Musically Memeing

Danielle has tagged me with the following Musical Meme:

Start Copy –
1. Go to www.popculturemadness.com
2. Pick the year you turned 18
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the song’s of the year
4. Write something about how the song affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends
– Stop Copy –

So, let the memeing begin musically. The year was 1947. On January 12 I turned 18. Ripe old age, I thought. Great to be 18! Big guy now! So, what are the songs that ran through my head back then? The first one, the unforgettable “White Christmas” sung by Bing Crosby is still reverberating in my mind, after all these years. Oh, it’s so corny! But back then it was beautifully nostalgic and heart-rendering: the American boys overseas fighting the Japs and the Nazis were indeed dreaming of white christmases back home. Many of them never made it back home to celebrate. By 1947 the war was over but the song lingered on, and I think was number two on the charts. Here are a couple of stanzas:

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
And children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I’m dreaming of a White Christmas
With every Christmas card I write
“May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white”

Even now, sixty years later, I can hear the music and the singing as I read the above words! Ah, to be 18 again!!

For some strange reason, another song that comes to my mind from 1947, done first by Arthur Godfrey, is the catchy “TOO FAT POLKA (She’s Too Fat For Me)”:

Here’s a silly ditty, you can sing it right away
Now, here is what you say
So sing it while you may
Here’s a silly jingle, you can sing it night or noon
Here’s the words, that’s all you need
‘Cause I just sang the tune:

Oh, I don’t want her, you can have her
She’s too fat for me
She’s too fat for me
She’s too fat for me
I don’t want her, you can have her,
She’s too fat for me
She’s too fat
She’s too fat
She’s too fat for me

I get dizzy
I get numbo
When I’m dancing
With my Jum-Jum-Jumbo

I don’t want her, you can have her
She’s too fat for me
She’s too fat for me
She’s too fat for me
I don’t want her, you can have her
She’s too fat for me
She’s too fat
She’s too fat
She’s too fat for me

…. and there’s more verses!

OK, that is not very nice or respectful of weight challenged people, but back then, as a boy of 18, I found it hilarious!

OK, that’s it. Here’s who I’ll tag specifically for this meme. Hope you can have fun with it.

SleepyLaKate
Katie’s Crazy Ride
CHAI
Barb92
GreenAbby

  1. Danielle’s avatar

    What a sport you are for playing.
    I personally love Bing Crosby my favorites are:
    “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Postive”
    When my oldest was just a babe he loved to hear me sing along with “On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe”
    and one that I first learned in music class in the fourth grade is the incomparable “Swinging On A Star”.

    As always wishing you well

  2. Mardé’s avatar

    Good for you, Danielle! You remember old Bing and yes, that “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Postive” was a neat one. Also, “On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe”. Yup, “Swinging On A Star” too. Good going. :smile:

  3. barbara’s avatar

    Hi Mardé,
    I’am just gettting back to my friend’s blogs; we were gone all of Friday ( story to follow 😆 ).
    OK; I’am game to be tagged again; I just have to get off an earlier tag from my California blog friend; it’s been waiting and I have to get cracking.
    Nothing like musical hits to mark one’s generation.
    I never heard of that Polka song , but White Christmas is a CLASSIC. It still can get me misty eyed .
    See you, Mardé.

  4. Missy’s avatar

    All this Bing Crosby nostalgia! Yeah, what a voice he had. So now for some reason I can’t stop thinking of that song Melikalikimaka (Is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you!).

  5. Mardé’s avatar

    Looking forward to your story, Barbara. Haven’t checked as yet. Hope you’re not being over-tagged! Yes, White Christmas, was the song of songs, so to speak.

    Yeah, all this Bing Crosby nostalgia! But that Melikalikimaka song is another one that sticks in one’s craw for years!

  6. Katie’s avatar

    What a fun post! I’ll be sure to follow!

  7. Mardé’s avatar

    Thanks, Katie, and welcome. Good luck with the meme.

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