A Final Thought For Thursday…

***WARNING – MIGHT BE TRIGGERY***

I don’t often do “trigger” warnings, but…if you see yourself in this video, reach out and get support. You are not alone. For anyone and everyone who has survived this, and for anyone and everyone who might unknowingly be enduring it…this is for all of us. Abuse doesn’t have to be physical, either – it presents itself verbally, emotionally, and sexually – even in marriages.

Also, today marks 2 years since those brave young ladies were abducted from the school in Chibok, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram. They have been gone from their families and loved ones for 731 days.
#BringBackOurGirls

Sounds about right

ROFL – ah, the joys of misheard lyrics!
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Dancing Through the Week…

It’s the middle of the week and the last day of July…I’m working on a couple of long posts and three shorter ones. I listen to music on a regular basis, so if I post songs that seem melancholy or sad it really isn’t indicative of my mood. It’s more to do with the mood of the topic I’m working on!  😎

Anyway, I figured I’d post some songs about dancing just for the hell of it – enjoy!

Steve Miller Band: “Swingtown

Ooo oooohhhh
Ooo oooohhhh
Come on and dance, come on and dance
Let’s make some romance
You know the night is fallin’
And the music’s callin’
And we’ve got to get down to Swingtown

We’ve been workin’ so hard
We’ve been workin’ so hard
Come on baby
Come on baby let’s dance
Come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on
Come on, come on, come on

Ooo oooohhhh
Ooo oooohhhh
Come on and dance, come on and dance
We may not get another chance
You know the night is fallin’
And the music’s callin’
And we’ve got to get down to Swingtown

Electric Light Orchestra: “All Over the World

Everybody all around the world, gotta tell you what I just heard
There’s gonna be a party all over the world

I got a message on the radio, but where it came from I don’t really know
And I heard these voices calling all over the world

[Chorus:]
All over the world, everybody got the word
Everybody everywhere is gonna feel tonight

Everybody walkin’ down the street, everybody movin’ to the beat
They’re gonna get hot down in the U.S.A. (New York, Detroit, L.A.)

We’re gonna take a trip across the sea, everybody come along with me
We’re gonna hit the night down in gay Paree

[chorus]

[Instrumental break]

London, Hamburg, Paris, Rome, Rio, Hong Kong, Tokyo
L.A., New York, Amsterdam, Monte Carlo, Shard End and

[chorus]

Everybody all around the world, gotta tell you what I just heard
Everybody walkin’ down the street, I know a place where we all can meet
Everybody gonna have a good time, everybody will shine till the daylight

[chorus]

All over the world, everybody got the word [repeats 3x]

Whitney Houston: “I Wanna Dance with Somebody

Clocks strikes upon the hour
And the sun begins to fade
Still enough time to figure out
How to chase my blues away
I’ve done alright up ’til now
It’s the light of day that shows me how
And when the night falls loneliness calls

[Chorus:]
Oh! Wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah! Wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me

I’ve been in love and lost my senses
Spinning through the town
Soon or later the fever ends
And I wind up feeling down
I need a man who’ll take a chance
On a love that burns hot enough to last
So when the night falls
My lonely heart calls

[chorus]

Van Halen: “Dancing in the Street” (Original song credits to Martha & the Vendellas)

Wow!
Ah yeah!
Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat.
Summer’s here and the time is right, for dancing in the streets,
They’re dancing in Chicago (They’ll be dancing)
Down in New Oreleans (Dancing in the streets)
Up in New york city (Dancing in the streets)
All we need is music (sweet sweet) sweet music (sweet sweet music)
There’ll be music everywhere.
There’ll be swinging, swaying, records playing, dancing in the streets,Oh!
It doesn’t matter what hat you wear, just as long as you are there,
So come on
Grab a guy, grab a girl, everywhere around the world.
There’ll be dancing, dancing in the streets.
(Oh) It’s just an invitation, across the nation, a chance for folks to meet.
There’ll be laughing and singing, music swinging, dancing in the streets
Philadelphia, PA (dancing in the street)
Baltimore and D.C. now (dancing in the street)
Don’t forget the Motor City (dancing in the street)
All we need is music (sweet sweet) sweet music (sweet sweet music)
There’ll be music everywhere.
There’ll be swinging, swaying, records playing, dancing in the streets, Oh!
It doesn’t matter what hat you wear, just as long as you are there,
So come on
Grab a guy, grab a girl, everywhere around the world.
Dancing, dancing in the streets,
Way down in LA, everyday, dancing in the streets (Dancing in the streets)
San Francisco way, (Dancing in the streets), they do it everyday now,
(Dancing in the streets) 

Van Halen: “Dance the Night Away

Have you seen her?
So fine and pretty. Fooled me with her style and ease.
And I feel her from across the room.
Yes, it’s love in the third degree.
Ooh, baby, baby.
Won’tcha turn your head my way?
Ooh, baby, baby.
Come on, take a chance.
You’re old enough to dance the night away.
Oh, come on, baby, dance the night away.
A live wire.
Barely a beginner, but just watch that lady go.
She’s on fire, ’cause dancing gets her higher than anything else she knows.
Ooh, baby, baby.
Won’tcha turn your head my way?
Ooh, baby, baby.
Well, don’t skip romance, ’cause you’re old enough to dance the night away.
Oh, come on, baby, dance the night away.
Dance the night away.
Dance, dance, dance the night away.
[Repeat and fade]

Random Thoughts and Songs…

I sit today

Listening to music

Various lyrics move me

I jump from song to song

And come across this…

Dion: “Abraham, Martin & John” (lyrics at the end of this post)

…I watch the video

And see

Hatred from

A mere decade before my birth

The symbolic lynching of the NAACP

Reminds me

Of the rage towards Obama

How other Black people feel

The way I do about the NAACP

“They (he) weren’t (wasn’t) there for me

When I faced discrimination and hate

Why should I support you (him)

When you overlook my (our) pain?”

Selfish thoughts from a juvenile mind

Age brings wisdom but

I’m not too old

And I’m not too young

But no-one hears my pleas

For understanding

For recognition

No-one listens to

Me…

Dion  – Abraham, Martin & John lyrics

“Has anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
You know, I just looked around and he’s gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend John?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked around and he’s gone.

Anybody here seen my old friend Martin?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
He freed a lot of people,
But it seems the good they die young.
I just looked ’round and he’s gone.

Didn’t you love the things that they stood for?
Didn’t they try to find some good for you and me?
And we’ll be free
Some day soon, and it’s a-gonna be one day …

Anybody here seen my old friend Bobby?
Can you tell me where he’s gone?
I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill,
With Abraham, Martin and John.”

Has It Been Two Years Already?

It really has! Two years ago on 9 May 2011, I started writing this blog. It’s not the first blog I’ve had; I used to have one on Blogger which I discontinued, and I had one on MySpace but that’s gone by the wayside as well. I’ve been consistent with this one; my reasons for writing in it are vastly different from when I was on MySpace and when I had the Blogger journal.

I was mainly inspired to start writing because I’m slowly working towards getting my first book published; my autobiography. It’s taking a little longer than I expected because events from last year need to be added, and I found my school records which I thought had been lost – finding them added a few more chapters! They were fascinating, to say the least…the other reason was due to reading other people’s blogs. I wanted to comment and join in the discussions I saw, but would pretty much get pushed to the wayside because I’m not a pushy, argumentative attention whore and I’m not a troll (or feeder of same); those types seem to dominate the comment sections EVERYWHERE. I have plenty to say about a lot of things, so I write about them when I get the urge to do so. Here, I can let my thoughts flow and fend of any arseholes who take things out of context and try to give me a needless hassle about it – spam filters work wonders! I don’t like cliques or cults. I do like music, comedy, riding motorcycles and playing video or computer games. You can look at my “tag cloud” and see what’s been on my mind for the past couple of years! I have a fairly eccentric sense of humour so you might be surprised at what can tickle my funny bone. As far as music goes, I follow this rule: “There are two kinds of music – good and bad. There are no genres!”

At any rate, life has been interesting since starting this blog…well, it’s ALWAYS interesting – that’s why I write! I was employed at this time two years ago; I was shown the door in January of last year, which was a blessing in disguise – I got the chance to travel cross-country with my fiancée, and we saw some fantastic, majestic scenery along the way. I also was able to attend my son’s graduation from ITT Tech, and support him when his dad unexpectedly passed away. We attended two graduations, two funerals, and a wedding last year – that’s definitely something to write about, so I am!

I’ve relocated and live in a nice, quiet area on the coast of Washington State – on clear, quiet nights we can hear the roar of the surf. There was a deer in the yard yesterday, but it left before I could get a picture of it! I love listening to the birdsongs in the morning; so different from everything being drowned out by the roar and stink of traffic. It’s peaceful and soothing – my blood pressure is lower than when I lived in the city, and I know it isn’t a coincidence! I’m much more relaxed now that I don’t have to deal with psychotic co-workers and the stress of the rude fucks and crowds. It makes a HUGE difference…

Well, I’ll keep this short and sweet – if you’ve been reading this from the beginning, thanks for sticking around! If you’re a new reader, welcome – I hope you become a regular and enjoy my random ramblings and myriad musings! Take a look around, read some of my older posts, check out my ‘About’ page, then sit back and watch the show. Upcoming topics will include:

  • More on the antics of Conan O’Brien, Deon Cole, and Andy Richter, along with many of the other funny-ass shit on his show! It seems that Deon is going to have his own show soon, too…since I don’t really give a fuck about pop culture, twerking, or strip clubs, I probably won’t watch it. Nothing against him, though!
  • Skyrim’s latest addition, the Dragonborn patch. I’m going to get it soon – it should be fun, and I’ll certainly post more pics on my PhotoBucket page when I get them sorted!
  • The Seattle Mariners and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as any Super Bowl or World Series that sparks my interest!

I’m also certain to have plenty to say on recent world events, and am never shy about expressing my opinion. Comment or ‘like’ my posts if you choose…or just do what I do on other sites and ‘lurk!’

Here are ten excellent songs I’ve randomly chosen to mark this occasion…enjoy!     😎

Scandal: “The Warrior

Pat Benatar: “Invincible

Nirvana: “Lithium

Heart: “Never

Jimi Hendrix: “Castles Made of Sand

Collective Soul: “December

Filter: “Take a Picture

Baltimora: “Tarzan Boy

Patti Smith: “People Have the Power

Aqua Timez: “Velonica

R.I.P., Peter Banks

Peter Banks: 15 July 1947 – 8 March 2013

Another maker of beautiful music passed away recently. Peter Banks, original guitarist and one of the founders of the British progressive-rock band Yes, was found dead in his home of heart failure. More from USA Today:

“Original Yes guitarist Peter Banks died Thursday in his home in London. The musician’s website listed his cause of death as heart failure and said he was found after failing to appear for a recording session. He was 65.

Banks, who had previously played with bassist Chris Squire in The Syn, was part of the lineup that recorded the group’s first two albums, 1969’s Yes and 1970’s Time and a Word. He was asked to leave the group before the release of Time and a Word and was replaced by Steve Howe.”

There were so many songs by this group that I loved! “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” specifically, was one I took to heart many years ago. “Hold On” is one that is seared into my soul for eternity.

Rest in peace, Mr. Banks…thank you so much for the musical memories.

Yes: “Leave It

Yes: “Roundabout

Yes: “I’ve Seen All Good People

Yes: “Owner of a Lonely Heart

Yes: “Hold On

Writer: ANDERSON, JON / RABIN, TREVOR / SQUIRE, CHRIS
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, EMI Music Publishing

Justice to the left of you
Justice to the right
Speak when you are spoken to
Don’t pretend you’re right
This life’s not for living
It’s for fighting and for war
No matter what the truth is
Hold on to what is yours

Jigsaw puzzle traitors
Set to spill the beans
Constitution screw up
Shattering the dreams
Blood flows in the desert
Dark citadels burning too
Watch! Look over your shoulder
This one is strictly for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait maybe the answer’s
Looking for you

Hold on – Hold on
Wait! Take your time
Think it through
Yes! I can make it through

Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on through
Hold on – Hold on
Sunshine shine on you

See it through

Talk the simple smile
Such platonic eye
How they drown in incomplete capacity
Strangest of them all
When the feeling calls
How we drown in stylistic audacity
Charge the common ground
Round and round and round
We living in gravity

Shake – We shake so hard
How we laugh so loud
When we reach
We believe in eternity

I believe in eternity

Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Take your time
See it through
Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Maybe a chance
Is looking for you

Sunshine shine on through

Sunshine shine on through
Sunshine shine on you

Hold on – Hold on
Hold on – Hold on

Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on you
Sunshine – Shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on you

Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on you
Sunshine – Shine on through

Sunshine – Shine on – Shine on through
Sunshine – Shine on you
Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Take your time
See it through
Hold on – Hold on
Wait – Maybe the answer’s looking for you

Music: “Bittersweet Symphony” – The Verve; “Hook” – Blues Traveler

Here are a couple of good songs…enjoy.  I got a standing ovation and $20 when I sang ‘Hook’ at a karaoke bar in Seattle, back in the late ’90s…

The Verve: “Bittersweet Symphony

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
You’re a slave to money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet yeah,
No change, I can’t change I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people from one day to the next I can’t change my mold No, no, no, no, no
Well I never pray But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now
No change, I can’t change I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people from one day to the next I can’t change my mold No, no, no, no, no
I can’t change I can’t change
‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Try to make ends meet
Try to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the things meet yeah
You know I can’t change, I can’t change I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mold I am here in my mold
And I’m a million different people from one day to the next I can’t change my mold No, no, no, no, no
I can’t change my mold no, no, no, no, no,
I can’t change Can’t change my body, no, no, no
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
Been down Ever been down
Ever been down Ever been down
Ever been down
Have you ever been down?
Have you’ve ever been down?
(Sex & silence, melody & violence…sex & violence, melody & silence…)

Blues Traveler: “Hook

Full Moon Friday!

It’s a full moon Friday – I can imagine that the usual weekend craziness will be amplified, LOL – here’s a little bit of info about this particular full moon, courtesy of Jonathan Cainer:

Friday, 6 April 2012

“Tonight’s Full Moon is known, in different places around the world, as the Egg Moon, Pink Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Seed Moon, Waking Moon or Hanuman’s Moon. It is the Full Moon that triggers the festival of Ostara, the fertility goddess, more commonly known these days, as Easter. Although Christian Easter marks an event that happened during the Jewish Passover, Easter and Passover don’t always coincide. But this year they do. Whatever you celebrate this weekend, please remember: in my experience, alcohol, at Full Moon, works like alcohol on a plane. A little goes a long way!”

http://www.cainer.com/

Here are a couple of interesting songs in honor of the day!   😎

Nazareth: “My White Bicycle

David Lee Roth: “Goin’ Crazy

Friday Song: “Big In Japan” – Tom Waits

This is a great song by Tom Waits, who has a very distinctive voice and style – one that I enjoy!  From Wikipedia:

Thomas Alan “Tom” Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by critic Daniel Durchholz as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.”[1] With this trademark growl, his incorporation of pre-rock music styles such as blues, jazz, and vaudeville, and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music,[2] Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and as a supporting actor in films, including Down by Law and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

Lyrically, Waits’ songs frequently present atmospheric portrayals of grotesque, often seedy characters and places—although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known through cover versions by more commercial artists: “Jersey Girl“, performed by Bruce Springsteen, “Ol’ ’55“, performed by the Eagles, and “Downtown Train“, performed by Rod Stewart. Although Waits’ albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations. In 2011, Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Here it is…enjoy!  🙂
Tom Waits – “Big In Japan
Got the style but not the grace
I got the clothes but not the face
I got the bread but not the butter
I got the winda but not the shutter
But I’m big in Japan I’m big in Japan But heh I’m big in Japan

I got the house but not the deed
I got the horn but not the reed
I got the cards but not the luck
I got the wheel but not the truck

But heh I’m big in Japan I’m big in Japan I’m big in Japan

I got the moon I got the cheese I got the whole damn nation
On its knees I got the rooster I got the crow
I got the ebb I got the flow

I got the powder but not the gun
I got the dog but not the bun
I got the clouds but not the sky
I got the stripes but not the tie

But heh I’m big in Japan I’m big in Japan I’m big in Japan

Heh ho they love the way I do it
Heh ho there’s really nothing to it

I got the moon I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees
I got the rooster I got the crow
I got the ebb I got the flow

I got the sizzle but not the steak
I got the boat but not the lake
I got the sheets but not the bed
I got the jam but not the bread

But heh I’m big in Japan I’m big in Japan I’m big in Japan
I’m big in Japan, I’m big in Japan

Friday songs (posted late): “Dreamboat Annie” – Heart; “Rooms Are On Fire” – Stevie Nicks

The first song is sort of about me…the second one is how I feel about my fiancee.  Enjoy…  🙂

Heart – “Dreamboat Annie

Heading out this morning into the sun

Riding on the diamond waves, little darlin’ one

Warm wind caressed her

Her lover it seems

Oh, Annie

Dreamboat Annie, little ship of dreams

Oh, Annie

Dreamboat Annie, little ship of dreams

Going down the city sidewalk alone in the crowd

No one knows the lonely one whose head is in the clouds

Sad faces painted over with those magazine smiles

Heading out to somewhere – won’t be back for a while

Won’t be back for a while…

Stevie Nicks – “Rooms Are On Fire

Somewhere out in the back of your mind
Comes your real life and the life that you know
It seems like it was the creation of some of those same old things
 It seemed to be the only thing left out in the light
 She had trusted many
 But been unfamiliar with
 Almost everyone but you
 Well maybe I'm just thinking that the rooms are all on fire
 Everytime that you walk in the room
 Well there is magic all around you, if I do say so myself
 I have known this much longer than I've known you
     She had trusted many
 And then there would be someone who would enter into her presence
 That she could sense for miles
 She dreamed of her wanton luxury
 And she laughed and she cried and she tried to taunt him

 And he hated to be separated
 From that picture No
 Well maybe I'm just thinking that the rooms are all on fire
 Everytime that you walk in the room
 Ooh, well there is magic all around you, if I do say so myself
 Well I have known this much longer than I've known you
 Long nets of white cloud my memory
 Long nets of white cloud my memory
 Ooh there is magic all around you
 Everytime you walk in the room
 Well maybe I'm just thinking that the rooms are all on fire
 Everytime that you walk in the room
 Well there is magic all around you, if I do say so myself
 Well I have known this much longer than I've known you


	

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