Tuesday, April 12, 2016

J IS FOR J-names

For each letter of the A to Z, I'm going to give you a KEYWORD. You post in the comments a song with that word in the title. I will give you one to start (along with a video). If you like, you can go to YouTube and embed your video in the comments, so that readers can also listen to your song. No repeats and only post one song so that everyone can participate. If you're just brimming with songs, come back in a few days and lay it on me! If you want to see who else is participating in the A to Z click here.

You guys (with some exceptions) struggled a bit more with yesterday's word, If, than I'd have liked. I suppose it was bound to happen. (Just wait until we get to X and Z... whooey!) Anyway, here are the songs you thought of with If in the title:

Michele: If by Bread 
Ericka: If You Leave by OMD
Mary (who rocked this keyword!): If I Were A Boy by Beyonce 
and If I Were A Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof 
and If Tomorrow Never Comes by Garth Brooks
Stephen T. McCarthy: If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
Jeffrey: If I Had A $1,000,000 by Barenaked Ladies
Andrea: If I Could Turn Back Time by Cher
Alex (who just ditched the keyword and went with "I"...ha!): Illumination Theory by Dream Theater
Robyn: If I Can't Have You by The Bee Gees
Debbie The Doglady: If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot
ABFTS: Scat Me If You Can by Scatman John
D.G. Hudson: If I Didn't Care by The Inkspots
Dixie: If I Were A Carpenter by Tim Hardin
Rosey: If You Asked Me To by Celine Dion
Mich: If I Had A Heart by Fever Ray
Robin (yes, me again): If I Die Young by The Band Perry 
and If Everyone Cared by Nickelback and If I Didn't Know Any Better by Alison Krauss
If you can think of more songs from previous letters and WANT to post them now, feel free to go back and add them:)

It's a new day and a new letter!

What is the KEYWORD?

We're going to do something different with the letter J. For those of you who've read this blog for some time, you know that people with names beginning with "J" feature prominently in my life. Turns out, lots of songs are out there with names that begin with "J." Any song with a name that begins with "J" goes. I think there are so many of these that you can post two right from Go.

I present to you....Just Like Jesse James by Cher.

You can comment with a song or embed the video by copy/pasting the code in the search bar. Thanks for playing along!

Special thanks to Arlee Bird and the A to Z team who make this possible!

Arlee Bird @ Tossing it Out
Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh
eremy Hawkins @ Hollywood Nuts
Damyanti Biswas @ Daily Write
Heather M. Gardner @ The Waiting is the Hardest Part
Author AJ Lauer
am Brown Margolis @ An Unconventional Librarian
Zalka Csenge Virág @ The Multicolored Diary
Joy Campbell @ The Character Depot
John Holton @The Sound of One Hand Typing


  1. I did have two pop instantly to mind, one was my fave from high school (same name you used, different song), but I love this one too...so I'll post it for today's letter, it's The Beatles' "Hey Jude."


    1. You can post two today, Rosie. If you come back, go on.

      Not sure why, but this song always makes me a little sad. I don't think that's the intention, but there you go.

    2. My second one was Jessie's Girl. I see someone got it. :) Maybe, "Hey Jude" makes you sad because the rumor was it was written by McCartney for Lennon's child who was abandoned by his dad? Though I've heard other rumors too, about what the song was written about... who really knows. It does have a sad vibe despite the positive advice in it, doesn't it...

  2. Great idea! Jenny - Tommy Tutone! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axLRUszuu9I

    1. Who would have believed that this would be the most remembered telephone number ever??? Seems like I remember hearing that after this song came out, people who actually had that number had to change it. Strangers kept calling them! Ha! I suppose they were entertained at first, but then it got old...

  3. Jacob's Ladder by Rush!

  4. We get two? Woo-Hoo!
    Then I'll use two opposites, starting at the top, of course:



    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Of course you want to be on top (first). That was terrible. Just terrible of me. I really shouldn't say that sort of thing, especially when the song on top is a Jesus song. (I like to think Jesus is chuckling right now.) Anyway, two excellent choices. I'd heard the first, though not by Mahalia (very nice), but not the second (I liked it!).

  5. El Debarge - Who's Johnny

    1. Ally Sheedy is so darn cute. Fun song!

    2. Sorry, couldn't resist. Here's another.

  6. Jesse's Girl by Rick Springfield

    & Jacob's Ladder by Huey Lewis and the News

    1. I'm at 80s girl, so I loved both of these. Not for nuttin' Rick Springfield was my first concert experience. I saw Huey Lewis concert about ten years ago at Chastain Park in Atlanta. They still got it:)

    2. Huey Lewis and the News was my first concert experience. Saw them for my 12th birthday.

    3. I'm beginning to think we're long lost sisters from another mister!

  7. Sweet Baby James by James Taylor:


    1. This is the sweetest song to me. I really just love it.

  8. Jeremy by Pearl Jam

  9. How about a little Tom Petty?


    How about John Lennon's tribute to his mother?

    1. Tom Petty is pretty much always awesome. At first glance, I didn't think I knew the John Lennon song. When it played, I realized I did. BUT, I didn't know it was for his mom. That's sweet.

    2. Sweet but a sad story. His mother couldn't cope and he was mostly raised by her sister, but she would visit him often. When John was 18, she was killed in a car accident.

    3. The older woman you see in the video is John's aunt Mimi. the one who raised him.

    4. That is a sad story. Seems like no one really gets it easy, do they? There's always *something.*

  10. Ms Dolly Parton's Jolene:

    and Aerosmith's Janie's Got A Gun:

    #AtoZChallenge J is for Jewel

    1. Well, those two songs live on the opposite ends of the spectrum. You and Stephen T. McCarthy are vying for most diverse with your postings today:)

  11. Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFo8-JqzSCM

    1. I don't know why that didn't embed, Mike. Maybe there needed to be a space before the code.


  12. Surprised no one posted this one....


    And this has always been one of my favorite VH songs..


    Sorry I am so late to the party-I was out of the country for two weeks with no access to the internet (not sure I'd have had the time anyway).


    1. First, I want to say that I've been wondering where you were. Glad to know you're okay, just out of the country. Per chance, what country were you visiting???

      Second, I will have to come back later to listen as I'm soon to be out the door. BUT, I'm so glad you're alive and well:)

    2. Okay, my mind is a terrible place to live. When I was watching the VH video, all I could think were these two things:

      1) If they were popular today, David Lee Roth would either have his shirt closed OR he'd have been manscaped. That hairy chest just doesn't fly with celebrity these days.

      2) Every time Eddie smiled all I could think about was his throat cancer that he would have in the future. I'm a sick, sick girl.

    3. I did not say, did I? I was in Ireland for the first time in a quarter century, and boy has it changed!

      A few things (like the Cliffs Of Moher) were nothing like I remembered. In 1992 it was a dirt parking lot, only a handful of people there, no guard rails, and if you slipped you were SOL-the tinkers would strip your rental car for parts.

      Fast forward to 2016 with a fancy visitor center, hundreds of people, gift shops, restaurant. Safer, I guess, but better?

      I guess the look these days is for men to be shaved. Bald heads, bald chests....I work with a guy who is doing laser hair removal from his chin to his toes.

      There are some areas I am not sure I am comfortable having a laser target...

      Did I get your rules right? I was not supposed to put up a song if someone beat me to it, right?

    4. Ireland! I've always wanted to go. I guess I've already missed out on the rural experience, eh???

      I can think of places I wouldn't want a laser getting me, too.

      Yes, you adhered perfectly to the rules. Depending on how easy I perceive the word to be is how I decide how many songs folks can post up front. You can always go back and add songs the next day or even days later.

  13. Jumping Jack Flash (so-so quality and they look SO young. . .


    1. Apparently I'm still in a whacky frame of mind. You can see my comment to Larry above for verification that this is a trend.

      Every time I see Mick and Crew I want to feed them. They are all so skinny they nearly disappear when the turn sideways. Country cookin' would fix that right up. Plus, being so thin... it only makes Mick's mouth look like a gaping hole that is way too large for his face. Just freaks me out.

  14. Robin, I'm fresh out of idea for J titled songs. So, I had to get some ideas from Google. How about the I Dream of Jeannie theme song?! You can always have some Jello while you watch. :)

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    All Things Vintage: J-E-L-L-O #AprilA2Z

    1. Who doesn't dream of Jeannie? EVERYBODY DOES.

  15. Today I'm giving you... a headache.

    Did you ask for more Limp Bizkit? Of course you didn't. I think this is truly the worst cover song I've ever heard. It sounds like it was produced and put on by some angry teenagers in their dad's garage.


    Also, remember Snow? That white Canadian reggae rapper guy with the one hit wonder song Informer? Well he also had a song about a mon named Jimmy Hat, mon, and it include such awesome lyrics as "Sexy girl in a corner, make a dicky wonder."


    Lastly, as a (dis)honorable mention, I include this - not as an entry, but as being the first thing that popped into my mind when you said J names, and yes, he names a J name... among a hundred others.


    1. This girl started the day with a migraine (like most days), so you can't steal all the credit. However, that Limp Bizkit song was God-awful terrible. I mean, really bad. If I didn't already have a headache, that would've been a surefire means to get there.

      I'm glad you posted it first, because that made the Snow actually enjoyable in comparison. The lyrics are ridiculously bad. You need to send this to Stephen T. McCarthy. He dissed some of the lyrics in a Train song I posted. Compared to this number, that song is downright INSPIRED.

      Well, who doesn't want a little bit of... Angela? Pamela? Sandra? Rita? Jessica? There she is. That's the ticket.

  16. Sorry for not being around, trying to catch up as had a lot happening last week. I can only come up with Jolene and Hey, Jude

    1. I say it again... if I wanted a movie title, you'd be Birgit On The Spot. ha!

  17. "John Henry" by Hillstomp

    The only version of that song that I like as much as Leadbelly's.

    I shall get cracking on your free art as soon as I get home.:)

    1. This is pretty good.

      Tell you what... that whole ask and ye shall receive thing really does work. ::Awesome::

  18. Does this count? https://youtu.be/boanuwUMNNQ?list=PL33DD56EB05751B35
    Love a bit of Metallica! ;)

    1. Well, that wasn't precisely what I was seeking, but you get some points that there is a word in there that begins with "J," and you followed the instructions correctly to embed the video.

  19. I saw ABFTS' Limp Bizkit version of this. I wouldn't use LB to scare away mice. Let's try the original, one of my faves:


    1. I think this might grow on me. Not my favorite, but far and away better than what Bryan posted. Sorry Bryan...

  20. Jack and Diane by Mellencamp. I still know all the words.

    Susan Says

  21. "Angry Johnny" by Poe.


  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCdCuduv0H0




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