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!

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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!

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!

Say what now?

Today’s Word of the Day is boustrophedon which means, “lines written in alternating directions.” I’m assuming it means something that looks like this:

So, my favorite kind of cake is chocolate.

I particularly love chocolate cake with caramel coconut frosting.

I just made such a cake yesterday afternoon, and let me tell you. DELICIOUS.

I can file this one away in “Words I’ve Never Heard Before or Seen Used In Print” because this is completely and utterly new to me. I had no idea that there was a word for doing what I just did above. I always love learning new things, even silly things like that. It also made me think about how I’d tie it in to what today is on my blog, and the closest I came was this. I hope you approve. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Separate Ways” by Journey. Enjoy!

Sneaky, sneaky.

Today’s Word of the Day is connive which means, “to cooperate secretly or to conspire.” This is a good word to use when you’re looking to get away with something behind someone’s back. You’re conniving an opportunity to see them or talk to them or pull something off without them knowing. Now, it could be innocent enough, like you’re trying to plan a surprise party for them or something, but it could also be decidedly not innocent, as today’s song alludes to. I thought I would dip into a decade I haven’t explored much on this blog — the 1990s. I loved this song (and band) when I was a teenager, and you couldn’t spit in the wind without hitting a car that was playing this song very, very loud. So, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Creep” by TLC. Enjoy!