Song Lyric Sunday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 21 – It’s Quiet Uptown from Hamilton

My daughter sent me a text on Monday in all caps (which means she is WAY excited) letting me know that Hamilton was on the Grammy’s.  Unfortunately, I was watching The Walking Dead and couldn’t switch it.  Hamilton is a show she would like to work on, and I don’t blame her.  The only other Broadway musical I was this obsessed with was Phantom of  the Opera.  Hamilton ended up winning a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album.

If you haven’t heard of Hamilton, I covered it a bit in this post when I first started listening to it.  I honestly can’t get enough of the music and the story.  It’s on my wish list for a show I want to see on Broadway.

I couldn’t resist throwing up one of the songs from Hamilton for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday.  I picked this one because it is a different kind of love song.  I believe it has some hard truths in it.  Love isn’t always about sunshine and happiness.  Many times it’s about remembering why you fell in love to begin with in order to not just walk away.  It talks about one of the worst things I believe can happen in a marriage, to lose a child, and I believe it ends many relationships.  But this song is all about forgiveness and trying to live with “the unimaginable.”

One of my most favorite lines: “There are moments that the words don’t reach.  There is a grace too powerful to name.  We push away what we can never understand.  We push away the unimaginable.”

Be prepared to cry.  I still can’t listen to it without breaking down.

Please feel free to read the rules below for Song Lyric Sunday and join in with one of your own.  Thank you to everyone who started following the prompt.  I’m enjoying all the new music and connecting with new bloggers.  Thank you for making it so much fun!

It’s Quiet Uptown from the musical Hamilton
Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lyrics found at Genius.com

Angelica:
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name
You hold your child as tight as you can
And push away the unimaginable
The moments when you’re in so deep
It feels easier to just swim down

Angelica/Ensemble:
The Hamiltons move uptown
And learn to live with the unimaginable

Hamilton:
I spend hours in the garden
I walk alone to the store
And it’s quiet uptown
I never liked the quiet before
I take the children to church on Sunday
A sign of the cross at the door
And I pray
That never used to happen before

Angelica and Women:
If you see him in the street, walking by
Himself, talking to himself, have pity

Hamilton:
Philip, you would like it uptown
It’s quiet uptown

Angelica and Women:
He is working through the unimaginable

All Men (except Hamilton):
His hair has gone grey. He passes every day
They say he walks the length of the city

Hamilton:
You knock me out, I fall apart

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Can you imagine?

Hamilton:
Look at where we are
Look at where we started
I know I don’t deserve you, Eliza
But hear me out. That would be enough

If I could spare his life
If I could trade his life for mine
He’d be standing here right now
And you would smile, and that would be enough
I don’t pretend to know
The challenges we’re facing
I know there’s no replacing what we’ve lost
And you need time
But I’m not afraid
I know who I married
Just let me stay here by your side
That would be enough

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity

Hamilton:
Eliza, do you like it uptown? It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
He is trying to do the unimaginable
See them walking in the park, long after dark
Taking in the sights of the city

Hamilton:
Look around, look around, Eliza

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
They are trying to do the unimaginable

Angelica:
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is a grace too powerful to name
We push away what we can never understand
We push away the unimaginable
They are standing in the garden
Alexander by Eliza’s side
She takes his hand

Eliza:
It’s quiet uptown

Company (except Eliza and Hamilton):
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity
They are going through the unimaginable


Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday is combined with Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Just Fooling Around with Bee, even though I’m not following the prompt today because I felt so strongly about this particular song. 🙂

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SoCS and #LoIsInDaBl Day 20 – Embracing Each Moment

Isn’t is crazy how time works?  A month no longer seems like the month it used to be when I was younger.  I have no idea where January went, and February is almost over.  It reminds me more and more to embrace each moment because they are so fleeting.

I was upset once about something that happened at work.  My boss at the time was a huge ass, but he did say something that has stuck with me.  He asked me to write down what I was upset about and stick it under my keyboard and leave it for a few months.  After a few months (if I even remembered it was there) I was supposed to take it out and read it.  I think the whole idea was to show me that in a few months, it wouldn’t even matter.

I’m pretty sure a few months after he told me that, I had given my notice and was working somewhere else, so did it matter?  Probably not.  But it doesn’t take away what is happening in the moment.  I think it only offers to help you deal with it in a more level-headed way.  I don’t know.  Maybe not though.

I’m thinking that if I had one thing I would tell my kids, though, it would be to embrace each moment of their life.  Don’t get so caught up in the tragic moments because they will pass.  It might seem like doomsday at the time, but the darkness has highs and lows, just like the light.

I wish I had embraced more of life when my children were younger.  I only hope that I am better now; that I am showing them how amazing life can be; how fulfilling it is even though we face demons along the way.

In true SoCS style, I am thinking what a beautiful day it is outside (even though a little chilly still) and I am going to make the most of it and go for my first run of the year outside.  I’ve been wanting to do it for the last two days, but by the time I get home from work, it is a bit too dark, and too darn cold.  I love running outside, but braving the elements isn’t something I’m willing to do anymore.  I just can’t!

Happy Saturday everyone!


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill and Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Linda’s prompt today was to use a contraction at the beginning and the end of your post which I managed to do if you don’t count my well wishes at the end.  Bee’s prompt was “love letter” which I think I managed to sneak in with a pseudo love letter to my children.

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#LoIsInDaBl Day 19 – A Little Blog Lovin’

This is my first time taking part in blog love for Love Is In Da Blog.  I’ve been doing Friday Fictioneers instead; but today has been rough and the last thing I want to do is try and write even 100 words of fiction.  So, I decided to keep it short and simple and spread the love.

The person I chose was a no-brainer for me.  I know she is already well known, but I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by to thank her publicly for all she’s done for me.  She literally sent me an email over the weekend to help me with settings on my blog.  Who does that?  Especially someone I know is too busy to be doing things like that.

I consider her a mentor, a friend and a pretty amazing lady all the way around.  The person I am talking about is Linda G. Hill.  You can find her at two different blogs, Life In Progress and Inspiration In Progress.

She has some of my favorite blog prompts – Stream of Consciousness Saturday and One-Liner Wednesday.  She has also allowed little old me to help her out while she was on vacation a few times.

I’m forever grateful I happened across her blog one lazy Saturday morning a few years ago.  If you don’t already follow her blogs, I suggest you click on those links up there and start.  You might end up with a full blogging plate after your visit, but I promise you, it is entirely worth it!


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Today’s prompt was to show everyone a blog or post we love.

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#LoIsInDaBl Day 18 – Oh, Scotland

I hear your name and smile
Feeling memories
Of a place I’ve never been
Longing to surface
Have I walked in your glens
Stood amongst your stones
Gazing at the pale blue sky
Magic swirling around me?
If I was ever there
The memories are guarded
Lost to other lifetimes
Of wandering
But sometimes I feel as though
You’re an old friend
Waiting to embrace me once again
Oh, Scotland
How I long to return
In this lifetime
For the very first time


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee.  Today’s prompt was “countries we love”.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about for today’s post, but I knew for sure which place I was going to write about.  It seemed fitting that my thoughts escaped through poetry.  I hope you enjoy!

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Teaser Tuesday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 16 – Sense and Sensibility

I had a plan this week, but Bee went and ruined it all with her prompt! ❤

(I just couldn’t resist)

I know it may be cliché to do Jane Austen, but I couldn’t help it. I love her books so much! I think my favorite has to be Sense and Sensibility. I love Elinor’s demeanor and how she carries herself. She has a broken heart through most of the book, but she continues to live and care for her family with such grace. She’s one of my favorite characters of all time.

I apologize for cheating slightly. I don’t have my book in front of me and chose to go on Goodreads and pick a quote rather than finding one at random. I’m not even sure who says it, it’s been a while since I read it. But, it’s a quote and fits both prompts, for the most part.

“Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around with Bee. Today’s prompt is “A teaser from a classic love story”. We are also combining the post with Teaser Tuesday hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm.

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Mindful Monday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 15 – Surviving with Mindfulness

Mindfulness became a huge part of my life roughly eight years ago. I spent much of my twenties on depression medication and basically struggling through life. I’m not sure of the exact moment I decided to stop taking the meds or what specifically I read, but I started looking more into the Easter religions and meditation. I found that meditation did more for me than the meds ever did, especially when considering the side effects I was dealing with.

Since then, I’ve read some powerful books, “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, to name just two of them. When you are focused on the present moment and take some time to look at what’s happening, rather than just reacting, it’s a pretty sure bet that you can figure out what’s going on. Nine times out of ten, there is something I need to change in order to make things better.

It’s helped with disagreements in my relationships because I don’t always think it’s the other person. I can also pinpoint why I reacted or blew up. It’s usually an internal thing. You know the whole saying that whatever is happening internally will be reflected on the outside? It’s usually true, but in order to notice it, you have to be mindful and aware. You can’t just react or blame everyone around you for whatever might be happening.

This, of course, doesn’t stop the bad things from happening. But I’d rather be in control of my life rather than walking through my life blaming everyone else or wondering “why me”.

Bee’s question was, “Do you love mindfulness?”

My answer is, “I couldn’t survive without it.”  But more than anything, it’s made me a happier, more balanced and definitely a stronger human being.


Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling Around With Bee. We are also combining today’s post with Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.

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Sunday Photo Fiction – Longing For Home

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“Billy asked me again today. Do you have to do it in front of him?” John was at the sink washing his hands after a long day outside.

“There’s nothing wrong with crying.” Julie huddled into the afghan wrapped around her shoulders and picked up the steaming mug. She’d never adjusted to the weather here.

“Maybe not, but does it have to be so much?”

Tears sprang to her eyes. He would never understand.

He glanced in her direction as he dried his hands on the towel that always hung from the oven handle. He must have noticed the tears welling in her eyes. He threw the towel on the burner and walked in the other room, shaking his head as he went.

Julie bowed her head, her body shuddering.

Why do I cry so much?

It isn’t so bad here, except

I miss my family… my language… the smells… the warmth.

I thought it would get better through the years, having a child and making a home with John.

Billy’s laughter rang through the kitchen, followed by John’s. She felt more alone than ever.

Staring out the kitchen window, she let the tears flow and longed for home.


The rules for Sunday Photo Fiction are to write around 200 words in either poetry or story form based on the photo prompt. This is one of those times that isn’t very literal. I just let the photo serve as inspiration rather than using it as a direct reference. I hope you enjoy.

Click on the blue froggy to read other amazing Sunday Photo Fiction.

 

Song Lyric Sunday and #LoIsInDaBl Day 14 – Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor

We are celebrating love here on the blog for Song Lyric Sunday and I went with a song that seems like the opposite of love from the title, but it’s actually all about love. It’s about embracing this moment right now because you never know when the one you love will be gone.

I’m going a little more main stream this week, so I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard this song since it’s one that is getting overplayed right now. Don’t you hate it when radio stations do that? I do, but then there are people who listen to the same song on repeat because they love it so much, so maybe it isn’t all that weird.

Anyway, here is my Song Lyric Sunday pick for this week. Please feel free to read the “rules” below and join in with one of your own.

Favorite Line: “I’ll make the most of the minutes and love with no regrets.”

Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor (featuring John Legend)
Written by Meghan Trainor, Justin Weaver and Caitlyn Smith
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

I found myself dreaming
In silver and gold
Like a scene from a movie
That every broken heart knows we were walking on moonlight
And you pulled me close
Split second and you disappeared and then I was all alone

I woke up in tears
With you by my side
A breath of relief
And I realized
No, we’re not promised tomorrow

So I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna hold you
Like I’m saying goodbye wherever we’re standing
I won’t take you for granted ’cause we’ll never know when
When we’ll run out of time so I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you

In the blink of an eye
Just a whisper of smoke
You could lose everything
The truth is you never know

So I’ll kiss you longer baby
Any chance that I get
I’ll make the most of the minutes and love with no regrets

Let’s take our time
To say what we want
Use what we got
Before it’s all gone
‘Cause no, we’re not promised tomorrow

So I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna hold you
Like I’m saying goodbye wherever we’re standing
I won’t take you for granted ’cause we’ll never know when
When we’ll run out of time so I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you

I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna hold you
Like I’m saying goodbye wherever we’re standing
I won’t take you for granted ’cause we’ll never know when
When we’ll run out of time so I’m gonna love you
Like I’m gonna lose you
I’m gonna love you like I’m gonna lose you


Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
  • I’ve started including who wrote the song. (I think it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due)
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Today’s Song Lyric Sunday is combined with Love Is In Da Blog hosted by Just Fooling Around with Bee.

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