What’s in it for me?

Whether or not you’ve ever thought about, ..the “foregoing question,” ..and/or, (What’s in it for me?).

Is almost as complicated as the question; What color are God’s eyes?

With no less than five different songs (with the same title) “What’s in it for me,” ..sung by five singers, ..or groups.

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– Faith Hill –

Faith Hill (born Audrey Faith Perry; September 21, 1967) is an American country singer. She is known both for her commercial success and her marriage to fellow country star Tim McGraw. Hill has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and accumulated eight number-one singles and three number-one albums on the U.S. Country charts.

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 – The Walkman –

The Walkmen is an indie rock band, with members based in New York City and Philadelphia. The band formed in 2000 with three members from Jonathan Fire*Eater—Paul Maroon (guitar, piano), Walter Martin (organ/bass), and Matt Barrick (drums)—and two from The Recoys, Peter Bauer (bass/organ) and Hamilton Leithauser (vocals, guitar). All but Bauer attended St. Albans in Washington, D.C.

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– John Berry – 

John Edward Berry (born September 14, 1959) is an American country music artist. Active as a recording artist since 1979, he has recorded more than fifteen studio albums, including one platinum album and two gold albums. In his career, Berry has also charted nineteen songs on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the Number One single “Your Love Amazes Me” from 1994 and six additional Top Ten hits: “What’s In It for Me,” “You and Only You,” “Standing on the Edge of Goodbye,” “I Think About It All the Time,” “Change My Mind,” and “She’s Taken a Shine.”

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– Amy diamond –

Amy Diamond (born 15 April 1992) is a Swedish pop singer, actress and television presenter. She is known for her single “What’s in It for Me” and album This Is Me Now which were released when she was 12 years old. The song was a 2005 hit in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. It was the most-played song in Poland that year; it remained in the top ten for four months. Diamond has released six studio albums and performed on television as singer, actress and hostess.

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– Pitchshifter –

Pitchshifter are a British five-piece electronic-metal band from Nottingham, United Kingdom formed in 1989. The band was started by bassist and vocalist Mark Clayden, lead guitarist and programmer Johnny A. Carter and rhythm guitarist Stuart Toolin. (Source Wikipedia).

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..is a question that every voting age American should have asked himself or herself prior to casting their vote in 2012, because then I might not be exploring the origins of phrases and proverbs such as; (out of the frying pan into the fire) and (you broke it you fix it).

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The Italian author Laurentius Abstemius wrote a collection of 100 fables, the Hecatomythium, during the 1490s.

This included some based on popular idioms and proverbs of the day, of which “Still Waters Run Deep” is another example. A previous instance of such adaptation was Phaedrus, who had done much the same to the proverb about The Mountain in Labour…


Abstemius’ fable 20, De piscibus e sartigine in prunas desilentibus,

..concerns some fish thrown live into a frying pan of boiling fat. One of the fish urges its companions to save their lives by jumping out of the frying pan, ..but when they do, ..they fall into the burning coals and curse the bad advice.

The fabulist concludes: ‘This fable warns us that when we are avoiding present dangers, we should not fall into even worse peril.’

The tale was included in Latin collections of Aesop’s fables from the following century onwards but the first person to adapt it into English was Roger L’Estrange in 1692.

He was followed shortly after by the anonymous author of Aesop at Oxford, in whose fable “Worse and Worse” the fish jump ‘Out of the Frying-Pan, into the Fire’ by a collective decision.

The moral it illustrates is drawn from a contemporary episode in Polish politics.

There are several similar European idioms that derive ultimately from a Greek saying about running from the fire into the flame, the first recorded use of which was in a poem by Germanicus Caesar (15 BCE-19 CE) in the Greek Anthology.

There it is applied to a hare that attempts to escape from a dog by jumping into the sea, only to be seized by a ‘sea-dog’. The Latin equivalent was the seafaring idiom ‘He runs on Scylla, wishing to avoid Charybdis’ (incidit in scyllam cupiens vitare charybdim), a parallel pointed out by Edmund Arwaker in the moral that follows his verse treatment of the fable.

The earliest recorded use of the English idiom was by Thomas More in the course of a pamphlet war with William Tyndale. In The Confutacyon of Tyndales Answere (1532) More asserted that his adversary ‘featly conuayed himself out of the frying panne fayre into the fyre.’ (source Wikipedia).

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 Barack Obama in a broken Americ

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The Pottery Barn rule is “American jargon” alluding to a “you break it, you buy it” policy, by which a retail store holds a customer responsible for damage done to merchandise on display.

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 (No origin provided). 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow


Crusader Rabbit…

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