Birthday Party for DH!

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This week’s mewsic theme is “Your Choice” and I invite you to hit the dance floor with the 4M gals – XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me. Link-up and enjoy the fun!



 

Today is DH’s birthday!

To honor the birthday boy on his special day, I created a playlist of 1959 Billboard Top Chart songs from his birth year according to Wikipedia. The top song in July was Lonely Boy by Paul Anka (#11 on playlist).

 

Now, I want to share mewsic that makes me think of him. Some of the songs have specific memories connected with them and others are important for reasons I now can’t remember.

 

This playlist is sure to grow as new tunes come to mind but I have a good start and I hope you enjoyed the mewsic. Tonight, the birthday boy is having more triple chocolate cake with vanilla bean butter cream frosting. We did early celebrating over the weekend. I made a cake like this for DD#1 last month but if you missed that post and want to check out the recipe, then you’ll find it here.  Per DH’s request, I left the chocolate chips out of his cake which we actually liked better! What a shocker!!

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with …

 

 

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Europe Mewsic Shakin’ the Dance Floor

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On Friday, I got the memo on this week’s theme. Some how I had it wrong. Go figure, right? Anywho, I had THIS post already done and being a bit in a frinzy to honor our Spotlight Dancer’s (@AlexJCavanaugh) mewsic request – European Favorites is the reason for my late show to the party. Before I jump into my theme song selections I want to send out warm congrats to Roger Federer for his 8th Wimbledon Victory.

 

If this tennis thing doesn’t work out too well for you, Roger, then I believe you and your buds Grigor Dimitrov and Tommy Haas have a fabulous second career to fall on as the Backhand Boys.  You might even want to include Novak Djokovic (fellow tennis chum and videobomber) just so he won’t pop in unexpectedly. 😉

 

It’s time to rock the house. A lot of the mewsic we love originates across the pond. For years I didn’t realize that some of my favorite oldies came from Europe and even today I’m surprised by my discoveries.  I turned to Google for help looking specifically for #1 hit songs to match our theme. My source for today’s mewsic comes from Wikipedia and I’m sharing four classics from the 60s and 70s in today’s Europe Mewsic Shakin’ the Dance Floor!

The first Frenchman to top the US Billboard Hot 100 conducted and recorded this easy-listening version that stayed on the charts for five weeks in February through March 1968.  I remember very well this haunting song. Flash back with me to the mewsic of Paul Mauriat with Love is Blue!

 

French singer/actress, Claudine Longet recorded the lyrical version of “Love is Blue” the same year earning a spot on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in the US at 29.

My next song selection I thought the Beatles did it but it turns out that an Irish singer/songwriter recorded it, landing at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in July 1972 where it stayed six weeks. Casey Kasem’s American Top 40s of the 70s, ranked it fifth most popular song of the decade. Here is Gilbert O’Sullivan singing, Alone Again Naturally.

 

I totally forgot about my next song choice. This disco band became the first from Germany to top the US Billboard Hot 100 in November 1975 with their hit song on top for three weeks. Hopefully the sexy, negligée like costumes won’t be too distracting for you to boogie down to Fly, Robin, Fly by Silver Convention!

 

I’m going to wind up things a Europop group that hit the scenes their US Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit song in April 1977 where they only resided for only a week. What’s up with that? I thought surely if any European band could rock the US charts it would be Abba with Dancing Queen!

 

Don’t forget to boogie with our very own dancing queen,  XmasDolly, and the rest of the 4M gang – Stacy, Colette , and ME. You’re invited to join the dance party!

 



 

For the rest of the summer until after Labor Day, I am only doing this post. Have a songtastic day and I’ll see ya next time on for “your choice” mewsic with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

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Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids: Ricky Nelson and Sons, Part 1

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Okay, it’s time to kick this week off with some mewsic with “your choice” theme.  Over the next several months, I have a special theme project in the works Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids series planned. Now, I invite you to hit the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me with Ricky Nelson and Sons, Part 1!



The first famous dad in this sequence of posts is the 50s teen idol, Ricky Nelson.

 

Time plays tricks on my brain. I remember talk of Nelson’s death and reference to his teenie-bopper status. For some reason my mind merged these facts leaving me to believe he passed away before adulthood. Anywho, you can imagine my surprise when I learned he died in a plan crash in 1985 at the age of 45. He wasn’t a teen and survived by four kids; Tracy Nelson (actress), twins Matthew and Gunnar (singers/mewsicians Nelson band) and Sam (singer H is Orange band).

No doubt, you recognize Ricky’s daughter from various TV shows and here is a short playlist spotlighting the Nelson brothers singing my favorite Ricy Nelson songs – Travelin’ Man, Hello Mary Lou, and Garden Party.

 

Matthew and Gunnar have recorded several albums since the 90s. I think their first album After The Rain may be their best. I, especially like the album cover song.

 

Although, Rick went through a long hair phase, his twins out did their dad. Their blonde mops make me think of Twisted Sister leader singer, Dee Snider.  Vocally and visiually, it’s like I’m getting a double take of Ricky Nelson hair metal style. Matthew and Gunnar harmonize beautifully together.

Sam looks like Ricky, too. His mewsic style is different. It’s moody and broody feeling and reminds me of the group, Breaking Benjamin. Here’s a song compliation from THRILL OF EXCAPE and DON’T TRUST THE EASY albums available for purchase on H is Orange Facebook Page  Music Store .

 

 

 

Did you know that Ricky’s dad, Ozzie, was the bandleader and his mother, Harriet was a singer in the 30s?

 

 

 

What do you think of the Nelson brothers? Would you add their mewsic to your library? Do you have a favorite Ricky Nelson song?

 

 

Enjoy those lazy, crazy days of summer!

 

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5-Easy Steps: How to Make a List in HTML

Howdy, Kittens and Dawgs! I’m still on my summer break schedule but I’m prone to blogging on a whim during my hiatus which brings me to, do you know how to create lists in HTML?   My aim was to create a list of dates and themes without any line breaks and here’s how I did it.  You don’t need a programming degree to create this short code. If I can do it, than anyone can! It’s that easy.

Here are 5 easy, clear steps on…

Make a List in HTML.

Step 1: <p> (This starts a new paragraph)

Step 2: <ul> (This begins unordered list)

Step 3: <li> (Defines the list item and must be closed with </li>

<li> (1st Date + Theme)</li>

<li> (2nd Date + Theme)</li>

<li> (3rd Date + Theme)</li>

Step 4: </ul> (This closes or ends unordered list)

Step 5: </p> (This closes or ends new paragraph)

Now, that you see how to do it you can condense the code format to read:

<p><ul><li> (1st Date + Theme)</li><li> (2nd Date + Theme)</li><li> (3rd Date + Theme)</li></ul></p>

This is how it will look (you’ll find this example in my side menu)….

 

If you’re not new to blogging then you probably know how to add images, texts, and widgets to your site. However, if not this is how I created my Mewsic Moves Me banner. I added a blank image widget to my side menu and added an image.  Once it uploaded, I selected “Edit Image”. In the “Captions” block, I added the coding to make my list. This is how it looks behind the scenes.

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How did I do explaining how the code works?

What do you think, do you want to try this next time you want to create a list outside your post content?

Still not sure? You can practice your coding skills at W3Schools!

 

 

All this talk about Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me then I gotta pitch our 7th Anniversary #giveaway going on right now and if you haven’t entered then you may want to check it out. I’m outta here until Monday but I hope you’ll hit the dance floor with “your choice” song picks!

 

Have geektastic day!

 

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Monday’s #Music Moves Me 7th Anniversary #giveaway

 

 

The song says it all, “I love rock n’ roll” and I’ve hit the dance floor with XmasDolly pretty much from the start. This is one of, if not the only reliable weekly dance party in Blogosphere and if you love mewsic as much as we do, then you’re going to want to join us for a little rock and roll hoochie koo!

 

I invite you to celebrate with us by entering our fabulous giveaway!

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This is Curious as a Cathy saying, all aboard the Rock n’ Roll Train with “your choice” mewsic theme, next schedule stop next Monday! Get your ticket to ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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