Muzings

Holy Cats!

Posted in General, health, National, Notables, The Music by muzeuterpe on October 16, 2009

This poor man.  Not only has he endured years of “cat calls” from masculinity threatened toms, now he is in the public eye for the second most embarrasing type of cancer a guy can have.  I will light a candle to Bastet in his name.

THE original Kiss drummer Peter Criss is finally opening up about his secret battle with breast cancer that began last year.

 

I used to dream of meeting this alley cat in the dark!

I used to dream of meeting this alley cat in the dark!

 

 

Bastet the ancient Egyptian solar and war goddess.

Bastet the ancient Egyptian solar and war goddess.

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Earworms — Not just for corn anymore

Posted in General, The Music by muzeuterpe on November 23, 2007

One of my more liberal blogger buddies [there are a couple who tolerate me]  tagged me with that ‘meme’ thing that requires you to list things about yourself and pass it on.  Sorta like chain mail.  That caused me to do a little more reading on the subject.  In the course of that reading I stumbled across the term ‘earworm.’

I don’t ususally like to use Wikipedia as a source. That’s primarily because it is not an acceptable source of information for the research papers I have to do for class.  But, it seems to be a good reference for general things and a good compass for more information.  So, I check the term ‘earworm’ and find out that it is the official word for that horrible condition of having a song ‘stuck’ in your head.

Apparently some German word Ohrwurm  means  song stuck in your head.  Who’d have thunk it.  So I though I would list a couple songs that, once I hear or recall, get on the mental bypass with no exit sign.  Sometimes it isn’t the entire song, but the chorus. 

  • Back in the Saddle — Aerosmith — Im back in the saddle again
    Im back
  • The Old Man Down The Road – John Fogarty — You got to hidey-hide, you got to jump up run away; You got to hidey-hidey-hide, the old man is down the road.
  • This Is Halloween – Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack — This is Halloween, this is Halloween, Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
  • It’s A Small World – Pepsi/Walt Disney – It’s a small world after all It’s a small, small world
  • Detroit Rock City — Kiss — Get up Everybodys gonna move their feet, Get down Everybodys gonna leave their seat, You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City.
  • All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight – Hank Jr. — We cooked a pig in the ground, we got some beer on ice, And all my rowdy friends are coming over tonight.
  • A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives – Have a holly, jolly Christmas, and in case you didn’t hear, oh by golly have a holly, jolly Christmas this year.
  • Carol of the Bells – Manheim Steamroller
  • The number one song that sticks in my head is …. The Smurf Song! — La la, la la la la, la, la la la la …

Oh god no!  Help me!  Put some Loretta Lynn on the IPod. Get the Sevin Dust!!! Help me get this SONG OUT OF MY HEAD!!!

Mix Disc Swap – Part 2

Posted in The Music by muzeuterpe on September 12, 2007

Well, looks like Spike scanned the files on the mix disc I sent him and immediately assumed the fetal position for self preservation.  <chuckle>  Can’t say I blame him.  He’s in the music business and I’m sure he is so tired of hearing these old redneck songs he could puke.

A lot of the folk at West Virginia Bloggers thought up little themes for their selections.  Me, I just burned a disc I put together a long time ago.  Poor Spike, they were mp3’s, so there were a BUNCH.  Here’s the list for you:

  • Ain’t No Good Life – Skynyrd

  • Tight Rope – SRV

  • Night Moves – Seger

  • Come To My Window – Etheridge

  • Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

  • Shameless – Joel

  • What’s Your Name – Skynyrd

  • I know a little – Skynyrd

  • Don’t Close Your Eyes – Kix

  • Life Without You – SRV

  • Like A Rock – Seger

  • I’m The Only One – Etheridge

  • Against The Wind – Seger

  • Georgia Peaches – Skynyrd

  • Crossfire – SRV

  • Baby Grand – Joel/Ray Charles

  • If I Wanted To – Etheridge

  • Mainstreet – Seger

  • Mr. Banker – Skynyrd

  • Taxman – SRV

  • High Enough – Damned Yankees

  • Gimme Thre Steps – Skynyrd

  • Still The Same – Seger

  • Poison Wiskey – Skynyrd

  • Bring Me Some Water – Etheridge

  • Texas Flood – SRV

  • Roll Me Away – Seger

  • That Smell – Skynyrd

  • Pride And Joy – SRV

  • We’ve Got Tonight – Seger

  • I Ain’t The One – Skynyrd

  • Things I Used To Do – SRV

  • Simple Man – Skynyrd

  • Old Time Rock And Roll – Seger

  • Little Wing – SRV

  • Free Bird – Skynyrd

  • Turn The Page – Seger

  • You Got That Right – Skynyrd

  • You’ll Accompny Me – Seger

  • Tuesday’s Gone – Skynyrd

  • Light As A Breeze – Joel

  • Vodoo Chile (Slight Return) – SRV

Now, for those who don’t know, SRV means Stevie Ray Vaughn.  Ehteridge is Melissa Etheridge, Skynyrd is of the Leonard type.  Joel, well that’s Billy Joel and Seger is the Bob kind.

 

I do have other music in my collection.  I even have Queen Latifa.  But, those are by and large my favorites.  Noticibly absent is Kiss and Aerosmith.  I generally don’t mix them, I listen to the entire albums.

 

But there you have it.  Sorry about your luck Spike.  Maybe next time you’ll get someone with some interesting taste in music.  😉

Mix Disc Swap

Posted in The Music by muzeuterpe on September 7, 2007

Over on the West Virginia Bloggers Message Board, some of the regulars have been participating in a music swap.  Instigated by Scarlet, names were placed in a figurative hat and participants were assigned a member to send a music mix disc.  Elvisdrinkmo pulled my name and put together the following mix:

  1. Art Blakey- Confirmation
  2. Your the Reason- Hank Williams III
  3. That’s Just About Right- Blackhawk
  4. The Caged Bird Sings- Buckshot LeFunk
  5.  Heaven is Missing an Angel- George Straight
  6. The Sun Doesn’t Shine – Beats International
  7. By Your Side- Sade 
  8. What a Cryin’ Shame- the Mavericks
  9. Time Out of Mind- Steely Dan
  10. Tippy Toin- Loretta Lynn
  11. Run- George Straight
  12. Thunderstorms and Neon Signs- Hank III
  13.  John Coltrane- Resolution 
  14. Miss You- the Rolling Stones

I have to be straight-up with you.  When I first listened to the tracks I was, well, concerned.  I didn’t expect to receive a disc from a stranger with songs that have lyrics such as:

Honey, You’re the reason I cain’t sleep at night
Just a walkin’ the floor
Thinking of you
Smoke cigarettes
And Drink coffee too

Or —

No one else in the world has touched me like you do
It’s super natural, girl, the way I feel when I’m with you

It was a little spooky.  But, after speaking with a couple folk, and seeing them roll on the floor in hysterical laughter at me, I accepted the fact that I was being paranoid and just listened to the music.  And I’m glad I did.

Although I knew of Hank 3, I have never heard his music.  It’s pretty good, in the classic sense.  He’s trying hard to be like Hank Sr.  I may need to check into some of his albums.  The jazz pieces (Confirmation, The Caged Bird Sings, Resolution) were nice changes of pace.  I enjoy jazz on occassion, as well as the Blues.  And Just About Right — I haven’t heard that in a long time.   It was nice hearing it again.  Combine it all with Steely Dan and you’re in high cotton!

So, after I got passed the paranoia, I really enjoyed the disc.  I hope Elvisdrinkmo understands and isn’t upset.  I’ve been around a while and I’ve got bones in closets.  Every once in a while they rattle.  <chuckle>

 Now I have another problem.  When I look at the songs I burned on the disc I sent Spike [the lucky one I pulled] I’m afraid he will think I’m a pain loving red-neck girl’s girl who’s looking to get involved!  I’ll write on that later.   

I’ve got to give more thought to the songs I burn for people I don’t know!

Experience the Music

Posted in The Music by muzeuterpe on July 25, 2007

Mind altering drugs, such as alcohol, can relax the body and allow you to experience the full emotion of the music.

There is no tension to interfere and you can feel the music through to your very soul.   The music echoes through your mind like a fabulous concert hall. The reverberations rattle the inner core of your mind.  You can become lost in the moment as your mind is freed to experience the full range of emotions. 

With your defenses down and mind relaxed, the body is exposed to the feelings without inhibition.

Of course, this is nothing new to the average person.  But, is the experience fully appreciated by them?  I, for one, feel the music through my mind, past my heart, clear through to the deepest inner rooms of my being.  The music echoes in an area of my person that no one can touch and no one can describe.

If I were to completely release myself, I would dance in worship.  In a manner that would prove my loyalty. 

My soul shakes.  My heart races.  The hands that create the music stir my heart.  I close my eyes and become part of the sacrifice.  The ebb and flow creates the hysteria.

The classic rock has a new feeling when your guard is down.  It rattles your souls, bringing you to tears, making your heart ache.

You look at the great writers with new understanding.  Their addictions opened their minds to the words of the gods.  Words that can not be heard above the static of everyday life.

The Music

Posted in General, The Music by muzeuterpe on May 3, 2007

Wow.  Flip the tub over to XM TV and WHAM!!  Flashback.  Paul McCartney Band On The Run.  Reminds me of Cleveland.  Oh — not like you think.  My half-sister was raised by my aunt and they lived in Cleveland.  My aunt died a long time ago and my half-sister moved here.  That song used to play when my Mom would take us up there for weekends. 

My Aunt Faye lived on Scranton Avenue, just a block from Metro Hospital.  I haven’t been up there since she passed away.  The hospital bought the property. 

Mom would take off as soon as I got home from school on Fridays and make the long drive up there.  You didn’t take the Interstate back then, there was none.  I would lay in the back seat and play dolls, listen to the radio and sleep.  We’d get there late in the night, hang out till Sunday and head back. 

Aunt Faye was the best cook.  I miss her.

 Ahhh Derek & The Dominos Bell Bottom Blues.   That song still gives me that peculiar sad feeling in my chest. 

Bell bottom blues, you made me cry.
I don’t want to lose this feeling.
And if i could choose a place to die
It would be in your arms.

That is broken hearted!  That is a person who is hurting. 

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?
I’d gladly do it because
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day, please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart i want to stay.

There is no way you can say you can’t relate to this song.  Everyone has had this experience.  The deepest most protected part of your soul screams out in pain “I don’t want to fade away…”  I’ll crawl, I’ll beg, just please, don’t leave me.

It’s all wrong, but it’s all right.
The way that you treat me baby.
Once i was strong but i lost the fight.
You won’t find a better loser.

I don’t care how badly you treat me, I need you, I can’t imagine being without you.  I’ve given up my power, my self-respect.  I won’t complain.  I’ll do whatever you want, just please don’t leave me.

Bell bottom blues, don’t say goodbye.
I’m sure we’re gonna meet again,
And if we do, don’t you be surprised
If you find me with another lover.
I don’t want to fade away.
Give me one more day please.
I don’t want to fade away.
In your heart i long to stay.

I may move on, but I will never heal.  Please, don’t do this.  Can’t you see how much I need you.  Can’t you feel how much this is hurting me. 

Oh wow!  Such a simple song, such powerful emotions.  I love music.  I can’t sing, don’t play, but I really enjoy listening to good music.  And I really enjoy a variety.  Of course, like everyone else, I am partial to the music I grew up listening to.

I remember little transitor radios and dialing to WKAZ (the original version) on the AM dial.  Popping and cracking, trying to keep it turned the right way so the signal would come in clear.  I never could use that little earphone.  It always hurt.   On a good night, I could pick up WLS Chicago!  I used to think that was just so great.  Chicago, another world away.  It would fade in and out.

Remember these ….

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” – Elton John
“Mandy” – Barry Manilow
“Laughter In The Rain” – Neil Sedaka
“Fire” – Ohio Players
“You’re No Good” – Linda Ronstadt
“Pick Up The Pieces” – Average White Band
“Best Of My Love” – The Eagles
“Have You Never Been Mellow” – Olivia Newton-John
“Black Water” – Doobie Brothers
“My Eyes Adored You” – Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
“Lady Marmalade” – LaBelle
“Lovin’ You” – Minnie Riperton
“Philadelphia Freedom” – Elton John
“(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song – B. J. Thomas
“He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) – Tony Orlando & Dawn
“Shining Star” – Earth, Wind & Fire
“Sister Golden Hair” – America
“Love Will Keep Us Together” – The Captain & Tennille
“Listen to What the Man Said” – Wings
“The Hustle” – Van McCoy
“One Of These Nights” – The Eagles
“Jive Talkin'” – Bee Gees
“Fallin’ In Love” – Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
“Fame” – David Bowie
“Bad Blood” – Neil Sedaka

“Island Girl” – Elton John
“That’s The Way (I Like It) – K.C. and the Sunshine Band
“Fly, Robin, Fly” – Silver Convention
“Let’s Do It Again”- The Staple Singers

Hmmmmmm