Yesterday I shared an ordinary photo of gray rainy skies and as promised today I’m sharing how I used that photograph in Pixelmator applying some cool brushes and backgrounds to create three new photo artworks but first let me ask, did you vote in my latest round of BoTB yesterday? If not, I hope you’ll hop over to cast your vote! 😉
In the first photo, I applied two different Brusheezy brushes – birds and deer.
Usually, I keep my layers visible in a working copy of my image so I can share with you what I used but I messed up and didn’t save the file. In the next image, I added a grunge background. There are many good free resources you can find on the Internet if you like this look. It makes the picture a bit moodier.
Finally, in the last image, I added another overlay of realistic water drops to the above image. I shot the original picture through a raindrop splattered car window which is barely visible in the unedited photo, but with this added background enhances that rainy day sense.
I am sharing my Rainy Day Photo Artwork with the Skywatch Friday photo family.
Thanks for joining me today, Kittens & Dawgs and I hope y’all will come back tomorrow for your weekly dose of laughs with Friday Sillies!
K.D. Lang is a Canadian pop, country singer/songwriter with an eerie sorta resemblance to the late Karen Carpenter that I found a bit mesmerizing in her cover of the classic hit made popular by The Hollies (1974) and landing them in at #2 on the UK and #6 on the US mewsic charts, but what I found it interesting is that the songwriter, Albert Hammond, first recorded “The Air That I Breathe” in 1973.
Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! 😉 It’s great to be back as co-host to the best dance party in Blogosphere with the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” gals! Thank you, XmasDolly, Stacy, and Colette for having me back after a long hiatus. Now, I invite you to hit the dance floor. This week’s theme is “Band Names or Song Titles with the Word ‘Air'”
Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! 😉 My friend, XmasDolly who puts on the Monday’s Music Moves Me 🎶 linky party is a bit short-handed and I volunteered to co-host as long for as long as she needs me. You’re invited to hit the dance floor. The theme this week is “your choice”.
How’s the new year treating you so far? What mewsic are you tuned into today? 😉
One more thing, if you’re the creative type and looking for more memes to connect with then Impulsive Artistry hosts the Monday meme Feeling Inspired? where you can share your photography, crafts, mewsic, and more posts.
In last week’s June in January #BoTB showdown it really wasn’t much of a battle because one artist led the entire time. I appreciate everyone who took the time to vote. The outcome between Julie London and Dean Martin swung heavily in favor of Ms. London giving her a decisive victory! Apparently, the majority including myself were swayed by her vocal charm! 😉 This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with one more vintage recording by Julie.
I hope to see y’all back for a not-so Wordless Wednesday!
Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Normally, I share with to you a new-to-me artist I’ve stumbled upon but while looking for one song when another reminded me of the talented country pop artist, Kenny Rogers. This year is Kenny’s last to tour before he kicks off his cowboy boots to a life of retirement.
I present you this morning in its entirety Rogers’ album, Once Again It’s Christmas.
That’s a wrap for this week. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I appreciate you including me in your weekend. I’m taking a blog break but I’ve scheduled my regular posts. I plan to respond to comments and do return visits. Hopefully, I’ll see ya on Monday for Mewsic Moves Me. 😉 Have a songsational Saturday!
Hello, kittens and dawgs! My inspiration or need to know for a post idea often comes while researching and composing a post. Naturally, while Googling a seed planted and today we’re going to learn more about Whatever happened to Gordon Lightfoot?
Gordon Lightfoot is a Canadian singer-songwriter. He’s credited for defining the folk-pop flavor of the 60s and 70s. I remember some of his early to mid-70s songs like If You Can Read My Mind (1970), Sundown (’74), Carefree Highway (’74), and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (’76) which are perhaps some of his most popular tunes of the decade. I thought his music was nice, but I couldn’t fully appreciate it with my head stuck in fluffy songs by the Osmond Brothers or pop dance tracks of the Jackson Five. It wasn’t until later that I developed a fondness for Lightfoot’s music.
Let’s take a look at Gordon Lightfoot’s stuff starting from the 80s because I don’t remember anything beyond the 70s. Either way, it’ll be a refresher or an introduction to his newer works.
Lightfoot released his 14th album in 1980, Dream Street Rose. The album peaked at 58 on the country charts and 60 on the pop charts. The song track bearing the album title hit #80 on the country charts.
Lightfoot’s 1982 album, Shadows, didn’t do well but one song from this album hit the Adult Contemporary charts at #20 with Baby Step Back.
The following year, Lightfoot released a more uptempo album, shifting from folk pop to adult contemporary recording, which barely registered the charts at 175. Listen now to Lightfoot’s complete little-known works from Salute!
The early 90s, Lightfoot sorta made a comeback with his 18th recording where he gets back to his folk-pop roots of writing and singing folk-pop style songs which he dedicated to his wife and son with the 1993 release of Waiting for you (listen to the entire album below).
The last album Gordon produced with all new works for this decade came in 1998 with A Painter Passing Through (listen to the full album below).
The last recording for the decade was a box set with some of Lightfoot’s top-notch recordings as well as some never released tracks spanning from the 1960s through the 1990s on his Songbook (4CD) album collection.
The new millennium wasn’t too kind to Gordon Lightfoot. After a concert in September 2002, Lightfoot airlifted to a hospital because of severe stomach pain turned out to be an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a serious and sometimes fatal condition. He was in a coma for 6-weeks and underwent four more surgeries but three months from the day admitted, he got to go home. A follow-up procedure for the same medical issue occurred in 2003 and thankfully by the next year he was back to his music with the release of his 20th album, Harmony (click the link to listen to all song tracks). The next three cuts come from this album and are my favorites.
His voice sounds strong and smooth, doesn’t it? He made a surprise comeback performance at Mariposa in Orillia, performing “I’ll Tag Along“ solo and in 2005 appeared on Canadian Idol. 2006 Lightfoot suffered a minor stroke resulting in the use of his right-hand middle and ring fingers but since then has regained mobility in his hand again.
It’s rather amazing to think Gordon Lightfoot produced 200+ recordings in five-decade span and received many honors along the way. What’s even more incredible is Lightfoot continues to tours. He’s booked now through the end of November in various cities in the US and Canada. 😉