Seasons Change

As Autumn is now upon us, it’s fitting that today’s video prompt is “Seasons Change” by Exposé.  This hit used the changing of the seasons as a metaphor for the changing of feelings in relationships.  Listen to the song and write a little Flashy Fiction that involves the changing of a season…literally or metaphorically.

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*Here are the lyrics if you want to read over them

Some dreams are in the night time
And some seem like yesterday
But leaves turn brown and fade
Ships sail away
You long to say a thousand words
But seasons change

It feels like it’s forever
No reason for emptiness
But time just runs away
No more day by day
You dream again it seems in vain
When seasons change

I want you
I want to feel you by my side
I need you
Don’t you know I need you baby

Seasons change feelings change
It’s been so long since I found you
Yet it seems like yesterday
Seasons change people change
I’ll sacrifice tomorrow
Just to have you here today

For ever seems so far away
There’s time for love and for play
You dream about today
Feeling slips away
The winds that blow they go away
And seasons change

I want you
Don’t hide your feelings from inside
I need you
I’ve got to have your love now baby

Seasons change feelings change
It’s been so long since I found you
Yet it seems like yesterday
Seasons change people change

I want you
I want to feel you by my side
I need you
I’ve got to have your love now baby

Seasons change feelings change
It’s been so long since I found you
Yet it seems like yesterday
Seasons change people change
I’ll sacrifice tomorrow
Just to have you here today
Just to have you here today

Seasons change feelings change
It’s been so long since I found you
Yet it seems like yesterday
Seasons change people change
Change the season

Songwriters: LEWIS A MARTINEE
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Higher Love

Today’s video prompt is “Higher Love” as sung by Steve Winwood and his daughter, Lilly.  There are a few very slight changes in the lyrics, but it’s sung at a much slower tempo than the original hit by Steve.  Take a listen, read the lyrics, mull it over, and write a little Flashy Fiction that revolves around “Higher Love”.  Your protagonist could be searching for it, experiencing it, falling out of it …or simply listening to it.

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*Here are the lyrics if you want to read over them

Think about it, there must be higher love
Down in the heart and in the stars above
Without it, life is a wasted time
Look inside your heart, I’ll look inside mine

Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
Where’s that higher love I keep thinking of?

Worlds are turning and we’re just hanging on
Facing our fear and standing out there alone
A yearning and it’s real for me
There must be someone who’s feeling for me

Things look so bad everywhere
In this whole world, what is fair?
We walk blind and we try to see
Falling behind in what could be

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
Where’s that higher love I’ve been thinking of?

I will wait for it
I’m not too late for it
Until then, I’ll sing my song
To cheer the night along

I could light the night up with my soul on fire
I could make the sun shine from pure desire
Let me feel that love come over me
Let me feel how strong it can be

Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
Bring me a higher love
I could rise above for this higher love

Songwriters: STEVE WINWOOD, WILL JENNINGS, LILLY WINWOOD
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Old Playgrounds

Today’s video prompt is “This Used to be My Playground” by Madonna.  Give it a listen, see what memories it dredges up, and write a little Flashy Fiction based on the song, or the video, or whatever it inspires in you.

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*Here are the lyrics if you want to read over them

This used to be my playground
This used to be my childhood dream
This used to be the place I ran to
Whenever I was in need
Of a friend
Why did it have to end
And why do they always say

Don’t look back
Keep your head held high
Don’t ask them why
Because life is short
And before you know
You’re feeling old
And your heart is breaking
Don’t hold on to the past
Well that’s too much to ask

This used to be my playground (used to be)
This used to be my childhood dream
This used to be the place I ran to
Whenever I was in need
Of a friend
Why did it have to end
And why do they always say

No regrets
But I wish that you
Were here with me
Well then there’s hope yet
I can see your face
In our secret place
You’re not just a memory
Say goodbye to yesterday (the dream)
Those are words I’ll never say (I’ll never say)

This used to be my playground (used to be)
This used to be our pride and joy
This used to be the place we ran to
That no one in the world could dare destroy
This used to be our playground (used to be)
This used to be our childhood dream
This used to be the place we ran to
I wish you were standing here with me

This used to be our playground (used to be)
This used to be our childhood dream
This used to be the place we ran to
The best things in life are always free
Wishing you were here with me

Songwriters: SHEP PETTIBONE, MADONNA CICCONE
© Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Downtown Music Publishing

Always

Today’s video prompt is “Always” by Bon Jovi.  It’s a power ballad of longing and regret, of pleading for forgiveness and one more chance.  It’s a song of undying love.  Give it a listen and write a little Flashy Fiction based on the song, or the video, or whatever it inspires in you.

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*Here are the lyrics if you want to read over them

This Romeo is bleeding, but you can’t see his blood
It’s nothing but some feelings
That this old dog kicked up
It’s been raining since you left me
Now I’m drowning in the flood
You see I’ve always been a fighter
But without you I give up

Now I can’t sing a love song
Like the way it’s meant to be
Well, I guess I’m not that good anymore
But baby, that’s just me

Yeah I, will love you, baby
Always and I’ll be there
Forever and a day, always

I’ll be there ’til the stars don’t shine
‘Til the heavens burst and the words don’t rhyme
I know when I die you’ll be on my mind
And I’ll love you, always

Now your pictures that you left behind
Are just memories of a different life
Some that made us laugh
Some that made us cry
One that made you have to say goodbye

What I’d give to run my fingers through your hair
Touch your lips, to hold you near,
When you say your prayers, try to understand
I’ve made mistakes, I’m just a man

When he holds you close, when he pulls you near
When he says the words you’ve been needing to hear
I’ll wish I was him, ’cause these words are mine,
to say to you ’til the end of time

Yeah I, will love you, baby
Always and I’ll be there
Forever and a day, always

If you told me to cry for you, I could
If you told me to die for you, I would
Take a look at my face
There’s no price I won’t pay
To say these words to you

Well, there ain’t no luck in these loaded dice
But baby, if you give me just one more try
We can pack up our old dreams, and our old lives,
We’ll find a place  where the sun still shines

Yeah I, will love you, baby
Always and I’ll be there
Forever and a day, always

I’ll be there, till the stars don’t shine
‘Til the heavens burst and the words don’t rhyme
I know when I die you’ll be on my mind
And I’ll love you, always
Always

Songwriters: JON BON JOVI
© Universal Music Publishing Group

Characterization: Love Hate

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Polarizing figures.  Some love them.  Some hate them.  Very few fall in the middle.  Write a little Flashy Fiction in which you create a character that is polarizing:  loved by many, hated by just as many.  Or take it a slightly different way and create a character that a person or many people love to hate.  You know the type, the person/group that no one likes or approves of, but can’t stop talking about them, following them on social media, or watching the TV when a blurb about them comes on.  Whichever type you choose, don’t just describe the character(s).  Bring them to life through conversation and/or actions.

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*The image above is courtesy of Pixabay