Merry Christmas, Kittens & Dawgs! Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? Not me! I debated whether to pull together a post today but I thought why not. It’ll be great fun to roll together some Friday Fun Stuff with some sillies and a whole lot more including a funny BoTB showdown!
Today’s battle I’m using two different Bob Rivers songs and if you’re familiar with the songwriter then you know he adds a twist to classics that sure to make you smile or laugh out loud.
Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which songs gets your vote “Carol of the Bartenders” or “Police Stop My Car” and why (optional). If you enjoyed this battle, then I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for a complete list of BoTBers.
I’m celebrating the determination DD#2 shows in keeping us in her life. Sunday, she and DSIL Facetimed with us from a view overlooking Camden, Maine from Mt. Battie. It was gorgeous. The sun was setting as we talked, so we had to cut it short so they could hike back to the car while they had some light. Ain’t technology cool?
I’m celebrating having lunch with DD#1 on Monday. We had a lovely time. I hope we can do that again before the weather gets too cool, as I have to walk to meet up with her. Thankfully, she lives about a mile and a half from us, so it’s not a bad walk then there are some places near her we can grab something to eat. 🙂
I’m celebrating getting my chocolate (both milk and white chocolate) peanut butter balls (also called ‘Buckeyes’) and dark chocolate covered cherries made this week. DH says they are some of the best I’ve made, too. Yay, me!
I’m celebrating every day with Christmas mewsic. Yes, I’m beginning early but anytime I do anything Christmasy, I love to listen to mewsic.
I’m celebrating getting my handstamped Christmas cards off to a good start. I’ve nearly completed six. I am only sending these to family. I used to do them for everyone but poor returns forced me to scale back, but I enjoy doing what I do nonetheless.
What are you celebrating?
Switching gears, I’m rounding things out with these Friendly Fill-Ins hosted by the lovely, Annie and Ellen!
I can’t believe Monroe Salt Works Pottery is still sold. More accurately, MSW Pottery went out of business 10-years ago. We discovered them while vacationing in Maine in 2004 and bought a bunch of their mugs. Luckily I found Peasley Pottery last fall online and the artist, Nancy, does a great job. We got two of her moose mugs for DD#2 and her husband last Christmas which they love!
I have nothing on Craigslist.
Going into December, the weather outside is NOT frightful. Seriously, we’re having some mild temps but that’s supposed to change next week and I’m not looking forward to that!
My current weakness is homemade candy. I’m trying to not sample it as I make it but I cave every time. I really have to stop that!
DH was supposed to work but he had a floating holiday to use before mid-December, so he elected to take it today. Naturally, you won’t find me in Blogosphere. We have some fun planned but I’ll be by to see you soon. Mark your calender to join me next week for more Friday Fun Stuff including the results of this BoTB showdown! Also, don’t forget to hit the dance floor with me for “All Things Christmas” on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me! 😉
iPhone5s capture June 2017 of Central Baptist Church in Fountain City utilized Pixelmator photo-editing to remove power lines and add copyright text
Hello Kittens & Pups! This is another mashup edition of three hops rolled into one which means it’s gonna be longer than usual. As you know, I’m simplifying my life with the holidays by trying to not get too overwhelmed with blogging life but I invite you to link up and enjoy the fun. I promise to visit ASAP!
Next up, Wednesday Hodgepodge, a weekly Q&A segment hosted by Joyce. This is a great way to get to know one another better.
1. What takes you out of your comfort zone?At one time I could easily name a few things that I hated the thought of not doing because it meant stepping away from my comfort zone but now…my mind goes blank. Does being in super crowded places count? I really do not like the feeling of being boxed in or my personal space invaded.
2. Your least favorite spice?You’re making this week difficult for me, girl. I’m clueless on what’s my least favorite spice. I keep to the basics and anything that’s different from the norm I only buy if a recipe specifies it or just do without it.
3. What’s a small change you’d like to make?The one small change I’m working on is not eating unnecessary in-between meals. That’s where those unwanted pounds slip up on you and before I know it, I’m in panic mode to shed an extra 5 pounds. The holidays are going to make this really hard but I trying to view this as a positive thing. If I can overwhelm nibbling through the holidays then maybe I won’t have to kill myself after the first to burn off the excess. *fingers crossed*
4. Do you enjoy visiting historic homes? If so, of the homes you’ve visited which one was your favorite? What historic home near you is open to visitors? Have you been? Southern Living rounded up eleven of the best in the southern part of the US and they’re as follows – Monticello (Jefferson’s home in Virginia), Nathaniel Russel House (Charleston SC), Swan House (Atlanta), Ernest Hemingway’s home (Key West), The Biltmore (Vanderbilt home in Asheville NC), Mount Vernon (Washington’s home in Virgina), San Francisco Plantation (Garyville, Louisiana), Windsor Ruins (Port Gibson Mississippi), Longue Vue House and Gardens (New Orleans), Whitehall (Palm Beach FL), and Pebble Hill Plantation (Thomasville GA) Have you been to any on the list? Of the homes listed which would you most like to visit? First off, of the homes listed in Southern Living the only one we’ve visited is Biltmore Estates. It’s a very impressive, beautiful, victorian home. We were there once at Christmas in the mid-80s (before children) and then again in the spring of 2008. This is my favorite historic home near us. Of the ones listed that I’d like most to see has to be Mount Vernon. That would be awesome! Knoxville has several historic homes. Some, we’ve been to but only from the outside with the exception of Blount Mansion that we toured years ago. There are a others we’ve visited within a short drive outside of Knoxville like Sam Houston Schoolhouse, Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Davy Crockett Tavern, and President Andrew Johnson’s home. East Tennessee is a historical hot spot with tons of Civil War trails and homes. I’d love to take time after DH’s eye is completely heal to see more of these places in detail.
5. What’s something you think will be obsolete in ten years? Does that make you sad or glad? I I think CD/DVD players for mewsic or computers are definitely phasing out. I remember the day when I couldn’t think it was possible to not want this technology but with the aging of streaming services for mewsic and movies, as well as software download then it’s not necessary to have the older technology. I’m not sure if it makes me either happy or sad. It’s just a change in how we do things.
6. Insert your own random thought here. I’ll leave you with a burst of late fall colors in our area over the past weeks ago. It was a wonderful surprise. I thought the leaves were just going to dry up and blow away.
Fort Loudon Lake near Concord Yacht Club
Shot through a moving car near the Super Walmart Center at Turkey Creek
Chick-Fil-A on Parkside Drive, two weeks ago. The leaves were all gone this weekend. 🙁
I loved the low light and soft evening blue sky making the fall foliage barely visible. Near Target Super Store at Turkey Creek.
Here’s another Turkey Creek area shot I captured this one this past weekend and wome of the yellow trees still looked amazing!
Wrapping things up for this Wednesday, I’m joining Stephen and company for another round of Battle of the Bands!
This is the season of Thanksgiving, so I’m going to use three covers of William DeVaughn’s classic song “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got” (reference only, please do not vote for original version).
Listen, then cast your vote in comments and feel free to tell us why your artist is the best candidate.
Who does it better Lady C, One blood, or Rumer? What are you thankful for? Are you ready for Thanksgiving?
There’s no wrong way to vote, except a “no” vote. So, please chime in!
I’ll be back next week this time to share my pick along with the results, so mark your calendar and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “songs of Thanksgiving or Thankful” on Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me! Have a good day!
Welcome Kittens & Dawgs! This post is gonna be jammed pack since three memes collide this time but hockey smoke, can you believe it’s a brand new month so soon? Not me! The year is goin’ up in a puff of smoke!
For the last several weeks I’ve shared photographs of barns. This will conclude my series with another countryside barn.
I snapped this along a rural stretch of road in Lafollette, Tennessee north of Knoxville on a Sunday afternoon drive. In keeping with my series I used the original to create new photo-artwork using the following apps.
The later two images I really like because it captures the essence of late fall and perhaps are my preferred apps to create photo-art. Do you like one more than the other?
Ooooh…BING! battle song inspiration on a platter! How many of y’all remember Polly Brown’s 1974 hit Up In A Puff Of Smoke? If not, allow me to refresh your memory….
This is my featured song for this “Battle of the Bands” (BoTB) showdown. If you’re new to this meme, here’s how it works. I will share two versions of the same song (the original artist, Polly Brown in this round, is NOT an eligible candidate for the showdown, please do not vote on hers as it won’t get counted) and ask you to vote (in comments) for the best singer/band song cover. There’s no wrong vote, except a no-vote so please weigh in and enjoy the fun.
Contender #1 The Rubinoos
Contender #2 Boyz
BoTB used to be a twice per month meme but since July many participants have cut to playing just once a month. Stephen (click icon below) lists the most updated players on his site and you’re invited to check it out. Mark your calendar to check back next week this time as I will share my pick and the outcome of this battle!
My last mix-in for today is Wednesday Hodgepodge hosted by Joyce. It’s a fun mid-week Q&A session and it’s a great way for you to get to know me better, as well as for me to get to know those playing along. Here are my responses.
1. What does/did Halloween look like at your house this year? Did you decorate? Pick pumpkins? Carve pumpkins? Expect trick or treaters? Wear a costume to a party or event? Make a costume? Feel glad you didn’t have to come up with a costume? Cook a Halloween themed treat? Eat all the leftover candy? In yesterday’s post My Memorable Halloween, I shared several old photos of my children from Halloweens past. You might like it. The only decorating I do for Halloween is to set out my Peanuts collection, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. No picking or carving pumpkins. We haven’t done that in years. No trick or treaters expected. In fact, we discourage them by keeping the porch light off. No costume or part. I have made costumes in the past for the kids but nothing in years. Yep, I made home-made caramels and caramel corn. The only leftover candy we’ll have is what we bought and hopefully it won’t be gone any time soon.
2. What are you waiting for? Elaborate. I don’t know if I’d say I’m waiting for it but you might, I’m waiting for the upcoming holidays. I look forward to the season of Thanksgiving. Cooking and baking are enjoyable creative outlets but I don’t do anything super ordinary. I keep a traditional menu. It’s just a lot of fun for me.
3. Do you wish you were friendlier, braver, more creative, more athletic, or something else? Explain. Maybe, a little bit of each. I tend to keep to myself when in public and am aprehensive when a stranger speaks. Who couldn’t use a little more bravery or creativity? I reckon athletic abilities don’t interest me. I’m athletic enough for the things I do, although I certainly could stand be more in shape.
4. When it comes time to paint are you a do-it-yourselfer or do you hire someone? What was the last paint job completed at your house? What room most needs painting now? How do you feel about wallpaper? Most home repairs, we prefer doing them if we can. I’m not sure when the last paint job was done but every room needs painting badly and my first project is the kitchen. I don’t care a great deal about wallpaper.
5. What is one specific thing you felt gratitude for in the month of October? This is hard to say. I am gratiful for everything but I think the one thing I’m gratiful a little more than usual is my wonderful husband. We learned about some dear friends who separated and is getting a divorce. I didn’t see this coming and they were the last people I’d think that this could happen to, too. I’m thankful to have a truly loyal husband who is also my best friend. I am blessed!
6. Insert your own random thought here. I decided sporadically that I need to scale back on blogging for the rest of the year. I’m not sure how much I want to do between now and January but I think it’s necessary. Anytime I see what I’m doing as a chore then the fun is gone. I don’t want to add unneeded pressures to my schedule with the holidays coming or blogging life. Bloggers are dropping out of cyberspace like flies. Luckily many of those I started down this path with are still blogging and I think they are like me, they still find joy in doing it. I just found my way back to the Hodgepodge, so I will try to keep going.I do suggest if you’re new-to-me or if just want to find your way back here easily, then please join my email subscription to get instant notification of my latest mews.
Thanks for joining the mid-week fun. I hope you’ll step back into time with me tomorrow with Throw Back Thursday. Have a good day!
Hello Kittens and dawgs! I’m gonna keep today’s post short. It’s Sunday after all! 😉 My last BoTB showdown was lopsided big time, not at all like I expected. I figured one of the artists would carry more votes than the other but most of them? No, no, no! Did I do a poor job throwing BBC in the ring with the Shoo-Bop Girls?
The winner of “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” showdown is…. you guessed it, The Shoo-Bop Girls! I’ll leave ya with this short playlist.
The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.
I hope you’ll join me tomorrow on the dance floor for “car or truck or boat” songs with the Monday’s Music Moves Me gang!
Attention BoTBers, today’s battle song feature’s Gayle’s hit song, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” near the end of the post. Feel free to skip to the bottom or read about him in my newest edition of Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids series.
In Part 1, I showcased 50s teen-idol Ricky Nelson & Sons, and last month I featured Mr. Cool Dean Martin. Today, I’m bringing the flavor of R&B your way with the late Prince of Soul, Marvin Gayle.
I only knew Mr. Gayle as a singer but he got his start as an in-house session drummer who was instrumental in shaping the Motown sound of the early 60s first and then later producing, writing, and singing his own mewsic leading to a number of successful hit songs.
Two of his earlier best-selling songs and favorites of mine are “How Sweet It Is (To Be Love By You)” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”.
Brian and Eddie Holland (brothers) and Lamont Dozier wrote the first of these songs. This songwriting team helped to shape that Motown sound we love with their lyrics, arrangements, and productions. Here’s Marvin’s 1964 #4 Billboard Hot 100 tune.
Gaye’s next hit single is actually a cover (The Miracles). Both releasing this song on their albums in 1968 but it was Gaye who shot straight to the top of and stayed for seven weeks on the Billboard Pop Singles.
Every time I hear this song, I think of the California Raisins commercials from the mid-80s.
Marvin married twice. In 1963, he married Anna Gordy. Three years later, they adopted Anna’s niece’s (Denise) son, Marvin III born November 16, 1966. The couple worked together on a few of Marvin’s songs (The Originals and several tracks from What’s Going On) together and Anna was his inspiration for his lyrics. He said this about her [Anna]. “I was head over heels in love with Anna. I just wrote what I felt about her, and what she did for me.” The sad truth was their marriage was volatile with accounts of physical violence on both sides and infidelity accusations. They permanently separated in 1972 and three years later Anna filed for divorce.
Marvin Jr. describes himself as a gifted recording artist, producer, and businessman.
I couldn’t find a lot out about Marvin Jr. I know that he’s married after watching some interview vids on YouTube but it’s his Facebook Fan page “About” section I learned he was diagnosed with Diabetes a few years ago and is now waiting for a Kidney transplant. My prayers are with you and yours.
In late 1977 after his divorce finalized Marvin married second wife, Janis Hunter. They had two children, Nona (September 4, 1974) and Frankie Christian (November 16, 1975). Their family started before marriage and two years after unifying as husband and wife, the couple separated and eventually divorced in 1981.
Nona Gaye is best known as an actress in her role as Zee in the last two Matrix movies (Reloaded & Revolution). We saw the first Matrix film years ago and as wildly popular this series was we weren’t impressed. In all fairness we’re now giving these movies a second chance. Anywho, in 1992 Nona recorded her first album Love For The Future a month after her 18th birthday which produced two top 20 hits.
FYI…I noticed in the iTunes store “I’m Overjoyed” for $0.69 cents. That’s a super price!
The year after her début album, People Magazine listed Nona as one the 50 Most Beautiful People which landed her a contract with the Ford Agency becoming a new face for the prestigious Armani fashion line.
Miss Gaye collaborated and dated with the late artist Prince for three years. The mewsical duet produced the single, Love Sign, from Prince’s album 1-800-NEW-FUNK.
It’s funny, DH and I were talking about Prince recently. Both of commenting how there isn’t any of his songs that we can say that we really like but I like this track.
Gaye did backup vocals for We March from Prince’s 1995 The Gold Experience album and in the title track of his 1996 Girl 6 album. She’s stated candidly during this period of having a long-term drug problem but was able to quit the habit in 1996.
In 2001 to raise money for AIDS research, Nona and an all-star ensemble performed her dad’s song, What’s Going On.
I wanted to find a video of father and daughter singing. Wikipedia mentioned that an 8-year Nona introduced her dad on Soul Train but I couldn’t find a clip to share but I did find in 2004, Nona was asked to perform the National Anthem for the NBA Allstar Games in which she did a duet with her late father.
Her biggest career move came when she replaced Aaliyah as Zee, after being killed in a plane accident, forwas cast as the character Zee in the 2003 Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolution films. Prior to this, her had limited acting roles included “Harlem Nights’ (1989) as a patrone and played Belinda Ali in the 2001 film “Ali”. Between 2004 – 2009 her film credits are, “Crash” as Karen, “The Polar Express” voice of Hero Girl, “XXX: State of the Union” as Lola Jackson, “The Gospel” as Charlene Taylor Frank, and “Blood and Bone” as Tamara. The last recording by Nona is an EP Language of Love with Quarter to Three and Midas Lover done in 2008. Unfortunately, I could not find either on YouTube.
Nona is a beautiful person with a beautiful talent for singing and acting. I hope to see or hear more from Marvin’s daughter in the future.
Marvin’s youngest son Frankie Christian required a bit more sluething. I discovered in my Internet research that he goes by “Christian Scott”. But I’m beginning to think that was a trip down a rabbit hole. Things just didn’t add up. Feel free to let me know what you think or if you have intel on Frankie then please share with us in comments.
I think I only vaguely recall the death of Marvin Gaye. On April 1, 1984 the singer’s father, Marvin Gaye, Sr. shot and killed him to death in his bedroom. He was hit once in the heart and second shot at closer range in the shoulder. It’s reported Marvin intervened in a fight between his parents before the shooting. Initially, charged with first-degree murder Gaye, Sr. charges reduced to voluntary manslaughter after a brain tumor diagnoses. The autopsy showed Marvin had drugs in his system at the time of his death. Was Marvin out-of-control because of the drugs? Did the elder Marvin’s illness triggered fear for his life or that of his wife even though they were fighting? I don’t know, I can only speculate and say that all of this could be a factor. The outcome, Gaye, Sr got a suspended six-year sentence and probation. He passed in 1998 while in a nursing home
Marvin’s kids sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams for ripping “Got To Give It Up” in the smash hit “Blurred Lines” which finally got settled in 2015 resulting in Thicke & Williams paying $7.3M in retribution.
Honestly, there is a lot this sorta thing that happens intentional and not in the mewsic industry. Thicke’s supposed comment on creating a song to reminence Gaye’s song strongly sounds like copyright infringement. What bothers me is if that was their intent, why not clear it legally before the bomb goes off? I reckon his judgement was impaired. What’s your opinion?
I hope you enjoyed this installement of Famous Musicians and Their Musical Kids. This is Curious as a Cathy sigining off with a few of my favorite Marvin Gaye songs!
Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! It’s fabulous to see you! Are you ready to groove to some mewsic? Our theme this week is “Your Choice”. We’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and we invite you step on the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me!
This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you DO NOT link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!
I decided to tie in today’s mewsic tribute of Marvin Gayle and his classic hit, “I Heard It Through the Grapevines” (see above for reference) in my Battle of the Bands. I picked two unlikely names (to me) to cover this oldie and I’ll leave it to you to decide who wins the showdown.
Ok, here’s the drill. Voting is open to everyone visiting. There is NO wrong vote, except if you DON’T vote. You can start by telling me in comments which artist you like best and why (optional).
Which artist gets your vote, Fitzgerald or Milsap?
The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit the official manager of BoTB, Stephen for the update list of players.
To stay totally connected and in the loop of things on Curious as a Cathy, I hope you’ll join my email subscription service to get instant notification when I add new posts. Tell your friends to join us on the dance floor each week and I’ll see ya around the cyber-block. Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying!
Per my promise, I’m back to my normal blogging routine pretty much. I’m a bit undecided how I want to handle my participation in this meme yet. Do I continue with playing twice a month or keep it simply to only the first of mid-month?
I reckon I don’t have to decide that now and can make a decision as the first of October nears but for now let’s get this show started! Today’s battle song was inspired by last month’s total solar eclipse phenomena. Yeah, you know where I’m going with this one, don’t you, kittens and dawgs?
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Jim Steinman turned 34-years old earlier this year by Welsh recording sensation, Bonnie Tyler. This was Tyler’s biggest career song, earning her a spot at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart making her the first Welsh artist to ever do this! Here’s the original for your enjoyment, please refrain from voting on this version. It’s not part of the battle showdown.
I felt most vocal arrangements of Bonnie’s song just couldn’t compete, so I went another route and decided to find three distinct instrumental arrangements for your enjoyment to consider.
Contender #1 – a violin cover…
Contender #2 – a guitar cover…
Contender #3 – a panflute cover…
I like each version for the way it stirs my emotions. The violin arrangement is a bigger production feel where the guitar and panflute melodies are simplier. The violin makes me think action, the guitar makes me think mystery, and the panflute makes me think of love. I’ll let you know which I choose next week when I share the results. 😉
What did you think? Which do you like the violin, guitar, or panflute version best? Leave your vote in comments and if you want share why your pick got named.
Did you like this edition of BoTB? Would you like to see what others are sharing? Check with Stephen for the list of participants. Before I dash, let me leave you with a few giggles and remember to hit the dance floor on Monday’s Music Moves Me with “your choice” song picks. I’ll share the outcome of this showdown next week same time!
I’m taking things easy this summer. Blogosphere is a bit like a ghost town this time of year and that’s ok. We all need to break away from our normal routine to enjoy life and what better time to do it than summer? Exactly.
DH and I are getting out more but staying relatively closer to home with shorter trips. It doesn’t matter what we do as long as we do it together. We passed through Dayton Tennessee. I noticed a business we passed called Monkey Town Brewing Company. That seemed like an odd name. DH mentioned the famous trial against a high school teacher for teaching evolution was held in Tennessee and maybe somewhere nearby. I consorted with Google to learn this 1925 case took place in Dayton at the Rhea County Courthouse. July 10th will mark the 92nd anniversary of the landmark Scopes Monkey Trial.
While summer is under way, this Cathy wants to play. Not-so Wordless Wednesdays will be few; meaning limited linking time, so I decided to not add my linky party. I hope you’ll include a link back in comments for me and others to find your photo shares, though. 😉
Now for all you #BoTBers and other mewsic enthusiasts, I’ll share the outcome of my last battle but first let me pass on a little mews bulletin…
Starting next month, some players including myself plan to cut back participation. I decided to step down for the rest of the summer. If you subscribe to my post via email then you won’t miss a thing other wise mark your calendar for my BoTB return on September 15th. 😉
Alrighty, it won’t surprise any of y’all to know who the winner is in my A Father’s Day Tribute Showdown. I threw three contenders onto center stage to rival for that coveted golden mic award. The battle nearly left one daughter out and the other only gathered a few votes making this an easy steal for…
Final tally: Carnie & Wendy (my pick) 10 votes, Jen 1 vote, and Roseanne 2 votes. Thanks to everyone for playing along!
You’re invited to visit Stephen for a complete list of BoTBers to see how their battles went last time. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off this YouTube Wilson (Carnie & Wendy) Phillips (Chynna) playlist .
Have a funtastic summer and join me on the dance floor “freebie style” with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!