It’s been a while. Too long in fact. My working title for this entry was Forsaken, but it sounded far too serious and left me with visions of Clint Eastwood’s movie, Unforgiven. While surfing tunes on YouTube, something lighthearted, corny, yet cool (or as cool as the 80s could be) inspired me otherwise.
In October of 1984, Out of Touch started its climb to become Billboard’s Hot 100 number one song. MTV and Much Music were still in their infancy, and unlike today, in those days the stations actually played music videos.This video amplifies the prevalent corniness of the mid 80s. I love the video’s cigar chomping music executive, the shamelessly (and repeated) advertising plugs for Big Bam Boom (the Duo’s newest album), and Daryl Hall’s animal-print suit and slacks. Didn’t Amy Grant wear the same leopardskin jacket only one year later on the cover of Unguarded?
So what’s changed since last July? More than I like to admit.
While away, my dearly departed mother-in-law had a song written and performed as a tribute to her.
The Trifecta Writing Challenge site, where I labored and toiled over my few feable submissions, closed for good. There’s no doubt in my mind that I was in way over my head with that crowd of writers, but it was fun to try.
And then one of the nicest folks I’ve read on WordPress, Rarasaur (the same that pointed me to Trifecta’s Writing Challenge), she ended up going to prison in California. Yikes! How did that happen?
All of this to say, a whole lot can surely happen in a year. Looking back over the last 365 days, many personal disappointments lay scattered in my mind. I’m looking to make the next 365 days different.
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” ~ James 4:13-15 NIV