Tuesday Tunes – “What Do You Got?”

musicHi and Happy Tuesday.  How do you like that title?

It’s not my favorite but it is the name of a Bon Jovi song that I wanted to write about. So despite a few grammatical issues with the song, I do really like it and overlook it since it moves me.

We listened to it on the Bon Jovi Greatest Hits CD while returning from a trip on Saturday afternoon.  Ian loves this CD and loves to sing along with the songs.  I have to say that they are his favorite band so far and I do love that!

His favorite song on the CD is “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.  He also likes “Wanted: Dead or Alive.”  It is such fun to hear his voice singing along with these songs that I have loved for a long time. Here is Ian playing a friend’s guitar a few years ago.  It is bigger than he is.

Ian.guitarIn 1988, a friend of mine and I went to see this great band in concert.  They were as good then as now.  It was a blast.  On Saturday, Ian told me he wanted to see them in concert.  Wouldn’t that be fun?!

The lyrics of “What Do You Got?” are very powerful and all about the importance of love. With my anniversary this week, it truly moved me when I heard it most recently.

I like that the band sings that despite all the success you could possibly imagine having, it doesn’t matter much without love. In fact one line of the song is, “If you ain’t got love, it’s all about keeping score.”

Isn’t that  true? In our quest to improve and get ahead, we can keep score and make that the important thing in our life.  When clearly, it isn’t.

I think that short of the line, “who do you hold in the dark of night,” love could be anyone special in your life.  Then again, you can cuddle with your child or another family member, and I sometimes do just that.

The love of a mate is amazing, as is the love of your child, your parents, siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, in-laws, grandparents, and friends.

Here are the lyrics:
“Everybody wants something, just a little more
We’re making a living and what we’re livin for
A rich man or a poor man, a pawn or king
You can live on the street, you can rule the rule
But you don’t mean one damn thing

(chorus)
What do you got, if you ain’t got love
Whatever you got, it just ain’t enough
You’re walking the road, but you’re goin nowhere
You’re tryin to find your way home, but there’s no one there
Who do you hold, in the dark of night
You wannt get up, but it’s worth the fight
You have the things, that you’ve been dreamin of

If you ain’t got someone, you’re afraid to lose
Everybody needs just one, someone to tell them the truth
Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I still believe
I believe in hope, I believe the change can get us off our knees

(repeat chorus)

If you ain’t got love, it’s all just keeping score
If you ain’t got love, what the hell we doing it for

And it continues with another few lines and chorus.  I like these lyrics in that they talk about the fact that love is important.

I hope that you have love in your life and someone who you can share your dreams and hopes and sad things with and someone who will be honest with you.  As I mentioned, this person can be any number of people in your life.  May you have love and be loved.

I wonder if we can truly appreciate the love we have in our life.  And, wonder if we can share it with others?  I certainly hope so.

Thursday Tunes and Other Items

music_micHi and Happy Thursday!  Hope you have had a great week!

This week I wanted to write about the movie “Rock of Ages” for my tunes.  Have you seen it?

It stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blige, Russell Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Malin Akerman, and a few others as well.

The plot is pretty silly and light, but the singing is really good.  I was surprised at the singing ability of these actors — well not all of them, but quite a few.

The movie includes loads of songs from the 80s heavy metal / hair band days.  I enjoyed singing all of the words!!  It was surprising to me how many songs that I knew and hadn’t heard in years, yet I was able to sing nearly every word.

It was fun to see another take on some of my faves — “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard, and “Livin on a  Prayer” by Bon Jovi.  I must admit that I prefer the originals but it was fun to hear all of them again!

This music took me back to my youth!  It was great fun.  The thing I really liked is how true to the original songs that the movie stayed.  That was nice.

The 70s, 80s and 90s artists featured included Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Led Zeppelin, Foreignor, Guns and Roses, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Backstreet Boys, Stevie Wonder, and Starship.

If you saw it, did you notice any other groups that I missed?  Did you also like the music as much as I did?  I sure hope so.

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This week, my son Ian finished preschool.

My boy is growing up so fast.  Too fast it seems sometimes.

His class had 18 kids, two great teachers, and many volunteers.  He had fun each day and learned a lot!

I am very thankful to the school for working him in since he was only able to attend half the month.  We split our time in two places so that was necessary.

There are three friends that he will be seeing over the summer.  Ian’s first real friends outside of family.  Two of them he has already had a play date with and the other one will be soon.  Should be a fun summer!

We have his first school pictures and he received his yearbook this week.

Wow, in a few months, it will be time for kindergarten.  I know he is ready but not sure that I am.

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I have several friends and family who I am praying for.   I lift them up to the Lord!

I want to borrow a prayer that Ian learned at school, “Dear Jesus, please help all of the people who are sick or sad get better fast, fast, fast. Amen.”

Isn’t that a great prayer?!  I love that the children were taught that!!

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May you have a blessed and wonderful rest of the week!

Thursday Tunes — Ian’s Songs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI had planned to write about a different topic today, but then I started thinking of some recent songs that Ian has made up and knew I had to write about my son.

This first picture is on his 2nd birthday when he received his first toy guitar.  He was so excited at this gift!  He had fun all day with the guitar!  That year he also got a toy violin and two more toy guitars.

Since he was three years old, Ian has been coming up with his own songs.  His first was Oatmeal since he ate a lot of it at the time.  As you might imagine, the entire song is the word Oatmeal.

Although it is repetitive, I absolutely love it and love to hear him sing!  A friend of mine recorded it on video as he sang it and played a pretend guitar.  It is so great!!!

Ian loves music and is recognizing songs that we hear on the radio and CDs.

Recently, he has been singing the words of Footloose, Love is a Battlefield, as well as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and the ABC song.  Can you tell his mother likes 80s music?

A week or so ago, VH-1 Classic aired concert footage of a Bon Jovi tour.  They are one of my favorite groups!  Ian also seemed to enjoy watching them and especially liked the special microphone that Richie Sambora uses at the beginning of Livin’ On A Prayer.

“Mommy, I like that wwhhaa-whhaa sound.  That is cool,” Ian told me.  “I think so too,” I told him.  “Did you notice how that special mic is in his mouth Ian?”  “YEAH!!!!!,” he said.

I love that Ian is noticing words and the different tunes of music!  He likes all kinds — including some classical.  He has mentioned that a song on Little Einstein’s is also played by the ice cream truck.  I told him he is right.

Ian_with_guitarThis week he has made up a new song and it is absolutely priceless.  It is Jesus Was Born Before the Zeros.  Isn’t that a great title?!

He played his keyboard as well as our piano with the words to this song.  Again, there aren’t many, but it is fantastic and I beamed as he sang it!

Another recent song is My Name is Ian James Cates where he tells his name and a few things about himself.  He moves around like a real rock star does.  It is so fun to watch!

He loves music as much as my husband and I do.  That makes us happy and very proud!  Here he is trying out a real guitar when he was 2 1/2.  You can see it is nearly bigger than him.

I see piano lessons and maybe violin and/or guitar lessons in his future.  If he practices, I think that he will really get good at the music.  And, hopefully he will learn more about how to write music and play it correctly.

I look forward to nurturing this talent.  I love that he has such fun with music and definitely want that to continue.

I wonder what his future with music holds?  Whether a vocation or hobby, I know that it will always be a part of his life.

I so look forward to seeing him grow and mature – both as a young man and a musician, in whatever form that is meant to take!  Rock on Ian!!