Mumbles … Offspring

Not too long ago I mentioned how I love music. Well as soon as I saw the word prompt two songs came into my head and no way to shake them but give in and post.

The band is The Offspring and the song is Pretty Fly (For A White Guy), not a favorite song but oh so catchy. Here, let’s get it stuck in your head too…

And whenever I hear that song it triggers something deep inside me, a slightly off kilter place. Maybe one would even call it Demented. I think I probably heard this on the Dr Demento show. All I know is once you’ve heard it you just cant keep Weird Al out of your head…


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

Mumbles … Music

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“You can’t touch music, but music can touch you.”

I really love that quote but saw it attributed to at least four different people.  Bottom line, if you have followed me for any length of time you know I love music.  Am crazy about live music.  And my taste shifts over most genres.

Something I whole heartily agree with is the push in the last few years to shop local.  This works for music as well.  There is a lot of talented artists who have not had that big break yet, or unfortunately never will.  I have supported a few local bands in my life, two disbanded due to a husband and wife split within the group, one split for solo opportunities and one of my favorite ones only played through college and then got “real jobs” – how disappointing, but I still wish them the best!

This day and age the path of a successful artist does not necessarily rely solely on the local bar scene.  There is YouTube and Facebook and so many other online sources for music.  So tonight I am going to share a couple of artists I have found through one source or another thanks to the internet.  I hope you enjoy one or more of them.

The first musical viral video I got hooked in on, forgive me for posting Christmas music before Thanksgiving, but a do know a few people who celebrate both with certain families.  Straight No Chaser…

A friend introduced me to the this group that will be in the state next month but with winter driving I cant guarantee I could get there if the weather is bad, so no tickets for me.  Postmodern Jukebox…

A friend who is into more heavy metal music found this cover artist who does a pretty good job. Leo Moracchioli…

And last but not least an artist my daughter introduced me to Greta Van Fleet…

There is also Lindsey Stirling, 10 Second Songs, Apocalyptica, 2 Cellos, Peter Hollens … the list goes on.


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

Firmly in the Eighties

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I will give credit to Imagine Dragons, they did a good song called Radioactive. But I was raised earlier and in my late teens The Firm did a song called Radioactive first (in 1985). I can’t help but think of it every time I hear the word, so it was an obvious post for this prompt… hope you enjoy it!


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

The Shampoo Rap

My first thought was my shampoo bottle in the shower… but I didn’t feel like writing another fiction piece. I toyed with the idea of a limerick

There once was a man named Lou

Who used only Suave shampoo

… but I didn’t get very far with it and my concentration kept wandering to the very early 90s. So Gerardo won… and consequently most of us lost (I mean have you really listened to the lyrics of this, talk about a sexist song), but it was a catchy hook.

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Mumbles … Extreme

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I knew what I wanted to do the minute I saw this, and I will get to that but first.  My life has been to the extremes.  I have had my high points and my lows.  Some people would think this was a low point as I am no longer in a relationship with my boyfriend of nearly ten years, but I feel a definite freedom and weight off of my shoulders.  I had been extremely isolated while he was actually here, but he was too busy with a million other things.  It was time to put me first.  And this past weekend he and his mom left to a small two-bedroom apartment.

So, now I wait for the extremes of depression and anxiety to hit.  I had a lot of high anxiety levers during the pack and leave, but it has been wonderful these last couple of days. I know the lows of depression will come though and I am doing all I can to keep them at bay.  I have a wonderful support group of family and friends who have been there for me.

Tomorrow will be a stressful day as they come back to (hopefully) get all the rest of their stuff they left behind.  Then I will totally free.

Maybe if he had listened to this song and taken notes things would have been different… but I doubt it.  What I thought of first when I saw the prompt… the band Extreme with one of my favorite rock ballads, “More Than Words.”


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

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

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“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