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BS: Favourite Compliments

Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 08:57 AM
JedMarum 12 Nov 99 - 09:01 AM
Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 09:13 AM
MMario 12 Nov 99 - 09:17 AM
Barbara Shaw 12 Nov 99 - 09:20 AM
Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 10:33 AM
kendall 12 Nov 99 - 10:37 AM
Patrish(inactive) 12 Nov 99 - 10:38 AM
Liz the Squeak 12 Nov 99 - 11:35 AM
Fortunato 12 Nov 99 - 11:36 AM
kendall 12 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM
MMario 12 Nov 99 - 04:28 PM
Caitrin 12 Nov 99 - 09:50 PM
catspaw49 12 Nov 99 - 10:08 PM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 13 Nov 99 - 05:55 AM
paddymac 13 Nov 99 - 09:06 AM
RoyH (Burl) 14 Nov 99 - 05:35 AM
Magpie 14 Nov 99 - 07:41 PM
Judy Cook 14 Nov 99 - 07:55 PM
Bert 15 Nov 99 - 04:54 PM
sophocleese 15 Nov 99 - 05:06 PM
BBJfla 15 Nov 99 - 05:25 PM
Marion 16 Nov 99 - 05:21 PM
darkriver 17 Nov 99 - 02:22 AM
emily b 17 Nov 99 - 11:43 AM
Roger the skiffler 17 Nov 99 - 11:50 AM
Bert 17 Nov 99 - 12:49 PM
GUEST 14 Aug 01 - 05:34 AM
Bat Goddess 14 Aug 01 - 08:25 AM
Greyeyes 14 Aug 01 - 08:35 AM
Murray MacLeod 14 Aug 01 - 08:37 AM
SINSULL 14 Aug 01 - 08:50 AM
JedMarum 14 Aug 01 - 08:53 AM
Ringer 14 Aug 01 - 09:04 AM
SINSULL 14 Aug 01 - 01:05 PM
Deni 14 Aug 01 - 01:19 PM
Kim C 14 Aug 01 - 01:53 PM
Jack the Sailor 14 Aug 01 - 02:13 PM
Sorcha 14 Aug 01 - 02:16 PM
GUEST,Celtic Soul 14 Aug 01 - 02:22 PM
Matt Woodbury/Mimosa 14 Aug 01 - 03:28 PM
katlaughing 14 Aug 01 - 04:00 PM
Justa Picker 14 Aug 01 - 04:09 PM
Jack the Sailor 14 Aug 01 - 04:24 PM
Hawker 14 Aug 01 - 04:47 PM
Midchuck 14 Aug 01 - 04:56 PM
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Subject: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 08:57 AM

I started a thread on insults and I thought this might be a good one to balance things out. So here goes.... You are the chocolate chip in the cookie of my life.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: JedMarum
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:01 AM

I used to tell my youngest son, he was the best Trevor in the house. One day, when he was about 3 years old, after I had just told him this, he said "but I'm the only Trevor in the house."

"Yes," I told him, "but you're still the best one." He grinned from ear to ear.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:13 AM

That's lovely Liam, I almost wish I was called Trevor and lived at your house!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: MMario
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:17 AM

one of the compliments going around lately "You are evil!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Barbara Shaw
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:20 AM

When my son was very little, probably around 2, I used to say things like, "Ooh, I just love your cute little fat face!" One day after picking him up from daycare, we were talking about what happened that day with the other kids. He said there was a new girl, "with a cute little fat face!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:33 AM

I wonder if it easier to insult someone, than give them a compliment? I think that insults stay in your head longer. One compliment I remember receiving, was " Your house is really comfortable because it is so untidy - I don't have to worry about spilling coffee"

I am a bit of a slob............

Patrish


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: kendall
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:37 AM

I was once called the reincarnation of H>L> Mencken.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Patrish(inactive)
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:38 AM

Sorry to be thick, but who's that??


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 11:35 AM

The nicest thing I've heard recently - mainly because I am not built like Marylin Munroe, more like Snuffleupagus -

'I've lusted after you for years', ah, brought a tear to my eye: honest, and to the point.

Must go have a cold shower now....

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Fortunato
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 11:36 AM

HL Mencken, the Bard of Baltimore, was a writer and humorist. He said: "No one ever lost money by overestimating the stupidity of the American public." Now that's the truth. My favorite quote. I may have folk processed it a bit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: kendall
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 04:22 PM

when someone told him that former president Coolidge was dead, he asked "How can they tell?"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: MMario
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 04:28 PM

Probably the best compliment I ever recieved, was the day a musician asked me who the composer of a song I had just sung for her was, and when told it was "mine" - her reply was "You're shitting me!" - in complete and utter surprise. (Luckily I took it the way she meant it, as she had assumed the composer was a "pro")(but boy was her face red until she explained!)(and I made her explain. Sometimes I am just ornery)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Caitrin
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 09:50 PM

I heard the H.L. Mencken quote as "No one ever lost money underestimating the taste of the American public." But then, that was from my dad, the man who claims that he makes up "better words" to songs he doesn't know the real words to. The most sincere compliment I was ever given was at a New Year's formal party...a guy looked at me and said "Damn." (With a definite note of appreciation) I felt more secure about my looks than I have before or since. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: catspaw49
Date: 12 Nov 99 - 10:08 PM

I dunno.........If you consider the literal meaning, it can be quite a nice thing for someone to say, "Fuck You!" I mean, you can respond, "Oh really, its so nice of you to offer." A person must love themselves to love others, so "Go Fuck Yourself" can be taken as friendly advice.

Fuck all of you!

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 13 Nov 99 - 05:55 AM

The late Michael Rabin was playing a violin concerto in the Robin Hood Dell (which is (was?) Philadelphias outdoor concert hall. When he finished a man shouted over the applause "You are a regular Heifitz!" Someone else yelled, "You are a regular Michael Rabin". I think that was meant to be a compliment.

A friend of mine is a mathematician who plays the guitar. At a conference he gave a talk. That evening after dinner he played his guitar. One courtly colleague said, "I could tell from your talk that you were a musician." Again, I think that was meant to be a compliment.

Murray


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: paddymac
Date: 13 Nov 99 - 09:06 AM

MY favorite - appropriate for a lady of any age: "You're approaching the full flower of your womanhood".


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 14 Nov 99 - 05:35 AM

Kendall, if I were an American I would treasure being likened to H L Mencken. To those who don't know him, read Alistair Cooke on the subject of Mencken. Likewise Studs Terkel. By the way, sorry about Abdul. I came in on the tail end of that thread. Frank Crumit was wonderful though. I'm surprised how few Americans know of him.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Magpie
Date: 14 Nov 99 - 07:41 PM

My son (then 4 yrs old) and I were lying in the afternoon sun resting. I lay with the sun smack in my eyes, and my son was studying my face. After a while he says: Mamma, you eyes have golden rays in them, just like sunlight!

No one's ever said anything lovelier to me.

Magpie


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Judy Cook
Date: 14 Nov 99 - 07:55 PM

I treasure the compliments that come my way. Two of my favorites:

"When you sing, you sound the same as when you're talking"

"When I think of you, I smile."

(I suppose these were not necessarily MEANT as compliments, but I sure took them as such.)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Bert
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 04:54 PM

A couple that I treasure.

When I hear your songs I can actually see the places.

And one time I had just finished singing my usual silly stuff (The old Sow Song, and Size doesn't Matter, etc.) and a woman who was listening said "before I sat down the veins in my leg were hurting but I laughed so much that all the pain has gone"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: sophocleese
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 05:06 PM

When I was a teenager I spent a weekend at the Festival of Friends in Hamilton having a great time. There was a man there also obviously having a great time. We didn't say a single thing to each other but a few days later I was in the bank with my father and the same man walked in. He came up to me and said "Do you know you have the greatest smile!" I blushed and thanked him while my Dad grinned but I remember how wonderful it felt to be told that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: BBJfla
Date: 15 Nov 99 - 05:25 PM

I once told Joseph Sobol, the Cittern player from Chicago, "Listening to you play makes me proud to be a human being, just to be of the same species as someone who can produce such indescribable beauty.

He said, "Bruce, you sure know how to deliver a compliment."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Marion
Date: 16 Nov 99 - 05:21 PM

A statement someone made at the wedding of two of my friends, both musicians:

"When they stop playing, the silence is still Mozart."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: darkriver
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 02:22 AM

A guy I worked with once told me
"Your wit is dry enough to suck all the moisture out of a turgid camel."

At least I think it was meant as a compliment. . . .

doug


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: emily b
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 11:43 AM

My band sang this past weekend and got quite the compliment. One of our guys heard another guy say he'd rather listen to our band than get laid. Maybe this says more about this guys love life than the band. We sure got a good laugh out of it, though.

Another fan told us that not only would she buy our CD if we had one, but the cd player to play it on. Ah, the ultimate 1990's compliment.

As for me, my favorite thing to hear is "You were missed." Doesn't get any better than that.

Emily


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Roger the skiffler
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 11:50 AM

as of now: A total flake
At least it's a superlative!
I must tell the new guy in the next bed at the Neil Young Center. I think he's Scandinavian, his name label says he's Nil Bymouth.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Bert
Date: 17 Nov 99 - 12:49 PM

We visited a friend of ours and, unfortunately, the lasagna she had cooked hadn't turned out at all well. Her daughter tried to console her. "Don't worry Mom, it's fine, just like they serve in the school canteen"
She just had to laugh.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 05:34 AM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:25 AM

Jeri once told me I sounded like The Watersons--all of them, I think. (Or maybe it was Frankie Armstrong; I forget.) Anywho, I TOOK it as a major compliment!

And a friend once told me our house looked like the storage wing of the Smithsonian. I also chose to take that as a compliment! (My theory on housekeeping is that if you have enough cool stuff to look at, nobody notices the house is a mess.)

In a small cemetery in York, Maine there are buried two women, some years apart, but with their markers carved by the same carver. In each case the slate gravestone reads, "She lived desired and died lamented." If that isn't something to aspire to, I don't know what is!

Bat Goddess


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Greyeyes
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:35 AM

When I was in my mid twenties a friend with teenage children told me that if her 13 year old son grew up to be anything like me she'd be very proud. Quite discombobulated me.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Murray MacLeod
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:37 AM

Legendary Scottish compliment: "You don't sweat much, for a fat lass, do you?". On second thoughts, it's a Geordie line.

Murray (posted to wrong thread earlier)


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:50 AM

I recently showed my apartment to a young couple with twin almost-6-year-olds who were a handful. I kept them at bay by promising a look at the kittens and generally enjoying most of what they did. They were cute and funny and bright and the fact they were identical only made them cuter.
When it was time to go, they announced, "Daddy, we don't have to look at any more houses. We want to live here." When Daddy replied that he wasn't sure they could afford it, one turned to me and said "If we don't buy your house, will you be our baby-sitter?" What could be nicer?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: JedMarum
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 08:53 AM

A few years back my wife was complimented when the young woman at the check-out counter in all earnestness, asked to see her ID (we were buying beer). Our eldest son was old enough to buy beer, at the time!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Ringer
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 09:04 AM

I'm being picky, I know, Kendal, but wasn't the "How can they tell?" crack by Dorothy Parker?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: SINSULL
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 01:05 PM

Last year I was proofed by a new clerk at the local supermarket. The manager was furious with him but I was thrilled. I had a son who was old enough to buy beer!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Deni
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 01:19 PM

I caught my niece Naomi looking at me with a big soppy grin on her face. 'Whassup', I said. She replied, 'I really like you Auntie Denise.' Well of course I was somewhat chuffed, so I said, archly, 'Oh, why is that then? (Was it going to be beautiful, clever, kind?)

She smiled dreamily,

'You've got such lovely dangly earrings...'


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Kim C
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 01:53 PM

I think it's a compliment when people say my songs make them cry... isn't it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 02:13 PM

Open Mike compliments... Play another please, twice I've been asked to do four when most folk only were allowed three.

"You sound like Roy Orbison" It was one of MY songs Wow!! how do you respond to that??

And the best one. A friend overheard another musician say I reminded him of Tom Paxton. This was soon after I had started writing songs. So then I had to go find out who Tom Paxton is. When I realized that Tom had written some of my favourite songs (Bottle of Wine, Marvelous Toy, The Last Thing on My Mind) then I was really impressed. That one compliment caused me to really enjoy the craft of songwriting. I bought books, better guitars, sought collaborators, joined discussion groups like this etc. largely ss a result of that compliment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Sorcha
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 02:16 PM

"We really enjoyed your music. Thanks for playing."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST,Celtic Soul
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 02:22 PM

I think I like 'em all! :D

But, if I had to choose, it would be any from my little girl, especially when she says I'm the best Mom in the world (not that she has all that much to compare me with).

How about best backhanded compliment?

:::Sheepishly:::

My (then) honey once said, "Your as good as a $5,000.00 a night call girl".

My response: "Thanks? I think? And how would *you* know, anyway????"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Matt Woodbury/Mimosa
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 03:28 PM

"Your music started healing in me"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:00 PM

Daughter to her biological father after not seeing him since she was a baby: "Actually I turned out to look a lot like mom." And, she didn't mean it in a nasty way, to either of us!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Justa Picker
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:09 PM

"You must be half idiot and half genius."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:24 PM

Also at open mike.

Folks who shut up for a minute and listen!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Hawker
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:47 PM

For me it was "That was a Really great song" (told me by a really great singer about one of my own!)
Lucy


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Midchuck
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:56 PM

I go with Sorcha (see several posts up).

Peter.

Also: "Are you really a lawyer? You seem so nice!"


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Allan C.
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 04:57 PM

Here's a related thread. A portion of my post to it needs updating; but I'll just let it alone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 05:03 PM

Bald Eagle,

Yes, the Coolidge comment was made by my idol, Dorothy Parker (do you mind?)

"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown aside with great force."


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 05:11 PM

Dammit there Grannie Sins.....that one kinda' got me............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Favourite Compliments
From: Charcloth
Date: 14 Aug 01 - 07:43 PM

my favorite compliment was a non verbal one. I was at an old folks home some old fellow was sitting in a wheel chair & hooked up to oxygen asked me to do some hoe down number. Which I did & frailed away on me banjo. This old guy took the Oxygen out of his nose got up out of his wheel chair & clogged! I will never forget that! Charcloth


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