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Monday, December 31, 2012

Reflections

2012 has been a crazy year. Never a dull moment.

2012 was the year I cried more tears than (probably) ever in my life before.  I cried happy tears. I cried sad tears. Tears of loss. Tears of gain.

2012 was the year I reconnected with many (blessings) friends from my past.

2012 was the year I found out that I still trust some people too much and lost some "friends" because of it.

2012 was the year I accidentally killed my Saturn Ion 3 in a flash flood in West Virginia.


2012 was the year I became a great-aunt.


2012 was the year I was honored to have a child named after me.


2012 was the year I watched two of the most wonderful people I know fall in love. With each other.



2012 was the year I adopted a dog.


2012 was the year I stood between Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy for a photo op. Like a groupy.


2012 was the year I discovered I have amnesia regarding some past events (which is driving me crazy).

2012 was the year I took my blinders off to see the homeless in my community.

2012 was the year I began helping.

2012 was the year I started focusing more on the world by focusing more on me.

2012 was the year I stopped hiding me.

2012 was the year I celebrated the milestone birthdays of many friends, including my own.

2012 was the year I was overwhelmed with grief for innocent lives killed by mad men.

2012 was the year I was overwhelmed by negativity from my Democratic and Republican friends.

2012 was the year I was overwhelmed by negativity of others when the world didn't end on the Solstice.

2012 was the year I began surrounding myself with like-minded sisters and brothers.

2012 was the year I asked for and received clarification.

2012 was the year I was reminded that I am a butterfly.


And I am loved.

Man in the Mirror

On the closing day of 2012, I feel the need to plea for everyone to be the change. It begins inside, not out there. Love and Light.


"Man In The Mirror"

I'm Gonna Make A Change,
For Once In My Life
It's Gonna Feel Real Good,
Gonna Make A Difference
Gonna Make It Right . . .

As I, Turn Up The Collar On My
Favourite Winter Coat
This Wind Is Blowin' My Mind
I See The Kids In The Street,
With Not Enough To Eat
Who Am I, To Be Blind?
Pretending Not To See
Their Needs
A Summer's Disregard,
A Broken Bottle Top
And A One Man's Soul
They Follow Each Other On
The Wind Ya' Know
'Cause They Got Nowhere
To Go
That's Why I Want You To
Know

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change)
(Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah)

I've Been A Victim Of A Selfish
Kind Of Love
It's Time That I Realize
That There Are Some With No
Home, Not A Nickel To Loan
Could It Be Really Me,
Pretending That They're Not
Alone?

A Willow Deeply Scarred,
Somebody's Broken Heart
And A Washed-Out Dream
(Washed-Out Dream)
They Follow The Pattern Of
The Wind, Ya' See
Cause They Got No Place
To Be
That's Why I'm Starting With
Me
(Starting With Me!)

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Ooh!)
And No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror
(Ooh!)
I'm Asking Him To Change His
Ways
(Change His Ways-Ooh!)
And No Message Could've
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make That . . .)
Change!

I'm Starting With The Man In
The Mirror,
(Man In The Mirror-Oh
Yeah!)
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make The Change)
(You Gotta Get It Right, While
You Got The Time)
('Cause When You Close Your
Heart)
You Can't Close Your . . .Your
Mind!
(Then You Close Your . . .
Mind!)
That Man, That Man, That
Man, That Man
With That Man In The Mirror
(Man In The Mirror, Oh Yeah!)
That Man, That Man, That Man
I'm Asking Him To Change
His Ways
(Better Change!)
You Know . . .That Man
No Message Could Have
Been Any Clearer
If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
(If You Wanna Make The
World A Better Place)
Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change
(Take A Look At Yourself And
Then Make A Change)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Oh Yeah!)
Gonna Feel Real Good Now!
Yeah Yeah! Yeah Yeah!
Yeah Yeah!
Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na,
Na Nah
(Ooooh . . .)
Oh No, No No . . .
I'm Gonna Make A Change
It's Gonna Feel Real Good!
Come On!
(Change . . .)
Just Lift Yourself
You Know
You've Got To Stop It.
Yourself!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
I've Got To Make That Change,
Today!
Hoo!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Got To
You Got To Not Let Yourself . . .
Brother . . .
Hoo!
(Yeah!-Make That Change!)
You Know-I've Got To Get
That Man, That Man . . .
(Man In The Mirror)
You've Got To
You've Got To Move! Come
On! Come On!
You Got To . . .
Stand Up! Stand Up!
Stand Up!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Stand Up And Lift
Yourself, Now!
(Man In The Mirror)
Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!
Aaow!
(Yeah-Make That Change)
Gonna Make That Change . . .
Come On!
(Man In The Mirror)
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know It!
You Know . . .
(Change . . .)
Make That Change.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My List

I was thinking about one of Toby's funny and amusing songs...but with the close of 2012 fast approaching, I fell on this. Today, I'll be taking my girls shopping to one of our favorite places...a book store. We'll be gone for hours. Guaranteed. Love and Light.


"My List"

Under an old brass paperweight is my list of things to do today
Go to the bank and the hardware store, put a new lock on the cellar door
I cross 'em off as I get 'em done but when the sun is set
There's still more than a few things left I haven't got to yet

Go for a walk, say a little prayer
Take a deep breath of mountain air
Put on my glove and play some catch
It's time that I make time for that
Wade the shore and cast a line
Look up a long lost friend of mine
Sit on the porch and give my girl a kiss
Start livin', that's the next thing on my list

Wouldn't change the course of fate but cuttin' the grass just had to wait
'Cause I've got more important things like pushin' my kid on the backyard swing
I won't break my back for a million bucks I can't take to my grave
So why put off for tomorrow what I could get done today

Like go for a walk, say a little prayer
Take a deep breath of mountain air
Put on my glove and play some catch
It's time that I make time for that
Wade the shore and cast a line
Look up a long lost friend of mine
Sit on the porch and give my girl a kiss
Start livin', that's the next thing on my list

Raise a little hell, laugh 'til it hurts
Put an extra five in the plate at church
Call up my folks just to chat
It's time that I make time for that
Stay up late, then oversleep
Show her what she means to me
Catch up on all the things I've always missed
Just start livin', that's the next thing on my list

Under an old brass paperweight
Is my list of things to do today

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Isolation


I can’t allow you to have friends anymore
Such bad influences they are
Oh, and you must do things my way
Laughter is not allowed
Adoration is a requirement
Tolerating your behavior only lasts so long
Inadequacy is unacceptable
Order must always be kept
No, I don’t really love you

Good Morning

We watched Singing in the Rain last night. I love this movie so much that I don't think I stopped grinning the whole time.  I absolutely LOVE watching these three dance! What a wonderfully peppy song to listen to bright and early, right?!
 
 
"Good Morning"
Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly
 
Good Mornin',
Good Mornin',

We've Talked the whole night through

Good Mornin',

Good Mornin' to you
Good Mornin', Good Mornin'
It's great to stay Up late
Good Mornin', good mornin' to you!

When the band began to play
The sun was shinin' bright.

Now the milkman's on his way.
It's too late to say goodnight.

So, good mornin', good mornin'!
Sunbeams will soon smile through,

Good Mornin', good mornin' to you!

And You, And You, And You!

Good morning,
Good morning,
We've gabbed the whole night through.
Good Mornin', good mornin' to you!

Nothin' could be grander the to be in
Louisiana

In the morning,
In the morning,
It's great to stay up late!
Good mornin',
Good mornin' to you.

It might be just zippy
If you was in Mississipi!

When we left the movie show
The future wasn't bright
But tame is gone
The show goes on
And I don't wanna say good night

So say, Good Mornin'!

Rainbow is shining through

Good Mornin'!
Good Mornin'!
Bon Jour!
Bon Jour!
Buenos dias!
Buenos dias!
Buon Giorno!
Buon Giorno!
Guten Morgen!
Guten Morgen!

Good Morning To you!

Waka! Waka! Waka!
Lá! Lá! Lá! Lá!
Ole! Toro! Bravo!

Dancing.....

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tell Her About It

A little pep in my step today! This was on the awesome playlist at Planet Fitness last night and I realized that I haven't done ANY Billy Joel!  It's almost a travesty!! ;-)
 
 
"Tell Her About It"
Billy Joel
 
Listen boy
Don't want to see you let a good thing
Slip away
You know I don't like watching
Anybody make the same mistakes
I made

She's a real nice girl
And she's always there for you
But a nice girl wouldn't tell you what you should do

Listen boy
I'm sure that you think you got it all
Under control

You don't want somebody telling you
The way to stay in someone's soul

You're a big boy now
You'll never let her go
But that's just the kind of thing
She ought to know

Tell her about it
Tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason to accept
That you're for real

Tell her about it
Tell her all your crazy dreams
Let her know you need her
Let her know how much she means

Listen boy
It's not automatically a certain guarantee
To insure yourself
You've got to provide communication constantly

When you love someone
You're always insecure
And there's only one good way
To reassure

Tell her about it
Let her know how much you care
When she can't be with you
Tell her you wish you were there
Tell her about it
Every day before you leave
Pay her some attention
Give her something to believe

Cause now and then
She'll get to worrying
Just because you haven't spoken
For so long
Though you may not have done anything
Will that be a consolation when she's gone

Listen boy
It's good information from a man
Who's made mistakes
Just a word or two that she gets from you
Could be the difference that it makes

She's a trusting soul
She's put her trust in you
But a girl like that won't tell you
What you should do

Tell her about it
Tell her everything you feel
Give her every reason
To accept that you're for real
Tell her about it
Tell her all your crazy dreams
Let her know you need her
Let her know how much she means

Tell her about it
Tell her how you feel right now
Tell her about it
The girl don't want to wait too long
You got to tell her about it
Tell her now and you won't go wrong
You got to tell her about it
Before it gets too late
You got to tell her about it
You know the girl don't want
To wait - you got to
Tell her about it

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Love Is A Gift

Feeling a little sappy this morning, my friends. When I was a kid, I had so much faith in love. Love truly is the best gift you can give. The best gift you can receive.
 
 
"Love Is A Gift"Olivia Newton-John

Here we are at last
Suddenly the pieces fit
All at once, I make sense of this crazy world
Loved you for so long
Now your hand is holding mine
It's like we're standing still in time

This is our moment
This is our night
A new beginning of the rest of our lives
With every heartbeat, with every kiss
Let's always remember that love is a gift

With each passing year
We will keep our love alive
I will be here by your side forever
Looking in your eyes, I believe in destiny
I believe in you and me

This is our moment
This is our night
A new beginning of the rest of our lives
With every heartbeat, with every kiss
Let's always remember that love is a gift

The rarest thing we have on earth
Is so special there's no measuring its worth

This is our moment
This is our night
A new beginning of the rest of our lives
With every heartbeat, with every kiss
Let's always remember forever and ever
Let's always remember that love is a gift
It's a gift

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fields of Gold

My wonderful family shares so much that they've been passing around the flu to one another. I made it through Christmas dinner. And even most of the present opening before I started feeling hot and queasy last night. So I couldn't post a peppy song that makes me want to dance. I need calm. Thank you, Sting.
 
 
"Fields Of Gold"Sting

You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You'll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we walk in fields of gold

So she took her love
For to gaze awhile
Upon the fields of barley
In his arms she fell as her hair came down
Among the fields of gold

Will you stay with me, will you be my love
Among the fields of barley
We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky
As we lie in fields of gold

See the west wind move like a lover so
Upon the fields of barley
Feel her body rise when you kiss her mouth
Among the fields of gold
I never made promises lightly
And there have been some that I've broken
But I swear in the days still left
We'll walk in fields of gold
We'll walk in fields of gold

Many years have passed since those summer days
Among the fields of barley
See the children run as the sun goes down
Among the fields of gold
You'll remember me when the west wind moves
Upon the fields of barley
You can tell the sun in his jealous sky
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold
When we walked in fields of gold

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, Darling

Wishing you all a wonderful, merry, joyous, safe and happy Christmas day!


"Merry Christmas, Darling"
The Carpenters
 
Greeting cards have all been sent
The Christmas rush is through
But I still have one wish to make
A special one for you

Merry Christmas, darling
We're apart, that's true
But I can dream
And in my dreams
I'm Christmasing with you
Holidays are joyful
There's always something new
But every day's a holiday
When I'm near to you
The lights on my tree
I wish you could see
I wish it every day
The logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year too
I've just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you
The logs on the fire
Fill me with desire
To see you and to say
That I wish you Merry Christmas
Happy New Year too
I've just one wish
On this Christmas Eve
I wish I were with you

Merry Christmas, darling

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Something About You

Brought to you by the ever-so-awesome playlist at Planet Fitness!
 
 
"Something About You"
 Level 42
 
Now, how can it be
That a love carved out of caring
Fashioned by fate could suffer so hard
From the games played once too often
But making mistakes is a part of life's imperfection
Born of the years
Is it so wrong to be human after all?

Drawn into the stream of undefined illusion
Those diamond dreams, they can't disguise the truth

That there is something about you, baby, so right
I wouldn't be without you, baby, tonight

If ever our love was concealed
No-one can say that we didn't feel
A million things and a perfect dream of life
Gone, fragile but free
We remain tender together
If not so in love
And it's not so wrong; we're only human after all

These changing years, they add to your confusion
Oh and you need to hear the time that told the truth

You know, there's something about you, baby, so right
I wouldn't be without you, baby, tonight
Because there's something about you, baby, so right
I couldn't live without you, baby, tonight

Something about you, the way you are, so right
I wouldn't be without you here tonight
There's something about you, the way you are so right
I couldn't live without you here tonight

Friday, December 21, 2012

Poison

I was once told that my love was Poison. Since he's still my friend, I'm pretty sure he was joking... right?
Right?
RIGHT?!
 
 
"Poison"
Alice Cooper
 
Your cruel device,
Your blood like ice.
One look could kill,
My pain, your thrill.

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don't touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I want it too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

You're poison runnin through my veins
You're poison, I don't wanna break these chains.

Your mouth, so hot
Your web, I'm caught
Your skin, so wet
Black lace on sweat

I hear you callin and it's needles and pins (and pins)
I wanna hurt you just to hear you screaming my name
Don't wanna touch you, but you're under my skin (deep in)
I wanna kiss you, but your lips are venomous poison

You're poison runnin through my veins
You're poison, I don't wanna break these chains
Poison

One look (one look), could kill (could kill),
My pain, your thrill.

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don't touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I want it too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

You're poison runnin through my veins
You're poison, I don't wanna break these chains
Poison

I wanna love you, but I better not touch (don't touch)
I wanna hold you, but my senses tell me to stop
I wanna kiss you, but I wanna too much (too much)
I wanna taste you, but your lips are venomous poison

Yeah
Well I don't wanna break these chains
Poison

Runnin deep inside my veins
Burnin deep inside my veins
Poison
I don't wanna break these chains

Thursday, December 20, 2012

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas

I never heard this song growing up...which kind of surprises me.  The first time I heard it was when I was commuting between Jackson and Lathrup Village on a Detroit radio station. I love this song. It cracks me up and I drive my family crazy with it! :-) I needed the smile today.
I hope it gives you one, too!
 
 
"I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas"
Gayla Peevey
 
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll
No donkey tinker toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don't think Santa Clause will mind do you
He won't have to use
A dirty chimney fleu
Just bring him through the front door
That's the easy thing to do

I can see me now on Christmas morning
Creeping down the stairs
Oh a joy and what surprise
When I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles
No rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too swing it

Mom says a hippo would eat me up but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegetarian

There's lots of room for him
In our two car garage
I'd feed him there
And wash him there
And give him his massage

I can see me now on Christmas morning
Creeping down the stairs
Oh a joy and what surprise
When I open up my eyes
To see a hippo hero standing there

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles
Or rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dancin' Away With My Heart

The first time I heard this song, it sent me back to a moment in my early high school career.  I'm thankful I can smile about memories like that. For some reason, that memory popped into my brain this morning and I tried to remember what that song was but it eludes me. ;-)
 
 
"Dancin' Away With My Heart"Lady Antebellum

I finally asked you to dance
On the last slow song
Beneath that moon that was really a disco ball
I can still feel my head on your shoulder
And hoping that song would never be over

[Chorus:]
I haven't seen you in ages
Sometimes I find myself
Wondering where you are
For me you'll always be 18
And beautiful and dancin' away with my heart

I brushed your curls back so I could see your eyes
And the way you moved me was like you were reading my mind
I can still feel you lean into kiss me
I can't help but wonder if you ever miss me

[Chorus]

You headed off to college
At the end of that summer and we lost touch
I guess I didn't realize even at that moment we lost so much

[Chorus]

Nah nah nah [x3]

Away with My Heart

Nah nah nah [x3]

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Born To Be My Baby

I take requests for song of the day sometimes.  This one was requested for today.  It must have special meaning to somebody. :-)
 
 
 
"Born To Be My Baby"
Bon Jovi
 
Rainy night and we worked all day
We both got jobs 'cause there's bills to pay
We got something they can't take away
Our love, our lives

Close the door, leave the cold outside
I don't need nothing when I'm by your side
We got something that'll never die
Our dreams, our pride

My heart beats like a drum (all night)
Flesh to flesh, one to one (and it's alright)
And I'll never let go cause
There's something I know deep inside

You were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

We got something to believe in
Even if we don't know where we stand
Only God would know the reasons
But I bet he must have had a plan
Cause you were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

Light a candle, blow the world away
Table for two on a TV tray
It ain't fancy, baby that's OK
Our time, our way

So hold me close better hang on tight
Buckle up, baby, it's a bumpy ride
We're two kids hitching down the road of life
Our world, our fight

If we stand side by side (all night)
There's a chance we'll get by (and it's alright)
And I'll know that you'll be live
In my heart till the day that I die

Cause you were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

We got something to believe in
Even if we don't know where we stand
Only God would know the reasons
But I bet he must have had a plan
Cause you were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

[Solo]

My heart beats like a drum (all night)
Flesh to flesh, one to one (and it's alright)
And I'll never let go cause
There's something I know deep inside

Cause you were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

We got something to believe in
Even if we don't know where we stand
Only God would know the reasons
But I bet he must have had a plan

Cause you were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

You were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

Monday, December 17, 2012

Blessed

Every day I try to maintain an attitude of gratitude. It's hard. A lot. But you know what? It makes such a huge difference in the quality of the life I live.
 
 
"Blessed"
Martina McBride
 
I get kissed by the sun each morning
Put my feet on a hardwood floor
I get to hear my children laughing
Down the hall through the bedroom door
Sometimes I sit on my front porch swing
Just soaking up the day
I think to myself, I think to myself
This world is a beautiful place

I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed

Across a crowded room
I know you know what I'm thinking
By the way I look at you
And when we're lying in the quiet
And no words have to be said
I think to myself, I think to myself
This love is a beautiful gift

I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed

When I'm singing my kids to sleep
When I feel you holding me
I know

I have been blessed
And I feel like I've found my way
I thank God for all I've been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones that love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Beautiful Day

I briefly considered this song for yesterday. I felt it had to come soon. It HAD to be today's song because I heard it at the gym yesterday.  Did you know that I don't believe in coincidence?


"Beautiful Day"
U2
 
The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There's no room
No space to rent in this town

You're out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you're not moving anywhere

You thought you'd found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It's a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away

You're on the road
But you've got no destination
You're in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn't ring true
You've been all over
And it's been all over you

It's a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
It's a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don't let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I'm not a hopeless case

What you don't have you don't need it now
What you don't know you can feel it somehow
What you don't have you don't need it now
Don't need it now
Was a beautiful day







Saturday, December 15, 2012

It's My Life

September 11, 2001 was my wake up call.  Life is far more fragile than I ever imagined.  I was terrified. I was afraid to live. This is the song that woke me out of my stupor. From that day on, I have strived to live every day positively. Do I fail? Yes, quite often. But I don't stop trying.
 
 
"It's My Life"
Bon Jovi
 
This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for the faith-departed
I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud

[Chorus:]
It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life

This is for the ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina who never backed down
Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake
Luck ain't even lucky
Got to make your own breaks

[Chorus:]
It's my life
And it's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
'Cause it's my life

Better stand tall when they're calling you out
Don't bend, don't break, baby, don't back down

[Chorus:]
It's my life
And it's now or never
'Cause I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive

[Chorus:]
It's my life
And it's now or never
'Cause I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
'Cause it's my life!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Hopelessly Devoted to You

This is the song my darling 6th grader chose for the talent show I mentioned yesterday. This is not an easy song to perform. You should have seen my sister and me helping my girls perfect their performances: getting the right pitch, tone and notes, drawing on the things we learned from Mr. Ron Burnette and Mrs. Norma Willoughby about warming up your voice and appropriate breathing. My girls were awesome!  And they have been striving to perform their best at every musical endeavor since!!
 
 
"Hopelessly Devoted To You"
Olivia Newton-John
 
Guess mine is not the first heart broken
My eyes are not the first to cry
I'm not the first to know
There's just no getting over you

You know I'm just a fool who's willing
To sit around and wait for you
But, baby, can't you see
There's nothing else for me to do?
I'm hopelessly devoted to you

But now there's nowhere to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I'm out of my head
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you

My head is saying, "Fool, forget him."
My heart is saying, "Don't let go.
Hold on till the end."
And that's what I intend to do
I'm hopelessly devoted to you

But now there's nowhere to hide
Since you pushed my love aside
I'm out of my head
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you
Hopelessly devoted to you

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Concrete Angel

When Katana was in third grade at Paragon Charter Academy, one of the teachers thought it would be great to have a talent show. Both of my lovely daughters participated in this event and worked really hard to master some songs that aren't so easy. This is the one my precious little third grader sang. Last night, I told my darling high school junior that she doesn't have to be in choir next year if she chooses that course of action.  She wouldn't be in choir this year if I hadn't thrust it on her. Choir saved me in high school. My best memories from junior high and high school are related to my choir activities and my choir family. Sadly, hers aren't.  Not because she doesn't love singing. (Hang out at my house on any given day for ten minutes and you'll hear her start to sing at some point.) Her choir director doesn't have the love for the students that my choir directors had.  They put us first. Hers puts his political agenda first.
 
 
"Concrete Angel"
Martina McBride
 
She walks to school with the lunch she packed
Nobody knows what she's holdin' back
Wearin' the same dress she wore yesterday
She hides the bruises with linen and lace

The teacher wonders but she doesn't ask
It's hard to see the pain behind the mask
Bearing the burden of a secret storm
Sometimes she wishes she was never born

Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone
In a world that she can't rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where she's loved
Concrete angel

Somebody cries in the middle of the night
The neighbors hear, but they turn out the lights
A fragile soul caught in the hands of fate
When morning comes it'll be too late

[Repeat Chorus]

A statue stands in a shaded place
An angel girl with an upturned face
A name is written on a polished rock
A broken heart that the world forgot

[Repeat Chorus]

 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Insanity


Redeeming qualities?
Overstuffed sock drawers?
Insanity looms over its
Victim
With the snap of fingers
Fog rolls in and
Encompasses the unknowing
Sight prevented by the density
No way to find home, comfort,
Love
No choice but to back against
The wall
Thankful for its support
Fear immobilizing
Screams when a hand
Appears
Inches from the nose
Insanity envelopes
Without realization that the
Hand was help

Torn

This song was on the awesome playlist at Planet Fitness about a week ago. It's been on my mind for a song of the day since. Sometimes you have to strip down to nothing to find truth. This song reminds me we can only truly rely on ourselves for that truth.
 
 
"Torn"
Natalie Imbruglia
 
I thought, I saw a man brought to life
He was warm, he came around and he was dignified
He showed me what it was to cry

Well, you couldn't be that man I adored
You don't seem to know
Seem to care what your heart is for
But I don't know him anymore

There's nothing where he used to lie
The conversation has run dry
That's what's going on
Nothing's fine, I'm torn

I'm all out of faith
This is how I feel
I'm cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor

Illusion never changed
Into something real
I'm wide awake and I can see
The perfect sky is torn
You're a little late, I'm already torn

So I guess the fortune teller's right
Should have seen just what was there
And not some holy light

It crawled beneath my veins
And now I don't care, I had no luck
I don't miss it all that much
There's just so many things
That I can touch, I'm torn

I'm all out of faith
This is how I feel
I'm cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on the floor

Illusion never changed
Into something real
I'm wide awake and I can see
The perfect sky is torn
You're a little late, I'm already torn, torn

There's nothing where he used to lie
My inspiration has run dry
That's what's going on
Nothing's right, I'm torn

I'm all out of faith
This is how I feel
I'm cold and I am shamed
Lying naked on this floor

Illusion never changed
Into something real
I'm wide awake and I can see
The perfect sky is torn

I'm all out of faith
This is how I feel
I'm cold and I'm ashamed
Bound and broken on the floor
You're a little late, I'm already torn, torn

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Hey Soul Sister

It's stuck on my brain so I'm sharing!
 
 
"Hey, Soul Sister"Train

Heeey heeeey heeeeey

Your lipstick stains on the front lobe of my left side brains
I knew I wouldn't forget you
And so I went and let you blow my mind
Your sweet moonbeam
The smell of you in every single dream I dream
I knew when we collided you're the one I have decided
Who's one of my kind

Hey soul sister, ain't that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain't fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don't wanna miss a single thing you do tonight

Heeey heeeey heeeey

Just in time, I'm so glad you have a one track mind like me
You gave my life direction
A game show love connection, we can't deny
I'm so obsessed
My heart is bound to beat right out my untrimmed chest
I believe in you, like a virgin, you're Madonna
And I'm always gonna wanna blow your mind

Hey soul sister, ain't that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain't fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don't wanna miss a single thing you do tonight

The way you can cut a rug
Watching you is the only drug I need
So gangster, I'm so thug
You're the only one I'm dreaming of
You see I can be myself now finally
In fact there's nothing I can't be
I want the world to see you being with me

Hey soul sister, ain't that mister mister on the radio, stereo
The way you move ain't fair you know
Hey soul sister, I don't wanna miss a single thing you do tonight
Hey soul sister, I don't wanna miss a single thing you do tonight
Heeey heeeey heeeeey (tonight)
Heeey heeeey heeeeey (tonight)