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#WW: Spooky Manor

This month I’m taking a hiatus. There will be no featured photographers, but I’m keeping the linky party going and will do return visits in short order.


I originally shared this image with you last year. This is Greystone Manor, which is home to WATE-TV here in town. I decided to turn it into a Spooky Manor using Photoshop by converting the image to B&W and adding some ghostly overlays provided by Obsidian Dawn.

How many ghosts do you see? Have a safe Halloween. Thanks for stopping by. Have a fototastic day!



Saturday Song-suasion 61: Brad McBride

In case you haven’t read, I’m taking a break this month. Although, I unplugged myself from the world beyond my computer, I did think before hand about my lovelies and threw together a whole month of music for your enjoyment.

With Halloween only days away, I felt it my obligation to put a little creep in today’s music. Instead of a featured artist, I present you with the imaginative YouTube creations by Brad McBride.

The first video is a 2-hour haunted virtual fireplace and thunderstorm,

and the second is a haunting 8-hour thunderstorm!


You gotta love this guy’s sense of humor and fantastic sound effects. You may want to check out his library of sound effects for sale at VirtualDreamer.com. This is the place to visit if you like soundscapes!

Thank you for making me a part of your weekend. I hope you enjoyed your visit. In fact, I hope you enjoyed it so much that you cannot wait to tell your friends. Go ahead, hit the share (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) button! You know you wanna. 😉

Have a songsational Saturday!


#BOTB: Chick fight!

Hello, kittens & dawgs! Music is what makes my heart beat, but then you already know this with two weekly posts dedicated to tunes. That being said, I’m happy to share with you my participation in the BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB).

A few weeks ago when I got started, I learned the obvious winner (or at least the winner in my book)  should not be included in the spin-off to make things more interesting.  I had no clue, really that my first installment of BOTB this month would be a runaway victory for The Outlaws doing Ghost Rider in the Sky. That being said, today I’m taking a new approach by presenting artists who are not commonly thought or heard of doing the same song *fingers crossed*.

In 1966, saxophonist Mike Sharpe listed #57 on the US Pop Chart with this familiar song, but it wasn’t until 1968 the song was given life with words and later popularized by a 70s rock band. I said I was changing things up a bit, didn’t I? *Leap of faith* Okay, I’m presenting a gender-reverse version of ARS 1979 hit, Spooky. Are you ready? Let the chick fight begin!

In keeping with my promise (fewer & unusual artists), my first selection in the showdown is The Puppini Sisters. This close harmonizing trio from Europe (Italy & UK) are not really sisters. The jazzy, a cappella singing trio is a breath of fresh air to hear and if you’re an Andrew Sisters’ fan then you will like them.  I invite you to shut your eyes to block out the theatrics of the video and give their rendition a listen.


Different? Yep, but I kinda like it. I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s my favorite, but it’s enjoyable in its own right and with this introduction I want to hear more by The Puppini Sisters.

Next up is Imogen Heap, singer/songwriter/composure, is a new-to-me indie rock/synthpop artist from across the great pond. I was vacillating over if this style appeals to me or not. I equate synthesizers with artificial music…ah…that’s not what I’m looking for exactly, but the bottom line is I think of noise with no sound substance. Does that make sense? However, I was surprised to find that Heap doesn’t fall completely in my original perception with at least this song…


A familiar tune, yet distinctive. I’m curious to hear more by Imogen Heap. Who knows, maybe I will discover I have a taste for electro house music after all.

There’s one more chick who did this cover. She is my favorite pick and I’m certain, if I included it in today’s battle then it would be a colossal vote stealer. Where’s the fun in that? I’m trying to learn my lesson. Another thing, I know it’s difficult to absorb and comment on more than two selections so I’m keeping things simple, but if you’re interested then check out Dusty Springfield’s recording.

Okay, here’s what you do to vote. In my comments section, tell me which band you like the best and why. After you’re done, visit other BOTB contributors below:

Far Away Series, hostess

STMcC Presents ‘Battle of the Bands’, host

Tossing It Out

Your Daily Dose


A Writer’s Life in Progress

Creative Outlet of Stratplayer

Mike’s Ramblings

Visit Stephen for details on BOTB. I will share the winning outcome on Monday’s Music Moves Me post on the 27th, so I hope you’ll stop by to learn the results. Until then, have a tunetastic day and thank you for rockin’ my world on Battle of the Bands!


It’s SPOOKY, I got a feeling like SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME

Welcome to week #164

Today we’re partying to “freebie” picks. Whatever tunes are getting your groove on, then we want to hear them right here on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

PhotobucketOur lovely hostesses, XmasDolly, would like to thank you for joining the party and as always JAmericanSpice, Stacy Uncorked, Just the stuff ya know & myself are happy that you came. Now, it’s time to get our groove on with you so remember to link up and shake your bootie with the fellow rockin’ blogger buds below!

Dance party rules:  Grab XmasDolly 4M button here,  display it on your blog, and then add your your favorite weekly music theme YouTube videos for everyone to enjoy. We aren’t music snobs, if you have tunes to share that don’t fit in with our theme then no problem! As long as you have music to share, then you’re cool coz all we want to do is dance with you! 

I got a feeling like ….

Even if it is someone as devilishly handsome as Damon and Stefan, I rather *gulp* not be watched at all!

Did you have a good time on the dance floor? I did. Remember, to be considered for honorary co-host each month, then be sure to add your URL to the link up.  Next stop… your place!  What music moves you?

Be sure to come back next week to dance with the 4M crew, and if you can’t get enough music, then join me for Saturday Songsuasion!

4M Halloween Theme Party


How many times have I heard Angie Baby before? I don’t know, but I never, ever listened to the lyrics really until today. You gotta love Helen Reddy’s spootacular smoky voice that adds just the right edge to this 1970s song.

Welcome to Monday’s Music Moves Me 113th edition!  This week’s theme is “Halloween music, videos, cartoons or bloopers.


When DH & I were dating in 1977, we got to see Atlanta Rhythm Section in concert at Bluefield State Community College. This second-hand song charted Billboard Hits in 1979….


The Sonny & Cher show was a popular icon in TV viewing for most of us growing up in the 70s.  Do you remember this song?

For those who are not as mature (age-wise) as some of us, then perhaps this one will be more familiar from the 1990 TV show Twin Peaks. A lovely theme song which will forever haunt your memory with the murder of  Laura Palmer at the onset of the first season.

Twin Peaks is available on Netflix.

Wasn’t that an electric experience? Why keep it to yourself? Come on spread the word. Invite all of your friends to join best hip blog hop party each Monday!

Are you ready for us to groove to your tunes? Here’s all you gotta do:

  • Go to YouTube & insert your preferred music video.
  • Grab the “Monday’s Music Moves Me” button code to display anywhere on your blog.
  • Link your 4M post URL (not your main URL) below & leave a comment telling us you’re our newest follower (“Follow me” options in right side bar). Then rock around the block with any & everybody you want on the linky!

This is a hip blog hop. Hosting the greatest Blogosphere party is Marie of XmasDolly and her dance partners: Callie of JAmericanSpice, Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, Cathy Kennedy’s Blog (my old blog) and this month’s honorary dance partner, Rachel from Because I have to!

Our spotlight dancer tops the linky line up in the number one spot – Congratulations, my friend!

Don’t forget to show our featured dancer some love and go ahead, shake your bootie with any of the fellow rockin’ bloggers below…

I’ll leave you on this little weird note…

Next stop… your place! What music is moving you?

Do you have that good ole fashion dance fever? Then, continue the party with…

 LadyJava's Lounge

Click here for more Halloween music selections.