Saturday, January 23, 2010

A 'HANK'ering for the good ol' music

When I was growing up, my dad listened to old country and western music. It took me awhile, but eventually I learned to appreciate it, and my dad's influence opened me up to really listen to the stories these songs told. Many of the songs taught me about history, Christianity, and life in general, because many of their songs had morals, sequels, and life lessons.

Artists like Johnny Horton, Lefty Frizzell, Jimmy Dean, and Marty Robbins wrote and sang fun songs, but they also sang about what was in their hearts.

Johnny Horton taught me about a fantastic German Battleship in WWII and the efforts to sink the battleship called the 'Bismarck', and about an early American icon named 'Jim Bridger'. He sang fun sing-along songs like 'The Battle of New Orleans' and 'North to Alaska'.

Marty Robbins told me about the night his life changed forever in 'The Master's Call' and the love and appreciation that a husband can have for his wife in 'My Woman, My Woman, My Wife' (which my dad always sang to my mom = ), not to mention the fun listening songs like 'El Paso' (which was part of a great trilogy) and 'Devil Woman'.

Lefty Frizzell had a great song that I loved called 'Saginaw, Michigan' with an ending I STILL love to listen to, and a story about how he died to save a woman's honor in the 'Long, Black Veil'.

Jimmy Dean's 'Big, Bad John' had a sequel called 'The Cajun Queen', I loved that story. He also had a song about a historical event called 'P.T. 109' which taught me something about JFK.

But my favorite Jimmy Dean song is one that my dad used to play for me when I was little, he always told me it was made for me... (I still have the actual LP album my dad played).

It still brings me happiness to hear the music my dad loved so much, and I'm really glad that, no matter how UNCOOL it is, it's my own history, part of my childhood, and I don't care what anyone else thinks.... it's a big part of ME!!

Now, I don't claim to know ALL about the music of this era... after all, this was just 'a little' before my time.... but I AM able to appreciate it a little more than most people my age, at least on my side of the country where most people are NOT U.S. natives and haven't even HEARD this kind of music.... LOL!!

Listening to Country music is a just part of life for me now, I listen to the newer stuff, though... and I love it.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Beautiful Weather!!

I know that you probably don't think much of this weather for Southern California, but this week has been AMAZING, weatherwise!! I LOVE IT!! We haven't had THIS much rain in a VERY LONG time!! I believe we've had more rain in the last 5 days than we've had in the last year all together!!

Hope YOUR weather is just how YOU like it!!


Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 Meme

I got this from Leslie, and of course, decided to post my own....

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
I bought my Annual Disneyland Passport for 2010. Never had one before. My son and I each got one!! WOO HOO!!!

2. Did you keep your New Year's Resolutions from last year and will you make any for 2010?
Of course, I didn't.... and yes, I will !! = )

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, not anyone CLOSE to me. But I did go to one baby shower for a co-worker.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thank God.

5. What countries did you visit?
None... in fact, I don't think I even visited another STATE!!(?) BUT I'm going to Mexico in two weeks!! LOL!!

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A thin body, my associates degree, a new love, a new house, and Derek Jeter's personal cell phone number.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory...and why?
None that I can think of at the moment.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting my son graduated from high school and into college... ok, it was really HIS achievement, but you don't understand how much of that effort was MINE!!!

9. What was your biggest failure?
I'm not a failure! LOL!!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

11. What was the best thing you bought?

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My mom, we had a rough time over the summer, but she's much better (Yes, I AM talking about her behavior! LOL!!) And I HAVE told her that I'm proud of her!!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
The American people when they voted the wrong person into office! (I have a right to MY OPINION!)

14. Where did most of your money go?
Probably food out!! I meet my friends for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast ALOT!!!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Ummm... I have NO idea!!!

17. Compared to last year, are you...
...happier/sadder? happier
...thinner/fatter? what a depressing question!!! LOL!!
...richer/poorer? Poorer, no more child support, gotta pay for college for the boy, and inflation is killing me.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise!! But I'm sure I won't do much more this year, either!! LOL!!

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?

20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
Spent it with friends!

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yeah, AGAIN..... but Derek Jeter won't return my messages!

22. How many one-night stands?
This question is unclear to me.... I have one night-stand!? ; )

23. What was your favorite TV program?
American Idol which starts soon, and I won't be able to watch it because I have class on Tuesdays, now!!! UGH!!! I know, I can record it, but I like to vote!! LOL!!

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No NEW ones. = )

25. What was the best book you read?
I'm assuming you mean THIS year, not EVER. The best book I read this year was probably The Shack!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Can't think of anything right now. But I'll work on that.

27. What did you want AND get?

28. What did you want and NOT get?
A thin body, a new house, and Derek Jeter's personal cell phone number.

29. What was your favorite film of the year?
I haven't been to the movies in months!!! Don't remember the last movie I saw, so I can't answer this question.

30. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?

31. What ONE thing would have made your year immensely more satisfying?
Hmmm!! It's a toss up between a thin body and Derek Jeter's personal cell phone number .

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
I'm SO totally my OWN fashionista, I do NOT follow any trendy styles!! If I like it, I wear it, regardless of the 'fashion' at the time!! If it's in fashion, but I don't like it, I WON'T wear it! I don't worry about stuff like that!! My concept is that there are WAY more important things in life to concern myself with!

33. What kept you sane?
NO DRAMA!!! I don't allow ANY unnecessary drama in my life!!

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Derek Jeter (ALOT during the World Series, which, by the way, was WON by the NY Yankees for the 27th time!! = )

35. What political issues stirred you the most?
EVERYTHING Obama said or did!!! And NOT in a good way!!

36. Whom did you miss?
My son, he goes out with his friends ALOT and I miss him being home.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
My friend, Becky. She's funny, and just a really good person.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson that you learned in 2009.
Do what I have to, to become the person I want to be.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year: (My LIFE):

"I've been locked up way too long in this crazy world, how far is Heaven?
I just keep on praying, Lord, and just keep on living."

Now, it's YOUR turn!!!