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?


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

No Big Dill

Mmm, dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, oh, my Gma’s lime pickles!!!! Those altered cucumbers sure are tasty, but the first thing that came to mind with this prompt of Fandango’s was not any of those, it was a distant memory of a song. And this video explains the whole thing… kind of. Enjoy!


For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – pickle

A to Z Challenge – E is for Elvis

“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”

Elivs Presley

When I decided to do quote I began searching for a lot of people that would be recognized with one name only… I hope people still know who Elvis is. Although. probably 15 years ago, when I was at a store I heard a couple of teenagers talking in the checkout lanes, pointing to a magazine with him on it and saying, “Who is that?” So undoubtably there are some out there in younger generations that don’t know. I did my part to introduce my daughter to all kinds of music and I know she knows who Elvis is… if she didn’t know him, I think my mom would haunt me for raising her wrong ha, ha, ha!

This quote is about truth and the fact you can never get away from it no matter what you try. That is something that can be hard to learn from time to time.

Here is one of his hits that broke all the girls hearts…

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A to Z Challenge – D is for Dylan

“Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it.”

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is one of the great singer songwriters of the US. I wasn’t aware, until I looked for a quote, that he was born in Minnesota. At 80 he is still performing live and has dates coming up in Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma. His music is not just songs on his albums but he has written hundreds of songs that many other artists have covered. One of my favorites is Make You Feel My Love where he sings of doing anything to make his love interest feel his love. He is a wizard of words.

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Our First Dance

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The bass is so strong

You feel it in your stomach

Boom, boom, boom

The guitar rings out

A melody so sweet

Wah, wah, wah

The words like a poem

Echo through your head

“…free my soul…”

And you take me in your arms

My heart syncs with yours

Beat, beat, beat

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – beat

Mumbles … Variation

Appalachian Spring

I am sure you are getting tired of hearing this, but I love music, all kinds of music. When this word prompt came up my mind went back several years to my Music Appreciation class in college. There was one composer in particular that caught my attention – Aaron Copland. He was an American composer who did many great compositions.

One of the Copland’s pieces was “Variations on a Shaker Melody” from the Martha Graham ballet Appalachian Spring. In music a composer sometimes takes a theme or melody and will produce different versions of the melody thus creating a variation.

If you listen closely to “Variations on a Shaker Melody” you can hear the reoccurring theme or melody (in this case the shaker hymn “Simple Gifts”) many times. This ballet won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1945. I hope you enjoy this song.

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

A Hard Pill To Swallow

“One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small and the ones that Mother gives you don’t do anything at all…”

White Rabbit, by Jefferson Airplane

The red one makes me sleepy

The blue one keeps me sane

The round one calms me down

The square one is for sneezes

The oval one drops cholesterol

And the gel ones are just vitamins

But that is just the starting point

I have more shapes and sizes

I take a half of this dose

If I want to stay awake

But only a quarter of this pill

To calm my nervous shakes

The pain pill and muscle relaxers

They help me sleep at night

Then there are the eye drops

That keep my vision on track

A nasal spray and an inhaler

Help me breath both night and day

And there is more here on the table

Their names I couldn’t pronounce

There is six at night and four in the morning

Plus those extras in between

Medicine to cure what ails me

To actually live without them

Oh what a wonderful dream

A trippy little video for White Rabbit

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

Mumbles … Prof(f)it

I am going to stretch this word of the day a little bit… just enough to make room for another F. The band Mason Proffit was a group I grew up listening to their music. I was too young when they were at their height in the 60s and 70s but we had albums my parents and sister played all the time. I still to this day know most of the words to the songs off the albums Moving Toward Happiness and Two Hangman.

I grew up mostly after the group had disbanded. I even heard through a friend that one of the Talbot brothers became a monk. All I know is in the 2000s I got a shock. Mason Proffit had reformed with a new group of musicians and was playing a concert in my state! I was over the moon and HAD TO go. I did. My sister, daughter and I all went to the show and the music sounded as good as ever. They even played a few new songs… but I was there for the ones I knew by heart. And they did not disappoint.

I will share the one song of theirs I used to occasionally hear on a local radio station back in the 80s. I will refrain from sharing every song I like (there are a LOT). So listen to the lyrics of this one and enjoy the many layers of vocals at the end.

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

Mumbles … Schism

If schism was just strictly about division or separation, I have had my share of that in my life. But according to all I saw, it dealt with groups or religions that were split because of differing views and I don’t want to get into politics. I would really like to end the year with some more positive posts if possible. At the very least none forced or uncomfortable. So here is the thing, I did a search of schism and one of the first things that came up was a song by Tool. You know I love music! So, an idea was born to mumble a little and share the video. And that is how this post was born.

I figure other people may have shared this too since I am so late to the party. BUT, since I am so late maybe you have forgotten the song and rediscover it all over again. Ok… it is Sunday night with only a short week left in the year. Use your time wisely!

For Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – schism

Mumbles … Tempo

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I know it doesn’t make sense, but the second I saw the word tempo I was thinking of windshield wipers.  And that linked me to the year 1980.  I was a mere thirteen years old but my crush (well one of them) was starring in a new movie called Urban Cowboy.  And suddenly country was cool.

It all fueled my love of all types of music.  I found many artists through that introduction to country music… The Oak Ridge Boys (still love their harmony to this day), Barbara Mandrell, Alabama, and Eddie Rabbitt to name a few.

And that my friends, takes me back to tempo and the windshield wipers.  Eddie sang from the perspective of a truck driver in the song, “Drivin’ My Life Away” and it was featured in the movie Roadie (I just learned that today).  But there is a repeated lyric about the “windshield wipers slapping out a tempo, keeping perfect rhythm with the song on the radio” and that is how tempo makes me think of windshield wipers.

The 80s were a good time for me… the only year that was better, in the 90s when my daughter was born.  The 80s were about country music and video games.  I had my favorite teacher in school (modern dance class instead of gym) and I met and married the love of my life.  Did you enjoy the 80s?  While you think about it enjoy this video of “Drivin’ My Life Away.”

(sorry the video and audio seemed out of sync when I watched it, but it is the best video I saw on YouTube)

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