Substitute Music Teacher

Don’t be confused. I’m not Jim Adams. I’m Fandango. Jim is taking a vacation to visit family in North Carolina over the next two weeks and I’m sure that Jim will have some interesting stories to tell when he returns. But in the meantime, Jim has asked me to pinch hit for him for his Song Lyric Sunday challenge. And here I am.

Last week’s Song Lyric Sunday theme was songs that are Hidden Gems, which are great songs that missed the top of the charts. The theme was suggested by Amy (aka E.M. Kingston). This week’s theme, also suggested by Amy, is One-Hit Wonders, where an artist or a group had a song that reached the top without any follow-up successes. Jim asked me to point out that it doesn’t have to be a group or an artist that only had one hit. It can also be thought of as a song that you only remember that group or artist having recorded.

Jim suggests that you try to find a song that fits the theme and then write your post about that song. Share your music with others and post a video, post the song’s lyrics, try do some research, and let everyone know something about the song that you post. Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.

Once you’ve written you post, create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section. Try to take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two. Let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.

Jim encourages us to:
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it. If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please include the name(s) of the songwriter(s), as it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

The upcoming Song Lyric Sunday challenges will be:

July 10, 2022 – Songs that were turned down by recording artists that went on to become big hits
July 17, 2022 – Songs that hit the top of the charts
July 24, 2022 – Feature a song by a group or an artist that surprisingly never reached #1 on the charts – This idea was taken from UK #1s blog, The UK Number Ones Blog
July 31, 2022 – Illness, Injury, Scars suggested by Angie of King Ben’s Grandma

The Hitchiker

It had been a long day of driving when I saw someone standing by the side of the road with their arm extended and their thumb up. I usually don’t stop for hitchhikers because you just never know who you’d be inviting into your car. But as I got closer, I could see the hitchhiker was a girl, so I figured why not? She’s just a girl, how risky could it be? I decided to give it a go.

I slowed down and rolled to a stop just ahead of her. She was quite an attractive girl, maybe about 18 or 19. She pulled opened the car door, climbed in, and said, “Thanks for the lift.”

“No problem,” I said, smiling at her. “Where are you headed?” I asked as I pulled back out onto the road.

“Wherever you’re going,” she said. She didn’t look at me. Her eyes were looking ahead.

“I’m heading to Provo,” I said. “I teach at the university there.”

“Cool,” she said.

“Where are you from?” I asked.

Here and there,” she said. Then silence.

We drove for about 30 minutes without conversation. I looked at my watch and it was almost 6:00. “There’s a diner and a gas station about a mile ahead,” I said. “We can stop, I’ll fill up my tank, and we can grab some dinner. Sound good?”

“Cool,” she said.

We were back on the road at around 7:30. When I usually make this trip I stop at a motel at around 9:30 or 10 for the night. I asked her if she wanted to spend the night. I offered to get her a separate room.

“Cool,” she said.

I pulled into the motel parking lot and told her to stay in the car while I checked in and got the rooms. When I got back to the car I lied. I told her that there was only one room left and asked her if she’d mine sharing. “It has two double beds,” I added.

“Cool,” she said.

When we got to the room, I went to the bathroom to wash up. Then she used the bathroom while I changed into my pajamas. She came out wearing just a skimpy t-shirt and panties. I got into my bed and slipped under the covers. She walked over and stood next to my bed and stared down at me. I looked up at her and said, “Do you want to share my bed with me?”

“Cool,” she said.

She crawled into the bed and was all over me. It was the most fabulous night of my life. We were at it into the wee hours and I was satiated and exhausted when we finally went to sleep.

When I woke up the next morning I was alone. I got out of bed, looked around, but there was no sign of her. There was also no sign of my wallet, my watch, my wedding band, my overnight bag, and my car keys. I ran to the window, looked out, and saw that my car was gone. Shit!

I saw a piece of paper on the night table between the beds. Written on it was, “Thanks for the ride, thanks for the dinner, thanks for the sex.”

“Not cool,” I said.

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Opposing Forces, where the words are stop and go and here and there.

Weekend Writing Prompt — What Once Was

I wanted an expression more tender.
Your response was flippant.
“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,”
Your eyes didn’t mask your glee.
You could see that I was in pain.
But rather than try to ease it,
You trampled on it instead.
I’ve been through many vicissitudes,
But your attitude has no variation.
You have excoriated my heart,
And all I can do is look back
Wistfully on the life we once shared.

(Exactly 74 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “flippant” in exactly 74 words). Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tender), Ragtag Daily Prompt (eyes), Word of the Day Challenge (trample), Your Daily Word Prompt (vicissitude), The Daily Spur (variation), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (excoriate), and My Vivd Blog (wistfully).

SoCS — An Early Saturday Morning Amble

It’s time for an amble through my mind as I respond to Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where she gives us the word “___amble” and suggests adding letters to the beginning of it to make another word or use it as is in our post.

The first thing that came to mind was something that I was required to memorize back in school: the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. You know, the one that starts out, “We the people….”

Sadly, former President Donald Trump and the Republican politicians who support him have made a shambles of not only the Preamble, but of the entire Constitution.

They’ve collectively done everything they can to try to obscure justice, to destroy domestic tranquility, to remove the general welfare, and to take away our liberties.

In a speech 18 months ago in which he rambled on with lies about a stolen election, Trump promoted and encouraged his MAGA Maniacs to scramble to the U.S. Capitol building in an attempted insurgency. He had no qualms about inciting violence in his unsuccessful gamble to illegally stop the peaceful and orderly transition of power in order for him to personally stay in power after losing the election.

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection attempt has done an excellent job in helping to unscramble all of the unethical, illegal, and even immoral things Trump and his henchmen had done in order to subvert the democratic process that has been the glue holding America together for 250 years.

Let’s hope that Trump and his cronies, who have created a bramble bush of deceit and corruption, will not go unpunished.

FOWC with Fandango — Tender


It’s July 2, 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 “tender.”

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. Show them some love.