March Writing Challenge- Day 22: What’s Your Personal Anthem Or Theme Song?


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When you are someone like me who an extreme music lover, you don’t normally have a personal anthem or theme song; well, you don’t necessarily have one.

I like to think of them as my go-to songs. Songs that speak not only to my heart but my soul. Songs that describe me as closely as any song can. The songs that’ll make you want to dance, the good ole today’s type of songs, because I’m not really feeling today’s music or dance.

And a few of those songs are (and their partial lyrics):

1.Fantasia- I Believe

I can see it in the stars across the sky
Dreamt a hundred thousand dreams before
Now I finally realize
You see I’ve waited all my life
For this moment to arrive
And finally
I believe
When you look out in the distance
You see it never was that far
Ohh-no
Heaven knows your existence
And leads you to be everything you are
Ohh
There’s a time for every soul to fly
It’s in the eyes of every child
It’s the hope, the love that saves the world
And, ohh, we should never let it go
I can see it in the stars across the sky (yeah-yeah-yeah)
Dreamt a hundred thousand dreams before
Now I finally realize
You see I’ve waited all my life
For this moment to arrive
And finally
Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah
I believe in the impossible
If I reach deep within my heart, yeah
Overcome any obstacle
Won’t let this dream fall apart
See, I strive to be the very best
Shine my light for all to see
Cause anything is possible
When you believe

—Written by: Sam Watters, Tamyra Gray & Louis Biancaniello, 2005

  1. Lenny Kravitz- Fly Away
I wish that I could fly
Into the sky
So very high
Just like a dragonfly
I’d fly above the trees
Over the seas in all degrees
To anywhere I please, oh
I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I want to get away
I want to fly away
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Let’s go and see the stars
The Milky Way or even Mars
Where it could just be ours
Let’s fade into the sun
Let your spirit fly
Where we are one
Just for a little fun
Oh, oh, oh yeah…
——Lenny A. Kravitz, 1998
3. Madonna- Human Nature
Express yourself don’t repress yourself
Express yourself don’t repress yourself
—Madonna, 1995
 
4. India Arie- Video
Now don’t be offended this is all my opinion
Ain’t nothing that I’m saying law
This is a true confession
Of a life learned lesson
I was sent here to share with y’all
So get in when you fit in
Go on and shine
Clear your mind
Now’s the time
Put your salt on the shelf
Go on and love yourself
Cause everything’s gonna be alright
I’m not the average girl from your video
And I ain’t built like a supermodel
But I learned to love myself unconditionally
Because I am a queen
I not the average girl from your video
My worth is not determined by the price of my clothes
No matter what I’m wearing I will always be
India.Arie
What is your personal anthem or theme song(s)?
Thanks for reading!

#MusicMonday- Cat’s In the Cradle #harrychapin


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There is something about folk music that always makes me feel some kind of way. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia of it and the deep meaning behind the lyrics of those songs. The type of music that isn’t played much these days—that I know of.

Cats In The Cradle is a folk song sung by Harry Chapin. It is also written by him and his wife, Sandy. This song has been one of those songs that had lived on in nearly everyone’s hearts. It’s a song about a father wanting to spend more time with his son, but the demands of life make it hard for him to be the father he wants to be. And when he does find the time, it is much later in his life, and then his son doesn’t have the time or can’t find the time to spend with his father.

The lyrics are true because there are times when we (or we know someone who) are so busy with life that we/they don’t seem to find the time to spend with our/their significant other, family, or friends.

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The love for our family, friends, or what have you, isn’t weigh or tested by how much we spend time with them. It is finding the time for the certain ones who are worthy of our time. Though for a child, sometimes, it can be hard for a parent to find the time to spend with their child(ren) because most are so busy working because we want to give them the best life possible.

We have to remember that time waits for no one. Time is something we all can’t get back. Not everyone deserves our precious time, but the ones that do deserve to spend as much time as possible while we are still alive.

LYRICS:

[Verse 1]
My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew
He’d say “I’m gonna be like you, Dad
You know I’m gonna be like you”

[Chorus]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When you comin’ home, Dad
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

[Verse 2]
My son turned ten just the other day
He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today
I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s okay”
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him”

[Chorus]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, Dad
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

[Verse 3]
Well, he came from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while”
He shook his head and then said with a smile
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please”

[Chorus]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then, Dad
You know we’ll have a good time then

[Verse 4]
I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and the kid’s got the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you”
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

[Chorus]
And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then, Dad
We’re gonna have a good time then

Lyrics Source: Genius.com

Songwriters: Sandy Chapin / Harry F. Chapin
Cat’s in the Cradle lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc
Release Date: October 1st, 1974
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What does time when it comes to our loved ones mean to you?

 

#MusicMonday- Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely


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There is a lot of us who had gone through a breakup at least once in our lives. It hurts so much and it leaves us questioning life and why things have to be that make you hurt so much.

I’ve picked the song, Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely for today’s #MusicMonday for that reason. And that is because it talks about how and when someone we love is no longer in our lives it makes us feel lonely. And there is nothing wrong with that. It is normal to feel that way, but not when you allow it to become part of your life where you’re shutting out the world and people who care about you. And doing so long-term.

It’s the heartache from a person who had physically left your life in a way that they would not be coming back- unless in the spirit form. I was 19 years old when my dad had passed away. I had experienced the worst heartbreak in my life because I know he is not going to come back. It is a sad discovery to know that a person you are so close to had been taken from your life so soon and without warning. Even though I had people around me, I still felt lonely and there are times where I would cry out to him in hopes that he could possibly hear me.

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You see, the same weekend he passed away, I was to go live with him. Upon having my bags getting ready to be packed, I couldn’t get in touch with him to find out the exact day and time he wanted me to come over there. I didn’t know until later that he had died- alone on the living room floor all that time. Same year, my cousin (his niece) died in a car accident. Fast forward, more people I wished I could have given another time to chat with them had passed away.

This song by the Backstreet Boys have always been my all-time favorite song. I have such an emotional connection to this song and so does a lot others I’m sure. The video is so touching and such a tearjerker when watching it. There’s a message in the opening that said:

“This video is dedicated to Denniz POP, and to all those who have lost a loved one.”

Nick Carter, the band member said he had paid homage to Denniz POP in the video, and AJ had dedicated this song to a dear female friend who had passed away in a car accident.

Quotes When Someone Passes Away. QuotesGram

I won’t make this long and I’m not intentionally trying to make anyone feel sad, but sometimes (or oftentimes) we must think about the ones who had passed on and feel the emotions coursing through our body. It is okay to feel and say that you miss and love them. You are human. It is okay to take a few moments to think about the person and keep the memories of them alive.

It’s okay to say you are hurting and feel lonely, but don’t be alone. There are so many people who are going through what you are going through and you should know that it is okay to reach out and/or seek whatever therapy you may need.

LYRICS:

Intro:
Show me the meaning of being lonely

Verse 1:
So many words for the broken heart
It is hard to see in a crimson love
So hard to breathe
Walk with me and maybe
Nights of light so soon become
Wild and free I could feel the sun
Your every wish will be done
They tell me

Chorus:
Show me the meaning of being lonely
Is this the feeling I need to walk with
Tell me why I can’t be there where you are?
There is something missing in my heart

Verse 2:
Life goes on as it never ends
Eyes of stone observe the trends
They never say forever gaze, if only
Guilty roads to an endless love (endless love)
There is no control, are you with me now?
Your every wish will be done
They tell me

Chorus:
Show me the meaning of being lonely
Is this the feeling I need to walk with (tell me why)
Tell me why I can’t be there where you are?
There is something missing in my heart (heart!)

Bridge:
There is nowhere to run
I have no place to go
Surrender my heart, body, and soul
How can it be you are asking me
To feel the things you never show?
(Show-oh-oh-oh-oh, oh!)

Interlude:
You are missing in my heart
Tell me why can’t I be there where you are?

Chorus:
Show me the meaning of being lonely (being lonely)
Is this the feeling I need to walk with (tell me why)
Tell me why I can’t be there where you are? (where you are)
There is something missing in my heart
(You are missing from my heart)
Show me the meaning of being lonely (being lonely)
Is this the feeling I need to walk with
Tell me why I cannot be there where you are? (where you are)
There is something missing in my heart

Lyrics Source: Genius.com

Songwriters: Herbert St Clair Crichlow / Martin Max
Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc
Release Date: December 21, 1999

What are your thoughts about this? Have you ever experienced feeling this type of loneliness?

#MusicMonday- My Writing Love Playlist


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    Edited by: Pamela Hester

    I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. How are you today? Today for #MusicMonday, I am doing something a bit different. I would like to share with you a playlist I created called Writing Love. Sometimes when I am writing certain scenes, music plays its part in helping me to write them, and when it comes to the characters. It builds the mood for me as well. I am still putting together the playlist, but would still like to share the fifteen I currently have.

    Majority of these songs I have listened to while writing and editing the Secrets series novels. I won’t go in-depth about it in this post, but I’ll save it for another time. I believe songs can take a person to that level that they may have never been to before. And to a level that they may not have been to in a while.

    Also, the majority of these songs are based on my characters on how they feel about certain things, people, and themselves. The songs also tell its own story. They can be based on what my characters are going through as well.

    I truly believe that when you write, especially with fiction, you have to feel how the characters are feeling. Understand their thoughts, and so on. I can go on and on about music and writing- two of my favorite things- but it will take several days. Lol.

    To view all the songs, you can click the horizontal lines where it says, 1/15.

    Songs In Playlist:

    1) Bob Marley- Is This Love


    2) Frankie Valli- I Love You Baby

    “But if you feel like I feel,
    please let me know that it’s real
    You’re just too good to be true,
    can’t take my eyes off of you
    I love you baby and if it’s quite all right,
    I need you baby to warm the lonely nights
    I love you baby trust in me when I say”


    3) H.E.R.- Best Part

    “I just wanna see
    I just wanna see how beautiful you are
    You know that I see it
    I know you’re a star
    Where you go I follow
    No matter how far
    If life is a movie
    Oh you’re the best part, oh oh oh
    You’re the best part, oh oh oh
    Best part”


    4) Khalid- Talk

    “Can’t we just talk?
    Can’t we just talk?
    Talk about where we’re goin’
    Before we get lost
    Let me out first
    Can’t get what we want without knowin’
    I’ve never felt like this before
    I apologize if I’m movin’ too far
    Can’t we just talk?
    Can’t we just talk?
    Figure out where we’re goin'”


    5) Keyshia Cole- Heaven Sent


    6) Bonnie Raiit- Something To Talk About


    7) Chris Stapleton- Tennessee Whiskey

    “I’ve looked for love in all the same old places
    Found the bottom of a bottle’s always dry
    But when you poured out your heart I didn’t waste it
    ‘Cause there’s nothing like your love to get me high
    You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
    You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
    You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
    And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time”

    8) Selena- Dreaming Of You

    “Now I’m dreaming
    With you tonight
    ‘Till tomorrow
    And for all of my life
    And there’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be
    Than here in my room
    Dreaming with you endlessly
    With you tonight
    And there’s nowhere in the world where I’d rather be
    Than here in my room
    I’ll be dreaming
    Of you tonight
    And I’ll be holding you tight”


    9) Usher- Don’t Waste My Time


    10) Faith Hill- Breathe

    “‘Cause I can feel you breathe
    It’s washing over me
    And suddenly I’m melting into you
    There’s nothing left to prove
    Baby, all we need is just to be
    Caught up in the touch
    Slow and steady rush
    Baby, isn’t that the way that love’s suppose to be
    I can feel you breathe, just breathe”


    11) Anita Baker- Sweet Love

    “Sweet love hear me callin’ out your name
    I feel no shame; I’m in love
    Sweet love, don’t you ever go away
    It’ll always be this way
    There’s no stronger love in this world, Oh, baby, no
    You’re my man; I’m your girl
    I’ll never go. Wait and see, can’t be wrong”
    Don’t you know this is where you belong?

    12) Snoop Dogg- Sensual Seduction


    13) Tanto Metro & Devonte- Everyone Falls In Love


    14) Wale ft. Usher- Matrimony (Jerry Seinfield in the beginning talking)

    “If there’s a question of my heart, you’ve got it
    It don’t belong to anyone but you
    If there’s a question of my love, you’ve got it
    Baby don’t worry, I’ve got plans for you
    Baby, I’ve been making plans, oh love
    Baby, I’ve been making plans for you
    Baby, I’ve been making plans
    Baby, I’ve been making plans for you”


    15) Beyonce- Crazy In Love (remix)

    “I look and stare so deep in your eyes
    I touch on you more and more every time
    When you leave, I’m begging you not to go
    Call your name two, three times in a row
    Such a funny thing for me to try to explain
    How I’m feeling and my pride is the one to blame
    ‘Cause I know I don’t understand
    Just how your love can do what no one else can”

    Does songs play a part when it comes to your writing? Which ones?

    #MusicMonday- Just Like Animals


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    I hope everyone has had a wonderful New Year, and that your weekend has went well.

    Close to the end of last summer, I had started #MusicMonday to blog about love songs that have meaning(s), purpose, etc. It was something that had popped into my head and I dwelled on it for a while before getting started, to be honest. I seriously didn’t know how long I was going to be doing this. The first three vertical posts you see below I was thinking about stopping, but as most of you know I kept going.

    These are the first 3 #MusicMonday posts I started with.

    Okay, I’m going off-course here. Today’s post is about how people take love to a level that is unhealthy or toxic for them. I know I have posts songs about being in love and such, but this time for the first Monday of the year, I want to hit on the subject of people who have those types of issues. Why? Because it is important. Some people have a strong attraction to others that they are having a hard time letting go of, especially when it is indeed over. Oftentimes, it can be a physical thing, like for instance: their looks, body, or sex with them.

    The guy, Adam Levine in the video called, Animals, is being a stalker and clearly obsessed with the woman who played by his real-life wife. We all know some people are like this in real life. The ones who won’t take no for an answer and will physically stalk and cyber-stalk you, and may even cause hell for you. And they will try to convince you that you may run but can’t hide from them. They may even tell you that they are and will always be the best person for you and no one else can compare to them.

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    I’m telling you. There are people out there who are literally like animals (in a bad way), and you will have to be super careful with the ones who also use sex as a way to “keep” you. And, the ones who only wanted sex in the beginning and you, well, or the other person done caught feelings somewhere down the line may feel like they been taken advantage of.

    Okay. Enough of that for a moment; you get the point. I didn’t link the official video of this song by Maroon 5 because it is explicit in some sense. I had only stared at it, and some parts don’t bother me. However, some parts may be disturbing to some people, and I have to respect that or give you some type of warning. So, I just posted the audio to be on the safe side. I love the song, and I love Maroon 5’s songs. If you would like to watch the official video you can check it out here.

    ** Everyone, please be safe out there. Not just with this pandemic because you already know that, but with your heart and body.

    Love,

    Pamela

    LYRICS:

    [Chorus]
    Baby, I’m preying on you tonight
    Hunt you down, eat you alive
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Maybe you think that you can hide
    I can smell your scent from miles
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Baby, I’m… (Hey)

    [Verse 1]
    So what you trying to do to me? (Hey)
    It’s like we can’t stop, we’re enemies (Hey)
    But we get along when I’m inside you, yeah (Hey)
    You’re like a drug that’s killing me (Hey)
    I cut you out entirely (Hey)
    But I get so high when I’m inside you

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Yeah, you can start over, you can run free (Hey)
    You can find other fish in the sea (Hey)
    You can pretend it’s meant to be (Hey)
    But you can’t stay away from me
    I can still hear you making that sound (Hey)
    Taking me down, rolling on the ground (Hey)
    You can pretend that it was me, but no, oh (Hey)

    [Chorus]
    Baby, I’m preying on you tonight
    Hunt you down, eat you alive
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Maybe you think that you can hide
    I can smell your scent from miles
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Baby, I’m… (Hey)

    [Verse 2]
    So if I run, it’s not enough (Hey)
    You’re still in my head, forever stuck (Hey)
    So you can do what you wanna do, yeah (Hey)
    I love your lies, I’ll eat ’em up (Hey)
    But don’t deny the animal (Hey)
    That comes alive when I’m inside you

    [Pre-Chorus]
    Yeah, you can start over, you can run free (Hey)
    You can find other fish in the sea (Hey)
    You can pretend it’s meant to be
    But you can’t stay away from me
    I can still hear you making that sound (Hey)
    Taking me down, rolling on the ground (Hey)
    You can pretend that it was me, but no, oh (Hey)

    [Chorus]
    Baby, I’m preying on you tonight
    Hunt you down, eat you alive
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Maybe you think that you can hide
    I can smell your scent from miles
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Baby, I’m…

    [Bridge]
    Don’t tell no lie, lie, lie, lie
    You can’t deny-ny-ny-ny
    The beast inside, si-si-side
    Yeah, yeah, yeah
    No girl don’t lie, lie, lie, lie (No, no, don’t lie)
    You can’t deny-ny-ny-ny (You can’t deny)
    The beast inside, si-si-side
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yo-oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals (Hey, hey)
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals, oww!
    (Yeah, yeah, yeah)

    [Chorus]
    Baby, I’m preying on you tonight
    Hunt you down, eat you alive
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Maybe you think that you can hide
    I can smell your scent from miles
    Just like animals, animals, like animals-mals
    Baby, I’m…

    [Outro]
    Don’t tell no lie, lie, lie, lie
    You can’t deny-ny-ny-ny
    The beast inside, si-si-side
    Yeah, yeah, yeah
    No girl don’t lie, lie, lie, lie (No, no, don’t lie)
    You can’t deny-ny-ny-ny (You can’t deny)
    The beast inside, si-si-side
    Yeah, yeah, yeah

    Lyrics Source: Genius.com

    Songwriters: Adam Levine / Shellback / Benjamin Levin Animals lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing

    Label: Interscope Records

    Release Date: August 25, 2014

    What are your thoughts on this type of love for another?