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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday's Songs for the Soul: A Bushel and a Peck & A Grandmother's Love


Thought for the Day: Last week, I asked people to share songs can have a strong psychological impact on us by bringing back positive feelings from the past, like a "pocket full of star shine" saved for a "rainy day" in the song "Catch a Falling Star" does for me. Today, I'd like to share one of your stories and songs. It came from Lisa Lewis, MD.

Here's the conversation we had on Google+ about her pocket full of star shine song, which she did not seem to realize where the memories and good feelings came from:



Lisa Lewis, MD
Sep 23, 2013
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Lovely. What a positive message. I have long sang Amazing Grace and....believe it or not... "I love you, a Bushel and a Peck....."!  Now there's an oldy.

Barbara Lavi
Sep 23, 2013
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There must be a story behind the bushel & a peck for you. Who would sing it to you? Do you remember specific times when you sang it as a child? I have taught my children songs that were special to me & hope they will teach their kids...

Lisa Lewis, MD
Sep 23, 2013
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+Barbara Lavi You are spot on. My beloved grandmother used to sing "Bushel and a Peck" to us. I truly can't recall singing it as a child. Yes, it's so enjoyable to pass these songs down. Thank you for sharing your post.

Barbara Lavi
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+Lisa Lewis, MD So the song brings back that wonderful feeling of a grandmother's love which you can pass on to your children. That reminds me of another experience which I will write about soon that brings back my grandmother's love. Thanks for sharing this. Can I post it on the blog?

Lisa Lewis, MD
Sep 23, 2013
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Of course. It is a wonderful memory and my pleasure. Her name was Nadine.

So today, I dedicate "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck" to Nadine who used a catchy love song to let her granddaughter, Lisa, know how much she loved her. Her feelings live on for her granddaughter years later. Although the song is dated, the sentiment comes through loud & clear.  

"A Bushel and a Peck," is from the musical "Guys and Dolls." Since the musical was first performed in 1950,  it has had numerous revivals & is a popular choice for school and community theater productions. The music & lyrics were written by Frank Loesser. It was based on the book was by Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows. According to Wikipedia, "the book was based on two short stories by Damon Runyon,[1] "The Idyll of Miss Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure" and also borrows characters & plot elements from other Runyon stories – most notably "Pick the Winner".[2] This rendition is by legendary actress & singer, Doris Day.


I will share other songs that you tell me about in subsequent weeks, so if this triggers memories of songs that feed your soul, please tell me about the song & the story that goes with it. Have a wonderful weekend!
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