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Watercolor Iris Mother’s Day Card

Good morning, kittens & dawgs! This week I’m sitting things out for the most part in Blogosphere. I need a little regroup time after last month’s exhausting but fun and rewarding challenge. You’re invited to read my A2Z Reflections post.

Yesterday I was swamped with catch up and I had an appointment with ENT doc. We’re going to give the nasal spray another month before resorting to surgery. This means my hearing continues to be limited and it’s a total annoyance but if this inconvenience prevents the need for a hearing tube then hooray!

During the April A to Z challenge, my flame for drawing grew. When I sketched my Iris picture, I knew I wanted to use it as a Mother’s Day watercolor design for my mom. I ordered Strathmore watercolor paper from Amazon after finding out regular cardstock (with mom’s bday card) buckles badly when using watercolors.

After I sketched my image, I used a Micron #02 pen to outline then erased pencil marks before applying Kimberly watercolor pencils and a dab of water. The watercolor paper worked beautifully as expected with no buckling. I’m a happy girl! The cool thing is this paper is manufactured in the USA (see upper right corner). Here’s a close up of my card.


I liked how the design turned out and decided to use it for DD#2’s upcoming birthday this Sunday. Yeah, her bday falls on Mother’s Day this year. Isn’t that neat?

Now moving on to a bit of mewsic!

I can’t recall how I stumbled upon this morning’s featured mewsician but that doesn’t matter.  Susan Wong is truly a “China Doll” born in Hong Kong. She spent several years in the land down under as a child with her family but after graduation, she moved back to Hong Kong. Her genre is classed as easy-listening with smooth jazzy vibes and if you’re like me then you’re going to enjoy her sound.

 

Facebook: @Susan Wong
Twitter: @susan_wong
Instagram: @officialsusanwong

 

Last week while catching up with missed A to Z posts, I was visiting Toni from Wandering and Wondering who was playing along with Airing My Laundry (click button) in “Hey, It’s Okay!”

This is what the hostess says… I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you’re okay with. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with “Hey, It’s Okay”. It’s rude.

Hey, it’s okay if DH chooses to indulge me how every he wishes on Mother’s Day weekend. It doesn’t have to be anything grand because love shines through and there’s no amount of money that can buy that. ?

Let me finish my chat session by joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this with this morning’s prompt: It’s my birthday and Mother’s Day soon… what should I do?

Contrary to the way some mothers feel, Les, I think Mother’s Day is best spent with the children.  I’m sure you’re like me on this score, too.  Enlist left brain to take you and the kids out for a picnic lunch in a beautiful park where you can watch them play while photographing those magical moments as a family or snapping the occasional picture of a beautiful flower or friendly critter or whatever strikes your fancy. Indulge yourself with something sweet like a scoop or two of ice cream. That’s the way I would go but choose something that’s special to you. After being out all day, get some take out to take home to spend a leisurely evening with the family.  Oh but wait, it’s your birthday, too! Start dropping hints (a good way to drop hints is to send him today’s post URL from my site or others playing along) now for left brown to help the kids bake a cake for you and offer suggestions for gifts of pens, a writing journal, color pencils, or your favorite ground coffee or tea.  The possibilities are endless. I’m sure your family already has plans for you and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it was along these lines. Happy Birthday and Mother’s Day to you, dearie! ?

That’s a wrap for this morning. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and you’re welcome to join me if you want. The rest of the week and maybe the next two, I’m talking it easy to regroup after the April A to Z Challenge. Not to worry, if you leave your footprints here on my site, I will follow them back to you. I’ll see you soon!

I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

 

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Takin’ It To The Streets

 

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 for as long as she needs me.  You’re invited to hit the dance floor with me and this week there isn’t a theme, so that means “Your Choice“.


This is a mewsic hop, so please link only relevant posts!?

 

Recently on Facebook, I stumbled across a video of Fly By Night Rounders with Abby the Spoon Lady performing on the streets of Asheville, North Carolina and I thought, “How fun!” This inspiration led me to look for street mewsicians for my Takin’ It To The Streets post.


Folly Abby on Facebook, as well as Fly By Night Rounders.

I thought I’d check out the street entertainment in Knoxville and found this young man. There was little I could find on him but I hope you enjoy the vid. This is definitely something you don’t see every day, a cello player on the street!

Jeremy Welch YouTube Video is no longer available.  He has a dream, can you help? Visit his GoFundMe page.

Another Knoxville act I found is this fun jazz band, Old City Buskers, during my search.  This makes me think of the prohibition era, what do you think?

 

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.   What mewsic are you listening to lately? ?

I hope to see back tomorrow for my new meme, Tuesday Tunesation!

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Another “Sunny” Cover Between Three Johns #BoTB

Hello, Kittens & Dawgs! My blog hop commitments on Wednesdays are really tight, so I thought I’d go live a day early with my battle. I hope y’all don’t mind.  Maybe it’s too soon to do another cover scrabble of Hebb’s classic 60s hit song, Sunny but I last time I was torn on how to present this battle. So, I decided to keep both posts showcasing them back to back in Another “Sunny” Cover Between Three Johns #BoTB.

Hebb’s Sunny is a popular recorded cover. The most interesting artist to release a cover is Leonard Nimoy. Strangely, Mr. Spock did an alright job! Moving on to today’s contenders.

#1 Johnny Mathis (1967). Hebb’s said he was proud of Mathis’ slower tempo rendition. I can’t imagine Mathis doing it any other way, can you? Listen to see what you think.

 

#2 John Walker (1966) the American singer/songwriter and founder of The Walker Brothers became popular in the UK during the 60s and #1 hit song, Make It Easy On Yourself(’65). The band broke up in ’67 and John went solo but then in the mid-70s, the band got back together cranking out three albums (No Regrets, Lines, and Nite Flight). Honestly I don’t remember John or the The Walker Brothers. That doesn’t matter, he did a nice job with what I call a middle of the road tempo between Mathis and Rivers’ covers. Listen, digest, and tell me what you think?

 

 

#3 Johnny Rivers, “Secret Agent Man”, covered the song the same year as Mathis but kept more true to Hebb’s tempo than his competitors. Will his style sweep you away?

 

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) and next week this time, I’ll share the results along with who I voted for in this round. Three Johns battling it out in the spotlight, all good fantastic artists with different styles. The choice is up to you!

Who do you pick – Mathis, Walker, or Rivers?

 

 

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.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with a bonus of the first artist to record Hebb’s song in 1965, the year before his own version released, Mieko Hirota.

 

 

Please join me for tomorrow for not-so Wordless Wednesday!

 

Have a bandtastic day!

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Sunny with a touch of soul #BoTB showdown

Normally, I do not post on Sunday Kittens & Dawgs but it’s mid-January and this means it’s time for another Battle of the Bands showdown.  Recently, Tom reminded me of an oldie I had forgotten but apparently I have an emotional attachment to.  Perhaps something good happened to me the first time I heard it or maybe I just like it because of the poetic lyrics.

Sunny
Thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Sunny
Thank you for the love you brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
And now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you

Whatever the reason, today, I’m featuring Bobby Hebb’s original Sunny with a touch of soul.

Sunny is one of the most performed and recorded songs with more than two hundred versions.  In August 1966, Sunny peaked the Billboard Hot 100 charts at #2.

Did you know Hebb wrote the lyrics to Sunny following two major tragedies? JFK’s assissination and the stabbing death of his older brother. According to Hebb,  he chose to have a sunny disposition over the lousy one he felt in the wake of the devastation over his brother’s death.  One that many of us can learn from and aspire toward when faced with loss, pain, or general problems.

Hebb has said about “Sunny”: “All my intentions were to think of happier times and pay tribute to my brother – basically looking for a brighter day – because times were at a low. After I wrote it, I thought ‘Sunny’ just might be a different approach to what Johnny Bragg was talking about in ‘Just Walkin’ in the Rain.'”

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).

Contender #1 Stevie Wonder

 

Contender #2 Marva Whitney & James Brown


Which artist gets your vote, Stevie Wonder or Whitney & Brown?

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’ll share the results of this battle in my January 23rd Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me post and if you like mewsic then I invite you to hit the dance floor with me tomorrow with the 4M crew.

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off an instrumental take on this oldie classic for your enjoyment only. 😉

 


Until then have a songtastic day!

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Tony Bennett This Christmas Album

Good morning, kittens & dawgs!  On the way home  Friday night after viewing the beautiful streets lined with luminaries in Dillsboro, North Carolina (if interested you’ll find photos of past December trips from here, here, and here of Dillsboro) we were listening to the Christmas radio station on Sirius when the song Snowfall came over the air.  I thought it was lovely and decided this would be an excellent choice to start a new week and a fresh start with DH beginning his new job today.  So, grab you a hot beverage, I know I will, to settle in to listen to the complete Tony Bennett This Christmas Album playlist.

 

We got a fun surprise while traveling east on I-40 through the mountains with this view.

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iPhone5s image capture in a moving car, not an easy job and no, I wasn’t driving. 🙂

Yep, that’s snow on the mountain top!  It made our outing more festive.  The wintry sighting fit perfectly with the very nippy temperatures (mid-20s).  I hope you enjoyed this mornings Christmas mewsic and I appreciate you making me a part of your Monday morning.

I’m co-hosting Monday’s Music Moves Me with XmasDolly for as long as she needs me since she’s short-handed and I hope you’ll join the dance party.  This month’s theme is “Christmas anything”!



Please don’t forget to join me for not-so Wordless Wednesday! 😉 Have a delightful mewsing day!

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Melancholy March #BOTB showdown

I’m feeling a little melancholy this morning, kittens and dawgs. Winter will end soon, yet spring is weeks away. It’s a brand new month, what am I to do? Why I tell you, it’s time for round one of Battle of the Bands.

This time of the year the weather is quite mixed up and today’s featured song says it all.

Melancholy March was first recorded in 1956 and considering its age there are no covers, other than one. Please tell me I’m wrong! So, I’m using the original singer, I think this is a first for me, against a cover artist.

Kindly lend your eye to contender # 1, Julie London with the Pete King Orchestra.

 Download Melancholy March from iTunes.

Born Gayle Peck in 1926, Ms. London was an American nightclub, jazz, and POP singer, film & TV actress, and former pinup model. Her career spanned over five decades of television and on the big screen her leading men included: Rock Hudson, Gary Cooper, and Robert Mitchum.

Julie London , 1958

Julie London , 1958

Her name was familiar, but the light didn’t come on until I read she starred in the 60s show, Emergency. Julie_London_Bobby_Troup_Emergency_1971
Julie sings with that faint, sensual quality I’ve come to enjoy while listening to female artists and it won’t come as any surprise to learn she won me over the instant her lips parted. First vote goes to Julie London! 😉

Don’t let my opinion sway you, though. Competing against Ms. London is cover artists, Runtlalala.

 

There’s no denying Runtlalala has a pleasing quality to his voice, but in the end I think the allure of Julie’s vocals capture the essences of the lyrics the best.  No tears will fall on this side regardless of who takes the golden mic.

How about you, who did you favor, Julie London or Runtlalala? Please leave your answer in comments; if you have time and want to share what makes your pick the “best” of the two, then I’d love to read your reasons.

Don’t forget, the polls close midnight of the 7th. I will share the results of this battle the following day, so mark your calendar and stop by to see if your pick gets named!

The fun continues with more epic battles underway; I invite you to visit, Stephen, who manages the ever-growing list of BoTB players and a special thanks to the brain child of this cool, bi-monthly hop, Fae!

Thanks for joining in on the fun. This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with….

Melancholy March,
Your gloom is showing,
Your winds are glowing,
Across the sky.

Melancholy March,
Your clouds are crying,
Your trees are sighing,
As though they’ll die.

I know you’re late for Winter’s tale,
Too early for any Spring,
So we stand,
Hand in hand,
Waiting for anything!

Melancholy March,
Without a season,
You have no reason
Or rhyme to be.

Melancholy March,
Meet melancholy me!

Melancholy March,
Meet melancholy me!

Have a songtastic day!

Wild is the Wind #BOTB

WOW, it’s a brand new month already! This past week has been a wretched cold mess with a few unexpected snow days thrown in the mix, which complicates my blog writing or lack there of.  While composing posts on Wednesday songspiration hit me like a great northern gust, I did say it was cold, didn’t I?

I came across this week a new-to-me song while planning my Monday musical post.  Johnny Mathis recorded the original in 1957. Man, oh man is he ever smooth! The song peaked at #22 on the charts and earning Mathis a nomination for an academy award. Did I say an academy award? Apparently, Mathis recorded the track for the film with the same name, Wild is the Wind.

I won’t include Mathis in BoTB, but will take a different direction. Who will win? Well, kittens & dawgs it’s totally up to you! Let the battle begin….

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