July Music Passion: Birds – “Blackbird”


This is my entry for July’s Music Passion.  Every month, bloggers are posting one of their favorite songs based on each month’s theme.  Thanks to Sarah of Sarahpotterwrites, last month’s most popularly “liked” entry, the theme this month is “birds”.

My choice is “Blackbird” by the Beatles.  I can never tire of the beautifully simple message of this song.

The lyrics:

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird fly Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
You were only waiting for this moment to arise.

About the song:

The song “Blackbird” was written by Paul McCartney (although credited to Lenon and McCartney) and appeared on the Beatle’s White AlbumIt was recorded on June 11, 1968 at EMI studios and features a blackbird singing through part of the song.  George Martin was the producer.

Says McCartney about the meaning behind the lyrics:

“I had been doing poetry readings. I had been doing some in the last year or so because I’ve got a poetry book out called Blackbird Singing, and when I would read “Blackbird”, I would always try and think of some explanation to tell the people, ’cause there’s not a lot you can do except just read the poem, you know, you read 10 poems that takes about 10 minutes, almost. It’s like, you’ve got to, just, do a bit more than that. So, I was doing explanations, and I actually just remembered why I’d written “Blackbird”, you know, that I’d been, I was in Scotland playing on my guitar, and I remembered this whole idea of “you were only waiting for this moment to arise” was about, you know, the black people’s struggle in the southern states, and I was using the symbolism of a blackbird. It’s not really about a blackbird whose wings are broken, you know, it’s a bit more symbolic.”— Paul McCartney, Interview with KCRW’s Chris Douridas, May 25, 2002 episode of New Ground (17:50 – 19:00)

I think the meaning behind the lyrics can go even more personal than this.  How many of us are waiting for our own “moment to arise”?

If you’d like to participate, jump on over to Allaboutlemon for more information and jump on in!  The blogger posting the video which receives the most “likes” for the month gets to choose the topic for next month.

10-Word Story Challenge Week #3: Lizards!


A baby Asian house gecko

Welcome to week #3 of the 10-Word Story Challenge.  I’m inviting anyone and everyone to participate.

This week our kitchen has been besieged by baby Asian house geckos so I have lizards on the brain.  I’ve caught 3 just today!  Hence, the subject this week is “… lizard(s)…”  The rules are simple:

  • It will be exactly 10 words.
  • It will be a complete story with a beginning, a middle and an ending.
  • It will be in context to the subject each week.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Wednesday and the deadline will be the following Tuesday at midnight wherever you’re living.
  • Post your 10-word story in the comments of each week’s challenge and feel free to comment on each other’s.

Post your 10-word story below in the comments and be sure to comment on your favorites!  More about the Challenge here.

Let’s have some fun!

Here’s my entry for the week:

Hurry!  Scurry!  Tails wriggling in a flurry as lizards flee.

10-Word Story Challenge #2: “Sky”


This is week #2 of the 10-Word Story Challenge.  I’m inviting anyone and everyone to participate.  The subject this week is “… sky…”  The rules are simple:

  • It will be exactly 10 words.
  • It will be a complete story with a beginning, a middle and an ending.
  • It will be in context to the subject each week.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Wednesday and the deadline will be the following Tuesday at midnight wherever you’re living.
  • Post your 10-word story in the comments of each week’s challenge and feel free to comment on each other’s.

Post your 10-word story below in the comments and be sure to comment on your favorites!  More about the Challenge here.

Let’s have some fun!

Here’s my entry for the week:

Looking up, she whispered and waited.  The sky didn’t reply.