Friday Fun: Kung Fu Fighting

Along the lines of last week’s post on “Paperback Writer,” this week’s Friday Fun song is also deviating from a strict career theme with “Kung Fu Fighting,” performed by Cee Lo Green and Jack Black:

This cover of a disco hit, originally performed by Carl Douglas in 1974, was also featured in the Disney film Kung Fu Panda (hence Jack Black’s inclusion here, as the panda in question). The film focuses on a panda’s discovery that he is the Dragon Warrior and, despite a portly appearance and a total lack of kung fu training, he is the only one who can save his village from the fearsome Tai Lung.

Basically, it’s about being underestimated, and learning to overcome the limitations society places upon you.

This tune is just plain catchy, and it’s a great way to burst into the weekend while practicing your roundhouse kicks.


Need more ninja?

If you’re looking for more ninja in your life, be sure to check out my Instagram feed this weekend, when I’ll be furiously writing the first draft of my new ninja novel, The Reluctant Ninja, as part of the 3-Day Novel Contest (September 2-4). I’ll be posting a variety of Ninja Tips to keep you entertained, so follow me @LauraRobertsBooks to join in on the fun!

Friday Fun: Paperback Writer and the San Diego Festival of Books

Last week’s Friday Fun post featured “9 To 5,” Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit, but this week I’ve got something a little different…

“Paperback Writer” by The Beatles!

This delightfully rockin’ tune is all about a wannabe writer soliciting a publisher to accept his book. While this is just a snippet from the full song (and I strongly encourage you to buy the full-length version), this felt like the perfect way to get me in the mood for the San Diego Festival of Books, which is happening tomorrow (Saturday, August 26) from 10 AM to 6 PM.

It’s the first-ever book festival to take place in San Diego, so I’m super excited about it!

I’ll be posted at the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild table from 10 AM to 12:30 PM, so if you’re in the area please stop by and say hi.


Friday Fun: 9 to 5

Last week’s Friday Fun post featured “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” which reminded me of another classic feminine empowerment song about work: Dolly Parton’s 1980 hit “9 to 5.”

This particular tune also accompanies a movie by the same name, which you can see snippets of in the video below. Once you’ve worked a few 9-to-5 jobs yourself, you’re sure to find yourself sympathizing with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly as a trio of long-suffering secretaries…