Saturday Night Serenade–Romantic September

It’s a rough weekend if you live in the Carolinas.  And it looks like Florence is going to push miles inland, impacting a huge swath of the east with tons of rain.  Take care, y’all, and pay attention to the what the authorities tell you.

The rest of us are looking on with our thoughts and prayers on this September weekend.  September always feels like fall to me, although fall doesn’t officially start until next week.

But I always picture leaves in brilliant colors, mugs of spiced cider, and people walking around in jackets.  That’s the way it was where I grew up in Tennessee.

Here in south Florida, the only fall color we get is in October, when the Methodist church puts a pumpkin patch on their front lawn.

I know everybody talks about special fall coffees, but I’m not a fan myself.  Mr. R wondered aloud this week if Pumpkin Spice was one of the Spice Girls.  I said yes, the round orange one.

Tonight, I’m feeling the romance of September, and I thought this song by the Corrs was fitting.

I hope wherever you are, you’re safe, dry, and surrounded by those you love.  Be sure to give them a hug.

And if you’re of a mind to, consider donating to hurricane relief.  It’s going to be a long haul for a lot of people.

Happy Saturday night!

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Saturday Night Serenade–A Slice of Awesomeness

This has been a shit week, I’m not going to lie to you.

You know the kind of thing I mean.  Everything, and I mean everything, has been ten times harder than it needed to be.  Money’s unbelievably tight, Mr. R’s real estate clients have been ridiculously difficult, he has a dental problem and of course, we have no insurance.

The cherry on top is that Facebook, where I’ve spent the last three years building my Pandora Spocks author brand, has decided that because they are ‘concerned for my security’, they’re locking my account until further notice.  How’s a ginger supposed to sell books?  (By the way, you can follow my official Pandora Spocks website: PandoraSpocksAuthor.com.)

It’s getting to the point where when something else goes wrong, we just kind of laugh, because what else are you going to do?

Then along came this little slice of awesomeness, like comfort food for the soul.  Paula Abdul was on The Late Late Show with James Corden and she ROCKED Straight Up, her hit from 1988.  That’s 30 years, y’all.  80s music makes me so happy!

It was exactly what I needed to help me believe that there would be light at the end of this tunnel.  You know what I mean?

I hope you’re enjoying this September weekend.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

P.S. I’m including a bonus.  Do you still gotta fight for your right to pity party?  Asking for a friend.  😉

Saturday Night Serenade–Reflection

Michael Jackson would have been 60 this past week.
That’s hard to imagine.  He was 50 when he died, but he always seemed child-like to me.

I know…  There were all sorts of sordid stories and allegations.  And maybe they’re true.  Probably they are.  And we know there were drug issues.  The ‘King of Pop’, who literally had all the money to buy anything his heart desired, lived a sad life.

But for all of that, he struck me as a person of compassion.  Tonight’s song, Man in the Mirror, is heart-felt and touching.  He sings about making the world better by starting with yourself.  It’s interesting that in the official video, Michael Jackson, arguably the most famous man on the planet at the time, does not actually appear.

We lost another American icon this week, a rare man of character, honor, and conviction.  Whatever your politics, I don’t think it can be argued that John McCain is a true hero.  He served his country as a naval aviator, and spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war for his trouble, refusing to accept an early release, choosing instead to honor the first captured, first released rule.

After he returned, he spent the rest of his life as a rare politician, voting his convictions over what was politically expedient in the moment.  He understood the concept of agreeing to disagree, and the value of working with those of differing opinions toward a common goal.

I believe that at the end, he was a man at peace with the man in the mirror.
He is an enduring reminder that we, as Americans, should aspire to more.

I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday weekend.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

A l’il bonus, just because…

 

Saturday Night Serenade–Wait. What?!

You know you’re getting old when Publix starts playing kick-ass music.

Yesterday, Mr. R and I were tooling around where ‘shopping is a pleasure’ when this song came on.   We found ourselves in the pet food aisle, both of us singing along to Wilson Phillips’ gorgeous harmonies.  I love this song.  But then I started listening to the words.

This is not a happy little song.  It’s about a couple breaking up, and one party won’t let go of the other.  Suddenly, we’re thinking about gaslighting, stalking, and restraining orders.

“Release Me”

I know that it’s time for a change
Mmm but when that change comes
Will you still feel the same?How many times have I tried to turn this love around?
I don’t want to give up
But baby it’s time I had two feet on the ground
Can you release me
Can you release me
Now that you’re gone I can’t help myself from wondering
Oh, if you’d have come down from your high
Would we’ve been all right?
Release me
Can you release me

[Chorus:]
Come on baby, come on baby
You knew it was time to just let go
‘Cause we want to be free
But somehow it’s just not that easy
Come on Darlin’, hear me Darlin’
‘Cause you’re a waste of time for me
I’m trying to make you see
That baby you’ve just got to release me
Release me
Release me
I’m not going back to you anymore
Finally my weakened heart is healing though very slow
So stop coming around my door
‘Cause you’re not gonna find
What you’re looking for

[Chorus]

What is this power you’ve got on me
What is this power, Oh
What is it,What is it

[Chorus]

Release me
Will you release me
Ah…Release me
Will you release me

But those tight Wilson Phillips harmonies sell it.  So I guess I don’t mind.

I hope you’re enjoying a fantastic weekend, the last one of August.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

P.S. As long as we’re at it, why not enjoy the ultimate stalkers’ anthem as well?  😉

Saturday Night Serenade–R.E.S.P.E.C.T. for the Queen

We lost the Queen of Soul this week.
As sad as we are, the remembrances have been uplifting.  Who didn’t love Aretha Franklin?

She transcended musical genre, gender, race, and politics.  She was born in Memphis in 1942, but lived most of her life in Detroit.  She won 18 Grammys over the course of her career and was the first-ever female artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Tonight’s first song is Chain of Fools, one of my favorites.  It featured prominently in the John Travolta movie Michael, but I chose this 50 year old television performance of the song.

I also couldn’t resist this joyous version of Think from 1980’s Blues Brothers.

So how about you?  What’s your favorite?  Comment below and keep the respect going.

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Man, It’s a Hot One

August is so hot!
You watch the national weather and you see places where the actual temperature is over 100 for days at a time.  I’ve seen unimaginable temps in Europe, too.  It’s crazy.  Here in south Florida, it’s hot, although not in the 100s.  But I do appreciate air conditioning, for sure.

Smooth by Santana and Rob Thomas is the perfect song for a hot summer night.  I’m loving this live version, although the official video really captures the mood I’m talking about tonight.

I hope you’re relaxing someplace pleasant, maybe enjoying a nice cool drink and appreciating these dog days of summer.  Be sure to hug those you love.

Happy Saturday night!