We’ve got a cold front coming down! This morning was still in the mid 70’s with 99% humidity but who cares, there’s a cold front coming and look at this sky!
This morning I woke up humming Tiny Bubbles. Please tell me you know this song. Don Ho, Tiny Bubbles? No? Well anyway, I woke up humming this song and then I went out for a 7 mile run which felt relatively easy and fun and even though I had headphones on and I was listening to music, I continued to hum Tiny Bubbles….Yes Don Ho’s Tiny Bubbles!
Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
In the wine (in the wine)
Make me happy (make me happy)
Make me feel fine (make me feel fine)
Tiny bubbles (tiny bubbles)
Make me warm all over
With a feeling that I’m gonna
Love you till the end of time
I don’t know why on this particular morning I had this song in my head but I did, and it totally relaxed me and made my run completely enjoyable. Maybe it has something to do with my childhood since that’s where I know the song from.
When I was a kid we used to spend a lot of time at my Grandmother’s house and she had one of those old player pianos. Please tell me you know what that is. You kids are making me feel so old. It’s the piano that has pedals and you pump them and it plays music as it reads the notes from a roll. It looks like this:
And even though almost all of them look old and they were quite popular in the early part of this century, they made a comeback in the 60’s and 70’s and I’m pretty sure that’s when we acquired ours. Anyway, we had one at our house too, but for some reason we liked the one at my Grandmother’s house best and that’s the one we mostly played.
As I mentioned above, you play the songs by pumping pedals and you use song rolls to put into the piano. My Grandmother had hundreds of them. Of course, the music rolls that my Grandmother had were kind of old school, even back then. Songs like Aquarius, A Horse With No Name, American Pie, A Boy Named Sue, Leaving On a Jet Plane, Mr. Bojangles and Tiny Bubbles. And even though these weren’t the songs of my generation, they really were because this is the music we played at my Grandmother’s house at least once a week and we liked it, probably because it wasn’t the music that we normally listened to. But hey, they didn’t have U2 and INXS rolls so I had to work with what I had.
Trust me when I tell you that I wore that piano out! I knew even way back then that I was going to be an International singing star so I practiced at my Grandmother’s house religiously. Lucky for me I’m psychic and was able to accurately predict my future..er wait…
Tiny Bubbles was a favorite of my Uncles, especially after a few Jack and Cokes or straight up Jim Beam, maybe Wild Turkey, my memories aren’t that vivid. (Did I mention we had a lot of party’s at my Grandmother’s house? No? Well, that should be another post all together at a much later time). Most of my male cousins loved the song too, which is probably why until the age of 14, I thought the song had something to do with farting in the bathtub. In any event it was a staple of our piano roll selections and I hadn’t thought about that song in years until this morning. And I am so glad I did. It was just what I needed to put some calm in my stressful race preparation.
In case your now wondering what the song sounds like, here ya go. And later today you will have me to thank for your latest earworm.
I think I’m ready to run the half this Sunday and it is a costume race so if you happen to see a Don Ho running around, it may or may not be me.
Now, tell me what song calms you down the most and tell me why?