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Agnes’ Birthday Wishes


Agnes Worthy (nee Armour) was born August 4, 1922. Her history states that she attended the London Teacher’s College, worked as a Federal civil servant and from 1942-45 was a radio operator under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. She has participated in the London Fanshawe Symphony Chorus, the Federal Superannuates National Association (FSNA) and the Women’s Intitute. She has travelled extensively, is an incredibly strong, smart and sassy woman and, having just turned 90, I have to say is pretty awesome.


She is my Great Aunt. Great-Great Aunt to my Little Beats. That’s a whole lotta “great”. Deservedly so.


Generally speaking we cover modern music and new finds here at Beat & Lyric. However, today was about celebrating the 90 years my Auntie Agnes has lived with so much vigor and vitality. Plus, I tend to believe that it is highly impressive that I have a Great Aunt (actually, I have two of them – shout out to my Aunt Grace as well) who comes to hang out for lunch, enjoy amazing food and memories while sipping a vodka tonic and laughing. 90 looks pretty good.


So, today, a Top 10 list in honour of my Dear Aunt Agnes (kudos to those that gets the TVO reference there). 10 of the best songs from the last 90 years that I hope she likes as a dedication for her birthday. Happy Birthday Auntie Agnes! So much love and hugs!




West End Blues – Louis Armstrong (1928)



(Side note – what is it with trumpets? Love this sound)




It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie – Fats Waller (1936)




God Bless the Child – Billie Holiday (1941)







All Shook Up – Elvis Presley (1957)







My Way – Frank Sinatra (1969)







You’re So Vain – Carly Simon (1972)







Bad Reputation – Joan Jett (1981)





Winter – Tori Amos (1992)




Who Will Comfort Me – Melody Gardot (2008)






Blunderbuss – Jack White (2012)



30 Day Song Challenge

This song challenge has been making it’s way around Facebook so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  I won’t be posting a song a day, but randomly until I have 30 songs completed

#1 – Favourite Song

I can’t pick my all-time favourite song.  If I did it would be All Along the Watchtower and I’d have a hard time deciding if it was Bob Dylan’s orginal or Jimi Hendrix’s cover.  But I’m not picking that at all here and now.  I’m picking my favourite song in this moment, today.  The song that is haunting me at this time is Warpaint’s Billie Holiday.  The song isn’t new, it is from the Exquisite Corpse EP that was released in 2008.  The song is half a cover of Mary Well’s My Guy.  I don’t know if it’s my penchant for Billie Holiday that drew me to the song, or if it’s the haunting spell singing…B.I.L.L.I.E.H.O.L. I.D.A.Y.  The haze that surrounds the song seems to come from the simplistic arrangement and unpretentious guitar.  I love how raw the song is even as the layers keep peeling back as it continues.  It hits me hard at the moment when the I hear the guitar string squeal.  I have a moment every time I hear that squeal in a song, but that will be a blog for another day.  Someday soon you will see “Top Ten Songs with Guitar String Squeal”, that raw orgasmic sound makes my lady parts tingle.
For now have a listen to Billie Holiday by Warpaint.

And because I love this song so much here is a live on the street version, complete with mustache dude holding umbrella.

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