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Today started off great, I won a terrific prize at the Writer Mama’s giveaway, the sky is blue, the air is cool and the birds are singing, it’s a beautiful day.

Days like these make me feel like I can conquer the world and make a difference. Like Bono says, I know I am not a hopeless case.

Enjoy today. If you can’t find the sun, turn on extra lights to brighten up your day.

Happy Friday

What songs are you listening to this week?
It’s a Beautiful Day Lyrics

The heart is a bloom
Shoots up through the stony ground
There’s no room
No space to rent in this town

You’re out of luck
And the reason that you had to care
The traffic is stuck
And you’re not moving anywhere

You thought you’d found a friend
To take you out of this place
Someone you could lend a hand
In return for grace

It’s a beautiful day
Sky falls, you feel like
It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away

You’re on the road
But you’ve got no destination
You’re in the mud
In the maze of her imagination

You love this town
Even if that doesn’t ring true
You’ve been all over
And it’s been all over you

It’s a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
It’s a beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Teach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

See the world in green and blue
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out
See the Bedouin fires at night
See the oil fields at first light
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth
After the flood all the colors came out

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

I stumbled upon this band earlier this week and I have to say I love their music. I had a hard time deciding on which one of their songs I was going to post but I decided on Trashcan. I really like the vibe it emits. Their music has an earthy feel and the ability to make you daydream and go off to that far away place in your mind.

The band is called Delta Spirit. I even like the name, very catchy.

Sorry, I looked for the lyrics but could not find them. I know there is one verse that I love and it states- If you hide your questions there’s no answers, I finally found the cure for my own cancer.

Let me know what you think.

Happy Friday

If you want to hear their songs a bit clearer, try visiting their myspace page.

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Thirteen Things about Maribeth

I am a fan of American Idol, but I am a bigger fan of the Beatles. This week the contestants took turns singing tunes written by John and Paul.
Katherine McPhee sang one of my favorites written by George Harrison (Something). This week’s TT will be my list of Beatles favorites.
What’s your favorite?

1…In my life (This song represents a trip down memory lane, my daughter fell in love with this song too, listening to her sing it makes me smile)

2…Don’t let me down (Nobody ever loves me like she does, love this lyric)

3…Ob La Di-Ob La Da (So much fun, this song can turn a bad mood around for sure)

4…Hey Jude (I think Jude may be a big contender if I have a boy- I love this lullaby and the advice Paul gave to the little boy)

5… Here Come’s The Sun (This song for me, represents hope)

6… When I’m Sixty-four (Fun, and the irony is Paul is now sixty-four(I’m sure he feels many years from now came fast)

7…With a little help from my friends (Would you still love me if I sang out of tune? Love at first sight-it happens all of the time)

8…Yesterday (This songs tugs at my heartstrings every time I hear it)

9…Yellow Submarine (I loved this song as a little girl)

10…Octopus’s Garden (A good one to play for the kids)

11…Nowhere Man (Everyone knows a nowhere man)

12…Let it be (How can’t you love this song?)

13…Penny Lane (The tune gets stuck in your head and you sing it over and over all day long)

I think I could have listed thirteen more, but I will stop there.

1…. Start your list here!

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This week I’m in the mood to listen to Edie Brickell. Her voice gets me in a good mood and always makes me want to sing along.

I have chosen What I am for today’s song. Embrace who you are, don’t try to be someone else, you will always end up disappointed.

 Happy Friday!

What I Am/Lyrics

I’m not aware of too many things
I know what I know if you know what I mean

Philosophy, is the talk on a cereal box
Religion, is a smile on a dog
I’m not aware of too many things
i know what I know if you know what I mean

Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep

What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what

Oh I’m not aware of too many things
I know what I know if you know what I mean

Philosophy, is a walk on the slippery rocks
Religion, is a light in the fog
I’m not aware of too many things
I know what I know if you know what I mean
Do do ya

Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep
Chuck me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep

What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what you are
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what

Da da da da
I say I say I say I do hey hey hey hey hey hey

Choke me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep
Chuck me in the shallow water
Before I get too deep

Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep
Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep
Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep

Don’t let me get too deep
Don’t let me get too deep
Don’t let me get too deep
Don’t let me get too deep

What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what you are
What I am is what I am are you what you are or what

Or what you are oh
Or what you are oh oh oh
Say what I am

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Thirteen Things about Maribeth

It’s no secret that I love music. I even started Friday’s Song a meme that highlights a song each week. If you have not visited on Friday’s yet, feel free to do so and participate. For this Thursday Thirteen I thought I would make a list of my thirteen favorite female vocalist. I have a somewhat raspy voice so I think I tend to like woman vocalist with similar tones in their voice. I definitely cannot sing but if I could, I would like to have one of these women’s voices. I included my favorite song by each of them with my list. . Happy Thursday

1. Cheryl Crow- ANYTHING BUT DOWN
2. Edie Brickell- Her Version of HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL
3. Jewel- FOOLISH GAMES
4. Mazzy Star- FADE INTO YOU
5. Roberta Flack- THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE
6. Cass Elliott- DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME
7. Fiona Apple- SHADOWBOXER
8. KT. Tunstall- SUDDENLY I SEE
9. Carly Simon- COMING AROUND AGAIN
10. Gwen Stefani- BATHWATER (from her No Doubt days)
11. Karen Carpenter- CLOSE TO YOU
12. Chrissy Hynde- I’LL STAND BY YOU
13. Stevie Nicks-LANDSLIDE

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Turn up the music, feel the beat, don’t try to stop yourself just do what comes naturally, Dance! I love to watch people dance. Music produces an electrical current in our bodies which causes our shoulders to raise up and down, our legs to move back and forth and our arms to sway erratically. We groove to the rhythmic sound and allow ourselves to become part of the melody. Our body finds harmony with the beat. Dancing is a beautiful thing, whether you’re good at it or not. It’s a way for children to release their silly’s and adults to get rid of some stress. Even infants who cannot yet walk find themselves swaying their tush back and forth to the music. A dance floor of dancing people is a room of happy people. This past weekend I was at a wedding and I danced my butt off. Well, not actually, but it felt that way the next morning. The dance floor becomes a meet and greet.  Strangers dance up to you so they don’t have to dance alone. Friends encourage each other to enter the middle of a circle and show what they got. And Brides step onto the floor wearing their best accessory, their smile.

Reflecting back on my night I realized there are lots of categories dancers could fall in.  You got your Woo Hoo’s-the circle of older ladies that dance carefree and loud, shouting out joyful expressions with each groove. They can also be the mothers who are high-fiving each other on the dance floor because they finally got a night out. You have your two sets of Bumps and Grinds- The first set is the younger girls who dance together hoping to show off their sexy side. They use their girlfriends in front of them like a pole a stripper would use to dance. The more their girlfriends cheer them on they sexier they dance. The second set of Bumps and Grinds are the couple that uses dancing as a way to ravish each other, without actually ravishing each other. There are the Elegants- the couple who would never touch each other inappropriately on the dance floor. Their moves are in sync and their eyes stay lovingly fixated on each other. Every move appears to be choreographed and you can bet they have taken some type of ballroom dance class. There are the Awkwards- Their moves are a bit more forced and they lack the ability to really let go and get lost in the music. It is obvious they are concentrating more on how others perceive them than they are on dancing. A dance floor wouldn’t be a dance floor without the Circle About’s-these are the dancers that use every inch of the floor. They circle in and out, maneuvering their way around, oblivious to the other dancers. They are fun to watch and make the people sitting down want to at least give dancing a shot. I love to watch all of these dancers because for a small moment in time I get to witness people enjoying life. Rejoicing and using the flexibility our bodies provide. But this moment can also be bittersweet. While so many of us are laughing, dancing, and using our bodies, their are other people watching, wishing, and remembering how it felt to dance. At some point our bodies will fail us and we will no longer be able to race up to the dance floor and let it all out. We will be forced to watch from afar. On that day we will want to remember that we danced while we could. So, no matter what type of dancer you are embrace it. For there will be a day that we no longer dance but knowing we did will make that day a bit easier.