Monday Mixtape: how can I ever repay you?

No one likes to be in debt. This week’s ultimate question from yeah write addresses this concern. Here are five songs that answer the question, “How can I ever repay you?

Sometimes people help you out and want nothing in return:

“Take the Money and Run” by The Steve Miller Band

Some people want you to pay them back – with interest.

“Money (That’s What I Want)” by Barrett Strong

Some people are more forgiving about what they expect in repayment.

“Give a Little Bit” by Supertramp

Instead of money, some people prefer a favor or an experience.

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” performed by Edward Meeker

And then there are some people, that want to get the hell away from you.

“Give Me Three Steps” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

How can you repay me? Leave a comment with a song title that you think best answers the question.

whetting the appetite

While tidying up, I snuck some crumbs off of privilege’s table. Those sweet morsels melted on my tongue. They tasted of freedom, power, wealth, and choice. But the meager bits could not fill my belly. They only left me hungry for more.


I don’t count the days,
weigh the weeks or mark the months
on a calendar.
I don’t measure the minutes
with a watch or any clock.

I track time’s passage
in teardrops, like sands trickling
through an hourglass neck.
Time puddles below but my
upper half never empties.

No chronology
of my sadness can be writ:
the how-longs have sunk,
the whens have washed away and
the timeline has eroded.

Counting syllables instead of seconds to craft this set of tankas for the yeah write September poetry slam.

Monday Mixtape: what did it taste like?

Like chicken.

Now that that’s out of my system, welcome to another mixtape inspired by the yeah write ultimate question. Finding five songs that answered the question, “What did it taste like?” was harder than I expected. As a lover of food, I thought this mix would be a piece of cake, but I kept getting “Pizza, Pizza Daddy-O” stuck in my head. Mmmmmmm. Pizza.

One challenge was not being able to get all metaphorical. While a chilled glass of lemonade can taste like “Summertime,” the title alone doesn’t make that obvious. I couldn’t figure out if one could taste a “Bittersweet Symphony” or not. Saying “I Want Candy” doesn’t indicate anything about flavor.

Once I eliminated the less palatable tunes, I managed to put together this menu of music. I  included one reference to a potent potable out of dozens of options but also threw in a non-alcoholic one for my sober friends. The former song is the most recent release, dating from 1995. I’m not sure what that says about my musical taste. I leave that up to you to decide. Bon appetit!

“A Taste of Honey” performed by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass


“Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter


and for you teetotalers out there:

“Cool Water” recorded by Sons of the Pioneers

“Animal Crackers in My Soup” by Shirley Temple


“Sugar Sugar” by The Archies


Come back on Wednesday to see how I answer the question in exactly 42 words for the microstory challenge. Spoiler alert: not like chicken.