music

Song of the Day: Never Surrender, by Corey Hart

So if you’re lost and on your own
You can never surrender
And if your path won’t lead you home
You can never surrender
And when the night is cold and dark
You can see, you can see light
Cause no one can take away your right
To fight and to never surrender

(Lyrics from the song Never Surrender, by Corey Hart. It was popular during my college bartending days, which was also a peak time for MTV and music videos.)

Never Surrender, by Corey Hart

Mary Steenburgen after surgery: “My brain was only music”

From this people.com story:

When Mary Steenburgen woke up from minor arm surgery in 2007, her brain was “only music,” an odd result that lead her to a new songwriting career — and one that may earn her another Oscar.

The actress, 66, said that her brain felt out of control immediately after surgery.

“I felt strange as soon as the anesthesia started to wear off,” she told IndieWire. “The best way I can describe it is that it just felt like my brain was only music, and that everything anybody said to me became musical. All of my thoughts became musical. Every street sign became musical. I couldn’t get my mind into any other mode.”

(In a slightly related story, Scientific American has an article titled, The Hidden Dangers of Going Under.)

Vision Quest

Continuing my olde-tyme movie theme this week, in the movie Vision Quest, Matthew Modine — also known as Eleven’s father in Stranger Things — was 25 years old when the movie was filmed, though his character was supposed to be an 18 year old high school senior. And Linda Fiorentino was 26, when her character was 21 (“I’ve been 21 since I was 14”). I probably first saw this movie at a theatre in College Station, Texas.

Whenever I think of Madonna’s song Crazy For You, I think of this movie. Here’s the official video release of her song on YouTube, which is composed of scenes from the movie.

Vision Quest - 1

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Temporal Dominoes, by Marian Call

If you’re interested, you can listen to one of my favorite songs, Temporal Dominoes, by Marian Call, at this bandcamp.com link. I first heard of Ms. Call when I lived in Alaska, and she performed at Vagabond Blues in Palmer, Alaska. This song and another one she created called Anchorage are two of my favorite songs that I first heard in 2014. (Temporal Dominoes is very upbeat, Anchorage is more mellow, but I like them both.)

Stuff that will make you wonder about the nature of reality

When I woke up this morning I was very refreshed and my brain was quiet, so I decided to meditate. Shortly after that the room got a little busy, and then a terrific Michael Jackson song started playing. As I watched what was going on in the room and listened to the musicians and the lyrics, I realized it was a song that doesn't exist here in awakeland. Stuff like that will make you wonder about the nature of reality.

People Are People, Depeche Mode

Now you’re punching and you’re kicking
And you’re shouting at me
I’m relying on your common decency

So far it hasn’t surfaced
But I'm sure it exists

It just takes a while to travel
From your head to your fist

~ from the song, People Are People

Sinner’s Prayer lyrics (song by Sully Erna)

To love the right,
Yet do so wrong.

To be the weak,
Yet burn to be so strong.

Go rider, although your ride has been through lies.
Go rider, see your soul through the devil’s eyes.

If I could live my life again,
Would I live that life in sin?

Go rider, go ride into the night.
Go rider, now see your soul through a woman’s eyes.

I am sinner,
Hold my prayers up to the sun.
(Hold my prayers up to the sun.)

I am sinner,
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done.

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What have I done ...
(What have I done?)
What have I done?

I am sinner.
(I am sinner.)
Hold my prayers up to the sun.
(Hold my prayers up to the sun.)

I am sinner.
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done.
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done ...

~ Sinner’s Prayer, Salvatore P. “Sully” Erna

Maniac

On the ice-blue line of insanity
Is a place most never see
It’s a hard-won place of mystery
Touch it, but can’t hold it

You work all your life for that moment in time
It could come or pass you by
It’s a push-shove world
But there’s always a chance
If the hunger stays the night

It can cut you like a knife
If the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be

~ Michael Sembello

The meaning of the Alanis Morissette song, Thank You (Thank U)

This is my interpretation of the meaning of the Alanis Morissette song, Thank You (also known as Thank U). I don’t claim any special knowledge about the song; this interpretation of the lyrics is just based on my understanding of Zen and Buddhism, and also my practicing of yoga, specifically Iyengar yoga. If you’ve read some of the personal entries on this website, you know a lot of what I know.