#SLS for 10/18/20

Yes/No are on tap today. Easy right? Well one would think but I had a hard time finding something. Ultimately I landed on “You Say Yes”. Writer(s): Robert John Arthur Halford, Glenn Raymond Tipton, Kenneth Downing members of Judas Priest \m/. Not as metal as some of their songs. More on the bluesy side at least at the beginning. Definitely an 80’s vibe. From their Point of No Entry album @1981.

Say you want to rip it up
Paint the town red
Wanna do the hot spots
Get it in the head
You drive me crazy
I know your game
You done it all before
You’ll do it all again

You say yes, I say no

My blood’s on fire
I grit my teeth
You’re nothin’ but a teaser
Gimme some relief
I’m lookin’ at the bottle
Sinkin’ to the floor
I gotta white knuckles
Can’t take it anymore

You say yes, I say no

What do you treat me so
What I do, I do for you

#SLS for 10/11/20

Today we have prompts of Hold/Pause/Stop/Wait from which to choose. I almost immediately had an ear worm of the feature song Hold On from the movie Brides Maids. I do enjoy Wilson Phillips. Rather than search around for something else, I am going for it. Sorry/not sorry if this is a double. One of my preferences is to post first, then read the remainder so as not to be influenced by anyone else’s selection. Now without further ado …

 Hold On Writer(s): Ballard Glen, Phillips Chynna, Wilson Carnie

I know this pain
Why do you lock yourself up in these chains?
No one can change your life except for you
Don’t ever let anyone step all over you
Just open your heart and your mind
Is it really fair to feel this way inside?

Some day somebody’s gonna make you want to
Turn around and say goodbye
Until then baby are you going to let them
Hold you down and make you cry
Don’t you know?
Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day
Can you hold on for one more day
Things’ll go your way
Hold on for one more day

You could sustain
Or are you comfortable with the pain?
You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness
You got yourself into your own mess
Lettin’ your worries pass you by
Don’t you think it’s worth your time
To change your mind?

Some day somebody’s gonna make you want to
Turn around and say goodbye
Until then baby are you going to let them
Hold you down and make you cry
Don’t you know?
Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day
Can you hold on for one more day
Things’ll go your way
Hold on for one more day

I know that there is pain
But you hold on for one more day and
Break free from the chains
Yeah I know that there is pain
But you hold on for one more day and you
Break free, break from the chains

Some day somebody’s gonna make you want to
Turn around and say goodbye
Until then baby are you going to let them
Hold you down and make you cry
Don’t you know?
Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day yeah
If you hold on

Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day,
If you hold on
Can you hold on
Hold on baby
Won’t you tell me now
Hold on for one more day ‘Cause
It’s gonna go your way

Don’t you know things can change
Things’ll go your way
If you hold on for one more day
Can’t you change it this time

Make up your mind
Hold on
Hold on
Baby hold on

#SLS for 10/4/20

The prompt today is No rules-go your own way and as tempted as I was to pick Fleetwood Mac, I went a different direction. I first heard the song “Brand New” Writer(s): David Hodges, Abe Stoklasa, Ben Rectorat at the start of our last employee meeting as we waited for our CEO to begin. They always pick such wonderful hold music for us to listen to while we gear up. I hope this song gets you as pepped up as it did for up to 30K strong.

I feel like new sunglasses, like a brand new pair of jeans
I feel like taking chances, I feel a lot like seventeen

I feel like windows rolled down, new city, streets and cabs
I feel like anything can happen, laughing,
You take me right back, when we were kids
Never thought I’d feel like this

Like when I close my eyes and don’t even care if anyone sees me dancing
Like I can fly, and don’t even think of touching the ground
Like a heartbeat skip, like an open page
Like a one way trip on an aeroplane
It’s the way that I feel when I’m with you, brand new
Brand new

I feel like a young John Cusack, like making big mistakes
I feel like for the first time in a long time I am not afraid
I feel like a kid, never thought it’d feel like this

Like when I close my eyes and don’t even care if anyone sees me dancing
Like I can fly, and don’t even think of touching the ground
Like a heartbeat skip, like an open page
Like a one way trip on an aeroplane
It’s the way that I feel when I’m with you, brand new

Time will always try to make us old
You remind me what I used to know

Like when I close my eyes and don’t even care if anyone sees me dancing
Like I can fly, and don’t even think of touching the ground
Like a heartbeat skip, like an open page
Like a one way trip on an aeroplane
It’s the way that I feel when I’m with you, brand new

Brand new, yeah, yeah, yeah
And I feel brand new
I feel brand new
I feel brand new

#SLS for 9/27/20

The prompts are brother/sibling/sister. I picked “Stressed Out” by Twenty-One Pilots. Writer: Joseph R Tyler. Why? Just because. haha. Hope you enjoy!

I wish I found some better sounds no one’s ever heard
I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words
I wish I found some chords in an order that is new
I wish I didn’t have to rhyme every time I sang

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink
But now I’m insecure and I care what people think

My name’s ‘Blurryface’ and I care what you think
My name’s ‘Blurryface’ and I care what you think

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out (oh)
Wish we could turn back time (oh), to the good old days (oh)
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

We’re stressed out

Sometimes a certain smell will take me back to when I was young
How come I’m never able to identify where it’s coming from
I’d make a candle out of it if I ever found it
Try to sell it, never sell out of it, I’d probably only sell one

It’d be to my brother, ’cause we have the same nose
Same clothes homegrown a stone’s throw from a creek we used to roam
But it would remind us of when nothing really mattered
Out of student loans and tree-house homes we all would take the latter

My name’s ‘Blurryface’ and I care what you think
My name’s ‘Blurryface’ and I care what you think

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out (oh)
Wish we could turn back time (oh), to the good old days (oh)
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
Saying, “Wake up, you need to make money.”
Yeah

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
Saying, “Wake up, you need to make money.”
Yeah

Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out (oh)
Wish we could turn back time (oh), to the good old days (oh)
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we’re stressed out

Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face
Saying, “Wake up, you need to make money.”
Yeah

#SLS for 9/20/20

Today’s prompt is Canadian music. I feel chatty. The song I picked has a special meaning to me. A memory that has little if anything to do with the singer, the music, or the lyrics. I played soft ball in grade school. It was the spring of my 4th grade year. Anna Z aka Buggie came into our classroom and asked us to sign up. She said to tell our parents we wanted to play and bring them back that night for registration. Of course I had fear of missing out (FOMO) before it was even a thing. Puhleese mom and daddy!!! Can I play?!??! They agreed and three of us from class/neighborhood started the carpool to twice weekly practice. That turned into the best summer of my life and I continued to play for five more years.

The song and why I picked it. Buggie brought an eight track player to the field and during practice she’d play music. It was hard to hear and kind of staticy but still made for good times. If you were in the dugout, the reception was better. “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot was a staple of the song rotation. We all loved this song. We thought it was so heartfelt

If you could read my mind, love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old-time movie
‘Bout a ghost from a wishin’ well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I’m a ghost that you can’t see

If I could read your mind, love
What a tale your thoughts could tell
Just like a paperback novel
The kind the drugstores sell
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heroes often fail
And you won’t read that book again
Because the ending’s just too hard to take

I’d walk away like a movie star
Who gets burned in a three-way script
Enter number two
A movie queen to play the scene
Of bringing all the good things out in me
But for now love, let’s be real
I never thought I could act this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back

If you could read my mind, love
What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old-time movie
‘Bout a ghost from a wishin’ well
In a castle dark or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
But stories always end
And if you read between the lines
You’ll know that I’m just tryin’ to understand
The feelings that you lack
I never thought I could feel this way
And I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
I don’t know where we went wrong
But the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back

Bonus video follows of Gordon singing live in 2020. “I’ll Tag Along” and “If You Can Read My Mind” He is a spry 81! How cool is that?!??!

#SLS for 9/13/20

The prompt today is contrasts. Hmm lots of ways to go here. I briefly thought I might post some Symphony and Metallica since classical & metal are quite the contrast. However most of those songs at longer than the five or less minutes that I have self imposed on myself. I moved along to words that contrast and landed on “Hot Love In A Cold World” by Songwriters: Bob Welch and John Henning. Beyond the contrast of hot and cold, we have wrong and right or future and past. Without further ado.

Now there is a way to say I love you
And it’s said everyday by some kind of fool
But where is the way to tell her goodbye

We both can’t be wrong, I must be right!

Hot love, cold world, gonna make you cry
Hot love, cold world, oh yeah
Hot love, cold world, gonna make you cry
Hot love, cold world, oh yeah…

Our connection was strong I thought it could last
Dreams of the future not a care for the past
But look at us now not knowing what to do
You’re looking so sad I feel so cruel…

#SLS for 9/6/20

The prompts today are opera/musical. I went with musical … made for the big screen not Broadway. The song I chose gets me every time I hear it. An anthem for all the outcasts. From The Greatest Showman “This is Me”. Songwriters: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul known together as Pasek and Paul. Performed by Keala Settle (Lettie Lutz) & Ensemble. This video captures such a special wonderful moment. I hope you enjoy as much as I do. Ready? Grab the tissues.

I’m not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
‘Cause we don’t want your broken parts
I’ve learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one will love you as you are

But I won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away ’cause today, I won’t let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades
And reaching for the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that’s what we’ve become

Won’t let them break me down to dust
I know that there’s a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
Gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I’m meant to be, this is me
Look out ’cause here I come
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

…This is me

And I know that I deserve your love
There’s nothing I’m not worthy of
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I’m gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is bruised
This is who I’m meant to be, this is me

Look out ’cause here I come (look out ’cause here I come)
And I’m marching on to the beat I drum (marching on, marching, marching on)
I’m not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

(Whenever the words wanna cut me down
I’ll send the flood to drown them out)
I’m gonna send the flood, gonna drown them out

This is me

#SLS for 8/30/20

The prompts are Cruel/Evil/Horrible/Monster/Wicked. Hmm decisions, decisions. Steppenwolf’s Monster is too long and so is Am I Evil by Diamond Head. Looking for something in the under five minute range. Well how about “Godzilla” by Blue Oyster Cult? Writer: Donald Roeser Yea, that’s my pick. I would’ve picked “Frankenstein” by the Edgar Winter Group but that has no lyrics so … without further ado.

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
He pulls the spitting high-tension wires down

Helpless people on subway trains
Scream bug-eyed as he looks in on them

He picks up a bus and he throws it back down
As he wades through the buildings toward the center of town

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

Godzilla! zilla…zilla…God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
Godzilla!

Rinji news o moshiagemasu!
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
Rinji news o moshiagemasu!
Godzilla ga Ginza hoomen e mukatte imasu!
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
Daishikyu hinan shite kudasai! Daishikyu hinan shite kudasai!
God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla God zilla
God zilla God zilla

Oh no, they say he’s got to go
Go go Godzilla, yeah
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
Go go Godzilla, yeah

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

History shows again and again
How nature points up the folly of man
Godzilla!

#SLS for 8/23/20

On tap today Jim gives us Above/Below/Between. I chose “Just Between You & Me” performed by April Wine. This song was my first thought so I stayed with it. I’m an 80s baby with 70s roots. In 1981, “Just Between You & Me” was in the top 25. I was in high school at the time and several of us thought it was romantic and could only hoped to be serenaded with this song. Especially the French line toward the end. Ooh la la. ❤ Here is a short interesting wiki.

Time and time again I see
A love that seemed strong
Was not meant to be
Broken hearts don’t always mend
Left too unsure to try love again

But just between you and me
Baby I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Just between you and me

Lovers often seem to say
Hearts can be blind to love gone astray
Always it’s the same old song
Someone’s been hurt by love that’s gone wrong

Just between you and me
Baby I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Just between you
Just between you and me

Words are sometimes hard to find
The silence can be so unkind
You always help me find my way
The love that we share
Grows stronger each day

Just between you and me
Baby I know our love will be
Just between you and me
Always I know our love will be
Seulement entre toi et moi
Means that our love will always be
Just between you and me
Baby I know our love will be
Just between you
Just between you and me

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Myles Francis Goodwyn

#SLS for 8/16/20

Jim prompts us with clear/dark/light.   I immediately thought of “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash.  This song was #1 with a bullet when it was released in 1972.  I usually say I’m an 80’s baby but I think the 70’s had a much bigger influence on me than I let on.  Without further ado, I hope you enjoy.

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,

I can see all obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone

All of the bad feelings have disappeared

Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin for

It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin but blue skies

Look straight ahead, nothin but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,

I can see all obstacles in my way

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright) Sun-Shiny day.

Johnny Nash, born August 19, 1940, in Houston, Texas. Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Nash

Song Facts: http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?i…

As always, more to come.