Saturday’s Song: Footloose

Today’s song was a request from one of my readers.  I have to say, it’s completely appropriate as a weekend pick-me-up.  But, it’s also a little bittersweet for me to post it because this movie (the original, of course!) was one I wanted to watch with Ex-BF and the boys.  I always thought Drake would love it, and I wonder if he’s seen it yet.  On a happier note, my college roommate once told me that she used to kick off her shoes and sing this song to her sister after returning from church with her family.  That story makes me smile.

If anyone has seen the remake of the movie, please comment and let me know if it was decent.  I don’t want to tarnish the classic by feeding myself a poor substitute.  Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Video:

Footloose lyrics
Written by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford

I’ve been working so hard
I’m punching my card
Eight hours for what?
Oh, tell me what I got

I’ve got this feeling
That time’s just holding me down
I’ll hit the ceiling or else I’ll tear up this town
Tonight I gotta cut

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise pull me off a my knees
Jack, get back c’mon before we crack
Lose your blues everybody cut footloose

And you’re playing so cool
Obeying every rule
I dig a way down in your heart
You’re burning, yearning for songs

Somebody to tell you
That life ain’t passing you by
I’m trying to tell you
It will if you don’t even try
You can fly if you’d only cut

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Oowhee, Marie shake it, shake it for me
Whoa, Milo c’mon, c’mon let’s go
Lose your blues everybody cut footloose

Cut footloose
Cut footloose
Cut footloose

We got to turn me around
And put your feet on the ground
Now take a hold of the phone
Whoa, I’m turning it loose

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise pull me off a my knees
Jack, get back c’mon before we crack
Lose your blues now everybody cut footloose

Loose, footloose kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise pull me off a my knees
Jack, get back c’mon before we crack
Lose your blues

Everybody cut everybody cut
Everybody cut everybody cut
Everybody cut everybody cut
Everybody everybody cut footloose

Saturday’s Song: Sweet Child…With A Cello…

I’d like to dedicate today’s song to a friend of mine.  While she’s neither separated nor divorced, she embodies the qualities necessary for anyone who might be going through such a transition.  She’s a strong and independent woman who knows who she is.  She’s able to think critically and logically without letting emotions overcloud her thought process.  I don’t always like what she has to say, yet I continue to appreciate her perspective on the oh-so-many issues we discuss.

More than a decade ago, “Jenny” began taking cello lessons.  Although she was a serious student, she had a hard time finding a teacher who would take her seriously.  She was regarded as an adult student who didn’t have a future with the cello.  Instructors wanted to teach her enough to play and then focus their energies on their young prodigies.  But Jenny persisted.  She traveled as far as she needed to go to meet with mentors who could help hone her skills and she never gave up her dream. The further she follows her passion, the more doors open for her.    Today she is an accomplished cellist, having played at multiple weddings and other community events.

Last week, Jenny attended a large-scale workshop and concert for cellists.  She took a big chunk of time away from her day job and her family to invest in herself and grow as an individual.  I applaud her continued courage to stretch her limits, step out of her comfort zone and further complete the Woman She Is Meant To Be.

Today’s song is a new twist on a classic (it’s old enough to be a “classic,” right?).  This version features a cello, a guitar and some outside-the-box creativity.  I hope you enjoy Sweet Child O’ Mine

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…Oh, and I’d also like to thank D for recently helping me replenish my beloved Guns N Roses CD collection 🙂

If you have a request for Saturday’s song, let me know via email: tara@taraeisenhard.com, tweet me @relativevolutns or comment on my Facebook Page.

Saturday’s Song: Here I Go Again

Twice over the past week, Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again has come on the radio in my car.  Hearing it while driving reminds me of the days when I used to listen to the song on cassette while cruising in my Camaro.  Now that I’ve said that, I feel the need to disclose that I’m not quite as old as that statement might lead one to believe 😉  I should also note that I have an issue with the second verse.  Love isn’t “charity”.  And that whole “rescue” idea isn’t healthy, regardless of whether you’re the one looking to be rescued or doing the rescuing.  (OK, Tara.  Now shut up and stop pissing on this retro 80s awesomeness.)

Anyway… the fact that I heard the twenty-five-year-old (whoa, really??) song twice in the past seven days made me think it would be a good one to share here today…

Video:

Here I Go Again, written by Bernie Marsden and David Coverdale

No, I don’t know where I’m going
But, I sure know where I’ve been
Hanging on the promises
In songs of yesterday
An’ I’ve made up my mind,
I ain’t wasting no more time
Here I go again
Here I go again

Tho’ I keep searching for an answer,
I never seem to find what I’m looking for
Oh Lord, I pray
You give me strength to carry on,
‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An’ I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t wasting no more time

I’m just another heart in need of rescue,
Waiting on love’s sweet charity
An’ I’m gonna hold on
For the rest of my days,
‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An’ I’ve made up my mind
I ain’t wasting no more time

But, here I go again,
Here I go again,
Here I go again,
Here I go

‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
An’ I’ve made up my mind,
I ain’t wasting no more time

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
‘Cos I know what it means
To walk along the lonely street of dreams

An’ here I go again on my own
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,
Like a drifter I was born to walk alone
Goin’ down the only road I’ve ever known,

[ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/w/whitesnake/here+i+go+again_20146215.html ]

A friend of mine once told me he believed this was his personal theme song.  Do you have a theme song?  Or just a request for Saturday’s Song?  Feel free to share it with me @RelativEvolutns or divorce.encouragist@gmail.com

Saturday’s Song: Already Gone

(I know I posted this song once before, but I hope it’s been long enough that my devout followers don’t notice …or, at least, can forgive… the repetition)

May 24 was the anniversary of the night my husband said we should separate.  Six years ago this weekend, I walked through a street fair with an old friend and told him, “I’m still sleeping and eating, so I know I’m ok.”

All of this reminds me of the song that was my personal anthem (well, one of them) during that period of my life and I thought it would be fitting to share it here today.  I love this song because it represents the power that we have to take control of a situation instead of simply letting things happen to us.  Today I’m going to take control of the weathering process and paint the trim on my shed doors 😉

Have a happy and safe Holiday Weekend, everyone!  Enjoy Already Gone, by The Eagles…

Video (live performance, 1974)

“Already Gone”
(written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund)

Well, I heard some people talkin’ just the other day
And they said you were gonna put me on a shelf
But let me tell you I got some news for you
And you’ll soon find out it’s true
And then you’ll have to eat your lunch all by yourself
‘Cause I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song, woo, hoo,hoo,woo,hoo,hooThe letter that you wrote me made me stop and wonder why
But I guess you felt like you had to set things right
Just remember this, my girl, when you look up in the sky
You can see the stars and still not see the light (that’s right)And I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song, woo, hoo,hoo,woo, hoo,hooWell I know it wasn’t you who held me down
Heaven knows it wasn’t you who set me free
So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains 
And we never even know we have the key 

But me, I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song
‘Cause I’m already gone
Yes, I’m already gone
And I’m feelin’ strong
I will sing this vict’ry song
‘Cause I’m already gone
Yes, I’m already gone
Already gone
All right, nighty-night

 

If you have a request for Saturday’s Song… something that makes you feel good and gets you through the weekend, let me know:  divorce.encouragist@gmail.com

Saturday’s Song: Speechless Summer

Today’s song was submitted by one of my readers.  Yay!  And thank you 🙂

I never would have picked this song myself… partially because I’d never heard it and also because I prefer songs that are accompanied by words (I can’t “hear” the music the way musically-inclined people can).  Due to the fact that we’re going lyric-less today, I give you a video only for Joe Satriani’s Summer Song.  Outside my house the sky is blue and the air is warm.  I suppose this is an appropriate feel-good song to listen to while I mow my grass…

If you have a request for Saturday’s Song… something that makes you feel good and gets you through the weekend, let me know:  divorce.encouragist@gmail.com

Sunday Song: The Best Days…

I know, I’m late with Saturday’s Song.  I’m sorry.  I was without internet access for most of the day yesterday.  This is the first I’ve been able to sit down and put my laptop to work.

I have a list of songs prepared for this gig, but I’m not posting them in order.  Each week I consider them and choose one that feels appropriate.  Sometimes the one I pick isn’t even on my list.  This week’s song was on the radio as I entered my house a few minutes ago- the timing was perfect.  I’m sure many can relate to Kellie Pickler as she sings about The Best Days Of Your Life.  I hadn’t seen the video until I looked it up to put it here.  I’m not sure how I feel about what happens to the guy.  What do you think?

The Best Days Of Your Life, written by Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift

Cause I’ll be there
In the back of your mind
From the day we met
Til you were making me cry
And it’s just too bad
You’ve already had the best days
The best days of your life

Aint it a shame?
A shame that everytime you hear my name
Brought up in a casual conversation
You can’t think straight
And aint it sad?
You can’t forget about what we had
Take a look at her and do you like what you see?
Or do you wish it was me

I’ll be there
In the back of your mind
From the day we met
To the very last night
And it’s just too bad
You’ve already had the best days
The best days of you life

And does she know?
Know about the times you used to hold me
Wrapped me in your arms and how you told me
I’d be the only one
I heard about
Yeah, someone told me once
When you were out
She went a little crazy
Ran her mouth about me
Aint jealousy funny?

I’ll be there
In the back of your mind
From the day we met
To the very last night
And it’s just too bad
You’ve already had the best days
The best days of you life
With me was a fairytale love
I was head-over-heels til you threw away “us”
And it’s just too bad you’ve
Already had the best days
The best days of your life

I heard you’re gonna get married
Have a nice little family
Live out my dreams with someone new
But I’ve been told that a cheater
Is always a cheater
I’ve got my pride
And she’s got you

I’ll be there
In the back of your mind
From the day we met
To you making me cry
And it’s just too bad
You’ve already had the best days
The best days of you life

Of your life
Oh, oh, yeah
You’re gonna think of me
You’re gonna think of me in your life
Oh, oh, yeah
It’s a shame
It’s a shame
It’s a shame…

Saturday’s Song

When contemplating what song I wanted to feature this week, I was reminded of a recent video from fellow 30-something, divorced and childless blogger, Sassy Divorcee (see her story here).  I first encountered Sassy on Twitter and I liked her name, so I followed her.  According to Sassy, she’s no Elizabeth Gilbert.  Indeed, she brings her own unique brand of sass, strength and sarcasm to the blogosphere.  When I read her post entitled Who Said Divorce Was The End Of My Life, I found it rather awesome (I love her new spin on the phrase “head in the clouds”).  I tweeted the post with a note about the inspiration within and Sassy sent me a link to the video below which features more images from her amazing journey, as well as today’s song:  Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), performed by Kelly Clarkston, written by Jörgen Elofsson, Ali Tamposi, David Gamson, and Greg Kurstin.

Lyrics…

You know the bed feels warmer
Sleeping here alone
You know I dream in color
And do the things I want

You think you got the best of me
Think you’ve had the last laugh
Bet you think that everything good is gone
Think you left me broken down
Think that I’d come running back
Baby you don’t know me, cause you’re dead wrong

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

You heard that I was starting over with someone new
They told you I was moving on, over you

You didn’t think that I’d come back
I’d come back swinging
You try to break me, but you see

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

Thanks to you I got a new thing started
Thanks to you I’m not the broken-hearted
Thanks to you I’m finally thinking about me
You know in the end the day you left was just my beginning
In the end…

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

[2x]
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stronger
Just me, myself and I
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone

(When I’m alone)

 

…Hope you’re having a great weekend 🙂