Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww Mondays

Digging back in the archives, this is “The Big Guy” early in his tee-ball career. This fall he will begin his senior year in high school. Just another reminder of how time flies.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

This week is freedom of choice week at 4M. The last time we had a free choice week I featured a recent vinyl album that I had purchased, titled Trio, by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmy Lou Harris. It was released in 1987 and won a Grammy. Today I am going to feature Trio II. In 1997 these ladies released a volume II of their award winning recording and it went platinum in record time. The harmonies are as good as ever and the music shows a new variety of songs for these remarkable ladies. Have a blessed week.

Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww…some Monday

I’ve been going through some of my old image files to find images of the grand kids from days gone by. I have to admit, I love these little trips down memory lane. This is our daughter’s family in October of 2016. I’m pretty sure this is the youngest grand daughter’s first homecoming dance.

Game On!

While driving home from the local farmers market recently I passed the high school football stadium and there appeared to be some activity taking place. Since I had my camera, I puled into the parking lot to check things out. There was a kids football camp going on and the high school players were helping the adults coach the kids. There must have been a hundred youngsters in attendance.

Some of the high school players took a little time to work on their own receiving and defensive skills. This drill involves trying to defend or catch a pass thrown to the corner of the endzone. It’s hard to believe that the first game is only a few weeks away. I am looking forward to capturing some great images this year. Between surgeries and covid, that last two seasons have been busts for me.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

Today is National Friendship Day. Most of us are fortunate to be able to call a handful of people our friends, I mean true friends. In honor of this day our hostess Alana has challenged the participants to develop a playlist of songs about friendship or with the word friend in the title.

My first entry came as a bit of surprise to me. The animated movie “El Dorado” featured a song from Sir Elton John. The truth in the lyrics is that True Friends Never Say Goodbye. I have a few good friends that I don’t get to see very often, but we seem to pick up right where we left off at our last meeting. I hope you have that kind of friend in your life.

My initial search in the Elton John archives was for the title song from the movie “Friends”. Sir Elton wrote the soundtrack to this modern day Romeo & Juliet story and there were several songs that I loved. The movie was a bust and the soundtrack didn’t sell well, but I still like the title track, “Friends”.

Tim McGraw recorded a song that pretty much says it all when it comes to neglecting an old friendship from days gone bye.

To be perfectly honest, the first song that popped into my head when I saw the theme was one of the hymns of the church. All of us can have a friend like no other . What a friend we have in Jesus.

Recently Zach Williams and Dolly Parton released a duet that tells us Jesus is always there when we need Him. Just look around and there was Jesus.

I will close with a more contemporary arrangement of What a Friend. The message is still the same, the best friend you will ever have in every life situation is Jesus Christ. Have a blessed week.

Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww Mondays

Monday’s Music Moves Me

This week the theme at 4M is free choice. Recently I have put together a budget stereo system in the home office. I had a CD changer from days gone by. I added a receiver and a turntable that I found at a local flea market and the crowning touch, I picked up pair of Bose 301 Series 5 speakers at a local garage sale. I have been looking for a few vinyls (albums to those of us who grew up with them) for my collection. Like most of us I sold my original vinyl collection back in the day when I was no longer playing them very often. I have bought a couple of new vinyls, but the other day I stopped in a local flea market and checked out one of the vendors bins. I came across an album called Trio. The albums was released in 1987 and the trio is Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmy Lou Harris. Their harmonies and arrangements have blown me away, so I am going to share my joy with you.

First up is a pure country song that features Dolly with harmonies by Linda and Emmy Lou. They’re “Making Plans”

Next up is a song that I remember from my youth. Originally released by The Teddy Bears, the trio does this song right, To Know Him is to Love Him.

I love this next song and if you listen closely, you can hear undertones of Man of Constant Sorrow from Oh Brother Where Art Thou. The tune is Those Memories of You.

Believe me, I could post every song, but I will close with a gospel tune. Once again the harmonies are flawless on Farther Along.

I recently discovered that there is a Trio II album that was released in 1997. Yes, I am on the hunt. Have a blessed week.

Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww Monday

Monday’s Music Moves Me

The theme this week at 4M is songs about animals. While Lucy is the subject of the Aww Monday post, I will spare you the experience of listening to “How Much is That Doggie in The Window”. You’re welcome.

First up this week is a song about a dog. Everybody thought Ol’ Red was the best tracking hound in the state, but someone found a way to distract this canine from his primary job.

Reaching even further back into the country charts is a song I remember my dad liking when I was just a youngster. Eddy Arnold was a country singer with the voice of a pop crooner like Sinatra. The song, “Tennessee Stud”.

This last song has a local story behind it. When we moved to Bentonville, Arkansas in 1987 the local high school mascot was the tiger. I don’t remember what college march was being used as the school fight song, but by 1990 a song from Rocky III became the new fight song for the school and continues to this day, “Eye of the Tiger”. Have a blessed week.

Aww…some Mondays Music Moves Me

Aww Mondays

Lucy after “Spa Day”. She has had a bath, her hair cut, and nails trimmed. The House Princess looks and feels like a million bucks.

Local Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning the town square turns into a farmers market. The vendors are open at 7:30 a.m. and by 8:30 a.m. there are hundreds of people shopping for flowers, vegetables, jellies, even a blacksmith is turning out items for sale.

You can get your morning cup of coffee and browse the other vendors wares.

There are some lovely murals adorning the walls of buildings and a myriad of public artwork in our town these days. I will have to do a special post featuring some of the better pieces. This was my first real adventure since my knee replacement and I have been cleared to drive and resume normal activities. I am already looking forward to next week.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

This week the theme at 4M is free choice. It is no secret that I like inspirational music and the hymns of the church are at the top of my list. Recently Carrie Underwood released an album titled “My Savior”. Later today I will be purchasing this audio delight. Here are a few examples.

The first song takes me back to my youth and church camp. Falls Creek is located in southern Oklahoma and is the largest Baptist youth camp in the world. In my teens, as many as 9000 attended a six day camp and there were six sessions. One of my all time favorite hymns is a memory from Falls Creek and Carrie does the best arrangement I believe I have heard in decades. I can actually hear a little Patsy Cline influence.