My Alphabet of Songs – S

I made a preliminary list of S songs, but when it came time to shorten it, I couldn’t bring myself to cut very many.  And there are so many more I couldn’t squeeze in.  Anyway, there are quite a few songs this time — hope you enjoy them!

To catch up on the previous Alphabet posts, go here.

  1. She’s Gone by Hall & Oates – my favorite H&O song.
  2. Summer in the City by The Lovin’ Spoonful – I have always loved John Sebastian’s voice, and this song takes me back to the a.m. radio days.
  3. Stand by R.E.M. – a fun little song.
  4. Scuttle Buttin’ by Stevie Ray Vaughan – this is a good example why SRV will live on.  What talent.
  5. Separate Ways by Journey – Cheesy video aside, I love Steve Perry’s vocals on this one.
  6. She’s Not There by The Zombies – one of the coolest tunes from the 60’s.  Love the Zombies.
  7. Shine On, You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd – This is only the 10 minute version.
    Come on, you target for faraway laughter/Come on, you stranger, you legend, you martyr, and shine
  8. Should I Stay or Should I Go by The Clash – One of the classic party songs of my younger days.
  9. Show and Tell by Al Wilson – I have always loved this version of the song.
  10. Simply Irresistible by Robert Palmer – fun video, fun 80’s tune.
  11. Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting by Elton John – A great rocker by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin.
  12. Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford – Gotta do it.  Who doesn’t love this?
  13. Sweet Talkin’ Woman by ELO – One of my faves from Jeff Lynne and crew.
  14. Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel – Loved this video.
  15. Sunny Afternoon by the Kinks – Cheeky lyrics – I’ve liked this one for as long as I can remember.
  16. Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson and another version by Alien Ant Farm – I will always love MJ’s dancing in his video, but I rather enjoyed the cover by AAF, too.
  17. Somebody to Love by Queen – Ah, Freddie.
  18. Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane – Groovy stuff.
  19. Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits – I loved this song from the first chord.  My sister used to make fun of me because she thought it was stupid.  Knopfler’s guitar is terrific.
  20. Soul Man by Sam and Dave and another version by The Blues Brothers – The Blues Brothers (Belushi and Aykroyd)  were a lot of fun, but they took their music seriously.  Their remake of the Sam & Dave classic was a classic of its own.
  21. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum – My first car was an awesome 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle in a lovely shade of pine green with an olive interior.  I named it Norman Greenbomb.
  22. Spoonman by Soundgarden – The Spoonman is a real dude.  This song didn’t make him famous — he already was — but it didn’t hurt to share his talent with the world.  Artis the Spoonman has been going strong for 40 years.
  23. Stormy by the Classics IV – Old school treat.  Bring back that sunny day!
  24. Strange Brew by Cream – Dig those groovy hairstyles and threads, man.
  25. Substitute by The Who – Another good tune from the Who.  Look how young Daltrey and the boys are!
  26. Sunny by Bobby Hebb – I just like this perky tune.
  27. Sunshine Superman by Donovan – Donovan wrote some pretty strange stuff, but I like this one a lot.
  28. Someone Saved My Life Tonight by Elton John – Love these Taupin lyrics: You almost had your hooks in me/didn’t you dear/you nearly had me roped and tied/altar-bound, hypnotized…


photo credit Steve Cadman

This Is What She Wants Most.

It isn’t much, she reasoned.  I mean, it’s not as if anyone has to pay for it.  Not really. 

It was Grandma who gave her the idea.  Grandma, who proudly called herself a groovy chick, had a lot of ideas.  She liked to think about things.  Being with Grandma meant lots of thinking, and talking, about Things.  Grandma always told her, “Use your noggin.”  She wasn’t sure exactly what a “noggin” was, but she figured Grandma was telling her to think.

So she did.

She stayed awake all night thinking about it.  The more she thought, the more she had to think.  She sharpened a pencil to a fine point and scratched some words in a spiral-bound notebook.  Then she smiled a satisfied smile and went to sleep.

Her eyes flew open at the sound of Grandma calling the chickens for their breakfast.  “Bawwwk-bawk-bawk,” the woman sang, and the birds came running.  She pulled the curtain to watch.  She admired her grandma for keeping her promises.  That was one thing she could always count on: if Grandma said she’d do something, she’d do it.

When Grandma came back to the house, she found one very excited little girl.  “Grandma,” she said, “I thought about what we talked about all night, and I have an idea.”  She sat at the kitchen table while her grandmother washed up and put some water on for tea.  The girl continued.  “Remember when we were talking about what makes people sad and what makes people happy?  And you said that sometimes it takes very little to make people happy?  Well, then I was thinking about what I could do, and I wanted to ask you something.  Do you think we could do it together?  You and me?”

“Do what, honey?”  said Grandma as she set out the cups.

“Make people happy, Grandma.  You and me.”

“What do you have in mind?” the woman asked kindly.

“Well, I have to find out what they want most and then give it to them.”  She said it with a child’s earnestness.  “Will you help me?”

“Of course, sweetheart.  Now drink your tea.”



The above was inspired by a book that was given to me not long ago, called 642 Things To Write About, by The San Francisco Writers’ Grotto.  It is just as it says – a book of 642 writing topics.  Interestingly, it was written in one 24-hour period, from one person’s idea, but it is a collaborative effort.  It is inspired, it is terrific, and I really appreciate the gift!  You’ll see more of these topics pop up as time goes by. 


 photo credit: Keoni Cabral