When all is said and done, we always need music and we are such diverse individuals that we all have such different tastes. This is what I love. Jingle, Jangle, Jungle has 3 themes that we must follow which always makes me think and here are the 3 themes:
A SONG ABOUT A PLACE
A SONG WITH A GIRL’S NAME IN THE TITLE
A SONG THAT MENTIONS A TYPE OF WEATHER IN THE TITLE
1. I LEFT MY HAT IN HAITI SUNG BY FRED ASTAIRE-1951
I was looking at Royal Wedding, a film starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell as a brother and sister team who are in England during the Royal Wedding between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. This is famous for the Astaire dance where he dances on the ceiling. I thought this film had a song about heat but I was wrong and came across this fun dance and song which was written by Fred Astaire. This is a slight autobiography of Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, a great dance team who did travel to London where Adele met and married the man of her dreams and promptly retired. Fred Astaire is very well known for his excellent dancing as well as his singing but he was also prolific in writing songs...some are better than others.This is one song I like and there are lots of drums, Fred Astaire loved drums.
2. WALTZING MATILDA SUNG BY THE MSO CHORUS & MELBOURNE SYMPHONY-2020
This song has been going through my head for over a week now so it is only natural I choose this song for this theme. This is the unofficial national anthem for Australia and I think it is one of the nicest to be honest. I love that Waltzing is about walking and Matilda is the rucksack they have slung over their shoulder. This song's lyrics are by Banjo Peterson(love that name) and the music come from "The Craigielee March" and was first performed in 1895! There are many versions of this song but I liked this one.
3. WE'RE HAVING A HEAT WAVE SUNG BY ETHEL MERMAN-1938
This song was written by Irving Berlin for the musical “ Thousand’s Cheer” Sung by Ethel Waters back in 1933. I really like this song and think of it during the summer when we are experiencing a heat wave where we can hardly breathe and start to sweat as soon as we go outside. Actually many people die when there is a nasty heat wave. To be honest, I prefer the cold and snow to a nasty heat wave. We forget how young and pretty Ethel Merman was so I had to choose this version which, I think, she did a great job. (Does anyone remember her brief appearance in Airplane?)
Oh and here is Johnny Cash singing "Waltzing Matilda" but informing us what the words mean...