Today is the 50th birthday of the wonderful Sally, copy editor here at the Portland Press Herald. We love Sally. She’s a gourmet baker and always brings in cakes when someone is celebrating. She also is known to bring in random baked goods on a regular basis. Like I said, we love Sally.
I don’t eat sugar.
I broke up with it a little over a year ago.
So when we made Sally’s birthday extra special today by bringing in a total of FOURTEEN cakes today, I was happy for her but sad for myself. All day long I’ve watched as reporters and others have helped themselves to the vast array of sugary delights just a few mere feet from where I sit.
But I found the silver lining. I started thinking about sugar, candy and cake songs. As with all my playlists, I have to like the song or at least be amused by it. So no, you won’t hear Sheena Easton’s “Sugar Walls” or “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies.
You will however hear a few other carefully selected gems extracted from the depths of my sugar-free, tormented mind.
“Honeyed Out” by Kris Delmhorst. This one says it all.
“MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer. (because I knew her version before Richard Harris’ and much prefer Summer’s. But we may never know who on earth anyone would leave a cake out in the rain). WHY?
“Spin Spin Sugar” by The Sneaker Pimps. Because 1997 called but they can’t have their song back. At least not yet.
“I Want Candy” by Bow Bow Bow. Because who doesn’t?
“I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl” by Nina Simone. Because she’s the high priestess of soul. Though I don’t think this song is about actual sugar.
“Sugar” by Tori Amos. Because it’s Tori’s world. We’re just living in it.
“Lips Like Sugar” by Echo & the Bunnymen. I don’t feel like I need to explain this one.
“Sugar on my Tongue” by Talking Heads. Because I love Talking Heads.
“Candy O” by The Cars. Because I grew up near Boston so automatically like The Cars.