Check Out the Clothes… and that HAIR!

There are a million ways I could take this prompt but my youth will not let it die… all I can think of is the song, “Naughty, Naughty” by John Parr. A song straight out of the 80’s when hair bands ruled the airwaves and MTV (back when the M actually stood for Music). I hope you like this trip back more than 30 years ago!


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

Back When

I have tried, I really have, and nothing but notes! I saw the word prompt and instantly thought of a song from the past about the past and I just keep coming back to it and it’s lyrics “… when a screw was a screw…”

So I surrender to the year 2004 and share this song. It is not one of my favorites, but I did think it was kind of cleverly written. As many country songs go it is kind of corny though. So listen with an open mind and just be warned, the song may haunt you 17 years in the future too. But first here are the lyrics…

Don’t you remember
The fizz in a pepper
Peanuts in a bottle
At ten, two and four
A fried bologna sandwich
With mayo and tomato
Sittin’ round the table
Don’t happen much anymore

We got too complicated
It’s all way over-rated
I like the old and out-dated
Way of life

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

I love my records
Black, shiny vinyl
Clicks and pops
And white noise
Man they sounded fine
I had my favorite stations
The ones that played them all
Country, soul and rock-and-roll
What happened to those times?

I’m readin’ Street Slang For Dummies
Cause they put pop in my country
I want more for my money
The way it was back then

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew
And when you said I’m down with that
Well it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

Give me a flat top for strumming
I want the whole world to be humming
Just keep it coming
The way it was back then

Back when a hoe was a hoe
Coke was a coke
And crack’s what you were doing
When you were cracking jokes
Back when a screw was a screw
The wind was all that blew

And when you said I’m down with that
Well it meant you had the flu
I miss back when
I miss back when
I miss back when

I miss back when
I miss back when

Written by Jeff Stevens/Stan Lynch/Hazel Smith


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

Like a Leif on a Stage…

I am sure a lot of you are thinking of the song “Runaround Sue” with this prompt… me too! I recall a story of the DJ who did our wedding reception. He asked if there were any songs we should stay away from. We couldn’t think of one but wondered why he asked. He had been at a wedding and played the song Runaround Sue like he often did… the place went silent. The bride was Sue and there had been a shaky period with her and her new Groom. The DJ said he now always asked if there were songs he should stay away from. I will forever think of that story with this song.

And now a less played version, from my youth, of Leif Garrett singing the song…


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

Music Notes

“I was never too keen on the British music press. They’ve called us a supermarket hype, and they used to suggest that we didn’t write our own songs.” – Freddie Mercury

♪♫♪

“I try to open up my heart as much as I can and keep a real keen eye out that I don’t get sentimental. I think we are all afraid to reveal or hearts. It’s not at all in fashion.” – Paul Simon

♫♪♫

“I was very big into making the Big Artistic Statement – it had to be innovative, it had to be cutting edge. I was desperately keen on being original.” – David Bowie


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

Rock On

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She climbed the stairs of the coliseum and looked ahead for row numbers.  This had been a last-minute concert idea and their seats were in the upper balcony.  Her Dad would have called them seats in the nose-bleed section because they were so high up.

They found their seats and settled in for a good show.  Her sister and her had decided to go to the show for old times sake.  Many years ago, they had stood in line for tickets to see The Boss, and here they were going to another Bruce Spingsteen show more than thirty years later.

As the show began, they were instantly aware that despite being more than 70 years old, Bruce still knew how to rock and roll!  They clapped and screamed and hollered and were repaid with an encore.  And as they left the coliseum with their ears ringing and hands numb the smiles on their faces gave away that they had thoroughly enjoyed the show.

(added bonus… one of my favorites off the Seeger Sessions CD, Pay Me My Money Down live)


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

Play On

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Music affects the soul

It brings emotions out in the listener

Music affects the heart

We can’t help but feel good when we hear a favorite song

Music affects the mind

Memories come drifting back with every note

Music affects every aspect of our lives

Let it play on

***

A song that has been on my mind recently and Tom was one of my Mom’s favorite so in honor of her this Mother’s Day evening…. hope you like this little bit of blues.


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

(A2Z) Zip Zap Zoom

Ziggy Marley, ZZ Top, Zac Brown Band, (Frank) Zappa… Ziggy Stardust, Zero to Hero, Zebras and Airplanes… Zither, Zorro (musical 2008), Zombie Prom (musical 1997)… zany choices.

One music type I haven’t really talked about that I am a fan of is swing.  One of my favorite songs is the song Zoot Suit Riot but Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.  It is a great upbeat song.  I had the pleasure of seeing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy in concert before the pandemic hit.  It was also one of the many music styles my Dad would listed to, and he had a couple of BBVD CDs.  Take a minute to enjoy a musical riot…

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(A2Z) Yesterday’s Hits

Yardbirds, Young Rascals, Yes, Yoko Ono… You’re Beautiful, You Better You Bet, Yesterday, You Belong to the City… yodel, yo (Indian flute), Yung Kin (Chinese instrument)… you pick your favorite.

I had a little bit more to work with using the letter Y.  But it was easy to pick what I would write about.  “You Are My Sunshine” is a song I always used to sing to my daughter both at bedtime and when she was sick.  The memories that song inspires in me gives me so many emotions.  I am happy to be her mom, miss the days she was little, and wish I could see her more.

I have heard many artists cover the song, but it was originally recorded in 1939, said to be written in 1937.  But there is also speculation it was written and performed, but not recorded, in the early 1930s.  Then Jimmie Davis bought the rights to the song and recorded it in 1940.  According to Google the song has been recorded over 350 times from artists such as Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Carly Simon and as recently as 2017 by Charles McDonald for the movie Annabelle – Creation.

Here are a couple of versions…

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(A2Z) X-rays To See The Tunes

X… well this is a tough one.  I looked up artists and only found eight that started with x and I didn’t know a single one of them.   Songs were a little more familiar as in I knew who sang them X, X Marks the Spot, Xanadu, Xscape.  And back to more struggles with musical terms… xylophone.   So this post is going to be short.

When I was a kid my grandparents had an old xylophone that I used to like to play with.  In music class in elementary school we would take turns playing the xylophone.  I remember my first professional musician I saw was on an HBO special that Mom and Dad taped called Here It Is, Burlesque.  He played a couple of songs and was so FAST with the mallets!

Since I can’t find that show on video I will include a video of someone doing one of the same songs, Saber Dance, although she is not near as animated when she plays as he was… wish I could remember his name.

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(A2Z) What I Wanted

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Who, Whitney Houston, Whitesnake… What a Wonderful World, Words, What About Me, Whiskey Lullaby…Waltz, woodwind, Wurlitzer, Wicked… who should I listen to first?

This post will not be what I originally envisioned.  I learned back on the letter T that I cannot share music unless I have a premium plan over the free one.  I apologize that you will not be able to hear this.

About a million years ago… ok. It really wasn’t that long ago, more like 35-36 years ago.  I have talked about some of my favorite local musicians before.  There was one band where I friended the guitar player and we talked often.  Long story short, I gave him a few of my lyrics I had written in my love of writing with hopes he might find one acceptable as a song.

A few months later he sent me a cassette tape (I did say this was a while ago) and he had added a few lyrics and altered just a couple of words and set it to music!  It was such a rush to hear words I had written actually sung.  I think he did a great job on it and I did eventually switch it to a CD and would share the song here if I could.  Since I don’t have that ability, here are a couple of the other songs I have listed along with my original lyrics that provided the seed for “We Tamed the Night.”

We’ll Tame This Night

I know it’s wrong

but it feels so right

and with that look in his eyes

I’ll believe all of his lies

because before too long

together we’ll tame this night

***

I was sitting at the bar

when he walked in.

He was alone like me

and he flashed me a grin.

Before he sat down with me

I bought him a drink

and after we’d talked awhile

my mind began to think.

***

that I know it’s wrong

but it feels so right

and with that look in his eyes

I’ll believe all of his lies

because before too long

together we’ll tame this night

***

We drove through town

and he showed me each sight,

all the wonders of the city

brightened at night.

Then as he parked the car

with a smile on his face

my mind had doubts

but I knew this was the place.

***

And I knew it was wrong

but it felt so right

and with that look in his eyes

I believed all of his lies

because it didn’t take too long

until together we tamed this night.

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