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Coffee Time Questions IV

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I actually am having coffee right now, so it’s the perfect time to dive into Rory @ Earthly Comforts new set of Coffee Time Questions. Hope everyone’s weekend is starting out well.

1. Have you ever been on an extended vacation/holiday road trip? If so, when and where and for how long?

Not as an adult, but when I was a child my parents took standard (at the time) two-week summer vacations. Once we embarked upon an extra-long trip from the Chicago area down to see the Gateway Arch in Missouri and then drove across Kansas, where my dad somehow got lost on a straight shot across flattened nowheresville, but he never admitted to being lost ~ he said he was exploring. My mom would get all upset whenever we went off her schedule though, and there’d be a lot of yelling, so I’d read a romance novel in the back seat until I became too nauseated to continue. We ended up in Colorado as planned, and it was a nice place full of lots of silver and turquoise jewelry. We had pizza there, but it wasn’t as good as either Chicago pizza or New York pizza. Sorry Colorado, you’re a pretty state, but your pizza sucks! Oh, we went up some mountain and it was cold at the top so we had hot chocolate. Next, we drove to South Dakota to see the presidents carved into rock, which was impressive until later on when I read that the US took Mount Rushmore back from the Lakota tribe after promising it would be theirs forever, which sucks. Typical of us though. Anyway, I think we drove straight back to Illinois after that without seeing anything else of interest. These car trips with my parents and all their arguing gave me a negative vibe about vacations in general, which was only reinforced during my marriage. Now I’m a stay-cation person most of the time except for short local jaunts.

2. When was the last time you visited an actual bookshop, and what, if any, new/old/secondhand titles did you buy?

I went to Barnes & Noble recently, but I didn’t buy anything. They’re so expensive! Even with their membership card they’re ridiculous, so I am not renewing in December. Last week I ordered four Karen Rose romantic suspense novels from a used bookseller on eBay and the price was around $4 each plus a free one if I bought three. B&N can’t compete with that, and I have no need for a “virgin” book. Mostly though, I read e-books on Kindle, except when it’s cheaper to buy a used dead-tree one for a book club selection. Right now, I have TONS of books to be read, both DT and E, so I don’t need any more! (So she says….)

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3. How do you feel about the new WP Dashboard 7-day highlights Statistics?

The page looks obnoxious. Why do they have to keep changing everything? That’s not the worst thing they did though. They changed the comment notifications recently so it’s not apparent at first glance if something is pending. I get a lot of pending comments when other bloggers link back and from new readers (one approval automatically gets them on the OK list unless I manually change that), so now I have to spend extra time making sure the approved line is checked. Before this idiotic change, pending comments were highlighted.

4. How do you feel about all the Russian nuclear sabre rattling?

It’s terrifying, as it’s meant to be. Putin is a bad guy, always has been, and I have no patience with folks who try to mitigate his horribleness with whataboutism.

5. If you could go back or travel to an age of your choice and live or relive a previous era for a day, what age would you pick and why?

Hmm, so many possibilities! Since it’s only one day though, there’s no point in saying I would like to see the US in its “natural” state, which I’d need months to appreciate, especially if I was clonking around in a covered wagon, or witness the Big Bang, which probably took longer than a day, not that there were days then, plus it’d be hard to stay at a safe distance, so I’ll just say Mount Sinai, when “God” allegedly gave Moses the 10 Commandments. Maybe there were 15, like in the movie? Maybe he made it all up… who even knows. I could then be the definitive source!

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6. Do you have a favourite coat? [Outdoor/Indoor/Business/Social] What makes it unique to you, OR is a coat just a coat?

Wha? So random, Rory. I do actually: a cute blue parka I bought in Chicago. Since I don’t need a parka too often out here in SoCal, it’s stayed nice over the years (I had the zipper replaced once) and I even wore it last week to the movies. It’s 40 years old!

7. Do you enjoy learning something new every day or week?

Yes, indeed, and multiple times per day.

8. Are you more comfortable in your skin today than you were in the youth of your yesterdays? Why and how so?

I suppose, though physically I don’t feel as well ~ when I was younger my back didn’t hurt 24/7. But I am more “comfortable” with who I am and what I look like, finally accepting that I’m never going to be a bestselling writer or inspire mad passion in some man with my incredible sexiness (since I don’t have it). A huge part of my self-acceptance journey was giving up dating in 2016/17. No matter the strength of your self-esteem, it’s bound to get damaged by all the rejection and nastiness endemic to dating sites and putting yourself out there for “inspection” in general. I no longer have to care what some man, imaginary or real, finds attractive or not in my appearance or how I live my life. Here’s me at a wedding last year in a pretty dress sans makeup and artificial hair color ~ I no longer hide my greys ~ and I’m very happy with how I look.

Paula pink wedding
Photo by Mick Porter

9. Have you ever kept a hardback diary or a journal as opposed to an online digital one? When did you first start to journal your life?

Off and on, as a teenager.

10. How do you feel about Eggplant/Aubergine/Guinea Squash as a vegetable? Is it something you enjoy having in your meals?

I absolutely love it, both in Italian dishes and also that wonderful Thai pumpkin/eggplant curry dish. We’ve even roasted it with a brush of olive oil and some sea salt, and it’s fabulous on its own. So tasty! I did not know it was called guinea squash by some, so I just looked that up and learned something new. Thanks Rory!

11. What film could you watch over and over again and why?

Any of my favorite musicals (The Sound of Music, Chicago, Hair, Mamma Mia (1 & 2), Fiddler on the Roof, etc.) and also Dr. Zhivago, Goodfellas, Risky Business, etc. Why? Music and/or humor, basically, not that Dr. Z was funny.

12. What concert, show, or event would you love tickets for if you could get them?

Eh, idk. Huge, noisy events are not my thing. I enjoy smaller cover band concerts at the OC Fair, and those tix are easy enough to get. I wish I’d seen Neil Diamond though before he retired. He was always at a giant Los Angeles forum however, so I kept putting it off and now it’s too late.

13. Would your teenage self be impressed with who you are today and what you have achieved so far in your/their life?

No. As a teen, I had no interest in motherhood, and being a grandmother wasn’t even on my radar. I dreamed of career success, in a big, splashy way. But I’m super glad now I have a family instead, not that you (theoretically) can’t have both, but that wasn’t in the cards for me.

14. Which online behaviours do you find the most annoying in blogging?

Generally speaking, I enjoy reading all the bloggers I follow, else I wouldn’t be following them. Occasionally, I get a bit annoyed when someone feels the need go on a political rant against a particular group of people, but it’s easy enough to tell immediately what’s happening, so I close the post and move on. If it happens frequently, I may unfollow for a while or forever, which unfortunately I had to do with one of my prior faves when she went on constant tirades against “liberals” and kept mixing that into her regular posts about food and body image too. But now I don’t read her at all, so it worked out nicely. I am a big fan of MOVING THE F*CK ON when I dislike something, rather than attempting to dictate to everyone what they should and shouldn’t say, or calling for bans, with some exceptions for speech inciting violence. Other than that, the most irritating thing about blogging is the WP “happiness engineers” making us UNHAPPY with all their pointless and user-unfriendly tinkering. GRRRR!

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Show Me the Place

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Friends and I were talking about favorite albums. I immediately said Hard Promises by Tom Petty. But then I remembered how much I love Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Which should be first? Idk… tie! I also love 12 Songs by Neil Diamond and If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot, not necessarily in that order. To qualify as one of my faves, every song on the album has to be enjoyable (sorry Eagles). But what about Moondance? I remembered this fabulous album by Van Morrison yesterday and began playing it on Spotify. Maybe it should be my number one. But wait! There’s more!

When choosing a song for Jim’s Thursday Inspiration, I remembered Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas. Well, damn. I love every song on that album too ~ thanks to Dusty for the rec way back when. Maybe I simply can’t have a favorite? I guess it’s OK to keep more than one album in my number one spot. It’s not as though I’m going to marry any of them, and even if… No need to be faithful!

Show me the place
Help me roll away the stone
Show me the place
I can’t move this thing alone
Show me the place
Where the Word became a man
Show me the place
Where the suffering began

Leonard Cohen cowrote SMTP with Patrick Leonard, a Canadian singer-poet who helped out on Old Ideas. This 2012 album was LC’s 12th studio album ~ a big hit in multiple countries ~ and he’d record two more (Popular Problems and You Want It Darker) before his death in 2016. What a horrible year in so many ways. This album is very dark thematically, yet somehow uplifting too. There is always the possibility to be redeemed by love, even at the end of days.

LC began touring again in the 2000’s when he was in his 70s after his manager stole all his money. Sad story, but his fans certainly benefited by having three more albums of LC songs to cherish. I prefer Old Ideas to Darker, and Darker to Popular, though there are excellent tracks on each. Here’s “Show Me the Place.” Is it about love? Death? God? Yes.

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SLS: Love on the Rocks

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Big thanks to Jim Adams for continuing to host Song Lyric Sunday. For today’s keyword surprise, I chose “Love on the Rocks” by Neil Diamond.

Love on the rocks
Ain’t no surprise
Just pour me a drink
And I’ll tell you some lies
Got nothing to lose
So you just sing the blues
All the time

LOTR was written by Neil Diamond and Gilbert Bécaud in 1980. It appeared in the 1980 movie The Jazz Singer and was also released as a single. The song reached No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 (US) for three weeks in January 1981, and Billboard rated it as the No. 26 pop single overall for 1981. Bécaud recorded LOTR in French as L’Amour est mort on his 1981 eponymous album. (Wikipedia)

Gave you my heart
Gave you my soul
You left me alone here
With nothing to hold
Yesterday’s gone
Now all I want
Is a smile

I think many of us can relate to these words. When we finally accept that something is over, we hope to at least be treated kindly by the person we once loved and vice versa. But so often things don’t end up that way…

First they say they want you
Hear how they really need you
Suddenly you find you’re out there
Walking in a storm
And when they know they have you
Then they really have you
Nothing you can do or say
You’ve got to leave, just get away
We all know the song

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Musical Musings

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I’m glad that Maggie waited until after April A2Z to ask her musical Throwback Thursday questions, as I was posting an Eagles song daily throughout April (except Sundays) and was a bit burnt out on dealing with more posts on any music-related topic. OK, then… let’s get to it. (If anyone cares, which no one does, I have been experimenting with eliminating apostrophes after words ending in “s,” if the meaning is clear otherwise. I began doing this during my Eagles marathon and I’m happier with how my writing looks. I simply view those “dangling” apostrophes as ugly. Do I care if it is technically incorrect? Hah. Don’t worry, I still know the rules for professional writing.)

1. What music were you exposed to in your family home – genre, artist, or style.

My parents loved music. My mom loved country music and Johnny Cash especially. My dad loved the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, and the Beatles. They also loved musicals and played the soundtracks from Zorba the Greek, Hair, Swan Lake, etc.

2. Did you enjoy that type of music or did you rebel against it?

I loved all that and still do. I wasn’t rebellious in this sense at all. I never went through an alternate music phase that my parents hated. When I played my Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Diamond, or Supremes records, they also enjoyed my choices.

3. How did you listen to music in your childhood home? Radio? Record player? Television?

All of the above. We watched Lawrence Welk and variety shows that included music. We played records and listened to music on the radio. I don’t recall that my parents danced around while music was playing, but I did. I never learned to dance properly though, but that’s OK, as it gave my daughters another reason to laugh at my dorkiness.

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4. Did you buy records, tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks or CDs?

Yes. LOL. Well, maybe not 8-tracks, as I’m not sure what those are, but definitely the other three formats!

5. What performers were you drawn to most as an adolescent?

I loved the same music I love now: Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Diamond, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, etc. And disco! Then in my later teens and 20s I discovered Fleetwood Mac, Journey (the original with Steve Perry), Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, Led Zep, Def Leppard, the Go-Go’s, etc. I didn’t realize I loved the Eagles until I was in my early 20s!

6. Who did you go to see for your first concert? Who did you go with?

Journey. My college boyfriend took me, and it was a horrible outdoor experience ~ we were too close to the speaker and the music was so loud I couldn’t actually hear it. It was just blasting noise the entire time and I got a giant headache. The next one I went to, a few years later (also with a boyfriend), featured Pat Benatar, indoors, at a normal, nice volume.

7. What concert has been your favorite concert to date?

I don’t know. I haven’t been to that many because they’re way too expensive. Even cover band concerts are out of my budget, mostly. Probably Cash Out (Johnny Cash cover band) was the best one.

8. When do you listen to music? In the car? At work? While studying or doing projects?

Mostly in the car. Sometimes I listen to Spotify at work if I’m doing something routine. But I also rewatch musicals pretty often ~ Chicago, Walk the Line, Grease, Fiddler, Mamma Mia (1 & 2), etc. I’m going to see The Sound of Music live this weekend.

Julie Andrews Sound of Music

9. Did the music you listened to affect your attitudes, way of dress, or view of the world?

That’s a great question! Yes, probably, along with romance novels and rom-coms. I had this dreamy idea of a soul mate who would love me forever and we would exist in bliss with no problems whatsoever (after we resolved whatever main conflict kept us apart, of course, like me being a commoner and him being a Duke, or whatever thing), blah blah blah, and I think I formed that fantasy from the media I was exposed to because it sure as hell didn’t come from my parents or any other real-life marriage I saw.

10. How has your choice of music changed over the years? What is your genre of choice at this phase of your life?

It hasn’t. I still love all the same music I ever did. My genre of choice depends on my mood, but mostly I enjoy soft rock/pop, such as Gordon and Neil and Stevie Nicks, and not so much the Def Leppard side of things unless I’m doing some dorky dancercise stuff.

Bonus Question: What band or group posters did you have hanging in your room? Extra extra bonus points if you can share a copy of it or a link to it.

I had a full-size poster of David Lee Roth on my bedroom door for a while. I can’t find the exact one online, but ugh he is old now. How did that happen?

EXTRA EXTRA BONUS: Care to share a playlist from Spotify?

Sure. Enjoy!

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Music Ramble

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E.M. continues her Sunday Ramble series with questions about music.

1. What is your favorite genre of music?

Classic rock. Give me tunes by the Stones, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, the Eagles, Queen, Fleetwood Mac (after Stevie joined), Tom Petty, Rod Stewart, Joan Jett, Led Zep, etc., and I’ll be blissed out. I do not consider the Eagles to be “yacht rock” because their songs are generally more raucous than mellow, but I like a lot of mellow/soft rock too. Some faves from that genre are Neil Diamond and Gordon Lightfoot. The Beach Boys are great. The Turtles. Diana Ross. Sheryl Crow. Billy Squier. And I love some grunge! Love Jimmy Buffett! Johnny Cash! Billy Joel! Oh, and I sometimes enjoy country music from Glen Campbell, Steve Earle, etc. Sometimes in the car I listen to classical music, not that I know anything about it.

2. What is your least favorite genre of music?

Tie between migrainey heavy metal and misogynistic/glorification of crime rap.

3. What movie has a very memorable soundtrack?

I assume you mean non-musicals, so I’ll go with The Graduate.

4. What are three songs that get you excited?

Excited as to jump up and dance? Gotta be “Rock and Roll All Night” (KISS), “Ain’t Talkin’ ’Bout Love” (Van Halen), and “Hot Dog” (Led Zeppelin). Plus a million more!

5. What was the last song you listened to?

Brandy Carlile’s “The Story.”

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SLS: School

School bus

Thanks go out to Jim Adams, our tuneful host of Song Lyric Sunday. This week I chose “To Sir With Love” for the school prompt. The song was written by Don Black and Mark London, and it was first recorded by Lulu in 1967 as the theme song for the movie with the same name. Lulu also acted in the film, along with members of her band, the Mindbenders. The song was a smash hit, reaching No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for 5 weeks, and became the best-selling single of 1967 in the US. “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees turned out to be a bigger hit overall, as it had come out in December 1966, hit No. 1 also, and was a huge hit overseas, while TSWL was not and didn’t even chart in the UK. Note for the record that “I’m a Believer” was written by Neil Diamond.

The lyrics to TSWL tell the story of a girl who became an adult during her time at a particular school. She credits the headmaster “Sir” with her success, as he helped take her “from crayons to perfume,” and she sounds very emotional at the thought of leaving him. She wonders what she can do, what gift she can give him, to express her gratitude to this man.

The time has come, for closing books and long last looks must end,
And as I leave I know that I am leaving my best friend,
A friend who taught me right from wrong, and weak from strong.
That’s a lot to learn.
What! What can I give you in return?
If you wanted the moon I would try to make a start
But I would rather, you let me give my heart,
To Sir, With Love.

It almost sounds as if she’s fallen in love with the guy, or at least has been nurturing some romantic fantasy/crush, doesn’t it? Speaking from personal experience, it’s not unusual to fantasize about a teacher, male or female. I haven’t seen the film (it’s in my watchlist), so I don’t know one way or the other in this case, but I’ve always liked the song. Hope you enjoy it too!

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Image from Happy Color.

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Music Memories

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Maggie asks about our music memories for this week’s Throwback Thursday:

Maybe it’s a song that brings back good memories. Maybe it was your first radio or record player – or iPod depending on your age. Maybe it is the song that always moves you to tears. What song was played at your wedding? Did you have band posters hanging on your bedroom walls? What are your music-connected memories?

My early music memories center around the records my parents played ~ Johnny Cash, the Doors, the Beatles, the Woodstock album, soundtracks from musicals, etc. “Blackbird” by the Beatles was one of my mother’s favorite songs, so I always think of her when I hear it. My dad was a big Doors’ fan. Then there’s the music I discovered as a teenager ~ Neil Diamond, Gordon Lightfoot, the Supremes, etc. I remember putting on the Supremes’ Greatest Hits and dancing around by myself in our living room. I still love all this music, including the soundtracks, and it makes me happy to hear any of it.

I first heard Fleetwood Mac eponymous album in its entirety at my friend Kate’s house, and I still remember that afternoon. My Chicago boyfriend Charlie took me to see Pat Benatar in concert, and that was a great night. Listening to REO Speedwagon reminds me of my friend Kathy (went to their concert with her in Chicago too). The soundtrack from Risky Business brings back the day I skipped class to watch it alone… and I also think of the guy I had a crush on at the time. Other songs remind me of Mark too, especially “You Are the Sun” by Lionel Ritchie, which we slow danced to in a bar at closing time. When I moved to SoCal at age 22, I began watching MTV (which wasn’t available in Chicago then), and the songs from the music vids remind me of my parents’ condo in Burbank and gradually adapting to life out here. There was a lot of Madonna, Roxy Music, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, ZZ Top, etc.

There are many songs that provoke an emotional reaction for me. “This Guy’s in Love with You” always gets to me (for a while, it was an “our song” for my ex-husband and me because of a mix-up when I requested it at a piano bar), and so does ”The Story” by Brandi Carlile. Neil Diamond’s album 12 Songs makes me sad, but in a good way. I first listened to it on the drive back from a writing convention in San Diego, where I had a pretty bad time and was also dealing with other personal issues. I always love the long version of ”Hotel California” too ~ a couple years ago, a group of us dressed as parts of the song for Halloween. That was so much fun!

I am not the type of person to worship celebs, but I did have a poster of David Lee Roth in my bedroom in Chicago.

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Image from Pixabay.

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Mine Until the End of Time…

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… and now I’m praying for the end of time (“Paradise by the Dashboard Light” ~ Meatloaf).

“Mine” is a weird concept when applied to people (or cats), if you think about it, though it sounds romantic with the Be Mine candy hearts and all that jazz. But how can a person be “yours?” That sounds like slavery. Even children break away and have their own ideas, and then go off to live their own lives. Most moms and dads enjoy seeing their children form their own opinions and don’t wish for clones of themselves. (Some would rather have the clones, yes, I know.)

Pat Benatar sings “Love Is a Battlefield,” which always rang true to me. A minefield, in my case. I was always tiptoeing around so as not to offend or cause an argument. I constantly capitulated to another person’s opinions to smooth things over when disagreements occurred, and then ended up feeling bitter and resentful, just counting the minutes until I could walk out the door. Every time I got involved with someone, it was always about their wants and their needs, never mine. You may have noticed that I eliminated most “dating stories” from my blog refresh. This is because the whole thing is too depressing to think about, and it’s also why I hate the Wayback Machine and how they’ve screenshotted some of that shit forever. They told me how I can request deletion, but it’s a big PITA.

So anyway. For Jim’s prompt today, I wanted to use a song about an actual mine ~ “My Darling Clementine.” This is another song I used to play on my paint-by-number organ, and I have fond memories of belting out “IN A CAVERN, IN A CANYON, EXCAVATING FOR A MINE, lived a miner forty-niner and his daughter Clementine…” Off-key, natch. But every version on YouTube sucks so much I can’t bear to put it here.

What’s really strange is that it’s often listed as a children’s song. Wtf? It’s about a girl who drowns in a river! Granted, the lyrics are amusing, but in a macabre way, not for a happy singalong imo. But even the adult versions sucked, and yep I include Bobby Darin’s in this group. Sad. I guess we also find “Running Bear” funny, but it’s not. Rivers be dangerous, yo.

Side note: I discovered while poking around for this song that there was a 1946 movie called My Darling Clementine, starring Henry Fonda. The film includes the song, but the lyrics don’t track with the plot at all except for the girl’s name. It’s supposedly one of the best westerns of all time, so maybe I’ll watch it if I can find it.

By this point, you must be wondering if I’m actually going to post a song with “mine” in it or just jabber on about irrelevant stuff forever. Well, it’s my blog and I can be boring if I want to, so there! Pffft. Just kidding. I have a song, but it isn’t about romantic enslavement… it’s about a place.

“L.A.’s fine, but it ain’t home
New York’s home, but it ain’t mine
No more”

That’s right. We can always rely upon good old Neil to have a song with a word in it, lol. I present “I Am, I Said,” from 1971, by the ultimate gem himself, Mr. Diamond. Enjoy!

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Written for Jim’s Thursday Inspiration.

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SLS: Beautiful

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I have to confess that my song this week was a no-brainer as soon as I read Jim’s prompt. There are lots of tunes about beautiful women, but my favorite beautiful song is about music itself. “Beautiful Noise” is the title track from Neil Diamond’s 10th album, which was released in 1976. It was one of the three singles from the album but didn’t place as well as the other two (“If You Know What I Mean” and “Don’t Think… Feel”). That’s OK; I don’t mind having a different opinion from the majority, and in my view BN is a wonderful song. It’s actually about loneliness, even though you won’t get that at first… it starts out peppy and happy, but if you listen all the way through and read between the lines, you’ll discover it’s about a writer sitting alone in his room waiting for his muse. He discovers that the normal sounds of daily life all around him, coming up from the street, provide his inspiration.

It’s a beautiful noise
Made of joy and of strife
Like a symphony played
By the passing parade
It’s the music of life

It’s a beautiful noise
And it’s a sound that I love
And it makes me feel good
Just like a hand in a glove
Yes it does, yes it does

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Image from Pixabay.

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Red Red Wine

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I used to like to drink alcohol and began early. I had champagne at our neighbor’s apartment when I was 9 and my parents didn’t care (they were there too). The thing I associate most with that night is that the neighbors kept playing “Sugar Sugar” on their record player. My parents never made alcohol a forbidden thing ~ they just wanted me to be responsible with the car after I began driving. Of course, I wasn’t. But TG nothing bad happened. I was lucky, not smart or skilled in this respect. Just lucky.

Like many people, I used to associate drinking with dating and romance. It was normal back in the day (and probably still is, idk) for first dates to consist of a drink, or two or three, and then maybe dinner if we were still getting along, or not. Dinner dates almost always included a drink or a bottle of wine. Weddings and special occasions were booze-fests and still are, I guess. Funny that alcohol is ALSO associated with breakups, grief, and sadness in general ~ and not only in country songs but in real life. Drink when you’re happy, drink when you’re sad. Just keep it flowing.

I sound anti-alcohol, which I’m not. I’m just sad that it doesn’t agree with me any longer, and I wish it did because I enjoy the taste and the buzz. Occasionally, I can have a small amount (very small) with no ill-effects ~ last Saturday I had half a glass of pear ale and was fine ~ but if I have any more than that, I’m pretty much guaranteed a stabby migraine. I miss coming home from work and having a glass of one of my favorite merlots (pictured above) or having a yummy margarita or piña colada in a restaurant. I fell in love with cinnamon whiskey on a date way back when and it would be so nice to have that again (the whiskey, not the date). I also miss Bailey’s Irish Cream, which is fabulous over vanilla or coffee ice cream…

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Image is mine.

Written for Jim’s Thursday Inspiration.

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