Wednesday, April 17, 2013

O is for "Over the Rainbow"

Happy Wednesday!

I don't know how I could write a list of things that inspire me without including "Over the Rainbow," that classic song about dreams coming true. So many people have recorded versions of this tune—Eva Cassidy, Frank Sinatra, and Eric Clapton among them—but to me the Rainbow will always belong to Judy Garland and her beautiful voice.

How about you? Are there any songs that inspire you to follow your dreams?



My haiku for today is up at the Pulitzer Remix site. You can find it here. Thanks to everyone who has been supporting me by reading and commenting. I truly appreciate it!


Wishing you all an inspiring Wednesday. ☺

85 comments:

  1. Have you heard the Israel Kamakawiwo'ole version? Amazing.

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  2. I love this song by Judy and the version by Israel. I think I just love this song!

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  3. I love the Jason Castro version personally. It's beyond amazing!!

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    1. I'll have to check that one out. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

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  4. Did you know the witch is dead is back in the charts here, a jab at the death of Maggie Thatcher. Seems some people overe here are sick. Mind you I wish I was over the rainbow sometimes.

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    1. How horrible!

      I think we all wish that from time to time. Hope your day is going well. :)

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  5. And Oz starts with O as well. Great choice. I really like this song, but sometimes I need people to sing it less (it was way overused in my school system growing up)

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    1. I love how you put that! Yes, it does tend to be overdone. :)

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  6. Love this song. My daughter LOVES Wizard of Oz.
    Dani @ Entertaining Interests
    #warriorminion

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    1. My kids haven't seen it yet, but I bet they'll love it when they do. :)

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  7. I actaully watched the film recently and found so much more to enjoy in it.

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    1. That's a good point. Maybe after this month is over I'll have a chance to sit and watch it again, too.

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  8. I love this song so much because my oldest daughter played Dorothy in the school play. One of the most thrilling moments of my life was hearing her sing this song on stage!

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    1. That must have been beautiful! What a great memory for both of you. :)

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  9. One of my favorite songs. The play is special to me as I played the lead character Wizard of Oz. It holds many wonderful memories.

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  10. My daughter and I sing this every night when we go to bed. Every. Single. Night. :D

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  11. In my heart, Judy Garland owns this song! It is quite inspirational. I like a song the group Kansas did called "The Wall".

    Nice post, Dana. I so enjoy the treasures you share to emphasize your inspiration. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. I appreciate that. :)

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  12. Rainbows in general inspire me, and have always been a sign of hope.

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    1. Same here—and butterflies, too. :)

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  13. oh yes, i can't tell you how many times i sang this song as a child and dreamed of becoming a star, just like judy--i loved her, this movie and especially this beautiful song :)

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  14. it's such a beautiful and inspiring song....Judy Garland was amazing...love Meet Me in St Louis... :)

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    1. Dana - I have a poem/short story that I self published for my daughter when she was young...will share with you when I get a chance. :)

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    2. I would love to read it, Julia! Looking forward to it. :)

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  15. I agree, Judy's song is so uplifting. And Kelly's got a winner, too!

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  16. Love the movie/song but not crazy about the book cuz I was caught by surprise how violent it was!

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    1. I know what you mean! It's quite different.

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  17. I just love this song! It is definitely an inspirational one that will ALWAYS be good :)

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    1. I agree. I'm sure my kids will love it as much as I do.

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  18. Way cute Haiku and I had that song on my blog by IZ the Hawaiian crooner who played ukulele. Unfortunately he's no longer with us but I love his rendition. It was on my post with the turtle video at the end of last month. I think you'd love it too.

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    1. I'll check it you.

      About my haiku: Thanks. :)

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  19. Wonderful song choice! I blogged about Oz this week, too. ;D

    ♥ aquariann
    Featured Treasury: The Land of Oz

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  20. When I was about 5 years old my sister used to walk me home from kindergarten and no matter how many times told not to, would drag me through her little short cut. The bypass was a very steep (seemed 90 degrees to my 5yo sensibilities)cement drainage ditch. I cant tell you how many cuts, bangs and bruises I got to the tune of she and her friend Kathy singing "The Impossible Dream" for inspiration.

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    1. That must have been some experience! And now that song must forever be associated with those memories, right? :)

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  21. I often wonder how that movie would have been different and how that song would have been different if they had been able to get Shirley Temple like they originally wanted.

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    1. I can't imagine anyone besides Judy Garland in that role. I don't think Shirley Temple would have done it justice at all.

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  22. I loved Wozard of Oz and the song Over the Rainbow...have you ever heard it sung by the Hawaiian Israel ? Extraordinary! Have a great day! Love your blog and your haikus!

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    1. I haven't heard it, but I've heard so many good things now that I will. :)

      Thanks so much. You're very kind. :)

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  23. Now you've gone an done it...that song and Yellow Brick road will be running through my head for the rest of the day. Off to Oz with you!!!
    Great post for Letter 'O'

    My Letter 'O'...Obsession Over Odds and Ends
    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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    1. LOL Sorry. I know that song can be quite the earworm! If it's any consolation, it's been in my head all day today, too. :)

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  24. That's a great inspirational song. Would I be cliche if I said Eye of the Tiger?!

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  25. Yes, indeed. Classic.

    Are you familiar with the song "Happy Talk," from South Pacific?

    You gotta have a dream, if you don't have a dream,
    How you gonna have a dream come true?

    BTW, you've written a pretty flashy piece of haiku today.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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    1. No, I don't know that song, but I'll check it out. I like the lyrics you posted.

      About my haiku: Thank you. :)

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  26. I love this song and the movie, in all its cheesiness, is pretty much the only one in the world that I enjoy watching over and over.

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  27. I love the meaning of that song. There's a girl on youtube who makes really nice video and included a little bit of it in a mashup that she did. The original is still the best, but I do like the mashup too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMURfINv3r4&list=FLRlvIgLQg0H4f355Sd5tKRw&index=1

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    1. I'll check that out. Thanks for the link!

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  28. THAT is one beautiful song from one of my favorite movies.
    What's not to like?
    It had flying monkeys.

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    1. Indeed: flying monkeys make it perfect. ;)

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  29. I really like "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. It brings some pep into my step. :)

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  30. I think Judy Garland's version of this song is so ingrained into many of our heads that we can hear it replaying just at the suggestion. It was such a fantastical tale that appealed to children and adults alike.

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    1. I can't wait to watch it with my kids!

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  31. Great O post...there is also a rock song- can't remember who sings it, but my daughter played it for me a few years back adn I really liked it.
    Happy A-Z Wednesday :O)

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  32. The meaning of song is haunting...the cute girl and puppy too.I enjoyed your post I should admit it.Cheers...!

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  33. great song choice! I love it! it brings hope and peace and smiles on my face every time.

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  34. awesome song... great movie.. Happy to connect. Do visit www.disha-doshi.blogspot.com I am following you via #AtoZChallenge

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  35. My favorite is by Judy. My daughter auditioned with that song for the high school music group and made it. Not to take it away from my daughter, but I doubt the vocals came close.

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    1. How wonderful for your daughter! I bet she did great. :)

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  36. I grew up about an hour from where they filmed! I'm originally from KS. :-)
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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