Category Archives: Happy Place
They are no longer in the White House, but they are still in the hearts of many. Hope that you enjoy the following.
I thought I would post something to give us a break or a balance to the stress that some, if not most of us, are under due to the situations in Washington, D.C.
My plate is pretty full for this week so I don’t plan on writing a blog post, (although it might still happen), and my visits to other blogs will be minimal. Hopefully, next week will be better.
Ray of Hope is a song written by Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, two members of the music group known as the Rascals. The song was released in 1968. It’s been 50 years, and Felix is still performing.
The message of the Rascals has always been to stand for peace, love, and happiness. I’ve always said that the Rascals were before their time. They did not receive much cross-over attention until the release of their song “Groovin'”. Now, the lyrics they wrote in songs such Ray of Hope ring true again. For example, in Ray of Hope the lyrics include, “wait my turn ’till I can vote”. It’s a message that the Parkland High School shooting survivors promote for teens reaching the age to vote to make changes in gun control and to end gun violence. Read the rest of this entry
I don’t watch much commercial television. When I do, I generally walk away from the television or scroll through the guide to see what is coming on later while the commercials play in the background. If an advertiser wants to get and keep my attention, put dogs in commercials.
This video is a Geico commercial — the Running of the Bull Dogs. It’s one of my favorites. I can’t help but laugh each time I see it. Hope you enjoy it as well.
For years now, it’s been my tradition on Super Bowl Sunday to send everyone away so I can watch Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl. Uh — that’s everyone other than my dog.
At first, I was somewhat offended with the stereotypes, but then Tom Hanks really made me laugh. I don’t know how Tom Hanks kept a straight face.
The song, Keep on Pushing, was written by Curtis Mayfield and originally recorded by the R&B group The Impressions. It was released in 1964. It is a song about perseverance and finding strength to get through tough times.
This song took on a new meaning for Mayfield after he was paralyzed in 1990 when a light tower fell on him during an outdoor performance in Brooklyn. In a 1997 interview, Mayfield said, “I think my spirits are maybe even higher,” It’s like I died and woke up to see this wave of love from so many people I knew and people I didn’t know.”
Kirk Whalum brings a jazz version of the song. I hope it encourages those who need a lift-up.
Last week, a friend told me a joke about a talking dog. I found it on Youtube. I laughed much longer than the 3 minute video.
Hope you enjoy it.
This was a special week for me. Saturday, I received a gift of a dozen Georgetown cupcakes from a dear friend who lives in another state. Sunday came a gift of Godiva dark chocolates. Monday was a dinner of grilled burgers smothered with onions. Yesterday was a cake with fresh strawberries in the center. Thursday, another dear friend is coming from out of town to take me to lunch.
So, I was moaning and complaining that I’ll have to diet after all of this. My son began teasing me with the following song.
Hope this helps to lift someone up.
Written by Sean Conlon, Richard Breen, Jason Brown, Julian Gallagher, Richard Stannard • Copyright © EMI Music Publishing, Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
Keep on movin’
Don’t stop like the hands of time
Click clock, find your own way to stay
The time will come one day
Why do people
Choose to live their lives this way?
Keep on movin’, don’t stop, no
Keep on movin’
Keep on movin’
Keep on movin’, don’t stop no
Keep on movin’
It’s our time, time today
The right time is here to stay
Stay in my life, my life always
Yellow is the color of sun rays Read the rest of this entry
Yep. This is what I want for Christmas — every single last one of them. 🙂
I never get enough of this video. It’s produced by Fresh Pets.
“Open your heart
Feel a touch of devotion
Maybe this song
Will help uplift your day
Make a better way”
Rich Hall brought black and white together during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and he did it by creating music that we still hear today. He did it in Sheffield, AL, in Muscle Shoals Studio along the Tennessee River.
According to history passed down through the generations, when a Native American named Te-lah-nay was born, her grandmother placed her umbilical cord in the Tennessee River, making the river her sister. Te-lah-nay was displaced during the Trail of Tears which forced the relocation of Native Americans from the Southeast to Oklahoma following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Te-lah-nay spent 5 years walking back to Tennessee River. There is now a wall in that area, recorded in the Library of Congress to commemorate Te-lah-nay’s walk. It’s called the Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall.
The Yuchi tribe called the river “nunnuhsaw” which means the singing river. They believed a woman resided in the waters, guiding them with her melodies.
Musicians recording in Muscle Shoals have long proclaimed the mystical inspiration from the Tennessee River. Even if one does not believe in mystical inspiration, one cannot deny the musical impact created along the shores of the Tennessee River. Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Cher, Wilson Pickett, and Alabama all recorded in the Muscle Shoals studio, sometimes with nothing more than a verse of song. When the musicians started to play, the song came together. Read the rest of this entry