Monday, February 4, 2019

The Mail, Soup & Vacuum Music Challenge

Hola kitties! Are you ready to dance? I like to give myself a challenge which is why I forced TW to take part in the Pet Blogger Challenge last week. It made her depressed for days but I was happy cos I got comments and traffic.Woohoo! My challenge today is the prompt of this Music Monday. Normally I wouldn't participate but, you know, the challenge.

The Mail, Soup & Vacuum Music Challenge

The prompt says "The National Day calendar inspired song titles/lyrics using keywords: mail, soup and vacuum." I see yesterday was Homemade Soup Day and Thank a Letter Carrier Day but didn't see anything about vacuums.  In fact, a search on Days of the Year dot com yielded no results. Oh well.

One of the cohosts of the Music Moves Me blog host, Curious as a Cathy came up with the prompt and I'm up for the challenge. We searched our iTunes and didn't come up with much. We didn't like the choice that came up for "vacuum"—Till Tuesdays' "Love in a Vacuum"—so we're picking two "soup" songs. We can't believe Robyn Hitchcock never came up with a song with "vacuum" in the title and if he did, we ain't got it.


Our first pick is our good friend from Athens, GA, the late Vic Chesnutt's "Onion Soup" from his 1995 CD Is the Actor Happy. Vic lived hard and died young.


The second song isn't in our iTunes library but TW used to sing it to her mom all the time. Carole King's "Chicken Soup With Rice" never failed to make Gramma laugh. She thought TW had made the silly song up. King wrote and recorded it for the children's musical Really Rosie. Bet you can't stop singing "sippin' once, sippin' twice, sippin' chicken soup with rice." Trust me, TW hasn't stopped all weekend. If she wasn't singing this song, it was the next one.

The last prompt is mail. Lemme tell you something about mail. I get more mail addressed to me than the peeps do addressed to them. That's why it was extremely galling when my furrend Lily Lu informed me that not only did she get a card she sent me back but when she told me what happened. It was delivered to the wrong mailbox and the neighbor five doors down used two stamps to mail it back to her with "doesn't live here" scrawled on the envelope. You think he would have put it in our mail box and let us decide if it was our's or not. Humans can be rude.



Again, the last prompt is mail and since I didn't approve of the songs in our iTunes with mail in the title, I thought we'd use "letter" instead since they're one and the same. My kitty brain immediately realized R.E.M. recorded "Letter Never Sent." We haven't heard that in awhile so why not share it here—along with our fave concert footage—so we could all listen together. Even though this is the entire show, the share is set to begin with "Letter Never Sent." If you knew where she was seated, you could see TW dancing in the aisle. Her friends took her for an early birthday present and she couldn't be happier even though it was 90 degrees that June day and the theatre didn't have much air conditioning, if any.

The Mail, Soup & Vacuum Music Challenge

Hope my choices left you dancing in the aisle and singing along. Since there were no vacuum songs, here's a vacuum photo. I'm not scared of nothing. Are you?

15 comments:

John Holton said...

Nice take on the prompt!

Colehaus Cats said...

We love these tunes and REALLY like the first photo, so like an album cover THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A REAL ONE! All paws up here!

XmasDolly said...

Well, that was different. Can't say I ever heard of these tunes, but congrats for finding tunes to fit our theme. Have a great day!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Good work on the challenge except you have given me a chicken soup ear worm now.
It is annoying when a card you have sent out comes back. That happened to me 2 or 3 years ago. I had sent it to a blogger and had sent cards to her for years with no problem. When it came back it said there was no such address. I emailed her a photo of the returned envelope in case I had somehow addressed it wrong but it was as it should be. Maybe the postman was having an off day and couldn't be bothered to deliver it.

bookworm said...

Knowing two out of three songs ain't bad but the amazing part was learning (new to me) about Vic Chesnutt. What a life story! And oh yes, people can be rude with the mail, but I also remember a time, several months ago, where someone in our neighborhood appeared at our house with several letters she found lying in the street - apparently the mailman took them from our outgoing and dropped them. One of them was a bill we were paying and we were so grateful for that kindness.

Hp0 said...

I love REM! Great choice, CK!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

That is SO cool that you were in the audience for that concert!!! You did a great job finding songs for the prompt, and as I said on FB, love that record graphic!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Cathy,

Two great minds coming up with the same Carole King ditty! Your others are new-to-me, so thanks for that share! The photo of Keisha and the vacuum cleaner made me smile and her bold statement of not being afraid of anything. What a brave puddy tat! Thanks for hitting the dance floor with the 4M gang, dearie. Have a boogietastic week!

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

CK - The housekeeper zeroed right in on the R.E.M tune..no real music for vacuuming around here, but when she works herself up in a frenzy esp. for bathroom cleanings, it's usually Van Hoosit or Aerosmith. Me? I make sure I'm on the opposite floor when she brings out the dust dragon. - Tom x

da tabbies o trout towne said...

ck.....we haz knot hurd R.E.M. ina while; thanx for de trip down memoreez lane; & thanx for de trip WAY bak in time with Carole King; a HS friend oh de FSG idolized her ~~~~ de friend used ta sing Carole's toonz at her locker all de time ~ ☺☺♥♥

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

You did well with the challenge. I passed on the hop this week because I could not think of any songs. You are quite brave too. XO

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Well, CK, my Human is completely useless (surprise!) on the topic of music (after about 1975) as she is on many topic of interest to me. We'll go with P.S. I Love You--how does that work (for mail, I mean, or really any other way you want to take it!) XOXO

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Even the songwriters and singers know the evility of vacuums! That must be why no one sings about them!

Three Chatty Cats said...

We know that you would never back away from a challenge, CK! Great choices!

Stacy Uncorked said...

Great choices - you did the theme total justice! :) Thanks so much for the dance! :)