I’m still standing in this wonderful world

There are two songs that I consider anthems for my life – and one is not even an Elton John song, believe it or not!  When I’m feeling especially melancholy or depressed, I listen to What a Wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong.  It always brings tears to my eyes, and I can usually find the resolve to stop feeling sorry for myself.  [Special thanks to a special friend who made that connection for me].

And when I’ve had a tough row at work, or I’ve just had too many things pulling at me at once, or I feel like the weight of the world has finally been lifted from my shoulders, I pull out I’m Still Standing.

Let’s just say I had one of those weeks this past week (well, actually a few of them), so I thought it was time to bring this tune out again.

Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind

And yes, I know this song is about a relationship, but I still appreciate the message.  You can knock me down, but I’ll get right back up again, hopefully stronger.

Love the video, although it is so very 80’s.  Looks like he’s having fun, though.

I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah

[Side note: Can you spot Bruno from Dancing with the Stars in the video?]

Very upbeat in tempo – it’s hard to keep up with the lyrics sometimes – I defy you to not feel better after listening to it.  A great concert tune, too, I’m Still Standing usually inspires those audience members who’ve been seated to get up and have some fun.

I’ve always thought this song was kind of an anthem for EJ, too.  From 1983, when it was first released (and his popularity had waned a bit) until now.  It’s his way of telling people that he’s still here and still relevant.

And it’s my way of telling myself that I’m still here and that I’m still relevant.  With that, as I get ready for another busy week (or two or…), I’m still standing, yeah, yeah, yeah.  And it surely is a wonderful world…

I’m Still Standing (Too Low for Zero – 1983)

And she dreams of crystal streams

One of my absolute, absolute favorite songs, and I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about Amoreena yet!  Mentioned it, yes, but not a fully dedicated post.  And it so deserves that.  So here goes my homage to Amoreena…

Lately I’ve been thinking how much I miss my lady
Amoreena’s in the cornfield brightening the daybreak
Living like a lusty flower, running through the grass for hours
Rolling through the hay like a puppy child

A song for a lost or at least distant young love.  Earnest, straightforward lyrics sung with such heartfelt emotion that the longing is palpable.  This is another one of those dichotomic songs that I love so much: Kind of innocent yet kind of provocative at the same time.

Thematically in line with the rest of Tumbleweed Connection, Amoreena just exudes Americana.  Close your eyes and tell me you can’t picture Amoreena, running through the grass for hours.  It is amazing to me that this song (and the album) was written in 1970 and the boys had never even been to America.

And thank you, Bernie, for some of the sexiest lyrics I’ve ever heard:

I can see you sitting eating apples in the evening
The fruit juice flowing slowly, slowly, slowly
Down the bronze of your body

Although the words are lovely (as always, Bernie), reading them – if you’ve never heard the song – doesn’t give justice to their sensuality.  Elton’s vocals and the timing of the music are just amazing.  You’ve really got to listen to it!

Amoreena is one of those songs that I play over and over and over again.  And I do like to play it loud, to0.  I don’t think I’ve ever heard him play it live though.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that I owe my moniker (Kimoreena) to this song. Hoping to be that lusty flower of whom Bernie so eloquently paints a picture, perhaps?  (Better than being Pinky or Levonita, I guess)!

Side note:  Amoreena is on the soundtrack of Dog Day Afternoon.  Might have to add that one to my movie bucket list.

Amoreena (Tumbleweed Connection – 1970)