Look What You’ve Done to Me and #ROW80

I had another possible topic ready to go until I was driving to the dry cleaners today and heard on the radio that The Monkees band member Davy Jones had died. Despite being in good shape, he suffered a heart attack at age 66.

My first distinct memory of him is not from The Monkees television show (1966-68), but from the Brady Bunch episode on which he guest-starred as Marcia’s celebrity crush. Here’s the song he sang (Girl):

Of course, the intro song to The Monkees show is well-known and wonderfully fun:

Then there is Jones’s more recent recording for Word Weaver Sandra Boynton’s album, Blue Moo. Here he is with Your Personal Penguin:

Hope you enjoyed the music. Thanks for the smooth voice and the happy attitude, Davy. You will be missed.

Now let’s see what my goals have done to me:

  • Finish editing Grace & Fire mystery novel and send to reader. Finished January 19.
  • Write 2,500 1,500 words per week on young adult novel, Sharing Hunter1,767 words so far this week! Thanks so much to the #ROW80 #Teamsprinty folks!
  • Blog twice a week on Amaze-ing Words Wednesday and Deep-Fried Friday, and check-in with ROW80 updates twice a week. Posted “And the Winner Is…: Award Names” today.
  • Comment on at least 10 15 blogs per week (not counting ROW80 update comments). I did a lot of catch-up blog reading today, so for the week thus far I have commented in 29 blogs — a few of them ones I’d never visited before.
  • Read one writing craft book. Finished On Writing by Stephen King. For those of you asking what I thought of On Writing, I didn’t get as much out of it as others have. There were some gems in there, but quite a bit of the book covered King himself and his writing. I’m not a big King fan, though.
  • Read five eight fiction books. 7 down, reading The Scorch Trials (sequel to The Maze Runner) by James Dashner. So far, it’s a page-turner.
  • Exercise three times per week.
  • Read through Writer’s Digest magazine issue. Must get to this!

How is your week going? Did you like The Monkees? What, if anything, do you remember about them?

Word Weaver, Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton with her chickens

If you’ve never heard of Sandra Boynton, you are missing out.  Most parents have either seen Boynton’s children books or heard her CDs.  She has also designed numerous greeting cards.  What I love most, though, are her songs.  Here’s a woman who has beautifully combined her eclectic taste in music with a love of language and a big dose of good ole fashioned silliness.   

I hereby nominate Ms. Boynton for my own Word Weaver Award (in the category of lyrics): 

Word Weaver Award

When Ms. Boynton came out with her acclaimed book and music CD, The Philadelphia Chickens, I bought it at the recommendation of a friend.  After which I had to go back and purchase Rhinoceros Tap and next Dog Train.  I haven’t acquired her latest music CD, Blue Moo, although I’m assured it’s a must-have. 

Ms. Boynton teamed up with Michael Ford on these CDs to produce high quality, fun music with great lyrics sung by a wide range of entertainers – including The Bacon Brothers, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, Laura Linney, Patti LuPone, Scott Bakula, Meryl Streep, The Spin Doctors, Alison Krauss, John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, Hootie & the Blowish, Neil Sedaka, and Brian Wilson. 

One of my personal favorites is Kevin Kline singing Busy, Busy, Busy.  What do you think? (Okay, wanting to scream. Link doesn’t work because Franklin Covey Planners bought the rights to the video to demonstrate something about time management to corporate people. Ugh. My kids loved that video.)

I contend that lovers of language of all ages – from child to geezer – can enjoy the lyrics and music woven by Boynton and sung by a slew of the talented performers. 

Here are a few more: 

Davy Jones of the Monkees singing Your Personal Penguin

 B.B. King singing One Shoe Blues

Adam Bryant singing The Shortest Song in the Universe

If you’re looking for some language and music fun for your kids (or just you), I highly recommend Sandra Boynton’s CD’s.  Of course, her books and cards are fun too. 

Do you have any favorites of hers?  What other singers or composers have music aimed at children that even adults will love?  Who would you nominate as a brilliant Word Weaver?