MLMM Music Challenge — Unfulfilled

Music Challenge LargeFor his Music Challenge this week, Jim Adams has given us the Pat Benatar song, “Promises in the Dark.” Jim asks us to use that song as inspiration for our own post.

What came to mind for me was a song by Jackson Browne. While looking at some old photographs of his wife (or girlfriend?) he came across one of her. What he saw was unexpected. He noticed that, at the instant he took her picture, there was a trace of sorrow in her eyes.

In his song, Browne realizes that what he was seeing wasn’t what was happening at all. For a while, their relationship had such promise to it, but then he notes that “when you see through love’s illusions, there lies the danger, and your perfect lover just looks like a perfect fool. So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger….” I mean, who hasn’t done that?

Then, in what to me is a profound observation that many couples feel when their relationship starts to unravel, Browne writes,

“Now for you and me it may not be that hard to reach our dreams
But that magic feeling never seems to last
And while the future’s there for anyone to change, still you know it seems
It would be easier sometimes to change the past”

Jackson Browne’s “Fountain of Sorrow” is one of my favorite songs from that artist. It’s a rather melancholy song about the promise of love going unfulfilled. But I would venture to say that few people who have suffered from a love lost can’t relate to the theme of the song.

Here is the song.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge and for today’s WordPress Discover Prompt, “song.”

C is for Clear Conscience

A2Z2020For this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old saying or adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). I’m going through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A) and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet by April 30 — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my April 3rd adage and it starts with the letter C.

Clearer the conscience, merrier the life.

Fandango’s Friday Flashback — April 3

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of you earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 3rd) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on April 3, 2010 on my old blog.

Best Informed Viewers Get Their News From Comedy Central

I was struck by a headline I ran across that read, “Daily Show/Colbert Viewers Most Knowledgeable.” Also of note is that the headline went on to say, “Fox News Viewers Rank Lowest.” What a shocker that is!

I am a fan of both Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report, In a previous post on this blog, I commented that these two shows are the funniest, most relevant, and, at the same time, most irreverent shows on TV. I’m apparently not alone in my assessment.

It seems that the faux news Daily Show and the faux conservative pundit Stephen Colbert, appearing nightly (Monday through Thursday) on Comedy Central at 11:00 and 11:30 p.m ET, respectively, have the most well-informed, knowledgeable viewers of all forms of media, including network news shows, cable news channels, newspapers, and magazines.8BD936A9-32E8-40B4-BFEE-C1091EFF9A12These findings came from a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center to gauge public knowledge of current affairs and how people get their information about events in the news.

The Pew survey showed that there is no clear connection between news formats and what audiences know. The survey found that “Well-informed audiences come from cable (Daily Show/Colbert Report, O’Reilly Factor), the internet (especially major newspaper websites), broadcast TV (NewsHour with Jim Lehrer) and radio (NPR, Rush Limbaugh). The less informed audiences also frequent a mix of formats: broadcast television (network morning news shows, local news), cable (Fox News Channel), and the internet (online blogs where people discuss news events).”

Granted, this survey is three years old, but I don’t think things have changed all that much since April 2007. Oh wait, that’s probably not true. The Fox News channel’s audience has probably grown with the addition of such personalities as Glenn Beck and, most recently, Sarah Palin.

Isn’t that great? Now there are even more people who are ill-informed.

FOWC with Fandango — Lackluster

FOWCWelcome to April 3, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “lackluster.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.