SoCS and #JustJoJan Day 20 – The terrifying beauty of the ocean

Oceans are great aren’t they?  I’v always been fascinated by them.  I haven’t had much occasion to visit them, but when I have, I’m always in awe at the vast beauty.  I’d pretty much only ever visited the Pacific Ocean until my daughter decided that she wanted to go to college in North Carolina.  She didn’t end up anywhere near the beach, but when we dropped her off for school her Freshman year, we ended up having a free day, so we took the four hour drive.  I’m so happy we did it.  There’s just something about it.

I’m sure that if you live by an ocean, you’re sitting there scoffing at me that they’re not so great.  I do the same thing about mountains.  I’m surrounded by mountains and can pretty much take a twenty minute drive and find a trail to hike on that will take me into the mountain wilderness somewhere.  I really do try to appreciate the beauty, but when you see it every day, it’s hard to appreciate it.

My husband is fascinated with the movie Jaws.  For whatever reason, that is his go-to relaxation movie.  In the almost five years (holy cow!) we’ve been together, I couldn’t even tell you how many times he’s watched it.  We have it on DVD but he also has a version of it saved on our DVR so he can easily watch it anytime he wants.

He ended up recording some special on the Reelz channel about the true life story behind the movie.  It used to be interesting when movies would claim they were based on a true story, but it’s happened so much, I think it’s lost its impact.  I’m not sure if Jaws used it, but it is, in fact, based on a true story.  In 1916 there was a shark terrorizing the New Jersey coast.  It was pretty awful to know that the movie followed the actual story almost exactly.

However, I was delighted when it turned out that the death of the shark happened in real life and wasn’t just a happy Hollywood ending.  Two fishermen caught the thing in their net and one of them beat it to death with a broken paddle.  Can you even imagine?  I can’t!

I suppose the moral of the story is that while nature can be beautiful, it is also terrifying in many ways.  It kind of makes you think twice about jumping into the ocean…


Just Jot It January and Stream of Consciousness Saturday are hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt is: ““oc.” Find a word that starts with “oc” and use it in your post. Bonus points if you start and end with your post with an “oc” word. Have fun!”

 

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Song Lyric Sunday – River by Bishop Briggs

I love hearing new music that I wasn’t expecting.  Whenever you go to a concert, there are always bands or singers who open for the main act.  Normally, they aren’t that great, or at least, they haven’t been in my experience.  There is only one time that I can think of where I ended up loving the opening act almost as much as I loved the headliner, and that was the Matchbox 20 concert where they were opened by Maroon 5.

I heard Bishop Briggs at the Coldplay concert and I ended up falling in love with her voice, her style and her music.  She is still very new; she doesn’t have an album yet, that I can see, only 3 or 4 singles, but I think she is fantastic.

This song reminds me of the abusive relationships I’ve been in.  They hold onto you like a river and sweep you along until there is almost nothing left.  I know how hard it is to break free, especially after years of being worn down by the turbulent twists and turns, and being smashed against sharp rocks.  But it is possible.  It takes supreme effort and will, but I think it also helps to have loved ones around you to support and love you.  People who show you that you are better than that relationship, even though you’ve learned that you couldn’t possibly deserve anything better.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did when I first heard it.

River by Bishop Briggs
Written by (I can only guess that Bishop Briggs wrote the song, but I couldn’t confirm it.  She is, however, listed as a singer/songwriter, so I don’t think it’s a bad guess.)
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

Like a river
Like a river
Like a river
Like a river
Like a river
Like a river

Shut your mouth and run me like a river
How do you fall in love?
Harder than a bullet could hit ya
How do we fall apart?
Faster than a hair pin trigger
Don’t you say, don’t you say, don’t say
Don’t you say it, one breath and it’ll just break it
So shut your mouth and run me like a river

Shut your mouth
Baby, stand and deliver
Holy hands oh they make me a sinner
Like a river
Like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river
Choke this low till the veins start to shiver
One last breath till the tears start to whither
Like a river
Like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river

Tales of an endless heart
Cursed is the fool who’s willing
Can’t change the way we are
One kiss away from killing
Don’t you say, don’t you say it
Don’t say, don’t you say it
One breath it’ll just break it
So shut your mouth and run me like a river

Shut your mouth
Baby, stand and deliver
Holy hands oh they make me a sinner
Like a river
Like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river
Choke this low till the veins start to shiver
One last breath till the tears start to whither
Like a river
Like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river

Like a river
Like a river
Like a river
Like a river
Like a river
Like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river

Hey! Ooh oh oh
Hey! Ooh oh oh
Like a river!
Hey! Ooh oh oh
Ooh oh oh
Like a river!

Shut your mouth
Baby, stand and deliver
Holy hands will make me a sinner
Like a river
Like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river
Choke this low till the veins start to shiver
One last breath till the tears start to whither
Like a river
Like a river
Shut your mouth and run me like a river


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week is “nature”.  It is open to anyone who wants to share music, so please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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