Tag Archive | music

Time in a Bottle

That’s the song I’m listening to now. It used to be my parents’ song (before they got divorced) so there is kind of an underlying melancholy to it for me, but it’s still a beautiful song. Don McLean’s entire American Pie album (with the exception of “Everybody Loves Me” and the one about mother nature having it out for him…I forget the name) is also brilliant. In case you can’t guess, I listened to it before Jim Croce.

I was going to write a long blog post, but I’ve lost the thread, and I think I’d rather take a shower and call it a night. So that this is not a complete waste, here’s the Don McLean album I mentioned on YouTube. (I did not upload it).

and here’s a few covers I’ve been working on:

Have a good one!

Jo 🙂

80s Covers

I made it home alive. I even have some fun photos of Tablerock Lake and kittens to share if I get them taken off. Might not be until tomorrow though. I did get the short story finished I have been working on – it clocks in at 9,700+ words. Yeesh. Is it any good? I don’t know. It may well be very boring, but I’ve sent it to my two betas (doesn’t that make it sound professional? That really means Mom and the brother, but hey, why ruin the illusion?) and I’ll see what they say.

In the meantime Lotte Kestner’s version of Mr. Blue (originally by Yazoo in the 80s) has been driving me insane. Over and over again.

The lyrics to this song are amazing – especially the first and last verse:

“The winter sound is crying, like an old man slowly dying,
and the only sound: the wind that fills the trees
Even colder comes the moon
and though it never comes too soon,
the sudden stillness as the rainfall starts to freeze”



“I come to you at night
when all the world is sleeping tight
and lie beside you til the early morning dew
you can’t see me, you can’t hear me
but you feel me when you read the folded letter, she left addressed to you.”

The sad thing is that the original version, while having the same lyrics, loses the feel of them with synthesizers:

But the 80s did that. There’s a bunch of songs that have beautiful, melancholy lyrics smooshesd under synthesizers. Mad World is a prime example.

Here’s the cover:

and here is the original:

Another good example is Running up that Hill by Kate Bush and then Placebo – thankfully – got ahold of it (A lot of people actually redid it, but I think Placebo’s is the best).

Anyway, if you can’t guess I’ve been in a melancholy mood. I mentioned it a couple weeks ago, and it’s still hanging on. (Someone else has written a far better post than me about this condition,) I don’t know. At least I got the story written. Now to get book 8 going…

Have a good one!

Jo 🙂

90’s Music OR How We Are Becoming Our Parents

Music guitar

Music guitar (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

(nov 2008)

We (as in hubby and I) are listening to the 90’s station on Sirius radio – Lithium I think it is. It’s all 90’s music and nothing else… kinda makes me feel like those old people who listened to the 60’s music channels when I was a kid. You know what I’m talking about. They listened to the all 60’s station and you’d cringe when you had to ride with them or be seen with them – maybe they were your parents or your relatives or even your neighbor. Regardless, they were there and they were jamming out to “We Wear Short-Shorts” while you tried to crawl under the seat.

As a kid, I could never understand why they listened to that stuff when it was OLD and there was so much NEW music to listen to.  Why were they purposefully putting in cassette tapes of The Beetles when there were so many bands out that had “modern” unembarrassing stuff? It was like they didn’t realize how OLD this stuff was! How could they be blissfully unaware that their music of choice was well over ten years old!?!?!?!?! Had they missed the last ten years!?!?

Yeah, well, I have a new sympathy for them. I am now in that place – and yeah, I kind of missed the last ten years myself. Sure, I don’t normally listen to just music from one decade and I do enjoy a lot of new stuff and try to constantly expand my musical horizons, but I forget that a lot of the “good stuff” is getting to the point where it will be old enough to graduate from high school soon.  Most of my core, basic cannot-live-without albums are all from 1994-96. How sad is that?

This was thrown into focus for me after our Halloween party. Michael was hanging around still, and he’s like 21. So, we were flipping through the pc folders on the playstation 3, playing random music, and we landed on a Pearl Jam song. I commented about how I was like 15 when it came out and he innocently said, “Oh, I remember this! I was like 8!” EIGHT!?!?!?! And here I am thinking that my Marilyn Manson Anti-Christ Superstar album is still “cool”…

But it happens. When you’re in school, each year is a long, drawn out experience that is completely different from the one before it or after it. Once you get settled into the same old house year after year and same old jobs and same old faces it all runs together like watercolors, doesn’t it? And then it doesn’t help that radio stations – hell even TV commercials – still play the same old 90’s music on an everyday basis until you don’t even realize how much time has passed by and you’re suddenly one of those weird old people who are still touting a long gone era…

It’s scary stuff, that’s what it is!

Tell me I’m not alone here in my geezer-dom. Even if you have to lie.

Song playing at the moment – “Polly” – Nirvana

Collab Poem: Blue Waters

(from August 2008)

This time there was a theme: Country Songs, so, I wrote a country song 🙂

I did do a pic-n-poem version using a random photobucket photo, but since it has a person in it that I don’t know, I am running the text only version:

Down by the creek,
A soft kiss on the cheek
Two kids at play, on a summer’s simple day
They grew too soon
And she moved away from you
But you smiled like you were dyin’
And the world whistled your tune

They say Blue Waters run deep
And you play that song so well my friend
So open the curtains and take one last bow
Fly high and proud, and if you should fall,
Remember you almost had it all.
Where the circles never broken and life keeps going

Eat at Joe’s,
The best food we know
Don’t go too fast or you’ll miss out all the fun
Don’t give up tryin’
Live like you’re dyin’
Take this advice
And, my friend, you will be smilin’

They say Blue Waters run deep
And you play that song so well my friend
So open the curtains and take one last bow
Fly high and proud, and if you should fall,
Remember you almost had it all.
Where the circles never broken and life keeps going

Oh, the crowd,
Whistles and shouts
Next time, maybe, we’ll try something new
We’re up high
In a sunny yellow sky
I think I’m the only one who sees
We’re just pretending, you and I

They say Blue Waters run deep

And you play that song so well my friend….
Yes, you always do….

I find myself
On a lost, dusty shelf
Brush off the dirt to see if I still shine
Just like the rainbow
Follows the storm
You ain’t seen nothing yet
We’re worn but still goin’ strong

They say Blue Waters run deep
And you play that song so well my friend
So open the curtains and take one last bow
Fly high and proud, and if you should fall,
Remember you almost had it all.
Where the circles never broken and life keeps going

Song playing at the moment – “Addicted” – Ace Young

Musical Blog Tag


The rules are simple – fill it out and tag five people, can’t be much easier than that, so without further ado I present my….

Music to….

Sing along to: Gin Blossoms, any album

Dance to: Um… not much of a dancer but…. Utada Hikaru (Simple and Clean) and Jade (Real Emotion)

Drive to: Disturbed’s first album The Sickness– especially  The Game

Be angry to: Matchbox 20 “Mad season” – that disc is so bitter and angry!

Cry to: “Daddy can you see me now” Anita Cochran – shut up! *sniff *

Laugh to: Weird Al

Make you feel melancholy: “Freshman” by Verve Pipe,End of the innocence” Don Henley, “Empty Chairs” Don McLean, anything with violins. Violins are the saddest, most melancholy instrument ever. They’re actually my favorite.

Make you feel better: HIM – especially wicked game, oooh yeah!

Put you in the “mood”: HIM, Disturbed or Placebo

Write to: depends on the scene. Don McLean or Simon and Garfunkle are good for flowery descriptions, HIM for dark scenes and slightly twisted romance, Gravity Kills or Disturbed for fight scenes, Roxette, Queen of the Damned soundtrack or Placebo for sex (depending on the kind of sex)

Work out to: Hmmm, whatever is on my play list at the time.

Surf the net to: Anything… Breaking Benjamin, Cold, Negative, you name it.

and I’m adding one – Draw to: The Rasmus.

I originally tagged people back when I first posted this, but I am now tagging Sassy Sue and Jissilly, as they are the only two who might read this. Anyone else who wants to do it is welcome!

And for the segment I happily call “Random Things from My Hard Drives” that one person has gone on record as liking I present


Fluffy flower

wet web.jpg

Wet web stuff

twin trees.jpg

blurry but I like it

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Hang on!!


A bug plant!?!

Fav Song of the Moment – “Ever the Same” –Rob Thomas, “Passion’s Killing Floor” – HIM

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