Tuesday Tunes — The Bee Gees

Hi and Happy Tuesday. I wanted to write something for Tuesday Tunes, which I haven’t done in quite a while.  This one is on the Bee Gees, one of my all-time favorite groups.

This image is from Power Point clip art and is how I remember these three men. I am pleased to have their greatest hits album that I like to sing and dance to.

On Sunday night, we watched a great Grammy special in their honor on CBS.  Many artists performed and discussed the impact of the Brothers Gibb.  At the end, the remaining member of the group Barry Gibb performed with his band and with the other artists.  It was great and brought back so many wonderful memories.

I had forgotten how much amazing music they wrote and performed.  I liked every single song that was performed and there were a lot of them.  So many great old photos of Barry, Maurice, and Robin, as well as Andy.  The three Gibb brothers who have died were gone too soon.  Lovely tributes were made for them.  Also, John Travolta was there with Barry Gibb and his family.

The performers were: Katherine McPhee, Celine Dion, Panic at the Disco, Ed Sheeran, Keith Urban, Andra Day, DNCE, Stevie Wonder and John Legend, Little Big Town, Joe Jonas, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett, Demi Lovato, Jason Derulo and Tavares, and finally Barry Gibb.  These are not in order of performance.

Here are a just a few of the songs that I love by the Bee Gees. These were all performed during the special.  There were only two that I was not familiar with — Massachusetts and Love So Right.

  • Stayin Alive
  • You Should Be Dancing
  • Jive Talkin
  • Night Fever
  • Immortality
  • Tragedy
  • To Love Somebody
  • If I Can’t Have You
  • Too Much Heaven
  • I Just Want To Be Your Everything
  • How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
  • How Deep Is Your Love
  • Emotion
  • More Than A Woman
  • Islands In The Stream
  • Lonely Days

Amazingly, these are just some of their hits.  Hope you were able to watch these performances and tribute to this terrific band.  I for one enjoyed it very much!  Since I should be dancing, I better get to it!  Cheers!!

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Five Minute Friday – Rhythm

5minutefridayToday’s word for Five Minute Friday is Rhythm.

Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Now GO …

“I’ve got rhythm, I’ve got music.”  “Listen to the rhythm of the pouring rain.”

These song lyrics are the first two things that came to mind for rhythm.

I do love music and especially those songs with great rhythm.

For example, I really like Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees.  It is easy to dance to since it is in 4-4 time.  You can dance the Electric Slide to this rhythm.  This is one of my favorite dances!

I have the CD and now really want to listen to it.  Time to dance!!

As far as the rhythm of the rain, there is something very calming and relaxing to listening to a calm and steady rain.  As long as I am inside I enjoy it and sometimes feel like all my problems and cares are washing away.

There also is the rhythm of life.  I have seen it and felt it by having a child grow inside me for 9 months, then be born, and see him grow to be 5 1/2 years old.  What an amazing journey that has been.  I have truly enjoyed and been awed by each and every step.

When I was pregnant, Ian loved to move around a lot and especially liked it when I walked.  He has his own rhythm then and still does today.

“I’ve got rhythm”  Yes I do.

Now STOP!!

To read other thoughts on Rhythm from the Five Minute Community, please check out http://lisajobaker.com/2013/06/five-minute-friday-rhythm/

I Love To Sing

“Sing.  Sing out loud. Sing out strong.  Sing of happy not sad.  Sing of good things not bad.”

This song, which was performed by The Carpenters, is one that celebrates singing.  Clearly you don’t always hear happy songs but I must say those are my favorites.

I love to sing!  How much more clearly than that can I say it?

Here are lines from a few songs that also came to mind:

“I’ve got the music in me.”   “Twinkle, twinkle little star.”  “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” “I’m singing in the rain.” “Rolling in the deep.”  “Just you and I.”  “Tommy used to work on the docks.”

From classical music, to musicals, to country songs, to lullabies, to rock songs, to pop music, to dance music, to music from the 80s, I love it all.  And, I love to sing.

How about you?  Are there are a few songs that you know every word to?  Those you sing in the shower or while driving in your car?

My sister has asked before, why can’t we just break into song when we want to?  Good question.  It would be nice to be able to do just that.

For as long as I can remember, I have been singing.  I sang songs at Vacation Bible School, in junior high choir, high school chorus, high school show choir, and college women’s choir, as well as at Camp Fire day camp.  I also sang in the church choir for a long time and must say I miss it.  I really need to get back to that again.

And, one of my favorite memories from growing up was our family sing-alongs.  When we were in San Diego, we would gather around the piano at my grandparents’ home and sing the family’s favorite camp songs, church songs, show tunes, and we’d always end with Brigadoon.  My aunt could play just about anything on the piano so it was a joy for me and the other family members.

When I got married, I said that I wanted Brigadoon during the pre-wedding music.  And, you know what really made it special, my aunt was there to play it on the piano.  It brings me to happy tears just thinking about it.

Another wonderful memory was getting to sing “Handel’s Messiah” twice in my life — once while in college and the second time with a dear friend at Midnight Mass.  My favorite song from that movement is the Hallelujah Chorus.  I sang soprano but have since switched to second soprano since my voice has changed.  This song is gorgeous with a full orchestra.

I have some other definite favorites, as I am sure that we all do.  And, I like a huge variety of music.  In December 2011, I wrote two blogs about Christmas songs that I really like.  Please check them out.

Now here is a small listing of some of my favorites:

  • Friends Forever — we sang this in chorus or show choir – I can’t remember which one since it’s been a while.
  • God Bless the USA – we sang this in show choir and I have a friend who got to sing this in a duet with Lee Greenwood
  • Edelweiss — from the Sound of Music (my all-time favorite musical) Several years ago, my husband and I got to meet four of the grandchildren of the real Von Trapp family.  The three girls and a boy performed an amazing concert and sang this song.  It was gorgeous.
  • My Favorite Things — also from Sound of Music.
  • How Great Thou Art – a gorgeous hymn
  • Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi.  A friend of mine and I went to see them in concert in the mid 1980s and they were great.
  • It’s My Life also by Bon Jovi — they’ve still got it.
  • I’m Going Home by Daughtry
  • You’re The One That I Want — from Grease — another favorite musical!
  • On The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga — I heard her explanation about this song and learned to like it even more
  • I Want to Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston.  This song is great to sing and dance to.
  • On the Streets With No Name — by U2.  This song always make me happy and this band is still one of my favorites.  They too have still got it!
  • Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees.  This song makes me want to sing and dance as so many of their other songs do.
  • Beat It by Michael Jackson – his albums in the 80s were the best.

Those are just a few titles of my eclectic list of songs that I love to sing along with.  I could spend all day on my favorites since there are so many.  And, I may do a followup list another day when I can think of more song titles.

What are some of your favorites?  Please share them with me and the other readers.

Hope you have a great day.  And Keep Singing!

Time To Lose Week 1

Hi and hope you have had a great week. My week has been pretty good and I managed to lose 2 pounds!!!  I am have been working to re-establish better habits.

I went grocery shopping this week and bought fresh fruits, veggies, whole grain and organic foods, and healthier treats. The food cost more than I have been spending recently. And, that will take some adjustment to the mindset and the pocketbook. But, the food also is more tasty and more colorful. Who would have thought?

For example, I made salmon, rice, and broccoli and it tasted really good. I will be doing that again! And, I also bought a cheese pizza and then added fresh veggies (mushrooms, and red, yellow, and green peppers) as well as pepperoni and baked it and it was great. Two slices with a salad made a satisfying dinner.

I have talked to several people who you pay now or later so I guess I am ready to pay now. I’d rather do that than have to pay in extra doctor bills or medication because of bad health.

One day I ate a little too much fiber and my stomach objected but other than that, the changes have been fine. I ate prunes which are labeled as dried plums. Is that supposed to make you think it’s not a prune?

When I was growing up, I remember each morning my grandfather used to eat a soft-boiled egg over whole wheat toast and a bowl of prunes. He understood healthy eating and lived into his mid-80s. I wasn’t crazy about prunes back then, but this week they tasted pretty good and I ate them with cheese for a snack. Just have to be careful not to overdo it right now.

As far as exercise, I have done that every other day. Still working on this but have made some really good progress. I went on a very long walk around our neighborhood on Friday and that was fun. The weather was warm and it was sunny and not a cloud in the sky. An amazing treat for January, that’s for sure. The other times I did exercise inside on a stationary bike.

I also bought a CD of music that I thought would inspire me to do some dancing. I love to dance and need to build up my stamina again.  The CD is “The Ultimate Bee Gees.” They are one of my favorite groups and make wonderful music. When I hear it, I do want to get up in dance, so why not?

Did you know that you can do the Electric Slide dance to at least four of their songs? Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Jive Talkin’, and You Should Be Dancing have the same beat so it works well. I really like the Electric Side song and hope to find a recording of it one of these days. I’d love to dance to that each day as well.

As I mentioned in the first paragraph, I weighed myself this morning and was pleasantly surprised that I’ve lost 2 pounds this week. That is a nice start and if I can do that or stay the same each week, I will be happy — just a pound or two a week will get me to my goal.

I know that these changes take time and need to be a new way of life. There is no such thing as a I quick fix with true and successful weight loss. It takes time and effort and I am ready for this journey.

I wonder if I can reach my goals again in the upcoming week. I will certainly try. However, as I learned in Weight Watchers, I can’t beat myself up if I mess up. I just have to get back to it. And, if you are trying to lose weight, I hope that you can hang in there and take it one day at a time like I am doing!