Monday, October 25, 2021

Lost In Love

This is a cover of the song Lost in Love by Air Supply. I go off-key a little bit in one place and there's a guitar error near the end, but what the hey. I've never claimed to be a professional at this. My asthma doesn't help; I could tell it was bothering me when I made the video.

Somebody out there needs to see an overweight woman who can't sing that well strumming a guitar this morning, right? I mean, if I can put myself out there, everyone can.

Anyway, this uses a RC-3 Loop Station and has two guitar recordings on it and it is supplying the drum beat. One of the guitars was an electric Epiphone Les Paul Special and the other was an amplified acoustic Yamaha FG-150, which I am playing as I sing, so essentially there are three guitars on this song, all of which I played, including the error.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Sunday Stealing

Sunday Stealing

1. What is the first thing you wash in the shower?

A. I grab the soap and wash my hands, then wet the soap and washrag and wash my face. I put the soap and washrag down and wash my hair, pick the soap and washrag back up, and work my way down.

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?

A. I don't have a favorite hoodie. I have a jacket that has a built in hood that is washed-out black. I don't like hoodies, as a rule.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?

A. Since that would be my husband, yes.

4. Do you plan outfits?

A. Not generally.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?

A. Tired, my pain level is a little high, and I feel unaccomplished.

6. What’s the closest thing to you that's red?

A. My asthma inhaler.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?

A. My husband and I were looking for a new house. We drove down a road that was rutted and full of potholes filled with water. The house was a ramshackle old place, with the rooms all cut up and it smelled of moldy wood. 

8. Did you meet anybody new today?

A. I haven't left the house this weekend. So no.

9. What are you craving right now?

A. Hugs. Lots and lots of hugs.

10. Do you floss?

A. Yes.

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?

A. Coleslaw.

12. Are you emotional?

A. I'm human, so yes, I'm emotional.

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?

A. 1, 2, 3 . . . 1,000!  I'm not 100% sure of this, but I think when I was in band, we drove a bus driver totally nuts by starting "99 bottles of beer on the wall" with "999 bottles of beer on the wall" because it was a long bus ride.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?

A. I don't eat ice cream. When I used to be able to eat frozen yogurt, I ate it with a spoon.

15. Do you like your hair?

A. I can live with it. It's not great hair and it's turning white awfully fast. Since I can't use any volumizer products on it, it's flat on my head and doesn't have a lot of body.

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Saturday, October 23, 2021

Saturday 9: Bang!


Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about a young man who is living on his own and doing adult things, like getting his own apartment, eating better and doing his own taxes, but he doesn't yet feel grown up. Do you remember when you felt like a grown up?

A. I was born grown up, but I suppose when I began keeping my brother and staying home with him during the summers instead of going to my grandmother's would have been a turning point. I think I was about 14.

2) He mentions not being sure of his login password. Is this something you struggle with? Or are you able to zip into your accounts?

A. I have a password method that works well for me.

3) Both the video and CD cover show the band playing games of chance. What's the last game that you played?

A. The last video game I played was Elvenar, which is a city building game. I haven't played any games of chance in a long while.

4) This week's featured band, AJR, is named for the three brothers who make up the trio -- Adam, Jack and Ryan Met. Until recently, all three brothers lived at home and wrote songs together in the Met family living room. Do you have siblings? If so, what's something you enjoy doing together?

A. I have a brother. We do not spend much time together although we talk on the phone frequently. If we had the time, I suspect we'd enjoy going to movies together, perhaps having a little book club, and having dinner. Our schedules don't mesh well enough for such things, though. However, do we do enjoy Christmas Eve and try to spend time with one another then.
 
5) The oldest Met brother, Adam, now lives with his girlfriend in an apartment near Columbia University, where he is a PhD candidate. During the school year, he only works on his music on weekends. Next summer, in 2022, he should be done with his studies and plans on touring the country with the band. Some tour dates are already scheduled. If possible, do you like to make plans far in advance? Or do you prefer spontaneity?

A. I prefer a little advanced notice if it is something that involves more than grabbing my handbag. But if it's just a quick trip to someplace close, I'm good with that.

6) Jack and Ryan also attend Columbia and share an apartment with their dog. They like to unwind on Fridays, after a week of classes, with a game of air hockey, followed by sushi or sashimi at their favorite Japanese restaurant. What did you do on Friday night?

A. The same thing I do every other night. Shower, put on my jammies, and either watch TV or read.
 
7) In 2020, the year this song was popular, the most streamed TV show was The Office. The show went off the air in 2013, but during the pandemic and quarantine, it found a new audience. What series have you binged on recently?

A. Batwoman, I suppose, until I decided it was unsettling me to the point of depression and I stopped watching it. 

8) According to Amazon, the best-selling novel of 2020 was Where the Crawdads Sing. Is there a novel you'd like to recommend to Sat 9ers?

A. Well, not that one. I did not think it was that great of a book and I think it's popularity is due solely to the title. Greenlights, by Matthew McConaughey was good for an autobiography. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, is an older book but still applicable today. Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, is a good fantasy read. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is excellent if you want a historical novel.

9) Random question: Your local drug store has self-check out. You confess to your best friend that you absent-mindedly missed scanning an item, walked out of the store with it, set off security and were caught unintentionally shoplifting. The store manager believed you so there were no repercussions, but you were mortified nevertheless. Would you expect your best friend to share your embarrassing story with his/her spouse?

A. I always expect my married friends to share with their spouses, whether I want them to or not. I hope they don't if I ask them specifically not to do so.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

Purple Sunset


 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday Thirteen

1. History has turned a page. Or has it? I feel like we're in the midst of historical changes, like a zephyr is nudging us in the wrong direction, softly, silently, until we wake up in another world.

2. Dismayed is not the word for how I felt when I read the former guy's dissing of Colin Powell. Why be crude and rude when someone dies? Is this is how a narcissist with no empathy for anyone else reacts when the attention is not upon him?

3. I have been listening to Air Supply and Bread lately. I find them calming voices from my past. It makes me smile to think of the young girl I was, twittering with my friends over the words and the smoothness of these voices. Did we swoon with the release of each new song? They were the Ariana Grandes of my time.

4. Speaking of Ariana Grande, I had never heard of her  I posted about her on Saturday 9 but paid little attention to her until she began judging on The Voice this season. I have listened to some of her music since, and can only conclude I am now the old person who shakes her head at what the young folks are listening to these days. Although she knows her stuff, I give her that. She's been a great coach.

5. Other TV shows I've been watching include Survivor, which I have watched since it first came on although I have no idea why or why I continue to watch it, Supergirl, which is not ending its final season on the best of notes so far, Stargirl, which I sometimes find confusing, and . . . that's about it. I am looking forward to seeing Dune on HBO Max this weekend.

6. Poems are eluding me. I have been trying to write poetry for some weeks now and failing miserably at it. I have one good line and I don't know what to do with it.

7. Christmas shopping has also been on my mind. I've been trying to take care of this as quickly as possible because of shortages. My list constantly diminishes as children grow up and move on, and folks die, and others are simply inaccessible for whatever reason. I remember when we bought mountains of presents to give away, and now it's just a little trickle.

8. Tomorrow I may climb a mountain. Not really. I'm in no shape to climb a mountain, you see, but I may be able to take a trolley up. It depends on the weather, as well.

9. There's a meteor shower going on until November, with the pinnacle last night. But surely some other night will bring me a shooting star, right?

10. The Shooting Star was the name of the roller coaster at Lakeside when I was young. That was an amusement park that began in Salem in the 1930s or thereabouts. It was the place to go the summer I was 17 - every weekend they had a rotation of musicians coming through to play under the pavilion and I went to all sorts of shows, unbeknownst to my parents. They weren't much on asking what I was doing and the shows were over about 9:30 or so, so I wasn't out late and I was always with a friend. I heard a lot of country music stars then - I wish I could find a list somewhere of artists who played there as it would considerably broaden my personal list of musical concerts I have attended. Lakeside closed around 1986; they could not remake themselves after most of the park was underwater during the devastating Flood of 1985.

11. Fleetwood Mac is playing while I write this. Chain, keep us together. I wonder what chains will keep this nation together, rounding back to my original thoughts. Are we bound? Or has Atlas Shrugged and we've nothing left to bind us together as a people?

12. As my poor readers can see, my mind is all over the place tonight. (I'm writing this Wednesday night.) Scattered and shattered thoughts are simply pouring through me, and I don't seem to have a grasp on a single topic. But that's ok. This is a roving Thursday Thirteen, a buffet of my brain. I hope something is of interest.

13. I think we mispronounce Wednesday. We pronounce WinsDay. It looks like it should be pronounced Wed-nes-day. I know, a strange thing to end on, but words are weird and sometimes I think about them too much. 


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