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Lucky Charms + #TuesdayTunesation with @JamesMorrisonOK

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Good morning, kittens & dawgs! Tuesday Tunesation featured mewsician is new-to-me.

James Morrison is an English singer/songwriter who rose to fame in 2006 with his début single, “You Give Me Something” (song number three on the above playlist) peaking at #5 in the UK and #1 in New Zealand. It became a hit in Europe, Australia, Japan, & Iran. I find his soulful, rock style is rather nice and easy to listen to while writing posts or reading others.


 

This month, I putting together multiple daily posts into one.  I don’t know if this will make life any easier while I work on my April A-Z posts but that’s my hopes.

I’m joining Les from Ink Interrupted for Tuesday Coffee Chat this week and this morning’s prompt: Where are your Lucky Charms?  It’s St. Patrick’s Day this week, whether you are Irish or not, do you have any special totems or symbols of your culture?

Me Lucky Charms are in the cupboard, lassie. Where else would they be? 😉

 

I know you’re talking about cereal but I couldn’t resist being my usual silly self with this prompt.  When DD#1 began her junior year in our homeschool high school I knew I didn’t want to get our kids the typical class ring and that’s when I began thinking about our Irish culture.  That’s when I found this not-so-expensive Claddagh rings with our daughters in mind from Creative Irish Gifts.

We got DS one from the same site but either they no longer have it or I’m not remembering what it looked like.  He had a masculine style Claddaugh ring.

Many, many years ago when we use to get our annual Christmas bell from Helix Pewter & Copper just before they closed their business door for good DH got me small Claddaugh windchime.  I think it’s meant to be hung on a Christmas tree but I have hung by a cord from the ceiling.  It makes the slightest tinkling sound if I blow on the chimes.  What I’d like to get is a horseshoe to put on our door. While I am not superstitious, I do like the legion behind the hanging of the horseshoe of good fortune and is a sign that keeps Satan away, otherwise, I just think it’s a nice Irish decoration.  I bet I could find an old horseshoe at my in-laws’ place. I’m gonna have to look the next time we visit. 😉

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. I hope you’ll hop & link up tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.

I hope you’ll join me at midnight and link up with my mid-week meme not-so Wordless Wednesday.

 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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Retro Motown style of Mayer Hawthorne #TuesdayTunesation

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Good morning Kittens and Dawgs! Starting now and until further notice, I’m gonna pulled together multiple daily posts into a single post. I am preparing for April’s A-Z Challenge right now and then next month I’ll be busy with the month long hop.  Anywho, I’m delighted you stopped in to listen to this morning’s featured artist.

Last week’s Ink Interrupted Coffee Chat got postponed. Les experienced a  blog shut issues. That prompt is today’s topic but mine went live last week after I learned of her problems and if you missed it then you can read my response, here.

This morning’s singer (new-to-me) is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, audio engineer, producer, multi-instrumentalist. He sounds a bit like a one-man band, doesn’t he? 🙂

Crank up the volume and get ready to dance to this 65-song playlist of the new retro Motown style of Mayer Hawthorne!

 

 

 
 

What did you think of this morning’s mewsical guest?

 

That’s a wrap for now. I’m hopping over to Stacy’s for Random Tuesday Thoughts and I hope you’ll join me at midnight for a Double Feature post with not-so Wordless Wednesday & BoTB! 😉

Have a tunesational day!

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Barry White on #TuesdayTunesation!

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Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs!  You’ve made this Cathy happy with your visit.  For several months I wanted to spotlight today’s artist. Born Barry Eugene Carter September 12, 1944, this singer/songwriter, composer is a three-time Grammy Award recipient and well-known for his romantic baritone vocals.  I give you, Barry White!

White’s two biggest hits were You’re My First, My Last, My Everything (which I don’t remember) and “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe” (I do remember).

 

But, the song I remember him best from his 1973 #1 Billboard Pop Charts’ hit!

 

“Love’s Theme” appeared on his first album, Rhapsody in White, under Love Unlimited Orchestra.


I sorta lost touch with Barry White after the 70s but in the late 80s he released, The Man is Back, that produced three Top 40 singles on the Billboard R&B chart. “Super Lover” landed on #34,  “I Wanna Do It Good to Ya” hit #26, and “When Will I See You Again” took #32.

 

With the involvement in Quincy Jones production of The Secret Garden allowed White to ride a new wave of popularity after which he launched several albums returning him to spotlight in 1991 with Put Me in Your Mix at #8 on Billboard R&B Album chart and the song by the same name hit #2 on Billboard R&B Singles chart.

 

1994 was a good year for White with the release of Icon of Love that went to #1 on the Billboard R&B Album charts and from this album, the first song, “Practice What You Preach” hit #1 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart which was a first for him in 20 years.

 

White’s album was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B Album category. However, he lost to TLC’s CrazySexyCool.

In 1996, Barry White teamed up with Tina Turner to produce, “In Your Wildest Dreams”.

 

Staying Power (1999) was White’s last album which produced his final hit single with the song by the same name at #45 on the Billboard R&B Charts but it also landed him two Grammy Awards: The Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and The Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.

 

Barry White was a big man. Unfortunately, his obesity contributed to problems with high blood pressure and diabetes.  In May 2003 while on dialysis waiting for a kidney transplant, Barry had a massive stroke forcing him out of the limelight, then two months later on July 4th, White died.

Barry’s career was mega size on a worldwide level with 106 gold albums (41 of these reached platinum), 20 gold and 10 platinum singles and sales of more than 100M dollars. He’s regarded as an all-time world’s best-selling artist. His career inspiration comes from Motown greats – The Supremes, The Four Tops, and Marvin Gaye plus some southern influence from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and the King of Rockin’ Roll, Elvis Presley.

 

Thanks for making me a part of your morning and I hope you’ll share the mews of my new weekly meme with your lovelies with the below tweet or through other social media shares.

 

 

Want more romantic mewsic? Visit my Smoother Than Chocolate Love Mewsic post from yesterday and if you stick around a bit you can catch my random Valentine’s Day post on Cathy Chats! 😽

Have a tunesational 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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Newcomer meets 80s POP star in #BOTB showdown

Good morning, kittens and dawgs! September is half over. I don’t know where the time is going. I barely can figure out one BoTB before the next one starts. Unlike, some fellow BoTBers I do not plan nor do my posts follow a pattern.  I’m a fly by the seat kind of gal when it comes to blogging. No, really I am just that spontaneous when it comes to what I share in my posts.

Today’s featured song rode the charts at #1 for five weeks in 1976 by the all-female group, The Emotions, that was written by Earth, Wind, and Fire band members: Al McKay and Maurice White.  Here’s the original for your listening pleasure only, which is not included in the showdown, Best of My Love!

 

Contender #1 is new-to-me. This group packs a lot of R&B with a touch of The Pussycat Dolls style. Please listen to La Diva!

 

Contender #2 needs no introduction and if she does then you’re too young to vote this round. lol Let’s give it up for the amazing Sheena Easton!

In this week’s edition of, Whatever happened to…?, I spotlighted Sheena Easton.  I was kinda inspired by her in this round of BoTB, so I fibbed just a wee bit. 😉

Voting is open to everyone visiting my site. 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).

Who gets your vote, LaDiva or Sheena Easton?

The fun continues with more epic battles underway and I invite you to visit, Stephen (at the top of the list), if you’d like to know how this works and/or ask how to join all this madness fun!

Tell your friends to come by to get in on the action. The more the merrier!🤗

 

Thanks for joining in on the fun. Don’t forget to swing by for Friday Sillies and other Friday fun stuff. 😉  This is Curious as a Cathy signing off, “Have a bandtastic day!”