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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)



Challenge – Song #3

“Song that makes you Happy”

Well this song is from my leading quirky girl, Regina Spektor.  She first caught my attention back in 2005 with the lyrics “ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed”.  The quirkiness in her lyrics and in her style is what keeps me engaged, and I believe this to be genuine.  I see so many female artist trying to be cute and quirky but it seems so put-on and fabricated – *cough*KatyPerry*cough*.  Regina is the Queen of Quirk.  Kate Nash is definately in line for that throne but since the category is ‘happy song’ I have to go with Ms. Spektor for this challenge.  Kate has an angst-ridden quirk, whereas Regina’s music makes me feel elated and gives me that warm fuzzy feeling without being all Top 40. 

Better is my song because it makes me feel well…better and happy.  I do giggle at myself though, as this song is a stand-out for me in the ‘misheard lyrics’ category.  I still hear her sing “if I kiss you wearing shorts”.  She clearly sings “if I kiss you where it’s sore”.  Maybe that’s me assuming too much quirk in Regina.

If you like(d) Tori Amos back in the 90’s you will surely like Regina Spektor so give her a listen. 

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