12 songs for AFTER you get laid off or fired

Last year, I was hanging out with some friends who’d recently been laid off and since. We were in an environment where putting together a Spotify playlist was appropriate, so created a “recently laid off playlist” and played it loud. This is not the first list I’ve made about the dreaded pink slip, but this one is a bit different. It’s kind of like that last ‘hoo-rah’… the last time around the track… a final farewell. So enjoy this list of songs (mostly just the titles, actually) for music you can play after you or someone you know has been laid off, fired, let go, downsized, or sent in a direction the company wasn’t going.

Songs for after being laid off or fired…

“Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign

“Don’t Talk to Me About Work” – Lou Reed

“I Want to Break Free” – Queen

“Life Ain’t Fair and the World Is Mean” – Sturgill Simpson

“Lord Have Mercy on the Working Man” – Travis Tritt

“Uprising” – Muse

“If We Make It Through December” – Merle Haggard

“Red, White & Pink Slip Blues” – Hank Williams, Jr.

“Gives You Hell” – The All-American Rejects

“Summertime Blues” – Alan Jackson

“The Crossroads” – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

“Roll With The Changes” – REO Speedwagon

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to add more in the comments below, and good look in your job search 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness

“your truth” is a cop out

If I hear one more person talk about “your truth” or “their truth” or whatever, I’m going to scream! There’s no such thing as your truth, my truth, his truth, her truth, their truth, our truth. Nope. Sorry. If you pick up a green crayon and “your truth” says it’s yellow, I’m sorry but “your truth” is false. It’s not yellow, it’s green. I know it makes us feel better to have a society that pats us on the back and says, “It’s OK, you’re right.” even when we’re wrong, and that’s what this whole “your truth” movement is if you think about it. No one is willing to tell someone they’re wrong.

But what’s right is this… the only truth that exists is THE truth. Going back to the simple crayon example, the crayon is either green or yellow. Blue, red, black, orange… sure there is a crayon for every color. But the green crayon is green no matter what “your truth” is.

It’s also funny that a lot of people who are so passionate about everyone sharing “their truth” are not very tolerant of people who disagree with them. I’m not sure what’s going on in America but if Alecia Keys’ behavior hosting the Grammy Awards last week is a microcosm of what our country is like now… well, I guess I’m hoping her example is just the Hollywood/elite/out of touch world view, not the majority of Americans.

Because I basically share nothing in common with anything she talked about during the Awards ceremony. In fact, I became so turned off by it all, that I literally turned it off. I wanted to celebrate music and musicians but the show was drenched in political agenda.  I guess that’s “their truth” and I should just go along, though, right?

-Out of the Wilderness


So is Hillary running for Prez or not?

There’s a local radio host here in Nashville who has prophetically projected that Hillary Clinton will jump into the race for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Obviously, at this time she hasn’t and since a few of the states’ deadlines for submitting your official entry has passed, she’ll have an interesting road ahead if she’s going to secure the nomination.

One thing working in her favor is that all of the current nominees basically use defeating President Trump as their top priority. My reaction is this: OK, so what will you do the next day? To make it more clear, it’s like your spouse has been making popcorn for the family for the last few months and one day you tell them, “We need someone else to make better popcorn.”

Your kids react, “Oh, ok. Well, why should you be the one to do this?”

You respond, “Your mom isn’t fit and my top priority is to stop her from making popcorn.”

Kids: “What will you do different?”

You: “Let me be clear. Your mom is the worst popcorn maker in history. It’s time for her to go.”

Child 1: “Yes! She’s brought popcorn back 20 years and we need to move forward! She hates yellow kernels, too.”

Child 2: “Hates yellow kernels? When has she ever said anything like that?”

You: “She’s spreading popcorn phobia, and she’s a white popcorn supremacist. If you choose me, I will defeat your Mom. We cannot let her take away the popcorn’s right to choose.”

Child 1: “Kernels aren’t even popcorn anyway.”

Child 2: “I believe once the kernel is in the pot, it’s popcorn.”

You: “You don’t have a pot, so your opinion doesn’t matter.”

You see what I mean? OK, that sort of went in a direction I hadn’t planned but the whole point of this post is that the Democratic Party is fertile soil for a hero to come in and save the day. If it’s not Hillary, I could also see the party uniting around Michelle Obama (recent Grammy winner, btw). I think Michelle’s smart enough to stay out of politics, but Hillary has a bone to pick with Trump. And Bernie, for that matter. My final thoughts, “Why can’t we just pop some popcorn and enjoy it’s buttery goodness?”

-Out of the Wilderness

A pirate post for FebruARRRRRRy

I had a dream that my niece said this about her boyfriend, “He and his mates are on their way.” I don’t remember the context, but I DO remember thinking, “What are they, pirates? Who says ‘mates’??” What, are they on their way to plunder the town square? Where will they dock their ship? Do they like the Pirates of the Caribbean movies?

But it was all a dream. My niece isn’t dating a pirate… but in case she is and they happen to read this post, I’m just joking around Mr. Pirate Man! Don’t make me walk the plank!

-Out of the Wilderness

Amazon sent me a FREE gift!

Has anyone else received a free Google Home Mini?


Who doesn’t love free stuff, right!? But instead of wondering when I should open it, I’m wondering why? Why did they send me this? And a more chief concern, how much have they already eavesdropped THROUGH THE UNOPENED BOX??????

The joke would be on them, though, because I basically only talk to my dogs! But if I start seeing ads in my Facebook feed or spam emails about dog treats or brushes to use for dog belly rubs, something is up!

-Out of the Wilderness

Justin Bieber’s video “Intentions” will melt your heart

I sorta wish “Yummy” never happened (for my blog about that video, click here), but this song/video from Justin Bieber makes up for it big time! The lyrics of “Intentions” are sweet, smooth, and it’s got a nice melody. Nothing over the top. The theme reminds me a little of Omi’s “Cheerleader,” which was a gigantic hit a few years ago. This video is touching… and, well, he gave one woman studio time and another a car! I guess Oprah’s not the only one giving out cars. OK, OK, that reference is as old as the hills, just like saying ” as old as the hills,” but he DID give a deserving person a hand to help her get ahead. And it’s a nice looking Fiat 500!

Just when I think Justin hasn’t grown up (did I mention “Yummy” yet?) he goes and does a video like this. Kudos, Mr. Bieber!

Here are a few stats and pieces of info I found out about the video… 

Justin’s red sweater is Flaneur brand, retailing under $75. Justin seems to gravitate towards a wardrobe that us regular folks can afford.

A couple of locations for this shoot were libraries. One was the West Los Angeles College Library. The other was the Delmar T. Oviatt Library on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Delmar Oviatt was a native of Canada, as is Justin.

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Who is Quavo? His full name is Quavious Marshall and he’s from just outside Atlanta, GA. Need more info? Check Wikipedia!!

A clever ad appears about a minute and a half in on the back of a bus stop bench. “Get over your SELFie / Send it later”… which I’m guessing is a plea to stop texting and driving. Amen!

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Peanut butter and jelly– woot, woot! Yummy.

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Thanks for stopping by! What did you think about the video? Comment below 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness

#BachelorBoycott is a real thing

I haven’t watched the Bachelor since the producers were so sinister towards Bachelor Peter. What they did on his date with Victoria F. was so uncool. Actually, uncool isn’t even a strong enough word. It was just dirty. Here’s a recap if you missed it.

For a show that claims they want folks to find love, they have a funny way of helping. Now, I’ll admit this isn’t the first time they’ve orchestrated events just for the sake of causing drama. I mean, in the reality TV world drama often equals ratings and at the end of the day ratings are all that matter. I was in television for over 10 years and as exciting as it can be, the most important numbers were ratings. Nothing else mattered.

This show is no different, no matter how they promote it. I think it became more obvious when Chris Harrison started using his all-too-familiar phrase, “The most dramatic season ever.” Drama equals ratings. Love does not. No one really wants to watch a real relationship form. Why? Because unless you’re in that relationship, it can be boring to watch. But fights, lying, throwing people under the bus, champagne exploding in someone’s face… that’s what keeps viewers coming back.

I guess if the producers would simply stop pretending they care about an actual, real relationship developing and call it was it is… maybe people would be less upset when they script drama on a show that’s supposed to be unscripted.

For now, let’s join the #BachelorBoycott …who’s with me??

-Out of the Wilderness