I did Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days for the New Year again. I needed it – 2020 was a rough year!. On the last day, my assignment was to pick out my song for 2021. This year with Covid, and everything else, I picked two. The first one is a song that pops in my head on a bad day, a sad day. I may have even sung the words to my 2nd graders back in the day.
Part 1: The song . . . TOMORROW.
It speaks to me, and I remember its message . . .
The sun will come out tomorrow.
You can count on tomorrow and the sun.
Life will get better. You just have to hang on.
It always makes me feel better, just to hear those words in my head. I hope they’ll help you too.
If you’d like to hear it, click on this link, and you can listen in. I picked the one with the girl and her dog. They were in Annie back in 2012, and she was wonderful!
Link: the sun will come out tomorrow annie - Bing
Did you notice Annie in the link above this? It’s there because this song came from the musical Annie, and it came from the comic strip LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE. It’s been around since 1924. I wasn’t born until 1959.
In 1972 Martin Charnin talked to Thomas Meehan. Martin wanted Thomas to write the words for a musical about the comic strip. I was in 7th grade.
Thomas looked back over prints from the comic strip, but couldn’t find a story so . . . he made up his own. Charles Strouse composed the music, and Martin wrote the lyrics, the words.
The musical came to life in 1977, the year I graduated from high school. The photo is of the original cast. Andrea McArdle was Annie, Reid Shelton was Daddy Warbucks, and the dog was Sandy. That same year Columbia Pictures bought the rights to ANNIE, and in 1982 the movie came out. I was a brand-new teacher. There are other versions, but the one from 1982 is still my favorite, all these years later.
The second song played on the radio the summer of 1988. It was upbeat. It felt like the disco music I loved in college. I was 29 and it made me feel young again.
Part 2: The song . . . ROLL WITH IT. The first lines captured my mood, but the music made my feet dance.
When life gets to be too much
Just roll with it. Life WILL get better.
Steve Winwood and Will Jennings put the words and music together. Steve recorded and released it during the summer of 1988. ROLL WITH IT held the #1 spot for a month.
Here’s the link: roll with it steve winwood - Bing
That summer I celebrated 3 years of marriage, finished my 2nd year in 2nd grade, and kept tabs on a 1-year-old. Life was too much . . . with so many good things, but some stress too. No wonder I loved this song! Source: Roll with It (Steve Winwood song) - Wikipedia
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!