Group Writing 20190604: Désirée

 

“…Then came the Fourth of June
On that sleepless night,
Well, I tossed and I turned
While the thought of her burned
Up and down my mind…”

I almost always have a soundtrack going in my head. Anything can trigger a new song. Even a pattern of syllables can pop something into my head that has a matching rhythm. Or, songs can morph from one into the next in ways that make perfect sense to me, but nobody else.

“How did you get from that song to this one?” my wife will ask incredulously.

“Can’t you feel how related they are?” I ask, knowing that she cannot. Maybe it’s a form of synesthesia on my part. Maybe it’s just the way my brain arranges things. It is certainly true that I have multiple types of song triggers. Almost anything can set one off.

I was thinking about this since two recent dates set off songs, and I know another is coming soon.

The first date was the 24th of May, Queen Victoria’s birthday. In Canada, it’s a holiday, although now it wanders as many of our holidays wander to Mondays. That date always triggers off Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers “The Pits” in my head.

Then there was the 3rd and 4th of June, which triggered an old Neil Diamond song, “Désirée.”

 

And then we have the Fourth of July coming up soon. You think that would trigger off all sorts of patriotic songs? No, this is what pops out:

Do you have a constant playlist running in your head? What are your song triggers? Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?

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  1. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Arahant: Do you have a constant playlist running in your head?

    Yes.

    What are your song triggers?

    Can’t say. For instance one time I woke with “Radar Love” playing in my head, despite to the best of my knowledge not having known it before.

    Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?

    Sometimes, although I don’t have an example at the moment.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 11:31 AM PDT
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  2. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    Arahant: The first date was the 24th of May, Queen Victoria’s birthday. In Canada, it’s a holiday, although now it wanders as many of our holidays wander to Mondays. That date always triggers off Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers “The Pits” in my head.

    I’m rather fond of Canadian Bush Party :

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    • June 12, 2019, at 11:31 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Misthiocracy secretly (View Comment):
    I’m rather fond of Canadian Bush Party :

    Okay. It’s one thing to have certain songs play in your head. Can’t help that. But being fond of that one? 😲

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    • June 12, 2019, at 11:49 AM PDT
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  4. ltpwfdcm allegedly Coolidge

    Of the three Desiree’s I can think of off the top of my head; two are smoking hot. That is all…

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    • June 12, 2019, at 12:31 PM PDT
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  5. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    ltpwfdcm allegedly (View Comment):

    Of the three Desiree’s I know; two are smoking hot. That is all…

    Not sure if Internet Law should be invoked here.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 12:34 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    ltpwfdcm allegedly (View Comment):

    Of the three Desiree’s I know; two are smoking hot. That is all…

    Not sure if Internet Law should be invoked here.

    Pics, or it ain’t so.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 12:43 PM PDT
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  7. ltpwfdcm allegedly Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    ltpwfdcm allegedly (View Comment):

    Of the three Desiree’s I know; two are smoking hot. That is all…

    Not sure if Internet Law should be invoked here.

    Pics, or it ain’t so.

    Maybe in the PIT…

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    • June 12, 2019, at 12:44 PM PDT
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  8. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    ltpwfdcm allegedly (View Comment):

    Of the three Desiree’s I know; two are smoking hot. That is all…

    Not sure if Internet Law should be invoked here.

    Pics, or it ain’t so.

    That was the one.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 12:51 PM PDT
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  9. The Great Adventure! Member

    Do you have a constant playlist running in your head? What are your song triggers? Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?

    No, nothing at all. Why do you ask?

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    • June 12, 2019, at 1:28 PM PDT
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  10. The Great Adventure! Member

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    Do you have a constant playlist running in your head? What are your song triggers? Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?

    No, nothing at all. Why do you ask?

    But then…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fAQhSRLQnM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo6aKnRnBxM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnhXHvRoUd0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR8D2yqgQ1U

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo1OwRTRKRk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaxAZYQB44o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijpcUv-b8M

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seZMOTGCDag

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeMvMNpvB5M

    Okay I’ll stop. But the playlist doesn’t.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 1:45 PM PDT
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  11. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):
    Okay I’ll stop. But the playlist doesn’t.

    I know about that. I really do.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 1:59 PM PDT
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  12. Mark Camp Member

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    Do you have a constant playlist running in your head? What are your song triggers? Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?

    No, nothing at all. Why do you ask?

    But then…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fAQhSRLQnM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo6aKnRnBxM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnhXHvRoUd0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR8D2yqgQ1U

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo1OwRTRKRk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaxAZYQB44o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijpcUv-b8M

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seZMOTGCDag

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeMvMNpvB5M

    Okay I’ll stop. But the playlist doesn’t.

    Best Split Comment of the Week. Only. Of the Year. No, maybe Ever.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 2:12 PM PDT
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  13. Randy Webster Member

    Arahant: Queen Victoria’s birthday.

    I would have thought it would trigger the Kinks’

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    • June 12, 2019, at 3:19 PM PDT
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  14. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Songs come to mind as rejoinders or comments on the moment, as I’ve shown over my time with Ricochet. Speaking of music, perhaps someone will write about hot jazz, or “Le Jazz Hot!”


    This is an entry in June’s theme series: Hot Stuff!” We have a lot of open days as the summer season starts. Please stop by and sign up to share your own angle on the topic, however loosely construed.

     

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  15. Mim526 Member

    Arahant: Do you have a constant playlist running in your head? What are your song triggers? Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?

    Well, since you mentioned it, your profile pic triggered Janet Jackson’s Black Cat the other day which led to Black Velvet which led to one of my all time fave black rocker chicks…

    Nutbush City Limits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Z0SsFHMwk

    Better Be Good to Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyU7BbQSm98

    Simply The Best https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC5E8ie2pdM

    61-year-old legs shakin’ and bakin’ it right here…wow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2T5_seDNZE

    Made some otherwise boring tasks fun crankin’ it up and listening to lady rockers that day.

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    • June 12, 2019, at 9:54 PM PDT
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  16. Mim526 Member

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    The Great Adventure! (View Comment):

    Do you have a constant playlist running in your head? What are your song triggers? Do particular dates pull up song associations for any reason?

    No, nothing at all. Why do you ask?

    But then…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fAQhSRLQnM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo6aKnRnBxM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnhXHvRoUd0

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR8D2yqgQ1U

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo1OwRTRKRk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaxAZYQB44o

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kijpcUv-b8M

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seZMOTGCDag

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeMvMNpvB5M

    Okay I’ll stop. But the playlist doesn’t.

    Baker Street I always recognize from the distinctive sax solo in the intro around the 0.25′ mark.

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    • June 13, 2019, at 12:21 AM PDT
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  17. Old Bathos Member

    Can’t recall the guy’s name but I once saw a musical comedy routine based on the performer’s inability NOT to slide from one song to the next. And lots of songs wound up being We Three Kings. Very clever.

     

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  18. Mark Camp Member

    The term “rush hour” brings up a pop song of the 60’s by the Sole Survivors but if it’s ok I won’t mention which song it is because it just got triggered again, and so I am trying to forget it now, once again, before I absent-mindedly hum a bar or two and then my wife will be singing it for a few days, too.

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  19. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    The term “rush hour” brings up a pop song of the 60’s by the Sole Survivors but if it’s ok I won’t mention which song it is because it just got triggered again, and so I am trying to forget it now, once again, before I absent-mindedly hum a bar or two and then my wife will be singing it for a few days, too.

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  20. Percival Thatcher

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    The term “rush hour” brings up a pop song of the 60’s by the Sole Survivors but if it’s ok I won’t mention which song it is because it just got triggered again, and so I am trying to forget it now, once again, before I absent-mindedly hum a bar or two and then my wife will be singing it for a few days, too.

    One of my favorite songs.

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  21. Mark Camp Member

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    The term “rush hour” brings up a pop song of the 60’s by the Sole Survivors but if it’s ok I won’t mention which song it is because it just got triggered again, and so I am trying to forget it now, once again, before I absent-mindedly hum a bar or two and then my wife will be singing it for a few days, too.

    This should help get that “Express Train to Your Heart” out of my mind. The Limited Liability Partnership both like this song quite a bit, even after one hearing. I’m the much less honky-tonk of the two of us. But a good tune and good lyrics cover many a twang, or however that saying goes. Take “I’ve Got Friends in Low Places”, for example. Heck, I think Brahms would have liked it.

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  22. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Mark Camp (View Comment):
    Heck, I think Brahms would have liked it.

    Brahms was a bawdy house piano player. You bet he’d have liked it.

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  23. Randy Webster Member

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    The term “rush hour” brings up a pop song of the 60’s by the Sole Survivors but if it’s ok I won’t mention which song it is because it just got triggered again, and so I am trying to forget it now, once again, before I absent-mindedly hum a bar or two and then my wife will be singing it for a few days, too.

    I have it on my list for Saturday Night Classics.

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  24. Richard Finlay Member

    Here at Earworms R Us, the running playlist does not have to involve “liking.” I woke u this morning trying to get Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” to stop. No idea where that  came from.

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  25. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    Richard Finlay (View Comment):

    Here at Earworms R Us, the running playlist does not have to involve “liking.” I woke u this morning trying to get Billy Joel’s “Only the Good Die Young” to stop. No idea where that came from.

    There are only two cures for an earworm:

    1. Make someone else listen to it so it infects them, and
    2. An even worse earworm.

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  26. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    One day I woke up with a Tom Petty song playing as an ear worm. About 20 minutes later, I realized that one Petty hit had been replaced by another. The whole day went on that way, with one of his songs following another. It was almost enjoyable, as no ear worm took me over for more than 20 minutes.

    When I finally got around to plugging in the laptop, I found out that Tom Petty had died.

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  27. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Who knows what Roger was thinking when he penned this spoof on two separate cultural entities:

    Jimmy Page liked the guitar work on the above.

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  28. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):
    Who knows what Roger was thinking when he penned this spoof on two separate cultural entities:

    Probably something like this:

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  29. Arahant Member
    Arahant Post author

    An interesting fact about the opening of Gilligan’s Island was that in the old black and white Hawai’i footage, you’ll see the flag at half-staff. It was filmed in late November in 1963.

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  30. The Great Adventure! Member

    Just came across this version of getting Rickrolled:

     

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