Thursday, July 20, 2017

Who Should Be in the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Who Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

by Floridawn Lewis


2013

 I started this list back in 2013 on Facebook. Decided to finally bring it to my blog.

 5. Def Leppard...Eligible since: 2004; Well, ok, they are what some may call "Sugary" but come on, they've gone through some tough times and their first several albums kicked some rock and roll you know. "High 'n' Dry" is one of my favorite albums. Maybe this will give Robert John "Mutt" Lange some recognition for producing some of the bands albums, among the AC/DC and Bryan Adams collections, as well.

4. Journey...Eligible since: 2000; Another ballad induced band, but I love Neal Schon and I think he's an underrated guitarist. For heaven's sake, he performed with Carlos Santana when he was only 17 and his former bandmate, Gregg Rolie was included in Santana's induction into the R&R Hall of Fame in 1998, but they overlooked Schon with that award. I know that other bands such as America and Chicago might deserve to be inducted before Journey because they have been around longer, but really Journey is far more popular and they've been nominated for a Grammy! Ok, alright, Chicago has had more number one hits, and they have also WON a Grammy, so maybe they deserve it far more. Chicago is my sixth pick. As a matter-of-fact, America won "Best New Artist" and had a few number one hits, too. Okay they'd be my seventh pick.


3. Bad Company...Eligible since: 1999; Paul Rodgers has a voice and in fact, he is referred as "The Voice" by many. Bad Company was really a "supergroup" with members from Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople (also not in the R&R Hall of Fame.)


2. Deep Purple...Eligible since: 1993; Okay, Ritchie Blackmore has said he doesn't care if he's in the Hall, but what about all the other great artists from the Deep, Mark I, II, III, IV and this will include David Coverdale and Tommy Bolin. Whitesnake is one of my later picks anyway and that will cover Jon Lord. Tommy Bolin should also be inducted as a solo artist. 'Nough said.


1. Joe Walsh...Eligible since: 1997; Ok, he has been inducted with The Eagles, but what about his solo stuff? "Rocky Mountain Way" "Life's Been Good" and much more. You can't forget his James Gang contributions like: "Funk 49" and "Walk Away." Even his Barnstorm Days had some hits like "Turn to Stone" and "Meadows." He's a session musician, and an "Ordinary Average Guy." Brother-in-law to Ringo Starr. Heck, they ought to induct both of them the same year. Ringo is the only Beatle that hasn't been inducted as a solo artist.





Partial Lists of Inductees since 2013

2013 Inductees

Heart

Rush 

2014 Inductees

Cat Stevens

Linda Ronstadt

Kiss

Nirvana

Hall and Oates

2015 Inductees

Green Day

Joan Jett

Ringo Starr

2016 Inductees

Steve Miller

Chicago

Cheap Trick

Deep Purple

2017 Inductees

Journey

ELO

Yes

Pearl Jam



Who Should Be in the 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Who Should Be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

by Floridawn Lewis

2018


5. This slot is a hard one to fill. There are so many artists out there eligible and worthy. The Guess Who with off-shoots (Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Burton Cummings); Humble Pie with Steve Marriott and Peter Frampton; Tommy Bolin as a single artist, he certainly wasn't included in Deep Purple's induction in 2016, and if the James Gang ever gets inducted, probably won't be included there; Take your pick with REO Speedwagon, Styx and Foreigner; It's a cryin' shame Carole King isn't included with her solo career, or Carly Simon; Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, Blue Oyster Cult, The Cars (nominated a few times, but no-go); No crooners inducted, which includes Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Andy Williams, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, but they will go ahead and induct rap stars and hip-hop artists; What about The Osmonds? Donny, Marie, they were relevant when the Jackson 5 were popular. Screaming girls all around, pin-up posters of Donny; My ultimate #5, though...Soundgarden...Eligible since: 2011; The death of Chris Cornell has this Seattle-based group on everybody's radar for the 2018 induction NOT just because of his death, but because of his contribution to the whole genre of grunge-metal because Soundgarden was among the pioneers in that genre.

4. America....Eligible since: 1996; Do it for Dewey, Dan and Gerry. Their Americana rock-and-roll has been catchy since 1970. Radio staples, "Ventura Highway" "A Horse with No Name," and "Sister Golden Hair" are still played on the radio today. My favorite "Daisy Jane" should have been a bigger hit, but I think their discography is expansive and deserves recognition in The Hall.

3. Def Leppard...Eligible since: 2004; Well, ok, they are what some may call "Sugary" but come on, they've gone through some tough times and their first several albums kicked some rock and roll you know. "High 'n' Dry" is one of my favorite albums. Not holding my breath, but maybe this will give Robert John "Mutt" Lange some recognition for producing some of the bands albums, among the AC/DC and Bryan Adams collections, as well.

2. Bad Company...Eligible since: 1999; Paul Rodgers has a voice and in fact, he is referred as "The Voice" by many. Bad Company was really a "supergroup" with members from Free, King Crimson and Mott the Hoople (also not in the R&R Hall of Fame.)

1. Joe Walsh...Eligible since: 1997; Ok, he has been inducted with The Eagles, but what about his solo stuff? "Rocky Mountain Way" "Life's Been Good" and much more. You can't forget his James Gang contributions like: "Funk 49" and "Walk Away." Even his Barnstorm Days had some hits like "Turn to Stone" and "Meadows." He's a session musician, and an "Ordinary Average Guy." Brother-in-law to Ringo Starr. Ringo was finally inducted in 2015.

Partial Lists of Inductees since 2013

2013 Inductees

Heart

Rush 

2014 Inductees

Cat Stevens

Linda Ronstadt

Kiss

Nirvana

Hall and Oates

2015 Inductees

Green Day

Joan Jett

Ringo Starr

2016 Inductees

Steve Miller

Chicago

Cheap Trick

Deep Purple

2017 Inductees

Journey

ELO

Yes

Pearl Jam



Monday, January 6, 2014

Songs That Make Me Cry

There are songs that make you cry. Sad songs. Love songs. Songs that play at someone's passing or at someone's wedding or at someone's heartstrings. There are certain songs that will always incite a tear or two from my eyes.

The Beatles
EPILOGUE:  "The End" written by Paul McCartney in 1969 and sung by The Beatles as they were breaking up.
20. "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx in 1989.
19. "I Need You" is the second single by America in 1972.
18. "On A Night Like This" by Dave Barnes on the 2008 album Me and You and the World.
17. "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion from the movie Titanic in 1997.
16. "I Will Always Love You" written by Dolly Parton, sung by Whitney Houston for the movie The Bodyguard in 1992.
15. "Everything I Own" written by David Gates and sung by Bread in 1972.
14. "Daisy Jane" written by Gerry Buckley in 1975 for America on the Hearts album.
13. "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston in the movie The Bodyguard in 1992.
12. "Suddenly" by Billy Ocean in 1984.
11. "How Much I Feel" by Ambrosia in 1978.
10. "Never Say Never" by The Fray for the album The Fray in 2009.
9. "Look After You" by The Fray in 2005 for the album How To Save A Life.
8. "The Long and Winding Road" written by Paul McCartney and sung by The Beatles in 1970.
Paul McCartney
7. "My Love" by Paul McCartney and Wings and recorded in 1973.
6. "I Can Only Imagine" written by Bart Millard, of MercyMe, in 1999 after the death of his father.
5. "I'm Already There" is a number one single by Lonestar, written in 2001.
4. "Amazed" by Lonestar written in 1998 is a number one single.

George Harrison
3. "Something" written by George Harrison, sung by George Harrison at The Concert For Bangladesh in 1971.
2. "Maybe I'm Amazed" first written by Paul McCartney in 1969 and later on sung by Paul McCartney and Wings for the 1976 America tour.
1. "Let It Be" written by Paul McCartney, sung by The Beatles in 1970.




Lynyrd Skynyrd
BONUS FUNERAL TRACK:
1. "Freebird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, written in 1973 by Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins.
2. "You Can Let Go" by Canadian Crystal Shawanda in 2008.

BONUS WEDDING TRACK:
1. "Wasted Time" by The Eagles from their Hotel California album in 1976.
2. "From This Moment" by Shania Twain in 1997 for the Come On Over album.
3. "Will You Still Love Me?" by Chicago and produced by David Foster in 1986.

Favorite Rock & Roll Heroes

I thought I'd countdown my favorite rock and roll heroes because sometimes I'll just be sitting listening to one of them and then in the back of my mind I wrestle with, okay, so, if I say this band is number one in my mind, then who is the second one, the third one? Do I like Paul better than I do Robert? Are Def Leppard my favorite band, or is it the Beatles?

So I'm writing this down, it changes from time-to-time, but today, in this moment in time, this is how my favorite rock and roll heroes are counted.

My Favorite Rock & Roll BAND

Journey with Neal Schon, Steve Perry, Aynsley Dunsbar, Gregg Rolie and Ross Valory
5. JOURNEY -- All versions...Since the very beginning. Steve Perry...Arnel Pineda...even Steve Augeri. Jonathan Cain...Gregg Rolie. Aynsley Dunsbar...Steve Smith...Deen Castronovo. Not to mention the backbone of the band in Neal Schon and Ross Valory. Don't Stop Believin'.
 
 4. WHITESNAKE -- All versions...Since the very beginning. Hey, I could have just cut and pasted from before. Hehe. Have loved David Coverdale since his Deep Purple years. Rudy Sarzo, Adrian Vandenberg, Steve Vai and Vivian Campbell are my favorites, but I have to admit to having a crush on Doug Aldrich in the current version. 

3. LED ZEPPELIN -- Arguably the second best band in the history of rock and roll. Jimmy Page's guitar mastery is uneasily copied, as is the rest of the band's talents in vocal ability with Robert Plant, multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones and drums played by the late John Bonham. Their run was short, but their music will live on forever.

2. DEF LEPPARD -- I have listened to Def Leppard from the very beginning. Have seen them in concert seven times and have even met a few of them to get autographs. Been obsessed, excitable, and have stood up and kicked love into motion with this group with lead vocalist Joe Elliott, guitarists Phil Collen, Vivian Campbell, and the late Steve Clark, bassist Rick Savage and drummer Rick Allen.

The Beatles/Clockwise: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr
1. THE BEATLES -- No doubt about it, the fab four are forever in my heart and the rest of the planet's, as well. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are THE rock and roll heroes of several generations.


My Favorite Rock & Roll SINGERS

5. PAUL RODGERS -- Bad Company would be in my Top Ten favorite rock and roll bands. Paul Rodgers has a great range of vocal ability. His voice is smooth, sexy, soulful and powerful.

David Coverdale of Whitesnake
4. DAVID COVERDALE -- David Coverdale is another singer that has a smooth and sexy voice, as well as a warm baritone octave range, that serves Whitesnake's many ballad numbers well.

3. STEVE MARRIOTT and STEVE PERRY -- The late Steve Marriott was underrated as a tenor. He was also overshadowed as the Small Faces lead singer when Rod Stewart took over the role. There was no doubt about his tremendous vocal ability, however. I have included in the #3 slot former Journey member Steve Perry, who had the ability to belt out hard numbers, as well as ballads in his tenor range.

2. FREDDIE MERCURY and PAUL MCCARTNEY -- The late singer for Queen, Freddie Mercury could belt out baritone and tenor numbers equally well. Queen would be on my Top Ten favorite rock and roll band list. I have also included Paul McCartney in the second slot because he is alive, performing and always adding new songs to his repertoire. Sir Paul is the most successful musician to have ever played rock and roll and has not only been in The Beatles, which happens to be the most successful band in rock and roll history, but he is also a successful solo artist.

1. ROBERT PLANT -- Led Zeppelin tenor Robert Plant is ranked at #15 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Singers list but I think he deserves to be #1. He can improvise and mimic various instruments with his voice.


  My Favorite Rock & Roll GUITARISTS 

13. CARLOS SANTANA -- Mr. Santana was part of the San Francisco sound that traveled all the way to Woodstock. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the other original members of Santana, he has also amassed 10 Grammy awards. He is listed as #20 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

12. STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN -- A life cut short at age 35, Stevie Ray Vaughan started as a teenaged Texas blues virtuoso. The plane, in which, was carrying him also had three members of Eric Clapton's entourage on board when it crashed near a sparsely populated part of Wisconsin. Vaughan was listed as #12 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

11. GEORGE HARRISON -- As part of the Fab Four, The Beatles George Harrison made history when he and his bandmates set all sorts of records when their plane landed on American soil. Harrison also had a successful solo career and was part of another supergroup named the Traveling Wilburys. Rolling Stone Magazine considers him to be #11 on their list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He died at the age of 58 from lung cancer.

10. BRIAN MAY -- Brian May had spent the better part of his career as the guitar god to Freddie Mercury's voice. That is until Mercury's death in 1991. After Mercury's death, Queen has had success with guest singers trying to fill Mercury's shoes. May is listed as #26 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

9. PETE TOWNSHEND -- As part of the legendary rock group, The Who, Townshend helped in the birth of the term, "rock opera." He plays with a windmill motion as part of his signature move. He is listed as #10 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

8. JOE WALSH -- As a solo artist and also with The Eagles, Joe Walsh has a way with the guitar that other guitarists emulate. He has also helped many a guitarist to find their groove or to own a guitar that has once belonged to Mr. Walsh. Ask Jimmy Page or Pete Townshend. Rolling Stone Magazine has Mr. Walsh as #54. I hold his finesse much higher.

7. EDDIE VAN HALEN -- Rolling Stone Magazine has holds Eddie Van Halen to #8 on their guitar list. Van Halen is listed as #1 in Guitar World's version of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Other guitarists list him as having had an influence on their style and interest in the guitar. 

6. ANGUS YOUNG -- Angus Young started out as a banjo player, then switched to the guitar, much to the delight of his many fans, not only from Australia, but from around the world. Short in stature, Young is NOT short on kick-a** licks on his guitar. He is listed as only #24 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. I think he's got what it takes to make it to #6 on mine. He has also perfected Chuck Berry's "duck-walk."

5. KEITH RICHARDS -- Colorful would be a word to describe The Rolling Stone's Keith Richards. He's not only been considered one of the best guitarists of all time, he's also considered to be one of the award-winning duo songwriting team of Jagger/Richards. According to Rolling Stone Magazine, he is #4 on the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time and along with many bandmates, his name is listed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

4. JEFF BECK -- Jeff Beck is considered by many to be one of three of the greatest guitarists to ever live who once was a member of THE YARDBIRDS. Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, being the other two. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. Once with the Yardbirds and the other as a solo artist. And as a solo artist, he has shared his talent with many other artists. Rolling Stone Magazine believes him to be #5 on their infamous guitarist list.

3. JIMI HENDRIX -- Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists #1, the late Jimi Hendrix was the guitarist that all other guitarists worshipped. His fingers would sing to the strings of his guitar and leave his audience in awe.

Led Zeppelin with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page
2. JIMMY PAGE -- As part of Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page experimented on several guitars. Some techniques mastered are the double neck and using a violin bow to imitate an eerie sound that haunted the soul. He is also a guitarist whose influences were richly steeped in the "Blues."

Eric "Slowhand" Clapton
1. ERIC CLAPTON -- Known as "Slowhand," Eric Clapton is in fact a "Fasthand" when it comes to playing the guitar. "Slowhand" refers to the term as the audience was slow to clap while Clapton replaced his own guitar strings. He's proficient in virtually any guitar and has influenced many artists. His influence started in the "Blues." 



HONORABLE MENTION:

Tommy Bolin
TOMMY BOLIN, NEAL SCHON, GARY ROSSINGTON and ALLEN COLLINS -- Having been made famous by replacing Joe Walsh in The James Gang and Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame, the late Tommy Bolin, with his boyish good-looks, crashed and burned in a short amount of time, but left an impression in the hearts of other musicians and the rest of the world. With his innovative guitar licks, he deserves to be on the list of the greatest 100 guitarists in rock and roll, even though Rolling Stone Magazine doesn't think so. Neal Schon was also a young virtuoso when he started out with Santana and then as a founding member of Journey. The same with Gary Rossington and his cohort, the late Allen Collins from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Both grew up together and started young as powerhouse guitarists that could play the guitar faster than the speed of sound. Rossington plays the slide guitar with similar ease.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Ten of the Sexiest Men in the Universe

If I could only name ten of the hottest hunks on the planet, this would be my pick. Some of them no longer look like when they were young, but, oh, how they looked. Most of them have gotten even better with age.

Here's my top ten:

10. TRAVIS FIMMEL -- He was super hot as Tarzan and now you can catch him on Vikings.




9. DOUG KOZIAK -- He was the 1994 Playgirl Man of the Year where he showed ALL.


8. JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS -- Now as Dracula. Previously in Tudors. He's also been in many a wonderful film. My favorite is August Rush, my close second is Velvet Goldmine. I LOVE the way he sings!







7. ROBERT PLANT -- When he was younger he was the Hammer of the Gods, wasn't he? The Golden God of Rock & Roll.







6. TIMOTHY OLYPHANT -- He's Justified and a real good-bad-guy actor. I especially love him in The Girl Next Door and Catch and Release. He has been a long-haired Rock Star, and a naked tourist in A Perfect Getaway. Live Free or Die Hard,  baby.





5. CHANNING TATUM -- He's been People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012 and Magic Mike. I loved, loved, loved him in Step Up and The Vow. Check out his current movie White House Down.

4. DAVID COVERDALE -- This sexy, sultry singer still has a lot of charm and vocal chops. I've loved him since the Deep Purple years and drooled over every incarnation of Whitesnake.








3. KYLE LOWDER -- Star of the stage in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, at the moment. Played Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages on stage in Las Vegas. He has also been on The Bold & The Beautiful and Days of Our Lives. Classically trained as an opera singer, he also can belt out rock tunes when he's not acting. 
2. JUSTIN ZABINSKI -- He's the only one in this list that doesn't have an IMDb page because he is a model. He's also a down-to-earth surfer. I think he's the second best-looking man on this planet.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Love Songs

In my 49 years of living, I have loved often and loved strong. Some people have commented that I might be addicted to sex, when in actuality, I am addicted to love. I am IN LOVE with LOVE. I married my childhood sweetheart later in our lives. He was the first of everything, except I had shared my first kiss with someone else when I was ten years old. Unfortunately, my marriage ended in divorce just last year.

I have more than just one "OUR SONG," because I have had more than just one "LOVE OF MY LIFE." While it may be true that my ex-husband was definitely above all others, I can't forget how the others made me feel throughout my life. Even though I no longer have them in my life, that special song is still "OUR" song and I call dibs on ALL of them. ALL the songs, anyway.

Here's a fun countdown list of love songs:


LOVE #10 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "Pride and Joy" by Stevie Ray Vaughan because he liked Stevie Ray, pure and simple. He was the first after my divorce and the first that didn't live in Colorado. This is 4 out of 4 times when my love wasn't returned and it was hard getting over that feeling of "LOVE" for him.

LOVE #9 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "Don't Know What You Got" by Cinderella because he sang it to me, one time. I met my daughter's father at a local pub when the band was playing Great White and Whitesnake songs. I told him that night that he looked like Jim Morrison of The Doors and I was gone and head-over-heels in love and we remained friends until the year that he died. We enjoyed listening to Tesla, too.

LOVE #8 - "OUR SONG" would have to be several Def Leppard songs, "Too Late For Love" and "Foolin'." We listened to High 'n' Dry and Pyromania constantly. I met my son's father while I was living with my father on the Western Slope of Colorado. He was 3 out of 4 men who didn't return my love. Pretty hard lesson to learn because my disabled son was involved.

LOVE #7 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "How Much I Feel" by Ambrosia. We went to many concerts and among our favorite bands were AC/DC, Def Leppard, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Triumph and Rush. We shared many high school memories, including going to the prom. This was my high school sweetheart and there was some tough times, but I always felt a love-connection to him and was completely "in-love" with him, even though he went on to marry someone else.

LOVE #6 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "Babe" and "The Best of Times" by Styx because it was hopeful, on my part, to want to believe that he would fall in love with me. This was my 2 out of 4 love interest that paid me a "no-nevermind.".

LOVE #5 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "Every Time I Think of You" by The Babys because he took me to one of their concerts on Valentine's Day in 1980. He also took me to my first prom. It was the first time that I was introduced to Tommy Bolin, Led Zeppelin and Joe Walsh, solo. I would then have a lifetime love of all three. Well four, if you include The Eagles.

LOVE #4 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "Crazy Circles" by Bad Company. It is special in a private way. His kisses were special, too.

LOVE #3 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "A Man I'll Never Be" and "More Than a Feeling" by Boston. I used to play the first two vinyls all of the time. I saw Boston in concert. It was the first concert that I had attended without my parents. This was the first serious relationship that I was in after my childhood sweetheart, ummm, also known as my ex-husband, dumped me that summer.

LOVE #2 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "Best of My Love" and later on "Wasted Time" by The Eagles. I was with my ex-husband the first time around from 1976 to 1978. Then briefly in 1983. My long-term relationship with him was from 1995 until 2004, when we married on August 22. Our marriage lasted until February of 2012. This was the first time I EVER felt completely and truly "in-love" with someone and where I also felt the love reciprocated. Truly, the first love of my life. We also enjoyed listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger and AC/DC.

LOVE #1 - "OUR SONG" would have to be "Love Will Keep Us Together" by The Captain and Tenille. We used to listen to Elton John and Chicago a whole lot. He wasn't the first kiss, but definitely my first big crush and I kind of went a little bit obsessive crazy in love with him.  He was the 1 out of  4 guys who didn't really love that about me. I don't think he appreciated that about me at the age of ten. I LOVE BIG and expect that LOVE to be returned. Sometimes that's a problem for some.

~ FDL

 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Exploring 10 Sexual Positions

WARNING: Sexual content and adult situations will follow. Not intended for anyone under the age of 18.

When I was in college I took a course entitled, "The History of Sexual Attitudes in the U.S." I got my usual "C" in the course, which flabbergasted me because I thought I knew everything there was to know about sex. I was hoping for at least a B+. No, an A-. Well, I had been trying sex out for a few years by the time I graduated college in 1994, twelve years after high school graduation. I have two great kids to prove it. Come to find out, I didn't know diddly.

I knew how to orgasm, that wasn't the problem. I could scream at the top of my lungs in pleasure, even. I just never experienced the stars in my eyes send me into outer space climax that could make me pass out because I just never worried too much about my different body parts and how I could take control of my own orgasm. Like, there's more than one spot on a woman's body to make her crazy with lust.

I knew three positions when having sex and my favorite was the missionary position. (Who knew there was a world of possibilities when it came to different positions. I surely didn't. I hadn't read the Kama Sutra or even paid attention to Dr. Ruth. I didn't even know where my clitoris was located. No foolin'.) I might have dabbled in the occasional oral sex, but I was always the presenter, not the recipient. Then my world opened up when I was asked to use my vaginal muscles to contract and grab, well, the ultimate orgasm. That wasn't the only epiphany I had, many were to follow and all after the age of 30.

So, now you are saying, "TMI." Well, I'm not an erotic romance author for nothing. While most of what I write is purely fantasy, there are at least 10 positions that I feel I have the knowledge and can write with confidence about the position. I will have to warn you, that in some cases safety and physical fitness play a part in how these positions are executed. 

Here are 10 ways to explore your epiphany.

10. Tripod - While standing your partner has one of your legs wrapped around the middle of their back, hence the tripod standing only on one leg and your partner standing, as well. Your partner will then enter you from the front. Sometimes it's easier to lean against the wall for stability.

9. Downward-Facing Doggie/Yoga-Style - Standing on your legs, you will bend over forward and touch your toes or place your hands on the floor between your legs while your partner stands behind you, holds onto your hips and enters from the back.

8. Wild Ride - Your partner is on the bed on their back while you ride them facing away, with your back to them and your knees propped up. You then have access to their sacs and can give them pleasure by gently massaging them while making love.

7. Stag or the Mover and Shaker - Both participants stand with your rear end towards your partner's front. It is easier, if you stick one leg up on a wall, bed or a counter, preferably in the bathroom. Your partner then enters you standing doggie.

6. Hot Tub Hug - Sitting forward on top of your partner towards their front in the hot tub, your partner can enter you and make a big splash. Don't forget to clean and disinfect the tub afterwards.

5. The Sensual Spoon - While you are both laying down your partner can enter you from the side rear, while your buttocks are snug against their groin area. This gives your partner access to use his fingers in your groin area, making it doubly pleasurable.

4. Tight Squeeze - Laying down on your belly, your partner will also lay down on top of you while your legs are straight underneath them. You have access then to squeeze your vaginal muscles while your partner enters you from the rear for the fun.

3. 69 - Oral sex with both partners using their mouths on each others groin regions at the same time, usually by laying either on top of each other or on the side.

2. Rock & Roll Yoga - You are underneath your partner face-up. While your partner enters you, wrap your legs around the middle back and squeeze tight. A variation of this position is when you bring your legs up over your head like you are doing a back somersault. This position gives your partner full access to go deep.

1. The Cuissade or the Scissors - Laying down, your partner comes to you from the side while your thigh is bent in the air. Your partner will hold onto your thigh while they use their thigh to thrust and enter you while you are wrapped up in their body. This position is intimate and perfect for kissing while making love and is perfect for an early morning romp.

~ FDL