Thursday Inspiration — Bad, Bad, Bad

For this week’s Thursday Inspiration prompt from Jim Adams, he gave us the graphic below and the word “bad” to inspire us.

What came to mind for me as soon as I saw his prompt was the George Thorogood song, “Bad to the Bone.”

This song by George Thorogood and the Destroyers was released in 1982 on the album of the same name. The phrase “bad to the bone” means there isn’t a bit of good in the man. Thorogood’s song was based on the Bo Diddley blues song “I’m A Man.” Thorogood was influenced by the blues, and Diddley was one of his heroes. Thorogood’s version has a much heavier guitar sound, which replaces the harmonica in Diddley’s recording.

Here are the lyrics.

On the day I was born
The nurses all gathered 'round
And they gazed in wide wonder
At the joy they had found
The head nurse spoke up
And she said leave this one alone
She could tell right away
That I was bad to the bone

Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone

I broke a thousand hearts
Before I met you
I'll break a thousand more, baby
Before I am through
I wanna be yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
Bad to the bone

I make a rich woman beg
I'll make a good woman steal
I'll make an old woman blush
And make a young girl squeal
I wanna be yours pretty baby
Yours and yours alone
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone

Now when I walk the streets
Kings and Queens step aside
Every woman I meet
They all stay satisfied
I wanna tell ya pretty baby
Well ya see I make my own
I'm here to tell ya honey
That I'm bad to the bone
Bad to the bone
(Hoo) bad to the bone

Throwback Thursday — Rock ‘n Roll

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic. This week, Maggie chose the topic of “Discovering Your Musical Taste.”

Maggie wants us explore the music we were exposed to as a child and how we moved from those early experiences into developing a taste of our own.

1. What music were you exposed to in your family home – genre, artist, or style.

My parents weren’t that into music, except my mother loved Lawrence Welk, for some reason. But I had two older sisters who were into artists like Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Patti Page, Nat King Cole, and Frankie Laine. It was a period when popular music was transitioning from the Big Band sound to a more easy listening sound.

2. Did you enjoy that type of music or did you rebel against it?

I preferred Top 40 music to what my older sisters generally listened to.

3. How did you listen to music in your childhood home? Radio? Record player? Television?

Mostly via radio and record player.

4. Did you buy records, tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks or CDs?

When I was younger, all that was available were records and I bought mostly 45s. But as I grew, I used cassette tapes, some of which I bought, but most of which I made as “mix-tapes.” And, later, when they became available, CDs. I never bought 8-track tapes. Now all my music is downloaded MP3s.

5. What performers were you drawn to most as an adolescent?

Top 40 performers (e.g., Beach Boys, The Four Seasons, Roy Orbison, Dion & The Belmonts, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Del Shannon), and Motown (e.g., The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Ronettes).

6. Who did you go to see for your first concert? Who did you go with?

I think it was The Four Seasons, who performed at a local high school, and it was with friends.

7. What concert has been your favorite concert to date?

I’ve been to so, so many concerts, so it’s hard to narrow it down to one, but it may have been when my wife and I went to see Jackson Browne at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland. It was that concert where most of the tracks on his “Running on Empty” album were recorded live.

That said, I’ve seen The Eagles live four times and they were fantastic. And I’ve been to two Billy Joel concerts, and he is great live.

8. When do you listen to music? In the car? At work? While studying or doing projects?

I have Sirius XM in the car and also streaming on my TV as well as on my iPhone. And I can also listen to my iTunes using Apple Car Play in my car.

9. Did the music you listened to affect your attitudes, way of dress, or view of the world?

That’s hard to say. I think perhaps it was my world view that affected the music I listened to.

10. How has your choice of music changed over the years? What is your genre of choice at this phase of your life?

I started out listening to Top 40 music and to what used to be called “soul music.” Then it was rock and roll, heavy metal, psychedelic music, most of which is now deemed “classic rock.” In the 80s and early 90s I was into “new age” music, then briefly in the early 2000s, into pop, but now my genre of choice is classic rock. I’ve never been into country & western or rap.

Bonus Question: What band or group posters did you have hanging in your room? Extra extra bonus points if you can share a copy of it or a link to it.

I never had any rock band posters in any of my rooms, although in college I did have a poster of Farah Fawcett and a map of Middle Earth on my dorm room wall.

EXTRA EXTRA BONUS: Care to share a playlist from Spotify?

Sorry, I’m not on Spotify. But here are the last ten songs that I listened to on iTunes.

#WDYS — Behind Bars

He was only sixteen, a high school dropout. There was a brutal murder in the hood. He insisted he didn’t commit the crime. Still, he was arrested. He was tried as an adult, convicted, and imprisoned. He spent nearly fourteen years behind bars before DNA evidence proved he was innocent.

He was released from prison when he was almost thirty. It was hard at first. He was an ex-con, and even though he was fully exonerated, he was a pariah. But he did everything the way he was supposed to. He stayed clean. He kept clear of the gangs. He finally got a job. A decent job.

But where he felt most at ease, most comfortable, was when he was in his apartment building, sitting on the steps, looking through the metal bars of the stair’s railing. It was a view that he knew all too well. For almost half of his life.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. Photo credit: Caleb Williams @ Unsplash.

MLMM Photo Challenge — The Lone Wolf

The lone wolf

Running through the forest

A twig cracks on the ground

The wind rattles

The branches of the trees

The lone wolf stops

Its ears perk up

Its nose twitches

Trying to catch a scent

No scent in the cold, damp air

To cause alarm

The quiet returns to the forest

The lone wolf cautiously moves on

Continuing on its quest

Searching for its pack

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Photo credit Pobble 365.

Also for The Twiglets prompt, which is “the wind rattles.”

FOWC with Fandango — Reminder


It’s May 5, 2022. Welcome 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 “reminder.”

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.

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