Music Challenge — Only Love Can Break a Heart

For this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge, Jim Adams gives us Neil Young’s song, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” Personally, I’m a big fan of Neil Young. Sure, his voice is not necessarily the best, but his writing and his arrangements are superb, in my humble opinion. There are but a very few songs that he’s recorded that I don’t particularly like.

In my younger days, however, I was also a big fan of another singer and this post is more of an homage to that singer, Gene Pitney. In 1962, Pitney recorded the song, “Only Love Can Break a Heart,” which was written by Hal David (lyrics) and Burt Bacharach (music). It was Pitney’s biggest hit in the U.S., but it was kept from reaching the number one spot on the charts by a song recorded by The Crystals, “He’s a Rebel.” Ironically, Pitney had, himself, written that number one song.

Pitney charted 16 top 40 hits in the United States, four in the top ten, including such classics from that era as “Town Without Pity,” “(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance,” “Twenty Four Hours from Tulsa,” “I’m Gonna Be Strong,” and “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart.” Pitney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. He died of a heart attack in 2006.

Here the lyrics to Gene Pitney’s “Only Love Can Break a Heart.”

Only love can break a heart
Only love can mend it again

Last night I hurt you but darlin’ remember this
Only love can break a heart
Only love can mend it again, hmm, hmm
You know I’m sorry, I’ll prove it with just one kiss
Only love can break a heart
Only love can mend it again

Give me a chance to make up for the harm I’ve done
Try to forgive me and let’s keep the two of us one

Please let me hold you and love you for always and always
Only love can break a heart only love can mend it again
Only love can break a heart only love can mend it again

Reblog: Trump Tests Positive?

Okay, when it comes to anything and everything Trump, I am definitely both cynical and skeptical. That’s why Lydia’s post resonated with me. Especially that prescient tweet from John Cammo on September 18th about Trump’s “October surprise.” Trump is so desperate I wouldn’t put anything beyond him, including announcing that he tested positive for COVID-19 even if that’s not true.

Click on the link below to read Lydia’s original post.

Call me a cynic if it makes you happy, but I’m not biting. A word from the horse’s ass: Mmm… really? Does Trump actually have COVID? Are we supposed …

Trump Tests Positive?

Fibbing Friday Halloween Edition

Fibbing FridayFrank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as host for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in your responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. Why is October the tenth month rather than the eighth as its name implies?

Because counting hadn’t been invented when they named the months back in prehistoric days.

2. Why is Halloween on October 31st?

Because it’s not too hot and not too cold on October 31st. As Goldilocks said right before encountering the big, bad wolf at her grandmother’s house, “It’s just right.”

3. What exactly is “Pumpkin Spice”?

It’s what happens when pumpkins procreate.

4. How did the tradition of carving Jack-o’-lanterns start?

It dates back to Jack the Ripper when he would carve up his victims as if they were pumpkins.

5. Why are they called “Jack-o’-lanterns”?

To pay homage to the aforementioned Jack the Ripper.

6. Why is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April when National Poetry Day is October 3rd?

You know how poets are, right? They totally lose track of time.

7. What’s the big deal about Columbus Day?

You know, a lot of people are asking that same question these days.

8. Why do kids trick-or-treat on Halloween?

Because if they dressed up in outlandish costumes, wore masks to hide their identity, knocked on random people’s doors, and demanded candy on any other night, they’d be apprehended by ICE and thrown into cages at a juvenile detention center.

9. According to at least one Internet source, October 30th is National Candy Corn Day. Why?

The National Association of Candy Corn Manufacturers paid off that internet source to proclaim October 30th as National Candy Corn Day.

10. What happens to all the candy corn that doesn’t get eaten?

It all gets returned to the National Association of Candy Corn Manufacturers, where they grind up the uneaten candy corn and donate it to ICE in order to feed kids who were apprehended trick or treating on a night other than Halloween and who were shipped off to and caged in juvenile detention centers. Yeah, I know. That’s wrong on so many levels.

Trump Tests Positive

Wow, Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, both tested positive for the coronavirus. Hmm. So much for this being a hoax, for it going away like a miracle, for warmer weather knocking it out, for playing it down, for not wearing protective face masks, and for ignoring social distancing. Oops.

The other day, in my Provocative Question post, I asked about karma, or the notion of reap what you sow and what goes around, comes around. Because I don’t believe in reincarnation, an afterlife, predestination, or fate, I have tended to write off the notion of karma as just another way humans try to explain things that they don’t really understand.

But after learning that POTUS and FLOTUS tested positive for COVID-19, I’m thinking that I might have to rethink the idea of karma.

I wonder if this news will finally end the squabble over whether or not the Trump administration has totally mismanaged the pandemic. Will it amplify criticism or will it generate ferocious pushback from Trump loyalists, especially if he fully recovers? And what affect, if any, will it have on the campaign and presidential election, which is exactly one month from tomorrow?

I guess, as Trump is wont to say, “We’ll see what happens.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (wow), Word of the Day Challenge (squabble), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (amplify), and Your Daily Word Prompt (ferocious).