Friday, September 27, 2013

You say it's your birthday! It's my birthday, too, yeah!

Let the birthday celebration continue!  A lovely surprise party last night!  (Who knew Jim could keep a secret?)  A special meal at Top of the World today!  Tomorrow, we're going hiking in Red Rock Canyon!  I'm a very happy birthday girl:)  I hope your weekend is fabulous.  I will paint again, so please don't give up on me.  I've been a distracted artist, but a very good birthday girl!  

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I Belong in the Desert

I love to visit different places.  I always come home to the wild, wild West.  I like to be able to see forever. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Where Were We?

Jim and I have listened to all kinds of music all our lives.  My dad used to sing in a country band - electrician by day, country singer and guitar player by night.  I grew up on the music of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, the Statler Brothers, Waylon and Willie and other country greats.  My mom was in love with Elvis Presley and rock, so I listened to Elvis, Cream, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.  I also developed a love of show tunes, some classical music and jazz.  Jim grew up on folk,  rock and old standards, courtesy of his older brother and sister and his parents.  We know a lot of music.  At least we thought we did.

A couple of months ago, Jim fell in love with ABBA.  We both wondered where the heck he had been in the seventies.  Everyone else in our generation, everyone in our children's generation, everyone in our parent's generation, everyone in our grandchildren's generation...Heck!  Everyone knows ABBA's music!  I was a real smarty-pants about it until we watched The Colbert Report Thursday night.

Stephen Colbert's guest was John Prine.  Where had I been?  Jim was no better.  Neither of us knew his music, but it is great.  We got on YouTube.  We found him singing his songs with Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Vince Gil.  Have you heard of him?  His lyrics are a slice of life - funny, happy, tragic.  His tunes are lovely.

No art from me today.  I've got lesson plans to do and then I must watch my Green Bay Packers. (Every time I write Green Bay Packers, I make a typo and it comes out Green Baby Packers.  I wonder if there's any significance to that:)) Have a beautiful Sunday.  It's sprinkling rain here today.  It's warm, but not hot.  A perfect day.

P. S.  I'd like to share one more discovery that we made this week.  The song was written by Paul McCartney and it is performed by Glen Campbell.  Neither of us had ever heard it before.  It's beautiful enough to make you cry.