Sunday, April 1, 2018


      I have always liked listening to music. I'm not  musician or a singer. I just enjoy music.

     So there are many days when a tune, a phrase or piece of music rolls around in my head. Usually this bothers me as it comes back again all day.  I can't stop it. It's known as an ear worm.

     Now today was different. Bim Bom Bay popped into my head.  I couldn't quite place the song. A few hours later Jimmy Rodgers popped into my head and then I remembered the song.  Jimmy Rodgers was at the peak of his career in the late 50's. He was a singer and a song writer.

     Now this is not the Jimmie Rodgers of country music fame who was from the Carter Family era.  The Jimmie Rodgers known as the singing brakeman.

    So I googled Jimmie Rodgers and found the song and listened to it. It's been 60 years since I heard Bim Bom Bay. It brought back a lot of music before rock and roll took over. 

     There was much good folk music in the late 40's and early 50's. ...the Lime Lighters, Burl Ives,  There were some fantastic quartets like the Four Lads. the Four Aces.

     Some of his will start rolling around my head in the next few days and I will remember the groups.

     I'm sure other people have the same experience I do and music pops into your head.

    So I looked up Jimmie Rodgers and found much more than Jimmie Rodgers. 

     Oh , Bim Bom Bay comes from a place in Portugal which has a similar sound but different spelling.

    What music rolls around in your head?