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Lauraโ€™s Music Challenge 9

Once again, Laura brightens our Monday with some tuneful ideas. Join in! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ˜€

1. Post a music video of a song by an artist popular in the 1980s.

2. Post a music video of a song that makes you wanna shake your groove thang!

3. Post a music video of an acoustic version of a popular song.

Song Lyric Sunday: Cold

I love songs that tell a story, and I especially appreciate songs that are based on novels. For Jim’s prompt this week, I’m sharing the tragedy of “Wuthering Heights” in lyrics and music. Kate Bush wrote this wonderful song in 1977 for her debut album The Kick Inside. It’s her most successful single.

Out on the wiley, windy moors
We’d roll and fall in green
You had a temper like my jealousy
Too hot, too greedy
How could you leave me
When I needed to possess you?
I hated you, I loved you, too

Bad dreams in the night
They told me I was going to lose the fight
Leave behind my wuthering, wuthering
Wuthering Heights

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window

Ooh, it gets dark, it gets lonely
On the other side from you
I pine a lot, I find the lot
Falls through without you
I’m coming back, love
Cruel Heathcliff, my one dream
My only master

Too long I roam in the night
I’m coming back to his side, to put it right
I’m coming home to wuthering, wuthering
Wuthering Heights

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window

Ooh, let me have it
Let me grab your soul away
Ooh, let me have it
Let me grab your soul away
You know it’s me, Cathy

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold
Let me in through your window

Heathcliff, it’s me, I’m Cathy
I’ve come home, I’m so cold

Omg this video… ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

Lip Service ๐Ÿ’‹ [SOCS]

Blips are bad when they appear on your phone, but on an EKG you’d better hope you have some.

Clips of politicians acting like jerks I’d rather not click on whether at home or at work.

Flipping my hair to flirt with a dude is something for which I’ve never been in the mood.

Lipstick is lovely in pink or in red, though it can mess up a collar or a pillow in bed. ๐Ÿ’‹

Slipping and falling flat on my butt I try to avoid though I don’t have much luck.

Tulips can be tiptoed through, or so Timmy sings, but I wouldn’t want to crush one, since they epitomize Spring!

Mmm middle…

I’m not keen on extremes. Seems lately, at least on the internet, most of what you read veers to the ideology of the far left or the far right. And people do love their labels. They’re not comfortable until they slap one on you and box you up. Everywhere you go, you’re bedeviled with folks yelling out “racist!” “socialist!” “traitor!” etc. at peeps.

I find it much more sensible to hover in the middle. That’s not to say I’m indecisive on issues of the day ~ I feel strongly about many topics. But much of the time I don’t agree with what’s being presented as either the “conservative” position or the “liberal” position. They both swing too wildly from anything that makes sense for our society, whether we’re talking about something like banning all guns or banning all abortions (and the birth control pill too!)… just pure insanity, imo.

This is why I call myself a moderate. And the more outrageous things I read from both sides only further convinces me that staying in the middle is a good place to be. Of course that also makes me a convenient target of wrath and derision from peeps at both ends, but eh whatever.

The middle is where it’s at, man.

(Sorry to get political, but this was on my mind today and I wasn’t feeling the creative vibe.)

Lauraโ€™s Music Challenge 8

Woohoo! Here’s Laura’s challenge to put some music ๐ŸŽถ in our Monday. Join in! ๐ŸŽถ

1. Post a video by a comedian that features them singing.

2. Post a video of a song that could be about a narcissist.

3. Post a video for a song that has a personโ€™s name in the lyrics or title.

Song Lyric Sunday: Fire

For Jim’s prompt this week, I choose one of my most favorite songs of all time: “Insider.” This song is from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 1981 album Hard Promises. Tom Petty wrote the lyrics and Stevie Nicks helps out on vocals. This album came out during a sad time in my life, and I listened to it repeatedly. Love all the tracks.

You’ve got a dangerous background
And everything you’ve dreamed of
Yeah, you’re the Dark Angel
It don’t show when you break up

And I’m the one who oughta know
Yeah, I’m the one left in the dust
Oh, I’m the broken-hearted fool
Who was never quite enough

I’m an insider
I been burned by the fire
Oh, and I’ve had to live
With some hard promises
I’ve crawled through the briars
I’m an insider

It’s a circle of deception
It’s a hall of strangers
It’s a cage without a key
You can feel the danger

And I’m the one who oughta know
Yeah, I’m the one you couldn’t trust
Oh, I’m the lonely, silent one
I’m the one left in the dust

I’m an insider
I been burned by the fire
Yeah, and I’ve had to live
With some hard promises
I’ve crawled through the briars
I’m an insider

Well, I’ll bet you’re his masterpiece
I’ll bet you’re his self-control
Yeah, you’ll become his legacy
His quiet world of white and gold

And I’m the one who oughta know
Yeah, I’m the one you left to rust
Not one of your twisted friends
I’m the one you couldn’t love

I’m an insider
I been burned by the fire
Oh, and I’ve had to live
With some hard promises
I’ve crawled through the briars
I’m an insider
I’m an insider

Confab [SOCS]

Fab is a word I associate with the Beatles, but sometimes it’s used to describe the 4 British Royals: William, Kate, Harry, and Meghan. For a short time, I used faboo as an expression of glee, but I quickly grew bored with it. I’m pretty much back to my boring old great! and yay! ๐ŸŽ‰

Last week I stopped in Jo-Ann’s fabrics, but it wasn’t as much fun as I’d remembered. I think my crafting days are kaput ~ except for when my little granddaughter is old enough to make braided lanyard bracelets and paper flowers and beady things. That will be great! ๐Ÿ˜

Fabricate means lie, like prevaricate… though they are subtly different. Fabricate is more about constructing a false body of evidence, while prevaricating is evading the question. But ultimately lying is lying, in my book. I think I forgot to say that in some post or other recently when were gabbing about this topic ~ I was thinking about saying that lies of omission were also lies, but then I omitted it! Oopsy. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Finally, we have fables, which are a great form of storytelling. I’ve always loved fiction, but as an adult I’ve only enjoyed realistic fiction until fairly recently. But in the last couple years, something changed and I became more open minded toward fantasy in fiction. This led me into different genres, such as sci-fi, magical realism, magic in general, shapeshifter romance, time travel, steampunk, dragons… and of course culminating in Game of Thrones.

Have I mentioned that I really really love Game of Thrones??? ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‰โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ

12 Things via Life Lessons

Twelve Things I Would Most Like to Know About You 

If at least twenty-five people answer these questions and either give a link to their blogs in comments below or send the answers to me via email, Facebook or Skype, I will have a drawing and contribute an amount equal to the number of responders (up to a limit of $100) to the winnerโ€™s favorite charity. Please let me know if you do not wish to have your answers published, as I might share some of them on my blog.  Okay, the race is on! Iโ€™m going to be very disappointed if no one plays along.

Who in your opinion is the sexiest man (if you are a woman) or woman (if you are a man) who ever lived?

It’s so difficult for me to answer this. I’ve only known a small number of men (and wouldn’t pick any of them, lol). I hate to go by looks alone, if we’re talking celebs, since my working theory is that the better looking a man is, the more of a jerk he’ll likely turn out to be. But super funny, super smart men (my idea of sexy qualities) can be jerks too, even if they aren’t great looking. Okay, fine. I’m going with Jon Bon Jovi who is super hot, a great singer, appears to have been true to his wife all these years, and doesn’t boycott Israel like other idiot celebs.

What favorite food do you rarely eat and why?

Seafood fettuccine; it’s expensive.

What would your closest friends be most surprised to find out about you?

That I’m not as liberal as people assume just because I’m pro-choice.

Who is the most famous person you ever met and what were the circumstances?

Not exactly “met,” but I was buying a Sunday paper at a newsstand in Beverly Hills in 1988, and Mick Jagger jumped out of a limo to buy one too. He waited in line behind me like a normal person, and when the guy in front of me knocked over a stack of cassette tapes, Mick and I helped him pick them up.

What famous person would you most like to have as a close friend and why?

Jeff Bezos, so he could more favorably algorithmize my Kindle books.

What is your biggest regret in life?

That I didn’t go to Northwestern.

What is the strangest pet you ever had?

I’ve only had normal pets.

What is the item of clothing you have owned for the longest period of time?

A warm coat from my Chicago days, but I’ve hardly worn it since.

What object in your house holds the most nostalgic value for you?

A bunch of things my daughters made and bought for me, photo albums, plus a few keepsakes from my mom too.

What question do you wish you had asked a deceased relative but didnโ€™t?

I wish I’d asked my mom for the info she had on other family members.

Who in the world (relative or not) do you most resemble? 

My mom.

What is your favorite footwear and why?

Comfy black moccasins… cuz they’re comfy and go with almost everything.

“Okay!!! The game is on. Donโ€™t make me say at this advanced stage in my life that no one wants to play with me!” ~ Judy

Lauraโ€™s Music Challenge 7

Yay, songs to brighten our Monday, thanks to Laura! ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŽ‰

1. A video of a song with bite/bit/bitten in the title.

2. A video of a song that helps me relax.

3. A video of a song from a band or singer starting with V.

Song Lyric Sunday: Radio

This song is so sad. I like Bette Midler’s version, which is the first one I heard, but Karen Carpenter does a nice job too. It was written in 1969 by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell, and it was originally titled “Groupie (Superstar).” Even though the song is about a star who promised to return to a fan he slept with, it’s strangely relatable to anyone who’s been lied to and ghosted.

“Superstar”

Long ago, and, oh, so far away
I fell in love with you before the second show
Your guitar, it sounds so sweet and clear
But you’re not really here, it’s just the radio

Don’t you remember, you told me you loved me baby?
You said you’d be coming back this way again baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby
I love you, I really do

Loneliness is such a sad affair
And I can hardly wait to be with you again
What to say to make you come again?
Come back to me again and play your sad guitar

Don’t you remember, you told me you loved me baby?
You said you’d be coming back this way again baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby
I love you, I really do

Don’t you remember, you told me you loved me baby?
You said you’d be coming back this way again baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby
I love you, I really do

https://youtu.be/8sxash7wa0c

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For Song Lyric Sunday hosted by Jim.