Forever Young

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This song was originally recorded by Bob Dylan with The Band in November 1973 and it appeared on his album Planet Waves. There are two different versions of this song on Planet Waves a slow and a fast version. Dylan had four children between 1966-1969, and this song is a warmhearted wish that his children would have all the best in life, from making the right choices to having the right attitude and spiritual guidance and it was intended as an uplifting message from a parent to a child. It is a hopeful song that a loved one will maintain the wonder of a youthful heart, no matter their actual age. Dylan tells his child that he wants him to reach his fullest potential, to reach the stars but not without climbing on every rung along the way. Rod Stewart recorded his ‘Forever Young’ song that was released as a…

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Playing Dress Up

My sister had the Barbie game when we were young and it was definitely a girl’s game and she wanted my brother and I to play it with her.  It probably was not easy for her being the only girl and after some coaxing from our parents my brother and I reluctantly decided to play.  My sister described it as an adventure game where we were supposed to find a date for the prom and then pick out our outfit for the party.  It was a board game played with dice and each player got a marker to move around the board.  There were SURPRISE game cards that contained instructions and suggestions on things to do and there was also fake money involved.  For some unknown reason I always ended up being Poindexter, the brainy smart one.  My brother was Ken the good looking one and my sister was Barbie the popular one and my sister’s best friend Lynn was Midge, Barbie’s best friend.

The game was really lame and I was required to sign up for school clubs, and earn pocket cash by working as a part time model and eventually make it to the prom.  My sister and her friend Lynn seemed to enjoy the game a lot especially the parts that I hated, like getting a date and choosing a formal dress.  There were not all that many games around for girls to play back in the early 60s that I can remember, other than the Game of Life and Aggravation.  I think that Barbie was a positive influence on girls allowing them to have dreams about having a career, owning their own house, car, having any type of clothing they desired, getting a boyfriend that they chose and being a success in anything they tried.

Written for Linda G Hill’s October 26, 2019 Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is “dress”.

Time Of Day

On May 19th in 1536, Anne Boleyn the second wife of English King Henry VIII, was beheaded at the Tower of London on charges of adultery, incest and treason.  Pete Townshend was born on this day in 1945.  Joey Ramone was born on this day in 1951.  In 1958, the soundtrack album for South Pacific went to #1 and stayed at #1 for 31 weeks.  Also in 1958, Bobby Darin released his single, ‘Splish Splash’.  In 1960, The Drifters recorded ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’.  In 1962, Marilyn Monroe sang Happy Birthday to the U.S. President John F. Kennedy.  In 1965, FBI agents visited Wand Records to investigate the lyrics to the song ‘Louie Louie’ by the Kingsmen.  In 1975, The Eagles released the single ‘One Of These Nights’.

Dawn refers to the time around the solar event known as sunrise.  Dusk corresponds to the time period when the sun sets.  Noon refers to the time that is just around 12pm, which is supposed to be the middle of the day.  Midnight refers to the exact time of 0000/2400 hours, but most people also include the time just around it.  Nocturnal refers to something that is done, occurs, or is active at night.  Diurnal is something that takes place during the day, or it could mean that it happens each day or is done daily.  Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal is the theme for today. I hope this category is broad enough, so everyone can find a song that fits the prompt.  Select your song, write your post and please be patient, and wait for me to approve your pingbacks, or you can just place your link in the comments section.
Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song Ripple’ by the Grateful Dead this week.  Next week I will write about song ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs.  The upcoming prompts will be:
May 26, 2019 – Cool/Groovy/Hip/Nifty/Radical/Swell
June 2, 2019 – Avenue/Boulevard/Drive/Road/Street
June 9, 2019 – Desire/Lust/Romance/Passion
June 16, 2019 – Dad/Father/Barbecue

The Mighty Quinn

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Third time is a charm, at least that is what I am hoping as this is my third attempt at hosting the MM Music challenge.  Bob Dylan’s songs are filled with people, some are real and others are imagined.  Bob also uses many characters from literature, fables, folklore, and because of his timeless lyrics that communicate messages of peace, sting ex-lovers and tell freewheeling stories of Shakespearean heroes, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature.  In today’s song, ‘The Mighty Quinn’ (an Eskimo) arrives and this changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals.  Dylan’s song memorialized a movie that most people will never watch.

In the song the mighty Quinn (an Eskimo) arrives, and this changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals.  Dylan is widely believed to have derived the title character from actor Anthony Quinn’s role as an…

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T Is For Trunko

Trunko is the nickname for a globster reportedly sighted in Margate, South Africa, on October 25, 1924, according to an article entitled Fish Like A Polar Bear that was published in the December 27, 1924, edition of London’s Daily Mail.  A globster or blob is an unidentified organic mass that washes up on the shoreline of an ocean or other body of water.  A globster is distinguished from a normal beached carcass by being hard to identify, at least by initial untrained observers, and by creating controversy as to its identity.  A globster is typically a huge sea creature, that is often smelly, because this mass of marine flesh is always found dead washed up on beaches throughout the world.  Mystery has surrounded these creatures for decades, as the seas of our world are vast and strange creatures are still lurking there.

Over the centuries every once and awhile something truly bizarre comes along, a sighting which seems to push the boundaries of the weird and shows us that we may be even further from understanding the deep than we think.  Surely one of the oddest such cases comes to us from the shores of South Africa, where there was a rather perplexing case of a sea monster that seems to defy classification, and which has gone on to become one of the more curious mysteries that haunted many people till the British cryptozoologist Karl Shuker explained it to be a globster in his 1996 book The Unexplained.  Trunko got its named in jest by Shuker in his book, and the name stuck.

Knowing that information can become altered over time, either intentionally or accidentally, almost 95 years ago, this curious sequence of inexplicable events began to unfold that startled and frightened witnesses on the beach.  Just off shore amidst a good amount of thrashing and splashing about there an enormous, white furred creature that looked like a long trunk and which one witness a South African farmer Mr. Hugh Ballance described as a giant polar bear, appeared to be engaged in vicious combat with a pair of killer whales, also known as orcas.  The great battle with the whales took place some distance out to sea, not at the shore and Hugh Ballance watched with the aid of glasses.  According to report, the strange, violent battle was truly epic, continuing for around three hours, as the sea frothed with red and the strange sea monster lashed out at the whales with its formidable looking tail, at one point it was purported to have leaped 20 feet out of the water during the melee.

In the churning depths of the Indian ocean the fierce battle drew to an end, the whales moved away and their furry attacker floated lifelessly at the surface.  The odd sea creature reportedly washed up onto shore, apparently killed by the orcas, where it would prove to be even stranger than originally thought.  Witnesses who claimed to have examined the carcass described it as being 47 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 5 feet high, without any limbs and the entirety of it covered with lush white fur around 8 inches long.  The creature appeared to have no discernible head, and from its torso protruded what looked like a thick trunk very similar to that of an elephant, which measured 5 feet long and 14 inches in diameter, with a tip described as being sort of like the snout of a pig.  The tail of the beast was said in later reports to be like that of a lobster, its bone structure was unclear and perhaps the strangest detail of all was that the corpse showed no signs of blood, despite the fact that the creature had presumably died of its wounds.

The descriptions given of Trunko created a vivid image of an extraordinary creature.  Although Trunko appeared to be a sea creature, it allegedly had thick hair all over its body and possessed a long trunk.  These features were combined with a powerful, lobster-like tail, and Trunko didn’t seem to have any sort of head or face.  Although the creature was examined and measured by witnesses on the beach, it seems that strangely no trained scientist ever came to see it and no photos were provided at the time.  However, a Johannesburg photographer named A. C. Jones did take three or four photos of Trunko, some of which were published in the August 1925 issue of Wide World Magazine, assuming, that this is not a newspaper hoax.  Some of the onlookers brought in a team of 32 oxen to move it seaward, which they failed to do on account of its immense weight.  After 10 days of rotting away on the beach, the fetid carcass then apparently was washed back out to sea where it would disappear forever and pass into one of the stranger cases in the history of the weird.

After the initial article in the Daily Mall, other news sources picked up the story and it was widely reported on in various outlets.  Oddly, another article which was published in the March 27, 1925 edition of the Charleroi Mail, of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, in the United States and entitled “Whales Slain By Hairy Monster”, would give a slightly different version of the unusual events.  According to this article, the bizarre trunked sea monster had won the battle with the whales, killing them and then had retreated to shore where it collapsed from exhaustion rather than washing up dead.  Just as described in the original Daily Mail article, the creature then remained on the beach for 10 days, during which time it was not examined by scientists, yet in the Charleroi Mail article the beast groggily crawled back to the water and swam away rather than having its lifeless corpse carried away by the tides.

Others say that Trunko was not a globster, it was the dead, rotting remains of a white or whitish bull whale, or a basking shark, or a white shark that the Orca killed and the trunk was its exposed sexual organ.  Was Trunko just a massive, tough skin-sac of blubber containing collagen that was left behind from a dead whale that had its skull and skeleton separated from the skin and lost in the ocean?  Or perhaps Trunko was a living, white-furred, elephant-trunked cryptid that had never been found in existence before or after.

D Is For Dryad

Elementals are nature spirits and they consist of various types of beings or spirits which inhabit Nature.  The belief in their existence was universal in the ancient era of almost every religious practice.  Elementals are the basic unit of fey and they come in four distinct groups, being earth, air, fire and water, which were the elements back in classical Greek and Roman times.  Fey is a generic term used to refer to any creature associated with the fairy races, such as sprites, pixies, nymphs, etcetera.  Fey are usually human-shaped magical creatures closely tied to the forces of nature, or to some other force or place.  They dwell in twilight groves and misty forests.  The original fey races were made up of Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, Goblins and Giants.

Classification becomes difficult because certain elementals can be both air and earth spirits and the relationships between different ones seemed to be necessary for humans so that they could make sense of the world around them.  There are fey tribes and groups that don’t fall into any of those categories above, like naiads and river gods, dryads and gnomes, although some people classify gnomes as earth elementals.  The Greeks used the name “nymph” to cover certain female Elementals of both water and trees.  The nymphs were usually associated with fertile, growing things, such as trees, or with water and tree nymphs are actually connected with water.  The two most common types of nymphs are the naiad (water nymph) and the dryad (tree nymph.)   A Dryad is a nymph or nature spirit who lives in trees and takes the form of a beautiful young woman. The Dryads belong to the group of elementals who dwell in that attenuated body of the earth along with the gnomes, pans, elves and brownies.

Dryads are said to be nature spirits that merged with small trees and through this joining, they are capable of assuming a human or elf form, as well as that of the tree that they possess.  Others say that dryads were actually human and elf druids or a combination between a fairy and an elf and through a magical ritual that went wrong became dryads.  The dryads probably started when some tree-fancying fey took the shape of a tree, and found that their true shape was a tree.  Whatever the true lore is behind dryads it will most likely remain a mystery, but what is known is that all dryads are female and they can take on the shape of a human or a maiden elf.  Dryads are tree spirits and they connect to all other trees within a given area.  The Dryad is not a woodland sprite, who runs around the branches and skips amongst the leaves, they constitute the living spirit within a tree, a spirit which many people feel that it is possible for you to communicate with, if you choose to.

Dryads are known for being rather shy, speaking with soft voices, but they also enjoyed playing pranks.  They were originally the attendants of Artemis goddess of the hunt, the moon, and chastity, and she protected them while they were in the trees, groves, and forests.  To see them was considered unlucky, but this may be because as vigilant guardian spirits they most frequently made themselves visible when displeased and then they became intent on inflicting disciplinary action to anyone who messed around with their forests and woods which was their homes.  The dryads should not be confused with hamadryads who are stationary spirits of individual trees and who die when their particular tree dies.  Dryads were mobile, and they could move around quite easily.  Most dryads are fans of a particular species of tree, the dryads were originally the spirits of oak trees, but the name was later applied to all tree nymphs, like the hamadryads who are most often connected with river-side trees like poplar trees, the meliads that have a connection with ash trees and fruit trees.