Aww Monday’s Music Moves (Motivates) Me!

Aww Monday


Naps are always better with a buddy.

Monday’s Music Motivates Me

Let’s face it some music just motivates us to dance, even if the results are not pretty. Some music invites and motivates us to sing along, even though we can’t carry a tune. Many of us prefer some sort of music in the background of our lives when we are doing things we enjoy. I like to draw, even though I don’t do it much anymore. As an architect, I used to draw for a living, but much of that drawing was technical and precise images that guided contractors how parts of a building should go together. Occasionally I would sit down and just sketch something for my own amusement. I have always had music playing when I am drawing. The music may come from any number of genres, but lately I have been drawn to the blues and some of the classic country tunes.

Not long after retirement I took an interest in Zentangles. I had no idea what a Zentangle was until I saw them posted on Pinterest. I spent a few days working on them and I still do one from time to time. They are relaxing and help clear the mind.


Zentangles can be as simple or as complicated as the artist chooses. They can be random, symmetrical, or completely non geometric. They can be color or black and white. Personally I prefer B&W.


I still like to vignette sketch and I am going to start doing more of that later this year. I have a major (for me) landscape project to do very soon so, plants have been on my mind.



I use a combination of ink pens, color markers and color pencils for these types of sketches. I guess that makes them mixed media. They take anywhere from ten to twenty minutes to produce.



What about the music you ask! Well I do like blues and country for these moments. First up is possibly the best blues guitarist working today. Joe Bonamassa has been playing since he was four years old and he is a genius with strings.

Bonnie Raitt combines the best of everything I like about music. She’s a little bit country, blues, rock, and folk. She has a sound all of her own and she can tell a story with the lyrics.

When legends get together on stage, magic happens. If I could only draw the way these guys can make music. Have a blessed week.

22 thoughts on “Aww Monday’s Music Moves (Motivates) Me!

  1. Aw, on those cute pups napping together. So precious.

    Love the art. I’ve not heard of that style before.

    Great tunes. You and I like the same kind of music.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday, my friend. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I used to follow a Canadian blogger who did Zentangle, then she got so busy teaching it that she abandoned her blog – I’ve thought some about taking it up because I need some stress relief. I’ve seen some gorgeous work online but I also know it takes a lot of practice to get to being able to do the intricate pieces. I enjoyed the Sweet Home Chicago a lot with all the greats obviously enjoying playing with each other. Believe it or not, the music is totally new to me (but then again I grew up in NYC, lol.) Have a wonderful week!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. XmasDolly

    You have out outdone yourself my friend. First off, I love, love, love your cockerspaniels they are truly “awwwwwwwwwww” !!! ~snicker~ Now Bonnie Riatt well I cannot say enough about her. She is definitely one of my favorites. When I was in my hubby’s band I use to sing a couple of her tunes. They’re really fun. Thanks for joining us my friend!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. yogiabb

    You are quite the artist! All of the few architects I know have great drawing and sketching skills. I love that you like such a wide variety of music. Bonnie Raitt is wonderful but really haven’t heard much of her lately.
    My wife played Louie Louie at her Aqua Zone Ba class last Saturday and it was a hit. I’ve asked for a Metallica routine and she is declining the honor.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My drawing and sketching skills pale in comparison to many of my peers. If Heather won’t play Metallica maybe she will at least fire up Steppenwolf with “Born to be Wild” or “Magic Carpet Ride”. One or both of these have to be on a spin class playlist.


  5. PUPPIES!!!!!! So adorable!! Love the art, too – thanks for educating me on that style, I had no clue! 🙂 Love your song choices too – great motivators! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s