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.

Many Layers

Prayer usually begins with a vocal incantation, and then it often moves on to a more structured form of meditation, ultimately reaching multiple layers of contemplative thoughts.  Prayer means a lot of different things to a lot of people and it may embody the meaning of life to some that desire to commune with their creator.  Prayer could lead us to a special place, by guiding us with God’s grace, so we can feel safe.  Prayer can offer us peace, guidance and kindness, making it a spiritual way of saying watch over us where ever we go and help us to be better.  People derive hope from prayer and in today’s world it is often a good thing.  People ask God to help them when tasks become difficult and they hope that God can lead them to the light a place where they will be free of harm.  People look to God for direction in this dark world which can often be confusing.  People ask God to stop the violence that they see all around them, to help them bear the pain and suffering that they are experiencing in this world.  They ask God to let everyone love each other, so that we can all co- exist peacefully together.

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer when we lose our way

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

La luce che tu dai (the light that you give)
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore resterà (In my heart it will remain)
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che (To remind us that)
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei (You are the eternal star)

Nella mia preghiera (In my prayers)
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’è (How much faith there is)
When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Sognamo un mondo senza più violenza (We dream of a world with no more violence)
Un mondo di giustizia e di Speranza (A world of justice and hope)
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino (Everyone lends a hand to their neighbor)
Simbolo di pace e di fraternità (A symbol of peace and fraternity)

La forza che ci dia (The strength you give us)
We ask that life be kind

È il desiderio che (And the desire that)
And watch us from above

Ognuno trovi amor (Everyone will find love)
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a sè (Around and inside themselves)
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Need to find a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

E la fede che (And the faith that)
Hai acceso in noi (You have ignited within us)
Sento che ci salverai (I feel that it will save all of us)

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #182 – Layers.

Internet Dating

Ever since social-distancing measures have removed the ease of meeting people from the equation, I have been thinking about finding a dating site, but I am not sure which one to choose.  I am not interested in any of those hookup sites, as I am not looking for flings, I don’t want to date married women, and I am not really after casual sex, or sex with no strings attached.  I just want to meet a normal person that lives in my area and have my own sacred space where I can chat with them.  I would love to find a dating site where I don’t have to answer a bunch of questions, and I can just browse profiles.  I don’t believe in soulmates, but I am certain that there is somebody out there that would be compatible for me.

The last time that I was involved in online dating, I kept meeting girls from Nigeria and I am a lot smarter now.  I don’t want to give up my privacy to find a date, but I read that many dating apps collect plenty of intimate information about their users, and they know things that should be none of their business.  Some dating sites will sell all the data that they collected on you to online marketers and there isn’t anything that you can do about it.  I don’t want anyone eavesdropping on my conversations, which I consider to be private.  I certainly don’t want to give hackers, or predators, or any cybercriminals the opportunity to steal my personal information and end up having this used against me.

There are so many liars out there in cyber land and it is really hard to trust anyone on the internet these days and I guess that is why I quit years ago.  Almost everyone lies on their dating profile, but some of these people can end up being really dangerous.  I am not in a rush to find a match and I realize that I will have to put some of my personal information on my profile, but I don’t think of the world as being my digital oyster when it comes to finding love.  Many people are too willing to share their personal data with everyone, but I read that a lot of this data is being stolen or leaked from many of these dating services, so I just want to be careful to maintain my sacred spaces.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #181 – Sacred Spaces.

Golden Milestone

I have been making posts on WordPress every day and I never get any of those consecutive streak notifications, although I have read many posts where other people get them.  They send out these milestone notifications to encourage bloggers to keep on blogging here on WordPress.  Right now, WordPress says that I have 1336 followers and so far, today I have published 5 posts and I have received 238 views, but this also includes older posts that I made.  Today I got 115 visitors, which have viewed my posts with an average 2.07 times per visitor and I don’t think that any of these statistics are a milestone for me.

Out of the posts that I wrote today, Thursday Inspiration #103 Just Like A Woman has been the most popular getting 24 views.  G is for Galveston got 13 views, What the Flock got 10, It Breaks My Heart received 9 and How Do Butterflies Do It got 5.  I don’t usually look at my statistics, as I write mostly for my own enjoyment and likes and comments mean a lot more to me than views do.  Oddly and I say this because it seems unexpected to me, I am doing very well in Finland today as it says that I got 80 views there today and I don’t know anyone from Finland.  I got 68 views from the United States, 34 from the United Kingdom and 14 from India.  My most popular day is Sunday which is not surprising as that is when I host Song Lyric Sunday.  So far this year, I have published 273 posts, which is not bad for this being the 97th day of 2021.

People have left a total of 3,512 of comments on my posts so far this year which works out to being 13 average comments per post.  I have gotten 4,808 total likes this year which gives me an average of 18 likes per post.  A lot of my posts are long and I have written a total of 153,912 words already this year, which makes each of my posts come to an average of being 564 words long.  My best views ever occurred on March 8, 2021 where I got 826 views that day, which seems odd because I only published 2 posts that day and neither one did all that well.  My top commenters lately have been glyn40wilton, badfinger20 (Max), Fandango, Peter’s pondering and Melanie B Cee.

I don’t have any milestones to celebrate at the moment, and although my life is busy at the moment with me running three different challenges here on WordPress, there is not a real lot happening in my life besides my writing.  I am very close to achieving my goal of finishing up all of my A to Z posts, as I just started writing my Z today and then I can relax a bit.  If I had anything noteworthy to celebrate, I would be happy to do that, as I don’t view milestones as being pointless and superficial.

The ancient Romans marked their roads with a milestone, which was a circular column on a solid rectangular base, set for more than 2 feet into the ground, standing 5 feet tall, 20 inches in diameter, and weighing more than 2 tons.  At the base was inscribed the number of the mile relative to the road it was on.  Milestones marked every mile from Rome, so that no traveler would mistake the fact that they were on a Roman road under imperial domain.  Below the Temple of Saturn in Rome, Augustus set up the golden milestone, which was regarded as the point from which all the principal roads of Rome diverged, this gave the Romans a way to record the distances that separated the capital from the principal cities of the Empire.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #180 – Milestones.