Tag Archives: Bands

…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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Rock-N-Roll Quilt…Animal Farm – Pink Floyd

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On Friday I finally got in to see a Neurologist for  my migraines.  I am trying a treatment that was just approved by the FDA in the fall…so that means that if you qualify, more than 15 severe headaches per month, you can get Botox injections in nerve spots all over your head, neck and back. 

Since I have headaches nearly everyday, I am hoping that this treatment will help.   I was told that it could take up to a week before you will start to feel the advantages of the treatment.  Keeping my fingers crossed!

I recently started making all of my own products, such as: soap, lotion, lip balm, deodorant, laundry soap, shampoo and conditioner.  So far so good, I love knowing that there are not any chemicals in my items.  I love everything that I have made so far so I will continue to experiment with this new hobby.

I also decided to try to make a quilt. I have never made one before but so far it is going well.  Of course this will be a Rock -N-Roll quilt made from t-shirts.  I’ve got all my blocks cut and interface material put on the backs to give the blocks more stability, since t-shirts are rather flimsy.

I wanted to make my blocks 15 1/2 inches square.  To by a guide that size costs around $40, I went to Michael’s and bought a piece of foam board, had them cut it to size and it only cost $1.50 and I have enough left over to make another guide that will be 12 1/2 inches for future quilts!  The guide that size cost $22, I love to save money!

I will post pictures as I complete steps on the quilt, above is the layout we decided on.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1977 – Pink Floyd releases ‘Animals,’ a bleak concept album that appears to have drawn on author George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ for inspiration.

Grey skies are gonna clear up!

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Today is cold, snowy and the skies are grey.  I have enough wood brought in to have a beautiful fire in the wood stove.  I’m thankful for that!  I’m currently reading two books, Frankenstein and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It may be a snuggle on the couch and read kinda day.  Anyway…

I know that by this age, I should have everything figured out, and I do have a firm grasp on a lot of things; but I still need time on others.  It’s hard to be everything you want to be.  It’s not easy to finally decide that who you are is alright!  With all of our faults also comes all of our perfections.  We seem to always focus on the faults.

I say we try to focus on the things about ourselves that are great…on what ever we do well, and what makes us happy.  If by what ever age you are, you still have faults and things you wish you could change, just embrace whatever it is and forget about it.  We are usually our own worse critic.  Embrace everything about yourself and soon you will find that the things that you use to focus on are pretty minor in the scope  of who you are.

Make 2012 the year that you are kind to yourself, with this new-found attitude you will also find that your new focus will make others want to be more like you.  Happiness and Love, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 2000 – Sharon Osbourne resigns as the Smashing Pumpkins manager for ‘medical reasons.’ “(Frontman) Billy Corgan was making me sick,” says Osbourne, who was the group’s manager for less than four months.

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.”

A little more than Cat Scratch Fever

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During the holiday season, we spend time with family & friends.  We reflect on the year gone by.  We are hopeful in anticipation of the coming year.  We bake, decorate, give and receive.  We are blessed.  We may be reflecting back on loved ones that left us, many too soon.

I can’t help but be alarmed at all of the loss and violence that this season has also cast upon us.  Daily, the news  seems to bring us some tragedy that is amplified by the time of year. 

The holidays can be wonderful, can be depressing, can be uplifting, can be devastating.

As I take time to think about what the holidays were like when I was a kid, I realize that of course it was a different time, no instant worldwide news at your fingertips, but I can still recall all of the above as a child.  Not on as grand a scale, but it was there. 

So I question if the holiday season is all that it is made up to be? 

I know life is what you make it, but you are not in control of so many things.  So I try to take the good things in life and make them the focus.  I try to deal with the cruel things as they happen.  I try to enjoy things and make the most of any given situation. Cup half full…

I hope that regardless of what is happening in your life: if your cup runs over, if your cup is empty, or half full, you always give yourself the option of rose-colored glasses!  It seems to me that people are too hard on themselves…life is hard enough. 

So be good to yourself.  Treat yourself with love and kindness. Enjoy all the little things. Smile, breathe, be calm.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama 

Today in ROCK history: 1975 – A guy points a gun at Ted Nugent during a Spokane concert and is brought down by security and audience members.

Too Old to Rock-n-Roll: to Young to Die!

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Always have fun!

Are we ever too old to ROCK, I don’t think so…being in my early 50’s, I still love good music.  We should never be too old to enjoy the things that we love, age is just a number.  No matter how broken down our bodies become with age, our minds are free to be what ever we want.  Feed the mind, feed the soul! 

I love to read, I love to listen to music, I love to write, I love to watch great movies, I love to do puzzles, I love being in love, I love to sing…I guess what I’m saying is treasure the things you love, do what makes you happy, be free with your enjoyment of the things in life that are meaningful to you. 

I am currently teaching myself to speak spanish, I found a site online that has free lessons, it is fun and keeps me stimulated.  I am also teaching myself guitar, I try to practice everyday.  Learning something new at any age is what helps us to realize our own potential is limitless, you can teach an old dog new tricks!  There is a site called Luminosity that has mind function games, now they want you to buy a membership which allows you to have full access, but there are a number of free games too.  I just do the free ones and it helps to keep your mind sharp and alert. 

What ever you do to continue learning, make the most of it, enjoy it and let it help you to continue to strive for your best self.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1967 – Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick form Jethro Tull. The name is taken from an inventor of farm tools.

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