Friday, March 9, 2012

Write On Edge: Slap-happy Blues

Prompt: In honor of Davy Jones and the other artists who enhance our lives, this week’s Red Writing Hood prompt draws inspiration from music.  Go to This Day In Music, and discover what was number 1 on the charts in the United States, England or Australia the day you or your character was born, or any other special day in your/their life, if you prefer.  This was difficult for me, because I'm fighting something vaguely flu-like, and because I am still resentful that I didn't end up with a cooler song. 

Mr. Tambourine Man was the number one song in the US on the day that I was born.  I've resented the heck out of that for some time.  That such a sleepy song would herald my birth!  The song is about a wanderer, someone down at heel, who is looking for a little cheer from a musician.  Depressing!  I should have a strong, forceful song as a birth song!  Mr. Tambourine Man has nothing to do with me.

And yet...

I've wandered, dancing to my own internal rhythm,  through my childhood, and sashayed into adulthood.   I've stepped along my own paths, and music has drawn me through the light of the fields and the darkness of the forest.  I've danced behind musicians, my own Pied Pipers, and awakened full of vague regret.   And though I am tired, the music still calls to me, and then I forget about today until tomorrow.

Perhaps the song does have something to do with my life, after all. 



  1. Mine is Sugar,Sugar by the Archioes, which I do love, but aside from my candy infatuation, nt sure how relevant to life it is! Love how you spun your tambourine man!

  2. Mine isn't all that impressive either. Mac Davis - Baby Don't get Hooked on Me.... I agree that the songs should be something more powerful and memorable!

  3. I think you did a great job incorporating the song towards your life.

    I totally understand your frustration: my song was Sheena Easton's Morning Train (9 to 5) which featured the line "My baby takes the morning train, he works from nine till five and then / He takes another home again to find me waitin’ for him" - pretty much actively against everything I believe in!


    Barbara @ www(dot)derebus(dot)net/home, via WoE

  4. I'm at a disadvantage. Most music immediately before and on since my birth I don't recognize at all. My tastes have always been historic and epic. Jan and Dean, the Andrew Sisters, Mozart, stuff listed as "folk" because it's been around since man invented music. The fact I even recognize Mr. Tambourine Man is a fluke.

    Oh, I'm rambling.

    I love this simple take on the prompt. Excellent post!

  5. I didn't really like the song that popped up for my birthday but after I read the lyrics and some history of kinda worked for a story :)

  6. I actually like my song so it was easy to inspire me.
    I think you did a great job of using the song to describe you.


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