Just like glue.

Today’s Word of the Day is linchpin which means, “one that holds something together.” For my money, the best example of a linchpin (in music) that I can think of is George Harrison. The Beatles were not The Beatles without him, no matter how talented John, Paul, and Ringo were on their own. I think he’s criminally underrated, maybe not as much for his solo work, but for the work he did within the band. He was the quiet, driving force that kept everyone going, even if at the time, they didn’t realize it or appreciate it. So, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday, I give you my favorite Beatles song with George on lead vocals, one of the few songs in the band’s entire oeuvre you can say that about. Enjoy!

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Hear ye, hear ye!

Today’s Word of the Day is emblazon which means, “to inscribe with heraldic bearings.” Now, I’ve most often heard this word used in the context of a t-shirt or a wall “emblazoned” with something, usually words or a logo or some kind of art piece, so not quite how Merriam-Webster says it should be used. Back in ye olden days of course, and by that I mean the Middle Ages, heraldry was a huge thing, and most noble families had their own coat of arms, each with specific meaning to either their family names or regions they came from. For example, Prince William’s coat of arms has three seashells on it, as the seashells come from the Spencer coat of arms, which was his late mother’s. Trying to find a good song to come up with today that ties in some how to it was difficult. As such, I had to think outside the box. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday I give you “Cover Me” by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Enjoy!

It’s getting better.

Today’s Word of the Day is peripeteia which means, “a sudden reversal of circumstances.” A good example of this would be someone winning the lottery when they’d just lost their job the day before. I think we’ve all found ourselves in circumstances we wish we could turn back on, whether it’s losing a job, being evicted, even getting dumped. I know in my own family, we’ve had a spate of bad luck of late, and sometimes I swear that if it wasn’t for bad luck, we’d have no luck at all. With that in mind, today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is all about things looking better when they’d previously looked bleak. I know today’s word can also mean things getting worse instead of better, but we’re all about positivity here on Designer Sophisticate. Here is “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash. Enjoy!

“White on white, lace on satin…”

Today’s Word of the Day is trousseau which means, “the personal possessions of a bride.” Now, back in ye olden times, building one’s trousseau was a big deal. Normally it included your bridal satin, bed linens, toiletries, even undergarments, that a woman would take to her new home after her marriage. It could also include entire outfits for a woman to wear during her honeymoon and for a short period after her and her husband return to their home. It was far more common in the Victorian era and earlier than it is nowadays, though I’m sure there are brides who have a family tradition of building a trousseau, so they do so as well. Today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection certainly fits nicely with our Word of the Day. From The Dixie Cups I give you “Chapel of Love.” Enjoy!

Happy Earth, Wind and Fire Day!

Today’s Word of the Day is panoply which means, “a magnificent or impressive array.” You often hear the word used in the phrase “panoply of state,” you almost always hear it used in reference to royal weddings or funerals, sometimes presidential inaugurations or funerals. Either way, it’s a great word to describe a massive display that shows off your country or state’s power and/or prestige.

Now, the title of this blog post has nothing to do with the Word of the Day and for good reason. It’s September 21, and if you know anything about music, you know that’s the day mentioned in Earth, Wind and Fire’s song “September.” Today isn’t a national holiday, but it really ought to be because, come on — it’s Earth, Wind and Fire. They’re a national treasure. It should come as no surprise then what today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is. Get up and get down!

Hurricanes and dead trees.

Today’s Word of the Day is advert which means, “to turn the mind or attention to.” Normally, I post my Musical Interlude Friday selection a lot earlier than this, but there’s a hurricane coming my way, or at least the outer fringes of it are, and we had a dead tree in our front yard that came down around 7:30 this morning. As such, I was outside helping my dad clear as much of the debris as I could, since there’s not much we’re going to be able to do until after the worst of it passes on Monday night some time. So, my apologies for this being later than normal. In honor of the now deceased willow tree, I give you Willow Weep For Me by Sarah Vaughan. Enjoy!

Moving up the ladder.

Today’s Word of the Day is schmooze which means, “to converse informally.” Now, I have to confess to really only using this word to describe someone who is trying to get something out of another person by buttering them up, kissing their butt, flattering them, etc. I know the word is used as in the definition, but that’s not been my experience using the word. To me, when you’re schmoozing with someone, you’re appealing to their ego because you want something either they have or they can help provide for you, whether it’s a job or some money or access to something. There’s something insincere about it, is what I’m saying. On that note, today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is all about trying to get something out of someone else by stroking their ego and puffing them up. I hereby give you “The Stroke” by Billy Squier. Enjoy!

Force my hand.

Today’s Word of the Day is duress which means, “force used to make a person do something.” Most people, if you ask them, will tell you they don’t like having the screws put to them to do something, whether it’s something major or minor. They like arriving there in their own time and doing it in their own way. Of course, that doesn’t fly with some people, and they’ll get very insistent that you do it NOW NOW NOW. To tie in that, today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is probably one of my favorite 80s songs, a song that I distinctly recall taping off the radio to listen to on my little boombox, which I did until the tape literally broke. Here is “Don’t Rush Me” by Taylor Dayne. Enjoy!

Hope it’s loaded.

Today’s Word of the Day is marshal which means, “a high-ranking officer.” Now, when I think of the word “marshal,” I think of Marshal Matt Dillon played by James Arness on Gunsmoke. YouTube used to have full episodes of the show up, and I’d watch them with my dad all the time because HE grew up watching the show when it was first on TV. I thought James Arness at the time was super-dreamy, and that certainly didn’t help my ability to enjoy the show. Now, I suppose I could try and find the opening credits of the show and post them below, but for today’s Musical Interlude Friday, I thought I’d pick a song about a lawman (not a marshal) taking out a gunman bent on killing him. Here is “Big Iron” by Marty Robbins. Enjoy!

Foiled again.

Today’s Word of the Day is thwart which means, “to oppose successfully.” The Packers thwarted the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, which was great to see…even though it’s the preseason and no one really pays much attention to the preseason. Still. Aaron Rodgers played a professional football game at Lambeau Field again for the first time since last September, and I’m happy, damn it. Now, today’s Word of the Day has absolutely nothing to do with the song I’ve chosen for my Musical Interlude Friday selection because Aretha Franklin died yesterday, and the Queen of Soul deserves some attention from this blog today. There are so many songs of hers that I love, that I know the lyrics to backwards and forwards, so picking my absolute, A #1 favorite is impossible…but I’ll go with the song I’ve been listening to the most recently. Sing along if you know the words. “Chain-chain-chain, chain of fools…”