Friday, December 8, 2017

Holiday Reading and a Giveaway

Last Holiday Season I finally read "A Christmas Carol." I knew the Dickens classic well through television, movie and theater productions of the famous Holiday tale. I reviewed several theater productions of this story so it was probably past time for me to read the book.

The most unique version of the story I witnessed was a one man version at the Olney Theatre. It was quite the performance. Holiday memories

This year I am reading John Grisham's "Skipping Christmas" which I just found out was turned into a movie called "Christmas with the Kranks."  I will let you know what I think about it when I finish reading the book.

Well, I have talked about doing a giveaway on my blog before and now I am doing one. I am giving away a copy of "Skipping Christmas" using my facebook writer page.

Here is a link to the giveaway:  http://www.giveawaytab.com/mob.php?pageid=171327449557105

If you are using a mobile device this one might work if the other one does not: http://www.giveawaytab.com/giveaway2/mobile.php?pageid=171327449557105


If your interested in the used book please enter the contest and good luck!

I am also curious what are you reading this Holiday Season? Any all time favorite Holiday books? Feel free to share in the comments.






















Sunday, November 26, 2017

Monday's Music Moves Me: Jimmy Buffett's Benefit Concert

Thanksgiving week had me moving to catch a couple of benefit concerts and a trip to see my parents. Today's M4 them is a freebie so I thought I would share some of the music of the artists I was fortunate to see during this time free.

Last Sunday I was off to Tallahassee, Florida for the sold out Jimmy Buffett lead benefit concert.
The show sold out in 11 minutes which is the fastest a concert has sol out at the venue. I was fortunate to score a couple of tickets.

TryingToReason_SoldOut 1000x490.jpgThe artists were changed a bit from the poster, Jake Owen became one of the featured artists and Caroline Jones was the opener /special guest. She was featured quite a bit as well.

Here she is with Jimmy Buffett on the encore..."Breathe in, Breathe Out, Move On"'


Jake Owen did perform this song..


Kenny Chesney "Old Blue Chair"


Toby Keith and Jimmy "Red Solo Cup"


Then this cover with everyone..


A lot of good songs and as a Buffett fan it was nice to see him tell more stories and play more acoustic songs. It was as you would suspect a good time. I will post about the other show at a later time. I hope you enjoyed your visit and I will be back soon.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Battle of the Bands Results: Staying in New Orleans, Blueberry Hill

Shutouts happen in the Battle of the Bands. To shut out Led Zeppelin and the Glenn Miller Orchestra you must be a legend in your own right, and Louis Armstrong is a legend. You are probably wondering what drugs I am on putting a battle featuring these three artists together in a Battle of the Bands. No drugs here my mind is just that musically twisted. The shutout is great because Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong have New Orleans in common.



We celebrate winners on this blog.

When you win it's a "Wonderful World"


It is kind of like "The Bare Necessities"


"When the Saints Go Marching In"


Well I'll go marching into whatever else is next and return here with a new post soon!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

October Battle of the Bands Results: Reba takes down Slowhand



Last month I paid tribute to Don Williams in my Battle of the Band competition. It was his song "Tulsa Time."  Eric Clapton had success with the song in the 70s so he was an obvious choice. Reba McEntire who is a country artist and quite different from Slowhand   so she was a good contestant.

Reba won convincingly 7 to 3 according to my readers! Like usual we celebrate the winners so here are a few tunes from Reba.


                                                   "Fancy"


                                                "Consider me Gone"


                                                   "What do you Say"


I have another fun fill Battle underway which features "Blueberry Hill" check it out here.



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Battle of the Bands:Blueberry Hill



Another month another battle of the bands. Like last month this one has a tribute theme to it as well. In honor of Fats Domino's I am picking Blueberry Hill. A song originally created by Vincent Rose, Larry Stock and Al Lewis in 1940 but Fat's had the hit which associated with him. Well, I am making it a three band battle this go around. Throwing the version where I first discovered this song from a bootleg I acquired back in the late 80s.

Contender One: Louis Armstrong



Contender Two: Glenn Miller Orchestra




Contender Three: Led Zeppelin





You know the drill vote for the one you like the best in the comments.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday's Music Moves Me: One Hit Wonders from My High School Years

I have been on a blogging hiatus but I am back today. Back just in time for Monday's Music Moves Me.  Today's theme is one hit wonders from your high school years. Below you will find a few from mine.


My high Schools years would have been 1986 to 1989.



1986 Back then "The Futures So Bright I gotta Wear Shades"


1987 Robert Cray "Smoking Gun"


To be fair, Robert Cray is a blues artist so just having a mainstream hit is a feat.

1988 Bobby McFerrin "Don't Worry be Happy"


1989 Kix "Don't Close Your Eyes"


It is a blog hop and you can check out the rest here. Thanks for visiting and I will be back soon!


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

R.I.P Fats Domino

New Orleans musician Fats Domino  passed away today at the age of 89.

It is a shame that another music legend has passed away. "Ain't That A Shame"



I first heard of Fats Domino through a famous Led Zeppelin bootleg I discovered in 1989 called "Live on Blueberry Hill" named after this song...


He did a lot of walking songs like "I Want to Walk You Home"


But he might walk you to New Orleans..


He was a rock pioneer, a great selling artist and a musical treasure who will be missed.