SLS- Not So Sweet

Spice it Up

Today I was inspired by Jim’s prompt ” Spice it up ” to choose a song that is a little more earthy, a little bit darker then songs about sweet, warm and inviting spices.

Hellhound by Robert Johnson is a song about a man who is being chased by demons- one way to ward them off ( for a little while ) was to sprinkle hot foot powder at his door.

Hot foot powder consisted of chili powder, pepper, salt and chili flakes and this mixture was suppose to keep evil from crossing into your home.

It certainly sounds like it could do the trick and you can actually buy hot foot powder on line.

But like most folklore, a lot of these stories, have roots in reality. Like this song, though not in the way you might assume.

Recently I saw a documentary about Robert Johnson on Netflix and one of the stories they told about this song was to keep this in mind: Robert Johnson’s stepfather was lynched and that this song, when looked at through that lens tells a truly hellacious tale.

This song is a song about the fear of being chase into an endless night by a lynch mob and bloodhounds.

One side note I heard in the documentary was that sometimes peppers and chili powder were used in the hope of throwing the bloodhounds off of your scent.

So I would recommend listening to this song and letting the references about Hellhounds and a tortured soul chasing each through a cemetery, maybe a forest play across your mind. It’s going to be very Halloween-ish and safe.

But if you dare, imagine for just a few minutes you are Robert Johnson recording this song in Texas in 1937- and what images he had in mind as he sang it.

[Verse 1]
I got to keep movin’, I got to keep movin
Blues fallin’ down like hail, blues fallin’ down like hail
Umm mmm mmm mmm
Blues fallin’ down like hail, blues fallin’ down like hail
And the days keeps on worryin’ me
There’s a hellhound on my trail, hellhound on my trail
Hellhound on my trail

[Verse 2]
If today was Christmas Eve, if today was Christmas Eve
And tomorrow was Christmas Day
If today was Christmas Eve and tomorrow was Christmas Day
Aw, wouldn’t we have a time, baby?
All I would need my little sweet rider
Just to pass the time away, huh huh, to pass the time away

[Verse 3]
You sprinkled hot foot powder, mmm mmm, around my door
All around my door
You sprinkled hot foot powder all around your daddy’s door, hmm hmm hmm
It keep me with ramblin’ mind, rider every old place I go
Every old place I go

[Verse 4]
I can tell the wind is risin’ the leaves tremblin’ on the tree
Tremblin’ on the tree
I can tell the wind is risin’, leaves tremblin’ on the tree
Hmm hmm hmm mmm
All I need’s my little sweet woman and to keep my company, hey hey hey hey
My company


They Lynching Blues: Robert Johnson’s Hellhound On My Trail As a Lynching Ballad

Welcome Back To The Loop

Ragtag Daily Prompt Thursday: Like a Circle in a Spiral

Do you know what I was looking forward to when my LEAST favorite month of the year ( well, I hate July and I despise August too, but I digress ) rolled in back in 2019?

I was super excited because October was only four months away and then WINTER would show up.

Oh those were simpler times.

This year I’m super excited because our stay at home order expires on May 31st and it’s not going to be extended.

Of course, it doesn’t really change anything because the Virus is still out there and things are going to slowly open up but I hate shopping – so I don’t care about that but some people will get back to work so it isn’t a bad or meaningless thing at all.

I just wish I was as excited for October as I normally am.

I guess I’ll have to find other ways to cheer my favorite month on.

Hell, I’m suppose to be creative so I guess I better hop to it- right? I mean, it’s not like Autumn can be cancelled. Can it?

Friday Fun

Here’s a fun prompt from Sandmanjazz’s blog-

Answer each category with a song TITLE. No repeats and do not use the internet (it’s tempting but try not to). Go with the first song that comes to mind or fill in your favourites. Copy/paste then change the answers to your own and repost.

I changed this up a little and posted youtube clips to the songs instead of just listing the titles.

Something to Wear-

Something to Drink –

A Place –

A Food –

A Colour

A Girl’s Name –

A Boy’s Name –

A Profession –

Home –

Flowers –

Day of the Week –

Vehicle –

In Dog I Trust

RDP Friday – Leadership

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Hamish Macbeth 2014

A few years ago I was taking some photos at a cemetery.

The cemetery was- as most are- open to the public. People go to cemeteries to mourn, to remember, to walk their dogs ( not all allow dogs ) to reconnect with the past.

To contemplate.

So as I was taking my pictures and people were around me doing what people do at cemeteries, a police car drove by and then he doubled back, pulled up to the curb got out and made a bee-line for my son and his father.

He asked them how it was going, where they were from and why were they visiting the cemetery that day?

My son was polite. He said his Mom was taking pictures for her blog and how are you today officer?

My son pointed to me and the officer started to raise his hand toward me and put it down. It was a small almost imperceptible gesture. I stood there with my camera in hand and watched this highly unusual situation ( where graveyards are concerned ) play out.

Nothing about my family stood out- unless you count the fact that my son and his father are Latino and not exactly what you would call little guys. But they were dressed like all the other midwestern suburbanites strolling around the cemetery and no they weren’t sitting on headstones or dancing on graves.

They were just not white guys in a place where everyone else was.

Leadership- when there is a lack of it people make things up as they go along- they are overly suspicious of the people and things they don’t understand.

Like the Officer was in the cemetery that day.

In dog I blindly trust, but I think I’m going to keep a sharp eye on the humans around me.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Hamish Macbeth 2019

Take A Notion

It’s an odd feeling, but since some of us went into lockdown / quarantine I feel like the world is way more crowded then before- yes even though the streets are empty.

Well, where I live there are a lot of Republicans around so the streets aren’t that empty ( especially around Walmart ) and most of them do not wear facemasks because FREEDUMBS!

Anyway, it’s like I don’t have enough elbow room.

So as I was thinking about today’s prompt ” Notion ” I got it into my head that a nice one way trip to Mars with my dog Hamish might be the answer.

Besides Hamish Macbeth’s birthday is in July and the ticket is good for travel in July 2020- and if we can suspend reality for a mo’, it would make an awesome gift.

What do you think?

Just as an interesting factoid, Mars has been Coronavirus free for 4.603 billion years.

See you there?

This annotated view points out Earth in the Mars night sky as seen by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Jan. 31, 2014 about 80 minutes after local sunset.
(Image: © NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/TAMU)

One Liner Wednesday-Why? Just WHY?

“I try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face.”

Johnny Depp

This is light fixture.

After you buy it and have an electrician install it, what you see in the picture above is EXACTLY what you get. It’s a tube full of burned out fluorescent tubes that are lit from within by LED bulbs and it looks like something your Stoner brother would have set up in his bedroom back in the 70’s.

It retails at almost $4,000.00

That’s just for the fixture.

I am SO confused.

Linda Hill’s One Liner Wednesday

Once, Spring Was Here

I was thinking about Spring- and how it’s sort of limping along and I tried to remember if I was ever excited about it making it’s rounds.

Here are pictures of my cat Blitzer, some wildlife and my dog Hamish Macbeth.

I’m thinking I used to like the promises Spring brought, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken these pictures. I think that each one sparkles with life.

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

RDP Tuesday: bloom

Experiment In Word

Photo A.M. Moscoso
Photo A.M. Moscoso

Photo A.M. Moscoso

Over weekend I took a look at the new WordPress editor and I pretty much hated it.

It seems like I’m doing a lot of pointing and clicking to do get my articles and stories and poems up- and though I like to use pictures and quotes and fun things like youtube clips it’s not what my blog hinges on. So it’s like I have all this junk I have to dig through to get to where I want to be.

You can make things look sexy- like the way you can display pictures. But it all seems like the goal is to get the Facebooky feel.

I guess I’ll get used to it, but I’m not in love with it.