How to Survive November 2022 – 27

k.d. lang & Roy Orbison – Crying

This time instead of my photos I added two of my artworks here. If interested seeing more of my art check out myy blog

ART BY RITVA

Roy’s solo rendition of “Crying” that night was flawless. Lang pours even more emotion into that song than he did in her subsequent solo performances of it, and her voice is unbelievably clear and strong. Two spectacular talents.

ArtByRitva – Crying

I was alright for a while
I could smile for a while
But I saw you last night, you held my hand so tight
As you stopped to say, “Hello”
Oh, you wished me well, you couldn’t tell

That I’d been crying over you
Crying over you
Then you said, “So long”
Left me standing all alone
Alone and crying

Roy Orbison  was an American singer, songwriter, and musician known for his impassioned singing style, complex song structures, and dark, emotional ballads. His music was described by critics as operatic. Many of Orbison’s songs conveyed vulnerability at a time when most male rock-and-roll performers chose to project machismo. He performed while standing motionless and wearing black clothes to match his dyed black hair and dark sunglasses, which he wore to counter his shyness and stage fright.

k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter A mezzo-soprano,Lang has contributed songs to movie soundtracks and has collaborated with many musicians. I love her voice.

ArtByRitva- alone

Alone and crying…

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How to Survive November 2022 – 25

This is a song from a Finnish rock band called Kolmas Nainen (Third Woman)

The Lyric translation of the few lines that I included in this post is certainly not the best translation available, but it brings out the coffee…

coffee break

I surprised myself by missing

my boyhood friends

especially that equally crazy one

the only one I fought with

who repeatedly told every coffee break

that he saw feline predators in the meadow

From this moment on I have

a few bushels of mammon

coffee and cigarettes to your heart’s content

At this moment on

heart only half-full, but

coffee and cigarettes to your heart’s content

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How to Survive November 2022 – 24

I am getting desperate, but I am crabbing to straws….Melanie or Melanie Safka, is an American singer-songwriter.

With her sweet, captivating voice, quirky yet insightful songwriting and bubbly, upbeat, free-spirited hippie persona, pop and folk singer/songwriter Melanie totally epitomized the whole “flower power” counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s.


Oh, I wish that I could find a good book to live in
Oh, I wish that I could find a good book
Well, if I could find a real good book
I’d never have to come out and look at
What they’ve done to my song

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How to Survive November 2022 – 23

Today I am taking an easy way out AGAIN , I have spent so much time listening to music I like and find a song to go with it, and it is hard. I like wine, and I Like UB40 Red Red Wine!

I actually thought I’d have tons of pictures of wine, but surprisingly I didn’t. Have to drink some more to get few photos 🙂

The song in my opinion says what we need today – Red Wine

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How to Survive November 2022 – 22

Today I am taking an easy way out, I have spent so much time listening to music I like and find a song to go with it, today well I have photos and will find easily a song to go with them. Viva Las Vegas! Song for my old hometown

So if I assume we all know Elvis Presley 🙂 Iwon’t be wrong

Downtown Las Vegas

The song in my opinion says what we need today.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 21

HIM (sometimes stylized as H.I.M.) was a Finnish gothic rock band from Helsinki. Music critics have referred to the music of HIM as gothic rock, gothic metal, alternative rock, alternative metal.

Oh girl we are the same
We are young and lost and so afraid
There’s no cure for the pain
No shelter from the rain
All our prayers seem to fail

In joy and sorrow my home’s in your arms


In world so hollow
It is breaking my heart
In joy and sorrow my home’s in your arms
In world so hollow
It is breaking my heart

The band has referred to its music as “love metal”, the title of the group’s fourth studio album. According to Ville Valo, the term “love metal” was coined as a response to people having difficulties categorizing HIM’s music. Regarding HIM’s reputation as a “goth band”, Valo stated: “We can’t do anything about that [label], but I think we are a special shade of goth, more tender than others. In Finnish tradition, our music is very melancholic.”Valo has also described HIM’s sound as “sentimental, hard-hitting rock music”. The band’s intent has always been to combine more melodic and melancholic elements, with its heavier influences.

Lyrically the songs of HIM largely deal with themes of love. According to Valo: “I feel like there is no subject more important for a song than relationships. It’s the only thing that moves me.”Valo also takes inspiration from literature, but only certain aspects of it, explaining: “As a guy who writes songs, I get excited about an idea, or a book, or a sentence. I don’t necessarily get excited about the whole of Tolkien, I just get excited about Uruk-hai. Just a little detail that just makes my mind work overdrive.” Valo’s lyrics have been described as “oozing with blood-dripping hearts and gothic melodrama”.

The song in my opinion says what we need today.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 20

Thinkin’ about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?

Yusuf/Cat Stevens wrote “Peace Train” as a call for unity and understanding on his storied Teaser and the Firecat album of 1971.

Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun
Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it’s going to come

Now I’ve been crying lately
Thinkin’ about the world as it is
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?

‘Cause out on the edge of darkness
There rides a peace train
Oh, peace train take this country
Come take me home again

Oh, peace train sounding louder
Glide on the peace train

The song in my opinion says what we need today.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 19

Jukka “J.” Karjalainen  is a Finnish singer-songwriter. His first album came out in 1981.”He states that his music is a mix of “Blues, Rock´n´roll, Folk, Country, Soul, Funky, New Orleans stuff.” 

Karjalainen is one of Finland’s most popular singers and songwriters of all time. Karjalainen is one of the most significant pioneers and developers of 1980s Finnish rock.

Karjalainen has written and composed all the songs he has recorded, with a few exceptions. Karjalainen started his recording career with blues, folk and country-influenced music, which was colored by the brass instruments of the Mustat Lasit group with their soul tones. In the 1990s, he moved into a more pop- and rock-influenced direction

We are walking together

to the brightness of the day

on a road that is surrounded by wild lupines

and the air is fresh full of scents

on a road that is surrounded by wild lupines

Big red roses

someone has brought into the room

I am yet a very tired man

falling asleep again

And you are coming to meet

me grabbing my hand

on a road that is surrounded by wild lupines

Wild Lupines

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How to Survive November 2022 – 18

Baker Street, I have no photos of that street, but I went to Helsinki during the weekend and these are from there. Also a dream of countryside This was very popular back when I lived in Australia, so it always brings back memories from that period of time.

Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty wrote it for his second solo album City to City, released in 1978.

Named after Baker Street in London, Rafferty wrote it during a period when he was trying to get out of his Stealers Wheel contracts. He was regularly travelling between his family home in Paisley and London, where he often stayed at a friend’s flat on Baker Street. Everybody was suing each other, so I spent a lot of time on the overnight train from Glasgow to London for meetings with lawyers. I knew a guy who lived in a little flat off Baker Street. We’d sit and chat or play guitar there through the night.

This city desert makes you feel so cold
It’s got so many people, but it’s got no soul
And it’s taken you so long
To find out you were wrong
When you thought it held everything

He’s got this dream about buying some land
He’s gonna give up the booze and the one-night stands
And then he’ll settle down
In some quiet little town
And forget about ev’rything

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How to Survive November 2022 – 17

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001. The Killers have been grouped with various genres, including alternative rock, indie rock.

Don’t want your picture on my cell phone
I want you here with me
Don’t want your memories in my head, no
I want you here with me

Spent the summer just layin’ out in the sun
Time seems to move so slowly, when you’re taking it as it comes
Maybe we were just too young

Your body was tan and your hair was long
You shot me a smile and my cares were gone

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How to Survive November 2022 – 16

Postmodern Jukebox, also widely known by the initialism PMJ, is a rotating musical collective founded by arranger and pianist Scott Bradlee in 2011. PMJ is known for reworking popular modern music into different vintage genres, especially early 20th century forms such as swing and jazz.

I went to see them when they were in Helsinki last time, I might have to go and see them when they come back in March. A real talented group of entertainers and great show.

This time I am posting All About That Bass, originally by Meghan Trainor. Body positivity.

I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, no treble
I’m all about that bass,

Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size two
But I can shake it, shake it, like I’m supposed to do
‘Cause I got that boom boom that all the boys chase
And all the right junk in all the right places
I see the magazines (ah-ha) workin’ that Photoshop (ah-ha)
We know that shit ain’t real
Come on now, make it stop
If you got beauty beauty (ah-ha), just raise ’em up
‘Cause every inch of you is perfect
From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, boys like a little more booty to hold at night
And no I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll
So, if that’s what’s you’re into
Then go ahead and move along

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How to Survive November 2022 – 15

I had a real bad day yesterday, I had no energy at all. I chose this song due to its title, I am not suffering from love sorrows. Just pain. But I do like soul.

This month I have listened to more music that I have for a long time, over the years it has gradually become less, which is unfortunate. This has been a trip to memories in new discoveries, this band is one of them. This song Pain and Misery is heartbreaking song that pays homage to the soul music of the early 60’s.

I must keep this up after this month, listening to more music that is.

Won’t you stay with me?
’Cause since you gone, it’s all
Pain and misery

The Teskey Brothers -The Teskey Brothers is a blues/neo-soul band from Melbourne, Australia named for two brothers who formed the group

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How to Survive November 2022 – 14

I found Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit  through my husband, as I find lyrics important, also the tone of his phone speaks to me, this band is one of my new favorite finds.

I myself am not prone to depression, but I know several people close to me who have been effected by it and this song speaks to me in that way. Worth a listen. One of my favorite songs from them is is cover me up.

Whereas his most recent records have been credited to Isbell alone, this latest effort has his longtime crew, the 400 Unit, front and center, not only on the album cover, but throughout the proceedings. Shires (Isbell married singer-songwriter and violinist Amanda Shires),also makes her contributions known, particularly on “Anxiety,” a composition that addresses the effects of mental illness. This rare co-writing situation was something Isbell felt necessary to capture the nuances of this malady, particularly how people suffering from it also have to grapple with other people’s perceptions of what they’re going through.

“I don’t have a clinically diagnosed anxiety issue or these sort of crippling attacks where I can’t function,” Isbell says. “But I did want to cover that and represent that aspect of things in the song. So I went to my wife, who has more experience with that kind of stuff, and we co-wrote that song. I wanted to be specific and describe people’s experiences when they have these sort of moments where they’re disconnected from reality and things get overwhelming. So I went to her about that.”

sitting alone

Michael Jason Isbell is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is known for his solo career, his work with the band The 400 Unit, and as a member of Drive-By Truckers for six years, from 2001 to 2007.

Isbell has spoken about the importance of his northern Alabama roots: “I definitely don’t feel like I would be the musician that I am, or the type of songwriter, had I not come from that particular place,” he says now. “The soul music that came out of there, and a lot of the soul-influenced rock and roll and country music that came out of the studios in north Alabama in the 1960s and 1970s had a big influence on me.” Isbell said that working at FAME Studios was “everything” to him, that it was “a gateway towards the music that he wanted to play”. In addition to citing Neil Young as a big influence, Isbell is a fan of singer-songwriter Ben Howard and guitarist Blake Mills.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 13

Rod Stewart I saw in Las Vegas 2019, I enjoy the rasp in his voice and many of his songs. He is a great entertainer.

The song I chose goes with the header photo I chose. I think this song has a message of compassion for all people, which is something we all should have.

Sir Roderick David Stewart is a British rock and pop singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart is among the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide.

The song tells the life story of Georgie, a gay friend of the narrator.When young Georgie reveals his sexuality to his parents, his father asks, “How can my son not be straight, after all I’ve said and done for him?” Georgie, cast out by his parents, heads for New York City where he becomes successful and popular in Manhattan’s upper class, “the toast of the Great White Way”. The narrator visits him in Summer 1975, when Georgie tells him he’s in love; the narrator is pleased for him. Georgie attends the opening night of a Broadway musical, but has no interest in lingering afterward so he leaves “before the final curtain call” and heads crosstown. He is attacked near East 53rd Street by a New Jersey gang of thieves that was waiting in a car on a “darkened side street” and one thief inadvertently kills him. The narrator remembers Georgie’s advice on living life to the full while young, before it ends. The second part of song has the narrator pleading that Georgie stay.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 12

Common People” is a song by English alternative rock band Pulp, released in May 1995 as the lead single off their fifth studio album Different Class. It reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming a defining track of the Britpop movement as well as Pulp’s signature song.

I took her to a supermarket
I don’t know why
But I had to start it somewhere
So it started there
I said pretend you’ve got no money
She just laughed and said
Oh you’re so funny
I said; yeah
I can’t see anyone else smiling in here
Are you sure?

Good thing I have pictures of supermarket 🙂 to go with this song.

The idea for the song’s lyrics came from a Greek art student whom Pulp singer-songwriter Jarvis Cocker met while he was studying at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Cocker had enrolled in a film studies course at the college in September 1988 while taking a break from Pulp. He spoke about the song’s inspiration in NME in 2013:

Cocker has said, I’d met the girl from the song many years before, when I was at St Martin’s College. I’d met her on a sculpture course, but at St Martin’s you had a thing called Crossover Fortnight, where you had to do another discipline for a couple of weeks. I was studying film, and she might’ve been doing painting, but we both decided to do sculpture for two weeks. I don’t know her name. It would’ve been around 1988, so it was already ancient history when I wrote about her.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 11

The first time I saw him was with my sister 1985, and it was the first time I had a crush on a singer, he was in black suit, intensely present, sexy, older man. I was sold. Voice of honey and soul. I was 22 years-old and smitten.

I have seen Leonard Cohen in concert three times, this tour also came to Helsinki 2008 and 2010, needed to be there also. It is an unbelievable charisma that man had, just simply by standing on the stage and singing he got the attention. A huge arena and he was able to make intimate atmosphere to it. That is something not everyone is able to do.

Sharon Robinson, a writing collaborator of Leonard Cohen. She recalled to Uncut: “Leonard had most of the lyric done when he handed it to me. There’s a profound honesty in it. He’s exposing something we all know and talk about with those close to us, but not publicly. It says we’re not really in control of our destiny, there are others running things, and we go about our daily lives with that in the background.”

This photo due to one line in the song. Finding photos to go with his poems/songs is nearly impossible.

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died
Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long-stem rose
Everybody knows

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How to Survive November 2022 – 10

I was not broken or wounded when I heard this song, but it definitely spoke to me on an emotional level.

Haunting…” That is how I would describe this song written by bassist and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann. “Save Me”

Mann has gained critical success for the soundtrack of dramatic film “Magnolia”, starring Tom Cruise and Julianne Moore.

“You look like… a perfect fit,
For a girl in need… of a tourniquet.
But can you save me?
Come on and save me…
If you could save me,
From the ranks of the freaks,
Who suspect they could never love anyone”

The words “save me” have been mentioned many, many times in the song that tells of a wounded woman who has been to different relationship and gets out broken-hearted every time. Mmm… a girl in need of tourniquet is quite a harrowing picture in mind.

“You struck me dumb, Like radium
Like Peter Pan, or Superman,
You have come… to save me.
Come on and save me…”

The meaning of this song…?

Basically the world is full of folks who have issues with intimacy–the so-called “freaks who suspect they could never love anyone”. And one day you wake up and realize that you’re sick to death of looking for that one person who’s not an emotional basket case.

She wants the new relationship to work out, but she’s unsure, because her man would have to practically have superpowers to help her forget all shit she’s been through.
I particularly love the last verse– because, of course, the universe is also brimming with folks who are so fucked up that the only people they can love are people who don’t love, period.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 9

What you have to do to get an image for a this song. I like the song, I don’t like whiskey. I asked my husband if he had some at home, well he did. I asked for it, he said in the middle of the day??? and I was Yeah, I need to take a photo. What you do to get a shot. I took ten and still wasn’t happy, but since I took them I am going to share most of them. Sorry! Thought you are getting the idea of my editing to cover the fact that they are not the best of shot.

“Tennessee Whiskey” was first recorded by David Allan Coe for his 1981 album of the same name, and then by George Jones, who took it to No. 2 on the country chart in 1983. This is the version by Chris Stapleton.

Stapleton’s musical influences range from outlaw country and bluegrass to rock and roll and blues, he is a soul singer[with a tenor vocal range with lots of different influences from various artists.

Used to spend my nights out in a barroom
Liquor was the only love I’ve known
But you rescued me from reachin’ for the bottom
And brought me back from being too far gone

You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You’re as sweet as strawberry wine
You’re as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

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How to Survive November 2022 – 8

I find this challenge harder than I thought, finding an image to go to a song is harder that I thought. Some of the songs that I like are hard to connect to a photo. This It took me quite some time to come up with an image.

This is singer, I love his voice, he is one of my absolute favorite artists, this man is able to touch every single part of my brain, soul and body just with his voice.

Paolo Nutini is a soul-influenced alternative singer-songwriter from Paisley, Scotland. He grew up listening to a range of folk, opera, jazz, and his father’s R&B favourites. Nutini’s debut album, These Streets, released in 2006 achieved double-platinum status and sent the four singles ‘Last Request’, ‘Jenny Don’t Be Hasty’, ‘Rewind’ and ‘New Shoes’ into the Top 40.

His catalogue has also ‘Sunny Side Up’ as well as 2014 album ‘Caustic Love’ which produced the hit singles ‘Candy’, ‘Let Me Down Easy’

From the corner of my eye
To the back of my mind
I recognize what you mean to me
And though the corners of our pictures
Are a long time frayed
They still symbolize what you mean to me

You ask me to remember
A kiss is but a kiss
Like I’d be a fool to want more from you

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How to Survive November 2022 – 7

The Box Tops came up as I was looking for a song about letters, I remember listening to this song and completely forget about it and then just wake up with it in your head? Yeah it’s the greatest. It’s like seeing a friend you haven’t seen in forever. It goes so well with todays photo of old letters I received when living abroad. I spent long times living away from my love.

First I thought I would make this post vibrate with the music of Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You , which could have been just appropriate. But as I have photos of letters addressed to me…

Gimme a ticket for an aeroplane
Ain’t got time to take a fast train
Lonely days are gone, I’m a-goin’ home
My baby, just a wrote me a letter

I don’t care how much money I gotta spend
Got to get back to my baby again
Lonely days are gone, I’m a-goin’ home
My baby, just-a wrote me a letter

The Box Tops is an American rock band formed in Memphis in 1967, The Box Tops’ music combined elements of soul music and light pop. As the Box Tops, they entered the studio to record Wayne Carson Thompson’s song “The Letter”. Though under two minutes in length, the record was an international hit by September 1967, reaching the Hot 100’s number-one position for four weeks, selling over four million copies, earning a gold disc, and receiving two Grammy Award nominations.

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How to Survive November 2022 – 6

Nicole Atkins is an American singer-songwriter. Her influences include 1950s crooner music, 1960s psychedelia, soul music, and the Brill Building style of writing. Love the deep & honest emotion, beautiful alto voice.

Don’t tell me
My love’s not the one that I want
That he’s not the one that I need
I’d rather find out for myself

You’re the one
Who shakes at the touch of my hand

Nicole Atkins is an American singer-songwriter. Her influences include 1950s crooner music, 1960s psychedelia, soul music, and the Brill Building style of writing. Love the deep & honest emotion, beautiful alto voice.

Thanks PARALLEL LINES |in scale for hosting How to Survive November once again.

At the ‘How to Survive November‘ monthly theme we will combine photo and sound. You can select a piece of music to your taste and find a photo to portray the song or you can make a drawing, painting or collage. The picture can be from your archives or you can get it fresh. Enjoy and have fun!

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I love this song, it is the magic of this tune, the way Phoebe Snow puts it together sends feelings of sadness reflection and love. I had really hard time finding photos to go with it. But it has certain nostalgia that I thought could go with memories. Hope you listen to this beautiful song 🙂

Tell me what you’re feeling and what it all means.
You could be defensive or open up and share your dreams.
You can keep right on denying or face me and start crying.
‘Cause this time, when I reach out, it may be my last try. Ooohh baby, I want something real one time before I die.

Phoebe Snow was an American roots music singer-songwriter and guitarist, She was described by The New York Times as a “contralto grounded in a bluesy growl and capable of sweeping over four octaves.

We’ll cry until it’s funny, baby. And laugh our selves to tears, yeah.
If you’re frightened honey, I’ll hold you through your fears.
You see, I’ve had some bad relationships already and
I’ve fooled around goin’ steady

Thanks PARALLEL LINES |in scale for hosting How to Survive November once again.

At the ‘How to Survive November‘ monthly theme we will combine photo and sound. You can select a piece of music to your taste and find a photo to portray the song or you can make a drawing, painting or collage. The picture can be from your archives or you can get it fresh. Enjoy and have fun!

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When I was a teenager, I loved ABBA, and my favorite was Frida. And even at young age due to having lived already abroad I had this restless streak in me. Always wanting to go, loving the journey, seeing and learning new things. This song resonated to me.

Eagle

These photos are also from my archives, from 2013 when I visited Vancouver are in British Columbia, My photography skills have improved since then also my equipment. I was very happy at the time to have captured these eagles.

They came flying from far away
Now I’m under their spell
I love hearing the stories that they tell

They’ve seen places beyond my land
And they’ve found new horizons
They speak strangely but I understand

High, high, I’m a bird in the sky (I’m an eagle)
I’m an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, high, what a feeling to fly (what a feeling)
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please

Flying high, high, I’m a bird in the sky
I’m an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, high, what a feeling to fly
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please

And I dream I’m an eagle
And I dream I can spread my wings

Thanks PARALLEL LINES |in scale for hosting How to Survive November once again.

At the ‘How to Survive November‘ monthly theme we will combine photo and sound. You can select a piece of music to your taste and find a photo to portray the song or you can make a drawing, painting or collage. The picture can be from your archives or you can get it fresh. Enjoy and have fun!

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California dreamin’
On such a winter’s day ( a gray November day)

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray
I’ve been for a walk
On a winter’s day
I’d be safe and warm
If I was in L.A. (San Diego)

California dreamin’ (
On such a winter’s day (November day)

This song, the sentiments are what I have during the winter months, to be anywhere warn and sunny. I lived in San Diego years back in 1990’s and I remember warmly the even temperatures during all year round. These photo I scanned from the paper photos. I don’t know if I would want to live in the states anymore, but back then I enjoyed it. The weather there in California sounds like a dream, at least during winter months , certainly worth dreaming about.

The obvious choice could have been The Mamas & the Papas – California Dreamin’ or The Beach Boys – California Dreamin’ Instead, I chose this version. Let’s dream, even if i know I won’t go.

Thanks PARALLEL LINES |in scale for hosting How to Survive November once again.

At the ‘How to Survive November‘ monthly theme we will combine photo and sound. You can select a piece of music to your taste and find a photo to portray the song or you can make a drawing, painting or collage. The picture can be from your archives or you can get it fresh. Enjoy and have fun!

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I don’t know if I have enough music related photographs for a month, but we will see… here is the second one.

As Michael Monroe was mentioned in my previous post, so he s is a obvious choice for my second post. I haven’t seen Hanoi Rock in a concert, but Michael Monroe I saw at business event I attended few years back. I have to say that he is an energetic performer and took these photos with my mobile. Not the best of quality, but it is what it is.

The next song is a “It’s a tongue-in-cheek tale about letting go of the ‘good old days’ and finding the things that make you happy here and now”

Thanks PARALLEL LINES |in scale for hosting How to Survive November once again.

At the ‘How to Survive November‘ monthly theme we will combine photo and sound. You can select a piece of music to your taste and find a photo to portray the song or you can make a drawing, painting or collage. The picture can be from your archives or you can get it fresh. Enjoy and have fun!

How to Survive November 2022 

At the ‘How to Survive November‘ monthly theme we will combine photo and sound. You can select a piece of music to your taste and find a photo to portray the song or you can make a drawing, painting or collage. The picture can be from your archives or you can get it fresh. Enjoy and have fun!

Thanks PARALLEL LINES |in scale for hosting How to Survive November once again.

I don’t know if I have enough music related photographs for a month, but we will see… here is the first one.

I took this photo of Stiv Bators in Las Vegas, but I’m quoting my husband’s text, as he had already written it and he is much better with words than I am. Note, I was a girlfriend then 🙂

Meeting punk rock superstars in Las Vegas in 1987. Those were the days… in the 80s you could walk into rock clubs in Las Vegas without a press card. My favorite band at the time, The Lords of the New Church, came to Vegas for a gig and the intention was to do an interview. Since I was a big fan, my girlfriend Ritva and I went outside the club a few hours before the gig to hang out. I even managed to run into Brian James, who was responsible for Lords’ songs, and his Swedish-Finnish wife. We talked with Brian, e.g. about the current tour and The Damned’s gig in Brighton in 1977, which I managed to see during the hot summer of punk. James was previously the guitarist of The Damned. I told Brian that I had interviewed The Damned a few months earlier. Brian James was responsible for the composition of the first ever punk single recorded for a major label, The Damned’s New Rose, and a large part of the band’s early punk songs.

After The Lords’ gig, we even got to greet the band in back stage. Group photos with Brian and his wife were also taken, but unfortunately they failed. After all, Ritva managed to take a few photos from the soundcheck. The Lords of the New Church was a kind of punk super band. Guitarist Brian James had previously played in The Damned, singer Stiv Bators in Dead Boys, bassist Dave Tregunna had played in Sham 69. Drummer Nick Turner was not quite as well known for his previous achievements. Stiv Bators (born Steven Bator) of the legendary band Dead Boys is once again relevant with the documentary Stiv Bators: No Compromises, No Regrets available on Netflix. The documentary is OK, but somehow superficial.

Finland was mentioned anyway, in the form of Andy McCoy and Michael Monroe. of Hanoi Rocks. After all, Bators and Monroe were good friends and also roommates. Monroe has often mentioned Stiv, for example in interviews and in his biography. Monroe is quickly ignored in the documentary, and he is not even interviewed, which I think is a big stylistic mistake or Michael has not agreed to br interviewed? The documentary also lacks a lot of other things, i.e. the music recorded by Stiv Bators for a large part. Again, it must be about music usage rights. Brian James and Stiv Bators were not rock superstars, but their meeting was important to me at the time.

Lainaan mieheni tekstin, hän sen kun oli jo valmiiksi kirjoittanut

 Punkrockin supertähtiä tapaamassa Las Vegasissa 1987.Ennen kaikki oli paremmin… 80-luvulla pystyi kävelemään rock-klubeille Las Vegasissakin ilman pressikorttia. Sen aikainen suosikkiyhtyeeni The Lords of the New Church tuli Vegasiin keikalle ja tarkoitus oli tehdä haastattelu. Koska olin kova fani, niin menimme tyttöystävä Ritvan kanssa muutama tunti ennen keikkaa klubin ulkopuolelle ihan bändäreinä hengailemaan. Onnistuinkin törmäämään Lordsin biiseistä vastanneeseen Brian Jamesiin ja hänen ruotsinsuomalaiseen vaimoonsa. Tarinaa tuli iskettyä jonkin aikaa ennen kuin bändin sound check alkoi. Juttelimme Brianin kanssa mm. kuluvasta kiertueesta sekä The Damned -yhtyeen keikasta Brightonissa vuonna 1977, jonka onnistuin siis näkemään kuumana punkkesänä. Jameshan oli aiemmin The Damnedin kitaristi. Kerroin Brianille, että olin haastatellut The Damnedia muutama kuukausi aiemmin, mutta se on toinen tarina.Brian James vastasi kaikkien aikojen ensimmäisen isolle levy-yhtiölle levytetyn punksingle sävellyksestä, The Damnedin New Rosesta, ja isosta osasta bändin ekojen älppäreiden biiseistä.

The Lordsien keikan jälkeen päästiin vielä moikkaamaan bändiä back stagelle tai pieneen luukkuun, jota artistilämpiöksi huonolla omallatunnolla voi kutsua. Yhteiskuvatkin Brianin ja hänen vaimonsa kanssa otettiin, mutta valitettavasti ne epäonnistuivat. Soundcheckistä sentään Ritva onnistui ottamaan muutaman kuvan.The Lords of the New Churchan oli erään lainen punkin superyhtye. Kitaristi Brian James oli siis vaikuttanut aiemmin The Damned -yhtyeessä, laulaja jenkkiläisessä Stiv Bators Dead Boysissa, basisti Dave Tregunnan vyöllä oli pesti Sham 69 -bändissä. Rumpali Nick Turnerilla ei ollut aivan yhtä tunnettu aiemmista saavutuksistaan.Legendaarisen Dead Boys -yhtyeen nokkamies Stiv Bators (syntyjään Steven Bator) on jälleen ajankohtainen Netflixistä löytyvän Stiv Bators: No Compromises, No Regrets -dokumentin myötä. Dokkari on sisänsä ihan ok, mutta jotenkin pinnallinen.

Suomi joka tapauksessa mainittu, Andy McCoyn ja Michael Monroen muodossa.Bators ja Monroehan olivat hyviä ystäviä ja myös kämppäkavereita. Monroe on usein maininnut Stivin, muun muassa haastatteluissa ja elämänkerrassaan. Monroe sivuutetaan dokumentissa nopeasti, eikä häntä edes haastatella, mikä on mielestäni iso tyylivirhe tai sitten Michael ei ole suostunut haastikseen?Dokumentista puuttuu myös paljon muuta eli isolta osalta Stiv Batorsin levyttämä musiikki. Jälleen lienee kyseessä musiikin käyttöoikeuksista. Tärkeimpien bändien Dead Boys ja The Lords of the New Churchin levytetty musiikki loistaa poissaolollaan.Brian James ja Stiv Bators eivät olleet rockin supertähtiä, mutta heidän tapaamisensa oli minulle aikoinaan tärkeää.