Give me strength

Bloganuary Day 25: thankfully entering the final week. Write about what makes you feel strong. Maybe I just have a suspicious mind [no, really? – Ed.], but to me this sounds very much like another sneaky attempt by WordPress to elicit something cloyingly inspirational. Well it didn’t work last time and it’s not going to…

Song Lyric Sunday: In memoriam – ‘Mother’

Song Lyric Sunday this week is looking for songs written as tributes for someone. This heart-rending piece by John Lennon was the first example that came into my mind. I think it’s quite well known that John Lennon’s childhood was neither ‘normal’ or happy. Apart from the fact that he was born during a German…

Song Lyric Sunday: Resolute – ‘Stand by Me’

Jim’s theme for this week is faithfulness, with his illustrative key words being ‘resolute’, ‘staunch’ and ‘steadfast’. The song I’ve selected doesn’t use any of these words specifically, but certainly conveys their meaning. “Stand By Me’ is a much-loved, much covered classic. Arguably, the best-known version is that of Ben E King, who wrote it…

Song Lyric Sunday: Mental – ‘Mind Games’

For Song Lyric Sunday this week, Jim invites us to look inside our own heads for inspiration. After all, it’s where we all live – and play. We’re playing those mind games together Pushing the barriers planting seeds Playing the mind guerrilla Chanting the Mantra peace on earth We all been playing those mind games…

Song Lyric Sunday: Numbers – #9 Dream

There’s no shortage of songs featuring numbers to meet Jim’s criteria for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. When spoilt for choice I’m particularly likely to go for the first thing that popped into my head… ….but ‘Revolution #9′ off the Beatles’ White Album doesn’t really have lyrics. However, John Lennon’s ‘#9 Dream’ is much more…

Song Lyric Sunday: Depression – ‘Yer Blues’

This week’s prompts for Song Lyric Sunday are suitably downbeat signs of the times, relating to confinement, isolation and loneliness. Which reminded me of this ultra-heavy blues from The Beatles’ white album. Somewhat ironically, it was recorded with all four Beatles together in a very small room at Abbey Road: confinement perhaps, but certainly no…

Song Lyric Sunday: Namecheck – ‘God’

This week, Jim has posed a it of a tricky one for Song Lyric Sunday – a song that references the name of another group. I know that there’s a song out there somewhere that references a ‘Grateful Dead sticker on a Cadillac’ (is it The Eagles?), but I’m going for John Lennon here drawing…

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 25

I know that I’ve been following this 30-Day Song Challenge in six-days-at-a-time chunks, but I just had to let this one stand alone. 25 A song you like by an artist no longer living: ‘Happy Christmas (War Is Over)‘ “So this is Christmas” If only.  

Song Lyric Sunday: Truth – ‘Gimme Some Truth’

I do tend to take Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday prompts quite literally, so this week’s theme of ‘Truth’ needed a little self-discipline in order to avoid conflating ‘true’ with ‘truth’. Coincidentally, as I first saw Helen’s prompt this morning I was listening to Bob Dylan’s ‘True Love Tends To Forget’: a very fine song, but…