Today’s Word of the Day is boycott which means, “to refuse to use or buy (something).” When I think of boycotts, I think primarily of the Civil Rights Movement and how blacks were able to slowly chip away at Jim Crow laws in the South to gain access to serving counters, restrooms, schools, department stores, public transportation, you name it. What I don’t think about are all the dumb-ass boycotts you hear about in the news nowadays, whether it’s of Starbucks or Keurig or Nike or some other company that has done/said something to piss off the right-wing in this country. Boycotts used to be effective tools for social change. Now they’re just pathetic wastes of time that exist more on social media than they do in real life. I wonder if any of these people are students of history. My guess would be not.
Today’s Word of the Day is canorous which means, “pleasant sounding or melodious.” I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas on Tuesday and that you spent it with friends and family with lots of good food on the table. I’m about to tuck into my usual Friday breakfast, but before I do, I wanted to share my Musical Interlude Friday selection which is most definitely “pleasant sounding.” I thought about choosing a piece of orchestral music, maybe something from The Nutcracker owing to the time of year, but I thought I’d save that for another week when the Word of the Day works well with it. No, today I thought I’d share one of my favorite songs, performed by one of my favorite singers. Most people, I assume, are more familiar with Frank Sinatra’s version, and while I love me some Frank, I don’t think his version is the best version of this particular song. It’s melancholic, romantic, sanguine…it needs a different kind of voice, and this man provides it. Here is “Fly Me to the Moon” by Tony Bennett. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is benison which means, “a blessing or benediction.” I hope all of you, my wonderful readers, have a joyous Christmas, wherever you happen to be celebrating it today. It’ll just be my parents and I, my sister, and her boyfriend, but that’s more than enough. I hope your stockings were hung by the chimney with care, and I hope your ham (or turkey, if you’re in the UK) doesn’t burn. As a bonus to Musical Interlude Friday, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Christmas songs with you. Here is The First Noel, as performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is solstice which means, “the time the sun is farthest from the equator.” As today is the winter solstice, it’s the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight. The summer solstice, on the other hand, is the longest day of the year. It’s not very wintry where I live, I have to say. It’s currently 58°F, and I’m wearing my summer capri pants. I’m not complaining, though. Two weeks ago, we got 12″ of snow. I’ll take what we’ve got now. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite Christmas songs. My dad is a huge Kingston Trio fan, and they did a sort-of Christmas album back in the early 60s called “The Last Month of the Year.” I say sort-of Christmas album because none of the songs are the traditional Christmas songs most artists recorded. These were all original songs, save a couple. My absolute favorite is what I’ll be sharing with you today. Here is “The White Snows of Winter.” Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is exculpate which means, “to clear from alleged fault or guilt.” When my sister and I were younger, she loved to get me in trouble by breaking something or doing something, then blaming me for it. One of my favorites was when she pinched herself in the arm until she bruised, then ran and told our mother I did it to her. She saw through it of course, since I was outside with my dad at the time and she (read: my sister) was in the house, but it didn’t stop her from trying to get me in trouble anyway. I wasn’t sure how to tie that word into a song for today, so I had to resort to Google to see it could help. Surprisingly, it did! Today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is “Not Guilty” by The Beatles. Enjoy!
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!
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!
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!
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…”
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Today’s Word of the Day is rash which means, “marked by undue haste or lack of caution.” I think we’ve all done a rash thing or two in our lives, little moments where we acted on pure emotion rather than because we’d sat down and thought about it first. I don’t know how many of you have even heard of Tom Jones, but while this isn’t my favorite song of his (It’s Not Unusual takes the #1 spot, followed by She’s a Lady), it absolutely fits in well with the Word of the Day — acting without thinking can have serious consequences. For your Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Delilah” by the aforementioned Tom Jones. Enjoy!