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The Power of Words


As a writer, I notice the use of words… in everything. Commercials, bill boards, work, books especially, nothing is outside of my pervue. Though I could take a whole blog to complain about the language used in commercials alone, today I want to talk about lyrics.

I love music and the words those notes travel over can be so moving and imaginative. I wish to God I could put words together like that. This isn’t a new obsession by any means. I have always been fascinated by song lyrics. I used to sing… all the time… and words to the songs made me want to sing the song.

Lately lyrics have started to capture my attention again. For awhile there I was too engrossed in learning how to write that I stopped listening to songs, only symphonies, movie scores. Last year my daughter started playing the local radio on the radio on the porch. Over the speaker croons Luke Bryan and…
“You’ve got your hands up, you’re rocking in my truck. You got the radio on, you’re singing every song. I’m set on cruise control, I’m slowly loosing hold…”

The picture that line evoked sent me right back to my teenage years (awhile ago, mind you). Just those simple words threw me into a world of my happy past, free wheeling and carefree… the college years. I saw myself the center of that boy’s attention, amazement in his eyes, his mouth dropping open. The way every young woman wants to be admired (I think).
I was amazed. I was hooked too.

From there Blake Shelton’s “Over” the very first line is magical!!
“If I could, I would feed your dreams and starve your fears.”
Doesn’t that take you to a place of utterly perfect love? I’m a romance writer and I find the romance in everything. Worse yet, I find the best part of a relationship in everything because you are looking at a hopeless optimist.

If you aren’t too fond of country music, sorry. I live out here and everything in those songs makes perfect sense. I could post a list of them here, but I have mercy on readers.

I’d love to hear what lines evoke an emotion or a memory for you. Put it in the comments.

Love,
Nena

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Jason Aldean Rocks!


Something I have become over the past year is an avid country music fan. I have a Pandora station playing at work all time and the radio in the car playing the local country station. I blame it all on my daughter. She turned the radio on last summer and Luke Bryan was singing “You’ve got your hands up, you’re rocking in my truck” and I was hooked.

So of course the logical thing to do was hit the next concert that comes to town. George Strait sold out in minutes, but I bought tickets to Jason Aldean’s Night Train concert without an issue.

This past weekend my daughter and I spent the weekend together. Making it an awesome time was staying at the Marriott. But the highlight was the concert itself. I’m ashamed to admit it has been almost forty years since I went to a live concert. I’ve attended the ballet, classical concerts, plays, but a real rock concert… nope.

Country music isn’t the twangy stuff from twenty years ago. The new country artists have rock and roll souls with a heart in the country. You feel it when the bass reverberates through your whole body and those drums shake you to your feet. Of course, you’re left half deaf by the end, but the thrill of getting to that stage out weighs the lack of ability to hear.

Opening the event was Thomas Rhett.

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If you know anything about country music, this fellow sings “A Beer with Jesus”.

The next guy singing was Jake Owen. He was awesome. He’s really cute in person. My daughter says he looks like a younger, darker Matthew Mcconaughey. We love his music and band.

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Then came the headliner!! Jason Aldean.

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Every song was awesome. I sang the words to every one of those songs. That is an eerie feeling knowing every lyric he sings. He opened with “Take a Little Ride” and I waited and waited, along with the whole arena of fans, until he sang “She’s Country”. The roar of the crowd was overwhelming. I can only imagine what it feels like getting that reception on the stage. Exhilarating I guess.

The man looks great in a pair of jeans, by the way.

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I had to use the little point and shoot camera for these pics. The concert promoter wouldn’t allow cameras with detachable lenses inside the arena. I still managed a few decent shots, but nothing as stunning as my regular Nikon delivers.

This is a short post just to get all this off my chest until I write about on my real person blog.

It was such an exercise in people observation. The writer in me went bonkers. I have so much going on inside my head it’ll be a few weeks before it all calms down.

Love this kind of stuff.

Nena

Magic Mike Birthday Blast


That is some gorgeous man flesh staring you in the face.

My birthday was a few days ago and my dear friend Voirey Linger took me to see Magic Mike on my birthday!! It was the nicest birthday, I tell you. This movie has to be viewed with your girl friends, because too much hooting and hollering will ensue. And any other family members will only be embarrassed by your tawdry and loud behavior.  Only your best friends will understand the attraction.

The theater was filled with nothing but women… oh wait! One fellow braved the rowdy crowd with his girl. No doubt that man was aptly rewarded.

Oh it’s rainin’ men!!

There is an abundance of washboard abs and smokey looks, not to mention bare asses and… some other unmentionables.

Matthew McConaughey is sexy and funny and … did I say sexy? Gorgeous.

This movie feeds every woman’s fantasy and more. Even better, it has a great plot. So ladies, it isn’t just an hour and a half of lust inducing man-flesh. A real story lurks behind it all. Just in case you might need some form of justification to see this movie.

And Channing Tatum is charming….

And I certainly don’t want to over look the stunning, yet young, Alex Pettyfer (for my girls enamored with this hunk of yum.)

Amazing moves and stunning routines do everything to show off every desirable attribute females seek in their man.

Have a blast when you see this.

Nena

A Change of Pace …. Music


Besides this recently acquired, overwhelming urge to write. A bewitching spell under which I now dwell, I also love, love, love to listen to music. My life has been steeped in music. Until I took up a computer, I used to find myself on my bed with sheets and sheets of music strewn across the cover as I strummed my guitar. (I used to dream of being a famous singer *dreamy eyes*) I lived and breathed music and, my family will confirm, I sang all the time. Tantamount to singing music is listening to music, of course.

Times change as do music trends. I grew up in the 70’s rock era. Awesome sounds. I have weathered the Pop culture of the 80’s and the strange lyrics and sounds of the 90’s alternative trend. Truth be told, I hid from the sounds of the 90’s popular music charts. I didn’t emerge until just about five years ago.

During this dearth of modern hits, I still listened to my all time favorites …. the classics. I thrive on Beethoven and Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Schubert. This is a whole subject unto itself. Point is, I just lost interest in the new stuff.

My newest fave is a wonderful female artist. She goes by Adele. As a writer, I find her lyrics compelling and as a singer, her raspy voice is enthralling. Her hit “Someone Like You” is my newest favorite. I consider a song a winner when it evokes an uncontrollable emotional response in me. Just listen to these lyrics and see how you respond. It makes me cry every time I hear it. I can barely sing along for the darned tears and the way my throat closes up. It’s down right embarrassing in public.

Try this out and enjoy.

Nena