Literary Engineer
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A to Z – Now that’s love

April 16th, 2014by Suzi

There are so many wonderful love songs out there, so it was hard to chose. But here’s a few of my faves.

In This Life by Collin Raye – Hmmm, another Collin Raye song, and it also makes me weepy. I always thought this song was about a man and woman, then I stumbled on the video I show below.
And now I’m wondering if this song is about Jesus.
1. There is no mention of woman or the use of SHE in the lyrics.
2. I watched the official CR video, and it’s just him singing. No pictures of a woman. At the very end, the camera pans down to his hand as he’s playing the piano and you see a wedding ring on his finger, but otherwise no mention of a woman.
So that was kind of cool because I’d never considered that it might have a Christian theme.


You and Me by Lifehouse – There’s a lot of songs by these guys I love, but this is one of my favorites.


I’ll Be by Edwin McCain – I don’t know many other songs by EM, but this one is beautiful. By the way, does anyone else associate this with Beverly Hills 90210 episode with Brandon leaving? Or maybe that’s just me.


What are your favorite love songs?

A to Z – Marry Me

April 15th, 2014by Suzi

Wedding songs of course. Not ones from the ceremony, but that oh-so-special first dance.
Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis – This was the song of the first dance at our wedding. It was my husband’s choice because he’s an Elvis fan. I like the song and was totally okay with that. Plus, I got to make most of the decisions for our wedding, so when he actually requested something, how could I not give it to him.

Always by Alantic Starr – I absolutely love this song, and if I could’ve chosen our wedding dance song, this would be it. A beautiful duet.


Love of a Lifetime by Firehouse – Even though I probably wouldn’t have used this for our wedding dance, I’ve always loved this song.

What song did you have for your first dance, and who got to pick the song? Or what song would you like to have?

A to Z – Love this

April 13th, 2014by Suzi

This post is pretty basic. Songs that I love to listen to. They’re not necessarily my favorites, but they are some of those songs (from the different decades), that when I hear them on the radio, I never turn the station. (Which I tend to do, more so in the car, when a song I don’t like comes on.)
Remember the Feeling by Chicago – Chicago is probably my favorite groups of all time. My dad got me interested in them, and they have so many terrific songs. Chicago 17 came out when I was growing up, so that’s maybe why it was my favorite album. I remember rewinding my cassette over and over to listen to this song. I don’t think this one got as much play as some of the others because I don’t remember hearing it on the radio much, but it’s my favorite Chicago song. So sad and beautiful.

It’s Been Awhile by Staind – This is a totally somber song, but… when I listen to it, I hear the hope, that this is the turning point and things are going to get better. Maybe others see it differently though.

I love this song, but anybody see a problem with the title? I went to their official website to make sure I had the title worded corectly. And I do.
So if you don’t see what’s wrong, go to Grammar Girl’s posting about AWHILE vs. A WHILE.

One Toke Over the Line by Brewer and Shipley – I heard this song for the first time a few years back on an AM station I listened to in the mornings during work. They played it a lot, and it totally grew on me. I’m not much into folk music, but I love this one.

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana – Nirvana has some interesting songs, and this is probably my favorite. One of the interesting things is their lyrics. Sometimes you read them and just go WTF. What does that mean? So I wouldn’t even try to interpret them, and unfortunately the guy who wrote most of them is dead.

Breaking up Hard to Do by Neil Sedaka – My parents listened to the oldies when I was growing up, and there are tons of great songs. This is just one of the fun one.

So what are some of your favorite songs?

A to Z – Kleenex, please

April 12th, 2014by Suzi

I’m a sap. I’ll admit it. It doesn’t take much for me to tear up. Movies, songs, books–whatever.
You may notice that most of the songs I list are country. Even though I’m not the biggest country fan, to me they seem to have the best sad songs.
Ships That Don’t Come In by Joe Diffie – This is such a beautiful, sad but also inspiring song that says to me that no matter how hard life is, there are always others who’ve had it worse. This song doesn’t just make me tear up, it totally makes me cry.
This is one of my favorite lines: And as he ordered one last round he said, I guess we can’t complain. God made life a gamble, and we’re still in the game.

The Walk by Sawyer Brown – I love these guys, and they have so many terrific songs, but this one always gets to me.
It’s a touching story about a son talking about how his father was there for him all his life. As a child going off to school for the first time and as a young man going off to Vietnam. And when his father is getting older and has to leave his home, the son is there for his father. It’s also impossible for me not to cry at this song when I hear it. This is the official video from Sawyer Brown and it’s a fantastic video, so you should check it out.

Love Me by Collin Raye – He has so many sad but beautiful songs, it was hard to pick. This one is about a grandfather telling his grandson about the love of his life (the boy’s grandma, of course) after she passed away. Also impossible not to cry.


Cats in the Cradle by Cat Stevens – Another sad song of a father and son. The father realizes how much of his son’s life he missed because he was always too busy with work and whatever–there was always something. This one doesn’t make me cry as much as the others, but it’s such a great reminder of what children want and need the most: your time.


Are you the type to cry at sad songs? Which sad songs do you love and why?

A to Z – Just Dance

April 11th, 2014by Suzi

I am not the most coordinated dancer, but I like to dance. I probably shouldn’t have quit those ballet lessons years ago—which would’ve led to jazz or something else that made me a good dancer. (Didn’t have twerking back then though, so I guess I would’ve had to learn that on my own.)
But back to my dancing history. I was so adorable in that white tutu and tiara, I wish I had a picture so you could see I’m not exaggerating. But anyway, dancing lessons were not for me. (Neither were gymnastics, figure skating, softball, track, volleyball, basketball, or cheerleading.)

So these are good dancing songs that I like and wish I could dance to and look like I know what I’m doing.

Funkytown by Lipps Inc – Disco–woo hoo! Apparently it just came in at the end of the disco era. Oh how I wish I could’ve gone to Funkytown. Oh well. By the way, you should check out the lyrics for this one. There isn’t a lot of words. And by that I mean, they repeat the same lines over and over. It’s an easy song to memorize I guess.


Down at the Twist and Shout by Mary Chapin Carpenter – This is just a fun song. It’s country, but I could see dancing more swing dance to it.


Rock the Town by Stray Cats – How can you not want to swing around the dance floor to this one?


Boot Scootin’ Boogie by Brooks and Dunn – I wasn’t much of a country line dancer, but the tempo would be much easier to dance to than the others.


Any type of music you like to dance to? Or specific songs?

A to Z – Inspiration and Ideas

April 10th, 2014by Suzi

Like many novelists, I have songs that have inspired story ideas. I’ve actually had quite a few. some I’ve written, others still waiting in my idea book.

Everything She Wants by Vertical Horizon – This song inspired a novel I wrote–adult contemporary. My story is very close to what happens in the lyrics. About a man who loves woman but she loves someone else. The song is kinda sad actually, but I love it.


Because of You by Kelly Clarkson – Kelly Clarkson is awesome. She has a ton of songs I love, and that list includes this one. The song in this story seems to be about the effects of the parents’ relationship on a woman and how it affects her life. More so based on how her dad left. The story I wrote is a little different, but it’s about a woman who grew up with a narcissistic mother and how it’s affected her life.


Chevy Van by Sammy Johns – This is a 70s song that I think I first heard because it was on one of our records. It’s about a man who picks up a woman hitchhiker (something I don’t recommend), and what happens with her. (Not murder :) ) This inspired a story, but I haven’t fleshed it out, or written it. There are too many other ideas I have and stories I’ve written that need editing, so I’m not sure if/when I’ll get to this one.


I Write Sins Not Tragedies by Panic! At The Disco – This song is about a man getting married who finds out about his cheating bride at the wedding. I totally get a kick out of this song, and the video of this is totally cheesy. I haven’t written anything, but I had an idea on the premise of this song. Again, haven’t fleshed it out, but maybe someday I will.


Have any songs inspired you to write a story or some other kind of art?

A to Z – Howdy, Pardner

April 9th, 2014by Suzi

I’m really not a big country fan, but I went through a phase listening to it in the early 90s, thanks to my friends. So I listened to country then, but have since fallen away. I still love my favorite songs from back then, and here’s a few.

That’s My Story by Collin Raye – I just love this song. You’ve got to listen to the lyrics because that’s what I like about it–the story he tells. Collin Raye is probably one of my favorite country singers. He’s got a tons of songs I love, including this one.

Sold by John Michael Montgomery – This is another song I’ve always loved–it’s just fun. It’s the type of song I wish I could dance to. Unfortunately I’m not that good of dancer.


Fancy by Reba McEntire – The reason I like this song is also because of the story it tells. Of a girl overcoming her trials in life. A girl with tenacity and spunk.

Only in the Wind by Billy Dean – Billy Dean probably rates as another one of my favorite country singers. He’s got so many great songs, touching and inspiring. This one is a little on the sad side, about a broken relationship, but I still love it.


Are you into country music? What are your favorite songs?

A to Z – Good Grief…

April 8th, 2014by Suzi

Good Grief, it’s spelled Suzi
So my father picked out this name, and of course they used a rare spelling. Here’s a few versions: Suzie, Susie, Suzy. No, it’s not a ton, but enough that nobody spells it right. So basically nobody ever spells my name right, which I’m totally used to. (Because nobody could spell my last name either)
Now people like to spell names a hundred different ways, but that wasn’t as common to do that when I was younger. So here are some songs with my name in them.

Suzie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Yes, I’ve gotten called Suzie Q many times. There were a few people that used it often, and no, it’s never bothered me, but I still hear it every once in a while.


Crocodile Rock by Elton John – Another Suzie. I like this song too, and it’s a good song to dance to. Remember when rock was fun, me and Suzie had so much fun…

Wake Up Little Susie by the Everly Brothers – This song is from the 50s, and it makes me wonder if it was a little risque back then. It’s about Susie who fell asleep at her boyfriend’s and it’s now it’s early morning, and they’re gonna get in trouble. Of course when someone brought ups this song, it was usually accompanied with a joke.

Do you have any songs that feature your name?

A to Z – Flicks that stick

April 7th, 2014by Suzi

Flicks that stick – The are songs that I always associate with movies whenever I hear them. You can just see that scene in the movie when the song hits. And even 20 years after that movie, you still see it.
Oh Yeah by Yello – An awesome movie from the 80s. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It’s at the very end where the jerk of a principal, who could never catch up with FB as he played hookey, is all defeated and kinda roughed up from his search for Ferris. It’s totally funny.

Foxy Lady by Jimmy Hendrix – Not exactly a JH fan, but this song always reminds me of Wayne’s World. Dana Carvey’s character imagining singing the song to a beautiful woman. Him bouncing across the floor doing the fox ears and then the hip thrust. It’s hilarious.

The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals – This movie reminds me of Casino. Awesome movie—the whole mob in Vegas thing. Deniro and Pesci together—love them. The song is played at the end where they’re wrapping up the whole story. I couldn’t get the video embeded for some reason, but if you watch it, be warned that about 5 minutes into it, there’s a very violent scene. And there’s a lot of swearing through the whole thing.

Youtube video

Are there any songs that always remind you of a certain movie?

A to Z – The end is in sight

April 5th, 2014by Suzi

Some songs go on forever and ever. American Pie, anyone? To me, a normal song is about three-four minutes. I don’t base that on any research, that just is my personal feeling.

The radio versions of longer songs are often cut down, and that sucks is you like the song, but sometimes you get to hear the full version.

Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf – Awesome song. I totally get a kick out of the lyrics and the back and forth between Meatloaf and the woman. And the song is made up of different parts that vary in style, which makes it not boring. This song is approximately 10 minutes.


Nights in White Satin by the Moody Blues – I love a lot of MB songs, but this is one of my favorites. It’s awfully slow and feels like a song you’d mellow out to while smoking pot, but I still like it. This song is approximately seven minutes.


November Rain by Guns N’ Roses – GNR was big when I was in junior and senior high school. I likes some of their songs, others not so much, but I love November Rain. It’s just a beautiful song and is approximately 10 minutes.


What about you? Are there any super long songs that you love?