Rock ‘n Roll Fridays ~ The Beatles

Welcome to Rock ‘n Roll Fridays brought to you by DJ KathyA.  Rock ‘n Roll Fridays is much like any other “question meme”, but their little “twist” is that each week they pick a singer, band, era or category and choose thirteen related songs.  Then each question is based on the song lyrics.

This is a special “double” meme in honor of being the last meme of the year. Happy New Year!

Today’s artists are:  The Beatles.

1. HARD DAYS NIGHT: “You know I work all day, to get you money, to buy you things, and it’s worth it just to hear you say, you’re gonna give me everything…”
Have you ever supported another person?

Emotionally or financially? Either way, the answer is yes.

2. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: “Nothing you can make that can’t be made. No one you can save that can’t be saved. Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time, it’s easy. All you need is love…”
What 3 things do you need besides love?

All I need is the air that I breathe … oh, sorry, wrong band. I think I’ll go with shelter, food, and water — just to prove to my college professors I was listening even if I did look like I was asleep.

3. BACK IN THE USSR: “Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it’s great to be back home…”
What is the most unusual place you have visited?

Hmmm …. Los Angelos?

4. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET?: “Listen, doo da doo, do you want to hear a secret? Do you promise not to tell?…”
What was the last secret you heard?

Well now, I can’t tell you that, can I? If I did my friends wouldn’t trust me any more and I pride myself on being highly trustworthy.

5. DRIVE MY CAR: “Baby you can drive my car. Yes I’m gonna be a star. Baby you can drive my car and maybe I’ll love you…”
When was the last time you drove someone else’s car?

If rentals don’t count, then it was over a year ago and the car belonged to Thom. I even wrote a post about it: Sunday Killed the Car.

6. EIGHT DAYS A WEEK: “I ain’t got nothing but love, babe. Eight days a week”…
What was the longest week of YOUR life?

Any week Amoeba is out of town and I can’t go with him.

7. GET BACK: “Jojo was a man who thought he was a loner, but he knew it couldn’t last. Jojo left his home in Tucson Arizona, for some California grass. Get back! Get Back! Get back to where you once belonged…”
Where do YOU belong?

Right here where I am!

8. GOOD MORNING GOOD MORNING: “Everyone you see is half asleep, and you’re on your own you’re in the street…”
What is your morning routine?

I am really enjoying our current morning routine, but it won’t last. Over the holidays I have been waking early, easing out of bed, going to the bathroom, then easing back into bed, cuddling up to Amoeba and going back to sleep until some scandalous hour like 8:00 or even 8:30! Generally Amoeba is up and dressed and wakes me about 7 a.m., at which point I build his breakfast and lunch, kiss him good-bye and wave him off to work. Then I check my email and my day’s to-do list and head for the shower.

9. HELLO GOODBYE: “I don’t know why you say goodbye I say hello, hello, hello…”
Who was the last person you said goodbye to that you look forward to saying Hello to again?

Amoeba — he just went to work.

10. YESTERDAY: “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay, oh I believe in yesterday…”
What was the best event of yesterday (the day before today)?

When the snow stopped falling, the coulds parted and the sun shone down. It was a dazzling scene.

11. WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU: “We were talking about the space between us all and the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion…”
Spiritually, do you believe in afterlife, reincarnation or nothing at all?

For God so loved the world … I hold the standard Christian beliefs, but don’t let that bother you. I try not to force them on others. Christians are supposed to be about loving their neighbors, not passing judgment, but a lot of folks who call themselves Christians disregard those parts of the Bible.

12. WHEN I’M 64: When I get older losing my hair, many years from now…will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine?…”
What was your favorite age to be?

I really liked my 40s. I had a handle on who I was and what I wanted in life, and a plan for getting it. I hadn’t yet been attacked by the aches and pains I carry now.

13. WE CAN WORK IT OUT: “Try to see it my way, do I have to keep on talking till I can’t go on? While you see it your way, run the risk of knowing that our love will soon be gone, we can work it out…”
What is the most drastic thing you ever did to try to save a relationship/friendship?

Huh. Fourteen years married to an alcoholic. What didn’t I do? I drug him out of bars, paid his child support, held house and home and hearth together protecting our wedding vows. I paid the rent. Lied to his employers, worked three jobs …. None of it mattered because the only thing he cared about was where his next drink was coming from.

14. THE NIGHT BEFORE: “We said our goodbyes the night before, Love was in your eyes the night before, Now today I find, you have changed your mind…treat me like you did the night before…”
Anything change drastically just overnight for you?

Yeah, when I tossed me ex- out of the house and reclaimed my self-esteem.

15. FOOL ON THE HILL: “But nobody wants to know him, they can see that he’s just a fool. And he never gives an answer but the fool on the hill sees the sun going down and the eyes in his head see the world going round…”
Were you ever teased or bullied in the past?

Bullied — every day of my marriage, but I didn’t know it until it was over and I was looking back.

16. SHE’S A WOMAN: “My love don’t give me presents, I know that she’s o peasant. Only ever have to give me, love forever and forever, my love don’t give me presents…”
What was the last gift your significant lover gave to you?

Tangible — a necklace. Intangible? Yesterday’s meme reduced me to insignificance. I couldn’t think of a single worthwhile thing I had accomplished on 2010 — nothing I could look back at and be proud of. Without missing a beat my love contradicted me and reeled off a whole list of things I had done to make him proud. His love and loyalty are the most precious and priceless gifts I have ever been given — and now you might have a better idea of why they are so valuable to me.

17. SEXY SADIE: “She came along to turn on everyone, sexy Sadie the greatest of them all, Sexy Sadie how did you know, the world was waiting just for you…”
What is sexy about your significant other?

His eyes, his smile, his sense of humor.

18. REVOLUTION: “You say you want a revolution, well you know, we’d all want to change the world…”
What would you change about the USA right now if you could (besides war)?

I would like honest politicians who say what they mean, and mean what they say.

19. PENNY LANE: “Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes, there beneath the blue suburban skies…
Tell us about your favorite street. It doesn’t have to be the one you live on now…

My favorite street only lives in my memories. It is the one I grew up on, and while you could go back and visit it and stand in front of the house I grew up in, the neighborhood is very, very different and no longer feels like home.

20. PAPERBACK WRITER: “It’s a thousand pages give or take a few, I’ll be writing more in a week or two. I can make it longer if you like the style, I can change it round and I want to be a paperback writer….”
What would your book be about if someone advanced you money to write one?

I’m currently working on a romance novel. Are you offering a contract?

21. NOWHERE MAN: “He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody..”
Who do you feel is clue-less?

In regard to what? Punny Monday? Thom!
In general? People who YELL at their kids to be quiet. Hello?!

22. NORWEGIAN WOOD: “She showed me her room, isn’t it good Norwegian wood?”
What piece of artwork or furniture are you most proud of?

Since we owned very little of it this time last year, I am proud of pretty much everything in my whole house!

23. MICHELLE: “I love you I love you I love you, that’s all I want to say, until I find a way, I will say the only words I know that you’ll understand…
Have you ever dated a non-US born person? (If you are from another country , have you dated anyone outside your borders?)

Not in any manor that one would consider significant — not long term or intimate relationships — but I have gone on dates with a couple of men who don’t hold US citizenship.

24. MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER: “Bang Bang Maxwells’ silver hammer came down on her head, bang bang Maxwell’s silver hammer made sure that she was dead…”
How would you like to die if given a choice?

Peacefully, in my sleep.

25. MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: “Roll up for the mystery tour. The magical mystery tour is waiting to take you away, waiting to take you away take you today…”
What was the last tour you went on?

The Kilauea Caldera tour at Volcano National Park on the Big Island in Hawaii.

26. LADY MADONNA: “Lady Madonna baby at your breast, wonders how you manage to beat the rest…”
How do you feel about public breast feeding?

It depends. I have seen it done with style and class and I have seen women flop-out their breasts in public for anyone and everyone to see. I have no problem whatsoever with the first type of woman, however it is my personal opinion that the women who choose the second option are more interested in attention and controversy than they are in nurturing their child.


Artist next week:



Coming soon:

The Beach Boys

Rock ‘n Roll Fridays ~ Simon and Garfunkel

Welcome to Rock ‘n Roll Fridays brought to you by DJ KathyA.  Rock ‘n Roll Fridays is much like any other “question meme”, but their little “twist” is that each week they pick a singer, band, era or category and choose thirteen related songs.  Then each question is based on the song lyrics.

Today’s artist is:

Simon & Garfunkel

1. A HAZY SHADE OF WINTER But look around, the leaves are brown, And the sky is a hazy shade of winter. Oh, seasons change with scenery, weaving time in a tapestry, Won’t you stop and remember me?
Do you think of someone special during Winter?
Me. I worry about whether or not I am warm and cozy.

2. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER When you’re down and out, When you’re on the street, When evening falls so hard I will comfort you. I’ll take your part.
What cheers you up?
Being warm and cozy! And if I am down despite being warm and cozy, I can count on my Amoeba to lift my spirits. He always seems to know just what to say to make me laugh and look for positives.

3. EL CONDOR PASA I’d rather be a forest than a street. Yes I would. If I could, I surely would. I’d rather feel the earth beneath my feet.
When was the last time you went barefoot in the grass?
About 15 minutes ago when I ran out to see how the electric candles look in the windows.

4. AMERICA Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, They’ve all come to look for America…
How do you entertain yourself during a traffic jam?
Hahahahaha! We live in a 15 mile by 20 mile island. We don’t have traffic jams. Our daily rush hour lasts 7 minutes.

5. SOUNDS OF SILENCE When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night And touched the sound of silence

What words would flash on your ideal neon sign?
The kitchen is closed!

6. 59th STREET BRIDGE SONG Got no deeds to do, No promises to keep. I’m dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep. Let the morning time drop all its petals on me. Life, I love you, All is groovy.
What was the last event that made you feel groovy?
I’m sorry, my grooves are private. That’s why we have doors and window blinds.

7. RICHARD CORY The papers print his picture almost everywhere he goes: Richard Cory at the opera, Richard Cory at a show. And the rumor of his parties and the orgies on his yacht! Oh, he surely must be happy with everything he’s got.
Do you make enough money to keep you happy?
Unemployed. You figure it out.

8. THE BOXER In the clearing stands a boxer, And a fighter by his trade And he carries the reminders Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
How do you feel about boxing as a sport?
I’m all for it — unless my opponent plans to swing back!

9. MRS ROBINSON Hide in the hiding place where no one ever goes. Put it in your pantry with your cupcakes. It’s a little secret just the Robinsons’ affair. Most of all you’ve got to hide it from the kids.
What was the last thing you hid from the kids or significant other in your home?
Generally I hide the car keys, but not on purpose ….

10. I AM A ROCK I have my books And my poetry to protect me; I am shielded in my armor,
What item protects you?
Secret Antiperspirant and Deodorant

11. KATHY’S SONG I hear the drizzle of the rain Like a memory it falls Soft and warm continuing Tapping on my roof and walls.
What is your least favorite thing about rain?
It always hangs out beneath gray skies.

12. HOMEWARD BOUND Home where my thought’s escaping, Home where my music’s playing, Home where my love lies waiting Silently for me.
What’s your favorite thing about your home?
It keeps me warm and cozy!

13. FIFTY WAYS TO LEAVE YOUR LOVER The problem is all inside your head, she said to me The answer is easy if you take it logically I’d like to help you in your struggle to be free There must be fifty ways to leave your lover
What was the worst way you ever left a lover?
I’ve tossed a lover out, but I have never left one.

Artist next week:
Coming soon:
Holiday Rock ‘n Roll Songs

Rock ‘n Roll Fridays ~ Tom Petty

Welcome to Rock ‘n Roll Fridays brought to you by DJ KathyA.  Rock ‘n Roll Fridays is much like any other “question meme”, but their little “twist” is that each week they pick a singer, band, era or category and choose thirteen related songs.  Then each question is based on the song lyrics.

Today’s artist is:

Tom Petty

1. AMERICAN GIRL: “Well, she was an American girl Raised on promises
She couldn’t help thinkin’ That there was a little more to life somewhere else”

Have you ever wanted to live somewhere else? Where?
Uhm, yes. I have lived in Idaho, Washington, California, Montana, Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii (Oahu). I currently live in Friday Harbor, WA and I hope to never move again!

2. BREAKDOWN: “Honey, I get the feeling you wont. There is no sense in pretending
Your eyes give you away, Something inside you is feeling like I do…”

Have you caught someone in a lie recently?

If I have it must not have been important because I don’t recall …

3. YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS: “People come, people go, Some grow young, some grow cold. I woke up in between, A memory and a dream”
Do you live in the past?

No. I like to visit fond memories from time to time, but I like my life here and now.

4. THE WAITING: “The waiting is the hardest part, Every day you see one more card
You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, The waiting is the hardest part”

What have you had to wait for?

Innumerable things. These days I am most often waiting for my significant other ….

5. STOP DRAGGIN MY HEART AROUND: “Baby you’ll come knocking on my front door
Same old line you used to use before. That’s the game, well… what am I supposed to do
I didn’t know what I was getting into”

Ever been a sucker?

Have you met my ex?

6. REFUGEE: “Honey, it don’t make no difference to me, Baby, everybody’s had to fight to be free…”
Have you ever been in a physical fight with another person?

Yep. Several. Generally when everything but the crying is over I am quite surprised and the only one in the room still standing and/or not cowering in a corner.   They say I’m not pretty when I’m mad. Luckily it has been years since I’ve done that.

7. LAST DANCE WITH MARY JANE: “Last dance with Mary Jane, One more time to kill the pain, I feel summer creepin’ in, And I’m tired of this town again…”
Have you ever tried marijuana or another illegal drug?

When I was a teen I smoked some pot with friends. I didn’t think it was any big deal. They were all giggling and laughing. I was nauseous and paranoid. Several hours later at home I developed a horrid rash. I said something to my elder sister and legal guardian about it. She looked at my arm and exclaimed, “You’ve been smoking pot!” I denied it. “Oh no I haven’t!” She said, “Yes you have. That’s the same rash I got when I tried it.”

8. INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN: “He met a girl out there with a tattoo too
The future was wide open. They moved into a place they both could afford
He found a night club he could work at the door”

Have you done something on the spur of the moment that worked out fine?

Many, many, many things — especially if there is adventure to be had!

9. HERE COMES MY GIRL: “Hey, here comes my girl, here comes my girl, Yeah, she looks so right, shes all I need tonight”
What do you need besides your significant other tonight?

Right now, nothing. Half the Pacific Ocean is between my love and I, and I just want him to come home!

10. HARD ON ME: “Maybe if I tried, I could turn the other cheek, Maybe, but how big do I have to be? I need someone To put their arm around me Shelter me from all harm…”
What is the worst thing you have forgiven someone for?

Killing my grandmother.

11. FREE FALLIN: “She’s a good girl, loves her mama, Loves Jesus and America too,  She’s a good girl, crazy ’bout Elvis, Loves horses and her boyfriend too…”
What are 6 things you love or are crazy about?

Jesus, Amoeba, my family, my camera, San Juan Island, and blogging.

12. EVEN THE LOSERS: “Baby, even the losers get lucky sometimes, Even the losers keep a little bit of pride. They get lucky sometimes”
Have you ever been a loser?

Divorced. I filed, but that doesn’t mean I won.

13. SHADOW OF A DOUBT: “With that little certain something, she’s a complex kid, And she’s always been so hard to get around. She always likes to leave me with a shadow of a doubt.”
What is the shadiest advice you have ever been told?

“Oh go ahead.  No one will ever know.”

Artist next week: SIMON & GARFUNKEL!

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Coming soon:

Paul Revere & the Raiders