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When a Man Loves a Woman and College Football Right Now

Not the Michael Bolton or Percy Sledge versions.  I’m talking about the Jody Watley version.


Lyrics:

When a man loves a woman
They say she could do no wrong
When a man loves a woman
Her nights will never be long

When a man loves a woman
He makes love with pure intensity
And if she wants
He’ll do what you do

When a man loves a woman
He’s not afraid of his vulnerability
When a man loves a woman
He loves their intertwining sexuality

When a man loves a woman
He might let her see him cry
And he’ll never risk losing her
By telling some stupid lie

(Men?) He won’t do you wrong
(Men?) He’ll love you long
(Men?) x2

When a man loves a woman
He’ll be responsible for his kids
And if he walks away
Hmm, he never did

When a man loves a woman
He’ll rub her back and maybe kiss her feet
And with this
A finer man you’ll never meet

When a man loves a woman
He’ll take his time when he shows her love
And she’ll enjoy the fit
Feels like a glove

When a man loves a woman
She can do no wrong
He understands her attitudes
And deals with her moods

(Men?) He’s so into you
(Men?) You know hes true
(Men?) x2

When a man loves a woman
It’s a beautiful thing
It could melt your soul
And make a heart sing

When a man loves a woman
He knows the reality of AIDS
He won’t bring it home to you
By some other love he’s made

When a man loves a woman
He’ll respect you in front of his friends
He won’t front you off
You know he’ll think again

When a man loves a woman
He knows you’re complex
And knows it takes more to make you happy
Than just giving you sex

When a man loves a woman
He’ll never raise his fist
He’ll know it doesn’t make him more a man
To do this

When a man loves a woman
You’ll surely know
And it’s as special
As an April snow

(Men?) He won’t do you wrong
(Men?) He’ll love you long
(Men?) x2

(Men?) Love will bring you home
(Men?) Love won’t let you roam
(Men?) x2

Here’s the PM Dawn remix version on her greatest hits album.

These lyrics have an additional set of verses:

When a man loves a woman
He might fly her to a night in Rome
This could happen
Though, never leaving home

When a man loves a woman
Yeah, he’ll do most anything
And with his presence
A smile he’ll surely bring

When a man loves a woman
He won’t hesitate to put her first
He’ll satisfy her desires
And quench her every thirst

When a man loves a woman
He’s gonna be true
And he won’t forget to tell her
“Baby, I love you”

(Men?) Love will bring you home
(Men?) Love won’t let you roam
(Men?) x2

 

Jody Watley

Pic cred: JodyWatley.net

“When a Man Loves a Woman” was the second single off of her Intimacy album from 1993.  The PM Dawn remix version was part of her greatest hits album from 1996.  I was thinking about these lyrics today as I was running an errand, wondering if the gestures of a man loving a woman (or a man loving a man, woman loving a woman, person loving another person for that matter) in the early 1990s are still applicable today or if the requirements are much longer/shorter in the year 2020.

If you flipped each instance of “man/woman” and “he/she/him/her” around so that the lyrics become “when a woman loves a man, they say he could do no wrong/when a woman loves a man, his nights will never be long” etc, does it still make sense? And, to factor in the prevalence of social issues and technological advancements of modern day, would you agree with the following?

When a woman loves a man
They say he could do no wrong
When a woman loves a man
His nights will never be long

When a woman loves a man
She makes love with pure intensity
And if he wants
She’ll make the first move

When a woman loves a man
She’s not afraid of imperfect compatibility
When a woman loves a man
She loves their complementary spontaneity

When a woman loves a man
She won’t make him follow her on Instagram
And she’ll never risk losing him
By social-media stalking his time with friends

(Women?) She won’t do you wrong
(Women?) She’ll love you long
(Women?) x2

When a woman loves a man
She might fly him to the great outdoors
This could happen
Not venturing too far from home

When a woman loves a man
Yeah, she’ll do most anything
And with her presence
A smile she’ll surely bring

When a woman loves a man
She won’t hesitate to put him first
She’ll satisfy his need for alone time
And give herself the same space too

When a woman loves a man
She’s gonna be true
And she won’t forget to tell him
“Thank you, for what you do.”

~!~
And now for the college football portion of today’s blog entry.

According to CBS Sports, the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences shan’t be playing this fall but plan to in the spring.  SEC and ACC are still weighing all the issues.  College sports, especially football and basketball, bring in a lot of money to universities.  Even if student-athletes get to keep scholarships and not all season ticket-holders want a refund, how do these schools recoup a fraction of lost money from other transactions directly or indirectly tied to college sports?  Playing conference-only games may help a little, but it won’t be enough.
Check out this interview with ESPN’s Rece Davis on NFL Live.

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Also, is it too early to wonder if there’s going to be an Army-Navy game this year?

Spaces Beneath Holy Healing Melodies

They aren’t always that healing if they don’t welcome everyone, including their lifestyle choices.  A person is the culmination of every facet of their thoughts, words, and actions…for chaos or disorder, for better or for worse.  One can reprimand and reward based on one’s own value system, but to pretend it’s fine for the ecosystem underpinning the monetizing of this kind of non-mainstream music to reject the full potential of spiritual artistry….c’est dommage.

I’ve written about contemporary Christian music a few times over the years from Jars of Clay to Royal Tailor and Third Day to Chris Tomlin (not once, but twice).  In some ways, I considered this genre to be a guilty pleasure so I didn’t think about it too critically, not the songs themselves and certainly not the industry.

This Refinery29 piece opened my mind to issues I wish I had already considered.  Props to Dan Haseltine for asking the questions that many people didn’t want to entertain.

 

Consider this video as well.

Hope, Humor, and Crushes

Times are bleak, indeed, they are,
some may remind,
“when have times not been bleak for at least one person in the world?”

Don’t remember, but the good moments
persist nonetheless
in the forms of art
conversations with friends
cat videos
animals being bros.

Don’t believe everything will work out
one way or another?
That’s okay.

Some of us have all
the time in the world,
some of us only have today.

So forget about your worries
for an hour,
give or take.

— yiqi 15 July 2020 12:49 pm

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The above poem was inspired by knowing that this documentary about Hong Kong singer and actress Denise Ho exists and a Ted Talk she gave at the end of 2019.

The doc hasn’t come to streaming to any of my local theatres yet via Kino Lorber‘s Kino
Marquee
initiative, but if it has come to one of yours, please consider watching it.

~!~

Now for some humor.  Roy Wood Jr. has brought so many smiles to my face in the last several months.  He doesn’t shy away from serious topics.

~!~

And now for the crushes.  Each of these podcasters have experience in the Kpop industry.  Ashley was in Ladies Code; BM was in KARD; Peniel was in BTOB.

Forgotten Songs

Or songs you haven’t thought about in a long time.

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I’ve spent several weeks reorganizing YT playlists.  I’ve spent some time going through my CD collections and completely forgetting what some of the bands and solo acts sound like.  And as I’ve moved around and (re)compiled songs in my playlists, I reminisced a lot about my childhood and teenage years (as have many people according to the comments under most of the videos on YT).  I can’t believe I never got any Gloria Estefan cassette tapes or CDs when I was younger.

Since there are so many songs that I could ask if you remember them, I’ll share the ones that made me wax nostalgic and briefly sent me back in time…not necessarily to simpler times, but definitely one where you had at least ten phone numbers memorized (even if you carried around an address book).

Finally
I Wanna Marry You All Over Again
Sherry Fraser
In the Blood
I’m Looking for a New Love
If You Go
High Enough
One Thing Leads to Another
Comfort Zone
Prisoner
No More
Cuts Both Ways
Into the Groove
Elegantly Wasted

In my aural travels, I’ve noticed that many artists had UK/international version of a music video that was different from the US version.  Here’s Tasmin Archer‘s mvs for her song “Sleeping Satellite.”  Which one do you like more?

Original version

US version