Friday Favorites-80s Metalman’s Blog


Welcome to another addition of my Friday Favorites!  Each week I will share with you information about a blog/blogger that I follow and why they are a favorite of mine.  Please be sure to check out their site because they may become a favorite of yours too!  Today’s favorite is Mike’s 80s Metalman’s Blog.

Although I’m a big fan of Heavy Metal Music, Mike will put enough of a spin on things to make it interesting for me. Mike and I connected on WordPress quite some time ago and he’s always been willing to participate and give input when asked.  I also find Mike to be encouraging and kind.

THIS is a page about Great Movie soundtracks in 1984.  This was fun for me, looking over Mike’s comments about movies like Ghost Busters, StarMan and Karate Kid.  HERE is a post Mike did about the soundtrack to the movie Footloose.  A favorite of mine.  

On THIS PAGE Mike shows us his humorous side.  You’ll find fun videos from Christmas songs to Weird Al and more.  Be sure to take a few minutes exploring this page.  It’s sure to tickle your funny bone! 🙂

Mike will often write about the passing of a beloved band.  Some of these can be seen HERE.    

THIS is a post that Mike did about a rock legend and a favorite of mine, Pat Benatar, the Queen of Rock at that time.

One thing that Mike the 80s Metalman will do occasionally, is to show touching or romantic lyrics in Metal Music.  This, of course, appeals to my poetic side.  I’m pleasantly surprised at the romance and tenderness expressed in some of these lyrics.

Mike’s knowledge in this genre of music is amazing.  He knows his stuff.  Be sure to spend some on the 80s Metalman’s Blog exploring.  I think you’ll like what you see there and he may become a favorite of yours too!

Copyright (C) 2020 Penny Wilson

 

Randomness-Stairway to Heaven


“And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
And she’s buying the stairway to heaven”

Songwriters: Jimmy Page / Robert Plant – Led Zeppelin

*A bit of randomness here on your Sunday.  A very old song by Led Zeppelin, Stairway to Heaven. I’ve always loved it.  This last bit, copied and pasted above has always been my favorite part of the song.  This stuck in my head this morning so I thought I would share.  If you would like to see the complete lyrics, you can find them here: https://genius.com/Led-zeppelin-stairway-to-heaven-lyrics 

Mental Health Awareness Week — TheFeatheredSleep


REBLOG: Please read this eloquent piece of Reality from The Feathered Sleep.

She doesn’t look sick….. She isn’t sick. But a black hole is eating her from the inside out. The devour has no real description It defies the usual ones, it has a wider mouth, deeper jaw, longer bite The thing of it is .. the shame .. that’s the worst part The little voice which […]

via Mental Health Awareness Week — TheFeatheredSleep

Don’t Laugh at Me


Music has influenced my life many times over the years. It has A way to lift you up or drown you in sorrow. It is so powerful, inspiring, and thought-provoking. Poetry set to music. What could be more perfect? “Don’t Laugh at Me” is a song written by Allen Shamblin and Steve Seskin, and recorded by American country music artist Mark Wills. It was released in July 1998 as the second single from the album “Wish You Were Here”. Although this song has been around for 20 years, when I heard it a week or so ago, it brought me to tears. “In God’s eyes we’re all the same. Someday we’ll all have perfect wings.” See below. I hope you enjoy.

I’m a little boy with glasses
The one they call the geek
A little girl who never smiles
‘Cause I’ve got braces on my teeth
And I know how it feels
To cry myself to sleep

I’m that kid on every playground
Who’s always chosen last
A single teenage mother
Tryin’ to overcome my past
You don’t have to be my friend
But is it too much to ask

Don’t laugh at me
Don’t call me names
Don’t get your pleasure from my pain
In God’s eyes we’re all the same
Someday we’ll all have perfect wings
Don’t laugh at me

I’m the cripple on the corner
You’ve passed me on the street
And I wouldn’t be out here beggin’
If I had enough to eat
And don’t think I don’t notice
That our eyes never meet

I lost my wife and little boy when
Someone crossed that yellow line
The day we laid them in the ground
Is the day I lost my mind
And right now I’m down to holdin’
This little cardboard sign, so

Don’t laugh at me
Don’t call me names
Don’t get your pleasure from my pain
In God’s eyes we’re all the same
Someday we’ll all have perfect wings
Don’t laugh at me

I’m fat, I’m thin, I’m short, I’m tall
I’m deaf, I’m blind, hey, aren’t we all

Don’t laugh at me
Don’t call me names
Don’t get your pleasure from my pain
In God’s eyes we’re all the same
Someday we’ll all have perfect wings
Don’t laugh at me

Inspiration


My posting here has been sporadic lately.  I’ve written a few good pieces and think that my writing continues to improve.  But there are certainly days when inspiration is lacking.

Writing, for the most part, has simply been me sitting at the keyboard attempting to express something I’m feeling.  OR, my process for writing can be inspired by almost anything; a word, a phrase, a memory.  Very often, the inspiration is music.  I never know what will strike me.  I’m going to share a few things with you that have inspired me.

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Most People Are Good


I believe most people are good
And most mama’s oughta qualify for sainthood

Those are the first 2 lines in the chorus of the song Most People Are Good sung by Luke Bryan.  I listen to mostly C&W music these days.  Although my taste in music varies wildly.  Those 2 lines made me think.

I DO think that most people ARE good.  I tend to wear my heart on my sleeve.  I will trust and believe what you say until you prove that I cannot.  This is just the way that I’m wired.  I’ve TRIED to be more wary or cynical of people, but I just can’t do it.  My heart won’t let me.  I just believe that in general, most people ARE good.

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This World Was Never Meant for One as Beautiful as You.


The video doesn’t seem to work on my blog.  Please visit Live & Learn’s blog using the link below and enjoy this beautiful song!

James Blake sings a cover of Don McLean’s “Vincent” which was filmed and recorded live at Conway Studios in Los Angeles in December, 2017.

via This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you — Live & Learn

Desert Island Music


I want to thank Robin at Robin’s Nest https://therobinsnest2017.com/ for tagging me for this post.  Here is Robin’s post:  https://therobinsnest2017.com/2017/07/07/desert-island-discs-blog-tag/

I’m going to change things up a bit though.  Robin is a sweetheart to nominate me for this but I’m afraid that my choice in albums would be quite Old School.  I have a feeling that I am a year or two older than Robin is! 🙂

It has been a long time since I bought an album.  In fact, when I moved this last time, I never even bothered unpacking my CDs or my stereo.  The stereo is out in the garage and the CDs are still in a cardboard box in the spare room.

Most of the time I listen to Internet Radio; either Pandora or Accu Radio.  I bounce around in what I listen to a great deal.  I listen to everything from Country, to Lite Rock, to Smooth Jazz, to Oldies.

I get tired of the same old thing and although I do have favorites, I crave hearing new music.

Here are the Robin’s rules:

If you are cast away on a desert island:

  • You can bring 5 albums – what are they?
  • You can bring one book – which is it? You are provided with a Bible/ other religious text if you want it, as well as the Complete Works of Shakespeare. No series!
  • You can have one luxury item (it has to be inanimate and can’t help you escape the island) – what is it?

So, in light of my eclectic tastes and listening habits, these are the rules I have come up with:

  •  Name 5 songs you love and why they are so special to you.
  • What is/are the book, writings or story that you read as a child and loved that would surprise some people?
  • What is the one luxury item you have in your life now that you feel you couldn’t do without? 

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B – Belief


Faith

Hi all.  I know it’s been too long.  I need a kick start of some kind.  So this is my kick start.  I saw a writing prompt that challenged you to write every day for 26 days.  One day for each letter of the alphabet.  Well, this is my version of that challenge.  This is a bit on the personal side, but I needed to start somewhere!  

Belief

Meaning: Confidence, faith, trust.  An opinion or conviction.

I don’t normally listen to the Christian music stations.  But I was scanning through the radio stations one day recently, looking for something that sounded good.  Where I stopped had a light rock sound and I liked it.  I was mindlessly humming along, digging the music.  I realized after several songs that it was a Christian station.

I was surprised.  But I found myself returning to this station over and over again over the next few days.  I was enjoying the upbeat, positive tone of the music.

Then a song came on that hit me like a ton of bricks.  You know, that “aha moment”, or when the light bulb finally comes on?  This was like that.

I don’t know the name of the song; I’ve only heard it twice.  But the message was clear.  The line in the song that I DO remember that really hit home was this:  “Don’t hold on, just be held.”

What I have been doing most of my life, is trying to figure it out.  I’ve always questioned: why am I here?  What does the future hold for me?  Did I move to “X, Y or Z” for a reason?  If so, what??

Instead of just enjoying the ride, I questioned why I was on the Ferris wheel to begin with.

My belief is exactly where I should have turned for the answers.  Instead of “holding on” to the questions, I should have  let myself “be held”.

It’s ok to just let it go sometimes.  I know we need to help ourselves.  But there are times when we just need to let it go, be held and turn it over to a Higher Power.

Taking my own advice is not always easy.  But I’m going to try.  Starting this weekend, I am taking off on a little adventure.  It’s something I’ve never done before.  While doing this, I am going to be sure to take in the sights and sounds from the top of the Ferris wheel!