A Love That Lasts Forever

Part of me wishes that Bee could just go on supplying us with prompts for love songs forever…I love this!!! Thank you Bee for making me smile all month long with LOVE IS IN DA BLOG!

Here are my song choices for the last few prompts from Bee – some of my favourite ever love songs.

The prompt for 25th February:

A LOVE SONG THAT INCLUDES A COMMITMENT OR A PROMISE

I am so pleased that this prompt has given me the chance to feature one of my favourite love songs. Simple and profound lyrics and arrangements seem to suit my tastes when it comes to love songs. When I heard Kristina Train singing this song (originally from The Waterboys and later recorded by an English artist with the voice of a twelve year old) I melted. Kristina Train’s voice carries this emotion so well, hammering down every powerful feeling in this song which is all about promise and commitment. The song is called “How Long Will I Love You” and the incredible voice belongs to Kristina Train:

I was pulled in lots of directions when it came to the prompt for 27th February:

AN ALTERNATIVE LOVE SONG

But in the end I have chosen a song that has been a favourite since the moment I heard it. I cannot convey how much I love this song. The lyrics are so clever, and I remember the thrill of the crowd when we saw Sleeper live. This song was the one that really made the night lively. The band are Sleeper and the song (read the lyrics and you will see it is a love song) is “What Do I Do Now?”

There was only ever one song that was going to be my pick for the final prompt for 28th February:

CHOOSE YOUR OWN

It’s a firecracker of a song, a true anthem, an upbeat power ballad that entices every karaoke crooner. So for Jack and myself (two karaoke addicts) who have overcome all sorts of obstacles, this song is the ultimate feel good, feel ready to take on the world, feel thrilled about the future sort of love song. It ticks every box! This is Starship with “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”. What better way to say farewell for now to these brilliant love song prompts. I have loved this month Bee!

I Think Annabelle Might Be Annoyed With Me!

My protagonist Annabelle Riley is always on my mind. Her story keeps on developing, details which may or may not be important embroidering the outline. But where can I find the time to write it all down???

Annabelle has so much she wants to say, wants to explain, wants to reveal. For every one page I record, five more pages appear in my head, and time runs out.

I think she must be rather annoyed with me by now.

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The good thing is…it looks as if she is going to have yet another novel centered around her. So far the concept is fairly simple, but I am open to ideas to change the framework. After the momentous challenges she faces in Book Three (This Voyage Of A Lifetime) Annabelle is going to counselling sessions.

During those sessions, she considers the past. She is trying to get to the route of the battle she has faced since she was a teenager. She is still learning about herself, about her relationships, about her reactions to challenges and stress.

The story is allowing me to get to know Dean and the band much better, and it sure is fun taking Annabelle out onto the road and tasting the rock and roll lifestyle.

There is more…lots more. I do love it. I just wish there were more time! Annabelle will habe to be patient with me.

He Got Muddy Water

Jim Adams aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: SWAMP ROCK

I have heard of swamp rock, but am really only familiar with tracks that were influenced by swamp rock sounds. I think some of Ocean Colour Scene’s music had swamp rock influences. I listened to some tracks labelled as Swamp Rock on YouTube and I have decided I quite like this sound.

Most of the songs I saw listed on Swamp Rock playlists were completely new to me. But there was one song that did seem familiar. I quickly realized that it was actually a Beatles track, but recorded by another artist Gary Clark Jr, in a Swamp Rock style. I have chosen a live performance, as the official video was a bit over excitable for my liking (it had clips from some violent film).

I really like the idea of taking a famous song and giving it a whole different style.

Here come old flat-top, he come grooving up slowly
He got ju-ju eyeballs, he's one holy roller
He got hair down to his knees
Got to be a joker, he just do what he please

He wear no shoeshine, he's got toe-jam football
He got monkey finger, he shoot Coca-Cola
He say, "I know you, you know me"
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free

Come together, right now
Over me

He roller-coaster, he got early warning
He got muddy water, he one mojo filter
He say, "One and one and one is three"
Got to be good looking 'cause he's so hard to see

Come together, right now
Over me
Come together, right now
Come together, right now
Come together, right now
Over me

Written by: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Love That Burns Through Your Veins

February seems to have flown by…and I have just two more posts scheduled with my song choices for the prompts provided by Bee for the 2023 LOVE IS IN DA BLOG. It has been so much fun! But the prompts for the last few days have helped me capture something deep, something that runs in the blood and cannot be erased.

The prompt for the 21st February gives me the chance to reminisce about my excitement on trips to Africa:

A LOVE SONG FROM AFRICA

I am not really sure why it is that Africa proves to be quite so thrilling. The rich culture, the warmth of people, the inspirational accounts of individuals who have found ways to thrive despite monumental challenges that would cause many Westerners to crumble. Then there is nature – my goodness – if you visit Africa, it is hard to resist the chance to see some incredible animals on their home turf. This is a continent that can provide a life changing education. You won’t be the same person after spending a good stint out there. I think that is partly what Toto were singing about in their anthemic “Africa“.

I was not sure which direction to go in for the prompt for 22nd February:

A LOVE SONG FROM AN ARTIST IN YOUR REGION

I grew up in Liverpool (lots and lots of artists to choose from) but I have lived in London for most of my adult life. So in the end I allowed the song I wanted to feature to sway my decision. Paloma Faith I believe is from Hackney in London. She is behind a track I love. I particularly love her live performance at the Brits some years ago. It is so so so so good! She gets better and better and then the finale – wow!!! This is “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”.

I have loved Bee’s selection of prompts for LOVE IS IN DA BLOG, but some of them left me a little stumped, so you may have noticed a little bit of cheating – songs that might not fit the bill perfectly. When I saw the prompt for 23rd February:

A LOVE SONG FOR FLORA AND FAUNA

…my first thought was “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden”. But then I was with some friends the other day and someone quoted a few lines from Robert Burns. When I was reminded of them, they caught me by surprise and tears trickled down my cheek. Is it just a coincidence that Adelaide is 10,100 miles away from London? Or did Robert Burns pen those words for me?

So fare-thee-weel, my only love!
And fare-thee-weel awhile!
And I will come to you again,
Though it were ten thousand miles!

Though it were ten thousand miles, my dear
Though it twere ten thousand miles.
I will come to you again.
Though it twere ten thousand miles.

Robert Burns, Lindley Evans

The reason I thought the song qualifies is the mention of love being like a red red rose. I have two versions…one lyrical video – gorgeous voice. The other instrumental…with some lovely photos of flowers and fauna!

How To Make A Writer Smile

Two exciting little treats for Melody Finch – the writer. First treat is courtesy of Jack. He has sent me a tilting wooden sort of lap desk.

He complained last weekend when I woke up super early to start work in my little office. He said from now on, if I want to start early on a Sunday morning, I have to stay in bed with him and keep him warm.

I cannot really argue with that – can I!

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My second treat is being honoured by my wonderful friend Annette Lewis who has honoured me with a book review. I came home from work last night and saw her text that my first novel is going to be featured by her on Friday.

If It Were Up To Me…

If it were up to me…we would abandon the cities and return to the countryside.

We would close down the supermarkets and learn how to nurture crops and harvest them, not with a view to profiteering, but with a view of making sure we all have what we need for the day.

The goals and ambitions that the greedy and arrogant foster – there would be no place for them (but if they really want to go to Mars, then they have my blessing).

Since I was a little girl – the commercial world has seemed completely bonkers. With each passing year, I am scratching my head at their idiocy. My brother-in-law likes watching that show were lots of scarily egotistical competitors try to outdo their rivals to become the business partner to an experienced businessman who has made a lot of money. Everything about that concept is odd to me. The opposite of everything I want and dream of.

How is it that they want that? Why do they want a world like that? What on earth are they thinking? Could we fit them in the rocket on it’s way to Mars too?

A World That Needs More Love

Ooooop! I just realized I made a mistake with my scheduling for today! I intended to publish this almost twelve hours ago. Oh well…better late than never I think.

Here are some more song choices in response to the fabulous prompts that Bee has been providing us with for LOVE IS IN DA BLOG!!

I thought for quite a long time ago about my song choice for 16th February:

A LOVE SONG FOR HUMANKIND

When I think of humankind – my heart swells with love. People…goodness…people are so much like young children – still so very much learning, tripping over, stumbling over traps, feeling shame, bruised hearts, deep painful wounds that never heal, despair, loneliness, terrors…longing for something better, sensing something is missing and yearning with an intense hunger to fill that need. Humans – capable of such extraordinary love, such extraordinary goodness and beauty and kindness and loyalty. How hard it is to see people experience injustice and suffering. How I would love to heal, to restore, to fix…the human family. If I feel this way…then I know that our Maker feels this way a million times more…and has proven this by paying the costliest price in all the universe to buy back what was lost. Just a little while longer…and the meek will inherit the earth.

As far as I was concerned there was only one song choice for the prompt for 18th February:

A LOVE SONG ABOUT FINDING LOVE IN AN UNEXPECTED PLACE

Well, you can’t get more of an unexpected place than a hopeless place. Take it away Jessie J covering Rihanna and Calvin’s “We Found Love“!!!

The prompt for 20th February provided me with a chance to share a personal story with you:

A REGGAE LOVE SONG

So…not long after I broke up with my first every boyfriend (which was a huge deal as we had courted for ten years) I had a chance to visit Texas. That trip was very good for me. I had gone through a low when I ended the relationship, feeling quite lost and confused and guilty and pessimistic. My confidence was knocked. I did not want to eat. I could not sleep. I was distraught. Visiting Texas provided a huge change of scene. I remember telling the friends we stayed with what had happened…and they helped me to laugh at what had happened, well, some of what had happened. With regards to the details which were not to be laughed at, they said it is ok to cry when needed, but not to allow myself to become a permanent sob-story. They encouraged me to pray a lot about it. It was important for me to learn to let go of the pain. One thing that helped was this song, which for some reason was being played a lot on the radio back then. This is “No, No, No” from Dawn Penn. The lyrics somehow combined all the laughter, tears and prayers that did help me recover from my first ever break up.

Buried By Work

I have been helping out with overtime recently to cover the shifts of a colleague who has been on holiday. Those extra hours…they have left me totally shattered.

Today was the last of the overtime, and now I am back to my normal hours…but I feel as if it will take me a while to recover – I have fallen behind with everything and want so much for the chance to catch up.

At the moment though..it is the desperate need to overcome sleep deprivation that is winning our over the list of other tasks I need to catch up with.

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Choose Your Friends Wisely

My advice is…if you possibly can…choose friends who can cook! Yet again, Jack and I have been wined and dined and just generally spoilt by great friends who seem intent on fattening the two of us before our wedding.

I am certainly not complaining!!! One of the best things about life is sharing a meal with friends and family. It is a joyous thing that brings you closer. I am never so satisfied as when we are all together, laughter and music fill the air, delicious food bringing a smile to everyone.

Last night, our host produced a spring casserole (which had my new favourite veggie – asparagus) and we had some truffled mashed potato with it. It was oh so good. Happy happy days.

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Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ Every Night

Jim Adams aka Newepicauthor, the creator of A Unique Title For Me, is hosting SONG-LYRIC-SUNDAY and this week he has chosen the theme: BUBBLEGUM POP

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There were some interesting articles on Bubblegum Pop. I learnt there was a classic golden era of Bubblegum Pop, which was interesting because I think of it as so much more of a modern phenomenon. My first thoughts in fact were Whigfield, The Sugarbabes, and other sort of bouncy bouncy feel good tracks.

I was very tempted to feature a song from The Monkees – because they always give me a skip in my step. But when I was perusing suggestions for Bubblegum pop, I came across a video that made me smile down to my toes.

Do you remember the Pandemic stay at home mandates spawning a tsunami of viral family performing arts videos? How on earth did I miss this one? Stealing the show is the little girl at the front – what a diva!!! I love it!!!

The track is Gimme Gimme Good Lovin’ – you may know the Crazy Elephants version – but this is Colt Clark And The Quarantine Kids!

Play it boy!

From Atlanta, Georgia
To the Great Lake waters
To Californ-i-a
Gonna spend my time
Walkin' night and day
So

Gimme gimme good lovin' every night
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night
Every night

To the girls in New York
To the girls in Frisco
To the girls in Capsicam
Gotta understand
Honey I'm your man
So

Gimme gimme good lovin' every night
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night (Yeah!)
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night

Gimme gimme gimme good lovin'
Gimme gimme gimme good lovin'
Gimme gimme gimme good lovin'
Gimme gimme gimme good lovin'
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night

C'mon honey

Gimme gimme good lovin' every night (Yeah!)
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night

C'mon now honey!

Gimme gimme good lovin' every night (Every night)
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night (Yeah!)
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night
Gimme gimme good lovin' every night

Writte by: Ritchie Cordell and Joey Levine