Dude. I still have company, and I’m not sure what DAY it is half the time, let alone squared away enough to compose a post. WHEW. Once again, though, Melisa comes to my rescue…with a post on this most yummy of holidays – National Chocolate Day! 😀 ~Ri
This is a strange time of year, the week between Christmas and January 1. The holiday food overdoses are, thank goodness, coming to an end—except in the homes of people who baked way too many cookies this year—and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions begin to creep into heads everywhere, most commonly relating to losing weight and/or getting fit.
That’s why today’s strange holiday puzzles me. It’s National Chocolate Day. Did you know that? It’s got weird calendar placement, don’t you think? I mean, it would make more sense if it were during the week of Valentine’s Day, the week of Easter, or the week before Christmas. Today? Hmm. I wonder who decreed that. Quite possibly, it was someone who decided that their New Year’s resolution would be to give up chocolate, and they wanted one last hurrah before then. I think that’s a plausible theory.
Anyway, chocolate is a big deal in this family. My mom is notorious for checking out a restaurant’s dessert menu before deciding what her entrée should be. The theme of my older son’s Bar Mitzvah was chocolate. Chocolate rocks.
When I was creating today’s playlist, it didn’t seem right to stop at chocolate, so I expanded my music search to candy in general, just for fun. It certainly made the playlist more interesting.
Candy songs have evolved over the past fifty years or so. In the early days, lyrics were simple and straightforward, as evidenced by the Chordettes’ “Lollipop”:
Oh lolli lolli lolli
Call my baby lollipop
Tell you why
His kiss is sweeter than an apple pie
And when he does his shaky rockin’ dance
Man, I haven’t got a chance”
Nowadays, mention a lollipop in popular music and you’re talking about something altogether different. Just ask 50 Cent:
“I’ll take you to the candy shop
I’ll let you lick the lollipop
Go ‘head girl, don’t you stop
Keep going ’til you hit the spot (woah)”
Another example? Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Candyman” seemed to be a lovely, miracle-working fellow:
“Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew
Cover it with choc’late and a miracle or two
The Candy Man, oh the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can ’cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good”
He’s probably not related to Christina Aguilera’s “Candyman”:
“He’s a one stop shop, makes the panties drop
He’s a sweet-talkin’, sugar coated candy man
A sweet-talkin’, sugar coated candyman”
Of course, Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me” says “it” without saying “it”. And I think you know what I’m talking about.
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the tendency to give the name “Candy” to a romantic prospect, The Cars did it, Bow Wow Wow (yeah, and Aaron Carter in his cheesy cover of their cover of the original by the Strangeloves) did it, and Iggy Pop did it.
Other notable songs included on the playlist?
“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer: Such a sweet (Get it?) song. In case you’re wondering, I included it because of the Hershey’s kiss. The song title could be a command or request in the same vein as “Beer Me”. Right?
“Tootsie Roll” by 69 Boyz: I dare you to listen to this dance song without dancing. You can’t do it, can you? (I can’t.)
“You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate: I included this one strictly because Chocolate is part of the group name, but it’s an awesome song which encompasses the ideas found in so many of the others on the list, so it definitely belongs.
If you’re giving up chocolate for New Year’s, I bet the sweetness from these songs will keep you going. Or something like that. Happy Chocolate Day!