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The Genie Lied And The Daily Prompt


Daily Prompt: Nothin’ But A Good Time

Imagine that tomorrow, all of your duties and obligations evaporate for the day. You get the day all to yourself, to do anything you please. What types of fun activities would make your day?

My wife and I would get on a plane and go visit my daughter, son, and their families. I can’t think of a better time. Since one daughter lives near with her family, I’d ask them to go with my wife and me. That would be a perfect day.

Here’s a short story I conjured about two old guys who saw the light, sort of. The may have had a drink or so.

 The Genie Lied

“I have a theory,” Rick said. “And it goes against everything I believed up to the last few years.”

“I’d like to hear what you’ve come up with,” Wilt said.

“You know what the problem with this world is?” Rick said.

“We ain’t go the time,” Wilt said.

“Well,” Rick said. “It was me and you and the rest like us. We thought we had the answers. We was gonna change the world. Well, we did. Now look at it. If I’d knowed it was gonna look like this I’d never bought my bellbottoms, tented glasses, or let my hair grow. We was all wrong. We thought all we had to do was join hands and sing a song and the world would come together.”

“I tend to agree. We let the Genie out of the bottle,” Wilt said. “They say the frontal lobe doesn’t fully develop until around the age of 25. I think we shouldn’t listen to anybody until they’re at least 40. Nobody’s really mature or responsible till then. That’s the problem the world listens to too many people who are under 40.”

“Once the Genie is out of the bottle it’s impossible to put it back,” Rick said.

“Rock ‘n’ roll was the Genie,” Wilt said. “It was fun and exciting. It was too sappy to be taken seriously; first kiss, first dance, holding hands, that was about it. Then it started into psychedelic, disco, heavy metal, then before you knowed it, songs were about raping, killing, shooting up, getting down, getting high, getting it on, everything but getting an education and getting a job.”

“Yep,” Rick said. “Rock was the Genie in the bottle.”

“Sure is,” Wilt said. “You can’t go from Nat King Cole, Perry Como, and Frank Sinatra to Jay Z, Ice Cube, and Tupac without going through Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones.”

“Did you ever think we’d live long enough to say that?” Rick said.

“We’re sounding like our parents,” Wilt said.

“And I remember my mom telling me the fits her dad had when he caught her teaching The Charleston to her younger brother and sister. The devil’s dance he called it. What would he call what they’re doing now?” Rick said.

“Can you imagine a world without rock and rap?” Wilt said.

“In all candor,” Rick said, “I don’t think the world would miss it.”

“Logic tells us,” Wilt said, “It us it is useless, mundane, and we could very easily live without it, be just as happy, just as productive, and just as creative.”

“Strange,” Rick said.

“How’s that,” Wilt said.

“The Genie has everyone convinced we can’t live without her,” Rick said.

“The Genie lies,” Wilt said.

“We lied to ourselves,” Rick said.



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Best Mix of Music You Will Ever Find

Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece

You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.

During my forties and fifties my music of choice was classical. No other song touches my heart like Pavorati singing Nessen Dorma. Not the lyrics so much as the music itself.

Yester day I posted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue that would figure prominently in my mix also.

For a complete change of pace I would add The Beatles to my mix; Rocky Raccoon.

When I hear Penny Lane by the Beatles there are so many images of my childhood that rush through my mind it is hard to capture just one.

Neil Diamond’s Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show is a song that draws a such a complete picture. I like if for no other reason than I’ve never been to t tent revival meeting and will never, but this song takes me there. Nevertheless there is something about the song that moves me.

I always liked boats and the sea. There would have to be two songs in the mix; Bobby Darin’s Somewhere Beyond the Sea and The Beach Boys Sloop John B.

And finally a mix of songs that I meditate upon. They are filled with joy, hope, love,and promise.


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How Good Music and Art Makes You Feel

Daily Prompt: Eye of the Beholder

Describe what it feels like to hear a beautiful piece of music or see a stunning piece of art.

No other piece of music moves me more than George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. I know of no other piece of music like it.

Sections of it cause me to think deeply and serenely while others lift me and make me feel joy and hope.

Sometimes I wonder what thought process was Gershwin pursuing when he came across the haunting melody and theme that repeats itself throughout. To me it defies all conventional melodies. It stands alone. There is nothing else by which to compare it.

Good music must lift one higher. It must take you to meadows, mountain tops, and allow you to soar among the clouds and swoop into verdant valleys. Good music makes you see and feel the delicacy of a flower’s petal and the power of an ocean wave. It is a warm smile, a gentle touch, a soothing word.

Music and art should always take you to a good place.

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue



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My Brain – The Musical

Some days it feels like your life is set to music.

Some days it feels like your life is set to music.

Daily Prompt: Earworm

What song is stuck in your head (or on permanent rotation in your CD or MP3 player) these days? Why does it speak to you?

Songs will pop in my head and stay depending on the mood.

Someday when I just want to relax and let the mind wander Dave Bruebeck’s Take Five runs through my head.

There are times when I do something so incredibly stupid it has to be memorialized in song, If I Only Had a Brain by the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz is cued up.

There are days when the wind parts the trees and holds them like the sail of ship. I imagine what it would be like on the sea skimming above the waves and slicing through the swells. On those day I can’t get The Sloop John B out of my brain.

There are four days out of the year that are so perfect they must be accompanied by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. There is a Spring day so fresh and green you nearly explode with joy. There are Summer days so sunny and warm you never want the sun to set. The vibrant hues of Fall warm your soul on crisp days. Gentle snows of winter tuck you away like a blanket on a blistering cold night.

When I think about home, family, old friends, and acquaintances The Beatles song In My Life is in the background.

There are many others, depending on the mood and so little time to explain, so “Sha na na na hey hey hey good bye.”

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My Music “Wild Thing”

Reg Presely, another ole rocker gone, but forever young.

Reg Presely, another ole rocker gone, but forever young.

This past week the lead singer of a group from the sixties died, Reg Presley of the Trogs.

There most famous song was Wild Thing. It is so reminiscent and descriptive of the times that it often appears as background music in several movies.

The group also had a string of other hits, but they never hit the big time anywhere near the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. Yet many of there songs are very good and instantly recognizable.

As for Reg Presley, he never got involved with drugs and he was married to the same woman for forty-seven years.

Right after Wild Thing was released a parody of the song by comedian Bill Minkin was recorded. It was done in the voice of Robert F. Kennedy. The voice and articulation are captured brilliantly.

First is the original by the Trogs and the parody.


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My Favorite Righteous Brothers’ Song

The Righteous Brothers and they were righteous, brother.

The Righteous Brothers and they were righteous, brother.

Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield formed the singing duet named the Righteous Brothers. There music was termed ‘blue-eyed soul.’ Indeed, there was something magical about the blend of their voices and the interpretation of the music. At times, one was left spell-bound, wondering if it was even appropriate to applaud.

Their style drew you in and immediately you felt what they felt. Their range was incredibly vast and diverse. I don’t know who or what to compare them with. They stand alone.

Several years ago when Bobby Hatfield was still living my youngest daughter purchased tickets for her, my wife, and I to see the Righteous Brothers in concert.

I don’t like concerts, but I was pumped for this one. I liked the Righteous Brothers and couldn’t wait.

To me, the first song you hear from a group or artist is ’the song.’ It is the one by which you judge the rest. The first song I heard by the Righteous Brothers was Little Latin Lupe Lu. To put it in my vernacular, “That song really cooks!”

Although my daughter at the time was in her early thirties I still vowed to embarrass her the same as I did when she was a teenager. “If they don’t start the concert with Little Latin Lupe Lu I’m standing up and yelling, ’Hey, I came to hear Little Latin Lupe Lu. Let’s hear Little Latin Lupe Lu.’”

For the next month my daughter and wife lived in mortal fear that such an outburst would bring untold embarrassment to them, our family name, and get me escorted form the concert.

On the way to the concert I continued to remind my daughter and wife what I was going to do if they didn’t open with Little Latin Lupe Lu.

Well that was the first song and my daughter stood, clapped her hands over her head, and yelled out, “Woh, woh!” I’m not so sure it was for the song or out of relief that the ole man wasn’t going to make a fool of himself.

I looked at her and said. “You are so embarrassing.”

Here is Little Latin Lupe Lu:

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Music That Makes Me Cry

images[3]I burst into tears when watching sad movies or a sad scene from a movie. The full emotional impact hits me just like the writer and director wants it; the very moment they want me to, I’m always on cue.

I’m emotional putty in their hands.

No musical ever made me cry like Carousel.

Every song is a masterpiece.

To me the whole musical is about living life in such a way you have few regrets and hold closely those who are most dear.

The Carousel Waltz is one of the most joyous songs I know. It is uplifting and bold.

There is no finer song about courage from a musical than You’ll Never Walk Alone. It inspires integrity, purpose, reflection, and meditation.

They don’t make ‘em like that any more.

Here is the Carousel Waltz and You’ll Never Walk Alone.


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