Resolution – #JusJoJan 2023

Today is the first day of Just Jot It January for 2023. I was not sure if Linda would consider the challenge this year, but she continues to amaze me with all the capacity she has to get things done.

Today’s word is resolution.

The only resolution I ever make for the new year is to not make any resolutions. It has served me well.

I do have plans though. I want to change the look of my blog. It will take some work to find a new theme and select colors, but it should be fun. I also plan to go through my old posts to delete stock photos from my blog and try to recoup some space. I still do not want to pay for hosting.

Speaking of resolution, I have old cell phone photos from 13 years ago. Photo resolution was bad back then. I am not sure I can part with the photos of my grandchildren even though they are so grainy. All those years as a photographer and I am hanging onto such poor quality photos. Heart wins over mind again!

I hope today provides you with a great start to the new year. It’s too early to start stressing out – especially over resolutions!

Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.

Prompt word today (resolution) submitted by Linda from Life in Progress.


Song Lyric Sunday – 96 Tears

The first SLS prompt of the New Year from Jim is:

This week the theme is to find Garage Rock songs.

I don’t know a lot about garage rock. As a matter a few bands I thought were garage bands did not seem to be described that way so this is a case of what do I know? I did want to pick a song I knew, so I at least felt connected with it in some way.

“96 Tears” is a song by the band ? & The Mysterians. The band was comprised of children of migrant farmers who settled in the Saginaw Valley in Michigan. Question Mark (?) was the stage name of Rudy Martinez, a rather eccentric individual who originally wanted to stay anonymous. The band is often considered a one hit wonder even though five of their songs charted. “96 Tears” was however their only #1 hit.

The driving keyboards are prominent in this song and provided by Frank Rodriguez. The gravelly vocals are performed by Rudy Martinez.

Texas based Pa-Go-Go records originally pressed 500 copies of the record for distribution to local radio stations. “96 Tears” was originally considered the B side, with the A side being “Midnight Hour”.  At Rudy’s insistence “96 Tears” was eventually released as the A side.

In 2004, “96 Tears” was listed as #210 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

96 Tears
? & The Mysterians

Lyrics from

Too many teardrops for one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops for one heart to carry on

You’re way on top now since you left me
You’re always laughing way down at me
But watch out now, I’m gonna get there
We’ll be together for just a little while
And then I’m gonna put you way down here
And you’ll start crying ninety-six tears
Cry, cry

And when the sun comes up, I’ll be on top
You’ll be right down there, looking up
And I might wave, come up here
But I don’t see you waving now
I’m way down here, wondering how
I’m gonna get you but I know now
I’ll just cry, cry, I’ll just cry

Too many teardrops for one heart to be crying
Too many teardrops for one heart to carry on

You’re gonna cry ninety-six tears
You’re gonna cry ninety-six tears
You’re gonna cry, cry, cry, cry now
You’re gonna cry, cry, cry, cry
Ninety-six tears

Come on and let me hear you cry, now
Ninety-six tears, woo
I wanna hear you cry
Night and day, yeah, all night long

Uh, ninety-six tears, cry, cry, cry
Come on, baby, let me hear you cry now, all night long
Uh, ninety-six tears, yeah, come on now
Uh, ninety-six tears

Writer/s: Rudy Martinez
Publisher: Abkco Music Inc.

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