That takes balls.

Today’s Word of the Day is derring-do which means, “behavior that requires courage.” I don’t possess much of this, I’m afraid. I’m a giant weenie when it comes to anything even minimally risky. I don’t like rollercoasters, I definitely won’t go bungee jumping or skydiving, and please don’t ask me to streak, sing karaoke, or otherwise do anything that might cause me to crawl into myself because of embarrassment. I leave that kind of excitement to people in possession of more cojones (figuratively speaking) than I have. On that note, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I chose a song that maybe doesn’t entirely speak to today’s WotD, but it definitely makes you feel like throwing caution to wind and just going for it, no matter what happens. Here is “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Enjoy!

Could you say that again?

Today’s Word of the Day is gloss which means, “to explain, define, or interpret.” I know the expression “to gloss over” something, which frankly sounds like the exact opposite of that. If you gloss over something, you either outright ignore it or only explain it vaguely so you can move on to something else. It’s not the first time that the Word of the Day had a different meaning than what I was familiar with, but it’s always good to learn something new. Because I like throwing curveballs every now and again, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday, I thought I’d pick a song that references the winter weather headed my way on Sunday. Naturally, people are overreacting, but I’ve come to expect that. Here is “Winter Wonderland” by Johnny Mathis. Slightly out of season, since this is a Christmas song, but winter isn’t just December, you know. Enjoy!

I’m sorry, what did you say?

Today’s Word of the Day is voluble which means, “characterized by ready or rapid speech.” People who talk really fast annoy me because they’re always the ones who get pissed off when others don’t respond to whatever they said right away. Well, it’s not my fault I didn’t answer your question two seconds after you finished it…I barely caught every fourth word. Slow down, speak deliberately, and pause after punctuation marks. Otherwise, you sound like that Micromachines guy. Remember those commercials from the 80s? Good times. On that note, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d pick a song where the singer is singing so fast, I have trouble following along to more than just the chorus. Here is “It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” by R.E.M. Enjoy!

The sign o’ the times.

Today’s Word of the Day is zeitgeist which means, “the beliefs, ideas, and spirit of an era.” You hear this word used a lot in the phrase “cultural zeitgeist,” which to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever used myself or would know how to use properly. So, with that in mind, let’s completely ignore the Word of the Day and go straight to today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection. It’s one of my favorite parts of the week. I thought we should close 2021 on a high note since it’s been a shit year for me personally and a pretty shitty year for most people around the world. (Hello, pandemic.) Here’s Led Zeppelin doing Led Zeppelin things with “Nobody’s Fault But Mine” from their 2007 reunion concert. Enjoy!

Santa’s coming tonight.

Today’s Word of the Day is adventitious which means, “coming from another source or location.” Today is Christmas Eve for those who celebrate it, and for those who don’t, well, I guess for you it’s just Friday. I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday, I’d share one of my favorite Christmas songs, in the hopes you and yours have a wonderful holiday this weekend or just a wonderful weekend. Here is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams. Enjoy!

Don’t take it too far.

Today’s Word of the Day is venerate which means, “to regard with deep respect.” The military is especially venerated in this country, as well it should be, but sometimes I think that veneration borders on fetishizing, which I don’t agree with. There’s a difference between respecting someone for what they do, particularly if it’s a dangerous or sometimes deadly job, and acting like they can do no wrong, ever, no matter what. I think that’s where people sometimes take their appreciation too far. On a completely different note, well…kind of, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I give you a song by a former Beatle with a military man’s name in the title. Here is “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” by Paul McCartney. Enjoy!

You’ll never get in.

Today’s Word of the Day is palisade which means, “a fence of stakes used for defense.” I’ve seen these in movies/TV shows set in medieval times, but I don’t think they’re used much nowadays. People in 2021 have more firepower, sometimes literally, to defend themselves or their homes. If anything, we have a surfeit of firepower in this country. With that said, I’d think it metal as hell if someone just built a ring of stakes around their house to deter burglars/miscreant teenagers/random alien invasions. Maybe bury some mines around the perimeter of the stakes, but have only certain ones go off if stepped on, so people don’t know if they’re all dead or all live. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Game of Thrones. On that note, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday, I’ve been on a real Beatles kick the past two weeks, ever since the Get Back documentary premiered on Disney+, so this is a song that has absolutely nothing to do with what I’ve just been talking about. Here is “The Long and Winding Road” from Let It Be…Naked. Enjoy!

Let’s get together right now.

Today’s Word of the Day is galvanize which means, “to cause (people) to take action.” There have been a lot of things going on in the world in the past maybe five or six years that have inspired people to get off their butts and do something. Between climate change, the pandemic, and social/racial justice, there are plenty of ways to get involved, and we’re seeing it more and more. I love seeing younger people get involved because it means maybe the future won’t be so bad. On that note, inspired by the title of today’s blog post, for my Musical Interlude Friday song selection, I chose a song that hopefully inspires the next generation of activists like it did those from the Baby Boomer generation in the late 60s. Here is “Get Together” by The Youngbloods. Enjoy!

How many in your party tonight?

Today’s Word of the Day is maître d’ which means, “the headwaiter of a dining room staff.” I can’t remember the last time I ate at a sit-down restaurant. It’s been at least two years, that much I know. If I get food from a restaurant now, I get it to-go and eat it at home. I don’t feel comfortable eating in public yet. Yeah, I’m vaccinated, and I’ll get my booster shot when I’m eligible, but still. I’m looking forward to being able to do it again, though! On that note, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday: Black Friday Edition, I thought I’d pick a song that works well for power-walking around the mall, looking for great Christmas deals. Wait, are malls still a thing? Here is “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction. Enjoy!

(don’t shoplift, boys and girls. pay for your items like a responsible person.)

A little too harsh, don’t you think?

Today’s Word of the Day is draconian which means, “cruel or severe.” When I learned this word way back when I was a young Designer Sophisticate, I overused this. I used it to describe any punishment or outcome that I didn’t like, even if it wasn’t actually cruel or severe in comparison to an alternative. As such, my parents actually banned me from using this word in conversation for several years. LOL. I resisted telling them I found that draconian of them. I felt that would have inflamed things. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday, I picked a song that, well, you’ll get it. Here is “Don’t Be Cruel” by Elvis Presley. Enjoy!