Thursday, October 11, 2012

Mass Blogging Event: Finding the Music in Life

Today’s post is in participation with Women On Writing’s mass-blogging event, Everybody is Talking About Finding the Music in Life. We are celebrating the release of Sonia’s Song by Sonia Korn-Grimani. To read Sonia’s post and follow our symphony of participating bloggers visit The Muffin at Share your comments on any participating blog for a chance to win a copy of Sonia’s Song!

(If you follow the link above you will learn about the amazing life story of Sonia Korn-Grimani who found strength and resilience through her musical talents to overcome heart-breaking circumstances resulting from the outbreak of World War II in her home of Germany and Belgium.  Next week Sonia will guest post here on the Power of Determination and Positive Thinking.)

Fortunately, my life has never known such difficulties.  For obvious reasons, that’s a good thing - especially since my musical talents are in short supply.  I did learn to play the flute in Elementary School and my claim to fame was being able to string a few notes together that sounded like the theme to the original Star Wars movies.  I once held a “concert” out my bedroom window when I lived in Orchard Court.  A couple of kids I didn’t know parked their bikes to stop and listen.  After repeating the same notes over and over again, I ran out of breath and the kids gave up on anything more.  These days, I can spin CDs quite well in my two decades old “boom box” and, on occasion, pop in an old cassette mix-tape.   

I happened upon an infomercial the other night when I should have been sleeping called the Music of Your Life.  For six payments of $24.95 plus shipping and handling you could own a crate of CDs that “will take you back”.  Though listening to the ten second snippets of songs was enjoyable, it didn’t take me back since I didn’t exist when most of these songs were popular.  And then, I thought, what would take me back?  I set out to “find the music in life”.  (Yes, I do realize the mass blogging event topic didn’t need to be taken literally – but what fun is that?)

Quiz time!  See if you can finish the following lyrics from songs of my youth from the late 80’s/early 90’s (I wish I could watch this infomercial):

  1. So your girlfriend rolls a Honda, playin' workout tapes by Fonda
    But Fonda ain't got a motor in the back of her Honda
    My anaconda don't want none …
  2. Ring the bell school's back in break it down
    (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh) (x4)
    Stop …
  3. She's dressed in yellow, she says "Hello,
    come sit next to me you fine fellow."
    You run over there without a second to lose
    And what comes next hey …
  4. If there was a problem
    Yo, I'll solve it
    Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it …
  5. Brass Monkey …
  6. I-pulled- up to a house about seven or eight
    I yelled to the cabbie Yo home, smell you later
    looked at my kingdom I was finally there
    to sit on my throne as …
  7. Now all the ladies in the place
    If you got real hair, real fingernails
    If you got a job, you going to school
    And y'all need nobody to help you handle your business…
  8. She says we've got to hold on to what we've got
    Cause it doesn't make a difference
    If we make it or not
    We've got each other and that's a lot
    For love –
  9. And the Funky Bunch helps me
    To bring you a show with no intoxication
    Come on feel …
  10. I came to get down.  I came to get down.  So, get out of your seats and …

  1. Unless you've got buns, hun (Baby’s Got Back, Sir Mix-A-Lot)
  2. Hammer time (M. C. Hammer)
  3. bust a move (Young MC)
  4. Ice ice baby (Vanilla Ice – who I heard is trying to make a come back!)
  5. that funky Monkey (Beastie Boys)
  6.  the prince of bel-air  (Will Smith)
  7. Make some noise (Let Me Clear My Throat, DJ Kool)
  8. well give it a shot  (Living on a Prayer, Bon Jovi)
  9. the vibration (Good Vibrations, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch)
  10.  jump around (House of Pain)
How did you do? 

Well, I found the music from one part of my life.  Here's a few notable mentions:
"We Are Family" that happened to come on the radio as we pulled into our driveway for the first time as a family of five the day we brought our twins home from the hospital.
"At Last" by request in honor of my brother and sister-in-law's wedding!
"Brown-Eyed Girl" by request for my favorite brown-eyed friend.
"You Decorated My Life" by Kenny Rogers - stop laughing, it was my wedding song.
"Friends in Low Places" because other than hip-hop, I did listen to a good bit of Garth Brooks.
"Margarita-ville" because I'd like to go there now.  Really insert any Jimmy Buffet song here.
"Three Little Birds" because it reminds me not to worry.

I'm still taking song requests... Comment here! 


  1. Oh gracious goodness, Audry! I couldn't remember a one! Guess I am getting old. Funny, my girls grew up in the 80's or 90's and I love music, but...

    Time's they are a changin'!

    1. Hah! You are talking to a child of the 80s! I knew ALL of those before I looked at the answers. I actually hoped you didn't post the answers so I could get a quiz right for once. LOL. That was fun, Audry!

  2. Hey Audry, great post! And even though I grew up WAY before you did, I actually knew a few of those songs...especially the Prince of Bel-Air! :) OH, and I loved your notable mentions, too!

  3. How funny, I was right in there! I am an 80's girl as well (well I LOVE 80's music if that counts). Thanks for a bit of nostalgia! x Steph

  4. Yeah, finally a quiz I didn't have to cram for to pass!! Loved your selections and they all took me back to different times. Thanks for the memories and making me smile! Xoxo


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