"Poinciana" by Bobby Lyle from his Hands On release (2006)
"Poinciana" is, of course, a much older piece with lyrics. The music is by Nat Simon and lyrics by Buddy Bernier. It was published in 1936 and has been covered by many artists over the years including Glenn Miller and his orchestra.
Speaking of the Big Band era, here is a curious piece by Artie Shaw ...
"Mysterioso" by Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five (1945)
In addition, I'm unsure if this is "Take 1" or "Take 2" of "Mysterioso" but I just like it. I heard this on a recent Bryan Wright podcast.
And let's end with something old but very upbeat ...
"Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day issued as a single (1958)
This YouTube version features stills from the movie American Graffiti.
Actually, I had this song stuck in my head earlier today at the gym:
He rocks in the treetops all day long /
Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song /
All the little birds on Jaybird Street /
Love to hear the robin go tweet-tweet-tweet
Rockin' robin, (tweet-tweet-tweet)
Rock-rock-rockin' robin' (tweet-tweedilly-tweet)
Go rockin' robin 'cause we're really gonna rock tonight (tweet-tweedilly-tweet)
Every little swallow, every chick-a-dee /
Every little bird in the tall oak tree /
The wise old owl, the big black crow /
Flappin' their wings signin' "go bird, go"
OK, that's all for now. Please see my just-posted previous entry for an update including on a possible late season snowstorm and my likely lack of much blogging over the next 5 days.