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…”


Acting without thought.

A quick note — I’ve been on WordPress for 4 years now, and I cannot thank enough all of my readers who check in every day, whether they just read and like my posts or whether they leave a comment…you’re why I continue doing this. It’s the longest I’ve ever had a blog or journal of any kind, and I wouldn’t have the desire to keep doing it if not for you. So again…thank you.  🙂

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!

It’s time to relax.

Today’s Word of the Day is pacify which means, “to soothe, appease, or subdue.” The weather in my neck of the woods has been absolute shite all week, and I’m in desperate need of some soothing and appeasement. I think everyone could use a little relaxation today, don’t you think? Even if the weather has been great where you live, and your week has been amazing, still. It’s Friday. You want to start the weekend off on a good note. With that in mind, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I give you Moments In Love by The Art of Noise. It’s over 10 minutes long, so plenty of time to zone out and chill. Enjoy!

I like the quiet types.

Today’s Word of the Day is reticent which means, “reserved, restrained, or reluctant.” I could charitably say that word describes me, at least in some ways. I can be very gun-shy to try something to do something I’ve never done before because I don’t like failing, and I don’t like looking stupid or uncoordinated or incompetent…and when I don’t know how to do something, those are my worst fears. I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I’d choose a song that was not only a blast from the past but talked about wanting a guy who wasn’t bombastic but rather a little more reserved. Remember the movie Bad Boys with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence? This song is on the soundtrack. Here’s Shy Guy by Diana King — enjoy!

Ya got whooped.

Today’s Word of the Day is paste, which aside from the definition you’re familiar with, that being the sticky stuff we used as kids to hold things together, it means “to beat or defeat soundly.” I’ve used the word paste like this before in a sports setting, which is typically where you see (or hear) it being used in that manner. Owing to what today is, I decided to get creative and pick a song that I always heard at sporting events, particularly basketball games, when I was growing up. I’m from Chicago as you know, and during the 1990s, you didn’t get better than the Bulls. Chicago Stadium ALWAYS played this song when the Bulls were up by a lot. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Get Ready For This” by 2 Unlimited. Anyone remember ESPN Jock Jams?  😀

You’ve got a lot of nerve.

Today’s Word of the Day is gumption, which means “enterprise or initiative.” I think much like “moxie,” it’s a word not used often enough today. It’s a great way to say that someone has a lot of huevos, if you get my meaning. Today is also Friday the 13th, a superstitious day for some if you believe in that stuff. Rather than base my song choice off today’s word, I decided to take it from what happens to be on the calendar. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Back in Black” by AC/DC. Enjoy!

You can’t hide them.

Today’s Word of the Day is sophistry, which means, “subtly deceptive reasoning or argument.” You know, back in ye olden days, when I first thought about starting this blog, I nearly called it “Gen-X Sophistry,” and looking back, I’m glad I didn’t. Designer Sophisticate is more me. The funny thing is, I didn’t choose those two words for any reason beyond that they sounded good when paired together. Getting back to the word for today, the first thing that came to mind when I read the definition was this tune…which I’ll share with you now. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Lyin’ Eyes” by Eagles. Enjoy!

Do you have a few months?

Today’s Word of the Day is tome, which means “a large or scholarly book.” Now, I’ve read some thick books in my day (Gravity’s Rainbow, Portrait of a Lady, War and Peace), and the one thing I’ve always taken away from the endeavor is that I must be a glutton for punishment. I love reading, I always have, but unless a book is captivating enough to keep my attention, I’ll stick a bookmark in it where I stopped and move on to something else. I’ve got several books like that on my shelf right now. I hope to finish those books one day. Maybe. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d leave you with a song that is the exact opposite of a tome, meaning it’s not very long. In fact, it’s the shortest song to ever hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Here is “Stay” by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs. Enjoy!

You’ve got to change, baby.

Today’s Word of the Day is notorious, which means “widely and unfavorably known.” You often hear the word used in connection to criminals or criminal acts, like a midday robbery or armored truck heist. Sometimes, the word can be used to describe someone who isn’t a criminal, but who nonetheless is known for something unflattering, like cheating on their pregnant spouse or having a debilitating drug habit. Either way, it isn’t a word with a positive connotation. Now, for my song choice today, I could have gone with the obvious track by Duran Duran or something by the Notorious B.I.G., but I don’t particularly like the former, and I know nothing about the latter. Thus, I’m going to do my own thing. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I give you “Evil Ways” by Santana. Enjoy!

When the going gets tough…

Today’s Word of the Day is pugnacious which means, “having a quarrelsome or combative nature.” Now, I’m sure we all know someone who that describes very well, even someone in a very particular and senior executive position. Someone who might be described as “chief executive” by people who consider Russian stooges “executives,” but maybe you have someone else in mind. I don’t know. What I do know is that it reminds me of a song I actually don’t have in my library, surprisingly enough. I don’t think I have anything by this artist…wait. I do. I have We Belong and Love Is a Battlefield. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar. Enjoy!