Count your blessings…

I know you’ve all read or heard many times by many people what I’m about to say, but I’m feeling especially sentimental for some reason this year, so here goes…

I’ve felt very blessed this year as I’ve watched as the number of presents grow under the tree, especially since I know that my daughters have been contributing to them with their own money and time. As I sit here in a few moments of near-silence this Christmas morning, I can hear my family beginning to stir upstairs, and I’m feeling very blessed by those sounds, as well. I recognize that while we’re very far from rich, we are very fortunate. My daughters have grown up with both parents, most of their grandparents, and even many of their great grandparents. We’ve always had a house to call home with a strong, stable family, and have all enjoyed good health, for the most part. We’ve not had many years that we needed to “wipe the year away” as George Michael sang about in ‘December Song,’ but we do still dream of Christmas. I hope it will always be a time for our family to gather and enjoy our biggest blessing, the love we have for each other.

Peace to you all!

December Song:

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – June 1 – 7, 2015

June 1st

My mind is tellin’ me no
but my body, my body’s tellin’ me yes

from “Bump & Grind” by R. Kelly

Our mind may know what’s not good for us, but those darned pheromones too often get access to the “Override” button.

June 2nd

Hey, suddenly we’re strangers
I watch you walking away
She was my one temptation
Oh I did not want her to stay

from “I’ve Been Thinking About You” by Londonbeat

A little extracurricular canoodling causes problems, yes?

The video does not have the album version (which I prefer) of the music/instrumentation, but if you’ve never heard it before, you can still dig the vocals.  It’s a shame this group didn’t do more.

June 3rd

But our love went overboard
Lifeboat lies lost at sea
I’ve been trying to reach your shore
Waves of doubt keep drowning me

from “Lessons in Love” by Level 42

Tough to have a great relationship built on lies…even if the lies are to yourselves.

Cheesy 80s video lip sync, but I love the song.

June 4th

Two balls and a bat, a pitcher with a hat
Slidin’ into home base, tryin’ to hit a home run
Swing batta batta batta batta batta swing!

from “Come Baby Come” by K7

Yep, gotta love a baseball analogy for getting booty, right?

June 5th

So now I walk in the midday sun
I never thought that my savior would come
I think it’s amazing
I think you’re amazing

from “Amazing” by George Michael

Sometimes, when we’ve given up on love, sworn it off and stopped looking, is when our soul’s mate comes into our life.  Don’t be so jaded as to not accept them.


Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – May 11 – 17, 2015

May 11th

Strange that I was wrong enough,
To think you’d love me too.
I guess you were kissing a fool

from “Kissing A Fool” by George Michael

A soothing, mellow jazz lounge song seemed, at first, out of place on Faith, but it’s one of my favorite tracks on the album.

May 12th

We’d be so good together if we had the time
Bein’ alone’s a nowhere state of mind
Lovin’ ain’t no crime, oh no

from “Rock Me” by Great White

I really like the slow, instrumental build-up of the into in this song before they power chords and vocals kick in and Rock Me.

May 13th

Now you say the juice is sour
It used to be so sweet
And I can’t help but to wonder
If you’re talking ’bout me.

from “Superwoman” by Karyn White

Fellas, if you’ve got a superwoman at home, treat her right.

May 14th

I know I’m gonna know her
but I gotta get over my fright
We’ll, I’m just gonna walk up to her
I’m gonna talk to her tonight

from “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne

I used to have that problem.  Luckily, I had a great friend that broke the ice for me and got my wife and I chatting.

May 15th

This magic moment, so different and so new
Was like any other until I kissed you

from “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters

The Drifters are one of my favorite oldies groups and this is simply one of their classics.  The clip below is from The Sandlot, one of the best baseball movies ever, and while the version of the song in the movie was by Jay and The Americans, it fits this scene perfectly.


Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – April 27 – May 3, 2015

April 27th

I know that I’ve got issues
But you’re pretty messed up too
Either way I found out, I’m nothing without you

from “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson

For better, for worse…in crazy times, and the sane…life just wouldn’t be the same without those we love.

April 28th

I was born to chase the sun
Some horses gotta run
Yeah I’m always gonna be
A little bit gypsy

from “Little Bit Gypsy” by Kellie Pickler

Born an Army Brat, I completely understand the ‘little bit gypsy’ feeling.

April 30th

And I see
that these are the eyes of disarray
Would you even care?

from “Plush” by Stone Temple Pilots

May 1st

Well u say u care about me
That u just can’t do without me
But u keep on dancin’ baby
‘Til that monkey has u on the floor

from “Monkey” by George Michael

Be in the relationship or get out of it.  Don’t half-ass it…jump in with both cheeks.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – April 13 – 19, 2015

April 13th

I’ve seen it all go down
The game of love was all rained out

from “To Be With You” by Mr. Big

Games may get rained out, but the season can last a lifetime.  As long as you don’t hang up your cleats, there’s always the chance you’ll win the next game.


April 14th

So take the photographs, and still frames in your mind
Hang it on a shelf in good health and good time

from “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day

It’s too easy to focus on the struggles in our lives.  Make sure you have a little lock box inside where you keep your “happy times” and pop that sucker open now and then and remember the good times.


April 15th

Hey you, give up the ghost that’s haunting you now
Shout it out, don’t let it stay inside and eat you alive

from “Dance Little Sister” by Terrence Trent D’Arby (former stage name for Sananda Maitreya

A great, rocking dance beat combined with Sananda’s powerful vocals on smart, message-driven lyrics worked incredibly well on this song about staying positive and not letting life beat you down.  Introducing the Hard Line by Terrence Trent D’Arby is a fantastic album.


April 16th

Shot by an arrow of cupid
Through the string of a G-clef
My dear, I claim you’re def

from “Eye Know” by De La Soul

An offbeat love song with clever lyrics.


April 17th

Heartless pictures on TV
Change that channel
That could have been me I said

from “White Light” by George Michael

George Michael’s announcement via song that he wasn’t done…with life or music.  This was good news for those fans (like me) who’d heard the news stories of him being found slumped behind the wheel of his car, among others.  I love his music so I truly hope he’s able to stay on the winning side in the battle with his demons.

Music Monday – Two of my favorite artists on the eve of Christmas Eve

Another short Music Monday and again Christmas is the subject.  Two of my favorite artists, George Michael and Kelly Clarkson provide the songs this week, with Kelly getting a little help from a couple country superstars.

December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) by George Michael
(released 2009; peaked #14 UK Singles, #18 Netherlands)

There was always Christmas time
To wipe the year away
I guess that morning they’d decided
That the war would have to wait

There was always Christmas time
Jesus came to stay
I could believe in peace on Earth
And I could watch TV all day
So I dreamed of Christmas

While it has a rather melancholy sound to it, but I like that it alludes to life (good or bad) taking a break for Christmas time and that because it is at the end of the year, it can kind of wipe away the year so you can start over in the next.  Ultimately, it’s a George Michael song and there isn’t much by him that I don’t like.

Silent Night by Kelly Clarkson with Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire

Silent night, Holy night
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace

Wow!  This is my favorite version of this song.  Three music powerhouses in their own rights.  While I’ve really been digging Kelly’s new album, Wrapped in Red, I got chills when Reba began singing.  She comes on stage just before the third verse (about the two minute mark) and you can see that she’s not just singing a song, she’s proclaiming what she believes.  Awesome!

Music Monday – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

For many people, this is the most wonderful time of the year.  For others, it’s absolutely dreadful.  Still many other fall somewhere in between.  In the spirit of Christmas, this week’s Music Monday will be a brief listing of a few of my favorite Christmas songs.

‘Cause I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
What more can I do?
Baby all I want for Christmas is you
You, baby

Let’s get this started with the young and yummy and uber-talented Mariah Carey.  From 1994, here’s All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Last Christmas
I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away.
This year
To save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special.

Let’s keep the Christmas party going with my favorite artist, George Michael.  Here’s Wham! with Last Christmas.

For those looking for a slightly more upbeat version, here’s Cascada’s version.

And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace

Unfortunately, I cannot find a video for my favorite Christmas song, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” by Robert Goulet, so you’ll have to simply listen to it here on YouTube.  I love the pacing of the song combined with his deep voice.  It just works for me.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!  …and if you don’t celebrate it, I still wish you the good will of the Christmas season.

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