Ok, this is an odd one, inspired by a story I read about a moose graveyard in Canada.Read More
With a nod to global warming.
Sleigh bells ring?
That would be nifty.Read More
Poor kids who are born on Xmas Day - they come up one holiday short. They deserve a Daily Ditty.Read More
Yesterday was the shortest day of the year. And so...Read More
Short and sweet. With a mild tone of reprimand.
Today’s the day – your birthday! Enjoy with joy and zest.
I won’t ask you your age though – some folks fail that honesty test.
Case in point: today’s birthday’s (thank you history orb dot com.)
Lots of famous people (Jane Fonda is the bomb)
And here’s Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina who was all the rage
Born in 1917, then again in ‘21
A simple error or… fess up, hon -
Are you blushing for all eternity, caught lying about you age?
We were on our way to the south of France (my husband's home) for two weeks. Then disaster - i the form of two idiot parents - struck. I seem to have taken the cancelled plans the hardest...why? Is it my wandering Sagittarian nature?Read More
Peggy Epstein Tanner.
That 'bout sums it up - for all of us who know her. One of a kind. Queen of the hill and the top of the heap. I think someone already wrote that song. So here's mine. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, PEG!Read More
Ok, I started off pretty true to the lyric form, then lost my way as time ran out. But heck - it's still fun to sing along with the Bee Gees on a grey winter day (ooo! gotta get to the Momma's and Poppa's - how 'bout a little "California Dreaming"?)
How incredible was John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever??? (But her? Never got her.)Read More
A simple little slip of a song today, based on the Civil War classic, when Johnny Comes Marching Home.
My husband is in Dubai again
Hurrah for them.
He’s doing the work of seven men
Hurrah for them.
There’s food in the fridge, clean sheets on the bed
I’ve got earrings on and clean hair on my head
It’s a happy day when
My husband comes flying home.
How a Daily Ditty doesn’t come together (in six simple steps).
1) Start with an idea: a "Blind Spot." (inspired by some parenting or career shortcoming that was on my mind when I woke)
2) Explore the driving/car angle (the verse)
3) Write a chorus that awkwardly tries to bridge from the actual to the metaphoric
4) Start over. Go with things we don't see involving ourselves, awkward things (fly open)
5) Try to link the mundane/jokey and the meaningful/hokey with a bridge that does… nothing very well.
6) Hear the timer ding 30 minutes and give up
SO totally ripping the curtain away from the Wizard, here goes:
I started by exploring the driving metaphor. It went downhill from there.
Time to pass that slow poke in front of you
So you check the rearview
Glance to the left for a second or two
Start to slide over
When out of nowhere
A horn is blaring
There’s a Volvo bearing down that left lane
You jerk back
But you are shaking
How could you not see him?
That blind spot
How did I not see
What was right there next to me?
My blind spot
How do I not see
What is obvious about me
To other folks
This is no joke:
If you love me, shine a light on my blind spots.
STARTING OVER - SECOND ATTEMPT AT A VERSE:
The toilet paper stuck to your shoe,
Or your unzipped fly.
The skirt tucked into your pantyhose,
Or the ketchup on your tie.
The spinach that spent the day in your teeth
Mascara on only one eye
Things everyone sees
SECOND BAD CHORUS:
Why won’t anyone clue you in
On what you cannot see?
Why don’t they shine some light
On your blind spot
Do they think it’ll do you in
To see what you need to see?
Take pity on my plight
Shed some light
On that blind spot
What do I not see
That everyone else sees
Plain as the nose on my face?
What do I not get
That everyone else gets
Cause they’re making bets
On the horse that’s not gonna just place
I want to win!
ONE LAST ATTEMPT TO FIND SOMETHING…
Your loved ones are your mirrors
They reveal you from every angle
They don’t let you crash
When there is danger
They don’t act like a stranger
This is more a free-form poem than lyric. It's what the muse brought me on Sunday morning.
We have a tradition of naming inanimate things in our family.Read More
The Montana Legislature approved new dress-code guidelines spelling out how both women and men should garb themselves. No jeans, no casual Fridays. And women "should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines."
"It just creates this ability to scrutinize women," said Jenny Eck, Democratic house member.
Lindsey Grovom - a woman - who drafted the bill, was surprised at the uproar. She said there was nothing overtly sexist about asking professionals to dress like professionals.
You'd think people would have the common sense to dress appropriately. But what is "appropriate" anymore? What do you think?
And what ever happened to the idea of "flattering"?
I'm exploring a new song project for Hope Sings. It was inspired by a trip to Dubai, where I learned unexpected things about why Muslim women they choose to cover.Read More
Just a quickie - I'm actually deep into a lyric for my show, Bad Mother, which is not yet ready for exposure.
You're paying it forward by giving back
You're always going, picking up the slack.
You're really First Rate,
And today's your date.
To this Man With A Mission,
You a fabulous birthday
A full of mirth-day -
Everyone has a gift. Elana Kilkenny has shared hers with many. Happy birthday!Read More
Just a quickie today.
Once upon a time when grocery shopping
Choices were so effortlessly made.Read More
Two amazing people were born today - people who have supported me in different areas of my career. The word that leaps to mind for both is "action" - they are doers. And when action leaps to mind, into my mind quickly follows - Lights, Camera....Read More
Today's b'day girl is one of my all-time fave people. Anyone who knows Kellee knows she is AWESOME.Read More
There are just some folks it's impossible to hate, no matter how talented they are
(I invoke for a moment Amanda Green's heart-warming song, "Every time a friend of mine succeeds, a little bit of me just dies inside.")
No, Adam Gwon has never made me die inside. He's too damn nice. And funny. And talented.Read More