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 … 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

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.

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

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

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

(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…

Blogging A to Z April Prompt