Time for a Musical Interlude

The following was written by me on 7/18/22.

Hubs and I put an offer in on a house. It’s a fixer upper but it’s on a river. Waterfront, baby!

The offer hasn’t been accepted yet, and I’m all kinds of anxious about it. I need to slow my roll. Be patient and not get ahead of myself by imagining how we’re going to fix the place up.

Because for all I know, it won’t end up being “the one”. House-hunting is a strange experience in this life. While I appreciate the fact that Hubs and I have the ability to be homeowners in this country, it requires some serious grit. It’s torturous.

This is why, my friends, you are getting a post about the wonderful distraction of music from me today. I need to focus on something other than this house hunting bullshit. If you’re a regular reading of my ramblings who appreciates music even half as much as me, you might like a break such as this too.

Update: Still 7/18, just much later on. Some other dope offered cash to the seller. I imagine one of those wealthy investors. They must have seen all the potential that we did in that house. Back to it, I guess.

Now back to the point of this post: which is A) introducing you all to a unique and talented artist, B) musing about the earworms in my head, and C) sharing song related anecdotes.

The one musical group on a loop in my head since this summer began is ABBA. It’s probably on account of us having the 70’s channel on Sirius XM on regular rotation while we are tooling around Wisconsin in the Tacoma.

“Knowing me, Knowing You” is especially embedded in my brain.

Something I realized listening to the 70’s channel and regular old radio this summer is just how many simply gorgeous songs came from that era and beyond. Like “Suddenly” by Billy Ocean, “Sail On” by the Commodores, and “Oh Girl” by the “Chi-Lites”. Just sweet, lovely songs that get forgotten over time.

In other music-in-my-head news, the song “I Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by that corny crooner (“cornoner”?) Michael Buble, is a major earworm for me these days.

Clearly, this song is in reference to our house-hunting journey. Maybe the song will get out of my head once we actually close on the home we purchase here in beautiful northwest Wisconsin.

There is a fantastic radio station, The Current, which is owned by MPR and based out of the Twin Cities. Hubs and I had sort of forgotten about this station when we were still in Colorado, despite being able to stream it. We were listening to it in our camper the other night and a song came on that really caught my attention. It’s by an artist I don’t think I’d ever heard of: Orville Peck.

Of course I had to google him out of curiosity and learned he is an artist like “Sia”, as he keeps his face covered when in public . I think it’s sort of odd, but yet cool. The mystery of it intrigues me, though his voice intrigues me much more.

I think the song “Unconditional (Look Out Kid)” by Arcade Fire is awesome. It feels to me like a love song from Gen X to Millenials and Gen Z. I would love to be in the audience at one of their concerts, singing along with the “Do do do do do do do do do do do” part. They are playing in Minneapolist this fall, so maybe I’ll get that chance.

Our daughter and grandson recently moved to a nearby town where the writer of Daughter’s “go to” Karaoke song grew up. I love “coincidences” like that, don’t you? Below is a video of that song.

The biggest item on our wish list, besides a place to live that isn’t mobile, is a pontoon. I’m not much of a country music fan (especially the newer stuff), but sometimes there’s just a song that I love despite myself. We all have those, right?

Please tell me: what are yours? Or how about your current playlist and/or earworm in your head these days?

9 thoughts on “Time for a Musical Interlude”

  1. I recently had dinner with a realtor friend who said things were slowing down around here in the housing market. It was insane for a while as places were snatched up as soon as they went on the market for way more than the asking price. Thank goodness for music to improve our mood when things suck. My wife is a big country fan too.

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    1. Yeah, the market has been crazy! We did great with selling our townhome in Colorado for more than asking price but here in Wisconsin we are struggling to find something decent. Music is really balm for the soul to me. Thanks for your comments!

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  2. Hey Rhonda,
    So sorry you didn’t get the waterfront house. You’ll find just the right one. I just know it. Cuz…”🎡 knowing me knowing you…🎡”

    I have to admit, once you get past the 70’s, you mention a ton of musicians I’ve heard of, but just haven’t really listened to. I’ll have to rectify that soon! Like you, sometimes the only thing that really helps is music. We are soul sisters regarding our love for a really good song! Look forward to updates! Mona

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    1. Yes, I love the bond we have over music. You NEED to check out Orville Peck. He is something. To me, he’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that: Johnny Cash, Elvis, Roy Orbison. Yet he does stuff like a cover of Lady Ga Ga’s “Born This Way”. He’s a true original. No biggie on the house we “lost”. We found another one! Offer has been accepted and we move in at the end of this month. Hallelejuah! I’ll be writing a post about it soon πŸ™‚


  3. Hallelujah, indeed! I’m so excited for y’all! Since you highly recommend him, I’ll definitely check out Orville Peck. Anyone named Orville needs to be checked out! Ha! I need a plant I can name Orville. Also, when you’re ready, let me know and we can resume our writing. πŸ™‚ Mona

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    1. I know, right? Such an old fashioned Grandpa kinda name, right? My Godfather was named Orville, but everyone called him Oz or Ozzie. I was thinking about our back and forth with the writing that we started way back when-let’s get that going again, soon!

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