Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Phil Collins Week!

You’ll be in my heart

Take Me Home

“Take Me Home” is the 10th track on Phil Collins’ third solo album, No Jacket Required. The song was released as a single in the UK in July 1985 and in the US in March 1986. It did reasonably well in the UK, peaking there at #19.[1] It wasn’t as successful as other singles from the album, such as “Sussudio” or “One More Night” in the United States, but managed to peak at #7 there.[2] The “Extended Mix” of “Take Me Home”, released on the 12″ single was one of the six songs to be included on Collins’ 12″ers album.

“Take Me Home” is considered one of Collins’ more well known songs, and has been in all of his tours since the No Jacket Required Tour. The song has remained popular among fans. The song has been an encore to the majority of Collins’ solo tour concerts around the globe since it was released.

Common misconceptions regarding the song’s topic are that it is about a man returning home, or that it is about the psychological manipulations of the totalitarian government from George Orwell’s novel 1984.
In reality, however, Collins has stated that the song lyrics refer to a patient in a mental institution, and that it is very much based on the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

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61 Responses to Serendipity SOUL | Friday Open Thread | Phil Collins Week!

  1. rikyrah says:

    Five Ivy League colleges vie for DC student
    Posted: Mar 28, 2014 5:20 PM CST Updated: Mar 28, 2014 6:31 PM CST
    By John Henrehan, FOX 5 Reporter


    This is the college acceptance season — frequently a nervous time for high school seniors. But D.C.’s Avery Coffey can relax. He applied to five Ivy League universities and all five accepted him.

    Coffey attends Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, a D.C. public school with strict rules. None of the 439 students at Banneker is allowed to bring a cell phone into the building. They are also not allowed to go to their lockers during the school day. (That has spawned the peculiar tradition of piling up textbooks at the base of lockers, so kids can switch books between classes without violating the locker rule.)

    The strict rules at Banneker have fostered a rather serious academic environment. Principal Anita Berger says year after year after year, 100 percent of Banneker graduates are accepted into post-secondary institutions.

    Among these brainy and motivated public school students is 17-year-old Coffey who, like a lot of kids, enjoys sports. What does he play?

    “Baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer,” Coffey told us.

    He also enjoys academics, and he has a 4.3 high school report card average, adjusted for the demanding International Baccalaureate courses he takes. Coffey scored very high on standardized tests also. He calls himself a “determined” student.

    Coffey applied to five Ivy League universities, and, amazingly, has been accepted at all of them: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown.

    And four of the five universities have already offered very generous financial aid packages. (Harvard is still formulating its offer.)

  2. Ebony magazine formally apologizes to RNC for Jamilah Lemieux tweet

  3. Hey Chicas!

    @EBONYMag caved to Reince and apologized. I’ll be got damn!

  4. rikyrah says:

    Elon James White @elonjames

    Jamilah’s crime was dismissing an imaginary White Man’s opinion. Yet the CHAIRMAN OF THE RNC has weighed in? ARE YOU FOLKS NOT SEEING THIS?

    • rikyrah says:

      Elon James White @elonjames

      Let’s be clear folks. @EBONYMag apologizing was less about Jamilah and more about fear of losing ad revenue. They are a Corporation.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Son of Baldwin @SonofBaldwin

    Beware of Massa’s black children. Their loyalties are necessarily split. #FuckRaffi #StandWithJamilah

  6. rikyrah says:

    Joy Reid ✔ @JoyAnnReid

    Christie tucks the remaining bits of David Wildstein under the bus: “never was a friend of mine … hired by Bill Baroni.” #bridgegate

  7. rikyrah says:

    Mar 27, 2014 2:00PM ET / Politics

    Bill de Blasio’s Government Looks More Like New York City Than Bloomberg’s

    Since taking office in January, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hires have been mostly female and mostly minorities — the last mayor’s government was not. The New York Times reports that de Blasio’s hires are 54 percent female (as opposed to 48 percent under Bloomberg) and 55 percent non-white (compared to a noticeably lower 28 percent non-white under Bloomberg).

    When he was elected, de Blasio said his goal was to create an administration that “looks like New York City.” That was an underlying theme of his whole campaign, including his commercial featuring his biracial son Dante. De Blasio’s family — specifically their hair — led The Washington Post to write that “in navigating the hair politics in his own house, de Blasio has an intimacy with black culture that most white politicians don’t.” That means people will judge him harder on the make-up of his team. So far he “has done what he said he would do,” said Kate Taylor, a Times reporter. “It’s an administration that looks more like New York City than Bloomberg’s did.”

  8. Ametia says:

    Luvvie’s Scandal recap!

    Mama Said Knock You Out: Scandal Episode 315 Recap

  9. Ametia says:


    Concerned of where the country is going? You and the Neocons took our country into the sewer with TWO FUCKING WARS, BITCH.

  10. Ametia says:

    SG2, where’s the dancing genie with the wide-legged pants? LOL

    Just how popular was Michelle Obama’s visit to China?

    According to a tally by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, photos, videos and stories about Michelle Obama’s visit to China garnered more than 1 billion page views.

    Yes, that’s billion with a B. BEY-OTCHES!

  11. President Obama needs to quit. Just stop IT!

  12. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Fiumicino Airport, Friday, March 28, 2014 in Rome. Obama departs Italy for Saudi Arabia, to meet with King Abdullah, the final stop on a weeklong overseas trip. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

    Barack Obama

    Y’all know he’s FINE.

  13. LOL! Karma, it’s what’s for dinner!

    Redneck Road Rage / Instant Karma.

  14. rikyrah says:

    One of the best slapdowns of Kobe – EVER!!!


    Kobe Bryant – Don’t EVER Say Another Word about Trayvon Martin

    History matters. Knowing one’s history matters even more.

    Kobe Bryant clearly believes he has all of the answers. Be it due to his upbringing outside of America or life as an NBA superstar inside the velvet rope; clearly Kobe feels he has it all figured out.

    The player who has never stood in solidarity, shoulder-to-shoulder with ANYONE except his teammates on the court (or lawyer in the court room) wants to pontificate on “aggregate” African-American behavior?

    “I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.” So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense?”

    There’s nothing wrong with having an opinion, just know that they are not all created equal. Some are less-informed, others are misinformed and even altogether uninformed.

    Why does Kobe Bryant gleefully advance the stereotypical notion that African-Americans are incapable of individual decision-making or engage in unbridled group-think? It’s the same as suggesting African-Americans only voted for Barack Obama “because he is Black.” And that would make sense, only if you ignored the truth that Al Sharpton, Herman Cain, and Alan Keyes couldn’t win an election if their lives depended on it. And also ignored the truth that more African-Americans voted for Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis than Jesse Jackson during EITHER Democratic primary of ’84 or ’88.


    Can’t “justice” be reason enough to support Trayvon Martin? If Kobe would like to discuss the forensics, the autopsy and medical report related to the case and why I (like many other African-Americans) feel that there was an injustice committed, I will fill his ear all day. But to employ the reductionist reasoning that “we” (including the Miami Heat and the President of the United States) are only concerned because Trayvon was also Black is patently offensive and ignorant beyond measure. None of Kobe’s 30,000 points in the NBA mitigate or change this fact.

    It’s hard to reason with abject stupidity and stereotypes, but that is what Kobe Bryant is asking you and me to do. Bryant of all people should be mindful of stereotyping African-Americans given his life accomplishments are all inextricably linked to bouncing a basketball, minimal formal education, being named after a food item and (rumored) rampant sexual behavior outside of his marriage and accused of violent felonies.

  15. Ametia says:

    Wal-Mart Sues Visa Claiming Card Transaction Fee Conspiracy
    Source: Washington Post

    The world’s biggest retailer seeks at least $5 billion in damages for what it claims are violations of federal antitrust laws that could triple that sum. Wal-Mart, one of dozens of large merchants that dropped out of a nationwide, multibillion dollar antitrust settlement with Visa and MasterCard Inc. to pursue their own lawsuits, filed its complaint in federal court in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on March 25.

    THIS: “Visa’s monopoly power has enabled it to dictate price and inhibit competition,” Wal-Mart said in its complaint.


    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on March 21 rejected a challenge by Wal-Mart, Target Corp. and other retailers to federal rules governing how much banks can collect for debit card transactions, leaving in place an October 2011 rule capping the average swipe fee at about 24 cents per transaction.

    While banks had objected to the limit, retailers contended that if the Federal Reserve, which set the rate, had followed the law the fees they paid on each swipe of a customer’s card would have been cut more and network competition enhanced.

    Read more:

  16. rikyrah says:

    uh huh
    uh huh
    it never happens until it happens to these mofos.
    they just can’t have empathy – JUST BECAUSE


    Facing own chemo treatments, Rep. Czaja changes mind to support cancer bill

    IRMA — A state lawmaker from Lincoln County who once opposed a bill that would force insurers to cover chemotherapy pills says she changed her position after she learned she has cancer.

    Mary Czaja, R-Irma, the state representative for the 35th Assembly District, said her view on the bill — which could take effect next year — began to change in January. That’s when she began her own battle with stage 3 breast cancer.

  17. Ametia says:

    Oh my Goodness! Sales down because of cut in SNAP.
    Across the board, not just at Walmart.

    Walmart is hardly the only retailer to be effected by a reduction in SNAP benefits, or to say so in financial documents. The dollar store segment is also vulnerable. Roughly $4 billion in SNAP benefits were vaporized, money that was once spent at U.S. stores, not just at Walmart. This was bad news for shoppers and retailers, across multiple channels.

    As one grocery executive said in an online retail forum regarding the issue, “This cut hurts all of our sales, not just Walmart, let me make that clear. The struggle is universal for retailers, and sales are down around 8-10% since the first of the year.”

  18. rikyrah says:

    Reunion Taping-RHOA FIGHT

    It just got real. Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Porsha Stewart and Kenya Moore got into a vicious brawl on Thursday, March 27, Us Weekly can confirm. The incident occurred while the two ladies were filming the always-combative reunion special for the Bravo series.

    “There was a major physical altercation between Porsha and Kenya,” an insider tells Us. “To the point that Porsha beat the crap out of Kenya, dragged her across the stage by her hair, and gave her a major beatdown.”

  19. Ametia says:

    Obama’s 21st-century power politics
    By Fareed Zakaria, Published: March 27

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought to the fore an important debate about what kind of world we live in. Many critics charge that the Obama administration has been blind to its harsh realities because it believes, as the Wall Street Journal opined, in “a fantasy world of international rules.” John McCain declared that “this is the most naive president in history.” The Post’s editorial board worried that President Obama misunderstands “the nature of the century we’re living in.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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