Every day we get the pleasure, right here in this space, of wishing people a happy birthday and a happy anniversary. Saturday while I sat at my desk at the Herald Democrat, I struggled with just which Happy Birthday song I should post to a social media page for my buddy down in Dallas. I knew I would not get to see her on her special day so I thought I would send her a musical greeting.

Every day we get the pleasure, right here in this space, of wishing people a happy birthday and a happy anniversary. Saturday while I sat at my desk at the Herald Democrat, I struggled with just which Happy Birthday song I should post to a social media page for my buddy down in Dallas. I knew I would not get to see her on her special day so I thought I would send her a musical greeting.


Those unfortunate few who have heard me sing will know why I was looking for someone else to do the singing. I ended up picking the slammin "Birthday" off of the Beatles "White Album" for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the Beatles have been so much a part of the buzz going on in this country this week. I am sure Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have not been quoted on top 40 radio so much since George Harrison died. But, I digress.


My friend also happens to have picked her daughter’s middle name based on a Beatles song. So, I felt pretty confident in my choice. There was a time when I would have picked "Birthday" to be my favorite fab four song, but it has since been replaced by "In My Life" and I digress again.


There were a number of other songs in the running for a spot on my bud’s social media page. For instance, I could have picked a fairly funky "Happy Birthday" by Jimmy Hendrix or a more mellow birthday greeting by Elvis Presley. Then there is the Stevie Wonder classic "Happy Birthday" which will keep a person’s toes tapping even if he or she happens to have to work on his or her birthday and doesn’t happen to be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Leaving the actual phrase "Happy Birthday" aside, those who were born before 1986 might remember Kool and the Gang’s "Celebration." I defy anyone to listen to that song and not think of some birthday party somewhere. I will confess that I can’t hear the song without feeling like there are roller skates under my feet. I am sure there must have been a rule that they had to play that song at roller rinks at least once an hour every Saturday afternoon.


So celebrate every day as though it were a birthday because, it is someone’s birthday everyday.


Happy Birthday to Glenn Redd, Ann White, Ferman Fulton all of Denison, and Nancy Russell, Joe Salmon, Charleigh Parker, Teddylee Simpson, Tavin Hughes and Kyle Jones all of Sherman; and Mary Lou Hanning of How and Craig Ewing.