Sunday Writing Prompt — I’m Driven

“The weather is really bad, but I am still going to attempt driving my car from my place to yours in Concord,” John said when he called Marsha.

“But why, John?” Marsha asked. “That’s crazy. You might get stuck in the snow. Or worse, you might have an accident.”

“Why!” John said. “Because I’m tired of hiding that I find you so appealing. You trigger an emotion in me that I just can’t suppress any longer. I’d be a broken man if I can’t be with you today and for the rest of my life, so I’m not going to let a little snow and ice get in the way of my coming over right now and asking you to marry me.”

“Oh,” Marsha said. “Well, in that case, can you stop by the liquor store and pick up a bottle of Merlot on your way?”

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt (driving). Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (attempt), Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot It January (from/trigger), Your Daily Word Prompt (concord), Word of the Day Challenge (hiding), Ragtag Daily Prompt (appealing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (broken), and MMA Storytime (ice).

Weekend Writing Prompt — On the Fringe

Fringe groups have a long history in American politics. But fortunately, they usually have a short life span.

Still, whether it’s a far-right splinter faction, or one on the far-left, they tear at the very fabric of our country.

(39 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “faction.”

Who Won the Week? 01/24/2021

FWWTWThe 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.

In the recent past, I have often have a hard time figuring out who or what I want to designate as the winner of my Who Won the Week post. But this week, my cup runneth over. Do I pick Joe Biden, the competent, experienced, empathetic, compassionate, and sane man who took the oath of office on Wednesday as America’s new President? How about Kamala Harris, the first ever female, Black, and South Asian to serve as Vice President? How about the two new Democratic senators from Georgia, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the state’s first Jewish senator and the first Black Democratic senator, respectively, whose runoff election victories gave control of the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.

Well, I have decided to go with Amanda Gorman, the 22-year-old poet and activist from Los Angeles, and the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history. On January 20th, this remarkable young woman captured the hearts and minds of most Americans when she recited her poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

I’d never heard her before this past Wednesday, but there she was, standing straight as an arrow behind the podium, a young woman having a moment that was as close to a viral sensation as poets get in American culture. Her slow, deliberate delivery emphasized the spellbinding and healing nature of her words, words that we weary Americans needed to hear. She enchanted most in the live audience and to many of us — including me — who watched her on television, she brought tears to our eyes.

Take a few moments to watch this incredibly gifted and poised young woman. I’m sure you’ll agree that Amanda Gorman won the week.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — Laugh Laugh

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has give us “chat,” “laugh,” “rant,” “scream,” and “talk” as our theme choices. Digging back into the Wayback Machine, I decided to go with “Laugh Laugh” by the Beau Brummels.

Written by guitarist Ron Elliott and produced by Sly Stone (of Sly and the Family Stone), “Laugh Laugh” was released in December 1964 as the band’s debut single. The song reached number 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart the following February. It  was the first hit single to come out of the emerging San Francisco music scene in response to the British Invasion. The song was later included on the band’s first full-length album, Introducing the Beau Brummels, released in April 1965.

Eager to capitalize on Beatlemania, which was sweeping America at the time, two San Francisco DJs, Tom Donahue and Bobby Mitchell, discovered the Beau Brummels playing at a local club. They thought the band had the perfect sound and signed them up for their Autumn Records label. “Laugh, Laugh” was the first hit single from a burgeoning San Francisco music scene — including such bands as Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, We Five, Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Country Joe and the Fish. The harmonies of “Laugh, Laugh” were reminiscent of popular British acts of the time, such as the Beatles and The Zombies. However, songwriter-guitarist Ron Elliott said the song was directly influenced not by British bands, but by the American pop group The Four Seasons.

“Laugh Laugh” was credited as one of the earliest tracks to blend beat music with folk rock, even before The Byrds recorded “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Even though some critics wrote “Laugh Laugh” off as an indistinct ripoff of the Beatles, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s curatorial staff, along with rock critics and historians, selected “Laugh, Laugh” in 1994 for a Hall of Fame exhibit featuring “The 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.”

The song describes a rejected lover who takes pleasure in revenge when someone rejects the one who had rejected him. Here are the song’s lyrics.

I hate to say it but I told you so, don’t mind my preachin’ to you
I said “don’t trust ’em, baby” now you know
You don’t know ev’rything there is to know in school.
Wouldn’t believe me when I gave advice, I said that he was a tease
If you want help you better ask me now
So be sincere, convince me with a “pretty please”

Laugh, laugh, I thought I’d die
It seemed so funny to me
Laugh, laugh you met a guy who taught you how it feels to be
Lonely, oh so lonely

Don’t think I’m bein’ funny when I say you got just what you deserve
I can’t help feeling you found out today
You thought you would, you could, you had a lot of nerve

Won’t say I’m sorry for the things I said. I’m glad he packed up to go
You kept on braggin’ he was yours instead
Found you don’t know ev’rything there is to know

Laugh, laugh, I thought I’d die
It seemed so funny to me
Laugh, laugh you met a guy who taught you how it feels to be
Lonely, oh so lonely

Before I go I got to say one thing, don’t close your ears to me
Take my advice and you find out that he
Is just another guy who’ll cause you misery
Don’t say you can’t get any boy to call, do be so smug or else
You’ll find you can’t get any boy a’tall
You’ll wind up an old lady sittin’ on the shelf.

Laugh, laugh, I thought I’d die
It seemed so funny to me
Laugh, laugh you met a guy who taught you how it feels to be
Lonely, oh so lonely

Lonely, oh so lonely

FOWC with Fandango — Broken

FOWCWelcome to January 24, 2021 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 “broken”

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.