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Music Monday — Townes Van Zandt sings SNAKE SONG

ASiP coverHere is another song that helped inspire my upcoming novella, A Snake in Paradise, due out April 7th.

Hit the cover to read my post on it if you missed it.

The amazing Townes Van Zandt sings “Snake Song.”

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Enjoy the week,

 ~ eden

“You can’t hold me
I’m too slippery
I do no sleepin’
I get lonely
You can touch me
If you want to
I got poison
I just might bite you

Lie in circles
On the sunlight
Shine like diamonds
On a dark night
Ain’t no mercy
In my smilin’
Only fangs and
Sweet beguiling …”

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Music Monday — Shivaree sings THE SNAKE

ASiP coverHere is one of the songs that helped inspire my upcoming novella, A Snake in Paradise, due out April 7th. Hit the cover to read my post on it if you missed it last week.

Al Wilson sang the upbeat, bluesy original of this song. I’ve attached Shivaree’s jazzy, sexy version. ;)

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Great lyrics, have a listen and a wonderful week,

~ eden

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” … She clutched him to her bosom
“You’re so beautiful” she cried
“But if I hadn’t brought you in by now you might have died.”

Well she stroked his pretty skin again
And kissed him really tight,
Instead of saying thanks,
the snake gave her a vicious bite.

Take me in tender woman
Take me in for heaven’s sake
Take me in tender woman
Sighed the Snake

“I saved you!” cried the woman
“And you’ve bitten me but why?”
“You know your bite is poisonous
And now I’m gonna die.”

“Ha shut up, silly woman.”
Said that reptile with a grin.
“You knew darn well I was a snake before you took me in …”

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Music Monday — Closing Time

Today is the release day for the anthology Triptychs, in which I have two stories. My story “Last Call” is a tale about a woman who pursues sobriety. What happens to her is deliciously dark … Just when you thought it was safe to stop drinking. Ha!

Here’s Leonard Cohen with a song about last calls. If you’re interested in picking up the anthology, I’ve included the links below. ;)

BUY LINKS: Amazon US | UK | Canada

Thanks and have a great week,

eden

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Music Monday and One Headlight

This is an oldie from The Wallflowers, Jakob Dylan’s band. I heard it again the other day and remembered how much I loved the guitar playing and the lyrics. Sexy and dark—the song is inspiring a story I’m writing now.

” …This place is always such a mess
Sometimes I think I’d like to watch it burn
I’m so alone, and I feel just like somebody else
Man, I ain’t changed, but I know I ain’t the same …”

We sprang forward this weekend in parts of Canada, so spring should be around the corner. Yay! ;)

Here’s hoping you have a warm and wonderful week,

~ eden

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Music Monday with The Byrds and a Birthday Message

This will be my last Music Monday post as a forty-something woman. Yes, folks, tomorrow I cross over into another decade.

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Holy crap! How old am I?

I’ve always loved this song written by Pete Seeger. With lyrics taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes, its message inspired my novella, A Season For Everything, considered one of my most moving stories about love and loss.

The song also hit the Top 100 Billboard charts in the year I was born. Don’t you just love serendipity?

“To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time to every purpose under heaven …”

Here’s to spending the next seasons of my life with you. Let’s hope they are warm ones.

Hugs and have a great week,

~ eden 

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Music Monday is Gentle on my Mind

This is a song that Glen Campbell popularized. Performed here with the late great banjo player, John Hartford who wrote the song, and Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, it’s a wonderful rendition of “Gentle on my Mind.”

Glen Campbell came to mind after yesterday’s Academy Awards because one of his songs was nominated. Now stricken with Alzheimers, he wrote the song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” for his family before he lost all his memories. It was performed at the Oscars by Tim McGraw. Though it did not win, I thought it was a beautiful song with moving lyrics.

Hope you enjoy seeing Glen in better days, and have a great week,

~ eden

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Music Monday is Thinking Out Loud with @EdSheeran

I fell in love with this song when I saw Ed Sheeran perform it on the Grammys.

Beautiful music, lyrics, and video.

“…’Cause honey your soul could never grow old, it’s evergreen
And, baby, your smile’s forever in my mind and memory
I’m thinking ’bout how people fall in love in mysterious ways
Maybe it’s all part of a plan
Well, I’ll just keep on making the same mistakes
Hoping that you’ll understand …”

Enjoy, and have a great week everyone <3

~ eden

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Music Monday and the #Grammys

Last night, I tuned in to the Grammys to find a song for today’s Monday feature. My taste in music runs the gamut of hard rock, soft rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, pop, and more. It’s diverse, so I thought I would find something new I liked. The pickings were slim.

I like lyrics and music that touch me. What I saw and heard from many of the newer acts was more “show” than “song.” It’s difficult to feel moved by music when the singer becomes bigger than the song. I don’t need pyrotechnics for a country performance, and don’t pass off your auto-tuned voice as your own—not cool, Kanye. All the trills and vocal acrobatics don’t make for a better song when the lyrics are forgettable, and the song is soulless.

The Grammys don’t showcase the best musicians, of course, and some of those I’ve featured here have never won a Grammy.

Bob Marley – The Doors – Queen

Jimi Hendrix – Curtis Mayfield – The Strokes

The Who – Janis Joplin – Sam Cooke

Creedence Clearwater Revival  – Talking Heads – Deep Purple

The Pretenders – The Kinks – Dusty Springfield

What they have won though, is a place in music history. Only time will tell if that is the case for some of the performers last night.

One new artist I do like is Englishman, Sam Smith. He can sing. His lyrics are simple, and he belts them out from the heart.

“Stay with Me” has an interesting association with Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.” Google it if you’re interested.

Tell me if you watched the Grammys and enjoyed any new music. One last thing, SO thrilled that Beck won Album of the Year. I saw him open for the Stones years back, and liked him then. Grab his album, Morning Phase. There isn’t a bad song on it.

Have a great week, everyone, and stay warm.

eden

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Music Monday and Thunder Road

My favourite Springsteen song because I love the opening harmonica and the lyrics.

Hope you like it too,  and have a great week,

~ eden

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Music Monday and Born to Run

This past weekend, I played charades with a house full of guests. It’s been years since I’ve played the game, and this song was one of the clues.

Charades is fun, though the clues we gave were just a bit too easy. Next time, we’ll have to add in 18th century poems (by French poets) to classic films and songs. ;)

Enjoy Bruce Springsteen and hope your week is off to a running start,

~ eden

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Music Monday with Maggie May

Last week I was in the car listening to my favourite rock station. In between songs, the announcer mused on Jimmy Page’s new girlfriend.

She’s 25. He just turned 71.

As he went on and on about the age difference, I thought … this is news? Who cares?

I certainly didn’t. They’re both consenting adults and it’s their business and no one else’s.

The only thing I got out of it was today’s music choice.

I know Rod Stewart has had his share of young girlfriends, but “Maggie May” is about an older woman/younger man relationship.

Enjoy this blast from the past, and have a great week,

~ eden

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My first Music Monday of 2015 – Don’t Give Up

It’s Monday, and my first post of 2015 is a musical one.

“Don’t Give Up” is a collaboration by two incredible musicians.

It’s not only a beautiful song, but an anthem for anyone who is struggling—creatively, financially, physically, emotionally, and otherwise.

With the world in turmoil sparked by the senseless murders in France, I have, at times, felt incredibly discouraged, but I’m not giving up … I hope you won’t either. — eden

je suis charlie

 

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Music Monday with Bill Withers

It’s Monday.

Tomorrow night Hannukah begins.

In less than two weeks Christmas arrives.

No matter how busy, frazzled, or rushed you feel, don’t forget to breathe and enjoy this special time. Here’s Bill Withers and one of my favorite songs.

Have a lovely day and a lovely week,

~ eden

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Music Monday with Lucinda Williams (@happywoman9)

Last week, I saw Lucinda Williams at Massey Hall, my first time seeing her in person. She is currently touring to promote her new double album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, but the Louisianan native performed old favorites as well.

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Backed by an amazing band which consisted of Wallflowers guitarist Stuart Mathis, bass player David Sutton and percussionist/drummer Butch Norton, the four-person ensemble played a brilliant mix of alt-country, folk-blues and hot rock. The show concluded after three enthusiastic encores and fist-pumping to Neil Young’s “Rockin’ the Free World.”

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Photo credit: Mike Ford

I’ve included a video of Lucinda from an older concert, performing a song by Randy Weeks. It was the second song she played the night I saw her. If you get a chance, don’t miss her live. She’s a fabulous singer/songwriter, and her voice is as powerful as ever. And her band — HOT! Find tour dates on her website.

I’d also like to extend a special “hello” to Suzanne, a lovely woman who sat next to me and was a real Lucinda fan. She made for an especially well-informed musical evening.

Enjoy “Can’t Let Go” and have a super week,

eden

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Music Monday and a Hazy Shade of Winter

Snow has already hit many parts of Canada and the USA.

Welcome Simon and Garfunkel and the hazy shades of winter, which seems to be making an early start.

Hope everyone enjoys a warm week,

eden

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Music Monday looks at Both Sides Now

This beautiful song is a great choice for NaNoWriMo because of its book-related inspiration.

“Both Sides Now,” written by Joni Mitchell, first appeared on her 1969 album Clouds. 

While traveling on a plane, she was reading Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King. Early in the book Henderson the Rain King was also on a plane on his way to Africa when he looked down and saw clouds.

From this tidbit, Joni Mitchell came up with this classic song.

Enjoy and have a great week,

eden

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“… Oh but now old friends they’re acting strange,
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day.

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all

I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all.”

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Music Monday brings NaNoWriMo and the Book of Love

November is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. I liken the event to “vomiting out a novel” in a month’s time.  Participants began writing on November 1st with the goal to write a 50,000-word novel by 11:59:59, November 30th.

The main objective of NaNoWriMo is output. It’s about quantity, not quality. Given this, anyone can join and is encouraged to write with abandon, take risks, and most importantly—forget their internal editor. Some years ago, I tried it and failed. It’s not for everyone, but I know many friends and writers do it and find it a tremendous way to kickstart their writing.

Here’s a song about books and writing by Peter Gabriel, and for all those participating in NaNoWriMo this year, I wish you much success,

~eden 

 

 

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Music Monday remembers Jack Bruce

I recently featured Cream on my blog, so it was very sad to hear about the passing of legendary bassist, Jack Bruce.

RIP Jack … hope you have year-round sunshine where ever you are,

eden

 

 

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Music Monday connects Paperback Writer to my @Goodreads Giveaway

At the beginning of this month, I did a Goodreads Giveaway for one print copy of Stranger at Sunset. The giveaway took place from Oct 1-15. Here  are the stats from that promotion.

~ 1153 people signed up to win a copy.
~ 591 people added the book to their “To Read” shelf.
~ The giveaway was available to readers worldwide.
~ A reader from the USA won.

I consider it a goodwill gesture to do giveaways, and it’s an easy way to connect to more readers if you have a print version of your book. Given the success of my first giveaway, I will run another one next month.

In the meantime, Stranger at Sunset in e-book format is still 99 cents for another week, so pick it up!

Amazon | Apple | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

This is a perfect song for writers. Enjoy and have a great week,

eden

 

 

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Music Monday ~ Cold Turkey

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving, and yes, I love turkey even when it’s cold.

To those celebrating today, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

To everyone else, enjoy John Lennon and have a great week,

eden

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