Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Musical Inspirations - Lori's Blog

‎I know we've discussed music on this blogsite before, but I'm putting a new spin on it. You all know by now that my first book is called Some Day Somebody. Maybe you don't all realize that those are words from the old song by Wilson Phillips called "Hold On", "Some day, somebody's gonna make you wanta turn around and say goodbye...until then, baby, don't you let 'em hold you down and make you cry." Those words got me through some mighty tough times in a really crappy marriage to a man who'd been sleeping around on me since year one of the 17 years I stayed with him. I felt like they wrote that song about me...FOR me. One day I did meet the right man and I was able to walk into a brand new life. When I wrote Sam and Carrie's story, I knew I had to use that phrase for the title. I flip flopped back and forth a few times, but always came back to it and I'm satisfied with the results.

It inspired me to use song titles or phrases for the rest of my series as well. "Last First Kiss" is a song from James Otto that didn't get radio play, but if any of you want to hear a good belly rubber, look it up...you won't be sorry. Book 3 is "Brown Eyed Girl" and who doesn't know that oldie but goody from Van Morrison. It was the perfect song for Tiffany and Red's book. Book 4's "Heaven In Your Eyes" is a line from a song I wrote for the book...one of two songs. Book 5 is "Green Eyed Lady" an old seventies song from a band called Sugar Loaf, I believe. It's about a green eyed, Creole, beauty named Angelique and her love triangle. Book 6 is "Sarah Smile" (Hall and Oates or that cutie patootie Jimmy Wayne) about an abused lady with twin babies, struggling to find happiness and self worth. I'm always listening and searching for titles for future books in this series.

So, I got to thinking...what would be the theme song to my life NOW...now that I'm happily married, and have been for almost 17 years to a man who is as faithful as the day is long...or short, depending on the season, now that our children have blessed us with ten grandchildren and another on the way, now that I'm seeing my struggles as a writer just begin to pay off. I've got a few in mind..."God Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, "The Dance" by Garth Brooks, or me and Mike's wedding song, "Soul Provider" by Michael Bolton. But I've opted for a decidedly more 'upbeat' tempo from one of my favorite country singers, John Michael Montgomery. "Life's a Dance" is perfect for my current frame of mind in my life. Here are a few lines for those of you who may not be familiar with it. "Life's a dance you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead, and sometimes you follow. Don't worry about what you don't know, because life's a dance you learn as you go." Perfect for a 53 year old, writing by the seat of her pants, Ass Cheek Angel...don't you think?

So here's the question fellow cherubs...what's YOUR song for this time in your life?

Love you all bunches and bunches!

P.S. I'm having injections in my lower back tomorrow around 11:00. Been experiencing major problems with pinched nerves so I'm hoping this helps me to feel better for the holidays. Say some prayers that it works, ladies!


  1. I love that Wilson Phillips song. I liked how they used that song at the end of the movie, Bridesmaids too. I think song lyrics are a great inspiration when writing.

    I always ask my students, if they had a theme song that would play every time they walked into the room, what would it be. It makes them think. Long ago, I decided mine would be the theme song from Indiana Jones, because I like to make even mundane things into an adventure when possible. Plus, I catch myself humming it frequently.

    Good luck with your appointment tomorrow. I hope your feeling good for the holidays!

  2. Wonderful post, Lori! Song lyrics are such a plus in my life especially when I get down. Positive words can lift up my spirits.

    I think right now in my life the one song that sums it up for me is Mary J Blige's "Just Fine". I love her soulful voice and sound. One part of the song goes:

    Feels so good
    When you're doing all the things that you wanna do
    Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
    Keep your head up high in yourself, believe in you, believe in me

    I love that! It's one of the songs which we dance to at Dance Trance (exercise dance studio) where I go. It makes me feel so happy when I hear it and the words are definitely a plus.

    Thanks for another wonderful post, Lori. I hope your injections go well and you're in my prayers, sweetie. Love you and big hugs.

  3. Love the post, Lori. Song lyrics have meant a lot to me over the years too. I identifid with Rascal Flatts' "Broken Road," too, and another of theirs, "I'm Movin' On." I used to clean house to my favorite songs--the upbeat ones that would make that whole ugly process palatable.LOL. One I remember--although I'm not sure of the name, one line was, "Ain't nothing gonna hold be back, no, no." Very bouncy--I could vacuum to that like mad. Plus, I 'felt' the lyrics.

    Don't know what one would be for now--I'll think on it.

    Meanwhile, here's hoping the injection gives you pain-free days and night. God Bless


  4. Thanks ladies...I'm back and the injections went well. Weak in the legs and he told me to stay home tomorrow too. I had to laugh when I got home and saw where I'd been given the two shots. I yelled at my husband that the doc had covered both of my 'other' dimples (on my lower back) with band aids. He's always teasing me about my two sets of dimples! :)

  5. Prayers sent first, Lori! Wishing you the best with the treatment for the back pain.

    A lot of my books have a soundtrack that inspires me when I write.
    Right now my soundtrack for life would be Hedley's Invincible because I refuse to give up on getting all I want out of life!