Yes, I AM With The Band...

In my wonderful big haired and tight jeans youth I think there was one phrase I would have (almost) given my right arm to say, “Yes...I am with the band.” ...more

Seventeen

One of the drawbacks of compartmentalizing your memory is not only forgetting about the bad stuff that happened, but also forgetting about the good stuff.In elementary school, my math teacher tried to teach me that I would be faster with my multiplication tables if I just memorized them. I think I was afraid to.“All of your answers are correct, Margie, but you’ve only finished half the quiz.”...more

Tunesday Tuesday - Wedding Song

Joining the lovely ladies of Tunesday Tuesday - Meg at The Patchwork Paisley, Jen at Drinking the Whole Bottle, ...more

Tunesday Tuesday - Pity Party Song

Joining my lovely blogging friends for another Tunesday Tuesday, where we bring people together through music. Please take a minute to click over to their fabulous blogs and share some love with them! ...more

Music is the Answer to Holiday Stress

It's a funny time of year - it's easy to feel lonely, homesick, or left out. But music is the answer - all kinds of great music. Music is mysterious, abstract, romantic, sublime. Music expresses the human soul. Listening to records from my childhood can bring out the tears... In a good way. So many memories, people gone. So much love and good times....more

Can You Learn an Instrument As a Grown-Up?

One of the things we discover as we get older is that we are never “done.” There is always something new to learn. There are always ways to improve ourselves so that we keep growing, at least in a figurative sense.There are plenty of ways for us to improve or polish our skills whether we’re 20, 30, or over 40. One of the most popular ways this manifests itself is when you learn to play a new instrument (or when you pick up an instrument you dropped as a kid).Learning an Instrument: Never “Too Old”Whether you’ve decided to try the piano or the ukulele (it’s cool, I’m impressed by Amanda Palmer’s Ukulele Anthem, too), it’s never too late and you’re never too old. Here are some things that you need to consider if you want to be able to master your chosen instrument....more

Becoming a Different Type of Blogger: Why I'm Not Going to be a Food Blogger Anymore

Things got a little quiet around here last week. With holiday gift lists, party recipes, and general internet buzz in full swing, I’m sure a missed post or two didn’t ring any alarms out in the rest of the world. But after nearly a full year (!) of sharing twice-weekly articles on this domain, it felt pretty bizarre not queuing something up this past Thursday—and missing my usual Tuesday post time yesterday morning. It’s all been for good reason, though. ...more
CaminePappas You are so, so welcome--thank you, in return, for reading and reflecting your own ...more

Jamaican Music: Who is Tessanne Chin, Season 5 Top 3 finalist on NBC The Voice

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2013, Denise N. Fyffe...more

Collecting Details

I like the idea of this prompt, because there’s a whole lot of truth there.  I spend a good chunk of my day wandering from task to task, collecting details in my brain about what I’ll write next.This week’s challengeTo recap, here’s what to do for the challenge. As always, feel free to adapt the challenge as you see fit. The object is to get you writing:...more

Beyoncé's Been a Bad, Bad, Bad Girl...and It Is Oh-So-Good

I will admit that I have been a rather casual fan of the internationally-adored pop culture icon, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter,  even though she has been dominating the music industry for at least a decade.  There is no denying that she is talented, loves her family, makes smart business moves, and is a beautiful person inside and out. My biggest issue was that she had a voice I felt she simply was not using to its fullest potential, both in sound and influence. ...more
Except beyonce is a jerk.  She refused to remove her recordings of the space shuttle disaster, ...more