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

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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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241 years of Independence!


We are a land built by many hands of many nationalities. My ancestors came to the modern-day Promise Land from the Isles of Ireland and Scotland. I count my blessings daily for the sweat and tears poured into this country, forging her into a great nation and making my life easier. I will never know the struggles of my forefathers and I consider it a great privilege that I was born FREE

 

and living in AMERICA!

 

Last week, I dropped the hint that I had something special for y’all. Well, I do! Our fearless leader, XmasDolly (Marie) is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her 7th blogoversary (coincidentally it matches mine) and to show all of you just how special you mean to us.  We pulled our resources to offer you a chance to win one of these cool prizes. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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Thank you for your loyalty dancing with the Monday Music Moves Me crew week after week and good luck! 😉

 

I invite you to dance with ME and my fellow co-hosts XmasDolly, Stacy, and Colette!  This week’s theme is INDEPENDENCE Day or celebrating the holiday”.



 

Happy Birthday, AMERICA!

 

 

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Alvin and the Chipmunks

I can’t spell DNCE with out U. 🙂 I’d like to take credit for that funny but DH came up with that after hearing a different funny spin-off of DNCE’s Cake by the Ocean. I stumbled upon these cute little furry friends singing this dance worthy tune and decided to turn today’s Friday Fun Stuff into a dance party featuring Alvin and the Chipmunks.

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I watched the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunk movie. Jason Lee does a fabulous job as Dave Seville.  Overall I enjoyed this adorably cute and predictable flick capturing my inner child. 🙂

 

Things are progressing about normal with DH’s retina attachment surgery but his vision issues remain.  This may not resolve itself until after he finishes the process which includes two other procedures and getting new glasses. We aren’t venturing off for long day trips but keep closer to home. It’s funny how we still find a lot to do and places we haven’t seen or been to in a long time. It’s interesting how we can drive 15-20 minutes out of the city and it’s almost like rural east Tennessee.This is a view of House Mountain not too far from where we live.

 

Hostess: A by author, Lexa Cain!

 

Today, I Celebrate The Small Things, such as DD#1. This week, she turned 29. She was once so tiny weighing less than 6 pounds. I baked her a Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting (See recipe below).

Next year, she enters a new decade. My beautiful baby girl is now a beautiful woman…a single, beautiful woman! 😉 lol

 

Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Triple Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate cake mix
  • 2 small boxes Jello Cook n’ Serve chocolate pudding mix
  • 12oz. Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ c. apple sauce*
  • ½ c warm water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. Daisy sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, except chocolate chips and frosting. Beat 4 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake in a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until cake tests done. Cool in pan 10-15 minutes; turn out on wire rack or serving plate to complete cooling. Frost inside tube, top, and around sides when completely cooled. (I used a sheet pan.)
  2. *If you don’t want to use applesauce, then use equal amount of cooking oil.
  3. Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting
  4. 2 pounds Confectioners Sugar
  5. 1-cup (2-sticks) butter, room temperature
  6. 3-6 tablespoons milk
  7. 2 tablespoons LorAnn Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste
  8. Cream confectioners sugar and butter; continue mixing while adding vanilla bean paste and finally add milk to suit consistency preference.
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In honor of DD#1 who loved watching Alvin and the Chipmunks, especially features of the Chipettes because well…she shares the name of Alvin’s girlfriend. Let’s hear for The Chipettes!

What are you celebrating?

 

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(1) My next scheduled post will be Monday Mewsic Moves Me and you’re invited to hit the dance floor with “Independence Day or Celebrating the Holiday” tunes with a blogversary giveaway kicking off.

 

(2) Fireworks originated in China some 2,000 years ago in an accidentally discovery when a Chinese cook working in a field kitchen mixed charcoal, sulfur, and saltpeter (items commonly found in kitchens in those days). The mixture burned and when compressed in an enclosure (a bamboo tube), it exploded. Can you imagine the kaboom? (source credit)

 

(3) This week, I am thankful to live in the good ole USA. There’s no better land than only in America!

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(4) Freedom earned by our forefathers and maintained by today by all who SERVE this country and the LOVE from the ordinary American fighting to protect the liberties of this great land through voice and action.

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I appreciate you joining me. I’m taking it easy this summer with posts loosely done on a whim.  Hopefully, you get notifications delivered to your email whenever I add a new post but if not, then you may want to join now to not miss out!

That’s a wrap for now, I’ll see ya on the dance floor for independence Day or Celebrating the holiday tunes and a Mondays Mewsic Moves Me anniversary giveaway! 

Until next time, have a laughtastic weekend!

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