and a sidestep with Scandal

Master was teasing His dievca about “her” music when she told Him about watching music videos on Sunday evenings for an hour because the family dievca was living with during her sports training didn’t have cable.  Weekly, at 10:58 pm, this song would come on to close out the music video hour. 

The next thing you know, Master is singing the “earworm” for the rest of the day…and dievca is flashing back to being 14 years old~


17:37 minutes of Disco Drama to start a Tuesday

A little Disco Instrumental build up goes a long way in the morning to help you wake up and shove yourself out the door in 20 minutes. If you know the words – bonus! XO


A Cortado for the Road – Leaving Miami

Screenshot_20221127_194112_Googledievca is doing her water workout at 6:30 am, picking up a cortado at her favorite Cuban “window” (Las Olas Café), then taking an Uber to the airport.

Will Smith is on repeat in her head…its been a very good trip.
(at least dievca isn’t hacking up her lungs anymore)

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Sliding into Sunday

Because dievca has been sick – she has a lot of catching up to do around the apartment.

The good news is that she woke up at 5 am, raring to go!

A little Booker T. to get her (and you) sliding into this Sunny and Chilly NYC Autumn Sunday. XO

According to Booker T. Jones, the composition was originally to be called “Funky Onions”, but the sister of Jim Stewart thought it “sounded like a cuss word”; it was therefore renamed “Green Onions”.


One more cup of coffee before I go~

Bob Dillon Coffee


NYC Marathon 2022

marathon-routeThe runners have been out in force along the Hudson River Bike Path for the last two months.  There is an uptick in foreigners wandering the City, this week.  Today is going to be warmer than most distance runners might like – a high of 75 F (24 C). Hopefully, most of the runners have been training through the Summer and we all know that this past Summer was very warm…

Anyways, ages ago, dievca sprinted in High School and College – her longest race was a 1/2 marathon along the Moselle River (FLAT!) in Graduate School and though she did well, she hated it.

Kudos to the dedicated people for the NYC Marathon.  dievca will be your cheerleader around Central Park. But before then she’ll be taking her extra hour of sleep, chilling out in the morning, drinking coffee and waking up to THE WHO. XO

(Just a side note — How many people are going to mess up the race start time with the time change?)


It’s a Beautiful Day!

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Cue the U2 Song – “Beautiful Day”

Photos: dievca – NYC Harbor Ferry Terminal 10/2022


Lindy Hop Dancer

So, during COVID dievca got sucked down the YouTube Rabbit Hole watching Phil Wright Choreography videos of families performing after learning a dance piece together.  The first video she saw was this and she absolutely loved the first group of a Mom and two daughters.

The beginning of another video has this Mother/Son duo and dievca thought the Mom was an amazing dancer – perhaps she was a professional Lindy Hop dancer:

Comparing the Jon Batiste Video (above) and the Rockin’ Robin – they are not the same dancer.
But, watching these videos, again, made dievca smile because she shared them with her Mom before she passed and they had a good time watching together. Mom keep saying she would have loved to get the lessons for the Great Grandkids and their Parents, but the Midwest is an awfully long way from Los Angeles…

Anyways, dievca’s Mom and Dad met at a Dance Hall – they were an amazing Jitterbug couple.

Here’s the Jitterbug:

Is jitterbug the same as Lindy Hop?
Lindy Hop, also known as the jitterbug, was developed in the 1920’s and is said to be the original form of swing dance. The term ‘jitterbug’ is however commonly used to describe any swing dancer and is derived from the visual display of the dancers on the floor who look like jitterbugs with the fast, bouncy movements.

Can you tell that dievca is getting desperate to dance again?


Hah!

So Master dropped His dievca a note:

Re: Music.
 
Here’s an early 1980’s song that I really like: the essence of garage rock.

 
On the whole, I’m not a “pop” guy.
dievca – who attended College in the 80’s was a little confused…this song was on Airplay ALL the time. Isn’t that the definition of Pop (Popular) Music? smile

Wholesome on a Monday


Just something sweet to start your week. XO


a sad favorite

Olivia Newton-John passed away yesterday.  she seemed like a very kind individual and dievca was prompted to revisit her music.  dievca’s favorite song from her is pretty much the saddest song.

dievca prefers the original:


Cheeseburger in Paradise 🍔

Master will be rolling His eyes this morning – but Presenting would be a good bit of fun as a Cheeseburger with Jimmy Buffet in the background.

Eat a little Meat…a sensual treat!


Jimmy Buffet would roll through dievca’s hometown every summer and it was an easy concert to get to ~ ~ outdoor seating and cheesy fun. 🧀

Holy Cats Batman!  It appears that Jimmy Buffet is still performing!  A full Summer Roster of Concerts!

Go, Jimmy, Go!

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french-fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draft beer
Well, good God almighty which way do I steer?


Still working on a Saturday

Sometimes you need MJ and Soul Train to get you going in the morning!


A Fool For Your Stockings

Stockings Vintage

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Inspired by The Muscleheaded Blog

The video is age-restricted, but click on the link below and you will be taken there if you are of age~

A FOOL FOR YOUR STOCKINGS – ZZ TOP


A moment for cheesy~

Sometimes you have to kick back and enjoy the ride!
At this moment we are going ‘old school’. XO
Sending love,
your dievča


feeling a little 80’s – right now

Master laughs at His dievca’s penchant for 80’s synthesizer hits.  What can she say? she’s an 80’s Throwback – a product of Generation X:

  • They’re Expert DIY-ers. …
  • Their Sartorial Style Is Decidedly Dressed-Down. …
  • They’ve Got the Whole Work-Life Balance Thing Down Pat. …
  • They Tech-Savvy… But Not Tech-Dependent. …
  • They’re Fiercely Independent.
  • They’re Fiercely Attached To Their Music AND Don’t Really Care If You Like It Or Not.

Lyrics:

You saw me standing by the wall corner of a main street
And the lights are flashing on your window sill
All alone ain’t much fun so you’re looking for the thrill
And you know just what it takes and where to go

Don’t save a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after

Feel the breeze deep on the inside look you down into the well
If you can you’ll see the world in all his fire
Take a chance like all dreamers can’t find another way
You don’t have to dream it all, just live a day

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after

Pretty looking road I try to hold the rising floods that fill my skin
Don’t ask me why I’ll keep my promise I’ll melt the ice
And you wanted to dance so I asked you to dance
But fear is in your soul
Some people call it a one night stand but we can call it paradise

Don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it til the morning after
No don’t say a prayer for me now
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after
Save it ’til the morning after (doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo)
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after
Save a prayer ’til the morning after


Tangerine Dream – a gentle Saturday start

Vince belted-tangerine-cuffed-sleeve-dress

Walking the City on a Weekend calls for
Tangerine Dreams

Lady-like for your Master/ Madame

Vince TENCEL™ Lyocell-blend dress $425 Net-A-Porter

Tangerine Dream is a German electronic music band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese having been the only continuous member until his death in January 2015.


Feelin’ the Funk on a Tuesday

Express Yourself” was written by Charles Wright and performed by Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band.


May You (we) be so Lucky

Great sex helps one get by in an amazing manner.
dievca’s hoping everyone is getting Lucky ~ XO

L.E.J, short for Lucie, Élisa and Juliette, sometimes Elijay, is a French band composed of three women from Saint-Denis, a city in Paris’ suburbs. They became famous by condensing numerous top songs from the summer of 2015 into a mashup performance.


Christmas Eve with Ann Margret

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Setting the mood:


Perseverance

Jane Dickson Stairwell 1984 Etching

We have not wings, we cannot soar;
But we have feet to scale and climb
By slow degrees, by more and more,
The cloudy summits of our time.

The mighty pyramids of stone
That wedge-like cleave the desert airs,
When nearer seen and better known,
Are but gigantic flights of stairs.

The distant mountains, that uprear
Their solid bastions of the skies,
Are crossed by pathways that appear
As we to higher levels rise.

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Success
(from The Ladder of St. Augustine)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), American poet and educator.

Etching: Jane Dickson
(American b. 1952)
Stairwell, 1984

dievca won an auction and became the lucky owner of Jane Dickson’s Stairwell.
What she sees in it is perseverance.

Art speaks in different ways – another person recommended the song “Following” by ChungKing to be played while viewing the etching for a different perspective. 
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Spooky Goth Playlist while ‘Bobbing for Apples’

vintage-halloween-pinup bobing for apples
Tired of “Monster Mash” and the “Adams’ Family Theme”?
Perhaps these 80’s throwback sounds are for you.
(video links below the graphic)

Happy Halloween!
An-80s-Goth-Halloween-Playlist

Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Happy House

The Cure – A Forest

Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Spandu Ballet – To Cut a Long Story Short

Japan – Quiet Life

Depeche Mode – Stripped

The Church – Under the Milky Way

Violent Femmes – Gone Daddy Gone

Ministry – (Every Day) is Halloween

A “Thank You” to Kate from Mirror80 for the Dark and Moody beats from the 1980’s!


Coffee is Black Magic!

Let’s set the mood on the Monday Morning of Halloween week with:

Add the BLACK MAGIC COFFEE from Telluride Coffee Roasters (click photo to buy):

Black-Magic
And finish with a TRUTH!

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Coffee and music on a Monday Morning

Musical Notes Coffee Image

Why is it always easier to get things done to Classic Rock?  At least for dievca~

Maybe its because every Saturday growing up – her family’s home had to be cleaned from top to bottom. It was the 1970’s, dievca’s brothers played Rock Music doing chores.  dievca is like Pavlov’s Dog – you put the Classic Rock on and she cranks out the work…

Here’s the last song:


A Little Bach – Coffee Humor

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” also known as the “Coffee Cantata.” In the song, a father and daughter argue about how she drinks too much coffee, and that’s why she doesn’t have a lover.

Hah! Good Morning. XO

Kaffeekantate [Coffee Cantata]


Liesgen (S), Erzähler (T), Schlendrian (B)
1. Rezitativ T
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht
Und höret, was itzund geschicht:
Da kömmt Herr Schlendrian
Mit seiner Tochter Liesgen her,
Er brummt ja wie ein Zeidelbär;
Hört selber, was sie ihm getan!
1. Recitative T
Be quiet, do not chat,
And listen to what happens now:
Here comes Mr. Schlendrian
with his daughter Liesgen,
He grumbles like a grizzly bear;
hear for yourselves, what she has done to him!
2. Arie B
Hat man nicht mit seinen Kindern
Hunderttausend Hudelei!
  Was ich immer alle Tage
  Meiner Tochter Liesgen sage,
  Gehet ohne Frucht vorbei.
2. Aria B
With children, aren’t there
a hundred thousand aggravations!
  Whatever I, all the time and every day,
  tell my daughter Liesgen,
  slides on by with no effect.
3. Rezitativ B S
Schlendrian

Du böses Kind, du loses Mädchen,
Ach! wenn erlang ich meinen Zweck:
Tu mir den Coffee weg!

Liesgen
Herr Vater, seid doch nicht so scharf!
Wenn ich des Tages nicht dreimal
Mein Schälchen Coffee trinken darf,
So werd ich ja zu meiner Qual
Wie ein verdorrtes Ziegenbrätchen.

3. Recitative B S
Schlendrian

You naughty child, you wild girl,
ah! When will I achieve my goal:
get rid of the coffee for my sake!

Liesgen
Father sir, but do not be so harsh!
If I couldn’t, three times a day,
be allowed to drink my little cup of coffee,
in my anguish I will turn into
a shriveled-up roast goat.

4. Arie S
Ei! wie schmeckt der Coffee süße,
Lieblicher als tausend Küsse,
Milder als Muskatenwein.
  Coffee, Coffee muss ich haben,
  Und wenn jemand mich will laben,
  Ach, so schenkt mir Coffee ein!
4. Aria S
Ah! How sweet coffee tastes,
more delicious than a thousand kisses,
milder than muscatel wine.
  Coffee, I have to have coffee,
  and, if someone wants to pamper me,
  ah, then fill up my coffee again!
5. Rezitativ B S
Schlendrian

Wenn du mir nicht den Coffee lässt,
So sollst du auf kein Hochzeitfest,
Auch nicht spazierengehn.

Liesgen
Ach ja!
Nur lasset mir den Coffee da!

Schlendrian
Da hab ich nun den kleinen Affen!
Ich will dir keinen Fischbeinrock nach itzger Weite schaffen.

Liesgen
Ich kann mich leicht darzu verstehn.

Schlendrian
Du sollst nicht an das Fenster treten
Und keinen sehn vorübergehn!

Liesgen
Auch dieses; doch seid nur gebeten
Und lasset mir den Coffee stehn!

Schlendrian
Du sollst auch nicht von meiner Hand
Ein silbern oder goldnes Band
Auf deine Haube kriegen!

Liesgen
Ja, ja! nur lasst mir mein Vergnügen!

Schlendrian
Du loses Liesgen du,
So gibst du mir denn alles zu?

5. Recitative B S
Schlendrian

If you don’t give up coffee for me,
you won’t go to any wedding parties,
or even go out for walks.

Liesgen
Okay then!
Only leave my coffee alone!

Schlendrian
Now I’ve got the little monkey!
I will buy you no whalebone dress of the latest fashion.

Liesgen
I can easily put up with that.

Schlendrian
You may not go to the window
and watch anyone passing by!

Liesgen
This too; but be merciful
and let my coffee stay!

Schlendrian
You’ll also not receive from my hand
a silver or gold ribbon
for your bonnet!

Liesgen
Sure, sure! Just leave me my pleasure!

Schlendrian
You naughty Liesgen,
you grant all of that to me?

6. Arie B
Mädchen, die von harten Sinnen,
Sind nicht leichte zu gewinnen.
Doch trifft man den rechten Ort,
O! so kömmt man glücklich fort.
6. Aria B
Girls of stubborn mind
are not easily won over.
But if the right spot is touched,
Oh! Then one can happily get far.
7. Rezitativ B S
Schlendrian

Nun folge, was dein Vater spricht!

Liesgen
In allem, nur den Coffee nicht.

Schlendrian
Wohlan! so musst du dich bequemen,
Auch niemals einen Mann zu nehmen.

Liesgen
Ach ja! Herr Vater, einen Mann!

Schlendrian
Ich schwöre, dass es nicht geschicht.

Liesgen
Bis ich den Coffee lassen kann?
Nun! Coffee, bleib nur immer liegen!
Herr Vater, hört, ich trinke keinen nicht.

Schlendrian
So sollst du endlich einen kriegen!

7. Recitative B S
Schlendrian

Now do what your father says!

Liesgen
In everything but coffee.

Schlendrian
All right then! So you will have to content yourself with never having a husband.

Liesgen
Ah yes! Father, a husband!

Schlendrian
I swear that it will never happen.

Liesgen
Until I give up coffee?
All right! Coffee, lie there now forever!
Father sir, listen, I won’t drink none.

Schlendrian
So finally you’ll get one!

8. Arie S
Heute noch,
Lieber Vater, tut es doch!
Ach, ein Mann!
Wahrlich, dieser steht mir an!
  Wenn es sich doch balde fügte,
  Dass ich endlich vor Coffee,
  Eh ich noch zu Bette geh,
  Einen wackern Liebsten kriegte!
8. Aria S
Even today,
dear father, make it happen!
Ah, a husband!
Indeed, this will suit me well!
  If it would only happen soon,
  that at last, instead of coffee,
  before I even go to bed,
  I might gain a sturdy lover!
9. Rezitativ T
Nun geht und sucht der alte Schlendrian,
Wie er vor seine Tochter Liesgen
Bald einen Mann verschaffen kann;
Doch, Liesgen streuet heimlich aus:
Kein Freier komm mir in das Haus,
Er hab es mir denn selbst versprochen
Und rück es auch der Ehestiftung ein,
Dass mir erlaubet möge sein,
Den Coffee, wenn ich will, zu kochen.
9. Recitative T
Now old Schlendrian goes and seeks
How he, for his daughter Liesgen,
might soon acquire a husband;
but Liesgen secretly spreads the word:
no suitor comes in my house
unless he has promised to me himself
and has it also inserted into the marriage contract,
that I shall be permitted
to brew coffee whenever I want.
10. Chor (Terzett) S T B
Die Katze lässt das Mausen nicht,
Die Jungfern bleiben Coffeeschwestern.
  Die Mutter liebt den Coffeebrauch,
  Die Großmama trank solchen auch,
  Wer will nun auf die Töchter lästern!
10. Chorus (Trio) S T B
Cats do not give up mousing,
girls remain coffee-sisters.
  The mother adores her coffee-habit,
  and grandma also drank it,
  so who can blame the daughters!
Christian Friedrich Henrici (Picander) 1732 (mov’ts 1-8)
©Pamela Dellal
A Thank You to Emmanuel Music in Boston, MA for the access to the translation.

Something for a slow start and the mists~


It’s a slow morning in NYC – clouds are hanging low.
The perfect time for elegant non-sense before the grind begins.
The 1974 female cover-version is stunning.
Good Morning!


God Only Knows


Lately, have you found yourself steeped in nostalgia?
Not saying that Life was better before _________ (fill in the blank)
Just revisiting pieces of Joy, Love, Sadness, Humor, etc.
Beach Boys, Napster, Limewire, Sonic the Hedgehog, the Muppet Show, The Blues Brothers, Jaws, and so on~


A different time, a different age. Something.

Ran into this video and it just made me smile.
Maybe someone thinks this about you (or me).
Enjoy~


A delightful find ~ Radio Garden

Radio.Garden

Radio Garden (click on the green heading above) is a non-profit Dutch radio and digital research project developed from 2013 to 2016, by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, by the Transnational Radio Knowledge Platform, and five other European universities. It is funded by HERA.

Within Radio Garden, radios are arranged by geolocation and grouped by cities. According to specialized websites, the design is formed by greenish spheres superimposed on the map, which increases in size as the region’s number of broadcasters available. This idea was developed by the German companies Studio Puckey and Studio Moniker in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Radios are available at locations such as Aleppo, Havana, Sri Lanka, London, North Korea, in addition to New York, Lisbon, Moscow, etc.

On 14 March 2020 a new version, with upgraded features, was released.

dievca may be a little late to the Party – but she is up for a lot of fun!


Something to beat the Slush on a Saturday!

dievca is off to work.
Here’s a little Sunshine for your day.
XO