“Shadows of the Night”


My local morning news show used this song as a bumper leading into the commercials today.  It’s been stuck in my head since then.  But that’s okay, because I really like this song.

I was going to post the awesome original video, which features Pat and her band playing WWII soldiers on a secret mission to bring down a Nazi strategic post (Dirty Dozen, anyone?).  But the version available on YouTube had some dude singing over Pat Benatar’s soaring vocals (probably his way of avoiding copyright problems).  And the “best version” of a live clip had horrible sound.  So I went with the boring album cover clip, because that was the best version of the song.

It’s pretty standard Rock/Pop fare, but “Shadows of the Night” has always been one of my favorite Benatar songs.  She just belts it out for all she’s worth.  The early to mid 80s were her best period, creatively and commercially.  Nothing groundbreaking or avant-garde here, just good old-fashioned ear candy.  And sometimes, all you really want is something sweet.

“Anxiety (Get Nervous)”


I’m feeling just a tad stressed out right now.  Mom had cataract surgery yesterday (all went well, but she’s been a bit cranky).  I want to help her feel better, but there really isn’t that much I can do right now.  This morning, I noticed that I could smell gas inside my dryer when I took some laundry out.  This promptly freaked me out.  The guy from the Gas Company fixed it without much trouble (the connection wasn’t tight enough), but he decided to shut off my water heater because there weren’t “combustion vents” in the doors we had put up to conceal it.  So I had to call my contractor out to fix the problem.  Luckily, I do still have water and gas, just no hot water.  I called the Gas Co. a little bit ago to schedule an appointment for tomorrow to get the pilot light relit.  They’ll be here sometime between 7AM and 5PM.


I hate problems!  I hate change, too, but if it’s change I planned on, I can at least take steps to relieve my stress and anxiety.  I know my problems are tiny compared to so many others, but I really do kind of flip out.  I’m not quite ready for a straitjacket, and my hair isn’t standing on end.  Yet.  I just want the rest of the week to go quietly and smoothly.  Actually, I want the rest of my life to go quietly and smoothly, but I’ll settle for the week.