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10 Blue Song Titles #4M + #BoTB & #Sparks

 

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! Dang, here it is the middle of January!! If this is sign that another year will zip out of sight then I’d like to stop the world from spinning so I can get off. Anywho, it’s fabulous to see you. I will warn you now, this is gonna be a long post so feel free to read through or fast-forward to the area you’re most interested in. Are you ready to groove to some mewsic? Excellent. This week’s Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me theme is “Colors in Song Titles” which I decided to use one of my favorite colors with these 10 Blue Song Titles!

 

    1. Love is Blue” (cover) by Marty Robbins. This isn’t the first time I shared this song, I did so last July. It’s one of my favorites from the late 60s.
    2. Blue On Blue” by Bobby Vinton hit the charts in 1963. I was too young at the time to know this but Google tells me his song stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 13 weeks peaking at No. 3. It also charted No. 2 on the Billboard Middle-Road Singles Chart. Interestingly, Vinton’s success with this song prompted him to record an entire blue-themed album which produced an even bigger hit, “Blue Velvet” which I almost used today. 🙂
    3. Blue Moon of Kentucky” (cover) by LeAnn Rimes, originally written as a Waltz in 1946 by Bluegrass mewsician, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Many artists recorded this oldie but it was Elvis Presley who turned the classic into a pop tune.
    4. Jackie Blue” by southern rock band The Ozark Mountain Daredevils is an international hit, reaching No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart and stayed for two weeks in May 1975. “Jackie Blue” is the bands’ best charting single.
    5. Crystal Blue Persuasion” by Tommy James & The Shondells” became one of the groups biggest hits in 1969, ranking 2 on Billboard Pop Singles where it stayed for 3-weeks. James told Hitch Magazine in 1985 that he came up with the song title from the Bible. This is what he said, “I took the title from the Book of Revelations in the Bible, reading about the New Jerusalem. The words jumped out at me, and they’re not together; they’re spread out over three or four verses. But it seemed to go together, it’s my favorite of all my songs and one of our most requested.” Wiki says, James’ manager recalls James was actually inspired by his readings of the Book of Ezekiel, which (he remembered as) speaking of a blue Shekhinah light that represented the presence of the Almighty God, and of the Book of Isaiah and Book of Revelation, which tell of a future age of brotherhood of mankind, living in peace and harmony. I thought this tidbit was fascinating to learn considering many thought the song was referrencing crystal meth or a blue colored LSD tablet available at the time. I’d like to think drugs had no part of the picture but only God knows the answer.
    6. Blue Collar Man” by Styx released in 1979 as a single from Pieces of Eight album. The song reached No. 9 in the US. I’m not a vinyl collector but I read that some issues got pressed on a translucent blue vinyl and is a highly sought after collectible.
    7. Blue Eyes” by Elton John isn’t one of my favorite songs by him. I could’ve gone with a different color song title like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” but I have a theme to keep. 😉  “Blue Eyes” did well, though. It rode the Billboard Hot 100 charts for three weeks, peaking at # 12 and it took #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts for two weeks.
    8. Forever in Blue Jeans” by Neil Diamond released the year we married (1979). Although, I liked some of Diamond’s song I wasn’t really fan.  I barely remember this song. I liked this little fact  I found at Wikipedia…According to Cotton Incorporated “Neil Diamond might have been right when he named his 1979 #1 hit “Forever in Blue Jeans”: 81% of women are planning their next jeans purchase to be some shade of blue.” The song has been used to promote the sale of blue jeans, most notably Will Ferrell, impersonating Neil Diamond singing, for The Gap. Coincidentally, Diamond himself did radio ads for H.I.S. brand jeans in the 1960s, more than a decade before he sang this song.
    9. Bluer Than Blue” by country, pop artist Michael Johnson is one of many entertainers who passed last year and its with this song many associate the artist with.  “Bluer Than Blue” released in 1978 and became Johnson’s first hit song topping the adult contemporary chart for three weeks.
    10. Blue Suede Shoes” (cover) by Elvis Presley is the version I remember but it was Carl Perkins‘s original Cashbox Best Selling singles for 16-weeks and riding the #2 position for 2-weeks.  Elvis performed the song three times on National TV shows in 1956.  Wiki cited Moore saying this about the song…”Presley recorded the song to help out Perkins after his accident. Elvis wasn’t really thinking at that time that it was going to make money for Carl; he was doing it as more of a tribute type thing. Of course Carl was glad he did. It really helped as his record started going down.” Presley’s version did well on the charts (#20) but didn’t come close to Perkins’ success. It sounds like the King had a soft spot in his heart for helping others.

Please read….This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-related posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me (and others) to check it out. Thank you!

I invite you step on the floor with my dance partners:  XmasDolly, Stacy, & Colette!



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What mewsic moves you today?

Hold on to your hat, the mewsic isn’t over yet. It’s now time for round two of Battle of the Bands! Today I’m using my 4M theme inspiration for today’s battle song choice, except I’m giving you three song titles featuring the key words blue jeans.

Song #1 is by Train with Danny Trejo lipsyching the lyrics at time to “Angel in Blue Jeans”.  It’s kind of funny watching Trejo pretending to sing because his appearance definitely does not match Patrick Monahan’s vocals.

 

 

Song #2 is an oldie. I’m not 100% sure who did it first one sources claims Bruce Bruno released “Venus in Blue Jeans” in 1962 but the guy who shared this music video says, Barry Mann released it first in 1955 before recorded it 1961. It doesn’t matter to me, though. I like Mann’s version better than Bruno’s anyhow. *UPDATE A new source clarified some facts with these facts… Mann recorded the demo in 1961 and 1962 hit versions recorded (US #7) Jimmy Clanton & (UK #4) Mark Wynter.

 

 

Song #3 is the only cover in this battle. A Neil Diamond cover of “Forever in Blue Jeans” by Idol hopeful, Jason Castro.

 

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 or in this case song you like best and why (optional).

Who gets your vote, Angel, Venus, or Forever… in Blue Jeans?

 

 

You’ll find more awesome battles underway at some of these blog listed below (not everyone is doing the bi-monthly showdowns now) and if you’d like to be included in the fun, then contact Stephen requesting to be added to the list.

Angels Bark (Michele), Cherdo on the Flipside, Book Lover (Donna), The Doglady’s Den (Debbie), Your Daily Dose (Robin), Jingle Jangle Jungle (Mary), Mike’s Ramblings, Righting & Editing (Janie), STMcC Presents BoTB (Stephen, BoTB Manager)The Sound of One Hand Typing (John), & Tossing It Out (Lee).

 

 

I invite you to plug-in with the “Sparks” community hosted by good pal, Annie at McGuffy’s Reader where you can energize your soul and make the world a little better with sparks of encouragement. Let’s make the world a better place, one person at a time beginning with #1! 😉

 

Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying, I’ll see ya around the cyber block!  Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Cathy Chats!

 

 


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What have you learned this year?

 

 

This is the last day of the year, so I’d like to say good-bye 2017 and hello, kittens & dawgs!  Thank you for joining me today.  Some time ago, I started the weekend series Sunspiration. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t remember it because I didn’t make too many contributions to it. You that little thing called life? Well…it happened. I felt overwhelmed forcing me to abandon this series. However, I’d like to bring it back beginning now. I’m not committing to a weekly spot but whenever the mood hits me and I hope that you enjoy it.

What have you learned this year?  As for me, I learned how precious eye sight is, not that I didn’t know how valuable our eye sight is but when someone you love faces the danger of losing it then it’s like stepping in a cold shower…really getting my attention fast!

For those who are new here or maybe you just missed it but DH underwent a serious eye procedure in March. Never in our wildest imagination did we think his visit with his Optomitrist would result in immediate eye sugery to repair a detached retina. I won’t lie to you, it was scary.

On top of his surgery, we faced other sensitive family matters. You know the old saying, when it rains, it pours? That’s precisely how it felt at our house for days after fading into weeks and months. The good news is DH’s eye is healing and we feel in the new year things will contine down a promising road of a full recovery. Only time will tell this tale but we feel God’s assurance that everything is going to be okay.

Another thing I learned this year is, actually it’s been a process of many years learned, none of us are purrfect. One person’s wrong is no different from the wrong moves I make in God’s eyes but I’m coming to grips with this new thought process more and more which makes me a little less quick to judge.

In our 38 years of marriage, we’ve gone through many fiery lessons. Some things were of our doing and others just being caught in the crossfire of life.  Regardless of how we got burned, we learned how to prepare for troubled times or how to avoid repeating the same mistakes altogether. That’s just part of the growing ups or growing wise process, which brings me to the other family matter. It is still up in the air but we continue to trust God. Every thing is in His hands, so who am I to worry? I will lean on His understanding and I know through it all, God no doubt will shower us with His goodness.

What’s next, hit the dance floor with the Monday’s Music Moves Me crew with New Year’s Themed Songs! Until then, have a peaceful and blessed New Year! X💋X💋, Cathy

Merry Christmas #4M & Christ’s Presence #Sparks

Hoo-Hoo-Hoo! Merry Christmas, Kittens and Dawgs! I seriously doubt many of y’all will find time to boogie today and that’s purrfectly fine by me. Enjoy it, spend time with the family but if you are here whenever that may be, we are groovin’ all month-long to Christmas tunes and  I invite you step on the floor with my dance partners:  XmasDolly, Stacy, & Colette!

Are you ready to groove to some mewsic? In keeping with my Christmas Songs Name Spelling I thought this one is ideal for this morning…C.H.R.I.S.T.M.A.S!

 

 

Hey, I know I stretched a bit on this name choice but Christ is part of Christmas so it’s an excellent work around for my theme after all Christ is what Christmas is all about! 😀

What Christmas mewsic moves you?

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 invite you hop over to McGuffy’s Reader for more “Sparks” of inspiration/encouragement. Let’s make the world a better place, one person at a time beginning with #1! 😉

 

I’m updating this post to reflect a new hop, Share Your World, hosted by Cee’s Photography that I’d like to incorporate into my routine. This is my first attempt and hopefully it won’t be my last. Here’s another chance to get to know me a wee bit better. 😉

What caring thing are you going to do for yourself today? The best way I know to care for myself is to do something I enjoy and here lately that’s been sketching. Thanks to DH for the Apple Pencil he got me for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, I’m having lots of fun every day doodling on my iPad. It’s an amazing little gadget!

List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)

Here’s my list not necessarily in order of importance.

  1. cinnamon
  2. clove
  3. nutmeg
  4. cummin
  5. cilantro

Now, isn’t that I named all “C” spices and coincidentally the first letter of my name. 🙂

What can you always be found with? You’ll always find my iPhone with me most of the time unless I’m cleaning the house and at that moment when I lay it aside is often when I miss a call from one of my children.  Can you tell me how it they do this every time?

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? I not only appreciate but feel inspired every time I see Christmas lights. We visited the western North Carolina mountain communities on Friday and some of those tiny towns were really decked for the holiday!

 

Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying, I’ll see ya around the cyber block eventually but for now I’m just chillaxing with DH! Merry Christmas, dear friends! X💋X💋, Cathy

Please forgive the newness of my movie creating skills. If you’re on FB then you’ve seen a similiar one to this but for those who haven’t. I created this on my iPad using the Procreate app and Apple Pencil to sketch the wintry artwork scene; then added it to iMovie on my computer add the text and voice recording for my Christmas wish to you!  😉

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Christmas Songs Name Spelling, II #4M & Christmas Joy #Sparks

Hoo-Hoo-Hoo, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s December again and this means our theme this month is all things Christmas but we’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and I invite you step on the floor with my dance partners:  XmasDolly, Stacy, & Colette!

Are you ready to groove to some mewsic? In honor of DH today’s mewsic playlist spells…R.O.B.I.N – Merry Christmas to the love of my life!

  1. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” ❄️Gene Autry
  2. “Oh Christmas Tree” ❄️ Aretha Franklin
  3. “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” ❄️ Amy Grant
  4. “In Excelsis Gloria” ❄️ Andrea Bocelli
  5. “Noel” ❄️ Pentatonix

 

 

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!



 

What Christmas mewsic moves you?

 

I invite you hop over to McGuffy’s Reader for more “Sparks” of inspiraiton/encouragement. Let’s make the world a better place, one person at a time beginning with #1! 😉

Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying, I’ll see ya around the cyber block!

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Walk by faith

Good-morning, kittens & dawgs! Chances are good I’ll be away from Blogosphere today. Last Friday, DH joined the ranks of the unemployed. Our hope for another extension failed to come through, but given his original termination date was at the end of March then we count ourselves blessed for this little reprieve.

Job loss is nothing new to us…either of us, but more so for DH. Every since the 1985 RIF (reduction in force) at TVA, we’ve been dished the painful pink slip on several occasions. It’s never easy or fun, but we learn how to deal with each cut and trust God to tie us over until a new opportunity opens. My trust rests in Him.

The upside at this point in our lives is we are emotionally and financially better equipped. I have discovered maturing has its perks in the way I see things given to us ~ good or bad. Monetarily speaking, we are in a better place with no mortgage or credit card balance. These things strangled us in the earlier years. Of course, we have the usual obligations: utilities, groceries, etc. I think (I’m not sure 100%) with unemployment benefits (assuming things don’t go wrong…it’s a government program after all), we can manage these bills for a short time.

Electrical engineering jobs are tight in Knoxville. I’m not sure what this means now. Will DH find work locally or will he have to commute? Is a move in our future? What is God’s plan for us at this point? Only time will tell the tale and all I can do is walk by faith.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7

2 Corinthians 5:7

 

NOTE: Kindly keep us in your thoughts & prayers. Please, don’t worry, if I’m absent from blogging for a bit. We plan to take care of some chores we haven’t had time for in a while, while enjoying a little R&R in-between the job hunting. Thanks for understanding! 😉

 

 

Sunspiration – Let Go Of Your Stress

Today’s Sunspiration is another in-box contribution from a dear friend…

psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!

 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you…
Psalm 55:22
 

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7 Ways to Love Yourself

Why is it some people need more inspiration than others? I find myself constantly having to motivate someone else. It’s not that I mind doing this, but rather it perplexes and concerns me.  I think about my grandparents. They grew up during one of the toughest times in this country – the depression era.

It wasn’t easy and they didn’t quit on life. They accepted the things they couldn’t change and made the best of the situation, doing whatever it took to survive.  How is it today people fail to be self-reliant with their own emotions?

What’s the best thing you can do for yourself?

The Bible tells us to love thy neighbor as thy self. Love is a deep emotion connection we all need. If you don’t like yourself very much, then how can you be happy or how do you really begin to love another?

With feelings of unworthiness, you must learn to accept yourself for who you are. None of us are perfect.  God loves you with an everlasting love just the way you are. That’s comforting and powerful – He loves you with an everlasting love!

How do you love yourself? Here are 7 Ways!

1. Surround yourself with friends who are morally good.  You’ve heard the saying, “There’s no honor among thieves”. Don’t choose people who are out to hurt you. With friends like this, then who needs enemies, right? Avoid negative people like a plague!

2. Get a job (or a hobby) – idle hands are the devils’ playground. This can be translated literally or more commonly apathy sets in. Depression is the new idle hands of Satan. Don’t be fooled!

3. Do something special just for you every day. Taking care of yourself will make you not only feel good, but to have a greater appreciation for others. Relax, have fun, and enjoy life!

4. You have only one life, one body. Avoid harmful substances – alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.  Treat yourself well with exercise and good nutrition – your body is a glorious temple!

5. Say good-bye to self-criticism and worry and say hello to being kind and positive! We’re often the hardest on ourselves than anyone else, which leads to anxieties. Trust your abilities and forgive yourself when you make goofs with affirmations of “I’m uniquely made by the Master and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

6. Daydream. There is nothing wrong with nurturing your dreams. This enables you to love the life you have been given. Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than the by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

7. Walk with God daily. Look to Him for direction in your life. In His presences you can’t help, but to love yourself. For God so loved the world… this definitely includes you, wouldn’t you say?

 

Words to ponder on by Virginia Satir…

“I am Me. In all the world, there is no one else exactly like me. Everything that comes out of me is authentically mine, because I alone chose it — I own everything about me: my body, my feelings, my mouth, my voice, all my actions, whether they be to others or myself. I own my fantasies, my dreams, my hopes, my fears. I own my triumphs and successes, all my failures and mistakes.

Because I own all of me, I can become intimately acquainted with me. By so doing, I can love me and be friendly with all my parts. I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me, and other aspects that I do not know — but as long as I am friendly and loving to myself, I can courageously and hopefully look for solutions to the puzzles and ways to find out more about me.

However, I look and sound, whatever I say and do, and whatever I think and feel at any given moment I’m authentically me. If later some parts of how I looked, sounded, thought, and felt turn out to be unfitting, I can discard that which is unfitting, keep the rest, and reinvent something new that I discarded. I can see, hear, feel, think, say, and do. I have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of me. I own me, and therefore, I can engineer me. I am me, and I am Okay.”

Because I love myself, I will do something good for myself today. Follow me to Hopping  Along Wednesday – Blog Hop Style!
Love yourself today!
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