Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bald Eagle vs Turkey

Apparently, in 1789 Benjamin Franklin proposed that the turkey should replace the bald eagle as the national symbol.
Just imagine. What do you think?

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's National American Beer Day

Apparently today is National American Beer Day, so hopefully some of you were able to celebrate.

I will be back with more posts, but while you wait, check out part one and part two of my series on the Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System over on my other page!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Check Out Divinion

Just a quick note on a band that you should really check out if you haven't yet. And, oh yeah, my boyfriend happens to be in it! My opinion will probably seem biased due to that connection, so I will just let you check them out for yourselves!

You can see them next on October 24, so get in your car and head to this show!

And be sure to check out their music video, Insane Gesture:

Go like them on Facebook to find out what else is coming up!

And as always, remember to check out my other page Elusive Red Tiger!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Did You Celebrate?

I'm sure you knew that yesterday was Columbus Day, but did you know that there were two equally as important holidays today?

First, it is Be Bald and Be Free Day. I guess that means it's a good day to celebrate your lack of hair! Or maybe shave your head!

Although, I'm not sure this bald head is one I would celebrate:

It's also Spiderman's birthday!! Happy birthday Spidey!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I Wanna Be Like You

For some unknown reason, I had the song Bare Necessities from The Jungle Book stuck in my head this morning.

It made me think about my favorite song from the movie- I Wanna Be Like You, so I did a little research on it.

The song was written by Louis Prima and written by Robert and Richard Sherman and released in 1967.

It has actually been covered many times throughout the years by artists such as Los Lobos, Phish, Bid Bad Voodoo Daddy and Robbie Williams.

It was also featured in a 2009 British anti-smoking public information film.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

National Carry a Tune Week

Apparently we are currently in the middle of National Carry a Tune Week. I really had no idea what this was, so I checked out the website to learn more about it.

The event first began in 2001 when a composer and music preservationist named Roger Hall had the idea of remember the victims of September 11th through music, asking people to select tunes for a week of remembrance in October. The event has annually been held during the week of October 7th; in part because that is the birthday of one of America's first prominent composers, William Billings.

The general idea of the event is now for people to select some of their favorite tunes that are related to fond memories of their past. All tunes must be American in origin.

These 6 categories are included:

I. Patriotic Music -- band music, patriotic songs
II. Folk Music -- traditional, contemporary singer-songwriter
III. Religious Music -- sacred, gospel
IV. Popular Music -- blues, jazz, easy listening, theater, country, rock, etc.
V. Classical Music -- concert songs, short instrumental works
VI. Film Music -- film score themes, movie songs

If you check out their website, you can see the songs that were selected in previous years.



Monday, October 6, 2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy

On this day in 1988, Bobby McFerrin's Don't Worry Be Happy was the #1 song. I thought you might want to celebrate by reminiscing with the ridiculous video.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Book Review- Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould

This book was really my first foray into the world of Amish fiction. To be honest, I wasn't really aware of it as a literary genre. So when I received a copy to review, I really had no idea what to expect. I do know that I wasn't expecting it to be a page-turner that I didn't want to put down. It was.

The story revolves around Beatrice Zook, a young woman that believes she never wants to be married, especially to her childhood nemesis, Ben Rupp. As her family visits Montana, Bea decides to stay back, taking a job helping a family with newborn triplets. Bea's friends decide to try to bring Bea and Ben together. Through many trials and tribulations, the book draws you in- keeping you wondering if and when this couple will finally get together. I won't give away the ending for you though.

I didn't realize until I finished the book that it was the final story in a series called The Courtships of Lancaster County, each featuring a character found in Becoming Bea. I was even more surprised to discover that each book in the series is based on one of Shakespeare's- this one being an adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Knowing this, I now want to go back and read that play again, then re-read Becoming Bea to discover the similarities.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book and how the story is highly relatable to any young woman, Amish or not. I look forward to reading more of Gould's work in the future.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in order to facilitate this review.

Friday, October 3, 2014

This Day in Music

Here are some of the fun things that have happened in the music world on October 3rd.

First off, Happy Birthday to Eddie Cochran, Chubby Checker, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Lee, and Gwen Stefani!

On this day in 1945, 10-year old Elvis Presley made his first public appearance at the Mississippi Alabama Dairy Show. He took second in the talent competition.

On this day in 1978, Aerosmith bailed 30 fans out of jail who had been arrested for smoking pot during a concert in Indiana. How nice.

Apparently in 1997 a court battle began on this day between Garth Brooks and Warren G over the trademark of the letter "G." I wasn't aware you could copyright a letter of the alphabet.

And of course some not so fun things happened on October 3rd as well.

In 1967, folk singer Woody Guthrie passed away. Benjamin Orr of the Cars died at age 53 in 2000 as well.

Just some facts for you folks!