A Coffee and Some Whimsy Friday

A Coffee and Some Whimsy Friday

Earlier this week I went to see a local production of Happy Days: The Musical.  And while the play was well-done, fun, and a nice evening out with my sisters and their kids, what actually planted the seed for today's "A Coffee and a ____ Friday" post was the trip home.  I was a passenger in my older sister's car along with her daughter and her daughter's friend.  It was late, we were all in a bit of a goofy mood, and for fun we were listening to some classic 80s tunes piped through the car's speakers via my niece's iPod.

So in homage of our musical trip down memory lane, here are four memorable songs from the decade that may have well helped put a hole in the ozone layer thanks to everyone's quest to have Really Big Hair:

1.  Take on Me by a-ha -- What, exactly is the story being told in the comic book?  I don't know.  I have yet to figure out the song.  But I still enjoy the tune and the video all the same.  A nice bit of 80s fluff!

2.  The Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams -- I can still sing along to this one.  Lets not ponder what that says about me.  ;-)

3.  (This Song's Just) Six Words Long by "Weird Al" Yankovic -- A parody of George Harrison's Got My Mind Set On You, this song doesn't have a video to go along with it, but this song has also stuck with me throughout the years.  A simple, yet fun and effective, parody.  Especially if you're at all familiar with the original tune.

4.  Do They Know It's Christmas/Feed the World by Band Aid -- Headed up by Bob Geldof, this song from 1984 started what would become a trend of singers and musicians coming together to help raise money to help those in need.  In this case, it was to go towards famine relief efforts in Ethiopia.  It's a timely reminder no matter the season for the 'haves' to help the 'have nots'.

What 'oldies' have stuck with you throughout the years?

*Photo Credit:  daveynin (Creative Commons)

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