I’m back on the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop site, where I was named Humor Writer of the Month in January 2014, with a personal essay about “My Hot and Cold Marriage.”Read All Entries
forbidden love: the rod stewart and santana concert edition
It’s been way too long since I played Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday, and this seemed like the perfect week to get back into it!
Not only is this week’s theme one of my favorite subjects — Forbidden Love, ha ha ha! — but I’m also giving away tickets to see Rod Stewart and Santana together in concert this summer, and they both have great songs related to that theme.
If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri or Lincoln, Nebraska, you can win tickets to one of their shows just by leaving a comment below. MAKE SURE TO SPECIFY WHICH CITY YOU LIVE IN! Read all the details here.
I thought of featuring Tonight’s the Night as my Rod Stewart song since it’s about a guy convincing a girl to lose her virginity — which could conceivably be construed as forbidden love — but those “spread your wings and let me come inside” lyrics always make me cringe a little. Instead, I went for The Killing of Georgie (Part 1 and 2), the story of a young gay man who is murdered by a gang who may have considered the kind of love he craved forbidden.
For my Santana song, I’m picking Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen because getting involved with someone who’s got a spell on you and is trying to make a devil out of you seems a little iffy to me.
One of the cities I’m giving away tickets in is Lincoln, Nebraska, which no one has ever sung about better than Springsteen. This haunting song is about the kind of forbidden love that results in a lot of people being killed.
The only song I could really think of for Louisville was Carrie Underwood’s Before He Cheats, in which she takes a Louisville Slugger to all four tires, but then my husband reminded me of Sissy Spacek singing in Coal Miner’s Daughter. Butcher Holler isn’t Louisville, but it is Kentucky and, oh, I LOVE this movie. I think I’m going to watch it again this weekend now that I’m thinking about it.
The last city I’m featuring is St. Louis, Missouri, and I found this song by Jewel that pays homage to it and even provides a history lesson. How does that relate to Forbidden Love? Well, St. Louis is famous for its Arch, which is similar to McDonald’s golden logo and, really, it should be forbidden to fall in love with those mocha frappes, which have become my afternoon staple.
Don’t forget to enter to win tickets and share this with your friends in Lincoln, St. Louis and Louisville. I wouldn’t forbid them for suggesting their own songs. In fact, I’d love it!