We Can Do It… but What Day Is It Anyway? (23.4.2020)

Hello dear readers, how are you doing? I hope you and yours are well physically and mentally. We are living in extraordinary times and will see incredible changes in the future. Rather scary stuff that. I also hope you can face these with optimism. No matter what is the case with you, my thoughts and prayers go for you and yours.

Let’s start with something positive, shall we? British artists are coming together to paint and draw NHS workers portraits to say thank you. What a wonderful way to immortalise these heroes:

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It is Wednesday morning at 3am when I am writing this. I woke up at twelve to go to the toilet and take another painkiller. Then I went back to bed but couldn’t get back to sleep. Never mind. I felt the best way to get about this was to use the time for something I enjoy. So I got up; made a cup of tea, and played a little with the tv on. That is where I saw the report about the artists drawing portraits.

It’s strange how the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and my sleeping patterns seem to have reversed. Usually, it is him staying up half of the night, and I am asleep. But he is working full time, still recovering from a severe operation and basically does all the housework now, and it takes its toll. I am in awe how he manages it all and deeply grateful for his love and support.

I don’t worry too much about not sleeping. I am basically bound to the house for the next four and a half months so I can write and read whenever it fits. Plus my sleeping pattern seems to be one night up one night sleeping. I can live with that.

Of course, I have a reason for being worried and not sleeping. I start chemotherapy on Monday, and in COVID-19 times nothing is straight forward. I need to have blood tests done before every session. Usually, I would just get an appointment with the surgery and go. I wasn’t sure though if they still do these. Luckily our surgery has a brilliant homepage. You can basically do everything online. So I asked and they told me they do, but they could also ask the community nurse to come around because I am now classed as vulnerable. At first, I wasn’t sure which I’d prefer but decided to ask for the services of the community nurses.

Image of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals

The hospital I am attending has lots of information as leaflets and online about their cancer treatments. Usually, they do an information evening in the radiology department and for chemotherapy but that’s not on right now. Also, chemotherapy is moved to a private hospital close by to keep vulnerable patients safe. The appointment letter I got told me though to go to my regular hospital. Confusing. So I called my oncology specialist nurse to find out. They are only in their office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I didn’t expect a call back when I called on Tuesday. But a co-worker of theirs picked up the call and reassured me I had to go to the private hospital and they would call me closer to the appointment. I feel I can start working as a PA after all this with this much organising and finding information.

And then there is this little thing with shielding. I should hide in one room in the house once I start chemotherapy, not seeing the husband and only use bathroom and kitchen on my own. Our home is small. We have no en suits. I can’t fully shield and also start to realise how much close contact with my husband helps me to get through this. We cannot afford to both stay home as our employer wouldn’t pay him. ( Government advice is that family members can still work but need to stay away from the person who is shielding and as a groundskeeper, he can’t work from home.). We sill figure out how to deal with this. So what day is it anyway?????

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Linda over at “Life in Progress” has started the “What day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes: “

Why I’m writing this post:

Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.

I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

Thanks Linda, your rock!

I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is a list of her #WDIIA posts.

Now to something different. A blast from the past

I posted this first in 2017 and it is still so cool:

YouTube Tuesday was a blog meme back in 2012 that I took part in. It has stopped or the blog has moved or whatever, the thing is I can’t find it anymore but I love the video’s I had posted then and so repost them and just take over the YouTube Tuesday meme. If you like it, feel free to share your own choice of video and link to this post so that I can visit yours. Have fun!

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Find out more here:
http://www.blublu.org/

A short film by Blu: an ambiguous animation painted on public walls.
Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche)

http://www.blublu.org/

music by Andrea Martignoni
assistant: Sibe

And that is it for today.

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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We Can Do It but What Day Is It Anyway? Come Away With Me & Beating Cancer Edition (6.4.2020)

Hello out there in isolationsphere, how are you doing? I very much hope you and yours are well and safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to you daily, especially if you are a keyworker. You rock no matter where you work.

gif source: giphy animated boy coming through a front door pointing forward. White writing saying: you rock

It looks like I am not going back to any sort of work for quite some time. I had a call from the hospital on Friday (they do as few face to face appointments as possible for apparent reasons), letting me know that I am going to have both chemo- and radiotherapy. That catapults me into the vulnerable group of people who need to be shielded, which means once I start Chemo, I mustn’t be in contact with anyone shutting myself off even from my family.

That’s not really possible in our house because we only have one bathroom and I am not willing to sleep in another room than the best husband. We are not sure yet what it means for him but because of his operation he doesn’t feel he can care for me and work. Sigh. So another challenge awaits us. I’ll get another call soon from the oncologist then we’ll know more about the necessary protection measures and when it all starts.

But on the good side, the doctor said that the goal is full healing. That’s what we keep in mind 🙂

video credit: BBC Travelshow via YouTube

So today I whisk you away to Mongolia. I have to admit I was rather overwhelmed by the huge musical tradition this country has. And it doesn’t seem to be shy to bring it into the modern world. I am not bothering you with much more information today because I just wouldn’t know where o start. Just enjoy The HU with “Wolf Totem” one of the more modern music groups. The english subtitles are shown on the video. If it doesn’t play here on the blog follow the link underneath.

video credit: The HU via YouTube

The HU homepage

The HU on Wikipedia

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit China. Find out about interesting musicians on the Last FM page for China.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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So what have I been up to in the last couple of days? Not much to be honest. Taking the dressings off on Friday brought a whole new level of experience to me. I had so hoped any pain connected with my left arm would be because of the dressings. Bless my naivety!!!!

Of course, my body does what it’s supposed to do. Meaning healing the wounds, and without the support of the dressings, it all felt rather sore. No fever or seeping of unpleasant stuff though so my GP advised to keep it clean and dry and basically leave it alone. That’s what I did keeping to a routine of reading, watching TV and the occasional walk in the garden.

video credit: Paloma Faith via YouTube

Let’s remind ourselves why we are here:

Linda over at “Life in Progress” has started the “What day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes: “

Why I’m writing this post:

Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.

I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

And I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is her post from Friday.

video credit: Steven Murphy via YouTube

I read that phrase:” If you look for the helpers, then you know there is hope” before and I think that is more important than ever. You might not believe in the Christian God, but I believe that counts for all of us! Have you come across any helpers who gave you hope?

Ok peeps, it’s a new week and you might get bored being cooped up at home so here some more links to (mostly) free online courses I have researched a couple of years ago:

Class Central: Class Central is a search engine for moocs. If you are not sure about which MOOC to take at which provider or which university Class Central is the place to go as you can read reviews and review courses if you sign up.

Cosmo Learning: Cosmo Learning says about itself: “Created with the goal to provide a free online school, CosmoLearning (CL) is a non-profit educational website committed to improving the quality of homeschooling, teaching and student excellence.” You can find anything to learn from science to languages with videos offered for free. Users are encouraged to donate to those who created the courses to keep the idea of moocs and open learning for all alive.

Coursera: Coursera offers a vast array of high-quality University courses. You can explore lectures and non-graded material for free. For 49$ per month, you can access all courses and get certificates too.

Digital Garage Google: If you are looking to learn digital skills and how to use many of Google’s tools and get the most out of them, you are right at Digital Garage. You are led through a set of courses, earn badges, and after an assessment, you can get a certificate from Google. Easy to understand and useful not only if you are a Google user.

edX: edX is maybe the most famous provider of free learning opportunities. Founded in 2012 by Havard University and MIT, it is both non-profit and open-source. Universities and colleges still govern edX. If offers courses from top universities some of which are credit eligible. They also offer professional certificates to bring your career further.

Futurelearn: Futurelearn is probably the British equivalent to edX. You can work for some degrees and also get professional certificates to further your career. Learning itself is for free. However, you pay for the degrees and certificates.

I mostly learn with Future Learn (my profile). They are userfriendly and have such a vast array. It’s total fun o learn with them.

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And one last thing 🙂

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Happy Monday to you all despite everything. May you stay safe and healthy!

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Come Away With Me to Sweden & Beating Cancer

Hello out there dear readers, how are you? I very much hope you are well but if not, rest assured that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

portrait of Bee Halton in March 2020

Last week I decided to make this “Come Away With Me” Musical Challenge my project to beat cancer. I love to travel and while I can’t at the moment because of my situation and our decision rather pay a mortgage than to have holidays our last one was in 2015.

So I go traveling virtually. I love to watch travel programs, read travel blogs, and now to visit every country on this lovely planet and find an exciting musician. You can find out which country I have planned to visit over the next couple of years here on the “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” page.

Quote by George A Moore on travelling
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Today we are travelling to Sweden, a country I have visited twice. It is beautiful and full of wonderful people. Of course, when it comes to music, we first think of ABBA, Ace of Base and Roxette. And while I love all three of them, I was looking for this challenge for something utterly different. Looks like the Scandinavians are quite a lot into metal music. I found a lot of those bands for last weeks post on Norway but also for Sweden.

It’s not that I am a metal fan as such, but I have times when I need something more aggressive when it comes to music. I think it is my way of letting go of aggression and rage, and I have to admit underneath all my bravado when it comes to my diagnosis; there is also a rage. I have for a long time expected that cancer will catch up with me one way or the other, but now that it is here, I am angry. It is unlogical anger, but I assume this is a phase like the grieving phases. I will get over it. But to help it along, I like to listen to bands like Metallica.

The band I have chosen for our visit to Sweden is called Meshuggah, which is a play of the Yiddish word for “crazy.” Last FM says about “Meshuggah” that they started with a rather straightforward Thrash Metall sound but refined their style over the years: ” As the group grew older, they further refined the technicality of their musicianship and songwriting. This led to a harsher sound, utilizing strong seven-string guitar (and later eight-string guitar) rhythms, manic sounding vocals, and a combination of jazz fusion elements as well.”

I chose one of the songs of their latest album from 2016 called “Violent Sleep of Reason.” It felt like this is an excellent image for today’s world. Reason seems to be asleep, but it is a fitful and violent sleep. Who knows when we will wake up.

This song challenges music tastes that like a more melodic song. But it expresses so much of the often violent changes happening in today’s world. At least that is what I think :-). If you want to learn more about Meshuggah head over to the LastFM wiki here. And if you want to learn more about life in Sweden, check out these bloggers posts: Life in the Land of Ice and Snow & Exploring Sweden. For facts and stories check out the official Sweden Site.

Video Credit: Meshuggah via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Estonia and you can find some of today’s and yesterday’s Estonian musicians here on the Music Estonia Database page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ComeAwayWithMe2020/Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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And now for something different 😉

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

And just to make sure you recognise the symptoms of breast cancer here a video that tells you all about it.

Video Credit: HowCast via YouTube

That’s it for today my dear readers. I hope you are going to have a wonderful day 🙂

loving to travel

virtual or real

through all weather and season

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Come Away With Me Musical Challenge and Beating Cancer

Hello dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well, but if you have a challenge to face, that you always have someone at your side to have your back.

close-up of Bee with her Skipworth Zoomie mug in front of her face
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I am going to face a new challenge this year that changed my blogging plans for 2020. At the end of January, I told a little of what I had planned for my blogs. Shortly afterwards I was diagnosed with primary breast cancer.

On Thursday, I will find out how the doctors at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals have planned my treatment. I fear that I won’t have as much time or mind for blogging for some time, depending on what’s coming my way. So I am going to concentrate on this blog to share my journey to beat cancer. Thanks for your patience.

Introducing Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge

In December I started a musical journey around the world with my Music Monday posts. After “Love Is In Da Blog 2020” finished, I pondered how I am going to deal with my cancer journey. Do I want to blog? Do I want to share what’s coming? And how do I deal the best with the knowledge that the illness that took my mother now has caught up with me too?

I so enjoyed to share music with fellow bloggers and also to discover music from other countries than the UK and the United States in February. There are musical universes out there that we know nothing of and that are beautiful and exhilarating. I believe I need an exciting project to get me through my journey to beat cancer. So I invite you to take part in “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” every Monday. Discover music from all countries of the world with me. You can find all the information and countries to discover music here on the “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” page.

There will be information on what country to visit the next Monday and a link to find some music, bands, musicians from that country so you have something to start with after my Music Monday post.

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Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country Norway

So let’s start with today’s country Norway. Yes, it’s not that unknown musically. There is AHA and Aurora and many others but do we really hear a lot of music from this Scandinavian country? I checked out “Life In Norway’s” post “Famous Norwegians Bands” and discovered some that I did not realise were Norwegian like Kygo for example. But the one that I want to introduce you to is “Röyksopp“.

Norway has an arctic techno scene in Tromso where Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland the two members of Röyksopp come from. I guess the long dayless winter in the far north might be a good atmosphere to create funky 😉 techno music. From what I understand they are quite known in the world wide techno scene but that is not my usual pad so they are new to me.

According to Wikipedia Royksopp with the Norwegian ø is the name for a mushroom class known as puffballs. But they changed the ø for ö to make it their own. They formed in 1998 and brought out their first album in 2001. However, since then, they only created four more albums. According to their homepage, they feel much music today has no identity. It is their aim to establish their identity and experiment with many techno related music styles.

The song I chose is “What Else Is There” from their 2008 album “The Understanding”. They lyrics are rather mysterious and remind of fairy tales mixed with mining and war. You can find it here. But now enough said. Enjoy the song and if it does no play here on the blog follow the link underneath the video to it’s YouTube location.

Video credit: Royksopp via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 9th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Sweden and you can find some of today’s interesting Swedish musicians here on the Last.FM page for Sweden.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ComeAwayWithMe2020/Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday 5th, we go again to find out how they are treating me. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Video Credit: Cancer Research UK via YouTube


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Blast from the Past: Song Lyric Sunday ~ Hozier

March 2020

This post was first posted in March 2016

March 2016

While doing “Love Is In Da Blog” I suggested to take part in Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday. And wow have we done. I have been introduced to a few wonderful songs, and I decided this is a good blog event to keep doing.

Last year a young Irish singer/songwriter caught my ear with his “Take me to Church”. His name is Hozier and even though I didn’t really listen to the lyrics, at first, his voice and his way of making music fascinated me. It’s not mainstream. It’s different, and it’s unique. There was only one line that stuck out to me: “I’ll tell you my sins, and you can sharpen your knife…”

I do not know what it was that spoke to me about that line. Maybe it is my discomfort with conservative Christians who know exactly what is right and what is wrong, and they never fail to tell you about it. And they never fail to judge you and your behaviour on that scale and “sharpen their knives” so to speak. They also never fail to hide their own sins.

Life for me isn’t black or white. There is an awful lot of grey and we do not know what makes a person act in a certain way. Usually, there is a reason for it. People are not just sinners. They experience hardship, unfairness and trauma and they have to deal with it with what they have available.

It puzzles me that some Christians act in that way because the person whom they supposedly follow never saw life in black or white. He was a very understanding person and seemed to know about trauma, hardship and unfairness and what it does to people. He accepted the prostitutes blessing and ate at the taxman’s table. He just broke rules given to the people of his time because he saw the person and his or her pain and not what society forced people to see.

The song “Take me to Church” also is about today’s taboo’s and even if the video does not exactly have anything to do the lyrics, in my opinion, it speaks of the still established taboo of gay love and those who feel they have to fight it and harm or kill gay people. And so often they are conservative Christians who plainly forget that Jesus asked them to love their neighbour as themselves. No matter if he or she is gay, black, HIV-positive (I admit that wasn’t possible in Jesus’s time) an immigrant or not. Unfortunately, I can’t insert that video here in the post.

But again I do not know why these Christians act in that way. It might be their way of dealing with their own hardships, traumas and unfairnesses. Who knows? I won’t be the first to throw the stone because I do not know why they act in that way. I just express my discomfort with that sort of behaviour.

But enough said. Here is the song and the Lyrics: “Take me to Church” by Hozier and Lyrics taken from A-Z Lyrics

“Take Me To Church”

My lover’s got humour
She’s the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody’s disapproval
I should’ve worshipped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak
She’s the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday’s getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week

“We were born sick,” you heard them say it

My church offers no absolutes
She tells me, “Worship in the bedroom.”
The only heaven I’ll be sent to
Is when I’m alone with you

I was born sick
But I love it
Command me to be well
Aaay. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

If I’m a pagan of the good times
My lover’s the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That’s a fine-looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We’ve a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

No Masters or Kings
When the Ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Ooh oh. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I’ll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I’ll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

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This post is part of Helen’s “Song Lyric Sunday” over at “This Thing Called Life One Word At A Time” now Helen’s Words of Life.

And here is what Helen gave us as suggestions to take part:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process
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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 + 1 is over & an invitation to a year-long music challenge

Hello out there dear people of the blogosphere. Can you imagine? February is over and with it “Love Is In Da Blog”.

What a month full of wonderful and sometimes a little curious music. Thank you so much to all of you who took part. It’s been a pleasure to hear your music.

And a special thanks to Barbara from Teleporting Weena, Di from Pensitivity101, Jim from A Unique Title for me and Paula from Light Motifs II for your exvellent prompt suggestions. “Love Is In Da Blog 2020” wouldn’t have been the same without them!

So here is my “thank you” song which is dedicated to all of you!

Video Credit: Abba via YouTube

Again thank you for the music to all of you wonderful “Love Is In Da Blog” Bloggers!!!!! You rock! You taught us about new music and gave us classics we love. I can only repeat: You rock!!!!!

Di from Pensitivity101

Paula from Light Motifs II

Barbara from Teleporting Weena

Jim from A Unique Title For Me

Caramel from “Crushed Caramel

I scrap 2 from “I Scrap 2

Rugby843 from “The Bag Lady

Gregory from “My Rattled Cage

Lady Manila from “LadyLeeManila

Carol Anne from ” TherapyBits

Melanie from Sparks from a Combustbible Mind

Nandini from Queen Nandini

JoAnna from “Anything Is Possible

A.M. Moscoso from “My Enduring Bones

Sorry, if I forgot someone. Please let me know and I add you!!!!

I am working on a YouTube playlist with all our songs. Please bear with me as I could not always get exact the same video you chose. Also, I could not do all of them yet. Next year I add them as we move along 😊.

Find it here Love Is In Da Blog 2020 on YouTube.

Invitation to a year-long challenge

In December, I have started a musical journey all over the world on Mondays. There are music universes out there that we know nothing of because we tend to listen to our own countries music mostly.

Now that “Love Is In Da Blog 2020” comes to an end I am wondering if other bloggers want to take part in my world-wide musical blog tour. It is so great to check out other bloggers music choices and it would be wonderful if I have some help to find great music from other countries. Can I entice you to take part?

If so, check out my “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” and find out more.

If not, happy blogging, happy music listening and happy 2020

🙋‍♀️🐝

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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 Day 28: A love song that contains color & Prompt for Day 29

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are well and life is giving you only diamonds and no rust. But if there is any rust… upcycle the experience 😉 .

Can you believe it? We are nearly finished with “Love Is In Da Blog 2020”! Time flew by in good company and with lovely music. Thanks so much for your participation!!! You rock!!!

Barbara gave us today’s prompt and it is:

A love song that contains color

Please head over to her wonderful blog and check it out: Teleporting Weena

I had to use a song that puzzled me for ages. When I was working at the supermarket, they had music playing. I recognised most music but this one I could not. It always made move to its rhythm and melody and I asked countless people: “Do you know who sings this song?”. Then it turned up in an advert and it nearly drove me crazy because I really liked the song. It’s different. It has rhythm and Laura Mvula has such an interesting voice. Then a couple of months ago I googled “green garden song” and alas up it came.

So here we go a love song with a colour. Please enjoy and if it does not play here on the blog follow the link underneath to its YouTube location. Have fun!!!!

Love Is In Da Blog 2020 prompt for day 29

And for our last day an easy one 😉

On this extra February Day and as a good-by choose whichever love song you like

Now dear readers

go, find music

and have lots of fun!!!!

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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 Day 27: Find a song about love in autumn & Prompt for Day 28

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope your life rocks and rolls in a happy tune and if challenges arise that you have support around you. Feel the love coming your way!

Today’s prompt is by me and I challenged you to find a love song that is connected with autumn. I have chosen a Ukrainian singer called Ani Lorak. If you are a Eurovision Song Contest fan then you might have come across her because she participated in 2008. She is one of the most successful women in Ukraine and used to be a UN Goodwill Ambassador. Please find out more about her here on Wikipedia and enjoy her song “Autumn Love”. As always follow the link underneath the video if it does not play here on the blog.

Video Source: My Favourites via YouTube

Love Is In Da Blog 2020 prompt for day 28

One last one from Barbara!!!

A love song that contains color

Please head over to her wonderful blog and check it out: Teleporting Weena

Now dear readers

go, find music

and have lots of fun!!!!

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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 Day 26: A love song that charted in the Top 10 or better & Prompt for Day 27

Hello out there in the blogosphere, how are you? I hope you are well and if not that you get all the help you need. Feel embraced by healing energy.

Today’s prompt is by Jim and is:

A love song that charted in the Top 10 or better

Please head over to Jim’s Blog “A Unique Title for me” and cheer him on on his music history journey. Thanks!

Sorry, dear readers and fellow bloggers if my posts are a little short-handed currently. It turned out that I have breast cancer, and I have to get through several examinations. Unfortunately, the hospital isn’t close by (yes, there are disadvantages living in the middle of nowhere 😉 ) and they try to get me in as fast as they can so they often call and ask if I can come in at that day because they had a cancellation.

You can imagine that I take as many as I can to get to a point where they know everything and can start treating the bugger. But I have to be very flexible, and I have to admit I find that a little difficult. So far, I am holding up well. I want to maintain as positive an attitude as I can because I believe that is important to beat cancer.

A big thank you at this point to the best husband in the world, my employer and my family and friends who are so, so, so supportive. I am rolling to this new journey on a wave of positive energy that comes my way from all over the world, and that means much to me.

That is why I dedicate this song to all of you who keep me in your prayers in your thoughts. I appreciate this a lot!

And just to make sure it fits the prompt, here is what Wikipedia says about it: “It was a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit for the duo for two consecutive weeks in 1973“. Please follow the link underneath the video if it does not play here on the blog.

Video Credit: Carpenters via YouTube

Love Is In Da Blog 2020 prompt for day 27

Let’s end our seasonal love song journey with this one:

Find a song about love in autumn

Now dear readers

go, find music

and have lots of fun!!!!

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Love Is In Da Blog 2020 Day 25: Find a pop song about love & Prompt for Day 26

Hi peeps, how are you doing? I hope you are doing well and if life throws you a curve ball that you have enough chocolate to beat the challenge into submission.

Can you believe it we are nearly through the whole month of February? Big changes for me as I told you yesterday but such a great musical festival here on “Love Is In Da Blog”. Thank you so much to all of you who have made it such a fun, entertaining and educational event!!!! You rock!

Thanks Barbara for today’s promp:

Find a pop song about love

Please head over to her intriguing blog “Teleporting Weena” and pay her a compliment or two. Thanks.

I might be a little behind when it comes to modern artists. At least when it comes to a music project called “Owl City” by multi-instrumentalist Adam Young. Apparently, young Mr Young 😉 is active since 2007 and has created music for films like Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Wreck-It Ralph, The Croods, VeggieTales & Smurfs 2. That is quite impressive isn’t it?

It says on the “About” page of “Owl City”: Following the release of 2015’s Mobile Orchestra, he took a step back from Owl City and devoted 2016 to releasing one instrumental score per month, simply as “Adam Young,” basing each song off of a favorite historical event. These spanned Apollo 11, RMS Titanic, The Spirit of St. Louis, The Ascent of Everest, Omaha Beach, Miracle in the Andes, Project Excelsior, Corduroy Road, Voyager 1, Mount Rushmore, and The Endurance. This exercise earmarked something of a creative turning point. I had no chance yet to check his instrumentals out but am rather excited to explore those. What a great idea to base music on historic events! I love it!

The song I have chosen is called “Fireflies” and I have no idea how I found it. It just popped up in one of my searches on YouTube and I found it so intriguing that I chose it for today’s prompt. It has apparently for two non-consecutive weeks topped the Bilboard Hot 100 and was in the charts in Europe but I can’t remember ever hearing it. The song was on Owl City’s debut album “Ocean Eyes” which came out in 2009 and is featured in several video games.

Enough information for now. Just sit back and enjoy a great song and if it doesn’t play here on the blog, follow the link underneath.

Video Credit: Owl City via YouTube

Love Is In Da Blog 2020 prompt for day 26

Thanks Jim, for so many intriguing prompts for this years Love Is In Da Blog:

A love song that charted in the Top 10 or better

Please head over to Jim’s Blog “A Unique Title for me” and cheer him on on his music history journey. Thanks.

Now dear readers

go, find music

and have lots of fun!!!!