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September 28, 2006

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Sadie

Any Man of Mine by Shania Twain
Man, I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain
Happy Girl by Martina McBride

Gretchen

All in the "spirit of sassitude," I would like to recommend my songs of sass.
1. I Feel the Earth Move by Carole King
2. Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall
3. I Feel Lucky by Mary Chapin Carpenter
4. Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
5. Dancing Queen by ABBA

Laura

Great list, Shannon. And great additions, Sadie and Gretchen.

I love the song "I Like to Fuss" from Sandra Boynton's Philadephia Chickens Book/CD. It is sassy in every sense of the word.

How about "I'll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan for a jaunty men's song?

With three young children, my CD and DVD players have been taken over by juvenile media.

Jean

I'm glad you mentioned Fever-Peggy Lee. Another fun batch of music is Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass performing Whipped Cream and Other Delights. We're still waiting to get Enna Burning-a local bookstore lost the copy you signed to Jessica-they were trying to e-mail you about it. I was gracious, they were gracious but I'm going to have one disappointed daughter if she doesn't get her book by Christmas. Sigh. Hopefully something will work out. Did you ever open your present?

anon

Hermana Laura-
"animada" como se dice "exciting" y "vive" como se dice "long live". Entonces creo no estas correcto. Y donde aprendes espanol? O solo cambiar los palabras en ingles a espanol. Creo esta diferente que puede hablarle. Que crees?

anon

"I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story(Maria).
In addition, what is purpose of having a sound track? Can you embed songs into comments like with URLs? I feel that there are also deaf women who have "girl power" as Jaya put it. They can't hear the songs. I also have heard of very few of those songs before. Perhaps because my ears stopped working sometime around 1934. In other words, I like songs that have all four parts of music: HARMONY, tone color, rhythym, and melody. Most songs that have been recorded recently (in the past 20 years) have not had much of harmony or melody. Probably the most recent music I like is possibly the Beatles or something of that ilk. Also, most of the stuff that is recorded these days is full of profanity and you can't hear anything over a synthesizer or a bass. Or perhaps it is just me. People say that I just do not listen enough to hear the words. Thirdly, most of that music is far too loud, despite the "advances" in sound technology. It hurts my ears, especially if it is in a large, acoustic auditorium.
For instance, I like female musicians who fit that description, such as Ella Fitzgerald or Prudence Johnson. Now they are really cool. Although she's a poet, Maya Angelou is another individual who fits that. Or Gloria Steinem. Now there is one sassy lady.

Jules

I was thinking of "I Feel Pretty" from West Side Story, as well. My other favorite is "She's a Lady" by Tom Jones, which just makes me want to dance in an awkward fashion. "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield is one of the newer songs I like. It has such a carefree, confident feel to it.

mary mom of 4

Hello Shannon and fellow squeeters (aka squeetusers)!

I have been away for a long time (what family and starting a business will do to you) but have finally caught up with Shannon's blog. Shannon, you are such an inspiration and wonderfully sassy example to all of us. Someday, I do want to interview you for that magazine - but, first things first. My life is odd right now.

I'd like to reiterate Shannon's thought about the definition of sassy. Many words in our dictionary have many definitions - yea, even opposite definitions. I enjoy the word sassy and admit this is a personal choice.

As to songs! Well, now. Even a deaf person can appreciate music (I know many who do!) Here are my additions...

1. Who I Am - Jessica Andrews
2. This is my Time - Raven
3. I Decide - Lindsay Lohan
(not a huge fan of Lindsay, but the lyrics...)
4. This One's for the Girls - Martina McBride

I agree with many others previously mentioned especailly (well, many of Shannons) I Feel the Earth Move, Holding Out for a Hero, Happy Girl, and Unwritten.

MAYday

Is the song "I feel pretty" on a commercial? You know- the one for nike with that tennis player Maria Sharapova? If it is, then I think that is a great sassy song, too! I also like the song "One Girl Revolution" by Superchic[k]. Anyone heard of them?

anon

I would hope that song is not on a commerical, mayday. That musical is not past copyright, I believe. It is still a great song. Also, mary, I was referring to my buddies who are deaf, mostly. Secondly, you may be right. They can feel vibrations through the floor, ("Giving off good vibrations..."-another great song!) but I am talking about being able to hear the notes,like in a symphony or an acapella group, such as The Persuasions. There is another dude I'm thinking of too, whose tones are all vocal, and don't have much rhythym, but I forget right now. Also, how come there are no songs in the Bayern books? Yes, there are poems, like the prolouges and the beginnings of chapters in Princess Academy, but I am talking about real songs, like a minstrel or something.

Kildenree

You all took mine! Man it stinks to be late on an entry.

Mads

Lovely songs! I personally like Breathe by Anna Nalick... but that's just me. I also LOVE Christina, Maya, Pink and Little Kim in Lady Marmalade. Love it love it love it! Yes, MAYday it is on the commercial... I thought it was a good one too!

Megan-Elbow

Great list(s)! I love the song "I Enjoy Being a Girl"! I think I need to listen to some sassy songs right now. I'm trying to get the courage to call a guy I haven't spoken to in five years. Deep breaths, deep breaths.

Jordan

"Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked. And "Show Me" from My Fair Lady...okay, maybe not so much that one but yeah...I'm a Broadway junkie...

Yes, "I Feel Pretty" has been on a commercial. Two actually. The tennis one and a commercial for Aquafina ("Make a resolution to drink more water" as said by guy with British accent on commercial tee hee). I watch entirely too much TV. I once had a commercial about mesotheliama memorized and also one about osteoporosis...lovely things to have memorized but anyway...

"Girl power" *chortles* Remember that one discussion about that phrase? (see july 07 log)

I love KT Tunstall stuff...

And perchance "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson but it's a little cliché, don't you think? I dunno...my mind's in a fog as of late...

Jordan

Or "Since U Been Gone" by afore-mentioned rather cliché artist and yeah I'm just gonna stop now...

Or that new Evanescence song "Call me when you're sober." Okay okay now I'm done.

Maybe.

Mads

Megan-Elbow, how did calling the guy work out?!?! Good luck!

I love KT Tunstall's Black Horse and a Cherry Tree! Also, some that aren't really related, but Five for Fighting's 100 years, and also The Killer's Mr. Brightside are ones I replay on my MP3 player over and over and over and over again.
:o)

Jules

Another sassy, feel-good song is "Video" by India.Arie. If you're ever feeling down about yourself, listen to this song. It's almost like therapy.

Megan-Elbow

:) (Smile! Smile! Smile!) :)
Thanks for your support Mads. You are so sweet. It went great! He actually remembered me so I take that as a good sign. :) And he is still nice after five long years. Hurrah and hurray for sassitude! :)

Erin

"Without You" from My Fair Lady.

Jordan - I am a Broadway junkie too. :D

anon

Humph.
Well, I don't have a TV, so I memorize other things like poetry, verses from the bible, etc. How am I supposed to know? I may not be a junkie, but I like Broadway too. I have even seen the Lion King on Broadway. Awesome stage effects, people. I advise you see it, even if you live in Seattle(or Australia, for that matter). Also, Jordan, please be respectful. Girl power is much more constructive than "sassitude", which isn't even a word. Sassy has no noun form, except perhaps "sassiness". So there you are. Also, Otis Redding is an awesome musician as well. Now that guy gets you moving and excited 'bout yourself, with all his soulful passion. Perhaps some of you people might be too young(Especially whoever did not know who Wishbone was-it makes me feel old) to know him, but he has great stuff, even though it has been almost fifty years since his heyday, therefore he is probably dead. However, one of my history professors named his cat Otis after him and his dog Ella after the great Fitzgerald, who I mentioned before.
Harrumph to all you young people.
*grunts, scratches backside, cracks arthritic knuckles after too much typing*
Hahahahhahaha...*cough* k..kkkkaaaackkk *splat* Oh, darn. I need to keep my spittoon closer...

Anna

If you're looking for a sassy song, definitely listen to "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar

Nancy

My list is an odd mix of Broadway, Jazz, Country, and others:

Defying Gravity from Wicked
Taylor the Latte Boy by either Susan Egan or Kristin Chenowith
Tonight, I'm just Me by SHeDaisy
Shopping Cart of Love by Sally Mayes
I Try to Think About Elvis by Patty Loveless
Creepin' In by Norah Jones and Dolly Parton
Dream a Little Dream of Me by Mama Cass (of the Mama's and the Papa's)
I Resolve from She Loves Me
Complicated by Carolyn Dawn Johnson
The Girl In 14G by Kristin Chenoweth

And now for something really different:
Anna Russell's 20 minute Ring Cycle. She doesn't have the greatest voice, but I never fail to laugh whe I listen to this. For those who don't know, the Ring Cycle is a 4-opera, 16-hour classical music monster by Richard Wagner (appologies to Wagnerites out there). Madame Russell cuts it down to 20 minutes and manages to make as much sense out of the Norse legends as may be humanly possible, which isn't much. Love it, love it, love it.

Jaya Lakshmi

Anon, creo que tienes razon (sorry, lack of accent).
I'm not going to name songs because everyone else has, I don't like modern rock 'n roll, and I don't think that many people would consider "Philosophy" from You're a Good Man Charlie Brown as "sassy". But I love that song to death.

Gretchen

Wow, lots of Broadway lovers here! Which is perfect, because I'm kind of a musical freak. There are a ton of great sass songs, from Les Mis to Phantom to Hello, Dolly! And yes, Jaya, "Philosophy" works in my book! Thanks for mentioning "Taylor, The Latte Boy," Nancy! The minute I heard it I fell in love, and who knows how many times I've listened to it since?

Laura

I love that song, Jaya! It is totally sassy. And "Little Known Facts" is a riot, too. Some other Broadway songs with some pretty snappy sassitude:

I Have Confidence - The Sound of Music
I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair - South Pacific
I Can't Say No - Oklahoma
Whatever Lola Wants - Damn Yankees
and jaunty: I Just Can't Wait to Be King - The Lion King

To Anon: I speak Spanish. I lived in Central America. I'm quite clear on what the words mean.

Taylor

Even with a multitude of broadway fans, and the musical Wicked being mentioned already, you have managed to neglect the two most empowering songs!!...What is this feeling? ....and...Popular.
They aren't technically "sassitude" songs, but they make me feel sassy!

Alauna

I realize that this is a bit cliche, but what about "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun?" Definitely a sassitude movie to say the least.

Kildenree

Taylor,

How was your Gothic story?

anon

Humph. I still don't think sassiness is exciting or lively. Or perhaps I just speak a seperate dialect. I don't speak castellano, just catracha. But never mind. I still understand enough to ask where it hurts, how long you have had pain, and also explain a medication plan. Not everybody can do that. I don't speak in slang, either. Similar to my English speech. I would not say I'm particuarly fluent, and I have friends who speak it better, but I speak it the best I can. Also, where do you get Bayern books in Spanish? I have yet to discover a spanish version of any of Shannon's books.

anon

Also, 'bout that July 7 entry,Jordan-I am talking about girls who have the ability to look beyond that stereotype and can accomplish great things despite our stupid,bigoted, patriarchial society. Gloria Steinem has Girl Power. She's also sassy. Those are the people I am talking about when I say girl power.

Jules

I love Otis Redding to death. "Try a Little Tenderness" is probably in my top 5 favorite songs of all time.

Mads

Wowzers, so many entries! It's so cool how many people have been commenting in the blog as opposed to 6 monthes ago... I bet it makes you happy Shannon! It's so interesting when you see a new reader of Shannon's books come to the blog. A new Goose Girl reader is born! Ha-ha...

Juliet

This is my list minus the ones already suggested. My meager contribution:

In These Shoes? Kirsty MacColl
Buenos Aires Madonna

Juliet

Shannon- did you notice how your blog brings people from all over the country (and even other countries) and different ages, together? I think it is so awesome how people talk to each other and become friends in this blog. Thank you for creating this place!

anon

Yay! Someone else knows who Otis is!
He may lift our spirits, he is not the dude who invented the elevator. I agree with Juliet!
All in favor say AYE!!
Mads-Not only other Goose Girls, but there are new Conrads (Goose BOYS) here as well. Funny idea though. Maybe that could be the subtitle to this blog-"Uniting Goose Girls and Boys all over the World!

Holly

I don't really listen to very many "sassy" songs. I'm more into the emo/punk side of things.

So would "A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More 'Touch Me'" by Fall Out Boy count?

Holly

On the topic of Broadway: I've only ever seen one musical, and that was...RENT! I loved it.

anon

REALLY? YOU, Holly of the capital H, have seen RENT? We didn't know *cough*REAllY?*cough* Did you actually see it on Broadway?
I heard it was good, but did not see it due to price and content. Not sure it was worth it for the money of going to New York City.
What is it about? It can't be just about paying lease on an apartment.

Becky Levine

Two sassy women songs on my MP3:

"Trouble" by Pink

"Harper Valley PTA" by Jeannie C. Riley

Jean

Speaking of musicals, my girls and I love Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and I think "Bless Your Beautiful Hide" is perfect for this sassiness theme. Remember, folks, try that stew first before you go pourin' on the ketchup.

Almost done with River Secrets, my daughter will have to read it after me, poor thing. Anyone else feel that some foods are an acquired taste? I liked that Shannon noted little details like food unfamiliarity in River Secrets.

anon

Yes-I like mushrooms(morels&truffles-yum!),swiss chard, rhubarb, watercress, tamarind, lentil soup which looks like mud(sometimes rather grainy and thick) and other things most people find disgusting or weird-Part of my inherent strangeness.

MAYday

Ok, this is kind of off the subject, but I have to know-does anyone on this blog play instruments?? I am piano obsessed and I also play the viola(kinda like a violin). Just wondering if I have any fellow musicians out there! :)
Alauna- "Girls Just Wanna Have fun" is a GREAT sassy song!Love it love it!

anon

In times past I have played both piano and trumpet. I play them not anymore, but I still can read music, despite being rather slow, enjoy music, and sing a lot. I can sing al the words to "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. I also can sing most of "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda" by Eric Bogle , a song about the battle of Gallipoli in WWI. That was a battle in Turkey where lots of Australians died while British soldiers sat around and drank tea.
I like this song because it shows how war destroys the lives of soldiers, and war is not all about killing the "bad guys", defending freedom, and all that oh-so-patriotic stuff. I advise you read the lyrics or listen to a recording.

Carissa

MAYday- I play piano and a couple weeks ago started learning tho play the clarinet.

Mads

Holly, I think Fall Out Boy counts for sure! A little Less then Sixteen Candles was recently one of the songs on my replay list. That, the Killer's, and Foo Fighters and you'd never hear from me even on a 6 hour car ride. Unless I had to go to the bathroom. But that doesn't count. :o)
Oh Jean, how on EARTH could you do that to your poor daughter??? I feel her pain.
I LOVE the idea of Uniting Goose Girls and Boys! Ha-ha!
I'm sorry to say I don't play an instrument, but I used to. I think my little bro will be a musician though. And an avid book reader. He's already pointing out words in books!!!

Megan-Elbow

MAYday -

I play the French horn. I've played it for about four years now, and the piano for about eight or nine. I like the horn the best . . . :)

anon

What is Fall Out Boy? Are the musicians the victim of nuclear meltdown? I do not understand all these new bands. As I said, I am an old geezer who likes the old music best (preferably about 50 years old at the youngest, probably). What is Foo and why is it worth fighting for? Is there anything worth killing others for?

Alauna

MAYday- Thanks. It IS certainly "sassitudinal" and GREAT! Everyone feeling sassy should watch that movie this weekend. And so should everyone else.
I also play the piano, and the guitar (kind of) and basically anything else I can get my hands on and make noise with. And with all the other responses, it looks like you aren't the lone musician among Shannon's fans. I was actually thinking, just after finishing River Secrets, that I would like to have the gift of "Music Speaking" because that would be really cool.

Alauna

Oh, and I play a mean stereo. ROCK, ROCK ON!!!

Jenna

Everyone has already beat me to this, but I definitely would go with MY FAIR LADY. I love musicals, but I would say that in spite of my bias...
I don't know. Maybe I'm broadening my definition of sassy here. Is that good or bad?

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