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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Musical Stories 25: Chick Lit


It's Chick Lit week but, before I get to the musical stories, I wanted to ask those of you who have used polls on your website, are they easy to do? Is there a link to somewhere that will show me? I have something to ask you guys, and I think a poll will be the easiest way to do it. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated!

I think it's safe to say that this week's musical stories have got a bit of a sub-theme going on. The best way to describe it would be 'better no man than the wrong man'. So grab your chocolate and a glass of wine, and enjoy. And no, I still didn't include I will survive :-)

The first entry would be more of a short story than a novel. It's not very long but it says all it has to say. It's really sweet but, like many short stories, there's a sting in its tail.

For some reason, the second song always reminds me of the musical A Star is Born. (Slightly off-topic, but don't you think that film could be considered a chick flick?) .

Update: There is a link below the second video for those who can't view the original one. 

The final entry this week was always my 'goto' song when things didn't work out with a boy. Does anyone else think the lady doth protest slightly too much, though? Whatever, she's not about to let him see how much he's hurt her. Thankfully, it's been a few years now since a box of tissues and a homicidal attitude accompanied my listening of this song :-)

I hope you had fun this week, but if it was all a bit girly for you, we're moving on to War next week.



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Lyrics here
Version for those that can't view the above



Lyrics here

81 comments:

  1. I've used polls, so they can't be too difficult to do!

    Go into 'design' then 'layout' then 'add a gadget'Fill in your question and then the possible answers and decide how long you want voting to be allowed to continue. Click save and you're done.

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    1. Thanks for that Patsy, it sounds easy enough :-)

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  2. Sarah - Listen to Patsy; polls really aren't that hard. And I'll be interested in what you come up with.

    And I like your chick lit. choices, too. I admit, this isn't a genre I read in very much, so coming up with musical ideas is harder. Yours, though, are spot-on.

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    1. Thank you Margot, I can't believe I have you stumped finally!

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  3. Not heard the first and third ones before. Good choices, once again. Are you ever going to run out of songs, or do you actually know them ALL?

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    1. Heh. Let's just say I do a lot of research :-)

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  4. AWWWWW GREAT choice sarah, I love Human League, they take me back a bit. I LOVE 80's tunes anyway. And we all need a little nostalgia every now and again :)

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  5. I recently did a survey on my blog and used Google Docs. It was nice because they compiled all the results into graphs and numbers so I could get a good picture of percentages, etc. Have fun!

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    1. Techno loves Google Docs. I'll have to get him to show me :-)

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  6. Use Google Docs for you poll. There is a Blogger widget, but it allows for users to vote multiple times, which negates the whole thing.

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    1. I'm going to look at Google Docs and Blogger - apparently the multiple votes thing in blogger is an option you can switch off.

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  7. The 80's music is the best!! And 'Gonna Get Along Without You Now' is a real classic. I love it.

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    1. You just can't help singing along, can you?

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  8. No mention of Etta James? So much music and not even a shout out to the great blues singer. /sigh.

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    1. Interesting picks. I haven't tried any polls yet.

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    2. Etta James, what a legend. Sorry she's left us.

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    3. Donna, I'll have to let you know how it goes :-)

      Lynn - Indeed, she was.

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    4. I know, that was a lapse of judgement on my part. There was so much wonderful stuff to choose from, too.

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  9. Alex, multiple votes is an option - you can allow only one per person if you wish.

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  10. Looks like you already got your answer for polls--but you've piqued my curiosity. What are you going to ask? :)

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    1. Nothing exciting I'm afraid. Just opinions about a possible successor to Musical Stories.

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  11. I love coming here to the musical posts Sarah. Thank you for the time you put into them.

    Unfortunately I know nothing about the polls I'm afraid. Blogger has not been my friend this past week!

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, it's a pleasure. Hope you and Blogger have made up!

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  12. Love your thoughts of how we listen to some of those songs w/tissues and homicidal thoughts! I remember every New Year's Eve in my single days, I would listen to "Like a Bridge Over Troubled Water" and sob about my forlorn condition. Thank goodness I haven't heard that song for awhile!

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    1. We've all got one of those songs haven't we?

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  13. Too funny.

    I love how songs influence us. Musis is just amazing in so many ways.

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    1. I totally agree. I'd be lost without it!.

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  14. Fantastic choices for chicklit week. They make a perfect fit in my opinion. (You should have included 'I survive' ahahaha) ;)

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    1. I might give in next time, it seems to be a popular choice ;-)

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  15. A song that came to mind was "I Can't Make You Love Me" sung by Bonnie Raitt. I actually heard Mike Reed who was one of the guys that wrote that song, play it at an ASCAP meeting once. It made the hair on my arm stand up.

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    1. I adore that song. I have it in mind now for one of the special editions :-)

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  16. What, no RESPECT?? ;)
    I thought of you this week while googling lyrics to this awesome song I heard - Wave Your Flag. It's modern but I think you'd like it.

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    1. Mel, thanks for the reminder, that's an awesome song.

      I read your comment to Techno, 'it's modern but I think you'll like it'. We both cracked up, because it's true. I've turned into an oldie but goodie. Anything remotely modern on here is suggested by a reader, or introduced to me by my daughters. I've turned into my Mother :-)

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  17. Oh I love the song Don't You Want Me... excellent choice... haven't heard it for ages... Turning up the sound now:)

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  18. I wasn't familiar with the first one and I might have only heard the third one only once before, but they're all fantastic.

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    1. Glad you liked them. That third one is definitely one of my favourite singalongs :-)

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  19. All fantastic songs and lyrics! Thanks!

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  20. These are great songs. And somehow, they make me even more sad about losing Etta James last week. Very cool lady of jazz and the blues.

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  21. Hmmm, let me know what you find out about inserting polls into your blog. I've been thinking of doing one for a while and I just have never gotten my lazy butt in gear. Happy Monday:)

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  22. Ha ha - "I'm gonna find somebody twice as cute...." Love that. I can see why you picked that for your post-breakup song. :)

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  23. I love the girl power message in #1 and #3, #2 was blocked due to copyright in the US. P.S. I don't know anything about polls but it sounds like you've gotten lots of good advice here. Can't wait to hear what you're polling:)

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    1. Sorry, you couldn't see number two. If you've never heard it, there's a new link under the original video.

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  24. If you go to Layout -> Add A Gadget there should be a Poll gadget farther down. Also, I don't think it forces you to let voters pick more than one option--there's a checkbox right above the "Save" button that if you leave unchecked limits it to one.

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    1. Thanks for that. I really should actually check out the stuff that Blogger already provides :-)

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  25. Darn, couldn't get #2. I hope you're able to do a poll. I think they're fun!

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    1. Sorry about that, if it's an new song to you there's a link under the original video. I'll be doing a poll either this week or next :-)

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  26. Hey...I will survive is the chick anthem. LOL. Some great pics.

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    1. Indeed it is, it's just TOO famous! I might give in and use it next time though :-)

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  27. #2 two wouldn't play, something about EMI and copyright stuff.
    The other two? OMG...oldies that I haven't heard in a gazillion years. And I'm with Christa, we lost a great voice with the death of Etta James. Sigh.

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    1. I've added a new link for number two. I'm all about the oldies :-)

      God's having one hell of a concert up there.

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  28. What a fun week! Chick lit is in my top three favorite genres. There are so many man-hating songs... not that chick lit is necessarily that, all the time. : )
    Great choices!

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  29. I hear all the time how music inspires writers. I'm a total silence kind of gal when I write, but if I'm in the car I'll take a chick anthem any day!

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    1. As much as I love music, I can't write to anything with lyrics either. I just end up getting distracted and singing along :-)

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  30. Had the same problem, couldn't see #2. The other two were definitely chick songs. :) I haven't heard them before. I've never done a poll before, but hopefully it will work for you. Good luck.

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    1. I added a link underneath the second video - better late than never :-)

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  31. Leigh Convington did a great tutorial on how to do a poll so you might want to ask her. I couldn't see #2 either, but as always, I love your stories :)

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    1. Ah, so that's who it was! I remember reading it, but I couldn't remember where :-)

      There's a new link under number 2 :-)

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  32. Polls are super easy to do! And actually, i think blogger now has a built in poll widget. I've never used it, but i'm sure it's easy

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    1. A couple of people have mentioned the Blogger widget. I'll let you know how easy, or otherwise, it was :-)

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  33. I think you go under your Google DOCS from your account settings in Blogger. THX for the wine and chocolate!

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    1. You're more than welcome. Remember to enjoy in moderation ... actually, you know what? Scratch that last advice :-)

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  34. Great choices for the better no man than the wrong man topic!!! And even though you didn't pick it, for some reason I'm still singing I will survive! :)

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  35. Chick lit was a genre I missed. Can't see #2, but the others are definitely chick lit music. :)

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    1. There's a new link for the second one if you still want to hear it :-)

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  36. This week, I know all of them. The first and last one I like very much. Good choices!

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    1. Thanks Joy, I'm glad you liked them. I can't decide which I like most this week, although I have definite history with the last one :-)

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  37. I did not know about Chick Lit, your blog is very interesting you have lots of information. I am following you from Rome, Italy.

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    1. Welcome to you Francesca, I look forward to getting to know you.

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  38. I've never used a poll so, sorry, I can't help you there. My favourite of these three songs is, I'm afraid to say, the cheesiest. I don't know why I like it so much but it makes me smile (even though it's kind of sad) whenever I hear 'Don't you want me.'

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    1. Never be afraid to admit to liking a cheesy song. We all do, just not all of us admit it :-)

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