8/29/07

What is your life’s musical score?



What is your life’s musical score? What love song would you leave to your partner/husband/wife? What song would you leave to your children?


This was my Tuesday Question and here are your answers! I want to thank all of you who participated in answering yesterday's question.
You did a fantastic job of answering some pretty tough questions. The act of blogging involves many bizarre, funny, wacky, different, entertaining, and sometimes serious personalties, but everybody can relate to music and the words that go with it.

Bob Dylan said,
"There is no music without the words" which I think serves as a metaphor for life, because for me there is no music in our lives without our words.
I am amazed at how close I feel toward other bloggers simply by opening up to them with my words.

When getting to know people on the internet, we lack the help of a familiar smile, and the mental telepathy shared in the look on a friend's face.

On the other hand, the art of writing is the most personal form of self-expression and bloggers write everyday, so we may be better friends for it. Writing requires putting yourself out in the open, and taking the risks involved, in much the same way we do with friendship. That is why I wanted to use the words associated with music to get to know all of my new friends better. I hope you found some blogs in my comments that you've never visited before, and if not, learned more about the writers behind the blogs that you know.

The following comments are so expressive and thought provoking you will be moved for sure. They were written by some of the best writers writing blogs out there in the land of blogging. I am lucky to have met such a great group of people, especially so early in my blogging career . Thank- you again for the entertaining days in the sun, and for allowing me to get to know you better! Here are your comments, enjoy,

My very first comment is from my good friend and wonderful poet Jos from NoDirectOn(not:NoDirection)



Jos said...

Oh boy, this is a hard one. I'll have to go back and do some thinking and listening for this. Music is even more important to me than writing or reading, or even blogging..lol!
To rephrase Bob Dylan: Without music, there would be no Jos.
It's is nice to see that all of the music you've mentioned before on your blog, like Mick Jagger, The Monkees, Dylan, S&G, Bread, etc., are apparently just as much 'top of mind' for you as they are for me, eventhough I grew up on the other side of the world. Music really has become a global/generation thing, hasnt it? And I like that.
Anyway, I'll drop in later. First I am going to listen to some fine music. Thanks for this question, Ann. It starts my day with music. :)

August 28, 2007 3:25 AM


Jos does come back , and he is not the only one who leaves for while to collect his thoughts, read on and see how the rest of my buddies do the exact same thing!

It's too funny.

Jos said...

Oh boy, this is a hard one. I'll have to go back and do some thinking and listening for this. Music is even more important to me than writing or reading, or even blogging..lol!
To rephrase Bob Dylan: Without music, there would be no Jos.
It's is nice to see that all of the music you've mentioned before on your blog, like Mick Jagger, The Monkees, Dylan, S&G, Bread, etc., are apparently just as much 'top of mind' for you as they are for me, eventhough I grew up on the other side of the world. Music really has become a global/generation thing, hasnt it? And I like that.
Anyway, I'll drop in later. First I am going to listen to some fine music. Thanks for this question, Ann. It starts my day with music. :)

August 28, 2007 3:25 AM

Here are his comments upon his return:

Jos said...

To the Love of My Life I would like to leave Elton John's Your Song:

It's a little bit funny this feeling inside
I'm not one of those who can easily hide
I don't have much money but boy if I did
I'd buy a big house where we both could live

If I was a sculptor, but then again, no
Or a man who makes potions in a travelling show
I know it's not much but it's the best I can do
My gift is my song and this one's for you

Jos said...

I'm sorry, I got cut of there...

As for the musical score of my life, I actually first thought of a song from Bob Dylan's great album No Direction Home (which has something to do with the name of my blog, too, but has to remain a secret:)
It's called The Chimes Of Freedom, and it somehow alays is with me, since it first came out. Here Goes:

Far between sundown's finish an' midnight's broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing
Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An' for each an' ev'ry underdog soldier in the night
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

(I'm a bit afraid your blogs gets an overload, today)

For my children (and actually really for EVERYBODY's CHILDREN, I would like to leave this one. You know who that is:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

-Jos

August 28, 2007 10:17 AM


Thank you Jos and Tuesday's Question wouldn't be the same without you! (And on the other hand, I'm not sure I would neither)

Dawn From Twisted Sister Totally Pissed Off is one of my first blogging buddies and a very prolific writer.

insanity-suits-me (Dawn) said...

this requires a little thought... i shall return!

August 28, 2007 7:33 AM


Dawn left , but she does return later...

Which was too funny, but then again this is Dawn from Twisted Sister Totally Pissed Off!

Here is what Dawn said when she returned:

insanity-suits-me (Dawn) said...

This is so hard!!! My life's musical score is subject to change from day to day!
Some days it could be: Torn by Natalie Imbruglia
"Im all out of faith, this is how I feel - Im cold and I am shamed lying naked on the floor - Illusion never changed into something real - Im wide awake and I can see the perfect sky is torn..."

And then other days...
"Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long
If you're going my way
I wanna drive it all night long..."

Maybe I have multiple personality disorder.. he he

The song I would leave to my daughter would be "The Lion Sleeps Tonight", because I'd want her to know that I am always watching over her and keeping her safe.

"Hush my darling, don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight
Hush my darling, don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight"

"Hush my darling, don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight
Hush my darling, don't fear my darling
The lion sleeps tonight"

The song I would leave for my partner...
The Promise by Tracy Chapman
"If you wait for me then Ill come for you
Although Ive traveled far
I always hold a place for you in my heart
If you think of me, if you miss me once in awhile
Then Ill return to you
Ill return and fill that space in your heart

Remembering
Your touch
Your kiss
Your warm embrace
Ill find my way back to you
If youll be waiting
If you dream of me like I dream of you
In a place thats warm and dark
In a place where I can feel the beating of your heart"

August 28, 2007 9:35 AM

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Isn't that one of the greatest! Thanks again Dawn!

Ellen from Non-Profit Communication blog

Ellen said...

Hi Ann,


what a beautiful, beautiful question.. I do love music, it gives me strength, gives me joy, gives me energy at times of distress..
I must honestly say I'm almost afraid to answer it, just like your picture seems to indicate. It does get rather personal ;-))..

But here goes..
The story of my life:
Bette Middler's - The Rose:

It's the heart afraid of breaking

that never learns to dance.
It's the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance.
It's the one who won't be taken,
who cannot seem to give,
and the soul afraid of dyin'
that never learns to live.

The story I would like to leave my partner:

Bette Middler - Wind Beneath my Wings



Did you ever know that you're my hero,

and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
for you are the wind beneath my wings.

It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.

After leaving this comment, Ellen from Positive Communication
left for awhile too!

However, she did return later with this :

Ellen said...

@Christy: Fame.. wow, I love it!! thanks!(good old memories coming back..)
Won't be able to get that one out of my head for a couple of days, though ;-)..

Sorry Ann, this question on what to leave my kids just doesn't seem to wanna leave my mind.. And well, just remembered that I already dedicated a song to my daughter (on my Dutch blog). It's India Arie's Video (though Strenght, Courage and Wisdom would do very fine too..):
I'm not the average girl from your video
and I ain't built like a supermodel
But I Learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I'm not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I'm wearing I will always be India Arie


Read Christy's hilarious answer;

Christy, from Christy's Coffeebreak

Ann, this is the most awesome question ever, wow, I love it! It's neat to see what songs people are choosing. I am choosing what has been my "Christy Anthem" since I was twelve years old. It always lifts me up and puts me in that "I can touch the stars" mood. Feel free to laugh hysterically but it's.....

Fame (Everyone knows Fame right?)

Baby look at me
And tell me what you see
You ain't seen the best of me yet
Give me time I'll make you forget the rest

I got more in me
And you can set it free
I can catch the moon in my hands
Don't you know who I am

Remember my name
Fame

I'm gonna live forever
I'm gonna learn how to fly
High

I feel it coming together
People will see me and cry
Fame

I'm gonna make it to heaven
Light up the sky like a flame
Fame

I'm gonna live forever
Baby remember my name

Remember
Remember
Remember

Baby hold me tight
Cause you can make it right
You can shoot me straight to the top
Give me love and take all I've got to give

Baby I'll be tough
Too much is not enough
I can ride your heart til it breaks
Ooh I got what it takes

Fame
I'm gonna live forever
I'm gonna learn how to fly
High

I feel it coming together
People will see me and cry
Fame

I'm gonna make it to heaven
Light up the sky like a flame
Fame

I'm gonna live forever
Baby remember my name
Fame

Okay now I have to go and listen too it, lol. (Leaping through the air).

August 28, 2007 1:58 PM


Another best buddy blogger and the queen of Tuesday's question, with her moving selections
Sandee (Comedy +) said...

What is your life’s musical score?

Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers.

What love song would you leave your partner/husband/wife?

Because You Loved Me - Celine Dion

What song would you leave your children?

I'll Be Seeing You - Vera Lynn

August 28, 2007 2:51 PM

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Thank you Sandee, and you have a lucky family!

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11 comments:

Jos said...

Thanks, Ann. Your introduction is simply great!
And it must have taken a lot of effort to cram all our comments in your today's post!
It was a difficult question indeed, but a fun one. I almost spent a whole day on the floor surrounded by my old records. And I am still not sure if I entered the right selection, lol!
Thanks again and go easy on us next tuesday :))

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

Jos, That is so incredibly nice to say about my introduction. I just finished editing it for the fourth time! LOL I think I'm tired and I do not get tired easily. I will go easier on all of us on next Tuesday's question! lol Thank you for already planning on attending, you're great! I hope you read the edited post. You might want to read it again. I had to go back and link the blogs and fixed some glaring mistakes. I sure hope you read the right one. :)

Thanks for everything Jos!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I agree with Jos that this was a tough one, but it was fun. I did think about this question long after I posted my responses. I also enjoyed everyone elses responses as well. Okay, Christy's cracked me up and I still can't get that song out of my head.

You said I have a lucky family. No, I'm the lucky one to have the family I have. Have a great day Ann. :)

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

Thank you Sandee for your kind comments, and I'm glad you had fun even if it was hard. My question next week is much easier I promise.

I know what you mean about Christy and that song too! It was in my head all day yesterday too. Really funny image though! Thanks for playing again Sandee! You have a great day too!

Ann

Ellen said...

Hi Ann, thanks for coming up with yet another beautiful question, and even more for such really beautiful prose to introduce all the reactions!

It definitely was great fun for me to do too, it was really heartwarming to spend some time to contemplate on the right words to say to the ones I love so much.
Music is incredibly important in my life too, and I enjoyed going through my favorites to pick the right ones, as well as reading (and hearing!!) other people's favorites.
A BIG sincere THANK YOU!!

Looking forward to your next question!!

Ellen
p.s. I've been kind of searching for the right 'direction' of my blog, and think/hope I've found it. It required a change in the name of my blog though.. It's called 'Positive Communication' now. (Please don't start changing this post yet again on my account, but just to let you know..)

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

Ellen, Thank you for your nicely articulated comment. It was kind of you to compliment my prose, after reading how many times I edited today. I read somewhere that E.B.White had to give his daily column to his family to mail quickly after he wrote it, because he wouldn't have stopped editing it. He would have gone crazy blogging. I'm surprised I didn't notice your blogs name change already. I was just there a few days ago. I think you are going in a smart direction and will be more than happy to correct my over sight. Have a nice day Ellen! :)
Ann

Christy said...

Thanks Ann, lol. Just remember when you guys have the Fame song stuck in your head don't forget to think of me standing on a picnic table somewhere (on my tippy toes )reaching for the stars!!!!

Rofl!

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

Christy, You are going to live forever! Thank you for making my readers laugh! I crack up every time I get the image of you reaching to the stars singing fame. It is the funniest imagery. Everyone who read it saw that image in their minds eye for the rest of the day!

Thank you again for a fantastic contribution to Tuesday's Question.

Ann

Jos said...

Hey Ann, Of course I came back and read the final version, even if it's in the middle of the night, now. I HAD to come back to see everybody-else's comments, since I was the early bird and there were no worms when I flew in. (sorry guys, I don't Really see you as worms, lol)
Now you did start to worry about editing, I guess I'd better not tell you how often those 30 odd words that I put on A Hint Of Poetry last night were edited. "Them writing people, all the same..." ;)
There is ONE thing I absolutely must not forget to tell:
I LOVE THAT DRAWING you've put at the top. LOL!!! It's WILD! Be sure to use that one moreoften, Ann! It would make a Great Logo for your next Link Love post ;0
Thanks as ever for letting us play, thanks for the links, thanks for your niced wrapping it up just now. Take care, blog-author- buddy! :)

Blog Author Ann Clemmons said...

Thank you blog author buddy-

Ann

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