So Glad I’m Living

It seems pretty obvious that this song is about a guy who loves being with his woman.  He reflects on the time that he spent with her and that makes him cry hmmm.  Muddy Waters was born McKinley Morganfield on April 4, 1915, in Issaquena County, Mississippi.  Waters grew up immersed in the Delta blues, and was first recorded by archivist Alan Lomax.  In 1943, he moved to Chicago and began playing in clubs.  A record deal followed, and hits like “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” and “Rollin’ Stone” which made him an iconic Chicago blues man.  He was a major inspiration for the British blues explosion in the 1960s, and was also ranked number 17 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

My baby’s long and tall,
Shaped like a cannon ball
And every time she loves me,
Oh, you can hear me squall
I cried hmmm, hmmm,
I believe I change my mind
Ah, she said, ‘I’m so glad I’m livin’”,
I said, “Hmm baby, I’m so glad you’re mine”
My baby loves me,
I know she loves me right
She lets me lay down,
And I love her all night
I cried hmmm, hmmm,
I believe I change my mind
Ah, she said, “I’m so glad I’m livin’”,
I said, “Hmmm baby, I’m so glad you’re mine”
My baby…
My baby love me,
She love me with a thrill
I don’t believe,
She tryin’ to get nobody killed
I cried hmmm, hmmm,
I believe I change my mind
Ah, she said, “I’m so glad I’m livin’”,
I said, “Hmmm baby, I’m so glad you’re mine”

Written for Sandi Flip Flops Every day December 4, 2017 Manic Monday #10 Challenge – Things that Make you go Hmmm.

Turn the Page

Turn the PageEvery author wants to write a book that is a real page turner. If you can create a plot that contains a twist, this should enthrall your reader to want to see what happens next.  Utilizing figurative language with detailed descriptions should keep your readers turning the pages and if you are able to create cliffhanger endings, then your readers will continue turning pages.  A book is a set of printed sheets of paper that are bound together between covers and this most likely forms a work of fiction or non-fiction.  Most books come in hard covers or paperbacks and in order to get people to read them, they should be printed and published.

I really hate it when the pages in a book that I am reading get stuck together, I guess that the book may have gotten wet at one time or it is a new book where the pages have not been turned yet. Our modern world seems to be phasing out printed books in favor of electronic books for many reasons.  Twenty years ago in the late 1990’s many people were not familiar with the term blogger, but since the internet has become faster and wireless, blogging took off and it is here to stay.  New bloggers are popping up out of the woodwork every day.

Blogs can cover many subjects and many blogs have a lot of followers. Blogs feature comments, which makes them interactive, unlike the static printed pages in a book that you would have to turn.  A typical post is between 200-500 words and graphic images are included to hold the reader’s attention.  If you do not keep your blog active, you will probably lose some of your readers.

A person that has finished serving their prison sentence, will most likely want to start a new leaf in their life, or turn the page by creating a new person out of themselves, one that will now fit into society. I would never want to go to prison and I probably would try to do anything to avoid being sent there.  One desperate man that was down to his last dollar and he certainly did not want to go to prison was the Midnight Rider and I will leave you with this song by the Allman Brothers.

Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider

Well, I’ve got to run to keep from hiding
And I’m bound to keep on riding
And I’ve got one more silver dollar
But I’m not gonna let them catch me, no
Not gonna let ‘em catch the midnight rider
And I don’t own the clothes I’m wearing
And the road goes on forever
And I’ve got one more silver dollar
But I’m not gonna let them catch me, no
Not gonna let ‘em catch the midnight rider
And I’ve gone by the point of caring
Some old bed I’ll soon be sharing
And I’ve got one more silver dollar
But I’m not gonna let ‘em catch me, no
Not gonna let them catch the midnight rider
No I’m not gonna let ‘em catch me, no
Not gonna let them catch the midnight rider
No, I’m not gonna let ‘em catch me, no
I’m not gonna let them catch the midnight rider
But I’m not gonna let ’em catch me, no
Not gonna let them catch the midnight rider

Written for October 30, 2017 Sandi Flip Flops Every day Manic Monday #9 Challenge – Turn the Page

Same As Always Nothing Out of the Ordinary

Typical an absurd lie or excuse used quite often, lame, and silly things that have been stated before.  The idiom belongs to the world of entertainment.  If you go to a musical concert or any show, off course you would like to see and hear fresh and different things not the same old stuff.  You will expect or like to see new and interesting performances thus this expression refers to the dull and dreary things being said or used before.  It also means to give same excuse repeatedly, or to lie in order to get rid of a bad situation.

The expression, ‘Same Old Song and Dance’ seems to have originated during the Korean War, when American soldiers tried to make indigenous personnel use English phrases.  What is generally assumed or believed is that an American GI wanted a Korean subordinate to do something which was similar to something the Korean has already learned how to do, the same old rigmarole, thus the American used the expression ‘same-o, same-o’.  GI’s returning to the States took the phrase with them, but mainstream Americans missed the meaning entirely.  This might have evolved as part of a pidgin (a grammatically simplified form of a language, used for communication between people not sharing a common language), stemming from the phrase ‘same old same old’.

This reminds me of a song that was written and recorded by the American singer Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band in 1978 titled, ‘Still the Same’.  This song is either about gambling or love or both, and it seems to tell the story of a person who uses people to get what they want by using charm and sex as a tool. Seger said that this song is an amalgamation of characters that he met when he first went to Hollywood.

Bob Seger – Still The Same (live in San Diego ’78)

You always won, everytime you placed a bet
You’re still damn good, no one’s gotten to you yet
Everytime they were sure they had you caught
You were quicker than they thought
You’d just turn your back and walk
You always said, the cards would never do you wrong
The trick you said was never play the game too long
A gambler’s share, the only risk that you would take
The only loss you could forsake
The only bluff you couldn’t fake
And you’re still the same
I caught up with you yesterday
Moving game to game
No one standing in your way
Turning on the charm
Long enough to get you by
You’re still the same
You still aim high
There you stood, everybody watched you play
I just turned and walked away
I had nothing left to say
‘Cause you’re still the same
You’re still the same
Moving game to game
Some things never change
You’re still the same

Written for Sandi Flip Flops Every day October 23, 2017 Manic Monday #8 Challenge – Same Old Song and Dance

Hello Mary Lou

There are two credited writers of this song and they are Gene Pitney and Cayet Mangiaracina.  Ricky Nelson’s father Ozzie, a popular bandleader and star (along with Ricky and the rest of his family) of the TV series The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, played tenor guitar on this song.  The solo is by Nelson’s guitarist James Burton, who later joined up with Elvis Presley.  Several acts have done popular covers of this song, including Brownsville Station, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Creedence Clearwater Revival and even Led Zeppelin.  When Ricky Nelson entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, he was inducted by John Fogerty of Creedence.

The song features an influential guitar solo by James Burton, piano is by Ray Johnson, and other musicians on the record include Joe Osborne on bass and Ritchie Frost on drums.  Hello Mary Lou was not strictly an original composition.  Pitney reworked a version of an earlier song ‘Merry, Merry Lou’, recorded by a band called The Sparks in 1957, which was covered later that year by Bill Haley & His Comets, as ‘Mary Mary Lou’.  The composer of the track was Cayet Mangiaracina, band member of The Sparks, who would later become ordained as a Catholic priest.  When Hello Mary Lou was released, the recording company Decca sued for plagiarism of this song and won.  Mangiaracina was awarded writer co-credits for Hello Mary Lou as composer of the original song.

Unlike virtually every other early rocker, who worked his way up in the music business starting with small clubs, county fairs and seedy venues, Rick Nelson began at the top.  His father Ozzie Nelson was a successful bandleader who started a family comedy show on radio in the 40s that featured his wife Harriet and sons David and Ricky.  The show was a big success and in the 50s transferred to television, where it became one of the longer-running shows in TV history.

As a result, the goofy younger brother Ricky was already a household name when he developed an interest in rock and roll in the mid-50s.  With his stunning good looks and pleasing voice, Ricky’s singing success seemed like a sure thing.  After Ricky’s cover of Fats Domino’s I’m Walkin’ made it into the Billboard Top 10 in 1957, Ozzie began featuring Ricky singing on his TV show, where he quickly became a teen idol.

The song is a bubbly, bouncy, catchy ditty buoyed by a terrific performance from Nelson’s band.  There is liberal use of cowbell, and the guitar and piano carry the song along rapidly.  However, the centerpiece of Hello Mary Lou is James Burton’s inspired guitar solo.  It was extremely influential, setting the tone for future country-rock classics and was widely imitated by later musicians.

In 1968 Jimmy Page’s band The Yardbirds was winding down, and Page envisioned assembling a rock supergroup.  After contacting various British rock musicians, he settled on a quartet with himself on guitar, John Paul Jones on bass, John Bonham on drums and vocalist Robert Plant.  Led Zeppelin were an incredibly successful combo.  They combined tremendous virtuosity with an exceptional musical range. Although they were known as the quintessential heavy-metal band, they also produced some exceptional acoustic music.

Led Zeppelin did a take of Hello Mary Lou on their triple live album How the West Was Won.  James Burton was one of Jimmy Page’s idols as a youth way before he formed Led Zeppelin, and Robert Plant has won awards for his duets with roots folksinger Allison Krause.  The Led Zeppelin version of this country-rock classic was usually played mixed in with other songs like ‘Whole Lotta Love/Boogie Chillun/Let’s Have a Party/Hello Marylou/Going’.

Hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart
Sweet Mary Lou, I’m so in love with you
I knew Mary Lou, we’d never part
So hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart
You passed me by one sunny day
Flashed those big brown eyes my way
And oo I wanted you forever more
Now I’m not one that gets around
Swear my feet stuck to the ground
And though I never did meet you before
I said, hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart
Sweet Mary Lou, I’m so in love with you
I knew Mary Lou, we’d never part
So hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart
I saw your lips I heard your voice
Believe me I just had no choice
Wild horses couldn’t make me stay away
I thought about a moonlit night
My arms about good an’ tight
That’s all I had to see for me to say
Hey, hey, hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart
Sweet Mary Lou, I’m so in love with you
I knew Mary Lou, we’d never part
So hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart
So hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart
Yes hello Mary Lou, goodbye heart

Written for Sandi Flip Flops Every day October 18, 2017 Manic Monday #7 Challenge – Hello Again

Irma Makes a Manic Monday

The weekend keeps on going for me, as I had a job for last Friday, today and tomorrow which were all cancelled by the hurricane.  Monday has become my fun day, I don’t have to run day, as it’s just another manic Monday.  They cancelled school on Friday and closed it for today and it will be closed again tomorrow, so I will be inside writing.  The update message that I just received says, “Lake County Schools will remain closed until further notice.  We will share updates through social media and news outlets as it is made available.  Substitute jobs will be automatically cancelled each day on a rolling basis as the District closure continues.  No further action is necessary on your part.”

Looking out the windows, my lanai looks fine but there is be a broken branch on my front tree.  It does not seem that bad to me, but we still have wind gusts over 40 mph today.  I think the worst part of the storm was that the network stations kept broadcasting Irma and I was not able to watch any football games.  I did not lose power or the internet but the cable TV did go out last night about 10 PM, however it came back on this morning.  There is a curfew in effect till 6 PM tonight, but I am not planning on going anywhere. Actually I am glad that they cancelled school tomorrow, as I would have been driving in the dark and not knowing about any obstacles in the road.  I guess I am lucky to have power, but it seems like the weather men and the politicians are using this storm to monopolize the air waves and this constant coverage is getting on my nerves.

I have participated in almost all of the Manic Monday word prompt contests except for the first one, and the fith one and I wrote this post for the first challenge.  If you like music, this is fun because each week Sandi Flip Flops Every day gives you a new song title and you take it from there with no word limits, however I did hear her say that she would prefer the posts were all under 400 words.  Ping back your post to her contest, so others can read it.  The #2 Challenge prompt was Imagine, #3 Challenge was Kicks, #4 Challenge was Summertime Blues, #5 Challenge was Sentimental Journey and #6 Challenge was In The Mood.  Sandy was busy packing and moving and I am not sure if she will ever continue her writing contest.  Anyway Manic Monday #1 Challenge was Manic Monday, The Bangles song that was written by Prince and for this challenge I will write about a song titled ‘Monday Monday’ by the Mamas & the Papas.

Monday, Monday is about the lousy feeling that comes with the end of the weekend and beginning of another workweek.  Monday is always thought of as being the worst day of the week, especially if you have a hangover after a weekend of solid partying.  This was the first Hot 100 chart-topper with a day in the week in the title, and the only one with the word Monday.  ‘Manic Monday’ by the Bangles and ‘Rainy Days And Mondays’ by the Carpenters both only made it to #2.   Back in the beginning of 1967, two years before Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who and the Grateful Dead were entirely unknown to most concert fans, but all of this changed during the height of the Summer of Love, with the Monterey Pop Festival.  The lineup of performers included all of the aforementioned acts as well as Ravi Shankar, Buffalo Springfield, Otis Redding, Laura Nyro, the Animals, the Association, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, Simon & Garfunkel and the Mamas and the Papas.

The Monterey Pop Festival got off to a dismal start when songwriter John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas called Laura Nyro up and invited her to join them in Monterey, which was her first major live appearance.  She had never done a gig before, as all she ever did was to record music and this caused her anxiety.  Mixed in with this were some personal problems of The Mamas & The Papas (Doherty was drinking heavily at the time, trying to get over Michelle Phillips and their affair), and that might have contributed to the gloomy atmosphere cast over the Monterey festival which had bad reviews.

‘Monday, Monday’ was the group’s third single.  Their first record was ‘Go Where You Wanna Go’, and this was followed by a big hit named ‘California Dreamin’.  The sixties was known as the age of experimentation and free love.  Consequences of over indulgence in alcohol, drugs, and sexual perversions includes that a person might be facing the realities of an upcoming Monday.  Monday can be a letdown after the weekend, and full of uncertainty about what is to come.  The song features a famous false ending, as just when it seems to stop appearing to be coming to its ending, reaching a final cadence, the music recommences, which was very cool for the time.

Bah-da bah-da-da-da
Bah-da bah-da-da-da
Bah-da bah-da-da-da
Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be
Oh Monday mornin´,
Monday mornin´ couldn´t guarantee
That Monday evenin´ you would still be here with me
Monday, Monday, can´t trust that day
Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that way
Oh Monday mornin´ you gave me no warnin´ of what was to be
Oh Monday, Monday, how could you leave and not take me
Every other day, every other day
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes,
but whenever Monday comes
A-you can find me cryin´ all of the time
Monday, Monday, so good to me
Monday mornin´, it was all I hoped it would be
But Monday mornin´,
Monday mornin´ couldn´t guarantee
That Monday evenin´ you would still be here with me
Every other day, every other day
Every other day of the week is fine, yeah
But whenever Monday comes, but whenever Monday comes
A-you can find me cryin´ all of the time
Monday, Monday, can´t trust that day
Monday, Monday, it just turns out that way
Oh Monday, Monday, won´t go away
Monday, Monday, it´s here to stay
Oh Monday, Monday Oh Monday, Monday

Written for Sandi Flip Flop 1st installment of Manic Monday titled Manic Monday.

Getting in the Mood

This article is about having sex, so if you are a prude, then you can stop reading now.  It is totally normal for a couple to become hot for each other, and this is usually followed by them jumping into bed together, because they are both in the mood and they are aroused, so logically they make love.  It is easier for younger men to get into the mood, than it is for women of any age group.  Most women do not get in the mood at the drop of a hat, and start panting and removing their clothes at any opportunity.

Most men seem to need very little stimulation, as they are ready to go when they see something desirable. While women work differently, they need to relax, so they are able to concentrate on what’s going on, and they enjoy it best when things heat up slowly.  Women have a physical need just like men do, as they get aroused, but they don’t seem to be bothered if they have to go for a prolonged period without sex.  Men have been designed to be the pursuers, and women are the responders in most relationships.  A man has to be ready all the time, in case he is able to find a woman who wants to respond to his advances.

Women want to derive as much pleasure out of having sex as men do, so they don’t ever want to have to fake it.  They need to be ready to respond to kisses and sensual groping and always have their head in the game in case things tend to heat up.  Man or woman, every person needs to know how to properly stimulate themselves, so they know what feels good and they are able to determine what they like.  Sex is a brain thing and if your head is screwed on right, natural instincts will let your body follow.  Everyone controls their own sex drive and whether or not they allow themselves to become aroused.

All men want women to respond to them and to accept them and by having sex, men are able to see how their woman responds and determine if they will be chosen again for this honor.  When you are in bed with your partner, you should stop paying attention to your own body and start paying attention to your partner’s needs.  You don’t actually need to be in the mood, you just have to show a willingness to trust your partner, peruse them or respond to them and most likely arousal will follow.

Sandi Flip Flop 6th installment of Manic Monday titled In The Mood

The Last Time I Cried

Gale was a rescue dog and when she had to be put down I wrote a poem to read to her hoping it would calm her as the Vet gave her the fatal injection. Gale was a German Shepherd and she got that degenerative hip disease as she aged and the life we had together was a sentimental journey. I gave her mega doses of Glucosamine, which is a joint pain supplement.  As the disease progressed, her hind legs grew weaker and eventually she was not able to stand any more and her back legs became completely paralyzed.  I used that Robert Frost poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ as a basis for my poem.

Whose dog is this, I think I know.
You belong to me, wherever we go.
We walk together high and low.
Our best times are spent out in the snow.
My little friend, you are so dear.
We stop at a farmhouse that is near.
In the woods we pass frozen deer.
It is the darkest evening of the year.
You give your tail a little shake.
You are my best friend and that is no mistake.
You like to walk down by the lake.
Oh easy wind and downy flake.
We are in the woods, they are dark and deep,
The squirrels run and the rabbits leap.
We have miles to go but now you must sleep,
We have miles to go but now you must sleep.

I made a PowerPoint video out of my poem and it was pretty cool, but sadly them Russian hackers corrupted my file, so I lost all of the neat sounds that were in it. I had these cool sounds of dogs barking, whining and drinking that are lost, however I was able to save a copy of the file in an email which the Russians did not get.  I like the part at the end where Gale floats up to heaven.

Manic Monday Sentimental Journey


Summertime Blues the Story

I am not going to raise a fuss, and there is no reason for me to shout or cry, I have not worked all summer long as I have been here writing every day.  I see some bloggers have incorporated advertisements on their sites to promote one thing or another, but I am not sure if that is such a sweet deal.  I had to stop following some bloggers because of this and even though I loved their writing, my virus protection system kept issuing warnings so much that I had to close the post before I was even done reading it.  So no matter how much they earn by selling out, I view it as being small potatoes (you know those cute baby or petite ones).

Every time I call my baby, to try to get a date, I tell her that I just finished playing dice with her boss and since I won again she won’t have to work late.  Sometimes I wonder what I am going to do, because writing in this Monday Maniac Challenge is so time consuming, but it seems to be a cure for the summertime blues.  My mother and father both told me, ‘Stop writing all the time, you lazy SOB get out of the house and make some money.  If you get a job, we will let you use the car after church next Sunday.’  I wanted to use the car, but just the thought of going to work made me feel sick.  Thoughts of getting the car haunted me, but I didn’t want to work a lick.

Sometimes I wonder what I am going to do, I like the Monday Maniac Challenge and it has become a sanctuary for the summertime blues.  I should probably take two weeks off from writing (most of the stuff that I write stinks to high heavens anyway) and go on a vacation.  New York City is not for me and I don’t want to visit the United Nations.  I have no idea who my congressman actually is or what he stands for.  He never helped me with anything and I think he smokes dope.  I no longer wonder what I am going to do, I am in the Monday Maniac Challenge and thankfully it has cured my summertime blues.

Sandi Flip Flops Every day Summertime Blues
4th installment Manic Monday Challenge

Kicks Challenge

My friend Al had a band and one my favorite songs that he would play was called Route 66 and I always got a kick out of it.  Here are some of the lyrics:
If you ever plan to motor west,
Travel my way, take the highway that’s best.
Get your kicks on Route sixty-six.

This is a highway song and who doesn’t like a good highway song, but my favorite highway song Highway 61 was written by Bob Dylan.  I needed some songs for the wedding part of my book, so I copied a few lines of his song and then I changed the name to Biblical Highway 61 when I wrote four more verses (Noah, David, Jonah and Moses) to go with his wonderful words.  I thought about changing some of Dylan’s lyrics, so this would not be considered plagiarism, but his words were so perfect, I could not allow myself to tamper with them.  My song is below.

Oh God said to Abraham, ‘Kill me a son’
Abe says, ‘Man, you must be puttin’ me on’
God say, ‘No.’ Abe say, ‘What?’
God say, ‘You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run’
Well Abe says, ‘Where do you want this killin’ done?’
God says. ‘Out on Highway 61.’

God said to Noah, ‘Here are the plans for a new boat.’
Noah said, ‘God, nothing that big will ever float?’
God says, ‘All the people will drown, but the animals will survive.
You and your family will be the only ones left and you will thrive.’
Noah said, ‘Are You sure You know what You are doing?’
God says, “Just keep busy and don’t start misconstruing.
Now we are really going to have some fun
Get your butt movin’ while you still have the Sun
Build your boat on Highway 61.’

God said to David, ‘Goliath is here, pull out your sling’
David said, ‘I am not violent, how about if I just sing.’
God said, ‘Your son is after you, he wants to cut your throat.’
David said, ‘God if you help me out, I will sacrifice a goat.’
God said, ‘Absalom will be here soon and you are the chosen one.’
David said, ‘Should I hide in a well or do you think I should run.’
God said, ‘You better hide out on Highway 61.’

God said to Jonah, ‘I want you to issue a warning.’
Jonah said, ‘It is late, I will depart in the morning.’
God said, ‘You better get on that ship and set sail.’
Jonah said, ‘I am afraid I might be swallowed by a whale?’
God says, ‘Don’t sass me boy, or I will hide the Sun.
You need to listen, so stick out your thumb.
Send my message out on Highway 61.’

God said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh is coming, it is time to flee.’
Moses said, ‘I am trapped here, you better part the sea.’
God said to Moses, ‘I want you to follow my rule.’
Moses said, ‘I am down with that, everything is cool.’
God said, ‘The promised land is on the horizon.
But you can’t go because we are not done.
Everyone else will leave on Highway 61’.

Same Song Different Lyrics

Imagine you had superpowers
Go ahead and try
Anyone you want
Maybe you would fly
Picture all the others
Flying through the sky Aha-ah…

Envision that it is raining
And you are staying dry
No umbrella with you
And your head is hanging high
Visualize all the people
Eating some of your pie…

I have always been a dreamer
It is the way I have my fun
I dream that we will be together
And I will get things done

Look at all the others
Watching us make love
We don’t need no audience
Or guidance from above
Dream my dreams with me
I am happy to share with you…

I have always been a dreamer
It is the way I have my fun
I dream that we will be together
And I will get things done