 Candles The Crests
Selections from The Sound of Music (Maria, I Have Confidence, My Favorite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, So Long, Farewell, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, Processional And Maria)
Sherry Four Seasons
Do You Want To Know A Secret The Beatles
King Of The Road (Single Version) Roger Miller
People Barbra Streisand

Late ’60s/’70s

Downtown Petula Clark
Last Train To Clarksville The Monkees
Sugar Sugar The Archies
Windy The Association
This Guy’s In Love With You Herb Alpert
Love (Can Make You Happy) Mercy
Stoney End Barbra Streisand
I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song Jim Croce
Joy To The World Three Dog Night

Finale

My Way Frank Sinatra
Brazil Rosemary Clooney
When You Wish Upon A Star Linda Ronstadt

Five Bucks (And Counting — I Hope)

First round play in the NCAA Tournament ended last night, and I’ve got five bucks to show for it.  My first, second, and third round picks (Kansas, Texas A&M, and Xavier, respectively) all won, my fourth and fifth round picks (Texas and Florida) lost in heartbreak fashion in overtime, and I got pleasant surprise wins from the sixth and seventh round picks (Washington and Murray State).  Four of my teams were involved in “buzzer beater”-type games, and two won and two lost — which seems like a fair result.

Isaiah Thomas of the Washington Huskies

One interesting thing about the Buck Back is that it can turn on a dime.  You can be sitting pretty with lots of teams still in play and, a day later, be out of the competition totally.  This year, after the first round, the leader has seven bucks with six teams still playing (the lowest-selected team to win a game, in this case the Ohio University Bobcats, nets you two bucks), two players have five bucks, two have four bucks, two have three bucks, and the Purple Raider is bringing up the rear with two bucks.

Of my remaining teams, the one that was the biggest surprise to me was Washington, which seems to have a lot of quick, rangy, capable players and a good point guard.  I’m hoping that they can add another buck to my total when they face off against New Mexico today.