A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

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Today’s Word of the Day is eclectic which means, “drawing or drawn from varied sources.” I’ve mentioned before that I have an extremely diverse collection of music, whether on my computer or alongside my record player, and eclectic is definitely the right word to use to describe it. There isn’t a genre of music I haven’t listened to at least once and found an artist or a song in it that I’ve liked. I inherited my love of music from my dad, and his music library is even more diverse than mine. I have Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Kylie Minogue, Kiri Te Kanawa, Beethoven, and NSYNC all in the same playlist, just to give an example. Most of the time I just put my entire library on Shuffle and listen to whatever comes up.

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The worst of the worst.

Today’s Word of the Day is abominable which means, “worthy of hatred or disgust.” Normally on Fridays, I share with you one of my favorite songs that connects in some way to what the Word of the Day is, but since today’s word talks about things that are awful, I thought I’d share with you instead a song I absolutely hate. When you see it, you may ask yourself, “HOW CAN YOU HATE THAT SONG?! IT’S A CLASSIC!!” Well, for me, it’s overplayed tripe. It’s not even the best song on the album its on — that would be When the Levee Breaks. I understand that this song is considered the band’s magnum opus, but I have all their albums. They did better. They did better before, they did better after it. If you love the song, I hope you continue to love it. Don’t let my opinion change your mind. So, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. Enjoy!

Sounds like a dream.

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!

¡Feliz Navidad!

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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!

Happy Winter.

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!

Fashion! Turn to the left.

Today’s Word of the Day is zibeline which means, “a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair.” I’m the last person anyone would go to for fashion advice or for questions about what something is or is not, so today’s word might as well be in another language for all the good it does me. I couldn’t tell you the difference between silk shantung and silk chiffon even at gunpoint. I subscribe to a couple of really interesting and amazing YouTube channels that feature costumers who make their own clothes based from vintage patterns, so I’ve heard of a lot of these fabrics (though not zibeline) or styles, but not from having studied fashion design. I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I’d go with someone who, as the title of today’s post suggests, was always well-dressed. Here is “Fashion” by David Bowie. Enjoy!

I’ve been deceived.

Today’s Word of the Day is sandbag which means, “to hide the truth so as to take advantage of.” In other words, it means to lie to someone in order to get something out of them. I can’t say I’ve ever been sandbagged myself or done the sandbagging, but I’ve seen it happen, and it’s horrible. I’m not good at lying to people anyway, I don’t have a very good poker face, so it’s not likely I’d get away with doing it myself, even if I wanted to. Not to mention, while I’m not Buddhist, I do believe in karma. I think if you do bad things to other people, bad things will happen to you in return, and I’d rather not tempt fate like that. Keeping that in mind, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Use Me” by Bill Withers. Enjoy!

Pour me another.

Today’s Word of the Day is dram which means, “a small amount.” You tend to hear this word used in conjunction with alcohol, as in, “I’ll take a dram of whisky, please.” I don’t actually drink, never having developed the desire to do it, but I’m not anti-liquor anything. Everything in moderation, whether that’s beer or pizza or exercise…pick your poison. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d pick a song that references alcohol and what can happen if you imbibe too much. Here is “Whiskey Lullaby” by Allison Krauss and Brad Paisley. Enjoy!

Jump right in.

Today’s Word of the Day is impromptu which means, “made or done on the spur of the moment.” I’m not a huge fan of doing things spontaneously, only because I’m that person who wants to know all the details ahead of time so I can minimize any chance of failure, injury, being late, looking stupid, etc. It’s not something about myself I’m necessarily proud of, I’d call it a fault or a weakness before I’d say it was a strength, but I also think being more logical, more planned has kept me from doing rash or foolish things that would have ended up backfiring on me. I do wish I was a little more spontaneous, in that I wish I had the joie de vivre to just get up and go somewhere or do something without knowing ahead of time what to do or where I was going, but I’d say on balance, I’m happy with who I am. Tying that concept into today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection was tough, I’ll admit. I decided to go with a song that was actually the opposite of impromptu — giving something a second thought before you commit to it to make sure it’s the right decision. Here is “Think Twice” by Celine Dion. Enjoy!

Told you I didn’t do it.

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!