Wednesday, June 29, 2011

30 Songs in 30 Days, Day 13: A Song That Is a Guilty Pleasure

Song: "If"
Writer: David Gates
Band: Bread
Album: Manna

I could put together quite a list of these but this ridiculously dear song is particularly dear to me. While I was in Japan, I taught in three different public high schools - two high-level academic schools and one low-level one. At the low-level one, the teachers liked using popular songs to encourage their students to learn English. We examined this one at a moment in my life when the lyrics hit me in just the right spot.

Several years ago, a friend of ours, Danny Thompson, produced a play entitled The Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett as found in an envelope (partially burned) in a dustbin in Paris labeled "Never to be performed. Never. Ever. EVER! Or I'll sue! I'LL SUE FROM THE GRAVE!!!" as discovered by Greg Allen, Ben Scheider & Danny Thompson. One "play" consists entirely of a man dressed as an old woman rocking in a chair while listening to this song over and over and over and over... Very funny!

Alas, no video clips are available. But I do have the following to share with you, which is nearly as good. Trust me. Watch it. You'll be so glad you did.


I hope you'll join us for the "30 Songs in 30 Days" challenge, inspired by the tumblr list. Our 30 Songs roster:

Stay on target...
Marc Whitman's Blog
Haley says "Hello" To You

It's never too late to post your own. Tomorrow is...

Day 14: A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love


  1. I have been unable to bring myself to listen to Telly's version...

  2. Here's one I remember. And I think when I looked at this post and actually listened to Telly, I thought, this Squid person is all right.

    1. The day I posted this, the Telly video went viral at My Wife's workplace. Words really don't do it justice - must be seen to be believed!

  3. Oh my. Telly.
    Thank you. Just...thank you.

    1. Isn't it beautiful? One of my best finds of the entire project.