Benjamin Orr’s Voice

One of the vexing things about prompts is that I’ll often be prompted to respond outside the “rules” of the challenge. This is one of them. The Haunted Wordsmith posted this lovely picture prompt for her Worth a Thousand Words daily challenge.


She also posts a daily “Three Things Challenge.” Today’s prompts are discovery, lace, and basketball. In my mind, the two challenges combined and resulted in a video response. Once I associate a prompt with a song, any chance for following the challenge rules goes out the window.

With that disclaimer, here is “Skyline” written by Benjamin Orr and Diane Grey Page and released on Benjamin Orr’s 1986 debut solo album, The Lace.


((c) Monte Wolverton)


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Tried all day to write something for the Fourth. Just couldn’t. Started several little stories full of parades, beer, and fireworks. Every one seemed too frothy. Started an essay about freedom in a country that jails BABIES because they had the bad fortune to have parents fleeing violence and poverty, looking for a better life for those babies. I couldn’t focus my thoughts today. On this Independence Day I was too overwhelmed at the all-encompassing assault on the democracy we have fought so hard for over the past 240-odd years. An assault led by our commander-in-chief, our Congress, and their financial backers. Other people have better expressed my thoughts today.

Peace out.

In response to the Word-A-Day Blog Challenge prompt: Cope
and to the Word of the Day Challenge prompt: Independence
and to Fandango's One Word Challenge prompt: Fireworks
and to The Haunted Wordsmith's 3TC prompts: Declaration, Freedom, Fireworks
and to Word-A-Day Blog Challenge prompt: Poverty