#SLS for 12/8/19 ~ “Hot Legs”

Jim gives us prompts arm, elbow, legs, or knees. When I first saw the prompt, all I could think of was ZZ Top’s “Legs” but since I recently used a ZZ Top song, I went looking elsewhere.

That’s when I rediscovered “Hot Legs” by Rod Stewart. I had the album Foot Loose and Fancy Free which I played on a loop. I remember using my own money to buy it from Record Rendevous a mom and pop record store in McCreless Mall. I’ll never forget their window displays. The covers were works of art. The year before I’d bought A Night on the Town which was meant to be like an impressionist painting. Foot Loose was simply Rod’s cool self on the cover. Looking all Tubbs and Crockett in a light color suit. I loved every song on both those albums. Here’s the video. Lyrics within. Hope you enjoy.

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#SLS for 12/1/19 ~ “Green-Eyed Lady”

Jim gives us the prompts of Chin/Ears/Eyes/Face/Mouth/Nose.  My very first thought was “Hip, Hip, Chin, Chin” by Maxim Illion performed by Club des Belugas and the delightful dance by Lacey and Danny of So You Think You Can Dance fame.  I opted out of that song because there aren’t many lyrics.

The only ears song that came to mind was “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” and I was back in grade school.

Next eyes gave me almost too many to choose from but I finally opted for the 1970s gem “Green-eyed Lady” performed by Sugarloaf because I am one.  How full of myself is that?!?  Here are the song facts about the true green-eyed lady on which the song is based.  Lyrics within and come to think of it, this song is short on lyrics too.  Oh well.  Hope enjoy.

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#SLS for 11/24/19 ~ “Be Our Guest”

When Pony was three, I took him to his first movie – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.  He was so little, he could not keep the seat down.  My friend Julie was with me and he alternated between our laps and standing – holding tight to the seat back in front of us.  Years later he admitted the opening scene scared him … if you’ve seen it, it is very dark and stormy night.  But despite that something in the drama intrigued him.  And now 28 years later, the movie is still in his top 10.  For nostalgia more than anything else of course.  The song I picked was “Be Out Guest”  which fits the FEAST part of Jim’s theme Bounty/Dessert/Eat/Feast/Food/Hungry/Turkey prompt.  I took the easy route with lyrics within the video. Songwriters: Howard Elliott Ashman / Alan Menken.  Be Our Guest lyrics © Walt Disney Music Company.

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#SLS for 11/17/19 ~ “I Thank You”

Jim gives us the prompts did/didn’t/do/does/doesn’t.

This Texas girl automatically thinks of the ZZ Top cover of “I Thank You”. ZZ Top was a favorite for a brief time. I remember once when my brother won their album Rio Grande Mud by being the 2nd caller with the right answer to a trivia question. The first caller actually got concert tickets.

My brother is the luckiest unlucky guy I know meaning he’s been through some tough times in his life. Still he almost always won any time he’d enter a contest or raffle even if not first place. I lost count of how many items he won off the radio 📻. He had a system and always got through. When I’d try, I’d get a busy signal. Every.Single.Time! 😂

“I Thank You” was written by Songwriters: David Porter / Isaac Hayes. ZZ Top covered it on their 1979 album: Degüello. This version of the song is the only one I ever knew. Super excited when that happens. Makes me happy when musicians appreciate each other. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Reminds me of the CMAs and the cross over blending of genres.

Here you go … lyrics within.

Here’s another example. I think it actually like it better. That keyboard 🎹. Those horns 🎷.

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#SLS for 11/10/19 ~ “If You Could Read My Mind”

I’m a bit behind today and feeling under the weather.  I hope that by taking it easy, I’ll feel well enough to go return to work tomorrow.  Lucky for me this hit over the weekend. Sarcastic yay!! As poorly I feel, I can’t pass on #SLS.  Music is medicinal.  Maybe I can listen this head cold and sore throat away.

Jim tells us our prompt for this week is Could/Might/Should/Would.  I picked Gordon Lightfoot’s “If You Could Read My Mind”.  Why?  Gordon’s voice is soothing and his words are deeply personal.  For more on this song, here is the wiki.  I hope you enjoy.

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#SLS Part Deuce for 11/3/19 ~ “Around the World”

We’ve had a banner day in the Dub household.  Reconnecting with family is always good.  D was a 90 baby when it came to musical tastes and while the Red Hot Chili Peppers was not a fave, “Around the World” Written by : Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, Michael ‘Flea’ Balzary and John Frusciante sprung to mind.  That and “Rooster” by Alice in Chains or anything Rob Zombie but the latter two didn’t fit the theme.  I decided to go in for part two of #SLS.  Love that funky base.  Lyrics within the video. Ping Back.

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#SLS for 11/3/19 ~ “If I Die Young”

Jim give us the prompts Around/Down/Sideways/Up.  I feel like that a lot y’all.  Today especially.  Happy heavenly birthday to D.  We celebrate his dash 11/3/65 – 7/2/16 with our parish turkey bingo.  Gone too soon, that’s for sure.  B hasn’t got over losing his brother yet as if he’s supposed.  There are no rules regarding grief except that there are no rules.

Boy did I have options.  My first thought was Stay by Rihanna Writer(s): Justin Parker, Mikky Ekko.  A moving ballad with lovely piano and the plea … around and around and around we go.  Then I moved on to Bad Day by Daniel Powter.  This song had both down and around.  Finally landing on If I Die Young by The Band Perry – Writer Kimberly Perry.

Before the video, here’s more about the song and meaning behind the lyrics:

The meaning of the song is simple … it’s about making the most of whatever time you are given, whether it’s 2 years or 20 years. … “Whatever time we’re given will be absolutely enough as long as we make the most of it”  ~ Kimberly Perry

Read More: The Meaning Behind The Band Perry’s ‘If I Die Young’ |

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in a river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh, uh oh

Lord make me a rainbow, I’ll shine down on my mother
She’ll know I’m safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh,
And life ain’t always what you think it ought to be, no
Ain’t even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
I’ve had just enough time

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
I’ve had just enough time

And I’ll be wearing white, when I come into your kingdom
I’m as green as the ring on my little cold finger,
I’ve never known the lovin’ of a man
But it sure felt nice when he was holdin’ my hand,
There’s a boy here in town, says he’ll love me forever,
Who would have thought forever could be severed by…

…the sharp knife of a short life, oh well?
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best, boys, and I’ll wear my pearls
What I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts, oh, no, I’ll sell ’em for a dollar
They’re worth so much more after I’m a goner
And maybe then you’ll hear the words I been singin’
Funny when you’re dead how people start listenin’

If I die young, bury me in satin
Lay me down on a bed of roses
Sink me in the river at dawn
Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh (uh, oh)
The ballad of a dove (uh, oh)
Go with peace and love
Gather up your tears, keep ’em in your pocket
Save ’em for a time when you’re really gonna need ’em, oh

The sharp knife of a short life, oh well
I’ve had just enough time

So put on your best, boys, and I’ll wear my pearls.

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#SLS for 10/27/19 ~ “You Will Be Found”

Jim gives us lost/found/hide/seek as our prompt. So many choices, so little time. Not really. I’ve got all the time in the world and I’m relishing it. Age has some perks. I picked the song “You Will Be Found” Songwriters: Benj Pasek / Justin Paul from the musical Dear Evan Hansen which I’ll be seeing on my birthday! Can’t wait! It’s a long song but it’s worth it. I’ve added the wiki for more context.

Have you ever felt like nobody was there?
Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?
Have you ever felt like you could disappear?
Like you could fall, and no one would hear?
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
‘Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand
And oh, someone will coming running
And I know, they’ll take you home
Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
And when you’re broken on the ground
You will be found
So let the sun come streaming in
‘Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again
Lift your head and look around
You will be found
You will be found
You will be found
You will be found
You will be found
Have you seen this? Someone put a video of your speech online
My speech?
People started sharing it, I guess, and now, I mean
Connor is everywhere (Your speech is everywhere)
This morning The Connor Project page, it only had fifty-six people following it
Well, how many does it have now?
Four thousand five-hundred eighty-two (Sixteen thousand two-hundred and thirty-nine)
I don’t understand, what happened?
You did!
There’s a place where we don’t have to feel unknown (Oh my god) (Everybody needs to see this)
And every time that you call out 
You’re a little less alone (I can’t stop watching this video
If you only say the word (Seventeen years old)
Take five minutes (This will make your day)
From across the silence
Your voice is heard 
Share it with the people you love (Repost)
The world needs to hear this
A beautiful tribute (Favorite)
I know someone who really needed to hear this today,
So thank you Evan Hansen, for doing what you’re doing
I never met you Connor, but coming on here, reading everyone’s posts
It’s so easy to feel alone, but Evan is exactly right—we’re not alone, none of us.
We’re not alone, none of us, none of us
None of us are alone (Like) (Forward)
Especially now, with everything that you hear in the news (Like) (Share) (Repost) (Forward)
Thank you Evan Hansen, for giving us a space to remember Connor
To be together, to find each other
Sending prayers from Michigan
Vermont, Tampa, Sacramento
Thank you, Evan Hansen (Repost)
Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
When you’re broken on the ground
You will be found
So let the sun come streaming in
‘Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again
If you only look around
You will be found (You will be found)
You will be found (You will be found)
You will be found
Out of the shadows
The morning is breaking
And all is new, all is new
It’s filling up the empty
And suddenly I see that
All is new, all is new
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone
You are not alone (You are not alone)
You are not alone (You are not alone)
You are not
You are not alone (You are not alone)
Even when the dark comes crashin’ through
When you need someone to carry you
When you’re broken on the ground
You will be found!
So when the sun comes streaming in
‘Cause you’ll reach up and you’ll rise again
If you only look around
You will be found
Even when the dark comes crashin’ through
You will be found
When you need someone to carry you
You will be found
You will be found
You will be found

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#SLS for 10/20/19 ~ “Stand”

Jim gives us lean/sit/stand as prompts today and of course I immediately think “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers who said he wrote the song after moving to Los Angeles and missing his community back home in West Virginia.  Then I thought well everyone loves “Lean on Me” and there may be duplicates.  Which is okay by me but I also felt like escaping and what better way to spend time than searching through some smoking hot music where finally I landed on R.E.M’s “Stand”  Also including a link to the wiki for the meaning of “Stand”

Writer(s): Peter Lawrence Buck, William Thomas Berry, John Michael Stipe, Michael E. Mills
Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t before

Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before

If you are confused, check with the sun
Carry a compass to help you along
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around

So stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t before

Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before

Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around
If wishes were trees, the trees would be falling
Listen to reason, season is calling

Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t before

Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before

If wishes were trees, the trees would be falling
Listen to reason, reason is calling
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around

So stand (Stand!)
Now face north
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t before

Now stand (Stand!)
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t

Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven’t before

Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before

Stand in the place where you are
Now face north
Stand in the place where you are
Now face west
Your feet are going to be on the ground
(Stand in the place where you are)
Your head is there to move you around, so stand

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#SLS for 10/13/19 ~ “Roll Um Easy”

Jim gives us the prompt of Drifter/Loner/Transient/Vagabond.  I had the Metallica song “Wherever I May Roam” in mind but went another direction after listening to a plethora of songs about loneliness.  Who would’ve thought such a sad topic would create such beautiful songs.   To the point where I had the most difficult time choosing.

Instead of feeling angst, I felt love and perseverance.   If you really listen to the lyrics for most of these “sad sack” songs, you’ll see more triumph over tragedy.  And we did just have World Mental Health day on 10/10/19 which makes today’s theme very fitting.  Plus we have a new smoking hot music badge to boot.

Without further ado, here is “Roll Um Easy” Writer(s): LOWELL T GEORGE, performed by Little Feat and a cover by Brothers of a Feather aka Chris and Rich Robinson of the Black Crows.

Oh I am just a vagabond
A drifter on the run
And eloquent profanity
It rolls right off my tongue
And I have dined in palaces
Drunk wine with Kings and Queens
But darlin’, oh darlin’
You’re the best thing I’ve ever seen
Won’t you roll me easy
Oh slow and easy
Take my independence
With no apprehension,no tension
You walkin’ talkin’ dream paradise
Sweet pair a’ dice
Well I been across this country
From Denver to the ocean
And I never met girls who could sing so sweet
Like the angels that live in Houston
Singin’ “Roll me easy, so slow and easy…
Play that Concertina, I’ll be your temptress…”
And baby I’m defenseless
Singin’ harmony
In unison
Sweet harmony
Gotta hoist the flag and I’ll beat your drum

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