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“We only did probably two, three takes on every scene we did, at the most.” Kim Novak

Musings: Three Takes For The Night… A mini skirt at any age? Why not.

Musings: Three Takes For The Night… Taking life too seriously? learn to embrace your playful side.

Lola Monroe (Taylor Gang) – Dark Red Lipstick (New Music 2012) Any lyrics we wish to write? Why not! TY!

Like a great director, offers us lots of awesome blog topics to write about and share. For this post, I chose three questions/topics to share with you: Can you list three things you’ll never understand? What’s the most interesting biography or memoir you’ve read? Have you ever written your own music or song lyrics? I’ve created short vignettes on each question and I hope you enjoy the tongue-in-cheek humor in parts of it as well as the important information shared. Learn to relax and play. Life is short. Thank you!

Musings: Three Takes For The Night… Admit it!

Musings: Three Takes For The Night… Cat Fright?

Question: List three things you’ll never understand.
♥Why some stylists take it upon themselves to tell others what they can/can’t wear at a certain age… ditto music. Pass that mini leather skirt would ya!
♥ Why we sometimes deliberately do things that are zany. The temporary memory blank I can understand,  but the others are so true and so spot on ridiculous.
♥ Why our family cat sometimes acts as if there is a ghost in the room… or, at least, another presence that I can’t see but that spooks me out anyway.
More below! 😉

♥ZANY: Lo and behold, WP has changed the comments notification system. Now when we leave a comment, before we hit submit, we must un-check the box below that says: Notify me of follow-up comments via email. If we forget, which I keep doing because we didn’t have to un-check that silly box in the past, there is a solution. We simply click on/go to Manage subscriptions found on every post that arrives in our mailbox, select Comments, check all the comments we wish to unfollow, click the small dialog box (Bulk Actions), select unfollow, then click apply and it deletes all of them. Bingo! It is a bit of a hassle and until we get used to the idea, many of us will have to use the above approach. I figured everyone was hip to this already or I would have posted about it. Cheers! 🙂

“…You have two or three takes to get your part right, and if you have a problem well by the time you figure it out everyone’s moved on to the next scene. It’s good training, keeps you on your toes.”  John Heard (on the benefits of acting on television)

Musings: Three Takes For The Night… Esmeralda Santiago

Musings: Three Takes For The Night… Haruki Murakami

Question: What’s the most interesting biography or memoir you’ve read?
I’ve read far too many to list but a few that stand out are:
Esmeralda Santiago‘s memorable memoir in three parts, When I was Puerto Rican: A Memoir, Almost a Woman, and The Turkish Lover: A Memoir, kept me laughing and wanting more. She has a strong, lyrical voice and her unvarnished stories will make you both cringe and applaud her courage.
Buchi Emecheta‘s memoir; a haunting trilogy namely Second Class Citizen, In the Ditch, and Head Above Water, would make you laugh, cry, and rail against those who thrive on abusing others. She shares how she survived the scars of domestic violence by channeling her energy into writing and eventually confronting her abuser.
Teju Cole’s Open City, a fictional piece on a Nigerian doctor in NYC and his personal struggles, while not officially a biography or memoir, could easily be the autobiography of any dislocated immigrant trying to make sense of his/her surroundings in a new world.
Haruki Murakami‘s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is a meditation on Murakami’s journey as a writer and the impact running has had on that journey. It is a brilliant quick read, and one of my daughters, who is into all things Japanese, shared her copy with me and I enjoyed every word; the ups and downs of an observant life well lived. Runner’s World has a great interview with him. Read it. More below! 😉

“Arnold and Jamie Lee must have worked over the years with directors that did 50 takes, because I’d get like three takes or so and say, Ok, that’s it, we’re done.” Penelope Spheeris

Musings: Three Takes For The Night… Lola Monroe

GiGiGud Fella (Amharic music from Ethiopia)

Lyrics to Gud Fella: Trouble is Brewing (Translated)
Thought I had given it up – heeded their words
What brought it on again, that old forgotten love
Where does he learn these things?
Takes me like candy then chews me like gum!
Trouble is imminent, oh where, Trouble, imminent trouble (2x)

Hear the trumpets of his soul
I hear it from afar. This is my jubilee
My love returns to me
Trouble brews, trouble in the air (2x)
You’d think I care what they say
I only care about your love
Trouble brews, trouble in the air (2x)

Look how he moves, watch his swagger
Killing me with his eyes, with his smile
How many times am I to die?
A frame so fine along his spine
He stands so tall, he’s ripe no doubt
He tempts, but he can’t be eaten
To think there is such a vine
So fine (2x)

Question: Have you ever written your own music or song lyrics?
Yes. Mostly new age and funny ditties. I have tried some rhyming rap too… Nothing that would get me a record deal; well, unless I get a gig on Bravo as a housewife of God knows what County. Oddly, I used to write poetry back in my teen years; some pretty erotic stuff too. I have no idea what happened but once I reached a certain age (getting into yoga and meditation might have had something to do with it too) All that shit stuff flew out of my head. Perhaps, I’ll take Lola Monroe‘s rendition as something I could try writing… Or since Gigi Shibabaw is singing Gud Fella above, perhaps Gigi’s lyrics for Gud Fella  (Trouble Brewing) would do. Yeah right! 😆 What about you?

What are your thoughts? What are your three quick answers to the questions? Do you share any of mine? What stood out for you? How did you handle those moments of silence? Do share! Thank you. 😉

This post was inspired by three prompts from WP PlinkyList three things you’ll never understand.What’s the most interesting biography or memoir you’ve read?.,  Have you ever written your own music or song lyrics?

*Please bear with me as I continue to catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: In three takes, boldly share your answers too… they could be illuminating to the rest of us.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All photos Mini skirt, Play and skirt, Lola Monroe, Esmeralda Santiago, Haruki Murakami, via Wikipedia and/or via Flickr. Admit it via Daily Status Updates. Cat fright via

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

31 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/05/2012 1:55 am

    The cat one – oh yeah!

  2. 07/05/2012 5:12 am

    That list of things to admit to really made me laugh, because I’ve done them all 🙂

    • 07/05/2012 8:57 am

      Yes, same here. It made me laugh too… but we must be the only ones laughing. 😆 🙂

  3. 07/05/2012 7:59 am

    Pretty creative. I would have blown past that line and you brought it alive.

    • 07/05/2012 8:58 am

      Oh, TY! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by. 😉

  4. 07/05/2012 8:01 am

    about cat panic: in our neighborhood a house was burning in the night at 2 a.m. – neighbors heard the cat screaming at first; the called for emergency and the fire department came with 12 trucks. they rescued then 19 humans and one dog; they forgot the cat. she died.

    • 07/05/2012 8:06 am

      O what an awful story… That is so sad…. Are you sure she didn’t run off? 🙁

  5. 07/05/2012 9:19 am

    You’ve tickled my funny bone chakra with that list. 😆

    And the cat thing . . . very scary when I’m alone at night. 😯

    • 07/05/2012 9:21 am

      It scares me too when my cat acts in that odd way… How’s Tigger doing? TY for checking in. 😉

  6. 07/05/2012 10:32 am

    I decided to accept the challenge and try to answer the three questions that open your post.
    1. Can you list three things you’ll never understand? I will never understand why people can’t see that our planet is in danger because of pollution and that we need to react quickly in order to prevent further damage and keep the environment safe for the next generations; I will never understand why many teenagers hate books, really, reading is something I love, I wonder how could a person find it hard and boring (unless the book is really boring!); why girls accept to be treated like objects in order to please boys – don’t they want dignity and respect just like everyone?
    These are only random thoughts…
    What’s the most interesting biography or memoir you’ve read? This one is quite hard, but I’d say “Infidel” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I owe to this book my interest in Muslim culture and its relationship with the rest of the world.
    Have you ever written your own music or song lyrics? No, not yet. Maybe, one day…in the meantime, I keep writing sad poems about loneliness, woods in autumn, black roses and an iced heart. They’re not good, they don’t even have rhymes.
    Other random thoughts.

    • 07/05/2012 2:42 pm

      You are a champion in my book! Kudos and thanks for taking the time to give me your answers. I’m on board with your 3 don’t understands…
      I haven’t read Infidel but I know of the author and the story… 🙂

  7. 07/05/2012 12:40 pm

    Whew GiGi had me on my feet and shaking my bootie!

    • 07/05/2012 12:59 pm

      You crack me up! You must be such fun to hang out with… TY! 🙂

      • 07/05/2012 1:05 pm

        Girlfriend anyone who finds tunes like that is cool by me 🙂

      • 07/05/2012 1:16 pm

        TY! You’re cool too! 😎

  8. 07/05/2012 5:12 pm

    Excellent work my friend 🙂

    • 07/05/2012 8:46 pm

      TY for commenting Jake! 🙂 You’re cool too! 😎

  9. 08/05/2012 1:13 am

    Great post! First of all, the cat thing… cats pretending to see something scary is just a little head game they play on their humans. Just do the same thing to them a couple of times and they’ll cut it out.

    I admit to having done each of those five things in the first “Musings” image but with the drawing-sun-in-the-corner-of-the-page thing, I used to draw a certain geometric pattern in the schedule on the back of all my school notebooks. And as for walking into a room and forgetting what you went there for… I have gone into a room, forgot why I was there, returned to where I was, remembered, returned to the target room, forgot, returned to the inspirational room, remembered, returned to the target room, accomplished mission. “Rinse and repeat”. Going senile will be a very smooth transition for me.

    • 13/05/2012 9:20 am

      You have a great sense of humor… 😆 My cat ran away when I tried it on him… go figure! 🙂 And yes, I’m guilty of the rest too.

  10. 08/05/2012 2:30 am

    Loved it, esp the Ethiopian song. My son used to try to beat the speed of light by trying to run out of a room by the time it went dark – when you turned the light off. Whatever makes them happy!

    • 13/05/2012 9:22 am

      I love Gigi’s song too. I was thinking that maybe your son might want to consider flying as a career option. Loved your description. TY! 🙂

  11. Bree permalink
    08/05/2012 5:56 pm

    I had a good laugh with this post. All of it is so true. A little humor and playfulness go a long way. I’m looking for that leather skirt now. 😉

    • 13/05/2012 9:23 am

      Yes, yes, yes! I had a good laugh too TY! 😆

  12. 08/05/2012 9:52 pm

    Enjoyed reading this very much! LOL! Not sure I want to read Murakami ever again. Was disappointed with 1Q84. Tedious book!

    • 13/05/2012 9:33 am

      Ty for enjoying it… sometime we wonder. 😆
      Actually, this book is an easy read and doesn’t meander like others. I enjoyed it. 🙂

  13. 10/05/2012 4:22 pm

    Of course, I went straight to the music. Love me some Gigi. She’s got me rocking. Don’t need to understand the lyrics, she gets straight to the heart.
    Yes, I’ve written my own lyrics.
    Back when I was into my memoir/autobiog phase, I read Golda Meir’s autobiography. I really admired her strength.
    Love Emecheta, will have to get a copy of her memoir.

    • 13/05/2012 9:47 am

      Glad you enjoyed Gigi’s music. I do too. You will enjoy Emecheta’s writings. TY! 😉

  14. 14/05/2012 7:52 am

    Uh-oh. I still close the refrigerator door real slowly to see when the light goes out. lol

  15. 16/05/2012 2:36 am

    My favourite memoir to date is Sidney Poitier’s.
    Three things I can’t explain? Well that woalking into the room is one for me too, but I just explain it with old age and the memory slipping! 🙂 Why do teenagers try to talk with headphones in and then SHOUT?????
    Why does it always rain before we bring the washing in?

    I’ve never written lyrics to a song……….. maybe one day I’ll give it a try.

  16. Ceb permalink
    14/10/2019 10:34 pm

    Great blog, nice post, informative and well written.

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