The Power of Music

“Where words leave off, music begins.”  ― Heinrich Heine “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”  ― J.K. Rowling “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”  ― Edward Bulwer Lytton “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nightsRead more

His Momma Left Him

“To me, country music tells a story about, and deals with, the way people live their lives and what they do.” ~Randy Travis~ I’m not a huge fan of country music. I cherry-pick at it, depending on the lyrics and music. Sometimes I do country music simply because Keith Urban is on the TV with a guitar. That being said, blogging friend Dan over at No Facilities loves country music and decided it applies to cats as well as people.Read more

Finding the Bathroom

I am this. The sullen smog from Jimi’s rock and roll guitar. The faithful mist of a a royal prince. The reddened azure of water’s vapor. I am not a sissy pastel, nor the good-for-nothing child of black and white. My soul is the first breath of spring’s vibrant columbine. My heart is filled with the liquid of amethyst jewels. I embrace the grandiose swirls in the sky of a rising day. Never will I be boring khaki pants, norRead more

Joy on the Mountain

This is it. The fifth and final week of the Christmas Carol one-liners. I’m ending the series with two songs and not many words. There are links to the lyrics (click on the title of the song) and a short blurb of its origin from Wikipedia. Feel free to read as much or as little as you desire…or simply enjoy the Christmas music because you know that it will soon be gone from radio and TV, and either the coldRead more

A Simple Question

“Mary, Did You Know?“ …is a Christmas song with lyrics written by Mark Lowry and music written by Buddy Greene. It was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English on his self-titled debut solo album in 1991 (English and Lowry were both members of the Gaither Vocal Band at the time). It reached No. 6 on CCM Magazine’s AC Chart. Lowry would record the song several times himself, most notably with the Gaither Vocal Band on their 1998 Christmas album StillRead more

Three Kings Follow the Wonder

We’re on Week 3 of Christmas Carols for One-Liner Wednesday, a weekly blogfest hosted by none other than Linda G. Hill. Check out how you can join in the one-liner fun at the end of this post. Before we get into the lyrics of this carol, let’s gather its history from Wikipedia: “We Three Kings of Orient Are” or “The Quest of the Magi“, is a Christmas carol that was written by John Henry Hopkins Jr. in 1857. At theRead more

The Bells are Ringing

Last Wednesday, I announced that a Christian Christmas carol would be featured on One-Liner Wednesday for the five weeks leading up to the holiday. Week one was “Oh Night Divine,” and in week two, I am featuring a song that was suggested by Dan Antion of No Facilities. Sing the words to “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” then check out a little bit of its history and explanation of a few unusual words. Ding dong merrily on high, In heav’nRead more

Oh Night Divine

“Truly He taught us to love one another” It’s the holiday season and I’m dedicating this One-Liner Wednesday post and the subsequent four to the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus, in song. I love the classics that sing of my Savior’s birth (although Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will always hold a special place in my heart). Mom and dad preferred these songs and they are what I grew up singing in church, at home and anywhere elseRead more

Fuel for the Musical Gas Tank

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.” ~Hunter S. Thompson~ This past Saturday, I spent most of the dayRead more

#WATWB: Musical Art

By the time that this post is read, the pianos will be gone from New York City until next June. However, in keeping with the theme of We are the World Blogfest, which is to spread light over the dark of the world, this initiative was too good not to share. From http://www.metro.us: There are many signs that summer’s practically upon New York City, but one of the most colorful — and creative — is the annual roll out ofRead more

Praise the New Day

“Morning has broken like the first morning Blackbird has spoken like the first bird Praise for the singing Praise for the morning Praise for them springing fresh from the world” ~Cat Stevens~ Although I appreciate summer’s morning sun at 6:00 am, it does not compare to the spectacular sunrises that guide me to work during certain times of the year. The photo above was taken in October, when everywhere I looked, the sky was multiple shades of pink and red.Read more

Al’s Lonely Goatherd

“High on a hill was a lonely goatherd” Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo Loud was the voice of the lonely goatherd Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo (from the movie “The Sound of Music”) One cannot spend time in Door County, Wisconsin, without passing the iconic Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. They are noted for their Swedish pancakes and goats on a grassy roof. Al Johnson’s has been around for over 65 years, which means that theRead more