Whatever You Need to Tell Yourself

“So you want me to aid and abet you getting out of showing up for detention after school tomorrow?” Hank said to his best friend, Johnny. “That’s gonna be tough, pal.”

“I know, but you can’t procrastinate on this, Hank,” Johnny said. “I promised Kate that I’d help her decorate the gym for the Halloween dance and she needs my help to make the place look really spooky.”

Hank thought for a minute. “I have an idea that might just do the trick,” he said. “I’ll tell the teacher who assigned you detention that you’re really sorry for being such an asshole in her class and if you ever behave like that again, you’ll volunteer to go to detention everyday for a month. All she has to do is cut you loose tomorrow.”

“I think your suggestion sucks, but I’m over a barrel. Kate will never forgive me if I don’t help her, so give it a try,” Johnny said. “And, for what it’s worth, I wasn’t that much of an asshole in class.”

“Yeah, Johnny, actually you were,” Hank said. “But hey, whatever you need to tell yourself.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (abet), The Daily Spur (detention), My Vivid Blog (tomorrow), Ragtag Daily Prompt (procrastinate), Word of the Day Challenge (spooky), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (trick).

Who Won the Week — 10/31/2021

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.

First of all, Happy Halloween. Second of all, I’m declaring Mr. and Mrs. Fandango to be this week’s Who Won the Week Winners. Why? Because today is the day that my son and daughter-in-law are bringing home our second grandchild. This time, it’s a girl! So now we have two grandchildren, a 17 month old boy and a newly minted girl. Baby and mother are doing fine. Father is a nervous wreck.

My wife and I will be spending most of the day today at our son’s place entertaining the older child and greeting his little sister.

So enjoy your Halloween Sunday.

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

Song Lyric Sunday — The Rock Flutist

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given the theme selection over to Maggie at From Cave Walls. Maggie chose to challenge us with songs that feature wind instruments, which include brass instruments (horns, trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, and tubas) and woodwind instruments (recorders, flutes, oboes, clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons. My first inclination was to go with “Yakety Sax” by Boots Randolph, but that song has no lyrics and since this is Song Lyric Sunday…. Still, I’ve attached a video of that song at the end of this post.

My actual pick is “Living in the Past,” a song by the group Jethro Tull. It features, as do most Jethro Tull songs, flutist Ian Anderson. So my representative instrument for this prompt is the flute. But before I get into the meat of this post, a quick story.

Back in the early 70s, I scored two tickets to a Jethro Tull concert. I had been on a few dates with a girl and I asked her if she’d like to go with me to see Jethro Tull. She looked at me with her big, brown doe eyes and said, “Oh Jethro Tull. I love him.” Wrong answer. You see, Jethro Tull was an 18th century British agriculturist, and the band’s booking agent, a history enthusiast, eventually christened the band “Jethro Tull” after that agriculturist. The girl I asked to the concert may have been referring to Ian Anderson, the band’s lead vocalist, flutist, acoustic guitarist, and principal songwriter, thinking his name was Jethro Tull. But the fact that she thought that Jethro Tull was a musician and singer and not the name of the band was enough to make me lose interest in her. Anyway…

“Living in the Past” was a song by British progressive rock group Jethro Tull. One of the band’s best-known songs, it was released in the U.S. in October 1972 and became the band’s first Top 20 hit in the U.S., peaking at number 11.

According to Anderson, he wrote the song after Jethro Tull’s manager, Terry Ellis, challenged him to write a hit single, “to keep the pot boiling.” To humor him, Anderson replied, “Sure Terry, just give me a couple of hours and I’ll run upstairs to my room and write a hit single.” Anderson said that he “fiddled around with an acoustic guitar and a flute line, and it was done, really, in a couple of hours.” He added that “to further humor Terry and amuse me, I decided I’d write the least commercial thing I could by using an uncommon 5/4 time signature and a definitely not-trendy title, ‘Living in The Past.’”

About the song, Anderson explained that it was a critical reflection of the hippie lifestyle and a general naivete of the era. In an interview he said, “Lyrically it was a bit of a rejection of the swinging fashion of that post-Beatles, slightly hippy idealistic period. There were a lot of people talking pompously about love and peace and revolution and, you know, people then as now were quick to jump up and scream and shout, but they’re not actually really quite sure what they’re stamping their feet about.”

Here are the lyrics to “Living in the past.”

Happy and I’m smiling
Walk a mile to drink your water
You know I’d love to love you
And above you there’s no other

We’ll go walking out
While others shout of war’s disaster
Oh, we won’t give in
Let’s go living in the past

Once I used to join in
Every boy and girl was my friend
Now there’s revolution, but they don’t know
What they’re fighting

Let us close our eyes
Outside their lives go on much faster
Oh, we won’t give in
We’ll keep living in the past

Oh, we won’t give in
Let’s go living in the past

Oh no, no we won’t give in
Let’s go living in the past

And, as promised:

FOWC with Fandango — Trick


Welcome to October 31, 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 “trick.”

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.