The following videos are among some of my favorite inspirational music. I grew up in church where the music was uplifting. I also grew up listening to Blues and Jazz.
Around 1983, I discovered The Allies. Some of you might have heard the name Bob Carlisle, and might be familiar with his award-winning song “Butterfly Kisses.” But did you know that long before then, Bob was lead singer for The Allies? I happen to own every album they made — on (ahem) cassette tape. Yes, I still have several cassette tape players.
The first video is a remake of the song Manish Boy by Muddy Waters. The Allies brought the Blues into Contemporary Gospel Music.
The next two videos are by Mike Farris. The website, Mike Farris Music, says about Mike that “Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap…He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not.”
The second video is Mike’s rendition of the James Taylor song You Got A Friend. The third video is Mike shaking the house with This Little Light of Mine. Mike’s music awards include the 2008 American Music Award for new and emerging artist; 2010 GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year, and the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album.
I hope you enjoy the songs and are inspired to keep following the path of love and hope. Now, please excuse me while I grab my tambourine. Read the rest of this entry
Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,
Thus far, this has been a tough month for me. Last week, I went to the dentist and had a bad reaction to the Novocain. It’s the first time I’ve had such a reaction. Along with breaking out in a red rash, I had stomach pains and dizziness. This is happening while my last blood test results are that I’m anemic, and because of a combination of other problems, my doctor wants other tests.
I feel lousy. It’s not getting through one day at a time, but one hour at a time. What I would love spending my time doing is blogging, cleaning out my flower beds, getting the guy over to clean the furnace and check the central air before I need to turn it on – stuff like that. But, I’m sleeping – A LOT! I’m awake for an hour, sleep for 4 hours, wake up, fight going back to sleep to doze off again and it repeats itself. I see my doctor next week.
As always, I hold on to faith, hope and love. Forgive me for not being as active is usual.
I came upon the following quote and hope that it lifts those who can use a lift.
Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,
It’s not a real vacation such as leaving town and not having to cook and clean. Some personal business is calling my name and I can also use some rest. Don’t worry, because I’ll check in for the administrative stuff, such as checking on comments in moderation, and embedding photos when links are in comments.
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Lately, the children gone too soon have been on my mind. My heart continues crying out for them because no matter the law, trial, verdicts or even suicide by their killers, man does not have the power to resurrect. Read the rest of this entry
Each month Blackbutterfly7 will post something in honor of Bloggers for Peace. This is a bit early because it’s not February yet, but when is it ever a bad time to inspire?
I would like to present a person who is truly inspiring.
Nicholas (Nick) James Vujicic was born on December 4, 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. He was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. Born without arms and legs, Nick has one small foot with two toes.
At the age of 10, Nick tried to kill himself by drowning, but discovered that in spite of not having arms and legs, that he could swim. At the age of 17, he started Life Without Limbs, a non-profit organization. Read the rest of this entry
Patty of petitemagique writes every month for Bloggers for Peace. This month, she asks that we inspire someone.
“Every month I make a post for Bloggers for Peace. Just to take a moment to think about the importance of it.
This month I decided to ask you all to INSPIRE someone.
Inspiration can be a great way to accomplish dreams and feel better.
Everyone needs motivation. To help them through rough times or to do something they want, but maybe never thought they could.
To inspire someone is a gift to someone and to yourself.”
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have inspired me by giving of themselves. Read the rest of this entry