Unexpected in common hours

Woods in Spring

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
– Henry David Thoreau

 

 

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Listen- “Listen People”

“Listen people to what I say
I say everybody’s got to have their day

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This song immediately popped into my mind when I read what the song lyric theme for this week would be.  “Listen People” was recorded in 1966 by British pop group Herman’s Hermits.  Although lead vocalist Peter Noone left the group in 1971, he has continued to play solo shows, and I heard him perform this song in, of all places, the Mishawaka High School gym in Mishawaka, Indiana some years ago. The following night he sat at a table next to us in a South Bend, Indiana restaurant.

So who wrote this song?  According to everyone in the world except one source, the song was written by English singer/songwriter Graham Gouldman.  However, that one odd source says the songwriters were Ernestine Madison, Frank Wilson, and Frank Edward Wilson. (???) I’m going with Graham Gouldman, myself.

Listen people to what I say
I say everybody’s got to have their day
And don’t you know that
Everybody’s got to love somebody sometime
Everybody’s got to win a heart
Everybody’s got to love somebody sometime
When you do, I hope you never part
I once found love, found love just like you
But then he came, he might come to you
And don’t you know that
Everybody’s got to lose somebody sometime
But everybody can part
Everybody’s got to lose somebody sometime
So take care that you don’t lose your heart
Take my advice and you’ll always find
You’ll be happy all of the time
Take my advice and you will see
You’ll be happy as you can be
Listen people to what I say
I say everybody’s got to have their day
And don’t you know that
Everybody’s got to love somebody sometime
Everybody’s got to win a heart
Everybody’s got to love somebody sometime
When you do, I hope you never part
You never part
Listen people
Listen people
Listen People lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Song Lyrics Sunday

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Doors and Doorways

“There are things known and things unknown and in between are the doors.”   (Jim Morrison)

 

Bookstore entrance

Doorway to the stadium

Door in Rocky Face

Into the lighthouse

Entrance to the old town

Shed door

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Reblogging a reblog

Yesterday I reblogged a post from one of my other blogs, Believing for Ben. Shortly afterwards, I deleted the reblog because I was making some changes to the original post.  Now that I’ve reblogged it once, WordPress won’t let me reblog it again.

So here’s the link.  We’re very proud of Ben, our miracle boy!.

https://believingforben.wordpress.com/2018/11/14/peace-respect-integrity-discipline-and-excellence/

Predicting Weather by the Signs: Wooly Worms, 2018

Here in the Southern mountains, the old-timers (and many young people as well) still predict the weather by “the signs,” that is, the signs found in nature.  One of those signs is the coloration of the wooly worms.

Wooly worms, also known as wooly bears, are found across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and are caterpillars of the Isabella Tiger Moth.  Their bodies are said to have 13 segments, corresponding to 13 weeks of winter, and have bands of black and brown coloration.

Some years we see wooly worms as early as the month of June. Last year I didn’t see my first one until the month of October. This year I haven’t seen any at all! And I don’t know anyone who has seen one.

Wooly worm

This is last year’s wooly worm.

Weather lore about wooly worms is found in three versions.  Some folks say that the amount of black is an indication of the severity of the coming winter.  This is the version with which I am familiar. The more black on the wooly worm, the longer, colder, and severe the winter will be.  If the wooly worm has more brown segments, the winter will be mild.

Other folks say that the wooliness of the coat predicts the weather.  The woolier the coat, the colder the winter. (I honestly wouldn’t know how to measure the wooliness of a wooly worm’s coat.)

Still other folks believe that if the wooly worm is crawling in a southerly direction, it is trying to get away from an upcoming cold winter.

Since no one seems to have seen any wooly worms this year, who knows what kind of winter we will have!

 

 

 

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Flowing Water

The Falls at Unicoi

 

“Grace is finding a waterfall when you were only looking for a stream”  (Vanessa Hunt)

 

See more flowing water in black and white or join Cee’s challenge here.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Magical Light

 

“I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”  (Trent Parke)

Magnolia Grandiflora

Light on snowy treetops

Golden light on ocean waves

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Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #8: From our back deck

Before the torrential downpours started today, knocking many of the remaining leaves off the trees, we had beautiful views from our back deck…

 

From the back deck

 

From the back deck 2

 

From the back deck 3

 

From the back deck 4

 

From the back deck 5

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Soul – “Sweet Soul Music”

“Do you like good music
That sweet soul music”

So many songs could fit this week’s theme, but I chose a soul song about soul music.  This one also involved a lawsuit.  Recorded in 1967 by Arthur Conley, “Sweet Soul Music” was written by Conley and Otis Redding.  However, they appropriated the melody of a Sam Cooke song and were sued by Cooke’s business partner (Cooke himself having died in 1964). As a result of the lawsuit, Cooke’s name was added to the song writer credits.

“Sweet Soul Music” reached the Number Two spot in the U.S. and Number Seven in the U.K.  It is a tribute to soul music and references several artists and songs in the lyrics including “Going to a Go-Go”, by the Miracles; “Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing”, by Lou Rawls; “Hold On, I’m Comin'”, by Sam & Dave; “Mustang Sally”, by Wilson Pickett; and “Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa”, by Otis Redding.  Singer James Brown is described as “the king of them all.”

Do you like good music
That sweet soul music
Just as long as it’s swingin’
Oh yeah, oh yeah
We are here on the floor now
We’re going to a go go
Dancin’ to the music
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Spotlight on Lou Rawls, y’all
Ah don’t he look boss, y’all
Singin’ loves a hurtin’ thing, y’all
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Spotlight on Sam and Dave y’all
Ah don’t they look great y’all
Singin’ hold on I’m comin’
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Spotlight on Wilson Pickett now
That wicked picket Pickett
Singin’ Mustang Sally
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Spotlight on Otis Redding now
Singing fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
Fa fa fa fa fa fa fa fa
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Spotlight on James Brown, y’all
He’s the king of them all, y’all
He’s the king of them all, y’all
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Do you like good music
That sweet soul music
Just as long as it’s swingin’
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Songwriters: Arthur Lee Conley / Otis Redding / Sam Cooke
Sweet Soul Music lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Abkco Music, Inc, BMG Rights Management

Song Lyrics Sunday

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Festival of Leaves 2018, Week #7: Along our road

We finally have brilliant color! Here are a few photos taken on my cell phone during my walk down our road today.

On our road

On our road 2

On our road 3

 

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Song Lyric Sunday Theme: Take/Taking- “Take Me to the Pilot”

“Take me to the pilot of your soul…”

I always liked this song, but in many ways it makes no sense whatsoever.  The lyrics speak of danger, fearlessness, and betrayal, but the lyricist himself, Bernie Taupin, said even he didn’t know what the lyrics really meant.  Apparently, he threw some words together and thought they sounded good.

Recorded in 1970 by Elton John, the song has often been performed by John at his live shows. In 2005, Elton John said of Take Me to the Pilot, ” …  in the early days, there were a lot of inquiries about ‘What does this song mean? What does that song mean?’ and in the case of ‘Take me to the pilot/Lead me through the chamber/Take me to the pilot/I am but a stranger’, I have no idea! You’re on your own, I tell you.”

I know there are many songs from which to choose that would fit this week’s theme, but for some unknown reason I picked this one…

 

 

If you feel that it’s real I’m on trial
And I’m here in your prison
Like a coin in your mint
I am dented and I’m spent with high treason
Through a glass eye your throne
Is the one danger zone
Take me to the pilot for control
Take me to the pilot of your soul
Take me to the pilot
Lead me through the chamber
Take me to the pilot
I am but a stranger
Take me to the pilot
Lead me through the chamber
Take me to the pilot
I am but a stranger
Na na na, na na na, na na na na na na na na
Na na na, na na na, na na na na na na na na
Well I know he’s not old
And I’m told, and I’m told he’s a virgin
For he may be she
What I’m told; and I’m never, never for certain
Through a glass eye your throne
Is the one danger zone
Take me to the pilot for control
Take me to the pilot of your soul
Take me to the pilot
Lead me through the chamber
Take me to the pilot
I am but a stranger
Take me to the pilot
Lead me through the chamber
Take me to the pilot
I am but a stranger
Na na na, na na na, na na na na na na na na
Na na na, na na na, na na na na na na na na
Songwriters: Bernie Taupin / Elton John
(Take Me to the Pilot lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group)

Song Lyrics Sunday

Thanks to This Thing Called Life One Word At a Time for hosting this challenge every week. It’s so much fun!