MMMM - Songs for the Leap Year

Welcome back to Monday’s Music Moves Me


When I first sat down to come up with suggestions for Cathy for this month - I looked at the National Calendar for oddball holidays. At the time, I saw that today is National Pistachio Month. So I suggested we spell Pistachio with song titles or Artists/Bands.  Then a week or so later, it occurred to me that I had completely missed an opportunity.  This year is Leap Year.  


In Ireland and Britain, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only in leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation was deemed to be a pair of leather gloves, a single rose, £1, and a kiss. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, 29 February, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap day, 24 February.

According to Felten: "A play from the turn of the 17th century, 'The Maydes Metamorphosis,' has it that 'this is leape year/women wear breeches.' A few hundred years later, breeches wouldn't do at all: Women looking to take advantage of their opportunity to pitch woo were expected to wear a scarlet petticoat – fair warning, if you will."

In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman's proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt.

In France, since 1980, a satirical newspaper titled La Bougie du Sapeur is published only on leap year, on 29 February.

In Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year.

In February 1988 the town of Anthony in Texas, declared itself "leap year capital of the world", and an international leapling birthday club was started.


In honor of Leap Year, I’ve chosen to put together a playlist of songs that mention Leap or Jump in them.  Well… I didn’t find much for leap, so jump it is! 



  1. Jump - Van Halen

  2. Jump On It - Sugarhill Gang

  3. Jump - Kriss Kross

  4. Jump For Joy - The Jacksons

  5. Jump Around - House of Pain

  6. Jump To It - Aretha Franklin

  7. Jump Into the Fire - Harry Nilsson

  8. Let’s Jump the Broomstick - Brenda Lee

  9. Jumpin Jack Flash - Rolling Stones

  10. Jump For My Love - Pointer Sisters







Don’t forget to also check out today’s Song of The Day! 

Have an enjoyable week! I hope to see you all again soon :) 

 


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