Laugh Along with a Limerick – An Artful Sketch

Esther Chilton on her blog has set a challenge to write a Limerick containing the word Crush. Click on the link below to see her post and take part in the challenge.

Here is my attempt:

On my art teacher, I had a slight Crush

He asked to see what I’d drawn in a rush.  

So, I showed him my sketches

But men are such wretches!

What he said just made me quite blush!

I also wanted to include the Word of the Day: Sketches

Song Lyric Sunday – Gone but not forgotten.

Last week I took part in this fantastic challenge, the theme was songs that feature lyrics of Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon.  

Click on the link below to see my post:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is Tribute songs that were written in memory of someone.

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

I must admit that the theme for this week forced me to think about a topic I try to ignore, that of death. It was quite debilitating but with dogged determination, I considered the options that were out there. Songs about death often come at the topic in a gentle, euphemistic way, describing someone resting or asleep. The emotions expressed often comprise an element of regret or a wish to see that person again in the future. I finally chose a song that doesn’t skimp on tugging at those heartstrings. “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor was written in 1969 and released in August 1970.

The song follows Taylor’s reaction to the suicide of Suzanne Schnerr, a childhood friend, and his experiences with drug addiction and fame.

Lyrics

Just yesterday mornin’, they let me know you were gone
Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can’t remember who to send it to

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again

Won’t you look down upon me, Jesus?
You’ve got to help me make a stand
You’ve just got to see me through another day
My body’s aching and my time is at hand
And I won’t make it any other way

Oh, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time
My back turned towards the sun
Lord knows, when the cold wind blows
It’ll turn your head around
Well, there’s hours of time on the telephone line
To talk about things to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you, baby
One more time again, now
Thought I’d see you one more time again
There’s just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I’d see you, thought I’d see you, fire and rain, now

I hope you enjoyed this song.

I have also included the following word prompts:

Song Lyric Sunday – From Amore to Morbid.

Last week I took part in this fantastic challenge, the theme was songs that feature lyrics of Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other.

Click on the link below to see my post:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that feature lyrics of Bomb, Gun, Knife, Weapon.  

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

The first song that came to mind, and I’m sure will come to others, is that perennial Karaoke classic song recorded in December 1967 by Tom Jones, entitled “Delilah”. The lyrics were written by Barry Mason, and the music by Les Reed.

I had the pleasure of going to a University in Wales and every weekend you could hear this song being played or sung and it was a great crowd-pleaser. Everyone sang along to it.

Lyrics

I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
I saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind
She was my woman
As she deceived me, I watched and went out of my mind

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
I could see, that girl was no good for me
But I was lost like a slave that no man could free

At break of day when that man drove away, I was waiting
I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore

She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me, Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore
Forgive me, Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore

The second song that came to mind, was the song by a group called Orchestral Manoeuvers in the Dark, entitled Enola Gay. Now you may think “What on earth has this song got to do with the theme”, but the song was actually an anti-war/anti-nuclear weapon song. I think you can glean the message from the words, particularly once you know that the Enola Gay was the name of the plane that dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and the “little boy” mentioned in the lyrics was the code name for the bomb itself. It sends shivers down your spine the instant when you become fully aware of the meaning behind the words, doesn’t it?

Enola Gay

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Enola Gay
You should have stayed at home yesterday
Ah-ha, words can’t describe
The feeling and the way you lied

These games you play
They’re going to end in more than tears some day
Ah-ha Enola Gay
It shouldn’t ever have to end this way

It’s 8:15
And that’s the time that it’s always been
We got your message on the radio
Conditions normal, and you’re coming home

Enola Gay
Is mother proud of little boy today?
Ah-ha this kiss you give
It’s never ever gonna to fade away

Enola Gay
You shouldn’t ever have to live this way
Ah-ha Enola Gay
You should’ve faded our dreams away

It’s 8:15
And that’s the time that it’s always been
We got your message on the radio
Conditions normal, and you’re coming home

Enola Gay
Is mother proud of little boy today?
Ah-ha this kiss you give
It’s never ever going to fade away

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Mc Cluskey Andy / Mc Cluskey Andrew

Song Lyric Sunday – Feel the Fear but don’t let it stop you.

I can’t believe it but even though the Song Lyric Sunday Challenge is one of my favourite challenges, I’ve not taken part since the 12th of December! How very remiss of me.

The Last time I took part, the theme was songs that include nonsense lyrics suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.

Click on the link below to see my post:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that feature lyrics of Concern, Fear, Fret, Worry suggested by Fandango of This, That and the Other.

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

Anyone who knows me knows that my musical tastes tend towards the old-fashioned or classical. If I can thrust a musical song into my posts then I tend to do so with gusto.

For the theme of Fear, Worry, Concern, Fret. I instantly thought of two musical numbers that have the same theme, feel the fear but don’t let it rule you or stop you from setting out to explore the possibilities out there. Coincidentally they were both written by the same artists, the brilliant writing due to Rodgers and Hammerstein who were clearly at the top of the pole when it came to musical writing talent.

The first song I’ve chosen comes from the musical The King and I and is entitled “Whenever I Feel Afraid”.

The Musical first appeared on stage in 1951 and the role of Anna Leonowens was performed by Gertrude Lawrence. When it transferred to film in 1956, Deborah Kerr was chosen and is often attributed as the singer of this song. However Hollywood had a habit of choosing leading ladies for their acting ability and their public profile rather than their singing ability and simply secretly dubbing their voices. Marni Nixon was the voice of Deborah Kerr here. She was also the voice of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady and Natalie Wood in West Side Story. Deborah Kerr actually spilled the beans about Marni Nixon’s fantastic contribution to musical history.

Oscar Hammerstein – I Whistle A Happy Tune Lyrics

Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect
I’m afraid

While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows
I’m afraid

The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well!

I whistle a happy tune
And ev’ry single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I’m not afraid

Make believe you’re brave
And the trick will take you far.
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are

You may be as brave
As you make believe you are

[Louis]

While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows,
I’m afraid

[Louis and anna]

The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well!

I whistle a happy tune
And ev’ry single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I’m not afraid

Make believe you’re brave
And the trick will take you far
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are…

The second song that I’ve chosen is surely the Maximal when it comes to big musical numbers. It was so powerful that it’s been adopted as an anthem and a theme, including for Liverpool Football Club. It speaks of holding your head high as you walk through a storm. I imagine someone about to walk through flames and rather fearing they are inflammable, believe themselves impervious, and walk through safely encased in an armour of their own self-belief.

Written for the musical Carousel in 1945 by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The film version came out in 1956. It is unusual for a big musical number that it wasn’t sung by the main character. In the film, it was sung by Americal Contalto Claramae Turner who played the role of the main character’s Cousin, who is an older, motherly figure to Julie Jordan (played by Shirley Jones), a young girl who has fallen for a bit of a rogue.

You’ll Never Walk Alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm
There’s a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk aloneYou’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Oscar Hammerstein II / Richard Rodgers

I hope you enjoy listening to these songs and take heart from these lyrics. Music can be so inspiring, can’t it?

I have also included the following word prompts:

A short story – Their Song.

She sat upright on the sofa, as was her habit. Her mother had always made her sit upright and at moments like these, she was grateful. It helped keep her together, keep her from slumping down into a heap. In one hand she grasped the photo frame. It was an old photograph of her husband and no one would have recognised him from it, but she remembered. In her mind, he hadn’t changed, not until the very last.

She had put on the old record. It was an old song, but it had meant so much to them both. It had been their first dance at their wedding, and just last year at their golden wedding anniversary they’d danced it again, not quite a deftly, but with just as much love in their eyes. It was their song.

Johnny Mathis’s golden tones rang out from the speakers, singing “Chances Are”.

She held the photograph to her heart and said a final goodbye.

This story was written for the Word of the Day: Chances and the Ragtag Daily Prompt: Song

Limerick Challenge – Life Reflections.

I was reflecting on life in general and I realised that when you think about it, it’s all totally absurd! You have to laugh at life and learn not to take it so seriously and where better than to take part in a limerick writing challenge.

So here is a challenge hosted by Esther Chilton on her blog, click on the link below to take part.

The Challenge was to write a limerick containing the word ‘Back’. So here is my attempt:

You can reflect on your life and your lack,
but nothing can come from this tack,
There’s one thing that’s so true
each day brings something new
and in life, you can never go back.

Copyright: Kristian Fogarty 03rd January 2022

Song Lyric Sunday – A little nonsense, now and then is relished by the wisest men.

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was songs that are about House, Room, Kitchen, Shower, Attic also suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. 

Click on the link to see my post for last week:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that include nonsense lyrics suggested by Amy Braun, ai love music aisasami.

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

When thinking about the songs that are out there with unintelligible lyrics I wanted to post something a bit different, something profound, something Christmassy, except I couldn’t think of anything. I did remember that I was introduced a while back to the extremely unusual vocal talents of Yma Sumac, who could sing 5 octaves! She sang with lots of growling and strange sounds, some of which are possibly Quencha, as she was known as the Peruvian Songbird. She also had a distinctive look, I can’t make up my mind if she looks frosty or smoldering?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yma_Sumac

I couldn’t find any website that showed the lyrics and so I’m inclined to think that there aren’t any real lyrics, it certainly sounds like nonsense but it is also strangely compelling. The word Obfuscate, meaning unclear, obscure or unintelligible certainly applies to this!

I hope you enjoy this.

I have also included the following word prompts:

Song Lyric Sunday: Is the Kitchen the hottest room of the house?

Last week I took part in Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, the theme was songs that feature School, College, Education, Class, Degree also suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. 

In My post I gave a rather hectoring lecture concerning the value of education as well as posting two excellent songs that fitted the challenge: Click on the link to see my post for last week:

The Song Lyric Sunday Challenge this week the theme is songs that are about House, Room, Kitchen, Shower, Attic also suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II. 

Click on the link below to see Jim Adam’s post and to take part in the challenge.

I had a think about a topic, things that occur to me are that a house is just a construction that only becomes a dwelling when people move in and turn it into a home. ‘A home is a house where people abide‘ is a fair definition. That may seem obvious but sometimes we overestimate the value of the construction and undervalue the importance of the people within. Here I go again, with wanton disregard to the matter in hand, I descend into a philosophical argument that might encroach on being hectoring in tone… I apologise.

Two songs came to mind.

Firstly a song that was written in 1954 by Stuart Hamblen apparently inspired by a hunting trip when he was out with his friend, the actor John Wayne and they came across a dilapidated shack.

The song has been recorded many times, including by Hamblen himself but the two versions that stand out to me are the one recorded in 1954 by Rosemary Clooney (one of the stars of the film White Christmas and aunt of the actor George Clooney). The second recording is by Shakin’ Stevens and came out in 1981 and was probably the first version I heard.

This ole house once knew his children
This ole house once knew a wife
This ole house was home and comfort
As we fought the storms of life
This old house once rang with laughter
This old house heard many shouts
Now she trembles in the darkness
When the lightnin’ walks about

(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer)
(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no more)
Ain’t got time to fix the shingles
Ain’t a-got time to fix the floor
Ain’t got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend no windowpane
Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer
She’s a-gettin’ ready to meet the saints

This ole house is gettin’ shaky
This ole house is gettin’ old
This ole house lets in the rain
This ole house lets in the cold
On my knees I’m gettin’ chilly
But I feel no fear nor pain
‘Cause I see an angel peekin’
Through the broken windowpane

(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer)
(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no more)
Ain’t got time to fix the shingles
Ain’t a-got time to fix the floor
Ain’t got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend no windowpane
Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer
She’s a-gettin’ ready to meet the saints

This ole house is afraid of thunder
This ole house is afraid of storms
This ole house just groans and trembles
When the night wind flings out its arms
This ole house is gettin’ feeble
This old house is needin’ paint
Just like me it’s tuckered out
But I’m a-gettin’ ready to meet the saints

(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer)
(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no more)
Ain’t got time to fix the shingles
Ain’t got time to fix the floor
Ain’t got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend no windowpane
Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer
She’s a-gettin’ ready to meet the saints

(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer)
(Ain’t a-gonna need this house no more)
Ain’t got time to fix the shingles
Ain’t got time to fix the floor
Ain’t got time to oil the hinges
Nor to mend no windowpane
Ain’t a-gonna need this house no longer
She’s a-gettin’ ready to meet the saints

Songwriters: Stuart Hamblen

The other song I thought about was by Buck’s Fizz, If you can’t stand the heat, Stay out of the Kitchen. It was a single by UK pop group Bucks Fizz. It was released in November 1982 and became the group’s fifth top 10 single in the UK. The song was written by Andy Hill and guitarist Ian Bairnson.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat

Don’t tell me lies
When you talk about friends you’ve been doing
It’s no surprise
To discover the tricks you’ve been brewing
When you turn and run away

Take a look at how you’ve give up your fantasy

And if you can’t stand the heat
Keep out of the kitchen
If you can’t stand the cold
Don’t sleep on the floor
If you can’t, if you can’t bear to look
Wonder what you’re missing
If you can’t stand the heat
If you can’t stand the heat


You’re no competition

Can’t stand the heat
Can’t stand the heat

Don’t play it down
When you don’t have the power to hold it
Don’t play the clown
If the joke gets no laugh when you’ve told it
Take a look at how you’ve give up your fantasy
When you turn and run away

And if you can’t stand the heat
Keep out of the kitchen
If you can’t stand the cold
Don’t sleep on the floor
If you can’t stand the heat
Wonder what you’re missing
If you can’t, if you can’t bear to look
You’re no competition
If you can’t stand the heat

Can’t stand the heat
Keep out of the kitchen
If you can’t stand the cold
You’re no competition
If you can’t stand the heat
If you can’t stand the heat

Can’t stand the heat, ah

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Ian Bairnson / Andy Hill

I hope you enjoy these songs.

I have also included the following word prompts:

Tuesday Writing Challenge: Timeless Tomorrows – a short poem

The Tuesday Writing Challenge was to write a short poem or prose containing the words Everyone, Closing in, and Timeless.

Here is my attempt:

Everyone wants something great to happen to them
Everyone wants a life of meaning
Something wonderful
Always dreaming
Without ending,
Timeless.
But life isn’t eternal,
You can sometimes feel time ticking
Closing in
Light flicking
Like a herald of death
And on the back of your neck
It’s breath.
Stop dreaming of timeless tomorrows
Start living today.
Your way.
Now.

I have also included the word of the day: Herald

What Do you See #110 – The Wisdom of the Soul

My Blogging friend, Sadje of the blog, Keep it Alive, is posting a picture challenge. Click on the link:

Rules;

  • You can write a post on your blog and create a pingback to link to the original post.
  • Write an original story, poem or a caption.
  • There is no limit to words or format but keep it family-friendly.
  • If you post a response before next Sunday, I will be able to add it to my roundup post.
  • I will do a round-up next Sunday before the next Prompt is posted.
  • It is always helpful if you can give your post/story/poem a title.
  • Paste a link of your post in the comments section so that I don’t miss anyone in the roundup post.

The Boy was so proud of his new laptop, he’d worked hard to save the money for it and he couldn’t wait to show it to his family.

“Look what I’ve got Grandma”

“That’s fine, but does it make you happy?” She replied solemnly.

“Oh, Yes and It is full of knowledge and wisdom. It said that life is too short to spend it being unhappy, you should only do things that make you happy. Isn’t that very wise?”

The aged grandmother looked up and smiled.

“It is true, you should be happy, but it is even better to make others happy because if you only make yourself happy then, when you’ve died, where has all your happiness gone? Whereas if you make others happy, then your happiness lives on in those you have made happy, and you live on in their joy.”

The boy put down his computer and gave his wise old grandmother a hug.

“That’s a good start,” she said.