Ideal Inspiration Award IV

Many thanks to my dear friend James A Best – Author, who once again has most kindly nominated me for an award. James claims that: “My blog is just meandering thoughts to grab your attention.” But he’s a published author of two books so please check out his blog, you won’t regret it.

My Nominees

You know what, it’s only 5 questions so please respond in the comments section below or in a post of your own, if you’d like to join in!

James’ Questions

1.What is your best thing about blogging?

I blog because I can. I like that I can blog about whatever I want, whenever I want.

2. What is your typical day with Covid-19 being here?

TBH it’s not that different to pre-Covid except for the masks, handwashing and keeping one’s distance though, of course, both watching sport live and travelling are off the agenda.

3. Do you like home made vegetable chicken soup?

As a vegan, you lost me at chicken! I do however love home-made vegetable soup and have a pot of it on the stove most weeks.

4. Which of my blog topics would like me to write in my next blog?

I wouldn’t want someone to tell me what to write about on my blog, so I wouldn’t do it to you. It rather flies in the face of what I love about blogging (see 1. aabove)!

5. What is the best mountainous country would you like to visit?

I’ve visited a number of mountanous countries so it would probably be a re-visit to somewhere in Europe where I can cross-country ski.

And, here’s my questions for You

1.Describe your Covid experience using 5 adjectives.

2. What’s the weather like where you live? Is it fall or spring?

3. What, if anything, are you most looking forward to in 2021?

4. What are your plans for the forthcoming Christmas holidays?

5. Who would you like to invite to a dinner party (assuming a maximum of 5 invitees) and why? They can be dead or alive or fictional.

Pesky Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to her/his blog.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominee’s through their blog by visiting and comment on their blog.
  5. List the rules and display the ” Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  6. Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award as Rising Star from Ideal Inspiration. https://idealinspiration.blog

Song Lyric Sunday #15

I really like that Jim Adams of Song Lyric Sunday Challenge gives us plenty of notice about each Sunday’s prompts. Today it’s season appropriate Ghost/Pumpkin/Trick/Treat/Witch. I’m not someone who celebrates Halloween though I will leave out some home-made treats for the neighbourhood kids who’ll drop by.

I’m going with “Ghosts” a song by English band Japan which was released in March 1982 as the third single from their 1981 album Tin Drum. It reached number 5 in the UK charts.

Bereft of drums, the minimalist track would probably not be described as a commercially viable single in most circumstances. However, Japan’s popularity in the UK at the time, in addition to the early 1980s fashion for new wave music, allowed the single to become unexpectedly popular. Smash Hits magazine described the single as:

……….arguably the best thing Japan have ever done – slow, spare and mesmerising.

Record Mirror made it Single of the Week and described it as:

……..the most stunningly original single you’ve heard for a long time.

Japan were an English new wave band formed in 1974 in Catford, South London by David Sylvian (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Steve Jansen (drums) and Mick Karn (bass guitar), joined by Richard Barbieri (keyboards) and Rob Dean (lead guitar) the following year. Initially an alternative glam rock-inspired band, Japan developed their sound and androgynous look to incorporate electronic music and foreign influences, eventually becoming an influence on the UK’s early-1980s New Romantic scene, though the band themselves were not a part of it.

Japan achieved success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, releasing nine UK Top 40 hits and scoring a UK Top 5 with the live album Oil on Canvas (1983). The band split in December 1982, just as they were beginning to experience commercial success in the UK and abroad. Its members went on to pursue other musical projects, though they reformed briefly in the early 1990s under the name Rain Tree Crow, releasing an album in 1991.

Lyrics: Ghosts

When the room is quiet
The daylight almost gone
It seems there’s something I should know
Well I ought to leave but the rain it never stops
And I’ve no particular place to go

Just when I think I’m winning
When I’ve broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

Well I’m feeling nervous
Now I find myself alone
The simple life’s no longer there
Once I was so sure
Now the doubt inside my mind
Comes and goes but leads nowhere

Just when I think I’m winning
When I’ve broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

Just when I think I’m winning
When I’ve broken every door
The ghosts of my life blow wilder than before
Just when I thought I could not be stopped
When my chance came to be king
The ghosts of my life blew wilder than the wind

Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
Writer/s: David Sylvian
Publisher: MUSIC SALES CORPORATION

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

One word Sunday: creepy

I don’t really do creepy. I assume Debbie was thinking about upcoming Halloween but it’s not a holiday I celebrate. How about something that creeps?

I’ve decided to join in with Debbie Smyth‘s One Word Sunday challenge, largely because she sets them well in advance – always an advantage in my book. In addition, she’s a fantastic and inspirational photographer.