[M.A.P.L.E. VIII-31] Push it out to sea… #writephoto

This week’s #writephoto, combined with the caption, made me think of “Push it out to sea,” which comes from the summer of 2000.

But, in the summer of 2000, I was nowhere close to the sea. I was preparing for my bar mitzvah, in Nebraska. There’s a mild story that will segue intoט the main part.

One line of Psalm 97 reads in Hebrew as follows, and then the English translation as per Siddur Sim Shalom (1985 edition) will follow:

אש לפניו תלך, ותלהט סביב צריו. האירו ברקיו תבל, ראתה ותחל הארץ.

(“[God’s] lightning illumines the globe, fire consumes [God’s] foes.”

Traditionally at my synagogue in Lincoln, we read this psalm responsively in English. However, when I was younger, I frequently misread “illumine” as “illuminate.” Maybe a minor error, but it’s a nice segue into a sequence of mondegreens, inspired by the photo. And “push it out to sea” is the first mondegreen, which I first heard in the summer of 2000 when I was in the car with Mom, picking up Casey from gymnastics.

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Shadowy Heroes of the Mondegreen

Shadowy heroes almost sounds more like a prelude to something talking about antiheroes or antivillains.

However, the key thing is the Mondegreen that I mention. Yep, it’s going to be about some words that I have misheard in songs, and as you might guess from the title of the post, it’s a few songs that have words that I have misheard as “shadow” and “hero.”

Two shadowy songs come from a long time ago; two hero songs come from recently, and from the same context.

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[M.A.P.L.E. IV-30] Subtly primed

On Thursday, a song got stuck in my head, even though I had not actually heard the song in a very long time. In retrospect, there was probably a subtle reason why it turned into an earworm. For that, I will have to give the story of another song that got stuck in my head a few years ago in a similar situation.

Although this post is about music, since there are multiple artists, I can’t call it a Saturday Songsuasion, however…

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[400/441] Cherry Bomb

I have several different references for this post, and I’ll try to make it a fairly quick one.  The thing that inspired the post was a Mondegreen of the John Mellencamp song.  So, you may enjoy listening to it while reading the post.

Although I probably heard this song throughout my elementary school years, “cherry bomb” was much more of a thing associated with Four Square… and recess.

A four-square game. Photo credit Oakland Unified School District, encompass.ousd.k12.ca.us/images/four_square.jpg

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