We’ve been home from our extended road trip vacation for 6 days, but I’m still getting caught up from being offline for more than 2 weeks and still readjusting to the Eastern time zone vs. the Pacific Time Zone. The house is a mess and the suitcases are still mostly packed, but the laundry is done. Small victory.
Since it’s Monday, today’s the perfect day to crank up the tunes and tackle the mess. Or at least crank up the tunes, the mess can wait. This week’s theme is “Gone But Not Forgotten” – honoring those artists that have passed away and left beautiful music for us to remember them by (as suggested by our friend Kristen at Gone Bananas).
Let’s start off with someone I’m not really a fan of, but I know that many of my readers are (so it’s all about you) Amy Winehouse lived a wild life which was cut too short as her star was beginning to seriously rise. Here she is with “Our Day Will Come” Amy Winehouse Tribute:
Next up is an artist we lost more recently (and someone who will probably get a lot of coverage today so I’m picking one of my favorite songs that is nice and upbeat), here’s Whitney Houston with “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”:
Next up is someone who has been an icon for ages and earned his title of the King. He’s someone lot of people love, no matter what generation you’re from – I found a great video that shows his human side (as he jokes and forgets the lyrics). Here’s Elvis Presley with “Heartbreak Hotel”:
Next up is another artist from another generation (and one my dad would sing off-key to All. The. Time.) Here’s a fun video of Johnny Cash singing “Nasty Dan” on Sesame Street:
Next up is an artist whose songs I’ve heard, but wasn’t all that familiar with until exploring the theme for this week. He was a man of many hats (aside from his obvious cowboy hat) he was not only an American country music singer-songwriter, but a bronze sculptor and rodeo champion as well.
He became a professional rodeo cowboy, competing on the national rodeo circuit, and to help pay his expenses while traveling the country, he began composing songs describing his lifestyle. Within two years, he had written enough songs to make up an album, and soon established a recording company, American Cowboy Songs, with his father. After recording his songs in a friend’s basement, he began selling his albums out of the back of his truck at rodeo events.
His life was cut too short by a rare liver disease – I’m betting if he were still here today his star would be shining even brighter than ever. Here’s Chris LeDoux with “Some Things Never Change” (Feat. Garth Brooks):
And Finally, because I couldn’t pick one song over the other, here’s Chris LeDoux again with “Hooked On An 8 Second Ride”:
And that’s a wrap. Enjoy your Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and her cohorts in crime, Lorie of The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida, Callie from JAmericanSpice, and our newest permanent fixture to the hostessing team, welcome Cathy from Cathy Kennedy’s Blog. Also for the month of June, we have the honor of having our friend Naila from Just The Stuff You Know generously helping out with our hostessing duties.
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!
We are in the throes of our awesome Giveaway for 5 of our lucky followers/participators (last three weeks!). Don’t forget to grab a song and play along – and stop over at Xmas Dolly’s for the updates and find out how to enter on Rafflecopter.
- $25 Gift Certificate EdenFantasys
- $25 Gift Certificate Plus Size Costume Center
- A Tee-Shirt from It’s Funny T-Shirt Time
- CD OF the Designated Riders. (Xmas Dolly’s husband’s band Dave donated) & a Custom Inspirational Beaded Bracelet with Charm (Winner choice between):
- Size: 1, 2, or 3 strands
- Inspirational saying from: Dream, Hope, Believe, Love, Healing, Integrity, Laugh
*Courtesy of The Eclectic Element: Handcrafted Jewelry on Etsy
The awesome Run DMT also hosts Music Monday (and graciously helps out with our hostessing every time we need it):