#30DaySongChallenge, No. 7: A Song to Drive To

“Radar Love” by Golden Earring

Mikaela Davis: Casimir Pulaski Day

“…and the cardinal hits the window.”

I heard this one yesterday while sweeping the grounds around the swimming pool at the Surf 16 Condo/Motel in North Wildwood. My friend Ariel suggested the artist. When this song later came up in the YouTube auto-play rotation, I had to drop it here right away. Please find six minutes and a quiet space today to listen to this song and reflect on your blessings and on the beauty of this short life. Read more

Morrissey: Tomorrow

“The one thing that I ask of you is one thing that you’ll never do: Will you put your arms around me?”

Tomorrow ends the Morrissey segment of my #LastDayAtAKA series. Yes, I took quite a hiatus back there to wrap up the 2017-18 school year and get through the 2018 summer session for my grad school. I might take another hiatus in the fall once I begin teaching full time, but today is all about Tomorrow. Read more

Morrissey: I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday

“Please wait. Don’t lose faith.”

I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday is another highlight of Your Arsenal. It provides a bright and hopeful contrast to the previous Seasick, Yet Still Docked. It is said to have been inspired by Ziggy Stardust-era David Bowie, which is reasonable considering guitarist Mick Ronson’s involvement with both projects. Read more

John Lennon: One Day (At a Time)

“I’m the door, and you’re the key.”

One Day (At a Time) provides one of the stronger melodies on Mind Games, second only to the title track, in my opinion. Backing vocals on this track are provided by a choral outfit credited as “Something Different”. More information on them is elusive, but their work on this song produced an atmosphere similar but more rudimentary to what Danny Elfman accomplished on the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack. Read more