Saturday, May 26, 2012

Comfort

The always lovely Laurel Garver tagged me with the Lucky 7 meme that's been floating around. Thanks Laurel :)

The rules are:
1. Go to page seventy-seven of your manuscript.
2. Go down seven lines.
3. Post the next seven lines, sentences, or paragraphs on your blog for all to enjoy/laugh at/whatever.
4. Tag seven new writers.
So, here we go...

Some people ate comfort food, she sang comfort songs. Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, the Eagles. Because she’d been thinking of her dad, she also played Willie Nelson and good old Johnny Cash.
            The clock showed four o'clock when she decided she might be able to sleep. Besides, her numb fingers and aching shoulder needed a break. She reached for a light, hesitated, then left them all on.
            Curled into the comfortable chair, she kept her eye on the door.

I didn't even cheat - that's the right page and everything! I won't tag anyone specifically (that would be following one too many rules for me!), but I'll leave it open. If you'd like to play along, consider yourself IT!

So, what comfort songs do you have?

59 comments:

  1. Love it! Music's always been my comfort, too. Amazing how many songs bring back fabulous memories. Great writing, Jemi!

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  2. Mary - thanks! :) Songs do wonders for me too - they have such memories attached to them!

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  3. I really related to her being comforted by music! That's always been true for me too! Sounds like it will be a fabulous book, Jemi!

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  4. Beth - thanks so much! I hope it will be one day :)

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  5. I love comfort songs! But it's not very comfortable for other people when I sing them :)
    Love this little insight into your character.

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  6. Hi Jemi! I just saw your comment on my blog- I'm waiting to board my plane right now, but I'll try to get your gift card to you Once I'm on the ship. Otherwise I'll get it to you once I get back, but that's not until June 12. Just wanted to give you a heads up!

    Congrats!

    Stephanie

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  7. Charmaine - I'm in kind of the same boat! But I do love those songs! :)

    Stephanie - absolutely no worries at all, Steph! Hope you enjoy the cruise - have a fabulous time!! :)

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  8. Hi Jemi, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  9. Chris - nice to meet you too. I'll pop on over :)

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  10. Hi, Jemi,

    Really nice flow to your words. This fell in ever so nicely with this meme.

    I hope you are having a GRAND weekend.

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  11. Michael - thank you! I hope yours is awesome as well :)

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  12. I love the idea of a comfort song! I really enjoyed this excerpt.

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  13. Beth - thanks! There are so many great songs out there - and so many of them have such happy memories associated with them :)

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  14. Shania is my comfort singer too :)

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  15. That's an amazing extract. I tried to do that with my wip and it was sooo boring. I want to know more about your character!

    I have lots of comfort songs and they're all on my iPod. They're mostly BeeGees songs so this week has been a sad one.

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  16. Great excerpt! :)

    Not so much songs as pieces of music--anything Mozart or Bach will help calm me down.

    (And I wonder why she's watching the door . . .)

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  17. Dezzy - Shania has such awesome music! I'm sure that's what you meant -- right?

    Rosalind - thank you! Gotta say I thought it was going to be a really boring spot but it turned out okay :)

    Golden Eagle - those are great choices! There is so much music out there that soothes and relaxes :) And she's got a good reason for watching the door!

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  18. Oooh I did this one a couple of months ago! I enjoyed reading your excerpt, thanks.

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  19. DJ - it's a fun meme :) Glad you enjoyed the snippet!

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  20. i have lots of comforting songs, but none of them keep me from eating all of that comfort food--great post!

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  21. Love the concept of comfort songs. I go for "Bring Him Home," from Les Mis when I want to go all emo.

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  22. Wonderful excerpt, Jemi.

    Despite the fact that I like rock music best, new age tends to be my comfort music - Enya, Jean Michel-Jarre, etc.

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  23. Lynn - so very true for me as well - I wish it worked! :)

    Leslie - Les Mis has such powerful music! I haven't seen/heard it in years - I'll have to fix that :)

    Diane - music changes for me too - depeneding on the mood. I like so many different kinds of music :)

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  24. I don't think I do comfort songs but I sure remember my dad listening to Johnny Cash.

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  25. Love your choice. I have different music/songs for different times.

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  26. Susan - I actually don't know a lot of Johnny Cash, but his songs (especially Ring of Fire) really worked for this character! :)

    Nas - me too. My music choices definitely depend on what I'm doing and how I'm feeling!

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  27. I admire people who don't follow all the rules, Jemi. And your selection is intriguing. I know exactly what she means by "comfort songs."

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  28. I love it! And I'm not sure I have comfort songs ... but I could use some tonight. :)

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  29. Wonderful excerpt. This had a mysterious ending that has me wanting to read more. I am glad this meme is still going around; I love reading the excerpts.

    I have quite a few comfort songs.

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  30. Pat - thank you! Comfort songs are important in my life too :)

    Susan - thank you! Hope all is well - and that you find a song or 2 to help.

    Melissa - thanks :) The exceprts are always fun to read!

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  31. Nice!! :)

    Anything from Bruce Springsteen would fall into my comfort list!

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  32. Fantastic excerpt, Jemi! =D I'm such a comfort food kind of gal. My hips would prefer comfort songs though.

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  33. I keep wondering why this meme intrigues me so much. It has to be the randomness and the possible surprise of what pops up.


    I loved your excerpt and will probably play one day this week.

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  34. Amazing Grace is my absolute No 1 comfort song. And no matter how many times I hear it, I still cry every time I hear it, whether it's played as a vocal or as an instrumental. Don't ask me why, it is a song that both moves and comforts me immensely.

    Judy, South Africa

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  35. DL - thanks! The Boss is a great choice - he has so many awesome songs :)

    RaShelle - you and me both! ANd thanks - glad you enjoyed the excerpt!

    Lee - awesome! I was scared to see what was on that page - but it worked out okay!

    Judy - agreed. A piper played it at my dad's funeral - and it's always been such a powerful song!

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  36. It's great to see a glimpse into one of your characters.

    I always turn to The Killers and Coldplay.

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  38. Medeia - those are good choices! :)

    Deirdra - what a kind thing to do! Thank you so much! :)

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  39. Oh, I love the first line, Jemi! Wonderful!

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  40. I love it when things work out like that! Nice.

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  41. Talli - thanks! :)

    Lisa - it is nice when things work! :)

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  42. Oooo! That sounds very interesting!!!!!!!! 8-D

    (My comfort songs are Josh Groban's)

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  43. Jack - thanks! Groban has an incredibly powerful voice! Good choice :)

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  44. Lately its been Electric Light Orchestra on YouTube. They had so many good songs that, well, make me happy.

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  45. Stephen - good choice! ELO had some great stuff! :)

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  46. That's a terrific excerpt, Jemi! And I SO have comfort songs. In fact, I have a whole playlist full of pretty ballads that I play when I just need the company of music.

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  47. Shelley - thank you! :)

    Me too! I have so many songs I love and use!

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  48. It wholly depends on what mood I'm in as to what songs are my 'comfort songs'. The range is vast.

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  49. I meant to add that I love your mini excerpt. I'm intrigued.

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  50. Lynda - thank you! My list of songs is huge too!!!

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  51. That was fantastic! I do have some comfort songs. They tend to be country ones...Randy Travis is one of my go to guys. :)

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  52. Sharon - thanks :) I didn't used to listen to country but my hubby and daughter have lured me in! There are some awesome songs!

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  53. Very cool! And those are some great lines.

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  54. Elana - thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed :)

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  55. Comfort songs are the best :-)

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  56. I've been tagged for this so many times but STILL haven't gotten around to doing it! Loved reading your excerpt!

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  57. Agnes - I agree! I have so many favourites :)

    Julie - I know the feeling! It takes me forever to do these & I usually just avoid them :)

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  58. Loved reading your excerpt. It's intriguing.

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