Monday, October 23, 2017

Music Moves Me - Mondegreens

Have you been guilty of mishearing song lyrics? I suspect that all of us have.  I've even blogged about it a couple of times in the past, but this one will be a little different.

Last week, on Music Moves Me, I erred and blogged on the wrong theme.  This week's theme is music about vehicles such as cars, trucks, and (OK, I made this one up) motorcycles.  I blogged about them last week, so I was told it was OK to blog about anything I wanted.   So, how about mondegreens (with a song or two about cars and motorcycles thrown in?)

Did you know that misheard lyrics have an interesting name.   Mondegreens:  "a misunderstood or misinterpreted word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of the lyrics of a song."  The origin of this expression apparently was coined by a woman, Sylvia Wright , who misheard a lyric of an old (possibly 17th century) Scottish ballard as a child: "The Bonnie Earl of Moray".  (I've seen it spelled various ways online, by the way).

Here are some of the lyrics (and if this history of the term does not interest you, feel free to skip down to the rock songs):

Ye Hielan's an' ye Lowlan's
O, where have ye been?
They hae slain the Earl of Moray
And lain him on the green...
(the full lyrics can be found here).

The poor bonnie Earl o' Moray, laid on the green, somehow had morphed into Lady Mondegreen.

A number of websites exist for the purpose of discussing song lyrics and allowing people to discuss lyrics that other people have misheard.  

Just the other day, I was listening to a radio DJ explain that one of her listeners misheard the Go-Go's lyrics "Our Lips are Sealed" as "Alice the Seal". 

The king of mondegreen songs may be "Blinded by the Light", written by Bruce Springsteen.  How I love the cover done by Manfred Mann's Dirt Band, but I can barely understand any of its lyrics. This video includes the lyrics.

One of the lines, in particular, gives many people problems:  "Revved up like a deuce/another runner in the night".(I won't entertain you with what people think they are hearing - use your imagination.)  This interview explains more of the lyrics.

So there, a car song.  A "deuce", I have read, refers to a 1932 Ford Coupe, a car that was a favorite of hot rodders.  The "deuce" is the two in the year of manufacture.

Speaking of Bruce Springsteen, how about Born to Run, and its several mentions of motorcycles and cars? 

Here are some other songs containing mondegreens.
Is Elton John really singing "Hold me Closer, Tony Danza"?

Queen isn't singing "Kicking your cat all over the place" in We Will Rock You, but, for years, I thought they were.
No, there's no bathroom on the right in Bad Moon Rising, by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

I end today with one of the most hilarious sendups of songs that can't be understood (sorry, Nirvana fans) in history:  Weird Al's Smells Like Nirvana.

Do you have any favorite mondegreens?

Join this #MusicMovesMe blog hop every Monday - here are the people responsible for it:
X mas Dolly is the Conductor of this trip, and the other Conductors are her fellow bloggers Callie of JAmerican Spice, ♥Stacy of Stacy Uncorked♥  and Cathy from Curious as a Cathy.

Day 23 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Post Number 2900 And Six Things I've Learned Along the Way

This my 2900th blog post.
Me, my shadow, and some gourds, October 2017
How did I do it?

I started my blogging journey in April of 2009 and have been blogging daily since late April of 2011.  It's been quite a journey.

I hope I have become a better writer, and a better photographer in those seven plus years.

But I would never have been able to do it without you, my readers, or the leaders of various blogging challenges I have participated in for many years.  Those challenges taught me discipline.

I enjoy spending part of the day visiting other bloggers from all over the world - my native United States, Canada, India, Australia, South Africa, and other countries.  I have learned so much from you.

So, instead of celebrating me...I celebrate you.

Here are some of the things I've learned along the way.
1.  Have a plan for what you want to accomplish with your blog.  I didn't.  I had to pick it up along the way.

2.  Be true to yourself.  Blog about what you have a passion for.  Your readers will pick up lack of passion in a hurry.

3.  Cultivate your readers.  Respond to comments (one of my weaknesses, and a habit that's fallen along the wayside, especially this month when both my spouse and I were dealing with physical issues).  People want to know they are valued.

4.  Pictures and videos both enrich a blog.  But if you use pictures, and they aren't yours, make sure it is legal to use those pictures!

5.  Use a blogging platform that is user friendly, at least, until and if you outgrow it.  I had a cousin's husband who was given one as a gift, and it was so frustrating, he never really used the gift he was given.

And finally:
6. Don't obsessively check your stats.  For what I am trying to accomplish, I would rather have a few, loyal readers, and that is what I have.  Do what works for you, but also, please, have fun along the way.
Yes, have fun along the way!

So thank you, my readers, for sticking with me during this journey.  I appreciate everyone of you who visits my blog.

Thank you for enabling me to get to my 2900th post!

Day 22 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Local Saturday - Meet the Cows

These pictures were taken two Saturdays ago at a Tioga Farm/Art Trail open house at Engelbert Farms near Nichols, New York.

As far as they know, this farm is the oldest organic certified dairy in the United States.The land has been in possession of this family for well over 100 years.
Here are some of their "girls". The barn they are in, by the way, is a shelter.  The cows have free access to the outdoors. 
A farmer feeds a cow.

The milking parlor, which is antiquated, but fulfills the needs of the farm.

As I spoke with one of the family, and met some more family members, it became obvious just how hard these farmers work. Dairy farming is quite labor intensive, apart from the fact that cows must be milked twice a day, each and every day.  

Engelbert makes, among other products, various delicious organic cheese products.  They are a bit expensive, but we also buy their cheese from time to time.  If you ever wonder why these products are expensive, you should meet, and talk with, a small farmer.

As we left, the family member giving us the tour said "Feel free to ask questions anytime!"

It is a wonderful thing to meet and talk to a food producer, to see where your food really comes from, and how hard these farmers work to put food on your table.  And if Dutch Hills Creamery (whom I blogged about last Saturday) can not get back into operation after a disastrous fire (I've been told informally they will not try to make a comeback), our community will be poorer for that.

Support a local farmer today!

Day 21 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not Unlucky - Skywatch Friday

A Friday the 13th (last Friday, to be exact) sunrise as seen from NY17 near Binghamton, New York. 
I was a passenger so I was able to enjoy it at my leasure.

And this is what was waiting for me when I got to Binghamton, taken from a second story. 

Friday the 13th was far from unlucky as far as the sunrise.

Do you watch the sky? Join Yogi and other bloggers at #SkywatchFriday

Day 20 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday - The First Ice and the Last Flowers

I hope the blog post title didn't scare you.

No, I'm not trying to take a breather from the Ultimate Blog Challenge, although I had to drop out of another October challenge I was participating in, because "life happened".

Sadly, "life happened" to way too many people, including the daughter of someone I work with. The daughter lives in Santa Rosa.  Her house was spared but conditions are so terrible it is almost unbelievable.

There are millions of other people who could say the same thing.

I try to keep my blog an oasis to refresh oneself in.

But I decided to republish part of a blog post of October 12, 2012 today because that winter - which turned out to be quite harsh - is so unlike this fall, with its plethora of temperatures in the 60's and 70's.  Although much of this area had its first frost on Monday, our house escaped, as did where I work in downtown Binghamton, New York.

So, first, some pictures of the last couple of days.  And then, let's go back to October 12, 2012.

Is the weather telling us we will have a mild winter? Or are we in for something terrible?

Beautiful but, hey, this was taken on October 17.  Not that I'm complaining.  The tree to the left is a magnolia hardy in this area.  Hardly a sign of turning.

Not much fall here in downtown Binghamton, New York.  Trees are losing leaves without much color. Here, again on October 17, a tree is half bare and half "meh".
And the roses bloom on.

How about five years ago October 12?

The First Ice and the Last Flowers

In 1492, Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue.  But in 2012, on what used to be Columbus Day, we started our day in Binghamton, NY with ice pellets and ended up with a mad dash to get plants under cover for a predicted hard freeze.

A hard freeze - we haven't even had a frost yet!

Ice pellets?

Early spring, early fall.  And there is an old folk belief that the earlier the first hard freeze, the harsher the winter.
(Civil War monument, Courthouse Lawn, Binghamton, NY 10-12-12, photo courtesy of AM)
And a scene near where I took the pictures on October 17, 2017.

Now what?  It's scary, because the weather is out of control, and no one knows what will come next.

Day 19 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fall Fancies - Underperforming

Pictures taken the past week where I live in upstate New York.

We escaped a frost yesterday.  Now our mild fall is trying to make a comeback, but at the expense of fall beauty.  The trees are under-performing.  This picture was taken yesterday in downtown Binghamton, New York.
Taken Saturday in Maine, this area is a frost pocket.
Pumpkins a'plenty.
More winter squash, and ornamental corn.

Day 18 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sweet Painted Ladies

As I blog this, we are likely to have our first frost. The temperature is hovering around 35, but may drop lower.

As I rode home last night, I mentally said goodnight to the flowers that may be history by the time you read this.

So many flowers, so little time to say goodbye.

Last month, my "guest photographer" took pictures of painted lady butterflies on zinnias.  Let us say goodbye to the red zinnias.
The pink zinnias.
The yellow zinnias.
Switching to some of my pictures - dahlias.
And it isn't just flowers.  Check out this coleus.

Goodnight garden.

Goodnight June.

Goodnight warm nights watching the moon

Time for the frost

Time for the pumpkins

Time to get out the winter coats and shovels.

Day 17 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge #blogboost