Looking for Joy and Finding Good

I was having an exchange with a blogger friend this morning when my cellphone went off. The song below is my current ringtone.

The topic of our conversation boiled down to an agreement that we are much more than our ‘political’ viewpoints. Let’s face it, somehow our enjoyment of everything has been damaged by media making all topics political.

I then looked up the clip from Sister Act:2 from which this joyful rendition came because it makes me happy.
Before me was Whoopi Goldberg, someone who is viciously political in ‘real life’…I looked past that.
Then I realized how long I’ve had ‘issues’ with the Catholic Church…I looked past that.
I further wondered if some people would be put off by any ‘religious’ theme… might they look past that?

What was before me was simply a heartwarming performance of a beautiful song by kids singing their hearts out in joy!

I love this clip. The song speaks to me. I didn’t need to entertain unpleasant aspects of what I could see. My heart is happy that I didn’t. I found the “beautiful” in it and the “beautiful” is getting harder to find.

Let’s all seek joy and goodness anywhere we can find it. Check our biases, complaints, and politics at the door and LOOK for it.
There’s a time and place for those things, of course, but without experiencing a BIG picture, now and then for balance, we’ll lose our humanity.

I’m willing to bet our media wants us to stay ‘lost’.

Please enjoy this clip with me. ❤




SoCS 1-21-23- Count on it- Use it!

Your prompt for #JusJoJan the 21st and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “count on it.” Use the phrase “count on it” somewhere in your post. Enjoy!

[One of my all-time favorite songs came to my mind yesterday and I was determined, no matter the prompt, to USE IT. :-D]

So, the prompt “count on it” made me first think about numbers. I dislike them. I don’t care about the old saying, “Numbers never lie”. They’re dishonest because they can be manipulated as much as any other human method of understanding. As Mark Twain said, “Facts are stubborn but statistics are quite pliable.”

Does anybody still think a statistic from any government resource is something you can count on? If your answer is, “Yeah”, remind me not to seek your advice on anything.

But everyone needs something to count on. If you’re a Christian it’s, of course, Jesus. But there must be SOMETHING worldly that makes us think “I can count on it.”. I suggest you consider yourself as a candidate.

Are you going to make mistakes? Duh. You can count on it. But who knows when you’re lying every single time? Who knows what you like, and what you’re good at, better than yourself?

Even when we don’t listen to that little voice known as a conscience, we hear it.

So, here’s my advice, trust and believe in yourself. Embrace your strengths and try to improve your weaknesses. And most importantly, forgive yourself often. You’re a ‘work in progress’.

Many of my posts come right out and say that I believe every one of us is unique. Claiming that I’m an individualist is an understatement. Knowing that, below is my choice of a theme song for this post.

Remember:
Every decision you make, everything you tell yourself, and how you nurture and apply your talents is up to YOU.
You have great power…
Use it wisely and your happiness is almost guaranteed.

Hit it, Eric!

Quadrille Monday #166 d’Verse Poets- Echoes of Love

Let’s sweeten up our quadrilles, shall we? Pop a bit of candy into your poem. Use it as a noun, verb or adjective. As always, the theme and style of your poem is open. Just remember your quadrille should be exactly 44 words, not including the title and include the word “candy” or a derivative of the word.

Everlasting memories of innocent first love
Sing to old romantic hearts.
Once confectionary kisses echo a tune
With an intimate rhythm lifting our aging souls.

Addled breathless waves,
Sweet as candy.
Sweep the present toward long-ago moments
Inspired by melodies written just for us.


44-words

This song not only compliments today’s theme but it also still curls my toes. 😉

Song Lyric Sunday- 5/29/22- Picture

Such a beautiful song! The lyrics are so meaningful.
I chose this song last weekend* because I knew I might miss the Sunday posting during Memorial Day Weekend. As this was prewritten, I am able to post it from my phone.
Happy Sunday! Stay safe everyone and keep making those memories!
* The unthinkable events this week make this song even more powerful.

The story behind this song:

About 1.2 trillion photos will be taken this year, according to moblivious.com, the majority of them on smart phones. “Picture,” the newest release from Michael Ray, just might inspire a few more photos to be taken as music fans listen to his lyrics and realize just how true they are.

One day we’re barefoot, young and alive, the next we’re a story in a three-by-five, that somebody’s sure glad to have” is one of the more significant lines in his song, co-written with Michael Hardy and David Garcia. It has special meaning for Ray, who wrote the song around the death of a family member.

“My uncle Terry passed away about a week before we wrote the song,” Ray says of the song’s origin. “After he passed, I wanted to write an autobiographical song about my family and the memories we all have to look back on – but it’s not a sad song. It’s a song of celebration. I hope it reminds people, like it does for me, to capture moments with their loved ones.


May 29, 2022 – Appearance, Image, Likeness, Object, Picture, Photograph

Picture

Michael Ray

Cold air, Christmas day, 1997
Pretty in her pigtails, holding up a present
Me in the metal with my front teeth missing
Rudolph on the TV, grandma in the kitchen
July ’85 black Chevrolet
Sunset setting on a Lake County lake
Ten pounds on the dot written on the back
Uncle Terry’s smiling big, holding up a bat
Still hangs in a frame beside the front door
Crazy to think he ain’t here no more

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
Tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah

Bonfire party in the middle of nowhere
Might just look like buddies and some cold beer
But when it’s my time to leave
It’s all someone will have left on me

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
And tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah, oh-oh, yeah

If you think this is one of those memories
That you wanna leave behind
Put your arm around who you love
And thank one tonight, tonight, ’cause

One day we’re barefoot, young, and alive
The next we’re a story in a three by five
Somebody sure glad to have
‘Cause time makes it hard to remember
So take every snapshot while you can
And tell them that you love ’em while you got the chance
Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture, yeah, oh-oh, yeah

Make sure that you take it in
‘Cause one day all you gonna have with them
Is a picture

Songwriters: David Arthur Garcia, Michael Ray, Michael Hardy. For non-commercial use only.

Song Lyric Sunday- Soul Train- Freda Payne

This week the theme is songs that mention Money, Gold, Silver, Rich suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. 

I’ve been extremely busy doing outdoor chores. I popped onto this week’s prompt and a song came immediately to mind. (Otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have participated.)
The video I chose was from the TV show Soul Train. I enjoyed this show every weekend as a kid. Needless to say, this is a ‘golden oldie’. This song reminds me of my ‘little’ sister who was nine when it was released. She and her neighborhood best friend played it over and over … and over. I liked it but they turned it into a (somewhat monotonous) theme song. LOL
I thoroughly enjoy the memory of a time a place now. ❤
This recording became Freda Payne’s first GOLD record.

About Band of Gold

“Band of Gold” is a popular song written and composed by former Motown producers Holland–Dozier–Holland (under the pseudonym of Edythe Wayne) and Ron Dunbar. It was a major hit when first recorded by Freda Payne in 1970 for the Invictus label, owned by H-D-H. The song has been recorded by numerous artists, notably competing 1986 versions by contrasting pop singers Belinda Carlisle and Bonnie Tyler, and a 2007 version by Kimberley Locke. The legendary songwriting team of Holland–Dozier–Holland used the name Edythe Wayne because of a lawsuit in which they were embroiled with Motown. Ron Dunbar was a staff employee and producer for Invictus. When they first offered the song to Freda Payne, she balked at the idea of recording it, finding the material more appropriate for a teenager or very young woman while she was nearly 30 years old. Payne reluctantly gave in after much persuasion by Dunbar. Almost immediately following its release, the Payne record became an instant pop smash, reaching number three in the US and number one on the UK singles chart and remaining there for six weeks in September 1970, giving Payne her first gold record. 

Band Of Gold (Almighty Anthem Radio Edit)

Freda Payne

Now that you’re gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the memories of what love could be
If you were still here with me

You took me from the shelter of my mother
I had never known or loved any other
We kissed after taking vows
But that night on our honeymoon
We stayed in separate rooms

I wait in the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Ohh

Don’t you know that I wait
In the darkness of my lonely room
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom
Hoping soon
That you’ll walk back through that door
And love me like you tried before

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold
All that’s left of the dreams I hold
Is a band of gold
And the dream of what love could be
If you were still here with me

Since you’ve been gone
All that’s left is a band of gold

Songwriters: Dunbar Ronald, Wayne Edythe. For non-commercial use only.

Song Lyric Sunday- 5/8/22- Bare Feet

This week the theme is songs that mention Socks, Shoes, Boots, Feet suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II.

I found the most delightful song for this week’s prompt!
It’s by singer/songwriter Caroline Jones who is new to me. I love it when I find excellent artists because of Song Lyric Sunday.
Her lovely voice and uplifting lyrics grabbed me instantly. Thanks especially to Paula of Light Motifs II for today’s great prompt.
As always, thank-you to Jim for his weekly inspirations in music too.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I!

Bare Feet

Free as my footsteps, my footsteps on the ground
Certain of intention but not where they are bound
Finding my footing as I fall
A little too late maybe baby, but that’s the fun of it all

‘Cause fish have fins
Birds have wings
I was given these two things
To run the world

In my bare feet
I’m in my bare feet
Cause I want to feel the world’s heart beat
I want to grow tall & strong like a tree
Touch the sky with my roots so deep
No agenda to my free, no insecurity I’m trying to feed
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat, beat, beat
Underneath my bare feet

Don’t keep the cares that keep you from your peace
Surefooted & lighthearted, just the way you’re supposed to be
You ain’t never been a fragile soul and you won’t start now
What a shame it’d be to waste your moments on doubt

‘Cause fish have fins & birds have wings
We are given these two things
To run the world

In our bare feet
I’m in my bare feet
Cause I want to feel the world’s heart beat
I want to grow tall & strong like a tree
Touch the sky with my roots so deep
No agenda to my free, no insecurity I’m trying to feed
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat, beat, beat
Underneath my bare feet
Underneath my bare feet

We have more freedom than we realize
More choices than we exercise
Find me under those blue skies

In my bare feet.
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat
In my bare feet, ’cause I want to feel the world’s heartbeat
I want to grow tall & strong like a tree
Touch the sky with my roots so deep
No agenda to my free, no one else that I’m trying to be
I just want to feel the world’s heartbeat, beat, beat
Underneath my bare feet

Songwriters: Caroline Jones. For non-commercial use only.

Song Lyric Sunday- 5/1/22-Madonna

Prompt words are …suit, shirt, dress, pants.

Of all the songs that I considered fitting the prompt, this is my favorite. Madonna has so many great songs! It’s a song that even the naive can sing and never realize the ‘naughty’ message. LOL
I doubt that I’ll be the only one who chooses it. 😉

Dress You Up” is a song by American singer Madonna from her second studio album Like a Virgin (1984). It was released as the fifth and final single from Like a Virgin on July 31, 1985, by Sire Records. The song was the last track to be added to the album as it was submitted late by songwriters Andrea LaRusso and Peggy Stanziale. Madonna pushed for the song’s inclusion on Like a Virgin as she particularly liked its lyrics. Musically, “Dress You Up” is a drum beat driven dance song featuring instrumentation from guitars and vocals from a choir, and a guitar solo played by Nile Rodgers, who also produced the song. The lyrics are an extended metaphor for fashion and lust, comparing dressing up with passion.

“Dress You Up”

You’ve got style, that’s what all the girls say
Satin sheets and luxuries so fine
All your suits are custom-made in London
But I’ve got something that you’ll really like

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body

Feel the silky touch of my caresses
They will keep you looking so brand new
Let me cover you with velvet kisses
I’ll create a look that’s made for you

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love
All over your body, all over your body
In my love
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love
All over your body, all over your body
In my love
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love, in my love
All over your body, all over your body
In my love
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes

Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
In my love
All over your body
All over your body

Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over
Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
In my love
All over your body, yeah love me boy

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
All over, all over
From your head down to your toes
Gonna dress you up in my love
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body, yeah love me boy

Gonna dress you up in my love
All over your body
Gonna dress you up in my love
All over, all over