Tuesday, August 31, 2004

The windmills of my mind. Posted by Hello

I'm a Cranky Bitch

Oye am I in a foul mood today. I don't even know what's caused it. Overall, last night was a really good night. I talked to my friend Jennifer for the first time in yonks. God, it was nice to talk to a human being that wasn't a family member or somehow connected to my job.

Seriously, she's one of the last people that actually understands my musical obsessions. Let me tell you there aren't many people that do that and it's nice to be able to talk to one of them every now and then.

I'm a very solitary being, probably more so now than when I was younger. At least then I wanted to go out and there was a chance of it happening. I can't even go to a bar for a drink these days.

You know what? Downing Shots I could use a few!

Seriously, I know I'm fairly (Ha Ha Ha) different from the avg 30 year old. I don't care about having a family. I don't want one. And for the most part that includes a husband. I like to talk about music, movies and stuff like that. Have I mentioned children give me hives?

On a plus I started getting the giveaway mixes ready. Woot! I swear I had CD cases at one time. Suddenly they are all gone. Which of course thrills me to no end, but hey, I need envelopes too, because somehow after months of not trading much other than mixes I've got some live shows that I need to burn for a few friends and mixes to go out to MoodyMistress and Otto. Plus I've got to come up with artwork for those, because there wasn't any in my artwork folder.

Now where did those smileys with the drinks go? Downing Shots Ah there they are. I think they need to share some.

Monday, August 30, 2004

Monday Mambo

August 29, 1966 was the day the Beatles played their last concert in Candlestick Park. And since it's the end of August, it's time to wrap up the summer concerts.

So for a warm up let's take the letters C-O-N-C-E-R-T and being as crazy and creative as you can, tell us how you feel about live concerts, what you love and what you hate about them. Tell us how you really feel!!

Concerts in Pittsburgh, suck!
Only once have I had a really good time at one. That would be Elvis Costello in October of 2002 at the AJ Palumbo Center
Not only do the venues suck, but our security is a cross between Nazis and the KGB.
Club venues in Pittsburgh are almost nonexistent these days and the ones that are left are in areas with little parking.
Every concert here is plagued with drunks including the Moody Blues.
Really pathetic people have to get drunk to enjoy a concert. Why did they even bother paying for a ticket?
Totally crap! That's what Pittsburgh is when it comes to concerts.

1. Which 5 bands would you like to see the most in concert?
This should come as no surprise to most of you.

The Moody Blues (a few dozen more times)
Elvis Costello (He feels like I do about Pittsburgh)
Duran Duran (anywhere but Pittsburgh)
Erasure (I'd drive to Cleveland for them this time round)
Siouxsie and the Banshees (Siouxsie's on tour..but coming nowhere nearby)

2. Where's your favorite place to enjoy a live show and why?
Well, in the burgh it used to be a club called Metropol. Nice little venue, but it closed. As for venues I've been too, the Tropicana in Atlantic City and the Edward Powers Theater in Youngstown were probably the nicest.

3. If you could go back in time and see a concert that you missed, or that you weren't alive for, what show would attend?
I'd have to say the Beatles, since I'm allowed to travel back in time.

4. How do you rate you city for getting good shows to come through. On a scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being excellent and tell us why you rated it that way.
Lady Starlight gave Pittsburgh a 1 and I tend to agree. Had some of our club venues stayed open, I would have given it a 2 or a 3, but nope, they are gone. Pittsburgh's venues are the worst in the country. I swear!

5. What band would you most like to see reunite and go on tour?
Can we get the Monkees back together again? All four of them for once. Oh that would be so nice. I miss the Monkees.

Monday Madness

Name 3 of your favorite.......
1. Colors Blue, Purple and Black
2. Pizza Toppings Ham, Pineapple and Green Pepper. Mmmm Hawaiian Pizza
3. Department Stores Kaufmann's, Lazuras/Macy's and The Bon Ton
4. Flavors of Candy Chocolate, Chocolate and Chocolate
5. Scents of Candles Root beer (yes, this is a candle scent) juniper breeze, peach
6. Days of the Week Friday, Saturday and Sunday
7. Vegetables broccoli, (everyone sing the choppin' broccoli song now!!) zucchini, green pepper
8. Fruits pineapple, orange and cantalope
9. Meals to cook The Music Whore doesn't cook.
10. Kitchen Gadgets See answer 9
11. Olympic Sports I am the only person that hates hates hates the olympics. I find them to be about as exciting as watching paint dry. Could be, because sports bore me to tears.

This whole post has made me very hungry....I'll just be off to the Burger Joint

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Extreme Yuck

My nephew bough a trial size tube of Extreme Clean toothpaste awhile back.

So this weekend when my regular tube of nice normal toothapaste ran out, I decided to give this a shot. After all, it's toothpaste. How bad can it be?

Let me tell you how bad it can be.

It tastes like a freakin' cough drop!! Yes you heard me, a cough drop! Sick

Now who in the world wants to brush their teeth in something that tastes like that? Because, when I say it tastes like a cough drop, I don't mean those honey lemon Luden's cough drops either. I mean those nasty mediciney cough drops that leave your mouth feeling numb.

Yeah those. Yuck!

Now I'm off to the store to buy nice minty toothpaste that doesn't make me want to toss my cookies.

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Two year Bloggerversary

Yes, it's been two years today since I started this blog. Now over 20000 hits and 1000 posts (I've deleted a bunch of story posts lately..numbering in the 100s) later, here I am still here.

If you go through my archives now, which are essentially fixed except for Sept of 2002, which I was too tired to edit last night, you'll find more than your share of quizzes, memes and musical rants etc. If you look hard enough, you'll also find the two or three stories I left here and some really short one post stories.

What I know is left is:

An Innocent Man (whose end title is, You Want Her Too)
Distorted Angel
God's Comic
St. Stephen's Day Murders (I want to rework this one at some point)
Love Eternal (though I plan to remove that one as well at some point)

I've gone through several musical obsessions since August of 2002. I started off with Danny Elfman and Elvis Costello and now look, I'm at The Moody Blues!

I can't begin to recall how many templates I've had. I, like so many others, started with a blogger template than moved to blogskins for something more interesting. After that, an old, no longer blogging friend, Deb made a template for me, that I edited a few times and then Leah made the original Diary template and then this one.

So what is the music whore doing for this grand occassion? (Besides fixing the last month in the archives?)

Well to the first 4 friends from my daily list that stop by...If you leave a comment today, you can have the pick of any of my mixes on the AOTM site.

Oh and to make the day happier for me....

I'll just leave this with the post so when I come by, I can drool.

Look, it's my template image, only the shirt is...PINK!

Friday, August 27, 2004

Finally Friday

I don't think I've ever been so happy for a week to end. It's been a very long one. Longer than usual, filled with strangeness at work. It's possible that my job may just possibly may be returning to normal in the coming weeks. That's just plain amazing, considering I've been putting up with this insanity since last August. I'm seriously hoping that this means the end to it. It would be nice to be back to full time work.

On a happy note, the scale has stayed down all week. Up...I officially lost another 5 lbs! So I've lost about 8 or 9...uh since June. Grrrrrr. I've still got a long way to go though, at least 15 lbs to get where I was and probably another 10 to be where I want to be.

But no more talking about that. It just depresses me anyway cos it's been such a slow arduous process and there's such a long way to go.

If I can get my mind off of this template this weekend, I might be able to get some things done. I didn't do much editing on the previous posts. So I still have a year and a half to go through and remove the center tags from. Truly, I'd love to know how to fix this so that those tags don't screw everything up.

So to end my pointless rambling today, (At least until my work day is done) I'm going to bring you one of my Atlantic City memories.

And a beautiful memory that is.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Theater Thursday

Week 15 - Soundtracks

I've been wearing out my portable CD player listening to all three original Star Wars movie soundtracks, in anticipation of their DVD release next month.

This week's questions are about movie soundtracks.

1) What is your favorite soundtrack from a movie?

This one always shows up on my Christmas Mixes. Such a beautiful score.

2) Which movie's soundtrack didn't fit the tone of the movie, or was so badly composed it detracted from the movie?

I don't think there are many scores out there that are badly done. Those 10 or so composers work pretty damn hard. What I will say is this. In Tim Burton's last film, Big Fish, Danny Elfman's score got lost in the shuffle, it was barely noticable which is a rarity. Anyone that knows Burton/Elfman knows that those scores are characters in the film.

3) Who is your favorite film music composer?

Danny Elfman

BONUS) Do you prefer an orchestral soundtrack, or a popular-music soundtrack? Why?

It all depends on the movie and who did the score and also how much popular music played a role in the movie. I own many of each type of soundtrack and I love them all for their uniqueness.

A rambling kinda day

Ah but where to start....

~This template is making me crazy. If I use a tag to center a picture or something, the whole post template goes insane. I've edited posts as far back as February 1st now. Grrrrr!

~This week has been hell at work. I had an extra day off, not of my choosing and as of today I have 11 hours in. I'm barely going to see 20 hours this week. I'm seriously hoping this week is a fluke, because I've been working 30 + for the past few weeks though never hitting more than 33.

~I need a goal. I'm trying to find a height/weight chart, so I know approximately how much I need to lose. I know where I want to be, but I want to know when I'm in a healthier range.

~Just a few more weeks til my mini vacation back to Atlantic City. I'm so excited. Maybe even more excited than when I went there to see the Moody Blues in June. I can't wait to start taking pictures of everything! Squee!

~Frustrated with the memes. I've been feeling too snarky to participate in most of the ones I usually do. I just can't deal with it. I've even had a hard time doing the Mambo on Mondays and I create that one.

~My list of CDs I need is growing thanks to some CD Swaps I've done. I really like Wilco and I need the CDs that they did with Billy Bragg, finishing off some songs of Woody Guthrie's. Discovering new music is an expensive habit.

~I finished a Classic Rock mix. It's posted here. Go check it out and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Happy Birthday: Elvis Costello

Turning 50 today is one of my favorite concubines, Elvis Costello.

Shall we sing to him?

Or shall I just post pictures?

I think I'll pass on the singing and get straight to the prettyness.

Oh and no Elvis Costello picture-fest is complete without this one.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Thank You

I just want to send out a thank you to Logtar, who helped get this template situated for me. Thank ya! Thank ya! Thank ya!

I'm so thrilled with this one. I'll also send a huge thank you to Leah, who designed this template and the template for The Certifiable Wenches. She always does wonderful work.

~insert applause here~

Now everyone stopping by can gaze at the Moody Blue Hayward.

They can probably tell how much I hate that shirt he has on...cos it wasn't Moody Blue..it was pink!

Template Woes

My freind, Leah, has been working on a new template for me. I had it up for a grand total of 20 minutes last night. It's gorgeous. It's a Moody Blue template, highlighted by my picture of the Hayward from the June 19th Atlantic City show.

Sadly there is some little piece of coding that's off, because after the first three days of posting, it seems to be resorting back to some other template. Not even this old one, because the type on this pink one is white! Grrrr! It's making the type black so you can't see the words, but you can see the smileys etc. Does this make sense to you? Any ideas why this may be happening?

It has me more than a bit frustrated, since I spent several hours working on it last night. Which interrupted the rest of what I had wanted to do. So basically I'm doing a little begging for help here, because I can't see anything wrong in the code and my sister can't either, but there's obviously something little off.

Anyone that might like to help me look at this...please give me a shout. Cos I think I'm going to be staring at this template for another 3 hours tonight. Grrrr. And the best part, it got rid of that stupid ugly blogger bar at the top of the page. Double grrrrr.

And now to calm my nerves..

The man who should be residing in my template.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Music Mambo

Ok. Time for the second meme of the week. I may get back on track this week and do all my regulars, but that depends on how things go at work this week. I guess we'll see in a few hours.

A big hello to all the Mamboers out their in Blogland!

Music is a part of most everyone's life. We hear it when we're at the mall, at restaurants and sometimes even in our place of work. That's the focus of this week's mambo. How music affects us and shapes our lives.

Yup, this mambo is going deep!

So to start out this week, we'll do a little "I say ____, You think ____." (Music style, of course)

Drums: Pete Thomas - The best drummer in the world
Station: to Station - David Bowie
Concert: Things that suck when they are in Pittsburgh.
MP3: Things that make the RIAA really pissed off.
CD: I have about 3000 of them
Burn: Baby Burn, its a disco inferno
Seven: and the Ragged Tiger - Duran Duran
Who: Are You Now - Blue Jays
London:is Behind Me - Justin Hayward
Vinyl: Things like this Album that are hard to buy these days.

Ok, so are you ready to really Mambo? Ok then, let's get dancing.

1. What is your definition of music? (What it means to you, etc)

Music is life...it's expression at it's best. It's sustanence for the soul. It's a three minute novel. It's everything that you want it to be...and it's more.

2. What do you say about music? (Do you talk about bands and songs or do you gossip about the artists...that sort of thing)
What don't I say about music? I talk about bands, their touring schedules, the release dates of albums and singles, the charts, videos. You name it, I've discussed it. I've also bitched and moaned about it.

I also gossip, cos damn that's fun. I pick on the performers and their wives, cos that's even more fun. With me nothing is sacred.

3. Here's a quote by Arnold Bennett about music, "Its language is a language which the soul alone understands, but which the soul can never translate." Tell us what your thoughts on that quote.
I fell in love with this quote when I read it a few days ago, which is why I wanted to share it in some way on the Mambo. Music is a universal language. It touches something inside you, but it touches everyone differently. I think each soul translates the sounds in its own way, that's why everyone has different tastes in music. What fun would it be, (except to record company execs) if we all liked the same thing.

And my favorites are

To show you but a few!

Monday Madness

Hafta get the week off on the right foot. If I miss my Monday Madness my whole week is thrown off kilter!

1. Which is more fun, kid's toys or grown-up kid's toys? (ie. Lego's vs. power tools)
It all depends on what kind of toys the kids are playing with. If a computer is a grown up kids toy, well then I'm all for grown up kids toys!Email

2. What's your favorite food and why? Which food is your number one weakness?
I love Gnocci! Did I spell that right? Probably not. Yum! I love all Italian food actually. My number one weakness? Tiramisu! If you try to put a fork in my dessert, you may get stabbed!

3. How many blogs/journals/diaries would you say you read?
Probably 10 or more, just check my dailies links on the side bar. I try to hit everyone at least once a day or once every other day. I'm a loyal reader to my blogger friends.

4. Do you feel you have an obligation to spread your religious belief system to others, or do you think religion is a private matter that everyone needs to decide for themselves?
Religion is a deeply personal thing. I don't want other people trying to instill their beliefs in me and I don't want to do that to them. The other thing I can't stand, and I'm on rant mode now, are people that feel the need to bash other religions. You know what...that's why there are different religions. Find the church that you are most comfortable in, but don't bash another religion because you don't feel at peace or whatever with that religions beliefs. (Ranted ended...go in peace)

5. Did you keep a paper journal before blogging?
Off and on I did, but I'm oddly more loyal to the blog than I ever was to an actual journal. It's the computer geek in me.

6. Describe your life in 3 words.

7. What was the last thing you were wrong about?
The better question might be, what was the last thing I was right about. ~sigh~

8. What one thing would you do to help the world be a better place for all?
I shall vote Not Bush in 2004.

9. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
I have 4 cats and a dog. I can't answer that question, in case any of the pets are reading this. Cat 8 Dog 7

10. If you could start your own meme (And you can!), what kind of questions would you ask?
I do the Music Mambo over at BDI. I wasn't the original creator but I've taken it on. It's all music related questions of course.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Everyday Is Like Sunday

Actually it's not silent and grey today, and that's a wonderful thing. There was so much grey this week that it was quite ridiculous. The good thing is it's all gone away.

Today I have an agenda. Are you scared? You should be. I'm off to see Van Helsing again in a few hours, for the 5th time. Mmmmm, love me some Foxy Roxy as Dracula.

I'm so all about the love for Roxula.

After the movie I shall be off to Quiznos, cos getting a Quiznos sub only happens once every so many months. We only have a few of those restaurants around here and none of them are in a nice location.

Then I shall make a short sojourn (tee hee, I always wanted to use the word sojourn in a sentence) to Target. Don't know why I'm going there, but hey, it's close to Quiznos, so why not?

I'm working on a few mix CDs. I want to do one that's mostly Classic Rock, but then I got to thinking about what Classic Rock is, and it hurt my brain. For all intents and purposes Duran Duran is Classic Rock now. Uh, erm. Brain cramping...brain exploding..

Now I need a mop.

I'm thinking this genre needs to go away, along with the term oldies, because it doesn't mean anything. It just says "the song is old." Classic is a little bit different, but still, it does the same thing, and then who decides what is a classic and what isn't?

Student Head Explodes

Drat there goes another brain.

Also have a few other ideas for mixes. I was going to do another Broadway Babies mix, but I think I'm going to do a more Relaxing mix..so I can use some Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum and Josh Payne. There's still a matter of a Thank You Mix I need to make. Finding good songs for that, is just pretty darn hard.

Ah well, much to do today...must be off.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

The Queen of Wishful Thinking

Today has been a very lazy day, but a nice one. I took my nephew to Round Hill Park to see the animals. Too see pictures, just click here.

Days like this make me start wishing for things.

01. A car with a bottomless tank of gas.
02. A day with extra hours so I could go to all the beautiful places that aren't far from my home.
03. Someone special to go with.
04. Calorie-less food that tastes good.
05. A wallet with an endless supply of cash.
06. A camera with a very large memory card.
07. An endless supply of good music.
08. A stylish yet comfortable wardrobe (I'm a clothes whore too, what can I say)
09. A pair of good walking shoes
10. A laptop computer, so I could keep everyone updated on my life while I was on the run. (Hey I could find a way to get an internet connection)

Pieces of You

��� This Week's Topic : Your Choice

My choice? Hmmm. Summer's End.

Vacations are all over and the heat's winding down. The ads in the papers and magazines all cry out back to school. I have no school to go back to, just the drudgery of my semi-fulltime, all the time crazy job.

Soon the amusement parks will be still, the last coaster will pull into the station, until next year.

The bright summer colors will turn into the deep ruddy hues of autumn and the liveliness of the children playing outside will fade away too.

The morning commute will once again contain big yellow buses, stopping at ever block along the way, those once happy children climbing aboard and going back to classes.

Lazy days spent by the pool will be replaced by long days raking leaves and in time shoveling snow.

Where have the months gone?

Where has my life gone?

Summer is again at an end.

Friday, August 20, 2004

The Olympics

For all of you out there obsessed with the insanity that is the Olympic Games, I have a little present for you. I think you will find it a bit amusing.

So go ahead, click here.

The cartoon takes a few minutes to load, but it will definitely be worth the time and I can assure you that you'll get a few giggles from it.

It's Friday It's Friday

I don't think I've ever been so excited to see a week actually end. Last night we had thunderstorms like you could not believe, but it doesn't feel like it cooled down much.

I couldn't sleep, though I've been to bed early most nights this week, so I'm not losing out on sleep, unless my body has decided it needs 9 hours, which would be odd.

But back to the thunderstorms. My kitty, Misty is afraid of them. At least, she's afraid of the ones that are close, and the ones passing by yesterday were doozeys. She always sits in my room and when there was a clap of thunder, she bolted down to the dining room to hide on one of the chairs. Poor kitty!

I have some pictures of how heavy the rain was. They will be posted over at the new photoblog shortly. I just have to transfer them over from the camera, and for some odd reason, I'm not really awake this morning.

Can't imagine why.

Of course that's only a small part of why I'm glad this week is over. Most of it has to do with my crazy job situation. Let me just say that this week was crazier than usual and didn't make for a fun week. I will be very glad when the afternoon rolls around and I can come home and not have to go back there for 2 days.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

New Photoblog

I'm keeping a nice new photoblog now. Just click here, to see my latest pictures.

I'm really excited about this. My digital camera is my best friend. I love snapping pictures of anything. I'll still be updating my old fotolog, because I have a sick sense of loyalty to the thing, but all the fun stuff, like photo time and the 26 things will be done on this new blog.

So go on over, check it out and let me know what you think of the pictures.

It's Raining Again

I woke up to some rain again, accompanied by a little lightning. Ah, the joys of thunderstorms.

I feel a really miserable day coming on. I'm nearly done editing the story I mentioned yesterday, which is good, cos I wasn't even in the mood to do that yesterday. Wasn't in the mood to do much of anything yesterday, so getting something accomplished was a good thing.

My friend, Mary came over and I got a 2 mile walk in. Yay me! Took some lovely photos again along the way. I'm seriously considering doing a real photoblog, rather than just that one I have, because it only lets you upload 1 picture a day. (and even if you pay for the service it's got a limited number of uploads)

I'm looking forward to the weekend. I really just want to have some time to walk, go through my cd collection, make a few mix cds, watch my DVDS and try to figure out why this one DVDr won't play. Of course it is a DVD of a Moody Blues show from the period in 2000 where Mr. Lodgey Lodge wore all leather. It starts to play on the computer, but then it goes nope! and shuts off. And my regular DVD player hates it. It won't even load. Doesn't make sense. I've had VCDs play on that one. I was sent another DVDr of an 84 BBC Concert with some freaky (in respect to said rat bastard's sweater) interviews with a certain, unpleasant blonde Moody Man. That one plays fine incidently.

Why is it so wrong that I should be able to see Lodgey in head to toe leather? Huh Huh? I don't ask for much. It's not as if I'm asking him to be in my room in head to toe leather, although that would be nice, if he's bored and can't go golfing today. I'm sure Kirsten could spare him for one day, so I can use him for my nefarious purposes. (Yeah right)

And on that note....I leave you with my torment.

Cos dammit I want to see that man in leather move!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

My Concubines

Someone over at Vintage Meat posted this:


~names first...pictures later.

Justin Hayward (even though he's a rat bastard)
John Lodge (cos he's the sex)
Elvis Costello
Johnny Depp
Colin Firth
Richard Roxburgh
Greg Proops
Paul McCartney
Hugh Grant
Davy Jones
Simon LeBon
Nick Rhodes
Chris Meloni
Andy Bell (His boyfriend may object to this)
Vince Clarke
Alan Frew
Glenn Tilbrook
Paul Bliss
Gordon Marshall
Hugh Jackman
David Wenham
Alton Brown

Wow that's a long list. Hope the guys don't fight in line. Tee Hee. I wish!

And now a few pix of some of these lovely men

Justin (aka rat bastard) and John

Foxy Roxy

Johnny Depp

The Proopdog

Elvis Costello

Simon LeBon

Not In The Mood

I went to bed last night at 10:30. I don't know if I was just really tired or just drained or maybe a bit of both.

I finished the story I've been working on for the past month. I'm going to look it over today, because I'm not sure that I like the ending. It needed to end where it did, but I'm just not sure if it feels right. I hate when that happens.

There are also a lot of things I left open on this one, mainly because I like the silly harlequinny type plot I had, and I may develop the story into something more. (just have to change two people's names)

So I spent my evening after I was done, debating what my next writing project should be, and the conclusion I came to was that I need to take a break. I've turned out at least 7 stories in the past year and one finished novel. I worked for months on another novel only to end up with it in the recycle bin because I just didn't like it. I've never done that before.

I have a better idea of what I want to do with that one now. I spent part of yesterday outlining the characters I want to keep and their backgrounds. That's something I don't do, usually. I can keep most things in my head. So for anyone that had been reading Not My Slave, it's not totally dead yet, but it's not ready to be brought back to life.

I really think that taking a breather for a few days from writing stories etc might be the best way to go to get my mind clear, and to figure out what story I want to work on next. This might just be a good excuse to get me out of the house a bit more after work. I spend way too much time on this computer as it is.

We'll see how it goes. Cos frankly I'm not in the mood for much of anything right now.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Musings of the Music Whore

Now most people that know me know the strange tastes I have and when they appeared in my life. I've gone over my lists of favorites a thousand times it seems. When these bands appeared in my life doesn't seem as important as the fact that they were there.

Some of the bands are long forgotten. Some I'm trying to forget. Some I'll never forget.

"With Lovers and friends I still can recall, some are dead and some are living..."

That's how I see the CDs that grace my shelves, as old friends and lovers. And like that beautiful lyric written by John Lennon, some are dead and some are living. Dead to me possibly and some in a more literal sense.

Dead to me, in that the band or their music no longer suits my life. It happens. I've gone through phases. You all know that. I like music from the 60's but for awhile I didn't listen to it.

It comes back around though. I'll blame one band for the resurgence of that decade's sounds in my life. We all know who I'm talking about.

When I was in junior high, I was into the hair bands of the 80's. Yes, I loved Def Leppard (still do, but to a lesser extent), Poison, Whitesnake, White Lion..etc. It's hard to believe that they were once a part of my life.

But people change...and I did and these bands left my life. I went on to Cheap Trick from there and then suddenly fell into New Wave a few years past its prime.

But I don't think it matters when you listen to something, but what you listen to.

I've listened to Classic Rock, Alternative, New Wave, Theatre, Easy Listening, Pop, and I've loved things in all of them. They've all played a part in my life, even though some of them aren't there any more.

Everything seems to come around again. I remember when I first saw the video for Your Wildest Dreams. That was my favorite song for that year. I was obsessed with the 60's then. My life was the Beatles and the Monkees and these strange guys that called themselves the Moody Blues wanted a piece of my life.

They didn't get it.

But oddly they perservered and they have it now. Damn it, why couldn't Hayward's hair still be as oddly frightening to me as it was in the video for Nights In White Satin?

I remember when I heard about Paul McCartney taking on a new writing partner. That was Elvis Costello. That was also back in my Beatley days. I felt almost betrayed, but I had to take a listen. For a year I was obsessed with the album "Spike."

Then Mr. Costello faded away.

He came back for a bit when Duran Duran did their covers cd in the mid 90's, but he didn't stay for long.

Oddly a few years ago, he came back. And he's stayed.

What strange bedfellows my favorites make.

But really, look at my collection and you'll see music from every decade since the 60's and a smattering of music from years before that.

I've grown from a girl in love with Davy Jones to a quirky woman still in love with Davy Jones, but also Justin Hayward, John Lodge, Elvis Costello, Simon LeBon..and a few others.

What? I'm fickle! I know! And any how, I always wanted a harem of men.

Everything has its place. The Moody Blues will probably fade in time. Something new will replace them and so on and so forth. And they may come back, or their circle may be closed.

All I know, is that when I love something, I do it with passion. I hate things with passion too.

To have instilled such emotion in me, is to have meant something to me in some way in my life.

It's a long widing but very musical journey and one I'm enjoying very much.

"In my life, I've loved them all."

Monday, August 16, 2004

Come walk with me down Meadow Avenue and see the pretty flowers along the way. Posted by Hello

A doggie friend, waiting to bark as I walk by. Posted by Hello

The prettiest house on Meadow Avenue Posted by Hello

Now it's time to play...WHEEL OF FLOWERS! Posted by Hello

A pepper plant Posted by Hello

Lilac flowers growing along the way Posted by Hello

The white flowers are about to bloom Posted by Hello