A Record Has Only Two Sides

images I’m told as a writer I have two speeds: RIDICULOUS AND POIGNANT  images-1.

Don’t know how I feel about that especially when this person said, there certainly should be something in-between, like on one’s car. “If you only had two gears on your Chevy Susannah you’d either be driving like a snail or Mario Andretti.”

So the point being, my prose needs something…a truss of sorts to bridge the sad and  funny.

The thing about writing a blog piece every day, is your mood and feelings make their way to the forefront like pushy politicians. They need to be heard and aired. Personally I prefer to be funny, but there are moments when laughter’s out to lunch leaving tears in its stead. As I pen my latest, I try not to control the outcome allowing the words to have their way without edit. What’s a few tears on the page anyway. I always feel they offset that pain in your side from laughing too much.

Who am I kidding? I don’t think we could ever laugh too much, but if we weren’t moved or affected here and there, those giggles would have much less punch…or poignancy. Yes, I think what’s ridiculous is poignant now that I dissect it pulling its skin back.

Yesterday for instance, when I went to visit Carmela, my basset hound pal, she didn’t want me to go, so she took my sunglasses and wouldn’t give them back. I ended up cajoling her with a cookie.

It was very funny, but sweet and tender at the same time. One could say, I laughed till I cried.

Reminds me of my very first 45. It was The Beatles…I Wanna Hold Your Hand with its flip side…I Saw Her Standing There.

Those two songs…complete as is…written by John and Paul stood on their own remaining classic forty years later.

Maybe you don’t really need anything in-between despite what the critics may think.

And for the record there Cupcake, I’d never be driving a Chevy.

Glad we got that straight.



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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24 Responses to A Record Has Only Two Sides

  1. micklively says:

    I thought Americans all drove automatics? (Apart from Mario, of course.)
    This piece seems to follow on from your discussion of January blues, or at least, the same ying and yang applies. Life’s rich tapestry has room for tragic comedy and funny poignant.
    Nicely observed, as ever, thanks.


  2. Joe Owens says:

    Don’t you just love those “friends” that think it okay to inventory your life or ways and tell you what you are missing. Like me you have enough years under your belt that even if something was missing by now you have learned to adapt and overcome.


  3. friends don’t let friends drive Chevy’s…. just saying. You mean there is something between slow and fast? Slow is when you first get into the car, fast is everything in between. Speed limits are merely a suggestion, right? Love your blog and loved that 45.


  4. MJ says:

    As a regular reader of this blog for the past couple of years, I see plenty of chronicling of the in-between, and often within the same piece. Does this critic characterize your musings on historic topics, for example, as either “poignant” or “ridiculous”? I think there’s value to be wrested from any critique. At best, you gain an esthetic insight that enables you to take work to a higher level, or some practical advice that would make it more marketable. But more often than not, these things are simply an insight into the critic. If the critique occurred in a group situation where people feel compelled to speak up, they may resort to critical cliches like “write what you know”, and the more talented among them, or even the moderator, will couch their remarks in a clever metaphor. But in the end, it’s about them, not your work. As someone who’s been driving a standard shift every day since the age of 17, I can vouch for the fact that 2nd gear NEVER gets the use that 1st and 3rd/4th get. That was not only true of the Chevy I learned in, which had the “H” on the column and no 4th gear, but its tonier successors with fancy configurations on the floor. If driving is to be a metaphor for making art, so what if you prefer the country backroads or the superhighway to a stop-and-go crawl past the strip malls?


  5. katecrimmins says:

    Like you my feelings write my blog. I always want to be funny but sometimes funny went out for breakfast without me. Sometimes I start writing about one thing and it turns into something else. That is the wonderful thing about writing a blog. Unlike a writing gig where you have to write about something, you can do whatever comes to you for the day. I like the way you write just fine.


    • Thanks Kate…I do know how a blog can spoil you, but when you love to write, that’s all that matters. I’d rather be light and airy but that just isn’t always the case…and trying to be funny when you’re feeling blue is a recipe for disaster. Humor can’t be pushed…neither can gloom for that matter. Ho hum


  6. Patricia says:

    It seems to me your blog is about life…yours. There is no right or wrong. It’s not like you are writing a How to Live for Dummies. If life is stagnant it goes bad. There needs to be variation and variety. And you have that…no stinky mold growing on you. Keep doing what you are doing…it works fine.


  7. I had a family member say to me “I liked your writing much better when you were having problems.” I was speechless. You write about your life…the good, the bad and the hilarious. There is no right or wrong it just is what it is and in your case …. very entertaining no matter what the subject.


  8. I don’t think it’s bad to have two basic moods you go back and forth between, hitting some in the middle as well, and as they go, funny and poignant are pretty good ones. I go between quirky and dark usually, but do whatever I like. After all, blogging is about freedom, right?


    • Yes, freedom is the biggest benefit blogging gives you. You get spoiled in a way since the skies the limit prose wise. I really don’t care what people think of my writing when I really think about it. I write for me…it’s my most favorite thing. I do get pinched when criticized for a second…enough to pen an essay about it, but it passes soon enough…dark and quirky works for me.


    • For the record, I just tried going to your FB page…I’ve forgotten my password and for some reason they won’t allow my to create a new one…cyber issues plague me right and left…wanted to LIKE your site but can’t. I can only view it off my page that’s somehow permanently logged in. Hate being so cyberly challenged David. Looks like you’re reading a lot. Me too.


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