Taste Test

“Hey Judy,” Becky said, “I hear your mother’s oatmeal raisin cookies are legendary.”

“Yeah, that’s what many people say, but I think their praise is misplaced,” Judy responded. “They’re okay, but that’s about the best that can be said about them.”

“Well, I think you should let us be the judge of that,” Susan said. “I bet if you asked her nicely, she might whip up a batch for us to sample tonight at our slumber party.”

“Right,” Paula said. “That way we can have a taste test and glean for ourselves if they’re just okay or if they are truly legendary.”

Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (cookies), Word of the Day Challenge (legendary), The Daily Spur (many), Ragtag Daily Prompt (misplaced), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (bet), and Your Daily Word Prompt (glean).

Who Won the Week? 12/06/2020

FWWTWIt’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I learned that the 2020 Merriam-Webster word of the year is “pandemic.” And then this was the front page of this morning’s San Francisco Chronicle.So, as much as it pains me to do so, this week’s winner of Who Won the Week is the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to Donald Trump’s abysmal mismanagement of America’s response to coronavirus, his rejection of guidance from qualified scientist and medical professionals, his making wearing face masks and social distancing a political issue, and his virtually throwing in the towel on any efforts by the federal government to take steps to deal with the pandemic, the United States is going through a third surge that dwarfs the first two. As I write this, America has had more than 15 million cases and almost 290,000 deaths, far more than any other country on the globe.A return to “normal” is still, it seems, a long way away. Maybe never, actually. Stay safe, everyone.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Song Lyric Sunday — Alligators and Crocodiles

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt, Jim Adams has given us those warm and cuddly creatures, “alligator,” “crocodile,” “lizard,” “snake,” and “turtle,” as our choices. Two songs came to mind. The first was “See You Later, Alligator,” which was written by Robert Charles Guidry and made famous in 1955 when recorded by Bill Haley and His Comets. The other song that came to mind was Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock.” And because I’m a big Elton John fan, that’s the one I’m going with.

“Crocodile Rock” was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin and was released in October 1972 in the UK and a month later in the U.S. It was a pre-release single from Elton John’s forthcoming 1973 album Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only the Piano Player, and became his first U.S. number-one single.

As Songfacts explains, the song tells the story of a guy in the ’50s and ’60s who frequented a restaurant where the patrons loved an obscure dance called the Crocodile Rock. Because of all the events that happened in the ’60s, however, this unknown little dance forever vanished into history and no one cared anymore. Even his girlfriend, who also enjoyed “burning up to the Crocodile Rock,” left him. It’s a catchy little song with really sad lyrics.

The song has a distinct ’50s musical theme. Elton said that it contained flavors of a lot of his favorite early rock songs, including “Little Darlin’,” “At The Hop,” and “Oh Carol,” as well as songs by The Beach Boys and Eddie Cochran. The title is a play on the Bill Haley song “See You Later, Alligator,” and Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” even gets a mention, as that’s what the other big hit kids were listening to while the song’s narrator was doing the Crocodile Rock.

Don McLean, who wrote and sang, “American Pie,” which came out the previous year, said that “Crocodile Rock” had a lot of similarities to his hit. Both songs were about young people in the ’50s obsessed with rock n’ roll, but disappointed when the music “died.” Both songs also feature a Chevy. Elton admits the song is highly derivative because it’s about the things he grew up with. He said, “I wanted it to be a record about all the things I grew up with. Of course it’s a rip-off.”

I remember when rock was young
Me and Suzie had so much fun
Holding hands and skimming stones
Had an old gold Chevy and a place of my own

But the biggest kick I ever got
Was doing a thing called the Crocodile Rock
While the other kids were Rocking Round the Clock
We were hopping and bopping to the Crocodile Rock

Well Crocodile Rocking is something shocking
When your feet just can’t keep still
I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will

Oh Lawdy mama those Friday nights
When Suzie wore her dresses tight
And the Crocodile Rocking was out of sight

But the years went by and the rock just died
Suzie went and left us for some foreign guy
Long nights crying by the record machine
Dreaming of my Chevy and my old blue jeans

But they’ll never kill the thrills we’ve got
Burning up to the Crocodile Rock
Learning fast as the weeks went past
We really thought the Crocodile Rock would last

As a bonus: Bill Haley and His Comets with “See You Later, Alligator.”

FOWC with Fandango — Bet

FOWCWelcome to December 6, 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 “bet.”

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. Please 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.