Tuesday Tunes: Optimistic Defiance

My good friend, Rhonda and I are going to see Tom Petty in concert this weekend.  So, I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite Tom Petty tunes as well as the answer to a question that was part of an award from a fellow blogger.  A while ago, the joyful and effervescent Ritu of the blog, But I Smile Anyway, nominated me for the STARLIGHT Blogger Award.  She asked, “Which song would you use as the soundtrack to your life?”  Here’s my answer. I don’t know if I could narrow it down to just one song.  I’d probably choose a couple from the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers album called, Anthology: Through the Years, namely:  “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and “Learning to Fly.” I chose these songs, because they speak to me about the journey of life.  I like how the metaphors of driving down a road, weather, and flying are used regarding life’s ups and downs as well as encompassing the lessons of faith and perseverance.  I also really LOVE the note of optimistic defiance in the lyrics. I think most of us can identify with the metaphor of life as a road in the song, “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” We start out on a sunny day, believing in our goals and dreams and that “anything is possible.”  And, as we’re heading down the road of life, we run into those people or circumstances that are stumbling blocks rather […]

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The Weekly Bleat

Life can be challenging sometimes, but I’m always grateful for each year on this earth.  Since I’m celebrating a birthday tomorrow, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite quotes about attitude, youth, joy, and the sweetness of life.   Black and white photo: Florence, Italy–circa 1993–college semester abroad; Color photo:  Florence, Italy–circa 2016–visiting Tuscany with Farmguy.   “Promise […]

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Tuesday Tunes

  “La Vie en Rose” is a song that expresses the bliss of being in love.  It brims with pure emotion and beautiful sentiment.  To me, it’s one of the loveliest songs ever written.  “La Vie en Rose” or the English translation, Life Through Rosy Pink Glasses, was released as a single in 1947 by French singer, Édith Piaf and is one of her most famous and beloved songs. Édith Piaf, also known as “The Little Sparrow,” became an icon of France during World War II.  She was a symbol of French passion and tenacity.  Piaf’s signature song was about finding love after a trying time, and many people saw it as an anthem of hope as it was released shortly after the end of World War II. “La Vie en Rose” is about a state where everything appears rosy and cheerful because of being in love; thus, creating a feeling of “wearing rose-colored glasses.” When I hear it, I think of it as something more.  It isn’t just a song about romance; it’s an anthem of love for life, especially when everything around you is considered a source of joy. Here’s the thing:  Life through rosy pink glasses isn’t about being foolishly optimistic. Instead, it’s about a state of bliss, where one is truly able to see things in a positive light.  So, here’s to life in pink! “La Vie en Rose” performed by Catherine Carraway Quartet

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