Teenage Dreaming

Back in 1979 I was a teenager, barely. But I was typical… wanting to fall in love and having crushes left and right. I was also into music and the men that made it. So when this movie came on one night about a 13 year old falling for her crush (her rock star wanna be guitar teacher) I HAD TO see it.

To this day I still own the soundtrack album for that movie, Sooner or Later. What does that have to do with anything other than my budding emotional overloads thanks to musicians? A song. Rex Smith (who played the the girls crush, Michael) sang a number of songs for the LP that was released. With that great feathered hairdo, how could he go wrong as a heart throb! So of course, I own the LP and still know most of the songs by heart. This is where the connection comes to play.

One of the songs on the album was a song called, “Ain’t That Peculiar.” Looking for a video of the song I came to find that not only had Rex sang this song, but also so did Marvin Gaye and the group Fanny among others. So, here is the version that hooked me and then Marvin Gaye’s hit.

Isn’t he just dreamy?

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Written for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) – Peculiar

Connected With Each Other

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He talks

She smiles

They make a connection

She writes

He reads

They share knowledge

They turn to each other

They are friends at heart

Connected forever

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Just a little ditty I threw together.  I know it needs work.  But I am mainly writing to help stay sane before a real life connection happens.  A dear friend is coming to visit from out of state and I will be picking him up at the bus stop in about an hour.  He will be here for two weeks and I am over the moon excited to be able to meet him in person.  So this is a short post as I have to leave soon.

I did want to let you all know I will be trying to stay somewhat up to date with posts but my time will be limited for a bit.  Hope you all have a super Thanksgiving in the United States.  Stay warm (it is currently only 16° F) and make the most of time with those you care about.  (((HUGS)))

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – Connections

Who’s In Control

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It’s a typical night for me

Fear takes hold

Threatens to take my air

Ties my body in knots

And leaves me sleepless

Just once I’d like to have

Sleep find me easily

Tensions leave me relaxed

And breathing to be routine

I dream of that day

My anxieties don’t rule me

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – typical

Too Many to Narrow Down

This should be easy, right?  I mean who knows more about what I like the best than me?  So, I sat down to answer a FPQ post with my own response.  But favorites I find to be a little hard.  Bear with me and I will try to narrow down my likes to just a few for this list. Fandango asks…

Let’s have some fun this week. Or what I hope you’ll think is fun. My question is simple. It’s all about favorites. If you were asked to name your absolute favorite in each of the following categories, what would they be:

  • Song
  • Musical artist or group
  • Book
  • Author
  • Movie
  • Television show
  • Movie or TV actor (male & female)
  • Stage play or musical
  • Live concert

Remember, I’m looking for your all-time favorite in each of these categories.

I have to say, even though the marriage ended “You Made It Beautiful” by The Oak Ridge Boys was our first dance song and holds a special place in my heart.  But there are two others.  I wrote some lyrics a friend put music to and sang.  That CD is so special.  My all-time favorite though, for more than thirty-five years, is a song by a regional band who I would go see play in my late teens and twenties.  The song is “Too Old To Cry” and sadly it does bring tears on occasion.  The writer and lead singer has lost a fight with cancer so I will never hear the song performed in an auditorium like I have always dreamed.  But Tasty Nickel will never die in my heart!

No band can ever knock Queen out of my number one place in my list… I don’t think anyway.

So many good books out there.  The first one that really had a physical reaction from was No Language But A Cry about a girl horribly abused by her father who could not speak for many years.  I cried too.  The Xanth series is just good fun.  But the one book I really remember being drawn into and hard to put down lately was Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill.  And a friend or two have had books published… those are very special too.

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Consistently the author that draws me in and keeps me entertained and on the edge of my seat would be Dean Koontz. 

Here again there are so many.  Short and sweet answer… The Color Purple.

I have a few series collections on DVD and watch them from time to time.  I would have to say though the one that had the best laughs, drama and powerful messages was M*A*S*H. 

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I don’t have to think too hard for the actor… Robin Williams.  He could do comedy so well, but also did some great dramas… his One Hour Photo character gave me the shivers.  As for the actress, this one is harder.  It is kind of a toss up between a half dozen women.  I will just randomly pick… Sally Field.  Once again, a comedy and drama range.  I will never forget her Norma Rae performance.

I have had to pleasure to see a few shows live – Wicked, Cats, Rent, Hamilton… if I have to pick just one it would be Wicked – costumes, music and performances were all top rate.

Who can narrow down live concerts to just one favorite?  I have the concert I went up on stage during, the once in a lifetime Farm Aid all day concert, seeing a Beatle live – Paul McCartney.  If I have to be honest, the one that stands out the most is the one where we saw the Oak Ridge Boys from the front row, and I spent half the show “flirting” with the guitarist Steve… he handed me his stage towel after the show.  That was a lot of fun!

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If you made it to the end of my rambling and are still here thanks for reading!  Sorry this is late posting for the prompt, but as usual I am behind on my reading.  Thanks for the fun and challenging questions Fandango!

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Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question (FPQ) #188

Falling For Nature

The birds sing in a three part harmony

The squirrels gather their food

A rabbit dashes across the back yard

All under the ever watchful eyes of my cat

The dogs of the neighborhood howl at sirens

The leaves softly rustle with an autumn breeze

Clouds play tag with the sun

And I dream the day will last forever

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – harmony

Will You Take An IOU?

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What can I do

I have spent all I have

Not a drop left in me

To offer you payment

For the time that you took

To listen to my lament

I was so alone today

And knew no hope

I cried

I slept

I felt regret

About a day long past

But never forgotten

You saw me through

And guided me to

A place of acceptance

These 24 hours have almost passed

I can hide the memories for another year

Until the day blindsides me

And I am again forced to remember

I couldn’t stop your death

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Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – payment