Who Won the Week — 9/12/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity 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.

My pick for who won the week this week is Jill Biden. For those of you who don’t know, Jill Biden, Joe Biden’s wife, is America’s First Lady.

So why am I picking Jill Biden as this week’s winner? Well, it’s because she is the first and only first lady in the role’s 231-year history to keep a full-time job while serving in office.

Jill Biden is a university professor with a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate of education. When she was the second lady under the Obama administration, Biden still taught at Northern Virginia Community College during all eight years.

This past Tuesday marked the start of in-person classes with Biden teaching, while continuing in her role as first lady. She is teaching two sections of an introductory academic writing course this semester, with one section fully in-person and the other being a hybrid model of in-person and online learning.

Biden has signaled her passion for and commitment to teaching in various interviews and tweets over the years. “Teaching is not what I do. It’s who I am,” she said in an August tweet ahead of a convention speech.

Biden’s dual career as a first lady and a professor is not only historic but it more accurately reflects the reality of American women, which is a reality that embodies both being a working professional and having families.

So congratulations to you, Jill Biden.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — It’s True

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given us the theme words Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal, and True. All sweet words to hear for any couple, right? I ultimately decided to take a detour from my classic rock time capsule and to pick the Eighties classic from Spandau Ballet, “True.”

“True” was a song by the English new wave band Spandau Ballet. It was released in April 1983 as the third single from their third studio album of the same name. The song was written by band member Gary Kemp. It was a worldwide hit, peaking at number one on the U.K. charts for four weeks. It was Spandau Ballet’s biggest hit and their only top ten hit in the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1983.

The lyrics for the song were inspired by a crush Kemp had on Altered Images singer Clare Grogan. “I was infatuated with Clare. I met her on Top of the Pops and, at one point, traveled up to Scotland to have tea with her and her mum and dad. Although my feelings were unrequited and the relationship was platonic, it was enough to trigger a song,” Kemp said. Some phrases in the lyrics (including the much-quoted reference to “seaside arms”) were adapted from Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, a copy of which Grogan had given Kemp as a present.

Kemp wrote the song at his parents’ house while living there. It is a close to six-minute song that, in part, pays tribute to Marvin Gaye, who is mentioned in the lyrics, and the sound Gaye helped to establish. According to Kemp, “I think I wanted to write a song that was a bit like a Marvin Gaye, Al Green song, a blue-eyed soul song.”

“True” became a song about trying to write a love song to someone who didn’t know his true thoughts, and how difficult it is to spell out one’s feelings without seeming too foolish. Kemp said that he wrote the lyric, “Why do I find it hard to write the next line? I want the truth to be said,” because he didn’t want to write it down his intimate feeling, believing that there’s nothing more embarrassing when those feelings aren’t reciprocated.

Here are the lyrics to “True.”

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)

So true
Funny how it seems
Always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels, went toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

I bought a ticket to the world
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
I want the truth to be said

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true

With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

Always slipping from my hands
Sand’s a time of its own
Take your seaside arms and write the next line
I want the truth to be known

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
Ooh, I know this much is true

I know this much is true

I bought a ticket to the world
But now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
I want the truth to be
I want the truth to be said

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true

I know this much is true

This much is a true

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh
This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

There’s a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

This is the sound

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

I bought a ticket to the world

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

I bought a ticket to the world

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

FOWC with Fandango — Scrumptious

FOWCWelcome to September 12, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “scrumptious.”

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.