The Sound of Static

There’s nothing quite like a vinyl record. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Spotify account but every once in a while I like to play my records. The sound is soothing. It’s an older sound but so pure. The way the music comes out is the way people listened to music for decades. It should never go out of style. Whatever style of music, it sounds better coming off of vinyl. Well, heavy metal and club music may be the only two types of music that wouldn’t sound good on vinyl, but for the most part it is all-encompassing.

I got myself a record player a few years back and started buying records from local shops. I played the heck out of that thing and then all of a sudden, poof, lost the power cord. For the past couple of years I’ve been without the magic of my player. Well I found that you can order replacement power cords from Amazon and just ordered one. I can’t wait to play my records once again. I mean I don’t know much about how I will decorate my house but I do know that a part of my house will house my record player/albums. Oh yes…it will happen..

If you haven’t experienced the sound of a record, try it, at least once. I don’t foresee that you will be disappointed.

Daily Word Prompt:

Record

Nervous

I really don’t think you understand how nervous I was when I realized I loved you. I didn’t even know your name and you didn’t know mine. I didn’t know if you were married, single or otherwise. I just saw you and fell hard. It sounds mushy and foolish. At the time I tried to tell myself that I was being a silly, young girl and that I needed to be realistic. But something deeper than my brain or my heart told me otherwise. Who I was, maybe even my soul said to reach out to you, that if you were open enough and if you agreed to go out with me that we would be together forever. This was all going on in my 16 year-old head.

Can you imagine how nervous I was? My hair was orange, I wore no make-up and I was a year into braces. It’s not like I had reasons to be confident. I had to have faith that everything would work out if I listened to my inner self. From that first moment I saw you I saw my future, my purpose. I knew that with you I could do anything. I remember trying to get information about you and found out you weren’t married, you were single. I tried finding out as much information about you before I made that leap of faith. You caught on pretty quickly, probably because the co-workers I sent out to get information weren’t really good at doing so. Eventually you called me out on it and I had to take that leap of faith. You rewarded that by agreeing to go to dinner and a movie with me. I was elated, thrilled and what do I wear to the first date with the love of my life? I wear a white mustang t-shirt and jeans, classy. I still remember that date, how I was so careful while eating with braces and seeing James Bond. I remember in the days after I got your phone number so we could talk. We did talk, for hours on end. The rest, of course, is history, but I’ll always remember that initial time, when I was so nervous to speak to you. I knew with every bone in my body that we were meant to be, I just didn’t want to screw that up. So far, it appears I haven’t.

That was the last time I was ever nervous because having you in my life has been the most calming thing. I always felt that before you, there was this stormy unsettled ocean inside me and when you came into my life that ocean became calm and peaceful. You settled my nerves and calmed my restless spirit. I know that whatever happens, you’ll be there for me and that’s more than I could ever ask for. I love you.

Daily Word Prompt:
Nervous

Desire

The desire could be felt through the room, through all the people in it. Even though it was invisible to most, at least two people could feel it. Their eyes were darting back and forth, afraid of who may see. This was their own little secret and they liked it that way. If it were made public it wouldn’t ruin anything. They were both single. They just wanted something to themselves in a world that is so public.

When he walked one way, she would follow the same path across the room, never breaking her gaze upon him. When she would stop to talk with someone he would follow her movements as she talked with that person. He was contemplating his next moves, whichever would get him to her the quickest. The anticipation was killing him, burning him from the inside. He wondered if she felt the same.

Little did he know, she felt the same burn. She was doing her best to mask the pain the anticipation was giving her. She didn’t know how long she could manage. Having him in her presence was like a drug, she couldn’t get enough of him. She could feel his stare dig at her from across the room and didn’t know how much longer she could stand it. She smiled and nodded and make her escape from the conversation that would ensue.

She turned a corner to get to the hallway near the elevators. She pressed the button to go down. It was time to leave, with or without him. That was the strength of her brain talking, but her heart was weak. She slowly made her way into the elevator and chose the first floor. The door started closing and with it her hope started closing as well. Then a hand rushed in making the doors open. It wasn’t who she expected, it was a Stranger, an older gentleman. They made small talk all the way down even though she didn’t feel like speaking. She was relieved when the elevator finally stopped and opened its doors.

She exited the elevator and turned the corner to walk towards the garage. The hallway was dark and felt like a tunnel leading to the lit garage. She saw the stairwell door open in the hallway and a shadow of a man appeared out of it and came towards her. The shadow appeared to be rushing at her and when it got close enough she could tell who it was. She got in a bit of a run before the collided into each other. Even though it was dark, they knew exactly where their lips were. It was a perfect synch. They continued to kiss, feeling the secrecy of the dark. It didn’t matter who was passing and what they thought because to the world they were just two shadows embracing.

Daily Word Prompt:

Desire

Sound

His sound is what drew people in. It’s what made women’s knees buckle and men jealous. His sound was like liquid gold running through the speaker system. Some may say he’s too old school, poor souls. They don’t seem to understand the importance of his voice, his sound.

His voice could go high, it could go low. Sometimes his sound would surprise you in the middle of a song. He had that ability to surprise you, to make you feel. There’s a reason his sound is still around today. There’s a reason it’s copied and produced by younger artists.

You can cover his songs, you can try to match his sound, but it really is next to impossible. No one can ever match his sound, his heart, his motivation. He had drive and went for what he wanted. He did it his way, with his sound.

His sound paved the way for others that would come after him. Not sure of what he would think of their sound, but I think he would feel good knowing there were many trying to emulate it. He knew the power of his sound and used it well.

His sound was about strength, beauty, freedom and love. His sound can relax you at the end of a long crazy day. That’s the power his sound has and it will never lose its touch. Give you three guesses on who I’m talking about.

Daily Prompt Word:

Sound

Overwhelming

(Hopefully, a message of hope)

It is overwhelming how many things we have to remember on a daily basis. It is overwhelming how many things we have to be careful what we say and do. Pretty soon it will not be illegal or frowned upon to be yourself, your original self. Kind of grim and pessimistic, but hey, that’s where we are heading if we take humor, love, compassion, and intelligence out of daily life.

Laugh at yourself, you are a funny thing. You look funny, sound funny and the things that you do are funny. Realize what is funny to you and laugh. Find the humor in life because there is some. The world can be so overwhelming that we forget to laugh and giggle once and awhile. Plus, it burns calories.

Love yourself, love the ones around you. You don’t have an eternity here, so love your family, your friends. The body you’re in is the body you were meant to be in. Embrace it and take care of it because it will get you far. Find the parts of yourself that you love and learn to love the parts you’re not too fond of. The world can be so overwhelming that we forget to love who we are and the people around us.

Be compassionate to others. Everyone is fighting secret battles with themselves. Some people are up against physical or verbal threat. Try and see everyone in the same light, treat them the same. Everyone deserves compassion and respect. The world is so overwhelming that we forget to see past someone’s exterior and to care for our fellow-man.

Be intelligent. Seek knowledge, seek truth. Don’t stop filling your head with information. Knowledge is powerful and useful. Knowledge is beautiful and desirable. The world is so overwhelming that people forget that they still need to learn. They still should want to gain knowledge and information, for that is what makes us stronger.

The world is overwhelming, life is overwhelming. We have to acknowledge that it’s not supposed to be easy or beautiful. It’s supposed to be challenging, eventful. That is what makes it all worthwhile, the journey.

Daily Prompt Word:

Overwhelming

Clean

(a fictional story, of course)

Try as he might, he couldn’t get the blood clean from the floor. He could still see it there, staring up at him, mocking him. He didn’t mean to do it, he didn’t mean to kill someone. It just happened. He panicked. The details are always foggy around what happened but he does remember the blood on the floor. He remembers struggling to sop it up and scrubbing the floor clean.

Now, even though the floor was “clean” it wasn’t in his mind. Everyone that would come over would walk over and passed it and not even notice. But he knew, he knew what was there. Maybe it was his conscience, maybe he going crazy, but he knew it was there. It became an obsession. It became a test of his will power, how long it would take him to crack.

He surprised himself, lasting until old age. He would always tell his children and his grandchildren to stay away from one spot of the floor. They never found out why.

Daily Prompt Word:

Clean

 

The Dating Culture Today

What is the dating culture in these modern times? I’ve been out of the single life for over ten years now. I’m not bragging about it, just relieved at times because dating as an adult now, seems more complicated that it used to be. What ever happened to meeting someone and simply saying, “You seem cool, would you like to go out? Get a coffee? Grab some lunch?” When did it become so complicated? When did our culture support a “dating app” called Tinder over traditional dating?

I have a dear friend, one of the closest friends I’ve ever had, really don’t know what I did to deserve her. Anyways, she is one of the funniest real women out there and she has to face the struggle of meeting someone genuine. It’s hard to do that with online dating sites because you never know who is there for something real and who is there for simply a one night stand. I feel like dating is moving further away from meeting face to face and more towards ordering a date online like you would a pizza.

Now, to add to this, I’m not knocking online dating. I know people who have met the love of their life through an online dating site. I think for certain situations it is a great alternative, it saves time for people who don’t have the time to just run into people on the street . My overall opinion is that you don’t want to put all of your eggs in one basket. I think a good mix between real life and online would balance out perfectly and result in Mr. or Ms. Right.

Daily Prompt Word:

Culture