Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww…some Mondays

We are entering the end of an era. This is our grandson and he will graduate from high school next spring. That will mean that all of our grandchildren have graduated and we will be something similar to “Empty Nesters” again. We have spent summer vacations together, attended baseball games, soccer matches, track meets, choir concerts, and dance competitions involving the grand kids. That era is coming to an end with the graduation of the big guy. It’s been a great adventure.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

This week the theme at 4M is songs that feature fantasy, magic, or fairy tales Let’s see what we can find.

Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww…some Mondays

When summer rolls around Lucy, our house princess, also assumes the roll of patio princess.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

Our honorary hostess for this month is Marie from Xmas Dolly. Marie has asked us to select some of our favorite songs from the 80’s and 90’s. Around our house Country music ruled in the 90’s and the decade was certainly a high water mark for this genre. Country music in the 90’s gave us superstars like Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Brooks and Dunn, just to name a few. Some of my favorite music came from lesser known artists. They had several hits in the 90’s but they never reached superstar status. Suzy Bogguss is one of those artists and “Aces” is one of those songs.

Have a blessed week.

Aww…some Mondays

Monday’s Music Moves Me

I am having significant issues with trying to access Curious as a Cathy’s website. I keep getting a strange message that says a security risk is involved. I had to wait until others posted so I could get the theme for the day. Turns out that the theme is free choice week and Xmas Dolly is our conductor.

Today is also Flag day, which is probably the most overlooked and under celebrated patriotic holiday in the U. S. A. I do have a flag that will fly in front of our house today but I will resist the temptation to use this free choice post to conjure up additional patriotic songs. Instead, I will wonder into some of my favorite music. Recently I put a stereo system together in the home office. I bought a receiver at a local flea market, scored some great Bose 301 series V speakers from a local online garage sale, and added my own 5 disc CD changer. I think CD’s will follow a similar path as Vinyls. Why throw hundreds of perfectly good CD’s away just because I can bluetooth my music now? I still like the sound of my stereo that fills the room and I still like the music that I have owned over the past twenty years, so I am keeping my collection alive and well. Here are a few of my favorite artists in the collection.

First up is Eric Clapton. I have been a fan of Eric since his days with Cream. He has gone from iconic rock guitar/vocalist to iconic blues guitar/vocalist. His music is ageless. Enjoy.

Next up is a duet. Who would have thought that rocker Robert Plant and blue grass queen Alison Krauss would ever get together for an album of duets. The album is Raising Sand and the song I choose is “Gone, Gone, Gone”.

It seems that iconic artists like duet albums. One of Ray Charles last albums was Genius Loves Company. The album took some of Ray’s greatest hits from his country albums and added a new dimension with a guest vocalist. My choice is Ray and Diana Krall singing, “You Don’t Know Me”.

Well that’s what I’m listening to these days and I am enjoying the trip through my CD collection. Have a blessed week.

Wordless Wednesday

At the time of this posting it will be three weeks since my knee replacement surgery. At the end of two weeks I transitioned from a walker to a cane for 99% of my needs. Driving is still a few weeks away, so I am unable to get out and travel to new places and photograph new events. Therefore, I have been digging back into the archives and pulling some of my old images out and posting them for Wordless Wednesday. This is my 2011 Nissan Frontier. I took this photo the day I bought the truck and it only had 11 miles on it. 10 years and 59,000 miles later, I still own this little work horse. One great feature is that Nissan has not changed the body style of this truck in 16 years, so you have to know your Frontiers to know exactly what year you are looking at. I love this little truck and see no reason to trade it for a newer model.

Since this truck is timeless, I though it only appropriate to produce a timeless Black & White image or two.

Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Flying High

The past five years I have come to have a new appreciation for track and field not only because our youngest grand daughter competed at the varsity level but I competed on the intramural level in high high school. Our grand daughter is a high jumper and has earned a college scholarship. I was a long jumper and didn’t catch anyone’s eye at the next level. The field event that has always fascinated me is pole vault. Back in the stone age, a young man from our high school set the state record at 13 feet, 4 inches. It seemed to be an insurmountable height in 1965 and he made the regional news. Today many high school vaulters are flying over 16 feet and it is not unusual for the record to be a close to 17 feet high. One has to admire a teen who picks up a fiberglass pole, sprints down the runway, jams the pole into the ground and propels himself two stories into the air.

Monday’s Music Moves Me

This a freedom of choice week at 4M, which only seems appropriate for the first patriotic holiday of the year. Memorial day was originally established to honor those who gave their lives in service to this country. A soldier does not pick his adversary nor the cause of the conflict. He/she does not select the location nor the length of the battle. The warrior trusts that their government has determined the cause is just and that freedom is at risk. The combat soldier does not know if tomorrow will be the last day that he draws breath, but he/runs to the conflict and is prepared to give his last full measure of dedication and service to his country and the cause. Despite all of our troubles, we still live in “America the Beautiful”. Have a blessed Memorial Day.