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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Do

Thank you Jim Adams for giving us every form of “do” this week so we could have lots of great songs to choose from! I picked “How Do You Do,” a 1972 megahit for the Dutch pop duo of Mouth and MacNeal. It was written by Hans van Hemert and Harry van Hoof.

Before I researched this song, I had assumed that “Mouth” was the nickname of the female half of the duet. Wrong! Willem Duyn (RIP) was the male half and he was also known as Big Mouth. The female half was Maggie MacNeal (born Sjoukje van’t Spijker). Big Mouth had sung in various other bands, while MacNeal enjoyed a solo career; then they teamed up for their smash success song, plus a few others that charted well. They split in 1974 and never did as well again as far as the music charts.

Once I said I wanted you, I don’t remember why
I often wonder if it’s true, that you could make me cry
I only know it’s long ago, you said, I love you too
But I got one solution left, we’re gonna start anew
How do you do? mmm mmm
I thought why not, na-na, na-na
Just me and you
And then we can, na-na, na-na
Just like before
And you will say, na-na, na-na
Please give me more
And you will think, na-na, na-na
Hey, that’s what I am living for
How do you do? hoe-hoe
Once I said I wanted you and I remember why
I often wonder if it’s true, you still can make me cry
And now it’s not so long ago, you said, I love you too
‘Cause I had one solution left and that’s to start anew
How do you do? mmm
How do you do? hoe-hoe

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Image credit to Jim Adams.

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More About Meeee

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Rory continues his Really You game with a second round of questions today…

1. Do you hoard clutter or constantly de-clutter?

As Melanie noted, clutter and hoarding are two separate things, though of course one can be a hoarder with a cluttered house. My mother, forex, was extremely neat and clean, and her homes were always free of dust and clutter, but she did hoard some weird stuff in the back of the closets. Some men I’ve known have been messy with a lot of clutter around, but I wouldn’t call them hoarders. They’re just too busy or lazy to clean up. I’ve also known messy hoarders who would literally freak out at the idea of tossing away any of their precious garbage. Ughhh. Impossible to date these people. Can’t even imagine what would happen if two of ’em ended up together… 😱

As far as me, I am neither a clutterer nor a hoarder ~ in fact, I’m notorious for throwing things away. That’s how I relieve stress. Delete delete delete! Ahhhh… Right now, I’m in the process of moving and have tossed a ton of things away and also have donated some stuff to Goodwill. It makes me feel fantastic to lighten up! I only wish I could afford to dump everything and start over completely! Well, not everything. I do have some sentimental attachment to photo albums and books, etc. But clothing and furniture and useless knickknacks bought on a whim? Meh.

Love empty clean space…

Empty clean room hardwood floor

2. Do you enjoy cooking – if so what is your ‘special dish’  and if not what is the dish you wish you could create?

This is a complicated question. I loved cooking when I was young, but it was also a form of control for me. I wanted to know exactly what I was eating and how much in order to count calories. Later, I lightened up about that, but at the same time became more adept in estimating the calories in restaurant foods (pro-tip: always higher than you imagine), plus there are a zillion guides and charts now. I was happy to cook for my family and figure out ways to create meals we could all enjoy. I never forced anyone to eat anything they disliked cuz I hate when people do that to me.

But now I’m alone. It’s not fun to cook for myself and have to clean up a sink full of dishes after. I dislike buying in quantities I know will go to waste, eat the same meal 5 times, or freeze it in blobs. Occasionally, I’ll make something for a potluck, but with so many people now vegan or gluten-free or paleo… meh. It’s just easier to stop at the store for a fruit bowl or whatever. I keep careful track of my finances, and I’m not spending more now that I’ve quit bothering to cook for myself.

When I was dating (barf), I thought it would be romantic to cook with someone, but things never progressed to that point. I kept running into these man-babies who were looking to be coddled and nurtured by having someone prepare hot meals for them when they came over. Welp… I work full-time same as they do. I am totally not into slaving away over a stove for some dude while he watches the game. It’s not 1950, hello!

June Cleavage costume cherry pie

3. What are we likely to find in your condiment cupboard?

I just threw everything away! 🤣🤣🤣

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Rory’s Question Fun Directory

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Could

Song Lyric Sunday

Thanks for hosting this fun weekly prompt Jim Adams! Today I chose one of my all-time favorite songs from Jim’s prompt list: “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot. Gordon wrote this song and it first appeared in 1970 on his album Sit Down Young Stranger (also a great song), which was later renamed If You Could Read My Mind following the song’s phenomenal success. This entire album is wonderful, full of lovely mood songs, many bittersweet and a few lighter ones too. But IYCRMM deserves its place in the sun.

If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
About a ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I’m a ghost you can see
If I could read your mind love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind the drugstore sells
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
Come the hero would be me
Heroes often fail
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s just to hard to take
I walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three way script
Enter number two, a movie queen
To play the scene of bringing all the good things out in me
But for now love let’s be real
I never knew I feel this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back
If you could read my mind love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie about a ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
The story always ends
And if you read between the lines
You’ll know that I’m just trying to understand
The feeling that you left
I never knew I feel this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feeling’s gone
And I just can’t get it back

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Up

Song Lyric Sunday

Thanks once again to Jim Adams for his great selection of prompts. I chose up and “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel. This track was on his 1983 album An Innocent Man. It’s often believed that the song is about Billy’s supermodel ex-wife Christie Brinkley, but he says he was inspired to write it while dating a different supermodel ~ Elle Macpherson. Eh, they all look alike under the 1,000 thread count sheets, amirite? Anyway, Billy told Howard Stern that he was chilling with Elle and Christie and Whitney Houston, as you do, when he conceived of the song. Then he and Elle broke up, so the tune ended up being about Christie ultimately. Isn’t everything? This was another big hit for Billy, hitting at No. 3 on Billboard and No. 1 in the UK.

Uptown girl
She’s been living in her uptown world
I bet she’s never had a backstreet guy
I bet her mama never told her why
I’m gonna try for an uptown girl
She’s been living in her white bread world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now she’s looking for a downtown man
That’s what I am
And when she knows
What she wants from her time
And when she wakes up
And makes up her mind
She’ll see I’m not so tough
Just because
I’m in love with an uptown girl
You know I’ve seen her in her uptown world
She’s getting tired of her high class toys
And all her presents from her uptown boys
She’s got a choice
Uptown girl
You know I can’t afford to buy her pearls
But maybe someday when my ship comes in
She’ll understand what kind of guy I’ve been
And then I’ll win
And when she’s walking
She’s looking so fine
And when she’s talking
She’ll say that she’s mine
She’ll say I’m not so tough
Just because
I’m in love
With an uptown girl
She’s been living in her white bread world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now she’s looking for a downtown man
That’s what I am
Uptown girl
She’s my uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl

https://youtu.be/hCuMWrfXG4E

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FPQ46: Real Talk

Fandango provocatively asks…

Has using a telephone for making calls become obsolete? For those of you who grew up without the internet or smartphones, is calling and speaking with people on the phone still important? For those of you who grew up only using smartphones, is it necessary to call anyone anymore?

In my life, using a telephone for making calls is not obsolete whatsoever. At work, we talk on actual landline phones every day. A few times a week, my daughters and I like to connect via a real phone chat rather than just texting (which we do also, usually multiple times per day). As far as friends go, in general we usually text to chat or make plans, but if one of us is in the car, then we’ll call to confirm or whatever. Some friends prefer to call to catch up ~ last night I chatted on the phone with a old writer pal for a while about our projects and stuff. Last but not least, sometimes a phone call is simply more convenient when doing business such as apartment hunting or making dinner reservations.

I’m not one of those old fogies who sigh about the olden days when people didn’t stare at their cell phones all day. As I recall, we had plenty of ways to ignore each other back then, if we wanted to. People who enjoy engaging with others will find a way. I have noted that at places like the DMV and jury duty folks are less inclined to chat than before, since they have their phones now. But honestly how many of us oldsters actually made friends at the DMV or jury duty anyway?

As the kids say… good talk! 👻🎃

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Laura’s Music Challenge 36

Record

Beckie tagged me for this one, but here’s a secret… shhhh! I was gonna do it anyway. Please don’t tell Beckie, okay? Laura’s song challenge makes my Mondays fun! 🎶🎃

1. Post a song that is a satire of a hit song.

2. Post a song that you love by an artist that was not one of their biggest hits.

3. Post a song that was featured in a tv show or in a movie.

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Song Lyric Sunday ~ Lost

Song Lyric Sunday

Jim Adams returns with some great music prompts. I chose “lost” and a song from Bread ~ “Lost Without Your Love,” written by David Gates. It’s the title track from their 1977 sixth and final studio album. The song also became Bread’s last Top 10 hit.

I always sensed a profound sadness lurking in Bread’s love songs, and they drew me in. While they may seem light and bubbly on the surface, they feel darker underneath and I’m attracted to that. Or what I start to imagine while listening to the lyrics. It’s good to listen to some Bread.

Lost and all alone
I always thought that I could make it on my own
But since you left I hardly make it through the day
My tears get in the way, and I need you back to stay
I wonder through the night
And search the world for the words to make it right
All I want is the way it used to be
With you here close to me
And I’ve got to make you see
That I’m lost with out your love
Life without you isn’t worth the trouble of
I’m as helpless as a ship without a wind
A touch without a feel
I can’t believe its real
And someday soon I’ll wake and find my heart won’t have to break
Yes, I’m lost with out your love
Life without you isn’t worth the trouble of
All I want is just the way it used to be
I need you here with me
Oh darling can’t you see
If we had love before we can have it back once more

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Some More Fours

Shamrock

Question Fun Directory

Today’s Questions to the Readers are….

How do you create your very own special mixed salad?

I take the elevator down to the café and order the special mixed salad that has lots of avo and olives and toms and lime dressing, but I tell them to leave out the chicken. I’m not a vegetarian, but I hate the kind of dry plain boring gaggy chicken places dump in salads. If I’m going to eat chicken, it has to be juicy and tasty, preferably with crunchy skin (not fried though), just like Mommy used to make.

Name 10 things that you use every day?

Sarcasm, kindness, humor, EQ, IQ, OCD, hope, despair, anxiety, madness.

Are you a list maker and item ticker or a just do it and go with the flow of the day person type?

😂🤣🙄 Um… list.

When was the last time you just ‘let it all go?’ [Your answer will reflect your own opinion of ‘letting it all go’.]

Sometime in the 1970s. Still haven’t gotten it all back. Anyone seen my pet rock?

The Daily Four

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FPQ45: Oreos

Fandango’s provocative question

Fandango provocatively asks…

Are there limits to human creativity? Is it be possible for humans to create something completely novel and new that is based on nothing that previously existed? Or is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?

Well… I guess there are ways to stretch and say anything is somehow connected to something else. The internet was novel, allowing strangers to find each other and chat about topics in common, but before that some folks did manage to find pen pals in different parts of the world (or in prison) to communicate with. It was much slower, and individual rather than a freewheeling message board system, but one could make the case that there’s a similarity. Lonely people, reaching across the miles for new friends they’ll never meet in person…

Art, music, literature, science, medicine, etc. have existed since there were humans who had any free time between birth and death, so… nope, all of that will be filed in the “building on” category.

What about things that have been invented we don’t know about cuz they disappeared without a trace? There must be loads of ’em, and I’m thinking that many of these might fit the novel definition. But the reason we don’t know about them is because they were useless or unable to be marketed. We like things we’re familiar with. Sure, we crave novelty, but only to a degree.

This is why we keep seeing “new” offerings from the same old places, like Oreos with different middles. Ooh, a novel filling! How thrilling! But we’re comfortable with this product, and we trust it, because it’s still an Oreo.

Cookie dough Oreos

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Laura’s Music Challenge 35

Music

It’s time for some tunes! Join Laura’s song challenge for a more fun Monday. This means you! And you! 👻🎃🎶

1. Post a song that has either in title or lyrics the name of a state in the US.

2. Post a song that either in the title or lyrics the name of a town.

3. Post a song that either in title or lyrics has the name of a country or continent.

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