Top Ten is a monthly feature--topics change, and sometimes I don't follow the rules.
This is dangerous territory, people. I’ve got a habit–a bad one, according to my students–of breaking randomly into song whenever certain song lyrics occur in conversation. Or whenever a situation calls for a song. I mean, you never know when you’ll have to pull out all the stops and croon something from Disney.
Oh, and I’m not just going to let myself get away with simply stuff I say from songs. I’m putting myself on the hook for stuff I will frequently burst out in song to sing. “You’re Welcome”.
Oh, wait. That’s one, thanks to Moana (See number 5 which is currently playing in my head b/c WordPress decided it wasn’t going to let me put a #1 here without turning it into a numbered list). I have been accused of being insane several times because I have melodically responded to people:
2. Here’s another, courtesy of Disney. Because I frequently need to remind my students to “Let it Go”…and I ask if they need me to sing it to them. Some do, some don’t. ~~This version is a sing-along. Bonus!!!
3. Because of my girl-crush on Idina Menzel, there’s several from her coming (and because of my fascination with Wicked). “For Good” is a song I may be guilty of playing at times when words actually fail. Mostly when change is happening. The line I delivered from this song last week: Because I knew you, I’ve been changed for good. I…didn’t sing it that time.
4. Lately, I’ve started singing “Defying Gravity” a lot. This is the Glee version which I do like…and it’s shorter than the from-Broadway version. “I’m defying gravity, and you won’t bring me down.” Almost like a mantra some days.
5. And, when I’m really irritated at someone or something–like this damn post for insisting the first song was part of a numbered list, even though I unclicked the box–this song may or may not be on auto-loop in my head…if it doesn’t start coming out of my mouth:
6. I’m working on a parody of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga, and it takes up space in my brain when I should be writing and am forced to do other things. I mean, I’m not intentionally doing it…it’s just happening. Also, when I’m talking with one of my non-book friends who aren’t Judgey McJudgersons, they may ask what I’m working on and I do actually break out in song.
7. “Every Breath You Take” has a plethora of lines (aside from the stalker-y part) and I may musically burst into several of them at any given time. When my students are being little shits, I might start in with the, “I’ll be watching you–” part that repeats at the end.
8. Whenever anyone says “Time After Time”, I do need to resist the urge to follow up with “If you fall, I will catch you–I’ll be waiting.” I may, however, repeat in a quiet, whisper-y voice.
9. Every time someone says “you come and go,” my natural response is the refrain from “Karma Chameleon”.
10. If you check out the refrain from this song by Billy Joel, you know the only appropriate response to, “You May Be Right” is “I may be crazy.”
Bonus: Twue Wuv–from “Princess Bride”. “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye (not to, like, the general public…). The appropriate interruption to “I feel the need–” is “the need for speed,” with an appropriate high-five and knowing grin. Similarly, when I hear Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” I have an overwhelming need to tell Mr. VampBard, “…ya big lug. Take me to bed, or lose me forever.” I may also randomly quote episodes of StarTrek or the Trek movies in conversation. These…lose a lot of their umph when they have to be explained.