Thursday, January 17, 2008

Keep on Singing

This is the 600th post to the Mommy Rant. Not that that's remarkable. There are an infinite amount of inane comments yet to be made about local events and at least as many stories of my adorable children (born and unborn) with which to bore you.
What I am finding difficult, and what does seem remarkable, is the 600 songs I've used as blog title posts over the past two years. That's 600 songs give or take since I don't use them to title poem entries.
I have always thought that there is a song for every situration. For example, drop your hairbrush into the toilet? That's "Splish Splash" (Bobby Darin), "I'm Going Down" (Bruce Sprintsteen), or even the theme song from Mahogany, "Do You Know Where You're Going To?" (Diana Ross). Burn Dinner? The possibilities are almost endless. There's "Get it Right the First the Time" (Billy Joel), "Accidents will Happen" (Elvis Costello), "I'm on Fire" (Bruce Springsteen), "Guess Things Happen That Way" and "Beans for Breakfast" (both by Johnny Cash), just to name a few. Nine months pregnant with twins and keep bumping into your husband because you can't define where your ever shifting personal space is? Naturally that would be "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (The Police), "My Way" (Frank Sinatra), or even "Get Off of my Cloud" (The Rolling Stones)
Then there are songs in my memory bank that are just waiting for the right situation to be used: Christmas in Prison (John Prine), Little Willie (Sweet), and I can't believe I haven't used this one yet - Superfreak (Rick James).
Like any good gimmick, there have to be some rules. I've been trying not to use the same song title twice and they have to be songs I know or at the very least bands with which I'm familiar. If it weren't for these self-imposed rules I could just open up the iTunes store and do a search for a song specifically titled: "I dropped my hairbrush in the toilet." I picture it as a country tune.
Song titles are a useful addition to the blog as they bring in the occasional google searcher who is, say, looking for the lyrics to "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog," and gets stuck with The Mommy Rant instead.
But I must admit it's getting harder to come up with new titles and there are even times when I write an entry and then have to sit on it for a few days hoping an inspirational song title will pop into my head. Not to mention the hope that I'll be somewhere I can write it down, so as not to forget it, when it does.
So I guess I'm mulling over breaking my own rule some 500-plus song titles later. The occasional second use of a song title, perhaps followed by a #2 to acknowledge that I know it's a repeat title, wouldn't be so bad would it? That said, I also reserve the right to keep using poem titles, those few times when they are appropriate.
In retrospect, it would have been a lot easier to delve into this subject matter about 100 posts ago. I could have titled the piece "500 Miles" (soundtrack to Godspell), or "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers.

song: Keep on Singing • artist: Helen Reddy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I always wonder what your logic was behind the titles. I love them cause it jogs the tune up in my memory.

I'm supportive of reuse, as my kids say "reduce, reuse, recycle"

go for it and good luck with the delivery!!

Kelly B - medford.