Bound For Failure

That should go over like a lead balloon was a phrase that steered the name of a band that Jimmy Page put together with Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones.  Originally Page tried to assemble a supergroup with ex-Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck and the Who’s John Entwistle and Keith Moon, but that never materialized.  When the Yardbirds broke up, Jimmy Page recruited three new men for a reboot of the Yardbirds.  The four musicians first played together billed as the New Yardbirds, a relaunch of the British Invasion blues rockers who had imploded just months before.  The name Led Zeppelin came from a comment made by Keith Moon, who said the band would go down like a lead balloon.  Moon is said to have borrowed the term from John Entwistle, who had previously used it to describe bad gigs.

Jimmy Page completed a Scandinavian tour with an impromptu band named the New Yardbirds, but Chris Dreja had rights to the name Yardbirds and when this new group started calling themselves The New Yardbirds, he contacted a lawyer, so they couldn’t legally use it.  The choice of Zeppelin in the band’s name was surely influenced by the Hindenburg disaster of 1937.  The newsreel of the event, complete with announcer Herbert Morrison’s famous “Oh, the humanity” line, was commonly seen footage in English cinemas during the 1950s and 60s and Page would certainly have been familiar with it.  The band used an image of the crash for the cover of their first album.  Moon’s prediction could not have been more wrong, as Led Zeppelin became one of the most popular, arguably the most popular, musical act of the first half of the 1970s and reputedly have sold more than 300 million albums.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #192 using the photo prompt above.

Time Changes Everything

A white rabbit checked his watch and then exclaimed that he was late and in ‘Late Lament’ by the Moody Blues, they talked about a “Cold-hearted orb that rules the night” and wondered “which is an illusion”.  The rabbit is just silly, but drummer Graeme Edge makes us think that as time passes, what is actually going on.  Time is grouped into periods of past, present and future, or yesterday, today and tomorrow, but what is time?  Isaac Newton described it as absolute, but Einstein proved that time is relative, and, shockingly, that time and space are intricately interwoven.  Recent work in string theory and quantum gravity suggests that space and time may not be fundamental.  If we look at the stars, we are seeing the past and even when we see a flash of lighting at a short distance away, we are seeing something that happened a hundredth of a millisecond ago.

I said today in my Thursday Inspiration post that “Tomorrow may only be a day away, but it never actually gets here, as when the designated time arrives, it is called today.”  Thus, if everything that we look at is in the past or at least some fraction of time in the past and tomorrow never gets here, that makes time very confusing to say the least.  Everyone seems to agree that time should move in the forward direction.  Since time is a human construct, we are under the illusion (back to Graeme Edge again), that at any given moment, the past has already happened and the future doesn’t exist yet, and that things are changing, so does time change everything or am I going down a rabbit hole by saying that things change because of the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of any isolated system always increases.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #191 prompt where we are asked to take a belief, a dream, a philosophy, a religion of yours, and turn it into trash.

Just Coffee

After our date, she asked me if I wanted to come in for some coffee.  My mind started racing with thoughts about what I should expect, as did this just mean coffee, or was something else going to happen if I accepted her offer?  This was our first date and I took her out to a nice restaurant and then we parked by the lake and because it was such a beautiful night, we looked up at the stars.  We are both single, and I used all of my charms trying to seduce her, letting her know how much I loved her smile, and how lucky I feel to have met someone so lovely as her.  I usually drink my coffee in the morning and I don’t like decaffeinated, so maybe she meant something more than us just sharing a cup of coffee.

I like her a lot, but even though I am the man, I will wait for her to make the first move, as this is her place and I would feel terrible if I made her uncomfortable by misjudging her intentions.  If she just means coffee and has no romantic interest in me, I can live with that, as there are plenty of other fish in the sea.  This could be just my imagination running away with me and maybe I should stop dreaming and get a life, but the way she asked me, made it feel like she was flirting with me, because she kept batting her eyelashes.  The insanity in my brain was telling me that once I got inside of her place, that she was going to tell me to be patient while she slips into something more comfortable.  I know how I feel when I get home, as once I get in the door, I want to get my clothes off.  She has a smoking hot body and I am visualizing her coming back out of her bedroom wearing the sexiest lingerie imaginable and us sharing a fulfilling lovemaking session.

My life is filled with so much fantasy, as no woman ever tells a guy that she wants to slip into something more comfortable, unless you are watching a James Bond movie.  When opportunity knocks, you have to say yes and if this widow was interested in pursuing an intimate relationship with me, then I was not going to turn that down.  I felt this sexual attraction toward her and these sensual feelings just kept building up inside of me.  I had to leave where this was going up to her as I didn’t want to get rejected.  I am in uncharted territory here, as I am hoping that she is sexually active and that she is looking to establish an emotional closeness, but maybe she just likes drinking coffee.  I should probably just accept her offer and stop over thinking this.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #190 prompt insanity.

Time To Crow

There are 5 new hens in the hen house, which gives me something to crow about, because I am the only rooster.  People think that roosters crow at dawn, but I will crow my heart out whenever I like and I am a late sleeper.  If any other roosters dare to try to come near my hens, you can bet that I am going to crow and then I am going to kick some rooster butt.  Nobody is ever going to figure out why that chicken crossed the road and if you ask me most of them are completely nuts, but I have an innate need to crow and I will crow in the morning, at noon, during the night, and pretty much any time in between that and it being two minutes after seven, this looks like a good enough time for me to crow.

I am not very picky and I will breed with every chicken in the hen house.  I am also not exactly shy about what I do, or who I do it with, or where this tales place, or when I do it.  I let the others watch, so they will know how good I am.  I have my favorite hens which I will mate with repeatedly, but I am also very interested in mating with the new hens.  I am a smooth operator and all I have to do is approach a hen and ask her how she is doing, then I will chase them around till she gives it up.  I circle around the hen with one wing dropped, hoping that she will crouch, flatten her back and hold still for me.  Once she lifts that tail, I am in and believe me she is going to love it.  I usually don’t last that long, but even after the act is over, I still enjoy being coupled with her and that is something to crow about.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #189 picture prompt.

Devil In Her Heart

If the Beatles didn’t cover the Donays (a young girl-group out of Hamtramck, Michigan) one-hit-wonder ‘Devil In His Heart’ that was originally released in 1962, this song most likely would have faded into complete obscurity.  The Donays released this song on the local Detroit label Correct-Tone Records, but many of the small American record companies were affiliated with major labels that had distribution in the UK.  Correct-Tone Records had an affiliation with a larger label from New York, Brent Records, who picked up the record for national distribution.  Its flip-side, ‘Bad Boy’ (not the Larry Williams’ song with the same name), did get airplay in the Michigan area, although the single missed the US charts.  This single was picked up by the UK label Oriole Records and was released there.

The Donays were made up of school friends Janice Guinn, her sister Armie Guinn, Yvonne Singleton (Yvonne Vernee), Michelle Ray and a girl named Mary whose last name is unknown and they were led by Armie, but Yvonne Singleton sang lead on this song.  Yvonne later joined the Elgins replacing Saundra Mallet.  Detroit songwriter and recording artist Richard Drapkin, who also recorded under the alias Ricky Dee, worked closely with Detroit label Correct-Tone Records.  ‘Devil In His Heart’ was chosen as the group’s first single and the Donays never recorded another track, as their mothers wanted the girls to go to college and that ended their music career.  The Beatles manager Brian Epstein owned a record store called NEMS (North End Music Stores) in Liverpool and his store had a policy of buying at least one copy of every record that was released.   If the record sold, Brian would order another one, or more, but he always he had records that weren’t hits in Britain, and weren’t hits in America.   Harrison said that before the Beatles went to a gig, they would meet in the record store after it had shut, and they would search the racks like ferrets to see what new ones were there.  Once the Beatles discovered the record, they incorporated it into their live performances. 

The Donays never received any royalties for the song and they didn’t even know the Beatles recorded it till Janice and Armie were watching The Beatles’ cartoons on television and heard their song which shocked them.  The Beatles changed the gender from “His” to “Her” with all the necessary alterations throughout the song.  George Harrison sang lead vocals and played guitar with John Lennon singing backup and playing rhythm guitar, Paul McCartney also contributed backing vocals and played bass with Ringo Starr doing some powerful drumming and played maracas.  This song was recorded on the Beatles second studio album With the Beatles, which was released in 1963.

[Chorus]
She’s got the devil in her heart
But her eyes they tantalize
She’s going to tear your heart apart
Oh her lips they really thrill me
[Verse 1]
I’ll take my chances
For romance is
So important to me
She’ll never hurt me
She won’t desert me
She’s an angel sent to me
[Chorus]
She’s got the devil in her heart
No, no, this I can’t believe
She’s going to tear your heart apart
No, no way will she deceive
[Verse 2]
I can’t believe that she’ll ever ever go
Not when she hugs me and says she loves me so
She’ll never hurt me
She won’t desert me
Listen can’t you see
[Chorus]
[Verse 3]
Don’t take chances if your romance is
So important to you
She’ll never hurt me
She won’t desert me
She’s an angel sent to me
[Chorus]
[Outro]
She’s got the devil in her heart
No she’s an angel sent to me
She’s got the devil in her heart
No she’s an angel sent to me

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #188 prompt devil.

Keeping Our Children Safe

I never felt unsafe as a child and I do remember doing Duck and Cover drills under my desk at school during the Cuban Missile crisis part of the Cold War.  My parents always lived in safe neighborhoods and I don’t remember that much crime being close by me, so I guess I was blessed.  For a good portion of my life, I lived in South Plainfield, New Jersey and I always felt safe there.  Plainfield, the city just north of me had riots in 1967 and it was just one of 159 race riots that swept cities in the United States that year.  This riot was a series of racially charged violent disturbances that occurred in Plainfield, and it mirrored the bigger riots that took place in Newark.  A fight broke out at a local diner, The White Star and the next night outside agitators came into Plainfield to provoke more violence.  Rioting and looting occurred and Molotov cocktails were thrown at fire trucks responding to calls, but the police got a break when a heavy rain dispersed the crowd.

Members of the Pagans a white motorcycle gang entered the area and confronted a large group of young black men.  Police Officer John Gleason placed himself between the two groups and two members of the mob beat him with a steel grocery store cart, kicked and stomped and eventually shot and killed with his own service revolver.  My parents warned me to stay out of Plainfield and I was always cautious when I went there.  A few years later, I got a job working at Great Eastern, a department store on Route 22 in North Plainfield.  I became good friends with a black kid who worked in my department and I gave him a ride home several times.  He used to tell me not to stop the car, that he would jump out while it was still rolling and he was even afraid to be in Plainfield at night.

One time my house did get robbed by some one or a group of thieves that broke into it in the day time, gaining access by breaking the back window.  There were woods behind our house and that must be the way they approached, as none of the neighbors noticed anything unusual when they were interviewed by the police.  We had a dog and I was the first one home that day and I heard the dog barking and he was shut into a downstairs room, which was peculiar.  I saw the broken window on the back door, but I never put two and two together and I was clueless that we had been burglarized.  I had to get a hair cut that day, as my parents were on my case about it being too long, so I rushed out to do that after I walked the dog.  When I got back from the barber shop, I saw two police cars at my house.

My parents always kept me safe, but things were different back in the day.  Sure, there were pictures of missing children on milk bottles, but none of them lived near me.  I did live in Milwaukee when I was young, but that was way before Jeffery Dahmer was killing people and eating them.  The kids today have lived through a pandemic which has changed the whole world and I am sure that many of them will take a long time to process this.  Hey, whatever doesn’t kill you is supposed to make you stronger, so there may be a whole generation of fighters out there now.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #187 quote prompt, “We don’t need you to make us feel safe, because you made us feel brave.”

I Can’t Dance

“How can I take her out dancing, if I don’t know how to dance” said Jim to his friend Bob while they were at the antique book store.  Bob replied, “Most of the people on a dance floor are doing basic, simple, repetitive steps and you can do this if you build up your confidence.  Dancing is always done with music, so you must feel the beat, and everyone feels awkward the first time that they dance.  Some people spend years taking dancing lessons and they are still uncomfortable dancing in front of others.  The people who are out there dancing are too busy worrying that they won’t make a mistake, so you won’t have to worry about them judging you.  Practice will help, but you can’t get into the rhythm of the music till you can discern the beat.”

Jim said, “I listen to a lot of music, but I am not sure what the beat is.”  Bob said, “Beat is the length of time which each note is played, which supplies the underlying pattern of a song.  Since the best way to track time is with a clock, you can think of the ticking sound of a clock.  The ticking of a clock is consistent and so is the beat of a song.  Although you don’t normally hear the clock ticking unless the room that you are in is really quiet and you intentionally focusing your concentration on that sound, finding the beat of a song is similar to that.  Once you can recognize the beat in a song, that means you have found the pattern and speed of the music.  Once you master this, every other element of music will be under your control.  A beat is a pulse of time that is measured in a unit called beat duration, it can change and that means that you are changing the tempo of the beat.”

Jim said, “Wait, this is getting complicated.”  Bob replied, “There are many elements to music, but the better you can understand it the more natural you will look trying to dance to it.  You just need to know a few things and since the fixed number of beats in a song is changeable, this means that you need to know what Time Signature is, so that you know how the music is to be counted.  This is illustrated as a fraction with the top number telling you how many beats there are in one measure.   The bottom number tells you what kind of note is considered one beat.”

Jim said, “Look Bob you can’t introduce a new word to me and explain it with other new terms, like you did with beat adding these two new words of measure and note.”   Bob said, “You make a good point Jim, so let me try and simplify this for you, most music is organized in regular rhythmic patterns of strong and weak beats.  Beats are grouped into bars, which also called measures.  Music is organized with consistency and structure to give you rhythm.  The tempo and the beat create a sort of skeleton on which you build a rhythm, a pattern of pulses that can be regular or irregular, but they will always bear some mathematical relation to the beat.  The rhythm is expressed in music as notes, which tells the musician what pitch to play and how long and how often to play them.  That is it for today with your music lesson, now we move onto dancing.”

Jim said, “Fine and I don’t need to look like Fred Astaire or John Travolta out there, I just want to be able to blend in when I am dancing.”  Bob said, “Good idea and in order for you to blend in with 80% of people on the dance floor, you need to do a combination of a few simple moves.  We better start with the top of your body and work are way down from there.  Try to nod your head subtly, not like you are a bobble-head or anything that resembles being jerky, just try to feel the groove.  Then move your shoulders with the beat and think simple, repetitive arm movements.  You could throw in a clap or maybe just snap your fingers, or possibly try subtly waving your arms back and forth.  No huge movements, remember that you are trying to blend.  Move your hips back and forth with the rhythm and bounce on your knees a little bit.  Try not to look like you are jumping up and down on a pogo-stick, just take small steps from side to side.  You don’t have to do all of these moves, but you need to be able to coordinate the movement of your head, with your shoulders, arms, hands, hips, knees and feet.  Once you feel comfortable moving one part of your body then go on to the next.  You need to combine your movements, because if you just stand there bouncing up and down, or you are just waving your arms, you’ll look silly.  The most important thing to remember when you are dancing is that you are doing this because it is fun, so go out there and get grooving.”

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #186 image prompt.

Free From the Void

I’m not languishing, I’m dormant, but very soon since I have gotten both of my Covid injections, I plan to get on with my life again.  All of the masking and social distancing was miserable and I had to neglect doing many things that I love.  Now that I have wakened from my sleep caused by the pandemic, my life has taken on new meaning for me and I plan to flourish.  I have been cautiously biding my time, nurturing new ideas, and waiting for the good times to roll again.  I look back at the lockdowns as a method that recharged my batteries, so now it is time for the winter of my discontent to be over.  I had been conserving my energy, but I’m no longer lying in wait.  If something interesting comes along, I’ll pounce on it, like the cat that I am.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #185 – sentence prompt I’m not languishing, I’m dormant.

Walk of Life

The word burnout will always make me think about Tommy Chong from Cheech and Chong the comedians that smoked a lot of pot and were considered to be dirty wastoid hippie stoners, but they always made me laugh.  Being burned out means feeling empty and mentally exhausted, devoid of motivation, and beyond caring.  People experiencing burnout often don’t see any hope of positive change in their situations.  This is a very bad situation and it is difficult when people find themselves in dire straits.

Stress can lead to burnout and cause emotional exhaustion, as your brain and body can only handle so much before you become overwhelmed, but you can’t just give up on life.  If you are in a crisis, you must help yourself, show some perseverance, keep moving forward, find your happiness, and try to adapt to the curve balls that life throws at you.  Burnout is not insurmountable, it is simply a sign that something in your life needs fixing.  Find a happy song that can get you through your day and do the walk of life.

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
“Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Baby What I Say”
Here comes Johnny singing, “I Gotta Woman”
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin’ woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny, gonna tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin’ shoes
Here comes Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat the talkin’ blues

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

The song about the sweet lovin’ woman
He do the song about the knife
Then he do the walk, he do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
“Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Baby What I Say”
Here comes Johnny singing, “I Gotta Woman”
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

And after all the violence and double talk
There’s just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, yeah, you do the walk of life
Hmm, you do the walk of life

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #184 –prompt burnout.

Lifelike

I thought she was real, but she turned out to be a mannequin made out of fiberglass, actually durable high-impact molded plastic which makes her lightweight, and virtually unbreakable.  She comes fully dressed wearing top of the line makeup on her realistic face and this adult female fashion model also comes with a wig.  She is extremely flexible for different poses and she comes with adjustable fingers, and a rotating removable head that gives you the option for popping out her eyeballs to change their color, or make it seem like she is looking in another direction.  She could be a sex doll, if you are into that kind of thing, as she has lifelike genitals, but she is supposed to be used for window display, or to illustrate how certain clothing will look on you.  There is also an option for breast implants, which might work out well, if she were used as a lingerie model.

Realistic Mannequins have become all the rage right now and for good reason, they are absolutely stunning and they look like real humans.  Their facial features and makeup really make these mannequins stand out.  These types of mannequins are best displayed with a wig, and the great thing is that you can mix up the wig for a totally new look every time.  No assembly is required and if they get dirty, you can wash them with plain soap, but it is best to keep them in the shade, so that they don’t melt.  It is thought that some of these mannequins will soon be getting Alexa capabilities, so you can ask them questions and I heard that a new line of these mannequins is in production now for the autonomous cars that are expected to be out soon and I think that she sure would make a snazzy looking chauffer.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #183 – photo prompt.