Killing Me Softly and Sweetly

American Pie – Don McLean’s ballad certainly is a catchy tune and just the title may have started you singing the chorus.

Bye, bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And them good ole boys were drinking whiskey and rye
Singin’ this’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die

But this post is only indirectly about Don McLean. A blog writer friend, Terry, writes about his love of 70’s music and he often includes trivia about the song.  This post was inspired by Terry’s research about Killing Me Softly.

The main reason for this post is a recent post is a lovely song,  Killing Me Softly, by Roberta Flack shared by Terry. The inspiration for Killing Me Softly was Don McLean. I have my suspicions that it was his song ” Starry Starry Night as it is a wonderful song. Click to See and hear Starry Starry Night here.

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and grey
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colours on the snowy linen land
Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen
They did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

 

I have listened to that Killing Me Softly about 20 times now in the last few days. What a wonderful talent and voice Roberta Flack has.  Her voice is mesmerizing to me.

Strumming my pain with his fingers
Singing my life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
Killing me softly with his song
Telling my whole life with his words
Killing me softly with his song
I heard he sang a good song, I heard he had a style
And so I came to see him to listen for a while
And there he was this young boy, a stranger to my eyes

 

If you enjoy a wonderful voice, and are not afraid of getting a tune in your head, then enjoy the link here for Killing Me Softly , and thanks Don McLean for inspiring these song writers, whichever song it was.

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Thanks for reading, listening, following and especially your comments.  Thank you Terry for the interesting post and trivia.

I appreciate you readers!

 

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Scottish Mysteries to tickle your heart

A New York best selling author, M.C. Beaton, continues to create light hearted mysteries that cause me to chuckle out loud.

Hamish Macbeth, is a Scottish policeman, content in his small village with his animals and easy lifestyle.  He solves the homicides and ducks the credit and promotion so he continue to live in his small home with the stuck front door.

Hamish, a old fashioned romantic cop with flaming red hair, also continues in each story to attempt to solve his ongoing bachelorhood but alas he just can’ t get over his true love, Priscilla. No luck there, but he has his dogs, and his freedom.

Cover of Death of a GhostIf you want a light read, with warm characters, humour and a touch of whimsy, enjoy the Hamish Macbeth series – I just finished “Death of A Ghost” but there are many in the series and they are all wonderful.

I love recommending authors whose books lift my spirits, and her books certainly do.

Click here to see others in the series, Enjoy! 

 

 

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Burning out his fuse

Anyone who reads my blog knows I love the music of the 70’s.  Ah, the 70’s were the only years for music in my mind and I love going back and revisiting the songs of yesteryear, which in my mind, is not that far away.

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Can I look now?

The definition of denial, I know.

Elton John continues to be a music celebrity now but in the 70’s, his hits were on everyone’s lips.

One song that perhaps had more depth than you first interpreted is Rocket Man.

 

As you watch this video, I think you will sense the song is more about the average man, and the sacrifices he makes and possibly grew up watching his father make.

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine AM
And I’m gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
It’s lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

Thanks for reading, and watching.  This video post is made with a dedication to Terry in Florida who shares my love of the 70’s music. Rock on Terry!

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Love the Life You’re In

Some messages bear repeating and so I am pleased to reblog this.

Please take a moment to absorb and think how you could in some degree improve your life and avoid a regret in life.

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Despite our best efforts to embrace each & every day, some days can be more difficult than others, in seeking gratitude for the life we have been given.

To love the life we are in.

In a world where we are inundated daily with images of people seemingly living much richer, happier & fuller lives, it is easy to fall into the mindset that we are somehow missing out.

But the truth is that challenges come to all of us in some shape or form.

Life is not perfect.  For anyone.

Nor does it last forever.

Recently, I have sadly been reminded once again, of how very precious each & every day we are given in life is.

How one moment we appear to have an infinite number of days to embrace the dreams we hope to fulfill, only to suddenly have that option taken from us.

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Put aside your worries, and do something that makes you smile

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Me Caveman, You Neanderthal

I think I was in Grade 7 when my science teacher, Mr Steele, at Sir Matthew Begbie school in Vancouver introduced to us students the versions of humans that had been discovered before including Neanderthals.

SAMSUNG DIGIMAX 420Interestingly I thought I would never again hear “Neanderthals” mentioned again, with the possible exception when my family talk about my taste in music. I’m not Neanderthal! The truth is, I like 1960 & 70’s music, and uncouth beasts they have forgotten that Neanderthals are way older than me, they would have to be aged 62 at least by now, not aged “39” (ahem) like moi. Pardon my math Mr Steele!

Ahem, I digress obviously.

Now you might be surprised to learn nearly all of us homo sapiens still carry the Neanderthal genome, , some of us up to 5%, and I suspect a few more than that.  See here

David Folstad SFU Student cardPotentially this could be something I can use, an excuse possibly to slouch? or order extra meat on my pizza? Walk around barefoot and wear a leopard loin cloth?

Just thinking about this makes me want to beat my chest, howl at the moon and grow my hair long and wear coveralls again.

This Neanderthal genome could come in handy! eyebrows lifting

Thanks for reading! Comments always welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

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Like to read? Introducing Serena Jones

I have been reading it seems all my life, ever since I was knee high with comic books. It is both a pleasant pastime but also a useful skill.

I added the category of Reading/books so I could share my thoughts on authors.

A new author I have enjoyed is Sandra Orchard. She is an award winning author including being the five-time Canadian Christian Writing awards. Learn more about her books which include different series and characters at www.sandraorchard.com

The series that I started into is “Serena Jones mysteries” and the book was “Another Day Another Dali.”  I enjoyed it immensely, a fun book, not too serious, and not silly neither. Serena Jones is an FBI agent who specializes in art theft cases, and you won’t want to miss a single brushstroke.  

I suspect this author will be like grilled cheese sandwiches to me, a yummy treat from time to time.

I hope you check her out, Sandra Orchard, at your local library and let me know your thoughts. Toodles ! 

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My Top 20 Inspirational Quotes

Which quote will you write down or memorize?

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20. “A Year From Now You Will Wish You Had Started Today.” — Karen Lamb

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19. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Maria Robinson

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18. “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

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17. “Instead of condemning people, let’s try to understand them. Let’s try to figure out why they do what they do. That’s a lot more profitable and intriguing than criticism; and it breeds sympathy, tolerance and kindness. ‘To know all is to forgive all.'” Dale Carnegie

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16. “Rules for Happiness: Something to do, Someone to love, Something to hope for.” – Immanuel Kant

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15. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

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14. “Though philosophers have traditionally been concerned with the…

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Can’t Take That Away from Me

blue sky Bruce walked down the path, just plain packed earth .  The path wound through a light forest,  absorbing his steps and so he moved silently.

Sunlight patches here and there were like stepping through hot wading pools at the ocean.  All around him, birds twittering and squirrels chirps but none of this smashed the peace and calm of his surroundings.

It was moments like these that Bruce recharged upon. The serene peace in the forest somehow lifting his spirits effortlessly, calming his thoughts. lifting up moments.

It had been three years since the funeral, all the stages of grief just speed bumps in his past. The memories of moments shared now had no sting, or not much.

Funny the little moments that tweaked his face into a grin. When they had a flat tire in the rain and she defused the situation with a song and dance while he changed the tire.

Then there was the one time she came to his work in a gorilla suit and delivered flowers and sang “Dancing in the Rain” for his birthday.  He pretended to be embarrassed, but inside his heart sang – he loved her for it.

The way you wear your hat
The way you sip your tea
The memory of all that
No, no they can’t take that away from me
 
The way your smile just beams
The way you sing off key
The way you haunt my dreams
No, no they can’t take that away from me

Bruce left the path and sat down on a beach log to watch the waves, and ducks, always in pairs. With a deep sigh, after peeking around to check he was alone – he sang the Frank Sinatra”s Can’t Take that Away from Me.”

Recharged he rose and headed back to the car,  feeling refreshed and smiling. A little laugh on his lips. She loved the oldies, and let him sing in the car, no matter how flat and off key he was.

Photo by Roxanne EarleyBut time to mosey forward, so Bruce took off this memory cloak and tucked it away for another path, and another beach.

He knew he can float through memory land again anytime because she is just there, Just a breath away,  he won’t forget the way she smiled just so.

No, no, They can’t take that away from me, 

 

Thanks for reading, if you want to enjoy Sinatra croon this song, click here Comments always appreciated.

Isn’t it nice that we have the moments tucked away inside us?  Life only has one direction but so many little things do trigger my memory of loved ones past, and I’m thankful for the memories, secure in my heart.

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Getting Back on the Horse

There are many enjoyable bloggers, and I am happy to “reblog” any post that I especially appreciate.

Has life been giving you a bumpy ride? Read on, Read on.

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I confess that I have been bucked off many horses, many times.  I have been bucked off other things as well.

There is a saying that gives me some comfort.  “Ain’t a horse that can’t be rode; ain’t a cowboy can’t be throwed.”

Unless it is a bronc at a rodeo, who bucks for a living, and you are not allowed to get back on, there are two important reasons to get back on after being bucked off.

One reason is very simple.   If you don’t get back on, the horse won and will think that it can get you off whenever it wants.  So, for training purposes, and for the horse’s own good, you want it to learn that it can’t get away with it.  You want it to learn that you are boss; that you are in control.

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