My Mother’s Voice

Alzheimer’s being the conniving thieving bitch that  it is, my mother wasn’t herself in the final years of her life. The  woman I visited in the Alzheimer’s special care unit was a stranger wearing my mother’s skin but not much else, like the invasion of the body snatchers had taken place, month after month beneath the surface, until one day we looked and the woman we knew was gone, replaced by some alien being. An imposter. Intruder alert. Intruder alert. She died back in 2012. Don’t worry; I won’t be getting maudlin on you.  My real mother–not that stranger in a wheel chair, head nodding on her shoulder–is who I want to think about today.  My real mother —Enid Maude Good nee Hayden, a prim, old-fashioned name, perhaps the only thing about her I didn’t love— was British-born and had a lovely London lilt to her voice her whole life even though she left England in the mid-1950’s. I suppose at thirty, her vocal patterns were already frozen in place.  Sounding like a cross between

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TOP 10 CLASSIC ROCK ‘N ROLL LOVE SONGS

I heard it on the radio ... so it must be true ... these are the top ten rock 'n roll songs. Anybody out there want to weigh in? What's your personal top ten?

10. In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel
9. All I Want is You - U2
8. Sweet Child of Mine - Guns n Roses
7. Wild Horses - Rolling Stones
6. I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston
5. Let’s Stay Together - Al Green
4. Natural Woman - Aretha Franklin
3. Something - The Beatles

2. Can’t help Falling in Love - Elvis
1. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys (Paul McCartney has called this the greatest song of all times
!
and who am I to disagree?)

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  1. Hmmmmm. The problem with lists like this:
    It implies that there isn't a single Beatles love song other than Something that's better than Whitney's I Will Always Love You, or the Stones Wild Horses (which isn't even close to being THEIR best love song). Seems unlikely.

    I always like Maxwell Siverhammer when it's time to get down...know what I mean?

    -Michael

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