Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

X Is For Xanadu

Today's letter for my musical themed A-Z Challenge is X.  My X is for Xanadu by Olivia Newton John.   "Xanadu" is the title song from the soundtrack album Xanadu, and is the title song from the 1980 film of the same name. A rare collaboration for ELO, the song is performed by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Olivia Newton-John. Xanadu was  a film that was originally conceived as a relatively low-budget roller disco picture. As a number of prominent, A-list performers joined the production, it evolved into a much larger project, while retaining rollerskating as a recurring theme, especially in the final scenes of the club's opening night.   The single reached number 1 in several countries (AUT, BEL,GER, IRL, ISR, NL,NOR, ESP, UK), and was the band's only UK number 1 single. The song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.  I don't know if you saw this film but  for me it was a huge flop.  I loved the music.  My momma used to say that there is something redeeming about everything.  Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

W Is For Wagon Wheel

The first time I heard my musical offering I loved it.  The harmonies were so awesome and I love singing harmony.   Old Crow Medicine Show and Darius Rucker are the two I like best.  So, with only four days left of the 2016 A-Z April Blog Challenge, my W is for Wagon Wheel.  "Wagon Wheel" is a song originally sketched by Bob Dylan. It was later modified by Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. Old Crow Medicine Show's version was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April 2013.[ The song has been covered many times, most famously by Darius Rucker in 2013, who made it into a No. 1 Hot Country Songs and Irish singer Nathan Carter in 2012.

The Last April Wednesday Hodge Podge

Welcome to another edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you're visiting from the A-Z Blog Challenge you'll find my letter W post by scrolling all the way down to question #8. If you've answered the questions today add your link at the end of Joyce's post by clicking here, then go say hi to your neighbor. Hodgepodge links only please!  Here we go-

1. This is the last Hodgepodge in April. Share something you learned this month. 
I learned that April is a long month with no days off and 62 is not a bad age to be.
2.  It's National Poetry Month, and we all know you can't escape an April Hodgepodge without a little poetry. Keeping the first line as is, change the rest of the wording in this familiar rhyme to make it your own - 'Hickory Dickory Dock...

Hickory Dickory Dock
I'm a Senior and it's a crock
I thought 60'd be tough
But it's really not  rough
My bones just feel like they've been hit with a rock.

3. What were one or two rules in the home you grew up in? Growing up, did you feel your parents were strict? Looking back do you still see it that way? 
I have to agree with Joyce.  We must have been raised in the same era.  At my house it was always elbows off the table.  Always say "yes ma'am/no ma'am, yes sir/no sir."  There was a third one too...if you get in trouble at school/church you will be in worse trouble when you get home.  I tried to walk the straight and narrow.

4. Tell us about a kitchen or cooking disaster or mishap you've experienced. Do you have many from which to choose? 
I had a boy, Chuck, over at my house (against the rules) and we were cooking french fries.  We started kissing, forgot the grease, had a small fire, he grabbed the pan and took it outside and ended up with first, second, and third degree burns to his hands.  I was only 15, but had to drive him to the ER to be treated.  Boy, did I get in a lot of trouble.  The two of us had to scrub all the smoke damage from the kitchen.  What a mess.

5. Plant a kiss, plant doubt, plant a tree, plant yourself somewhere...which on the list have you most recently planted? 
Plant a tree (actually it was knockout roses) in my front yard to fill a gap where another bush had bit the bullet.

6. What's your most worn item of clothing this time of year? Are you tired of it? 
My black travel  jacket which is perfect for springtime weather. Am I tired of it? Never!

7. I'm wrapping up the A-Z Blog Challenge this month and our Hodgepodge lands on letter W. What's one word beginning with W that describes you in some way? How about a word to describe your home, also beginning with W?
Warm and Welcoming would be my words.  Anyone is invited in anytime.  If my house is a mess just overlook it.  Your company is what is important to me.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  I am using this space for today's A-Z Blog Challenge too- I chose a music theme for my month of A-Z and today

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

V Is For Via Dolorosa

Todays musical offering is one of my favorite songs to sing. It is such a powerful song and usually it is heard around Easter. As a pastor this song brings Easter home for me..  V is for Via Dolorosa by Sandy Patty

Monday, April 25, 2016

U Is For Under The Boardwalk

I can hardly believe the month is almost over and so is A-Z Blog Challenge.  It is down to the nitty gritty of my music themed month.  I thought I would start Monday off with a twofer. The letter U was a no brainer and is for the Drifters, Under the Boardwalk and the Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody.  Bet you didn't know that "Under the Boardwalk", a hit pop song was written by Kenny Young and Arthur Resnick and recorded by The Drifters in 1964.There are two versions of the song. The mono 45 USA released version contains the line "We'll be falling in love". Beneath the line "We'll be falling in love" on the stereo album version, the line "We'll be making love" can be heard. These are two entirely different recordings, not edits of one another, as the line "on a blanket with my baby is where I'll be" is sung differently in each version. The version appearing on the Drifters' Golden Hits compilation is a composite of the two, using "making love" in the first two choruses and "falling in love" in the third. Because of the line "making love" several radio stations banned the song, or altered it with the line "we'll be falling in love" instead.  "Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained, hence the name. It has since become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, most notably by the Righteous Brothers.  The song  achieved a second round of great popularity when it was featured in the 1990 blockbuster film Ghost. In 2004, it finished at number 27 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.  I hope you enjoy my musical choices for today.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

T Is For Take It To The Limit

My Saturday letter of my music themed A-Z April Challenge is T and my song is Take it to the Limit, by the Eagles in 1975.  I had a hard choice picking the right song because I love so many T songs.  Who am I kidding, I love music in general. "Take It to the Limit" is a song by the Eagles from their fourth album One of These Nights from which it was issued as the third single on November 15, 1975. It reached No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was also the Eagles' greatest success to that point in the UK, going to No. 12 on the charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 25 song for 1976.  This song has a special meaning for me.  It reminds me of a time a few years back and it also reminds me that I am strong and will survive.  If you are interested in my post on Taking it to the Limit click here.  Have an awesome weekend.

Friday, April 22, 2016

S Is For Somewhere Over The Rainbow

It is another day in my A-Z Blog Challenge Music Theme and my song today is an oldy but a goodie.  S is for Somewhere Over The Rainbow.  I am sharing two versions today.  The first one is by Judy Garland and has to be my most favorite.  She sang it in the movie, Wizard of Oz.  "Over the Rainbow" (often referred to as "Somewhere over the Rainbow") is a ballad, with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg.  It was written for the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, and was sung by actress Judy Garland in her starring role as Dorothy Gale. The song won the Academy Award for the Best Original Song and became Garland's signature song, as well as one of the most enduring standards of the 20th century.The second is by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'Oleand I like it too, because I love ukelele music.... although it did have to grow on me a bit.  I hope you enjoy my Friday contribution to the letter S.