What's Your Theme Song?

Yesterday, the intrepid ChicagoNow leader, Jimmy Greenfield, posted a question to all the bloggers that I thought was delightful and made me wonder why I'd never thought of it before, given how much I like music and how many times I've written about music on Little Merry Sunshine.

The question was "What's your blog's theme song?"

So many choices and so little time. I could only choose one song. Initially, I thought of A Bushel and a Peck because Nana always said "I love you a bushel and a peck" to us, but it just didn't quite fit. Then I thought about something from the 1959 musical Little Mary Sunshine. That didn't quite fit either. So I kept exploring the Googles.

Without much effort, I stumbled upon a song that I honestly can't believe I haven't discovered before now. It's a song called Little Mary Sunshine. Perfect, right? Who knew?

Imagine my shock when I gave it a listen and watched the video only to discover that the song, from the 1998 musical satireĀ Reefer Madness, is about smoking marijuana and how it turns the very virginal Mary into a sexually aggressive dominatrix who treats men like filthy slaves. Yep. Well, that could not be further from who I am and what Little Merry Sunshine is about. I've got a healthy sense of humor and it gave me a hearty laugh, so I posted it to the discussion thread saying "this song may or may not be the Little Merry Sunshine theme song."

Give the song a listen and tell me what you think.

Or watch this version of it, which is even more NSFW.

What's the real story behind how my blog got its name Little Merry Sunshine? Glad you asked.

As long as I can remember, my mom called me her "Little Merry Sunshine" and tells me that it originated because of what a happy baby and toddler I was. I rarely had meltdowns; although when I did, I've heard they were epic. I was always cheerful and smiling. I supposedly even slept with a smile on my face.

Fast forward 35 years or so and I decided to write a blog focussed on the good things happening in the world because I was tired of all the negativity I saw in the news and on the internet. The name Little Merry Sunshine came to me naturally because it encapsulated that idea. I had no idea it had a much different meaning associated with it that didn't quite align with who I am and what I'm about. Given that I've been familiar with the 1959 musical for awhile, I'm surprised it took me so long to discover the song from Reefer Madness.

It's okay though. It gave me a good laugh yesterday when I needed one. And that's what my Little Merry Sunshine is all about.

If you were to choose an actual theme song for Little Merry Sunshine, what would it be?

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    A native of Chicago's Northwest Suburbs and resident of the North Shore, Little Merry Sunshine comes by her name honestly. The story goes that as a child, she was always so happy that she even slept with a smile on her face. Her mom nicknamed her Little Merry Sunshine. It stuck, along with her insatiable desire to focus on the good in the world and to leave it a little better than she found it. She does this by sharing her passions and dreams, what inspires her, and maybe you too, and furthering the discussion about how we can listen to our better angels. You can reach her at LittleMerrySunshineCN[at]WowWay[dot]com.

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