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Champ Jaxon May 13, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Mindfulness, Music & Dance, People.
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Champ Jaxon has been playing guitar for a couple of years and has gained a degree of proficiency rarely seen in pre-teens.

He’s already appeared on stage with the Marshall Tucker Band and on national television on the Ellen Degeneres show.

He doesn’t know where he’s going . . . but he’s knows where he was grown:

Aah . . . that’s better!

Cajun Moon May 7, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Music & Dance.
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At Water Aerobics, we listen to multiple genres of upbeat music ~ Rock, Classic Rock, Disco, Country, Motown, Soul, and even Blues . . . which isn’t known for being upbeat, but occasionally surprises.

This week, Cajun Moon, a blues tune by J.J. Cale grabbed my attention.

Here it is:

And here’s a tribute to J.J. Cale’s Cajun Moon by Clapton & Friends:

Want to hear the Very Best of J.J. Cale?

Music moves me . . . and always gets me moving

Aah . . . that’s better!

I’ve Got Dibs! May 1, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Humor, Music & Dance.
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I’ve been ignoring blog maintenance since Easter.

When I went to the Spam Filter to toss out the trash, I found it populated with 237+ Spam Messages, predominantly from the Dibs.

More specifically, I found multiple messages from William Dib, Mark Dib, Ugo Dib, Wim Dib, Paul Dib, and Ash Dib.

As well as multiple messages from Lisa Dib, Boo Dib, Mary Dib, Jane Dib, Mia Dib, Ivy Dib.

Suffice it to say, I’ve got Dibs on anything I want for the foreseeable future:

To call dibs, you usually actually say (or shout) dibs, especially while mentioning the thing you’re claiming, as in Dibs on the last slice of pizza! If you’ve got dibs, you consider yourself to have the right to the thing that you’ve made a claim to. Dibs is very informal and is mostly used by kids.

Here’s someone else who’s calling Dibs:

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

How To Get To Carnegie Hall February 27, 2022

Posted by nrhatch in Joke, Magick & Mystery, Music & Dance.
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There’s an old vaudeville joke you may have heard:

“How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”

“Practice – Practice – Practice”

So true!

Of course, being a child prodigy who loves music helps . . .

“Music brings me happiness and I want to bring the audience happiness.”

Aah . . . that’s amazing!

Why Mozart Is My Favorite July 27, 2021

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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This performance by members of the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra  illustrates why Mozart is my favorite classical composer:

Mozart: Serenata notturna, K.239

Oh, did I mention that my nephew is 3rd from the right playing viola?

Yup, that’s him!

Aah . . . that’s awesome!

Spreading Christmas Cheer December 19, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”  Will Farrell, ELF

Some ideas:

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”

“Frosty the Snowman”

“Rudolph”

“Silent Night”

“The First Noel”

“We Three Kings”

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer”

What’s your favorite Christmas Song?

Sing it ~ loud & proud!

Aah . . . that’s cheery!

It’s The, The, The, The . . . GRINCH! December 9, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, Travel & Leisure.
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Filmed in London, airing tonight on NBC ~ it’s The Grinch!

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Aah . . . that’s GRINCHY!

Christmas Quotes December 9, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Music & Dance.
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People act like the North Pole and the South Pole are exactly the same, but there’s a whole world of difference between them.

“Probably the reason we all go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don’t quite know how to put our love into words.”  Harlan Miller

“Fresh cut Christmas trees smell of stars and snow and pine resin—inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night.”  John Geddes

“Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”  Peg Bracken

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”  Norman Vincent Peale

Aah . . . that’s better!

 

In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Baby! September 6, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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We got a wink from the Universe today . . .

This morning around ten, while we were swimming, BFF wanted to know if YouTube would have In A Gadda Da Vida available for a listen.

I assured him it would.

We went about our day.

As dinner approached, I found myself in the kitchen chopping potatoes, onions, cabbage, and peppers for Scalloped Potatoes.  BFF asked if I wanted some chopping music.

“Sure.”

He turned on the TV, clicked to the Music Channels, and selected Classic Rock.

I said, “Hey, maybe they’ll play In A Gadda Da Vida for you.”

BFF scoffed at the idea.  “They’ll never play it.  It’s too long.”

After getting the potatoes in the oven, I returned to my office to handle some paperwork.

Fifteen minutes later, BFF said, “You are NOT going to believe this . . . Classic Rock just started playing In A Gadda Da Vida!

I laughed at the synchronicity and mystery.

We have never heard it played before when we tuned in to Classic Rock.

So, why today?

Was it already in the works, causing the Universe to whisper in my ear what was coming down the pike?

Did I manifest the song by suggesting it might be played this afternoon (when we have NEVER heard it before on the Classic Rock channel)?

Did the Universe hear BFF’s inquiry this morning and “suggest” to the station that they play In A Gadda Da Vida this afternoon?

Who knows?

Aah . . . that’s better!

Let There Be Music July 27, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Life Balance, Music & Dance.
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Listening to music is good for your mood . . . and your health!

“Studies have shown that music can buoy your mood and fend off depression. It can also improve blood flow in ways similar to statins, lower your levels of stress-related hormones like cortisol and ease pain.

“Listening to music before an operation can even improve post-surgery outcomes.”

To learn more:  Is Listening to Music Good For Your Health? (TIME)

Music is especially good for your health if you ZUMBA while listening!

“The workout-in-disguise has unique physical and mental health benefits. [One] study linked Zumba’s hip-swinging, stomach-gyrating movements to increased core and trunk strength and better balance in older overweight women. After just eight weeks, the women’s quality-of-life scores jumped 9% and their self-esteem increased 16%.

“A related study on Zumba’s psychological benefits found that people who practice it feel more independent and said that their lives seemed more purposeful.”

To learn more:  Why Zumba is Insanely Good Exercise (TIME)

Aah . . . that’s better!