Music Monday: Faith No More “A Small Victory”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I’m having so much fun with this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every Monday.

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This week’s song pick is:

Faith No More

“A Small Victory”

I was around 15 years old when this album came out. I had enough money to purchase three CD’s from my favorite place in the world at that time–Hegewisch Records. I ended up purchasing Faith No More’s Angel Dust, Nirvana’s Nevermind and Pearl Jam’s Ten. The lead singer of Faith No more, Mike Patton, has always been a favorite and his voice captivates me. The band has been together since 1979, became Faith No More in 1982, and they still perform today.

 

Lyrics:

A hierarchy
Spread out on the nightstand
The spirit of team
Salvation is another chance
A sore loser
Yelling with my mouth shut
A cracking portrait
The fondling of trophies
The null of losing
Can you afford that luxury?
A sore winner
But I’ll just keep my mouth shut

It shouldn’t bother me, no
It shouldn’t, no, no
It shouldn’t bother me, no
It shouldn’t
But it does!

The small victories
The cankers and medallions
The little nothings
That keeps me thinking that someday
I might beat you
But I’ll just keep my mouth shut

It shouldn’t bother me, no
It shouldn’t, no, no
It shouldn’t bother me, no
It shouldn’t
But it, but it does!

It. Shouldn’t. Bother me!
It. Shouldn’t. Bother me!

It. Shouldn’t. Bother me!
(It shouldn’t bother me, no
It shouldn’t, no, no)
It. Shouldn’t. Bother me!
(It shouldn’t bother me, no
It shouldn’t)

If I speak at one constant volume at one constant pitch
At one constant rhythm right into your ear, you still won’t hear
You still won’t hear
You still won’t hear
You still won’t hear
You still won’t hear
You still won’t hear
You still won’t hear

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TAG: The Playlist Shuffle

I was tagged by Claire @ BrizzleLassBooks for The Playlist Shuffle Tag. I’ve never done a tag like this and I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to do one either! If you haven’t been to Claire’s blog, please go check it out. You’ll find wonderfully written book reviews, music, blog tours, and more. Claire’s also a great friend and I’m glad to know her.

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The Rules

  • Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating).
  • Tag 10 others to do it as well.

Here we go…

My Shuffle

Seether – Driven Under

 


Alice In Chains – Would?

 


Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing

 


Imagine Dragons – Demons


Pearl Jam – Release Me

I want to talk about this one. This is one of my favorite songs of all time by Pearl Jam and I had plans to use it for Music Monday. I went ahead and picked this alternate video below because the song is in the movie and this movie is at the top for me. If you haven’t seen “Out of the Furnace” yet, you might want to check it out. It is a violent and emotional movie, but great.

 


Eurythmics – Here Comes The Rain Again

 


Pantera – Walk

 


Drake – Hotline Bling

 


Norman Greenbaum – Spirit In The Sky

 


Linkin Park – Numb


Soundgarden – Rusty Cage

 


Cold War Kids – First


Creed- One Last Breath

 


Sam Smith – I’m Not The Only One


Metallica – The Shortest Straw

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Music Monday: Alice In Chains “Nutshell”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I’m having so much fun with this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every Monday.

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This week’s song pick is:

Alice In Chains

“Nutshell”

I’ve had a rough week with a few unexpected events that I’m struggling to get past and just about the only thing I feel like I can do to help myself is listen to music. I know I’ve mentioned this song on previous posts before, but Alice In Chains is a fave and this is just one of my go-to songs. I chose this song because it’s been a favorite since the moment I heard it for the first time, it’s written by Layne Staley, whom I miss dearly, and it helps me release my emotions. It’s one of my best loved songs of all time.

 

Lyrics:

We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home

Ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

My gift of self is raped
My privacy is raked
And yet I find
And yet I find
Repeating in my head
If I can’t be my own
I’d feel better dead

Ooh
Ooh
Ooh

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Top Ten Favorite Tom Petty Songs

As most of you already know, Tom Petty passed away yesterday unexpectedly at the age of 66. Like many, I’ve been listening to Tom Petty since I was a child and he’s been a favorite music artist throughout my life. I can remember countless times as a child riding in the car listening to Tom Petty on the radio and as I grew older and started going out with friends on the weekend, you always heard Tom Petty tunes. He was pretty much a staple and some of my very first songs I learned on my acoustic guitar were Tom Petty tunes.

We lost so many talented and amazing artists this year. I thought I’d post my top ten favorite Tom Petty songs to celebrate his life in music. Maybe some of these are songs that you enjoy as well.

Some of these music videos are the greatest of all time and every one of them is worth watching. It was hard to pick just ten, but these are some of my favorite jams.

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Don’t Come Around Here No More

 

Into The Great Wide Open – Featuring Johnny Depp

 

The Traveling Wilburys – Handle Me With Care

 

You Got Lucky

 

You Don’t Know How It Feels

 

I Won’t Back Down

 

Learning To Fly

 

Free Fallin’

 

Running Down A Dream

Mary Jane’s Last Dance

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Music Monday: Tangerine Dream “Loved by the Sun” from the film “Legend”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I’m having so much fun with this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every Monday!

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This week’s song pick:

Tangerine Dream

“Loved by the Sun”

This is from the movie “Legend” with Tom Cruise, Mia Sarah, and Tim Curry from 1985. I chose this song because “Legend” was a favorite movie growing up and the song really is beautiful to me. The vocals are by Jon Anderson. The video quality isn’t perfect on this one, but we purchased the Blue-ray movie from Amazon and it’s quite amazing and roughly $10 which I thought was fairly cheap.

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I’ve seen the mystics play there
Once or twice but I knew they had a reason
Enchantment plays it’s cards all right
Hand in hand with the workings of the seasons

Legends can be now and forever
Teaching us to love for goodness sake
Legends can be now and forever
Loved by the sun, loved by the sun
Loved

Two and two go so close together
Whether there is hope that is torn apart
In the words of all that’s singing
Hand in hand the beginning is at the start

Legends can be now and forever
Teaching us to reach for goodness sake
Legends can be now and forever
Loved by the sun
Loved by the sun
Loved

Who sings of all of love’s eternity
Whose shines so bright
In all the songs of love’s unending spells

Only lightning strikes all that’s evil
Teaching us to love for goodness sake
Hear the music of love eternal
Teaching us to reach for goodness sake
Legends can be now and forever
Teaching us to love for goodness sake

Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom
Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom
Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom
Sweet songs of youth, the wise, the meeting of all wisdom
To believe in the good in man.
To believe in the good in man.
To believe in the good in man.

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Music Monday: Eminem “Guts Over Fear” Featuring Sia

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I’m having so much fun with this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every Monday!

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This week’s song pick:

Eminem

“Guts Over Fear”

I picked this song because I love its meaning. It’s about Eminem’s struggles as an artist and speaks a loud message about courage. I especially love what’s happening in the video. The story is about an aspiring boxer who’s dealing with many issues including money, a pregnant wife, a job he hates, and his dad who obviously has a drinking disorder. The message to me is never give up, persevere and overcome life’s obstacles while ignoring the negative.

The song features Sia singing, but in the video, it’s Chantelle Brown-Young aka Winnie Harlow, a Canadian fashion model. “Guts Over Fear” was also used in the movie “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington. It’s one of my favorite movies. I’ve included both videos here for you.

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This following video includes clips from “The Equalizer” which can spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it yet.  

 

Lyrics

Feels like a close, it’s coming to
Fuck am I gonna do?
It’s too late to start over
This is the only thing I, thing I know

Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is
Find different ways to word the same, old song
Ever since I came along
From the day the song called ‘’Hi! My Name Is’’ dropped
Started thinking my name was fault
‘Cause anytime things went wrong
I was the one who they would blame it on
The media made me the equivalent of a modern-day Genghis Khan
Tried to argue it was only entertainment, dawg
Gangsta? Naw, courageous balls
Had to change my style, they said I’m way too soft
And I sound like AZ and Nas, out came the claws
And the fangs been out since then
But up until the instant that I’ve been against it
It was ingrained in me that I wouldn’t amount to a shitstain I thought
No wonder I had to unlearn everything my brain was taught
Do I really belong in this game? I pondered
I just wanna play my part, should I make waves or not?
So back and forth in my brain the tug of war wages on
And I don’t wanna seem ungrateful or disrespect the artform I was raised upon
But sometimes you gotta take a loss
And have people rub it in your face before you get made pissed off
And keep pluggin’, it’s your only outlet
And your only outfit so you know they gonna talk about it
Better find a way to counter it quick and make it, ah
Feel like I’ve already said this a kabillion eighty times
How many times can I say the same thing different ways that rhyme?
What I really wanna say is, is there anyone else that can relate to my story?
Bet you feel the same way I felt when I was in the same place you are

I was afraid to
Make a single sound
Afraid I will never find a way out, out, out
Afraid I never before
I didn’t wanna go another round
An angry man’s power will shut you up
Trip wires fill this house with tip-toe love
Run out of excuses with every word
So here I am and I will not run
Guts over fear, (The time is here)
Guts over fear, (I shall not tear)
For all the times I let you push me around
And let you keep me down
(Now I got) Guts over fear, guts over fear

Feels like a close, it’s coming to
Fuck am I gonna do?
It’s too late to start over
This is the only thing I, thing I know

I know what it was like, I was there once, single parents
Hate your appearance, did you struggle to find your place in this world?
And the pain spawns all the anger on
But it wasn’t until I put the pain in songs learned who to aim it on
That I made a spark, started to spit hard as shit
Learned how to harness it while the reins were off
And there was a lot of bizarre shit, but the crazy part
Was soon as I stopped saying “I gave a fuck”
Haters started to appreciate my art
And it just breaks my heart to look at all the pain I’ve caused
But what am I gonna do when the rage is gone?
And the lights go out in the trailer park?
And the window that was closing and there’s nowhere else I can go with flows in
And I’m frozen cause there’s no more emotion for me to pull from
Just a bunch of playful songs that I made for fun
So to the break of dawn here I go recycling the same, old song
But I’d rather make “Not Afraid 2” than making another mothafuckin’ “We Made You” uh
Now I don’t wanna seem indulgent when I discuss my lows and my highs
My demise and my uprise, pray to God
I just opened enough eyes later on
Gave you the supplies and the tools to hopefully use it to make you strong
And enough to lift yourself up when you feel like I felt
‘Cause I can’t explain to y’all how dang exhausted my legs felt
Just having to balance my damn self
But on eggshells I was made to walk
But thank you, ma, ‘cause that gave me the
Strength to cause Shady-mania, so many empty that stadium
At least I made it out of that house and a found a place in this world when the day was done
So this is for every kid who all’s they ever did was dreamt that one day just getting accepted
I represent him or her, anyone similar, you are the reason that I made this song
Everything you’re scared to say don’t be afraid to say no more
From this day on forward, just let them a-holes talk
Take it with a grain of salt and eat their fucking faces off
The legend of the angry blonde lives on through you when I’m gone
And to think I was gone

I was afraid to
Make a single sound
Afraid I will never find a way out, out, out
Afraid I never before
I didn’t wanna go another round
An angry man’s power will shut you up
Trip wires fill this house with tip-toe love
Run out of excuses with every word
So here I am and I will not run
Guts over fear, (The time is here)
Guts over fear, (I shall not tear)
For all the times I let you push me around
And let you keep me down
(Now I got) Guts over fear, guts over fear

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One Lovely Blog Award #2 – Music Edition

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I was nominated by TheOrangutanLibrarian for the One Lovely Blog Award. I admire the way this award was done as a “music” edition, and because I’ve done this award before, I thought I’d stick with the music edition and share 7 musical facts about myself. I’d like to thank The Orangutan Librarian for nominating me! If you haven’t checked out this blog yet, please do! You’ll find many book reviews, book lists, tags, awards, and more.

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THE RULES FOR THE ONE LOVELY BLOGGER AWARD

  1. Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post.
  2. They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image.
  3. Must add 7 facts about themselves and then nominate 15 people.

~7 Musical Facts About Me~

#1 – When I was a kid, my room was pink and I despised it. I covered as much as I could with posters from my favorite bands along with other embellishments to try and make my room look cool. Music was pretty much my life and I enjoyed listening to it and creating my own.

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#2 – As you can see in the photo above, I had colored my hair blue. Of course, now, it’s nothing to see someone with colored hair, but back then it was still very rare in my community. My best friend and I used to love hanging out at this store in Chi-town called The Alley, which is where my love for hair dye started. I was the first person in my school to color my hair a different color and my band teacher was very upset with me because we had a concert coming up.

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Wow, she was extremely upset. Looking back now, I do feel bad about it! She was my favorite teacher and I really respected her, I just wanted to color my hair blue! She actually teaches at a local university and I ran into her a few times when I was in college. She doesn’t seem to be mad about it anymore. 🙂 Phew!


#3 – I listen to nearly every music genre, but my favorite will probably always be grunge and I’ve been told that I’m still living in the 90s.

A few favorites from the 90s:

 

 

 


#4 – When I was a child, my grandfather would sing songs to me out of this Reader’s Digest Songbook which I still have. I think this is where my love for music started.

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#5 – When I was in high school band, we went downstate for competition and I won various awards including this really cool Musicianship Award.

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#6 – I discovered a music group called Walk Off the Earth last year. I adore them and find them extremely creative. If you haven’t seen them before, check out this video! It’s amazing. They play a cover of the song “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye using only one instrument!


#7 We went to see Shrek the Musical a while back. It was amazing! It was my first live musical and I was in awe the entire time. We were able to take pictures with the cast afterward which was really fun for the kids to get to meet everyone. It was such a fun experience.

 

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Music Monday! Pantera “Cemetery Gates” 1990

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday! I’m having so much fun with this meme and I’m so glad that Claire@BrizzleLassBooks brought it to my attention.

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I thought I’d go way back to the 90s for this Music Monday. I saw Pantera in concert multiple times in the 90s and this is truly one of my favorite songs by them. I honestly had a hard time choosing one favorite Pantera song, but I chose this one because the song really highlights Phil Anselmo’s voice. A lot of people don’t like metal music, and that’s perfectly fine, but just please give this one a try. His vocal ability is quite amazing and I personally find his range electrifying.

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I get serious butterflies in my stomach when I hear this song. When Phil was asked about the song meaning, he spoke about the lyrics lamenting the death of a female lover and the narrator reflects on rejoining her in the afterlife. Regarding the lyrical inspiration, Phil Anselmo told Music Photocalypse: “There was a friend who had died in New Orleans and it had a real heavy impact within my group of friends.” – Songfacts.com


 

This week’s Song Pick

Pantera

“Cemetery Gates”

I have to give you two different versions of the song and here’s why. This first version with the official video cuts off a whole section from the front of the song; a very important part of the song. The second version is the original tempo, but it cuts off the back of the song, which is also very important.

At 4:54 is an unbelievable screaming high note from Phil paired with a follow-up from Darrell’s guitar, it’s insane!

Here’s the second version from VH1, which includes the beginning lyrics below. This is the “Demon Knight” movie version which features the Crypt-Keeper laughing at the beginning and also an alternate ending- just a warning! It’s a little disturbing. Does anyone remember the Crypt-Keeper? I prefer this ‘version’ of the song because of the tempo, but the Crypt- Keeper interrupts the ending and totally freaks me out…

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Reverend, reverend,
Is this a conspiracy?
Crucified for no sins
No revenge beneath me
Lost within my plans for life,
It all seems so unreal
I’m a man cut in half in this world,
Left in my misery

Reverend he turned to me
Without a tear in his eyes
Nothing new for him to see,
I didn’t ask him why
I will remember
The love our souls had sworn to make
Now I watch the falling rain
All my mind can see now is your

Well I guess you took my youth
And gave it all away
Like the birth of a new found joy
This love would end in rage
And when she died I couldn’t cry
The pride within my soul
You left me incomplete
All alone as the memories now unfold

Believe the word
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery gates

Sometimes when I’m alone,
I wonder aloud,
If you’re watching over me
Some place far abound
I must reverse my life
I can’t live in the past
Then set my soul free,
Belong to me at last

Through all those complex years
I thought I was alone
I didn’t care to look around
And make this world my own
And when she died
I should’ve cried and spared myself some pain
You left me incomplete,
All alone as the memories still remain

The way we were,
The chance to save my soul
And my concern is now in vain
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery gates

The way we were,
The chance to save my soul
And my concern is now in vain.
Believe the word,
I will unlock my door
And pass the cemetery

Gates
Gates
Gates

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Music Monday – September 11th Memorial – James Taylor “You Can Close Your Eyes”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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Today is a special Music Monday. Last week I shared a song by Simon and Garfunkel titled “The Sound of Silence” from the 10-year September 11th Memorial service. If you’d like to see that post you can click HERE. Today on September 11th, 16 years later, I thought I’d share another song from the 10-year memorial service which was performed by James Taylor and it’s titled “You Can Close Your Eyes.”

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You Can Close Your Eyes

 

Lyrics:

“You Can Close Your Eyes”

Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising.
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it’s all right.
I don’t know no love songs and I can’t sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I’m gone.

It won’t be long before another day, we gonna have a good time.
And no one’s gonna take that time away. You can stay as long as you like.

So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it’s all right.
I don’t know no love songs and I can’t sing the blues anymore.
But I can sing this song and you can sing this song when I’m gone.

 


“You Can Close Your Eyes” is from the album:

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You can find it on Amazon

Release dateMarch 16, 1971
StudioCrystal Sound Studios, Los Angeles
GenresRock music, Acoustic music

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Music Monday: X Ambassadors “Renegades”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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This week’s song pick is…

X Ambassadors

“Renegades”

I love this song, but the video takes the song to an even higher level and makes the song even more powerful. You’ll notice that there are some fascinating things happening. Multiple disabled people are going above and beyond and breaking the rules. They’re renegades and nothing can stop them.

The lead singer’s brother Casey is the keyboardist for the band and he’s blind. The video is personal to them for this reason. You can watch it below. The music starts at about 1:00.

 

Lyrics

Run away with me
Lost souls and reverie
Running wild and running free
Two kids, you and me

And I say
Hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

Long live the pioneers
Rebels and mutineers
Go forth and have no fear
Come close the end is near

And I say hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

All hail the underdogs
All hail the new kids
All hail the outlaws
Spielberg’s and Kubrick’s

It’s our time to make a move
It’s our time to make amends
It’s our time to break the rules
Let’s begin

And I say hey, hey hey hey
Living like we’re renegades
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Leaving like we’re renegades
Renegades, renegades

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“The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel

The Sound of Silence“, originally titled “The Sounds of Silence”, is a song by Simon and Garfunkel. It was written by Paul Simon and debuted on the album Wednesday Mornin, 3am in 1964.

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Lyrics

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I
“You do not know, silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the signs said
“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls
And whisper’d in the sounds of silence


What does the song mean to you?

When asked, Garfunkel stated that the song’s meaning was “the inability of people to communicate with each other, not particularly internationally but especially emotionally, so what you see around you are people unable to love each other.”

I’ve always loved this song, but perhaps one of the most powerful presentations was at the September 11th ten-year memorial service with Paul Simon. It seemed perfect. From that moment on, whenever I hear the song, it takes me back to that day. If you haven’t seen it, I hope you’ll watch it.

You can see the video performance here:

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Music Monday: Frankie Smith “Double Dutch Bus”

Music Monday

This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday! I’d like to thank Drew for creating this meme because it’s unique and I love it.

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This week’s song pick is…

Double Dutch Bus

By Frankie Smith

When this song comes on,  I have to move. I love it.

When I was younger and had a nightlife, I would go out with my friends on the weekends. This song would come on and we would get together in a group and do the “Double Dutch Bus.” I’m not spectacular at dancing, but this one is fairly easy, and in my opinion, looks so impressive with a bunch of people.

Here’s a lovely group of people doing the “Double Dutch Bus” Dance below…

The lady in grey on the left really has it down!

Good times…


This song comes from the album “Children of Tomorrow”

1981

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Lyrics:

Gimme a “ho” if you got your funky bus fare

Ho! ho! ho!

There’s a double dutch bus coming down the street
Moving pretty fast
So kinda shuffle your feet
Get on the bus and pay your fare
And tell the driver that you’re
Going to a Double Dutch Affair
Fe fi fo fum
Well I’ll be darn here it comes
The Double Dutch Bus is on the street
You’d better get off the curb
Move your feet

Bus fare trans-pass
That’s the way my money lasts
Ain’t got no car to get around
When I go to work I’ve gotta go downtown
Now I’ve missed my train
That’s a darn shame
When I’m running late no sleep’s to blame
If you’ve gotta wife you know I’m right
Gotta special man well I can understand
Uptown, downtown everybody’s getting down
Say uptown, say downtown

Well I missed my bus I know I’m late
I gotta do something I know I hate
I’m gonna walk to work fifteen blocks
I already got a hole in my socks
Go ahead and laugh that’s okay
‘Cause what I really wanna say
I got bad feet my corns hurt
To top it off I’m late for work
Let me tell you what I say
When I’m dealin’ wit a funky sidewalk
Let me show you how I walk
When I gotta do my funky walk
Let me tell you what I say
When I’m dealing wit a funky sidewalk

I say shhhhhhhhhhh-sugarrrrr

Hizzey, gizzirls! y’izzall hizzave t’ mizzove izzout the wizzay sizzo the gizzuys can plizzay bizzasketbizzal

Izzsay whizzat? nizzo yizzou izzain’t

Y’izzall bizzetter mizzove!

Izzsay whizzat? willze illzain’t millzovin’

Shillzu-gillza! milzza nilzza bilzzaby!

Willze illzare plizzayin’ dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch!

Willze illzare plizzayin’ dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch! dizzouble dizzutch!

Millze gillzot sillzomebillzody plillzays dillzouble dillzzutch

Whozzo?

My gizzirl!

Brillzing her izzin!

Izzo kizzay!

Izzall rizzight

Izzo kizzay!

Izzall rizzight! nizzow wilzee wilzill zillzee

Bip, bomp, bam alakazam
But only if you’re grooving
With the Double Dutch Man
Put on your skates don’t forget your rope
‘Cause I know I’m gonna see you
At my Double Dutch Show
Rebecca, Lolita, Veshawn and Dawn
Every time you do the Double Dutch you really turn it on
Bilzarbra, Milzary, Bilzetty, Kilzam
Tilzommy, Tilzerrance, Bilzobby that’s my man
Come on get on my Double Dutch Bus
(The Double Dutch Bus)

Let me hear you say do that
(Do that)
Let me hear you say do that again
(Do that again)
Let me hear you say do the
Do the do
Let me hear you say do the do the do
Do the do the do
Do the do the do do do do do do
Do the do the do do do do do do

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Award: Unique Blogger Award 2 & 3

I was nominated by two lovely ladies, Roda@growingself and Darquedreamer@darquedreamerreads for The Unique Blogger Award last week. I hope that you’ll check out both of these blogs if you haven’t already.

Roda’s blog is very inspirational and has beautiful photography, recipes, life lessons, gardening, many posts that help guide us on our journey, and so much more. If you haven’t had the pleasure, please check out her blog today.

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Darque Dreamer is a wonderful gal that has a very unique and beautiful blog. You can really get stuck on her bookish photos, for real! She also has many book reviews and Saturday Chaturdays. I was just reading about her upcoming buddy read this morning with another sister blogger. Very cool! Please go check her out if you haven’t yet.

DarqueDreamer@DarqueDreamerReads


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The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

 


 

Darque Dreamer’s Questions:

1. What is one thing you feel is unique about your blog, or a unique idea you plan to implement later?

I enjoy doing my Lesson’s from Grandpa posts and I feel like those are fairly unique. These are lessons that I learned from my grandfather, some that I need to remind myself about often. I feel that these might help others as well.

2. Name a unique music artist. 

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So I’m going with Young The Giant because they are definitely unique. They have a crunchy and electronic sound and at the same time, I can hear undertones of other bands like Cold War Kids, The Lumineers, and even Coldplay. It’s quite amazing.

And if the world don’t break
I’ll be shakin’ it
‘Cause I’m a young man after all
And when the seasons change
Will you stand by me?
‘Cause I’m a young man built to fall

 

3. Tell me about a unique book you have read, or movie you have watched, and why was it unique?

Definitely, have to go with the movie Interstellar starring  Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Michael Caine. It’s definitely mind bending and unlike any other movie I’ve seen! If you haven’t watched it, try it out. You’ll be surprised…

Summary: In Earth’s future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. But first, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets could be mankind’s new home.


Roda’s Questions:

1. What would you describe as your perfect moment?

My perfect moment was the day I received my test results that showed that a serious autoimmune disease I had developed was in remission and possibly gone forever. All because I took my health seriously and did what I needed to survive. At that moment I realized that everything I’d gone through was worth it and I just needed to trust myself. At one point, my future was uncertain and I didn’t know if I’d be here to raise my kids or not. None of us are guaranteed time, but we can be in control of our health. I feel that I took control and learned how to truly heal my body which was an educational experience in itself.

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2. Describe the person you aim to be in five sentences or less.

I want to be the best mom & wife I can be, caring and compassionate to others, while being fun and positive to be around.

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3. What is the one thing you love most about YOU!?

I love that I’m “finally” strong-minded and have become much more self-confident. It took me like FOREVER to get this way and it’s a work in progress, but I feel good in knowing that I believe in myself.

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Continue for the nominees:

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Music Monday: Chris Cornell “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”

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This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday! I’d like to thank Drew for creating this meme because it’s unique and I love it.

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This week’s song pick is…

Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart

by Chris Cornell

I chose this song for today because it’s been on my mind a lot lately and comes from one of my most favorite albums of all time “Higher Truth” which was released in 2015.

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The song is great and lyrics too, but the controversy now is the music video. It’s since been removed from YouTube after Chris Cornell’s death due to the content.

In the video which takes place in the old west, Chris Cornell and Eric Roberts play prison mates soon to be executed. Right before Chris Cornell is to be hanged, a lady in watching distracts the hangman and the assistant sabotages the noose so that it’ll break when they hang him. She saves his life and he is forced into marriage with her. Afterwards, another prisoner is to be hanged, and the story starts all over again. Chris isn’t the only one to escape death, but what is the meaning of it?

An interesting fact is that the blonde boy in the video is Chris Cornell’s 10-year-old son.


Lyrics

Every time I stare into the sun
Trying to find a reason to go on
All I ever get is burned and blind
Until the sky bleeds the pouring rain

When you came along the time was right
Pulled me like an apple red and ripe
Wasn’t very long you took a bite
And did me wrong, and it serves me right

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again, again

Every little key unlocks the door
Every little secret has a lie
Tryna take a picture of the sun
And it won’t help you to see the light

Every little word upon your lips
Makes a little cut where blood pours out
Every little drop of blood a kiss that I won’t miss
Not for anything

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again
Every single feeling tells me this is leading to a heart
In broken little pieces and you know I need this
Like a hole in the head

Every single feeling tells me this is leading to a heart
In broken little pieces and you know I need this
Like a hole in the head

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again

And I nearly forgot my broken heart
It’s taking me miles away,
From the memory of how we broke apart
Here we go round again

Here we go round again
Here we go round again
Here we go round again

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Music Monday: Band of Horses “The Funeral”

I just saw this meme over at Claire’s blog BrizzleLassBooks.com and was instantly hooked. This meme was created by Drew from The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song and share it on Monday. Please check out both of these blogs if you haven’t already.

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I’ve had this song on my mind for some time. I started listening to the lyrics on Pandora and instantly it reminded me of my dad. Those of you that follow my “Lessons from Grandpa” posts might have heard about my dad’s story. Well, in a nutshell, I don’t know where he is any more or whether or not he’s alive. He’s been an alcoholic his whole life and never really had much use for me, my brother, or his grandkids. My brother and I just live our lives and it’s like we are in some sort of waiting and wondering if we will ever hear from him again. We’ve also had conversations with each other on whether or not someone will notify us if and when he dies. It’s an eerie thought that crosses my mind often, but I know that he will never stop drinking and has tried to take his life more than once.

This song reminds me of him because of the lyrics and the music video. In the video, you see people drinking, specifically a man. He then gets into a car and drives. I guess you just have to watch it and read the lyrics to get an idea where I’m coming from.

After doing research, I learned that the song meaning is written from a totally different idea, but it resonated with me.

Band of Horses “The Funeral”

 

Lyrics

I’m coming up only to hold you under
And coming up only to show you’re wrong
And to know you is hard; we wonder…
To know you all wrong; we warn.

 Ooooooooh Oooooooooh
Ooooooooh Oooooooooh

Really too late to call,
So we wait for morning
To wake you is all we got
To know me as hardly golden
Is to know me all wrong, they warn.


At every occasion I’ll be ready for the funeral 
At every occasion, once more, it’s called the funeral 
At every occasion, oh, I’m ready for the funeral 
Every occasion, oh, one billion day funeral


I’m coming up only to show you’re down for
And coming up only to show you’re wrong.

To the outside, the dead leaves lay on the lawn
For they don’t have trees to hang upon.

 Ooooooooh Oooooooooh
Ooooooooh Oooooooooh


At every occasion I’ll be ready for the funeral
At every occasion, once more, it’s called the funeral
At every occasion, oh, I’m ready for the funeral
Every occasion, oh, one billion day funeral

 

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Q&A With David R. Dowdy – Author of The Pull and Kick Murder – Includes Book Review & Paperback Giveaway!

I discovered David R. Dowdy’s book The Pull and Kick Murder on Goodreads a few months ago and couldn’t wait to read it. I was able to get a Q&A with the author and have included it below for those who’d like to learn more about this book and the author. I’ve also included my book review for The Pull and Kick Murder below.

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The Pull and Kick Murder by David R. Dowdy

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Blurb: Woodward High’s annual contest to determine the captain of the swimming team has come again. When a star swimmer is found murdered in the pool, an unlikely pair are thrown together to find the killer. Follow the story as a shady Detective Lieutenant and a highbrow philosophy teacher tries to solve the case. How far will the detective go? What drives the teacher to work with the detective? – Goodreads

My Review:

I’ve had my eyes on The Pull and Kick Murder for some time and was lucky enough to receive a copy from the author. I was hooked by this book just after reading the first few pages as the story unfolded.

The book begins with Mr. Haynes, a well-respected philosophy teacher who teaches at Woodward Highschool. Aside from reading Socrates and discussing morals in class, some of the students are involved in the high school swim team and it’s time for the new team captain competition. Jack Harrier and Harry Dawes, two of the swim competitors, aren’t interested in a fair tournament and they’ll do whatever it takes to stop a fellow student from winning the competition. Jack wants to be the new team captain and he’s not taking no for an answer. Not long after the race, a student is found murdered and two unlikely partners will be put to the challenge of solving the case. The book becomes a whodunit mystery with clues, twists, and turns that grip you until the surprising end.

The character development was spot on. The writing is profoundly descriptive and with such a strong plot and characters, it felt like I was immersed in a captivating episode of “Law and Order.” I had people envisioned in my mind for each character as I read along. The story is very convincing and felt remarkably true to me. I enjoyed the banter between Mr. Haynes and Detective Sparrow who must work together against Sparrow’s wishes to find the perpetrator. As more clues emerge, Haynes might have a lesson or two of his own to share. This was one of my favorite components in the book.

I haven’t read a whole lot of crime fiction, but if I can find similar books in crime fiction, I’d make it a favorite genre for sure. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime and mystery books. 5*****

 

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My Q&A with author David R. Dowdy

Could you tell readers a little bit about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?

One of my earliest jobs was caddying for old rich guys at Forest Lake Country Club in Bloomfield Township Michigan. I went to the stand where the golfers drove up and dropped off their clubs. My guy had one of the worst no-name sets I’d ever seen. The woods were worn and dull and the irons dinged. So, I was thinking, there’s no big tip coming.

I carried the bag to the first tee and there was just one other caddy and “his” set of clubs were beautiful. We talked a bit and the golfers came up. Would you believe it? The one who came up and introduced himself to me was Ernie Harwell, the legendary, preeminent radio announcer for the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The one I listened to every ball game day. The one who announced the World Series the Tigers won in 1968.

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No set of clubs would ever be that light. I practically flew around the course. The best thing was hearing his folksy, smooth, Southern voice. It was just like he sounded on radio only not transistorized! His playing matched his worn out, amateur clubs, but it didn’t matter. This man, to me, was a giant. It turned out, the tip was typical. I took it, shook his hand, and thanked him. Inside I was giddy and still am.

 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

For some reason, I was academic in high school. Not always the best grades, but I had a yearning to learn. Unfortunately, I was torn between arts and sciences. I loved Chemistry, Economics, and Physics, and somehow hated Math. On the other side, English, Mythology, Philosophy, Investigative Paper beckoned me.

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How does writing make you feel and does it come easy for you?

Writing makes me feel in control. It gives me a feeling of satisfaction and power when I’ve created something unique and solved a problem. It has become easier in the sense that knowing story structure and the mechanics of writing means I take less time planning and editing. But, I wouldn’t say easy because creating something in fiction that sounds plausible takes time and a lot of thought.

What are your writing plans for the future and is there anything you’re working on now?

*This answer contains spoilers*

I plan to keep writing mysteries featuring Haynes and Sparrow who solved the case of The Pull and Kick Murder. If I’m lucky, I’ll keep writing until my mind gives out, so that could be a long time. Currently, I’m planning and doing some early sketches of a mystery with my investigative duo and a high school female teen protagonist.

What’s the publishing process been like for you and how do you market your books?

As I went directly to self-publishing The Pull and Kick Murder, I have no idea what it’s like to work with a publisher. Maybe I’ll have the chance someday. For now, writing a novel and making it available on Amazon and all the other online outlets is enough for me. If a publisher wanted to pick me up, I wouldn’t be against it. As for marketing, I have Goodreads and Amazon author and book pages. I have done giveaways on Goodreads and Amazon. I’m fishing for reviews!

Who are some of your favorite authors and were there any that heavily influencedfavorites.jpg your writing?

James Joyce showed in Dubliners how important characterization is and how personality affects everything. I learned from Patricia Highsmith the brilliance of how evil can infect a person without them realizing it. Graham Greene writes about the nasty people who inhabit our world. To Hammett, there’s always a quick bon mot. And Salinger understands how inner dialog is often the story if not the theme.

What is your favorite childhood book?

The Cat in the Hat. Wrecking the house on a rainy day was something I enjoyed as a kid and TCITH showed me that it was OK if one tidied afterward. I also enjoyed the Bible Stories and the oversized illustrated dictionary we kept.

What do you consider literary success?

Having my work read by thoughtful readers who generously provide feedback through reviews. Whatever comments, I will churn them back into my writing.

What would you say are the hardest tasks when it comes to writing?

Creating a lush plot (sounds like a garden!). The Pull and Kick Murder is linear in my opinion and I would like to use it as a springboard to a more complex novel.

Finding the correct voice for characters.

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When it comes to writing, what tools do you use? (Pen, type writer, or computer) Do you outline?

First, I outline with a pen in my notebook, usually by creating a premise and drawing a sketch or two of how the story should proceed. Then I graduate to Microsoft Word and begin to write intensively. I cross things out of my notebook as I use them. Although I may write the first chapter first, my writing does not go from start to finish. There are times when I have five pots cooking on four burners.

What inspired you to write The Pull and Kick Murder?

Someone close to me in my childhood suffered a suspicious death and the truth never came out. I asked myself ‘why?’ for many years. Then, when I realized the power of mysteries, my appetite grew. I realized that writing was something I needed to do and the genre was familiar. The Pull and Kick Murder offered a chance to right a most evil wrong in a purely fictional book.

How long did it take you to write this book?

From writing initial ideas in a notebook to reading and correcting the proof, a little over two years. I’ve had some of the story in my head for years. Often, ideas linger in a writer’s mind over their lifetime and I know that was my experience.

What was the most difficult part for you when writing this book?

Creating the suspense when writing the twists and climax. They were also the most rewarding and memorable times. It was difficult writing about the devastation that occurs following a murder.

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Quite a bit as I’m always concerned about being precise and getting all the details right. For example, I had to learn how to swim the breaststroke and put myself inside the swimmer in such a way that a true swimmer would believe it to be true. I hope I’ve succeeded, but we’ll see!

Also, I had to learn how an investigator goes about his or her job, especially how they read suspects and use follow up questioning.

Did you make any major edits to it?

I’m not afraid to write something and rewrite or even delete it. It’s just necessary to become clear. Often, I would read something later and find that it wasn’t good. As for major edits, yes that happened several times. An unfinished story is in flux so there’s always an opportunity to improve it.

Are any of the people, places, or events in the book based on any truth?

Definitely! My high school philosophy teacher is there front and center and nearly everything about him is true. The high school, Natatorium, and the city are from my youth. Of course, The Pull and Kick Murder is entirely fictional.

How did you come up with the character names in the book?

*This answer contains spoilers*

Lew Haynes: Lou Hayner was my philosophy teacher in high school. Altering his name was easy.
Ian Sparrow: Sparrow’s don’t fear much and they’re always looking into their surroundings. Ian is my son’s first name.
Billy Touraine: He’s renamed after a great friend, Bill Tourville, from high school who was on the swimming team. Bill, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry you had to fictionally die and I hope you’re in good health!

To go into the other main character’s names might reveal too much. Secondary characters come from people I know. Alex is the nick of my son’s middle name Alexander and the male protagonist from a novel that I couldn’t complete. Kunta is a great name from someone I worked with. Yolanda is a wonderful lady from Peru who cleaned at my previous job.

The ending was such a surprise for me! Did you have any other alternative endings for the book?

Yes, because my characters weren’t cooperating and they were keeping things from me. At times, I had envisioned two other characters each as the culprit. But, the more I wrote (I had a plan and it morphed on me), the more I loved their flaws and everything. I had so much invested in them, they were innocent. To have used either one would have been asinine.

After reading your brother’s review for the book, readers will learn that your book was kept secret from your family until after it was published. What made you decide to keep the book a secret and what was your family’s reaction when they found out about it?

It wasn’t as much secret as it was risk avoidance. I felt if I had let on too early, my book would have become a weight of questioning when I would ever finish. Towards the end I told a few people at work who I had become close to, but only when I knew the book was inevitable. You may have read the first review on Amazon where my brother Jeff was surprised that I had kept the book secret. The second review is from my brother Mike. I was so happy to get those reviews!

Who designed the cover and did you have a part in it?

I get full blame or credit for the cover. Create Space provides the dimensional specifications. I chose one of the stock layouts. Later I realized that I could have done better. I searched for a stock photo and when I discovered the one at the top of my final cover, I was enthralled. The guy is coming up and taking a deep breath and his hands are outstretched. I imagined in that half-second he’s offering something spiritual in himself. Immediately, I purchased the photo and stuck it over a blood red swatch where I put the title. That’s the current and last edition.

If The Pull and Kick Murder were adapted into a movie, which actors would you choose for the main characters?

Haynes: Ben Affleck

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Sparrow: Samuel L. Jackson

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Damon: Dane Dehaan

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Evelyn: Sigourney Weaver

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Beth: Angelina Jolie

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Alex: Christian Bale

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Jack: Zack Effron

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Billy: Robert Pattinson

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Mykayla: Selena Gomez

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How do you feel about e-books vs. print books?

To each his own. However, e-books have never appealed to me.

When reading The Pull and Kick Murder, I couldn’t help but think about some of my favorite crime shows like Law and Order and CSI. Do you have any favorite TV shows or movies? Anything that inspired the book?

I have only Netflix for TV and even so I avoid crime documentaries. I would rather read about human chemistry, motivation, and criminal tendencies from fiction and biographies. Among others, I watch Midsomer Murders and Inspector Morse for entertainment. For movies, I like film noir. Radio mystery such as Suspense is very inspiring.

 

 

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Tag: What Makes You Happy Tag

I was recently tagged by two very awesome blogging friends Noriko@bookfiendsite and Claire@brizzleassbooks for the What Makes You Happy Tag. I’d like to thank both of these beautiful ladies for tagging me. They both have wonderful blogs so please check them out if you haven’t already. I feel lucky to know them both.

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I was super excited to get tagged for this because I’ve been seeing it around and it looks really fun.

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Let’s get started!


List 5 Things That Make You Happy:

  1. Family: My kids are like sunshine to me and brighten my days like nothing else. They consistently make me laugh, surprise me with new and amazing things, and make my life complete. My husband and my mom are my best friends and I’m lucky to have them as well.
  2. Music: I think many people relate to music in some way, but for me, music is a lifeline. Is it crazy to say that I wouldn’t exist without music? Music has made me who I am. It’s a part of me that cannot be taken away and integral to my existence. It’s motivating, mood-lifting, healing and nostalgic at times. I simply can’t say enough about it…
  3. Reading: I haven’t always loved learning, but I always loved to read and appreciate learning all that I can now. Reading soothes me, relaxes my body, stimulates my mind, and takes me places. Traveling through time, imaging life in someone else’s shoes, learning, escaping and enhancing my mood are all some of the reasons why I love reading.
  4. Having my health: I’ve said before how important it is to have your health, because if you don’t, you can’t live a very happy life. This is true for me and I appreciate the fact that I’m in control of my health. When I’m healthy, I’m happy and I can live my life fully.
  5. Freedom: I feel really lucky to have my freedom. I appreciate that I have the freedom to do what I want to do and it makes me very happy to have a choice to read what I want, eat what I want, sleep when I want, and pretty much be myself. I think these are things that we easily take for granted.
  6. Bonus! My Pups! 

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List 5 Songs That Make You Happy

Like Claire mentioned, this is a hard one. A lot of my music is also depressing, but surprisingly makes me happy. It’s way too hard to pick just 5, so I decided to pick songs that REALLY lift my mood and make me want to dance around the place…

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INXS – Need You Tonight

It’s sad that Michael Hutchence took his own life because his music was some of the best. He was an amazing person and I wish he could’ve received the help he needed.  I loved nearly every song they came out with and never get tired of listening to this song.

Men Without Hats – The Safety Dance

This one reminds me of when I was just a wee little one sitting in front of MTV. I loved this video so much and can remember skipping around to it. It’s songs like this that influenced my love for music in the first place…

Far East Movement – Like A G6

I don’t know what to say about this song, but it really gets me moving. It reminds me of New Year’s Eve…

Lorde – Tennis Court

Love the beat and lyrics…

Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know – Radio Mix

I love this song, but the radio edit was probably the best version for me. I love the rhythm of it…

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Award: Liebster Award #3

I was nominated by Heidi@BookLoverBlogs.com for The Liebster Award. Have you been to her blog yet? If not, please check it out. She has amazing reading goals with booklists! I was so impressed and inspired. I’m very glad to be connected with Heidi and hope that more will discover her blog. I’d like to thank Heidi for this nomination. This is my 3rd Liebster Award and I’m very excited!

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The Rules for the Liebster Award:

  1. Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award
  2. Give 11 random facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 11 blogs
  4. Notify them of the nomination
  5. Give them 11 questions to answer

11 Facts About Myself:

  • I have one sibling, an older brother.
  • Some of my favorite music artists of all time are: Alice in Chains, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Audioslave, STP, Faith No More, Neil Young, Creed, and so many more. 🙂
  • I graduated a year early from high school in an accelerated program.
  • I have a book addiction and can easily spend hours in the bookstore! Not only that, I have way too many books.
  • Denzel  Washington is one of my favorite actors all the way back to “Glory”, one of my favorite movies of all time. Also: Philadelphia, The Equalizer, Man on Fire, Training Day, Eli, Déjà Vu, John Q and so many more.

If you haven’t seen Glory, I highly encourage you to watch it. Here’s the trailer…

  • I love fried chicken so much; I wish I could eat it everyday.
  • I’m a mother of 5 wonderful kids.
  • I’m my children’s sole educator and have been a home educator since 2005.
  • I don’t like to fly in airplanes.
  • I really enjoy swimming.
  • I’m addicted to sweets,  especially birthday cake.

Continue reading for Heidi’s questions…

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Book Review – Movie Trailer

I’m really late to the party on this one guys! I finally picked this up at Barnes a few weeks ago and couldn’t wait to read it. You can see my book review below and also the movie trailer! It’s scheduled for 2018

 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Blurb: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

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My Review

This was my first buddy read with the one and only *Craig* and what a pleasure this was. I’d like to thank Craig for reading this one with me. Craig always makes me smile and this was fun!

I’m not even sure where to start with my review.  I was highly anticipating this book for some time after seeing so many 5 star reviews and awesome comments, but the book was just a “like” and I wasn’t overly impressed like I thought I’d be.

The story takes place in 2044 and the world is in a Grimm state. A man by the name of James Halliday has created a virtual video game world known as the OASIS which becomes an escape for people. He’s hidden something in the labyrinth that everybody wants to find, and a teen by the name of Wade wants to be the one to find it first. The person who finds the prize is promised riches and as more people come in to play, it becomes a fight to the end as the gunters hunt for the prize while making their way through game after game.

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The story fell a tad short despite some action and fast paced reading. I felt like there was a lot going on, maybe too much detail even, but the best parts in the book that really held my interest were all the ’80s pop culture references. Some of my favorite movies, music, and games from the ’80s were referenced and I found myself looking up old music videos like “The Safety Dance,” a fave. Oh, the memories. ♡

The music references really took me back and as a child of the ’80s I can still remember sitting on my mom’s harvest green carpet in front of the Zenith watching them on MTV, which is nothing like what it used to be. And the games! It took me back to the days of my Atari and my Amiga Commodore: jousting for hours, and Burgertime!  There were literally hundreds of references, even old Tv shows, and I almost want to rate it highly for that one reason. Sure, there were interesting parts in the book with Wade’s adventures in the OASIS and with all the competition, I continued to think it might pick up for me, but the book just kept me hanging on until the end with all the nostalgia.  I was yearning for a pick me up.

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I did think the story was unique and enjoyed the characters. I also thought it was very descriptive and I was extremely pleased with the ending. For me, I simply felt like the story maybe had too much added information which made me a little uncomfortable.

I’m still glad I read it and can’t wait to see the movie because the trailer looks awesome and I ♡ Tye Sheridan! 3.5***

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; 32089th edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307887448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307887443

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Q&A with Lew Watts – Author of Marcel Malone – Book Review – SIGNED PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY

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I’ve had Marcel Malone on my TBR list since the beginning of the year and finally read it this past week. In addition to reviewing below, you can read my Q&A with author Lew Watts and learn a little more about him.

Marcel Malone by Lew Watts

31298354Blurb: Dr Vera Lewis has a difficult but intriguing patient, Marcel, whose symptoms result from multiple levels of rejection—from family, colleagues, relationships, and those journals that receive his poetry submissions. Desperate to achieve a breakthrough, Vera prescribes a very unusual treatment that begins to desensitize Marcel to rejection, albeit with unexpected side-effects. It is only when Vera brings poetry into their therapy sessions that Marcel begins to reveal his deeper problems, and is able to confront the demons of his past. As for Vera, she has her own problems…
Set mostly in Washington, DC, Marcel Malone is a story of how the love of poetry can lead to personal transformation.

 

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Red Mountain Press (October 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0997310227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997310221

 

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Goodreads | Amazon

 

My review

I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. Marcel Malone is a first novel for Lew Watts and one that is definitely unique.

Vera and Raymond are a married couple living in DC. Vera is a psychiatrist who lacks attention from her husband as he places more importance on his job as a lobbyist. Raymond worries about his reputation more than anything and lacks the ability to pick up on Vera’s needs.

The focus in the story is mainly Vera and her life with her patients. A particular patient that she becomes almost dependent on is Marcel. Marcel enjoys reading and writing poetry which is something he and Vera have in common. They share their thoughts with each other and Vera looks forward to these conversations. The result of this relationship and Vera’s own curiosity results in a story with interlaced poetry which I thought was unique, and the poetry just might be what they both need to unleash the past.

“Near this rose, in this grove of sun-parched, wind-warped madronas,
Among the half-dead trees, I came upon the true ease of myself,
As if another man appeared out of the depths of my being,
And I stood outside myself,” lines from The Rose by Theodore Roethke

As Vera learns more about Marcel, she learns that he’s had a hard time with rejection in the past and Vera prescribes a new experiment of paradoxical intervention and journal writing to see if it might help him as a sort of “rejection therapy.” This becomes comical at times, but the outcome she receives from this is unexpected and Vera finds that her own demons and life choices need to be addressed.

The story kept me interested enough to finish it and the ending was quite emotional for me. There were a few times where I became bored with the story as there wasn’t a lot of excitement, but then something would happen or a mystery would be introduced which would yank me right back in again. I’ve always enjoyed poetry, especially Haiku, and I think that anyone who has an appreciation for it will enjoy this book. Even those that don’t particularly care for poetry will more than likely enjoy it. I have a goodly amount of authors and books to add to my list now after reading it and I’d like to thank the author for sharing a complimentary copy of this book with me.

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R.I.P. Chester Bennington – 1976-2017

I was very sad to just learn that Chester Bennington, the lead singer of Linkin Park, died after committing suicide today. The rock world has lost another amazing singer. I’m at a loss for words with this coming just after Chris Cornell’s death a few months ago.

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Chester Bennington was close friends with Chris and I do believe he was also a Godfather to one of his children. They had what I believe was a special friendship.

I’ve been listening to Linkin Park since the very beginning and I just can’t believe that Chester’s gone. Here are a few of my favorites below…

Numb

 

Somewhere I belong:

 

One Step Closer

 

What I’ve Done

 


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Chester singing “Hallelujah” at Chris Cornell’s Funeral

I don’t know what Chester was going through, but I pray that both he and Chris rest in peace.

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Award: The Versatile Blogger Award

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I was very excited to be nominated a few days ago @ caterpillars2butterfliesblog for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you haven’t checked out her blog, please do. There are so many feel-good, inspirational posts here and I look forward to reading them daily! Great advice. Thank you for nominating me!

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RULES OF THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD:

1.) Thank the bloggers who nominated you and share their links.
2.) Nominate at least 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
3.) Also inform them about their nomination.
4.) Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.


-7 Things About Me-

1. I can play a handful of instruments including: Guitar, Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Lap harp and a few others.

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2. I’m very interested in people who have experienced NDE’s or Near Death Experiences. I used to spend quite a bit of time reading and studying them.

3.  We just had 13 kittens in April. Most have gone to homes. We have 5 left. Out of these 3 you see here, we have Ash left. Can you guess which one he is? Back left. His attitude fits his look. Every one of these kittens has a different personality.  I’ll post more about them later.

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4. Despite striving for a healthy lifestyle, I’ve actually struggled with food addiction since I was about 15 and continue to battle with it. I ❤ food, especially homemade baked goods like these cupcakes I made recently, or this organic Amish bread I make often. It literally melts in your mouth. Recipes to come soon.

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5. I have two border collies, Cynder & Winston. You may have read about them here on my blog. I love them very much.

 

 

6. I have an extreme joy for gardening and love growing pumpkins, including giant pumpkins for the Halloween season. Halloween is my favorite time of year. I’m super excited that fall is on the way.

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7. I can’t wait for the next season of Poldark in October! I’ve read the whole saga and loved the books. More Aiden Turner please. 🙂


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Q&A with Author Nicholas Kotar & My Book Review for The Song of the Sirin + Signed Paperback GIVEAWAY!

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Last week while on Goodreads I happened to see a blog post by Nicholas Kotar regarding his new book release The Song of the Sirin. I read the blurb and decided to dive right in. After reading I was able to ask Nicholas Kotar some questions about his new book, being an author, and what he’s doing now. You can see my book review for The Song of the Sirin, and the Q&A with Nicholas Kotar below.

You can enter the giveaway for a free SIGNED copy of The Song of the Sirin at the bottom of the page.

 

35479763 Blurb: An evil omen clouds the sky. A song of lore returns. Can one man’s quest save the world?

Voran can’t help but believe the rumors. As blight ravages the countryside and darkness covers the sun, the young warrior of Vasyllia hears of an ancient spirit that devours souls. He feels powerless to fight the oncoming devastation until a mythical creature entrusts him with a long-forgotten song. Legend has it that such a song can heal the masses, overthrow kingdoms, and raise humans to divine beings…

Armed with the memory of the song, Voran must hunt down a dark spirit before it achieves its goal of immortality. His quest takes him through doorways to other worlds and puts him on a collision course with seductive nymphs and riddling giants. With each step of the journey, the strength of the villainous spirit grows, as does Voran’s fear that the only way to save his world… is to let it be destroyed.

The Song of the Sirin is an epic fantasy retelling of the Russian fairy tale Prince Ivan and the Grey Wolf.

  • Series: Raven Son (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Waystone Press (June 26, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0998847909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0998847900

 

My review

 

*This review may contain a few very mild spoilers*

Fantasy isn’t one of my favorite genres and when it comes to epic fantasy’s like The Song of the Sirin, it takes me extra time to read it along with some concentration. After reading the blurb for this one and finding out that it was inspired by a Russian fairy tale, I couldn’t resist. I rushed to Amazon and picked it up at sale price. I believe it was an exceptional reading choice for me.

The story begins with Voran and Lebía, a brother and sister living  in Vasyllia. Their father Otchigen and mother Aglaia have vanished and no one knows where they are. Some say Otchigen vanished after killing many people and stories abound claim him to have beaten his wife Aglaia. Voran doesn’t know what to believe, but he trusts in his heart that his father didn’t commit these crimes. He meets a pilgrim in the wilderness and discovers that everything may not be how it seems.

“You surprise me, young Voran,” said the Pilgrim. “How quickly you pierce to the heart of things. Whatever happens, my falcon, do not forget this. Vasyllia is everything. You must never let Vasyllia fall. She is everything.”

Voran begins to realize that Vasyllia is on the brink of destruction and he’s told that he must locate Living Water to save Vasyllia. At this point, everyone in Vasyllia and the outer lands is in danger. The Covenant Tree is fading, the Sirin sings for Voran, and the adventure unfolds…

There’s so much going on in the story and I was thoroughly surprised throughout the entire book. Even with each chapter having an excerpt from other tales, there was no way I could predict what was ahead. Every chapter had something new happening with separate plots taking place. New characters and events come into the story and they literally leave you aghast. The plot and the characters were so complex with a few of my favorites being Voran, Tarin, and Leshaya. Nicholas Kotar writes beautifully and his writing is very detailed and descriptive. With that said,  I have to admit that there were times when I found the reading to be a tad difficult. I ended up with 235 notes and highlights by the time I was done. This may not be a book that you sail through quickly, but it’s very enjoyable to take the time and relish in the beautiful prose.

Overall, I enjoyed the book very much. This epic fantasy has a lot of what fantasy readers expect including shapeshifters, giants, wolf-like monsters, weird creatures, good and evil, magic, and mystery. The ending was heartwarming for me which was not expected with the events that were taking place throughout the book. I’m definitely going to recommend this one and I’m looking forward the other installments.

Anyone who enjoys fantasy will love this book. 4.5*****

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Q&A with Author Andy Carrington – Plus Book reviews for S.O.P.H.I.E & Self Service Check-Outs Have No Soul

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*Warning – This Post Contains Explicit Language*

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I’ve been wanting to read some of Andy Carrington’s work for some time now. I’ll admit I haven’t read much Satire or Punk Poetry and became intrigued just by the titles of these two books. I recently read Self Service Check-Outs Have No Soul and S.O.P.H.I.E. Please see my reviews for both books below and the Q&A with Andy Carrington as well. Add these books on Goodreads by clicking the covers.

Self Service Check-Outs Have No Soul

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Blurb: Human anxiety / disillusionment in the machine age.

My review

I had an idea what the subject of this poetry would be just after reading the title, but what I got was more than I anticipated. Andy Carrington flat-out tells it how it is when it comes to technology and our world today. The writing covers real world scenarios and I found myself more than once saying, “Exactly!” There’s so much truth here and we have to admit it folks. It makes me think back to when I was a kid and life was more simple. Now our kids are growing up in a very different world with multiple electronic devices.

One of my favorite poems in the book is #Twits. Andy mentions Twitter and how everyone say’s what they want on the computer, but never face to face. There’s no fear behind the screen. Effective communication is out the window with social media in my opinion. I’m one of the those people who thinks social media isn’t social at all, but yeah, I finally succumbed to Twitter and so would my grandpa if he were here.

Another one that really caught my attention was “There’s an APP for a that.” I like this part…

     -we’re taken in by the waves

with our fate

being determined by the furious tap-

tap tapping

of our

fingers.

I really hope a machine won’t take my postman’s place. I love that guy! Plus, privacy? There’s no such thing anymore. I’m amazed with all the thought-provoking and valid points here.

I enjoyed the film references and especially the links to the news articles pertaining to each poem. I’m glad to have read this. Technology is scary and effects everything about the way we think and act. We don’t even realize it.  I think everyone will agree.

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You can pick up a copy of Self Service Check-Outs Have No Soul for only £2.00 on Andy’s website by clicking HERE. 

 

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TAG: Get To Know Me

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I’m going crazy with tags here lately. I mean, there are so many awesome tags! I found this one at this-is-my-truth-now. I love this blog. James has everything you could want in a blog and it’s organized and easy to navigate. From book reviews to a thought-provoking 365 day challenge. Be sure to check it out. New content daily!

VITAL STATS:

Name: Mischenko

Nicknames: A nickname from school was Jade because I had this jade stone necklace that I used to wear all the time.

Birthday: September! My FAVORITE time of year due to fall.

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Star Sign: Libra

Occupation: Self-employed.

 

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My 4th of July Weekend – In Music

 

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Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! It’s the 4th of July weekend and for those of us living in America it’s a time for us to celebrate our freedom and salute those who fight for our country. I thought I’d share some of the music I’m jamming out to this weekend. Some of these are just songs that remind me of summer. Hope you guys enjoy.


Soundgarden – 4th of July

 

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TAG: Desert Island Discs Blog Tag

I would like to thank James@this-is-my-truth-now and Nel@reactionarytales for nominating me for an awesome tag! If you haven’t checked out these blogs yet, be sure to stop by. There’s new content daily and I enjoy communicating with both of them.

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The Rules:

  • Link back to BookBum’s original post, so she can see all your answers! (Remember to do this via pingback, she won’t get a notification if not!)
  • Thank the person who tagged you… show some love!
  • Come up with your answers
  • Then tag others to keep the tag going!

 

The Premise:

You are cast away onto a remote desert island:

  • You can bring 5 albums – what are they?
  • You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/ other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

 

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