Music on Mondays (11-17-14)—With a little help from my friends

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

A couple of days ago a friend posted on Facebook that he was at the beach alone “like a loser.” Fortunately, he deleted it within minutes. He doesn’t live far from me, so he could have come over and played a game of chess!

That reminded me of the time when I was 11 and wanted to go out with friends on a Saturday afternoon. My wise old grandmother said no; she had every reason to say no since she had just adopted a juvenile delinquent—me!

I had to spend the day alone, or as I thought at the time, “lonely.”

As I continued to complain about being lonely, she finally said to me, “There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. If you are lonely, turn that loneliness into an opportunity to be alone.”

I didn’t know what she meant then—I was 11 and wanted to be with my friends!—but I do now. Heck, there are times when I’m with a huge group of people and feel very lonely.

I thought for today’s Music on Mondays I’d look at some good songs about being alone and loneliness.

“All By Myself” by Eric Carmen

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“Circle of One” by Oleta Adams

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“Dancing With Myself” by Billy Idol

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“Killing Loneliness” by HIM

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“Lonely People” by America

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“One” by Three Dog Night

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“Pretend That You’re Alone” by Keane

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“You’re Only Lonely” by J.D. Souther

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And that lets me end with this solution by The Beatles:

“With A Little Help From My Friends”

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18 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (11-17-14)—With a little help from my friends

  1. DailyMusings

    Wow- I haven’t heard the song Lonely People in a gazillion years- thanks for a great musical selection to wake up to on this rainy Monday morning. My mother used to tell me to “be my own best friend” this way you were never lonely. Your grandmother was right- big difference between loneliness and being alone. Love this post- have a great day! 😀 😀

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Usually I only use music that is in my personal collection but I made an exception today. However, I do have “All By Myself” in my collection. The ones I don’t really care for are Oleta Adams, HIM, and Keane, but one of the commenters already said that she liked Oleta Adams, so I’m glad that I included some different stuff.

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  2. smilingtoad

    Excellent songs. Just what I needed coming back from a long, lone bike ride down to the the little patch of weald down the way. Though I am often alone, animals never let me feel like it, however…Tonight, I was barraged by 7 raccoons, two smiling feral cats, a dog who’d slipped off his leash, one little opossum, a curious millipede and a tiny Eastern screech owl who kept flapping in my face, wanting to land on my head, presumably, to nest. I could not walk for even a FEW minutes of quiet solitary brooding in the velvety darkness for some deep, depressing reflection without tripping over coons, possums and owls all over the place…I don’t know what it is especially about the owls. As soon as night descends they’re always making a racket and following me around. Everywhere I go at night there is a wake of little owls…

    I really did not mean to ramble on like that.

    Of course in reading your entry and the sagacious words of your grandmother, I am quite reminded of a much loved quote:

    “I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.”
    – Oscar Wilde

    Superb music post. Best wishes,

    Autumn Jade

    P.S. Your friend definitely should have weaseled over for a nice game of chess. Chess is always a grand idea. Sir likes to play against the computer. I cannot stand it- chess is best played with another human being (or death). Hope you two get to play soon! Cheers!

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      1. smilingtoad

        😀 You are too kind. I blather on uncontrollably. It is a terrible affliction. And then I hit reply at a speed of approximately 280 miles per hour. I am surprised the mouse still works! Anyhow, best wishes and jubilant cheers to you and a happy early weekend to you,

        Autumn Jade

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