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Music Monday takes poetic license with WHO DO YOU LOVE?

It’s National Poetry Month, so I’m talking about “poetic license” in songs.

“Who do you love?” by Bo Diddley — a classic song but grammatically incorrect.

I mix up Who vs. Whom all the time, so this is a great way of remembering how to use the words correctly.

Who – refers to the subject of a sentence.

Whom – refers to the object of a sentence.

In Bo Diddley’s song, he wants to know the object of my love, so he should be asking: “Whom do you love?”

;)

Feel free to share any songs you know where the writer has taken poetic license with the title or lyrics.

In the meantime, enjoy “Who do you love?” and have a wonderful week.

~eden

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Music Monday takes poetic license with LAY DOWN SALLY

It’s National Poetry Month, so I’d like to talk about “poetic license” in songs.

A writer who takes poetic license deviates from the correct use of language to express himself/herself. Poets do this to achieve the effects of rhyme, meter, or some other desired outcome.

Did Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, two iconic songwriters take poetic license when they misused the words LIE vs LAY in their songs? I’m not sure. These words are often confused with one another.

Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally” is grammatically incorrect. You lay down an object, but in the song, he’s talking to Sally and what he really wants is for her to lie down.

It’s the same with Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay.” The correct title should be “Lie Lady Lie,” though Dylan’s version rolls off the tongue much more easily.

Bad grammar aside, these songs are forever etched in my brain as they were written. I’d feel pretty foolish to sing them any other way.

Please share any songs you know where the writer has taken poetic license with the title or lyrics.

In the meantime, enjoy “Lay Down Sally,” and I hope you have a great week.

~eden

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Music Monday with Cannonball by @damienrice

It’s National Poetry Month, so I’m choosing songs I consider poetry set to music. “Cannonball” is haunting, atmospheric, and the lyrics are beautiful.

Enjoy Irish singer/songwriter Damien Rice and “Cannonball.”

~eden

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“Still a little bit of your taste in my mouth
Still a little bit of you laced with my doubt
Still a little hard to say what’s going on

Still a little bit of your ghost, your witness
Still a little bit of your face I haven’t kissed
You step a little closer each day
That I can’t say what’s going on

Stones taught me to fly
Love ‒ it taught me to lie
Life ‒ it taught me to die
So it’s not hard to fall
When you float like a cannonball …”

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I Walked the @DaretoWearLove Runway to HAPPY by @Pharrell

dtwl 5The Dare to Wear Love Gala and fashion show took place at the Ritz Carlton Friday, Mar. 28th, and what a night it was!

Many thanks to Susan Dicks for her creation of my beautiful dress.

Deepest thanks to Jim Searle and Chris Tyrell of HOAX Couture, creators of Dare to Wear Love.

Here are 25 pictures from the evening’s show, but there are hundreds more! Find them on all the Dare to Wear Love sites.

Website | Facebook | Twitter @daretowearlove | Blog

The evening was beautiful, fun, filled with love, and most importantly, celebrated the talents and commitment to social justice of Canada’s fashion design community and artists.

By raising funds and awareness for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, we were all able to USE THE POWER OF FASHION FOR GOOD!

I had the pleasure of walking the catwalk to the song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Hope you enjoy!

Learn more about:

 Dare to Wear Love | Stephen Lewis Foundation

 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Music Monday says You Can’t Always Get What You Want

I’ve been providing clues to my new book for weeks now, and guess what? This is the final clue.

You know what that means, right? I’ve finished writing the book! :D

I’m excited, SUPER excited! Next steps: The manuscript goes to my wonderful editor, Annetta Ribken, and the amazing JB Graphics will design the cover and create a new book website for me.

It’s been a long haul. There is still so much to do, but for now, I just want to breathe and thank everyone who has been so patient, loving, and supportive during my writing process. I am thrilled with the book, and I hope you will be too.

Look for more information about my book in future blogs, including book title, release date details, marketing, and more.

As for this song by the Rolling Stones … it’s one of my favorites, and a perfect final clue.

Big love 

~eden

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” … I saw her today at the reception
In her glass was a bleeding man
She was practised in the art of deception
I could tell by her blood-stained hands

Oh, you can’t always get what you want
Oh, you can’t always get what you want
But if you try sometime
You just might find
You get what you need …”

Here were previous weeks’ song clues:

The Tide Is High | Crazy | Coconut | Mad World

Something | You’re So Vain | It’s Probably Me

Windmills of Your Mind | She’s Always a Woman

If you want to read other genres I write: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

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Music Monday with She’s Always a Woman

There are a lot of women in my upcoming psychological mystery, and this song is one of my favorites about the diversity of a woman. Enjoy Billy Joel’s song as another clue to my book.

“… Oh … she takes care of herself
She can wait if she wants, she’s ahead of her time
Oh … and she never gives out
And she never gives in, she just changes her mind

And she’ll promise you more than the garden of Eden
Then she’ll carelessly cut you and laugh while you’re bleeding
But she’ll bring out the best and the worst you can be
Blame it all on yourself ’cause she’s always a woman to me …”

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To recap, the clues so far are:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

You’re So Vain

It’s Probably Me

Windmills of Your Mind

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a wonderful week,

eden

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Music Monday in the Windmills of Your Mind

There are a lot of mind games in my upcoming psychological mystery, and this song provides terrific metaphors for it. Enjoy the dreamy Dusty Springfield and another clue in my upcoming novel.

“… Like a circle in a spiral
Like a wheel within a wheel
Never ending or beginning
On an ever spinning reel
Like a snowball down a mountain
Or a carnival balloon
Like a carousel that’s turning
Running rings around the moon …”

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

You’re So Vain

It’s Probably Me

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

eden

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Music Monday says It’s Probably Me

Until my book is released, I’m featuring music to provide clues about its plot, characters, setting, mood, and more.

Sting and Eric Clapton in black and white, mysterious lyrics … all hard to beat.

“… When the world’s gone crazy and it makes no sense
There’s only one voice that comes to your defense
The jury’s out and your eyes search the room
And one friendly face is all you need to see
If there’s one guy, just one guy
Who’d lay down his life for you and die
It’s hard to say it
I hate to say it, but it’s probably me …”

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

You’re So Vain

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a lovely week,

eden

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Music Monday says You’re So Vain

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring music to provide clues for my upcoming mystery novel.

These songs can hint at: Character, setting, mood, plot, and more.

“You’re So Vain” is a mysterious song. Who is Carly Simon singing about? The speculation has ranged from Warren Beatty to Mick Jagger to David Geffen and others. Rumour has it the subject was whispered backwards at the beginning of the song.

I love these little puzzles that keep people guessing. Don’t you? ;)

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

Something

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a lovely week,

eden

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Music Monday says Something with the Beatles

How timely that I’m featuring music to provide clues for my upcoming mystery novel, and it’s the Beatles’ 50-year anniversary to America.

It was Feb. 9, 1964 when they appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and made music history.

“Something” written by George Harrison (my favorite Beatle) is the only song he wrote while with the Beatles that topped the Hot 100 chart. It’s a beautiful song about the mysterious qualities of a woman that attract a man.

And we all know, there are so many things about a woman that can mystify a man. ;)

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

Mad World

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a lovely week,

eden

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Music Monday starts with a Mad World

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring music that provides clues for my upcoming mystery novel.

These songs can hint at any part of the story: Character, setting, mood, plot, and more. This week’s clue is a good one, and it’s a great song, sung here by Gary Jules, originally by Tears for Fears.

To recap, the clues so far were:

The Tide Is High

Crazy

Coconut

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have an amazing week. ;)

eden

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Music Monday involves a Lime and a Coconut

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring songs that hint at my current mystery novel, and I’m using music to do it.

Why not?

It kills two birds … you know the old saying.  I get to share songs, which I do every Monday, and provide clues to peculiar elements in my book.

To recap, the  first two clues were:

The Tide Is High” and “Crazy.”

Enjoy “Coconut” by the late, great Harry Nilsson. It features three distinct characters (the narrator, the sister, and the doctor) all sung in different voices by Nilsson.

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a wonderful week, stay tuned. ;)

eden

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Music Mondays goes Crazy

Over the next weeks, I’m featuring songs that hint at my current mystery novel.

The first clue came last week with “The Tide Is High.”

This week, enjoy “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. His song describes more than a few of the characters in my book.

If you want to read other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and short stories with a twist, check out the selection.

Have a wonderful week, more clues to come. ;)

eden

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Music Mondays and The Tide is High

Over the next weeks, I will feature songs that hint at my current mystery novel. The clues have to do with setting, characters, and plot.

The Paragons was the name of a band from Kingston, Jamaica. Their most famous track “The Tide Is High”, was written by band member, John Holt, later remade by Blondie in 1980.

Music drives my writing so it’s a great way to share the inspiration of my work with you.

If you want to read the other genres I write in: erotica/romance, flash fiction, and other short stories, I’d love if you pick up a copy of any of my books.

Have a wonderful week,

eden

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Music Monday accompanied by a rant ~ Cold as Ice

Remember Foreigner? They were a British-American rock band formed in the seventies. They sang a song called “Cold As Ice” and it became one of their big hits. The song was about a woman. When I listen to it now, I interpret the lyrics to be about something else.

Winter is my least favorite season. I make no secret of it, and this year is making up for mild winters of the past.

My experience with winter?

I’m Canadian.

I grew up in Montreal, a city where the winters were much harsher than they are in Toronto, where I now live. We had more snow, which was fun as a kid. I used to skate, toboggan, and jump in snow banks.

As I’ve aged, I’ve grown a thicker skin (metaphorically), but the physical reality is the exact opposite. I wear a hat in the house four to six months of the year. If there is one thing I loathe, it’s having my head cold. I also don’t like being touched on the top of my head. It gives me the shivers like the cold does, so the hat keeps me warm and prevents anyone from patting my head.

Along with the hat, I wear little socks that resemble slippers, and I have a cup of tea beside me all day, which I repeatedly reheat if I don’t drink it quickly enough. It’s not that I can’t afford heating. The truth is I feel the cold acutely and find it difficult to think unless my entire body is warm. Someone coined the term “brain freeze” for me, I’m sure of it.

Canada is a country of four seasons. I love the heat. I hate the cold. I used to think I had to suffer through winter to appreciate the summer, but no …

Seriously, no.

I would appreciate and love summer even if it were 365 days of the year.

This circles me back to Foreigner and “Cold as Ice,” a song about a love affair with a woman, written by a man. He considers her cold as ice because she sacrifices love for money, prefers gold and riches to a fortune in warm feelings from him. He says to her, someday, she will pay the price for wanting paradise.

I would too if paradise was somewhere hot. ;)

I used to like that song, but I listened to it last week while in my car at below freezing temperatures, waiting for the seat warmers to kick in. That was following an ice storm during Christmas, and before the freezing rain which recently hit. “Cold” and “ice” were not two words I wanted to hear.

So … I decided to do a quick re-write of the song.

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I’m as cold as ice
I’m not willing to sacrifice my hat
I never take it off
But someday it will be spring
I know

I’ve seen it before
It happens all the time
I’m closing the door
To leave the cold behind
I’m wearing my socks
My big sweater too
I look out my window
And wish for the sun

I’m as cold as ice
I’m not willing to sacrifice my hat
I never take it off
But someday it will be spring
I know …

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Brrrr. Now enjoy the real lyrics, stay warm everyone,

~eden

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Music Mondays with Stormy Weather

Toronto woke up to a deep freeze after this weekend’s ice storm. My heart goes out to those without power, especially during this crucial time of year for travel and family.

“Stormy Weather” sung by Billie Holiday is one of my favorite versions of this song. Here is hoping power is restored quickly and temperatures begin to rise.

If you need a bit of heat, feel like to pick up a copy of any of my books.
~eden

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Music Mondays with Bill Withers

Toronto was hit with its first big snowstorm this weekend.

I hate winter so I thought of summer, which led to thoughts of sunshine.

“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers is a favorite of mine, even though I break out in a sweat every time I sing it.  Try singing along with him and you’ll see what I mean (at the 54 second mark).

If you feel like sweating by reading instead of singing, pick up a copy of any of my books.

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Harmonica Monday with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band

This will be my final music post featuring harmonica … for a while anyway.

This week is my last harmonica lesson. It’s been a great several months of learning the instrument.

“One More Heartache’” by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band comes from their album, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw.  They are nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. I hope they make it.

If you like your stories with some blues, pick up Fall into Winter, which includes harmonica in the first story, “Seduced by the Blues.”

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For Remembrance Day ~ A Pittance of Time by @TerryKelly2

I’m taking a break from featuring harmonica this week.

Lest we forget – a very moving song and video by Canadian singer/songwriter, Terry Kelly.

~eden

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Harmonica Monday with The Pretenders

Many thanks to reader, writer, and reviewer, Lance Smith for suggesting The Pretenders for this week’s music post.

I’ve always considered Chrissie Hynde a talented singer and guitarist but did not know she played harmonica as well.

Enjoy “Middle of the Road” and Ms. Hynde’s sexy harmonica finale.

If you like your stories with sensuous women and music, pick  up Fall into Winter, which includes harmonica in the first story, “Seduced by the Blues.”

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