Let’s Take A Moment Day 339

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

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I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.

In September 1986 a new group with a sophisticated sound & insightful songs emerged in n year dominated by new wave, punk & hair bands. Bruce Hornsby & The Range’s debut album introduced us to their music which was a more contemporary hybrid of jazz, folk, gospel & classical with an added touch of jam band magic. The title track from their debut album, “The Way It Is” hit the #1 spot that year and was followed by two top twenty hits, “Mandolin Rain” & “Every Little Kiss”.

The band’s next two albums were also a refreshing break from the over synthesized songs that were flooding the charts at that time, but the group disbanded a year after their third album was released in 1990. It included today’s song which features additional vocals by Shawn Colvin who had a big hit of her own with “Sunny Came Home” in 1997. Hornsby also spent several years playing with The Grateful Dead until Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, at which time Hornsby went on to a solo career. But out of everything he has done, it is today’s song I love the most.

When I see you on the street in the twilight
I may tip my hat and keep my head down
Show me love but maybe I don’t deserve it
I’ve been called but not, but not found
“.

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Shawn Colvin (L) and Bruce Hornsby (R) on “Late Night With David Letterman, 1990. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Bruce Hornsby & The Range featuring Shawn Colvin: “Lost Soul” (1990, written by Bruce Hornsby).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2018: Day 20

Hi, Everybody!!!  Welcome back to the countdown.

I follow a lot of unbelievably talented & creative women on Instagram, and since their pictures are so beautiful, I wanted to share a few with you.

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Courtesy of Julie @ Little Farmstead 

If you like simple rustic farmhouse elegance, then you need to visit Julie’s Instagram page, @littlefarmstead.  Her neutral palette is punctuated with natural elements and lots of texture.  She also shares life on her farm with her beautiful family.  If all that were not enough, this year they added a few baby doll sheep to all the fun.  And yes, they are as adorable as they sound.  Visit her IG page to see them & the rest of her pretty pictures.  Thanks, Julie, for letting me share your picture!!!

Now to today’s song.

Remember when we were kids and we had to wait ALL YEAR to watch the Christmas specials-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town and my all time favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas?  Once a year was never enough for me.  I hummed the music all year long, danced the same dance as all the characters did when no one was looking and replayed the ice skating scene over and over again in my head in the middle of the summer when winter seemed years away.

Over the years I bought the corresponding book, the DVD and the music CD.  I probably watch the special on average once a month and I never tire of it.  When I am having a bad day and cannot adult another second more, I climb into bed, get under my covers and escape into that beautiful world of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus and the rest of the gang.  And after 30 minutes in the safest most perfect world I have ever known, all becomes a little easier in the one I have to live in.  And I make no apologies for that.

Here is my favorite song from this heartfelt special along with a few covers that deserve honorable mentions.

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The Peanuts by way of the Vince Guaraldi Trio:  “Christmastime Is Here” (1965).

Anita Baker:  “Christmas Time Is Here” (2005).

Shawn Colvin:  “Christmastime Is Here” (1998).

Diana Krall:  “Christmastime Is Here” (2005).

Kenny Loggins:  “Christmastime Is Here” (1998).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you  🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!