Category Archives: Music

…but I’m holding on…

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Even until just recently, lets say less than a month ago, I would have never thought that I would ever have – let alone be making a quilt.  I just finished the blocking, and am quite pleased with the results so far.  This is no ordinary quilt, it is a Rock-n-Roll quilt made out of old concert t-shirts.  I have to say that learning how to do this has been quite easy. 

Once I get the top sewn together, that is when the hard part comes into play.  I am using an old flannel sheet for the back and have batting for the center.  For those about to ask…NO I will not be hand sewing the quilt together.  I’m not sure how ladies did this in years past, I know a lot of the time it was a social thing.  This is only a full size quilt at 59×77 inches.  That would be a lot of time to hand sew and I’m not that patient!

I only work on this a little at a time, can’t sit for too long sewing.  When I decided to do this project, I gave myself until Spring to get it done. I realize now that it won’t take nearly that long.  This is what is called a Memory Quilt.  It can be made with any t-shirts: sports shirts, music shirts, vacation shirts, your kids favorite shirts growing up…

This particular quilt is made with old school rock theme: Queen, The Stones, Styx, Van Halen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Black Sabbath.  I think my next one will be all Beatles! 

Besides teaching myself to quilt, I am also teaching myself to sketch.  Here is a picture I did yesterday…

My main objective is to learn to draw well enough that I can do some murals in my meditation room, and just for enjoyment!  So far I like Frankenstein’s Monster the best…I think I will try drawing him again soon.

Hope you have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1981 – “The Tide Is High” (Blondie) is the #1 song in the U.S.

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Might as well jump…

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Van Halen

Everything old is new again…and so, here comes VH reunited and touring.  To me, something about the band has a lot to do with the look.  Now I know that none of us look like we did 25 years ago.  It’s just that in the 80’s, the look was HAIR.  That’s what I associate with so many of the bands from that time. 

For many bands the “look” was part of the complete package.  I can’t think of any band that this is more true about than KISS.  Now they sound the same without the makeup and costumes, but it’s just not the same without the makeup and costumes.  It is part of who they are.

Speaking of makeup and costumes, here we are with our grandkids and daughter on Halloween:

If you love VH and plan on catching them on tour I’m sure it will be a great party.  They should join the lineup with the sixthman cruises – http://www.sixthman.net/events.  Now that would be a party!  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1984 – Van Halen’s biggest commercial success, “1984,” is released. The album contains “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot For Teacher.”

Nikki Sixx Dead or Alive: too interesting to pass up!

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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx

If you are older like me, you would have experienced SO much great music, have gone to tons of concerts, and still have a thirst for the music of your youth.  I’m not saying that I do not also like many of today’s artists, but I LOVE older music – it is a part of me.  Is that to say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  Not at all, a prime example of that is Nikki Sixx formerly of Motley Crue. 

If you have not experienced him as an author, you need to check out his books!  Now this is not conventional reading so be prepared or pre-warned, which ever the case may be, but it is worth it.  This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx is an incredible read.  It is also a teachable lesson to everyone, which in itself is quite shocking.

Take some time to get to know yourself through exploring things that are outside of the norm for you.  This is what life is about, stretching our boundaries in order to be more compassionate humans during our lives.  It doesn’t matter how you expand your mind as long as you do, ABC, Always Be Consuming new information.  It pays off in more ways than you can imagine.  Don’t limit yourself, set yourself free on this wonderful journey called life!  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1987 – Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx dies from a drug overdose. He is pronounced DOA in the ambulance before two adrenaline shots in the chest revive him. Later, he checks himself out of the hospital (ignoring medical advice) and goes home where he records an answering machine message. “Hey, it’s Nikki. I’m not home because I’m dead.” He then takes more heroin and passes out again. Good times.

Flying High with Jefferson Airplane

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Music is the key of life, it opens the door to so much pleasure and opportunity.  The great music of the 60’s and 70’s is forever imprinted on my soul, it is part of my very being.  During this time music was more than entertainment, it was an integral part of society and its division.  The war, government, hippies, protests, the draft were a part of every person’s life and music was up front center stage in all the controversy.

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was one platform for the music of our generation.  This edgy, raw, hysterical show was made up of two brothers, Tom and Dick, who provided entertainment like no other.  Being musicians themselves, they were drawn to the music of the time and often had some of the greatest band ever play on their show.  The mixture of comedy, music and hip topics pushed the boundaries of television to the edge and over, and the brothers got fired for it!

Some of the musical guests included: George Harrison, Joan Baez, Buffalo Springfield, Cass Elliot, Harry Belafonte, Cream, Donovan, The Doors, Janis Ian, Jefferson Airplane, Peter, Paul and Mary, Spanky and Our Gang, Steppenwolf, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, and even Pete Seeger.

This show was one of my favorites, but television was so much better at that time, that I had many shows to call one of my favorites.  The unique comedy and easy banter between Tom and Dick, made their show relevant for the times and kept you coming back for more.

So fasten your seat belt, put your tray tables in their upright position and hang on for a bumpy flight with the Jefferson Airplane!

Today in ROCK history:  1968 – Jefferson Airplane performs on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Singer Grace Slick appears in blackface and gives the Black power salute at the end of “Crown of Creation.” http://youtu.be/Q1cfTMdjkYM

Is it Christmas time?

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Remembering back to my childhood, during this time of the year, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say “Merry Christmas” to who ever we saw.  This was so rewarding to me as a child, I felt as if I knew everyone and they knew me too.  That was back in the day when you actually knew your neighbors, your parents friends & family, and just about everyone in your class and their parents.  It was a feeling of community, but it felt like the whole world.

In today’s society people barely know their own family or themselves.  You might have thousands of “friends” on FB but they are really strangers.  We are not supposed to say “Merry Christmas,” but it is acceptable to say “Happy Hanukkah,”  “Happy Kwanzaa” or any of the other cultural greeting that may apply during this special time of year.  I am all for celebrating any particular Holidays that suits you, I am also in favor of freedom of speech.  Now, I’ll get off my soap box and get to the music. 

Dude looks like a lady, Aerosmith…great music! I can still feel what it was like when “Toys in the Attic” came out.  We just sang and danced and loved it.  Steven Tyler, now a judge on American Idol, was a unique individual and still is.  Music helps to shape who we are, and creates memories that last a lifetime. So thanks to all the musician and artist from the past, present and future who have helped (or will continue to help)  to make me who I am. Merry Christmas, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1987 – “Dude (Looks Like A Lady),” Aerosmith’s first chart single in seven years, climbs to #14.

Mr. Fantasy is he Mr. Right?

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Alright, so first of all let me say the Traffic was one of my favorite groups back in the day.  I still love their music, it sends me right back to that time.  If you are not familiar with this band, do yourself a favor and check them out on youtube.  Mr. Fantasy was their first album and you may have heard of a few of the band members: Dave Mason and Steve Winwood…

Now to Mr. Fantasy vs. Mr. Right.  Let me start by saying that I have been happily married for 25 years to my Mr. Fantasy/Mr. Right.  I feel very blessed and know that everyone can find a relationship that is just right for them, kind of the 3 Bears analogy for me, as it took me 3 tries to find what I have now.  The first try was too small, not necessarily literally, I just mean that I felt small and lost in that relationship. The second try was too cold, and in that case I mean he didn’t have a heart or a soul, the third was just right!  Now I’m not saying that everything is perfect all the time, not gonna happen in any relationship, but this was the one I was willing to put forth full effort to maintain. Once upon a time, I did find Mr. F/Mr. R, and I plan on spending the rest of my life with him. 

The moral of the story is to find that person who you feel willing to put the effort in, and you may have to go through a few duds before you find that person, then do what it takes to make yourself happy and your mate happy…happiness is out there for the taking! successful relationships are hard work but sooo worth it. Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Make sure you take a moment to check out my ROCKIN’ custom-made DIY items: http://www.wix.com/1_rockin_mama/1_rockin_mamas-unique-boutique

Today in ROCK history: 1967 – Traffic release their debut LP “Mr. Fantasy” in the U.K.

Look at your game, Girl

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“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare

 

Quite the diverse range of topics here: Shakespeare, Guns N’ Roses, and Charles Manson. While I am currently viewing, discussing and have Hamlet as my upcoming reading, after I finish Frankenstein, my husband is finishing  a Hamlet unit (he is an English Teacher) with his AP Lit class. Since I did not participate much in H.S., I am making amends now by doing all the reading from his Freshman, Sophomore and AP Lit classes. I was never one to do what I was told or expected to do + the fact that I could get decent grades without much effort = not much achievement in school.

I hope I have since made up for those younger rebellious decisions but it did take a while before I realized that I was making a lot of bad choices. Now, I am able to look back, with some regret, that I did not fully embrace these school years…but that is another story.

Shakespeare: a man before his time, full of insight, who gave us the foundation for literature and life.

Guns N’ Roses: took a stand for something they believed in regardless of the kick-back, did something that would help the victim and said to hell with the repercussions.

Charles Manson: unwittingly wrote lyrics that were used for something good, good vs. evil – good prevails, GNR must still be having the last laugh about that!

I was not familiar with this song until today. As I look at the lyrics of the song, I think to myself, this somehow applies to me, it is relevant. My life, like so many others has been a series of ups and downs, sweetness and disappointments – peaks and valleys. If you do not have the highs and lows then you are living life on a level plane that just glides on until you one day die. Don’t let your life be a level plane, enjoy the peaks and endure the valleys, that is the gift of life. If you don’t have these in your life, you don’t feel the range of what we are supposed to feel in this world. The sweetness in life helps you to grow and to learn from the disappointments. The ups are far more enjoyable when you have been through the downs.

Learn something new everyday, about yourself, your family, your friends or the world at large. If you are interested, then you are interesting! Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1993 – Despite protests, Guns N’ Roses say that their cover of Charles Manson’s “Look at Your Game, Girl” will stay on the album The Spaghetti Incident? Royalties from their recording will go to the son of a Manson family victim.

There’s a time for a living
Time keeps on flying
Think you’re loving baby
But all your doing is crying

Can you feel?
Are those feelings real?
Look at your game, girl
Look at your game, girl

What a mad delusion
Living in that confusion
Frustration and doubt
Can you ever live without the game?

The sad, sad game
Mad game
Just to say loves’ not enough
Even it can’t be true
Oh, you can tell those lies, baby, but you’re only fooling you

Can you feel?
Are those feelings real?
Look at your game, girl
Go on look at your game, girl

And if you can’t feel
And those feelings aint real
Then you better, stop tryin’
Or your gonna play cryin’
Stop tryin’
Or your gonna play cryin’
Stop tryin’

That’s the game
Sad sad game
Mad game
Sad game