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Top 10 Songs Honoring Mom

May 02, 2016 01:46PM ● By Paul Cotruvo

Welcome May! Truly one of my favorite months of the year.  Spring is in full bloom, baseball has started, basketball playoffs are happening (go Warriors), and it’s the month we honor our mothers (although, I feel we should honor them year ‘round). Being a mother is virtually an endless job. They are our protectors, teachers, friends, counselors, and disciplinarians. Being a mother is most likely the hardest job there is, period. I know my mother supported me in my musical pursuit, even though deep down she would have rather had me stay in school and become a doctor. But she was always there in all the good times and bad. Unconditional love and sacrifice can only describe motherhood. Honoring them in song is, perhaps, the ultimate tribute. So many artists have honored their moms; it’s hard to put in one article, but here are a few to check out.


In the song, “Let it Be” by the Beatles, Paul McCartney wrote this song that was inspired by his mom, Mary, who passed away when he was 14. McCartney had a dream one night when he was feeling anxious. He saw a vision of his mom, who had been dead for ten years or so, “speaking words of wisdom.” It was this sweet dream that inspired him to begin writing the song.


Fellow Beatle John Lennon also was inspired to write a couple of songs for his mum: “Julia” and “Mother.” The latter song may not be the happiest song but deals with the pain of losing his mother when he was just 17. “Mother, you had me / But I never had you / I wanted you / You didn't want me / So I, I just gotta tell you goodbye."


Of course, country music is filled with songs about mothers. The late, great Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” is a country classic, written about the pain he caused his mother by robbing a bar. "No one could steer me right but Mama tried, Mama tried / Mama tried to raise me better, but her pleading I denied /That leaves only me to blame 'cause Mama tried."


The list of country songs can go on and on, but there are some worth listening to, such as “Coat of Many Colors,” by Dolly Parton, “Mama He’s Crazy” by the Judds, “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood, and “The Sweetest Gift” by Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.


So many genres of music honor mothers. There is 2Pac’s “Dear Mama,” Justin Bieber’s “Turn to You,” Boys II Men’s “A Song for Mama,” and Metallica’s “Mama Said.” Even Snoop Dog has a song about his mom, “I Love my Momma.” Obviously, we’ve all been touched by our mothers. So I’ve decided to compile a list (not an easy task) of my favorite top ten mother songs.


1)    Mother- John Lennon

2)    Julia- The Beatles

3)    Let it Be- The Beatles

4)    Oh Mother- Christina Aguilera

5)    Mama Tried- Merle Haggard

6)    I’ll Always Love Mama- The Intruders

7)    A Song for Mama- Boys II Men

8)    Mama’s Song- Carrie Underwood

9)    Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings

10) Tell Mama- Etta James


So let’s honor our mothers, get that playlist together, and blast out all this music this Mother’s Day!


Quote of the Month:

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love” - Stevie Wonder


Paul’s Picks for May:

May 13: Kathy Tejcka, Wise Girl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd. Pleasant Hill, 9pm

May 13: Mean Genies/Stung, Dan’s Bar, 1524 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, 10pm

May 14: The 9th Ward Millionaires, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm

May 14: Billy Schaub, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm

May 21: Jinx Jones & The Kingtones, Wise Girl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9pm

May 27: Garageland Rodeo, Wise Girl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9pm

May 29: The Sunday Paper, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 4pm




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