Josna Rege

How Can I Keep from Singing?*

In Notes on September 2, 2013 at 10:03 pm
photo by Karl Hagen

photo by Karl Hagen

I hadn’t realized until I started listing all the TMA stories related in some way to music, how many of them, whether or not they are primarily “about” music, either mention one or more songs or take a song title as their own. In these stories, as in life, music is not something separate, it is essential. Just as I can’t help breaking into song whenever and wherever one wells up, so I can’t help songs entering my stories at will.

Here they are, then. Though I’ll be otherwise employed for the next few days, they’ll sing on.

13. Paradise Lost

18. Songlines

19. Lively Up Yourself

20. The Bay of Biscay and the Gully Gully Man

25. British TV, Fall of ‘63

34. His Master’s Voice

43. From a Railway Carriage

52. Himalaya

58. Southbound

64. Concert Collage

70. Party Pieces

72. Learnin’ the Blues

80. Who Are You?

85. St. Nicholas’ Day

87. Thanda Thanda Pani or, You Never Miss Your Water…

95. Sail On, Silver Girl

110. The Party

111. Strawberry-Picking Camp

119. Top of the Pops, 1968-69

126. Word Choice: Does it Matter?

127. Going Up the Country

130. Orwellian Jingles

139. Sealed with a Kiss

140. Music Alone Shall Live

142. Route 66

145. Just a little is enough

149.  Get Me to the Church on Time

157. The Day Mick Jagger Called

161. Watching the River Flow

166. In the Bleak Midwinter

171. Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron

174. Con Men, Card Sharks, and Playing a Different Game

178. Talkin’ ’bout My Generation

179. And he laughing said to me

182. Hot Cross Buns

185. Common Sense

189. Goodness Gracious Me!

196. Never No More

200. Roots, Rock, Reggae

202. Tennessee Stud

205. Weeping Willow

208. Zee, Zed, Go to Bed

212. ¡Viva La Literatura!

213. Censorship at Bedtime

214.  A Moment in Time

218. No Baby No Cry*

225. Audit Alert!

230. Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later than You Think)

235. December 5th, 2013

237. Turning Towards the Light

  1. People, Not Personalities

242. Gratitude

257. Leaving on a Jet Plane

262. Oh, to be in England

264. Railways, Real and Imagined

265. Swagmen

368. Night

370. Pre-dawn Raga

372. Real Country

373. Singing

* Enya’s version of this song is hauntingly beautiful.

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