I used to be one of those girls who sang everything. Any friend would make some statement or ask a question and I would respond in lyrics. I sang all the time: quality didn’t matter all that much, it was just a matter of throwing my hands in the air and singing words into the air to clutter the skies with notes that rained down on my face, and my friend’s face and upon the shoulders of anyone in listening distance.
I think I stopped doing that around the time I met my husband, way back when I was twenty years old probably about the time he noted – and I committed to memory – that my behavior on the dance floor was “goofy”. That was date #3, perhaps.
With that and perhaps other memories I chose to snip away, I stopped singing.
I read the prompt today and the words that filled my brain immediately were the unlikely “Come on baby light my fire….” The first singer I heard in my brain was Jose Feliciano, not Jim Morrison, the Doors bandmate of Ray Krieger, the guitarist who actually wrote the song.
I didn’t know it until doing some research, but this song has actually been covered many times by many (to me) unlikely people.
Erma Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Mae West!? recorded the song for her album Great Balls of Fire in 1972. Incredibly Etta James recorded it as did Minnie Riperton (with Jose Feliciano who was the original cover singer) and there was a disco version recorded by a band called Baccara.
I searched for the lyrics for more hints. What I found reminded me of the moment I heard KC (as in KC and the Sunshine Band) lamented the meaninglessness of songs of the early 21st Century.
For some reason, though, I think fire has meaning today.
I especially like this stanza:
>> The time to hesitate is through
>> No time to wallow in the mire
>> Try now we can only lose
>> And our love become a funeral pyre
If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘funeral pyre’ it is a pile of wood on which a corpse is burned as part of a funeral ceremony in some traditions. Sounds like some kind of fun… actually, I could see having a funeral pyre for myself if my loved ones would agree to it.
So – my task for today – Sunday, July 8 – is to set the night on fire metaphorically.
I’ll let you know how that goes.
Anyone else in? Remember, the time to hesitate is through - come on baby light my fire…. (you know you want to) Try to set the night on fire…..
And finally… for the unknowing – here is a link to the complete lyrics to this much loved classic.
This is why I love blog challenges. They take you places you didn't know you would go when stretching your arms as you get out of bed in the morning. :~)
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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