The hubby has two more weeks of his summer break, then everyone will finally be in ‘back to school’ mode. It’s a busy week this week, I’m having surgery on Thursday, and since my mobility will be compromised for a couple of weeks following, I’m cramming as much ‘do ahead’ stuff around the house I can before being minorly incapacitated for awhile. It’ll be interesting to see how the family manages without me doing everything…heh!!

Meanwhile, it’s Monday, and Monday means music! This month, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is our very own Cathy from Curious as a CAThy! Her theme choice for this week is “Songs about being a grandparent or growing old”. I’m still looking for that ‘pause’ button, but do have a ways to go before being inducted into ‘grandparent’ status, so I’m sharing songs about getting older. Not necessarily old, because we’re only as old as we feel, right? And I don’t know about you, but I feel pretty damn young! 😀

First up is a song that finds this artist singing about reaching his late 50s. He was quoted as saying:

“This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days. It’s a good song; I really liked it, but the message was a little different when I first heard it. I thought maybe it could be a little more positive about being older and wiser and more content, so they rewrote a few things, and this is how it ended up.”

The single was released on October 20, 2017, three days after the artist’s 59th birthday. It was his first studio recording of a new song since 2015.

Get ready to get nostalgic to Alan Jackson‘s “The Older I Get”:

This next soulful song finds the artist tipping the hat to his key teenage influence, Van Morrison. He was quoted as saying:

“No one’s really channeled Van Morrison for a long time. Everyone always channels, Michael Jackson and the Beatles and Bob Dylan, and I feel like Van Morrison is a key figure in the music that I make.”

This song picked up the award for Song of the Year at the Grammys in 2016. Stevie Wonder presented the award, opening the envelope and reading the card in braille before saying, “I told my daughter Iesha this was a great song when I first heard it, and it has won tonight.”

Give a listen to Ed Sheeran with “Thinking Out Loud”:

Next up is a song about life going “faster than you think”, that debuted at #16 on the Billboard Hot Country Song charts, in September 2007.

I thought it fit well with this theme, as I’m always saying I really need to learn the art of not blinking, with life flying by so fast.

Here’s the yummy and talented Kenny Chesney with “Don’t Blink”:

Next up is a song that encourages us to cherish the moments of our life. It’s a powerful song, and this artist has a powerful voice, but he sings this song with a tone of he’s been there, and he’s sincere.

This song gets to me every time I hear it.

Here’s the inimitable Trace Adkins with “You’re Gonna Miss This”:

That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday, see you on the dance floor!

Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:   PhotobucketI have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and while our beloved Callie of JAmerican Spice is taking a break, our friend Michelle from Musings and Merriments with Michelle is helping out with hostess duties! And, for the month of September, our Honorary Conductor and Spotlight Dancer is our very own Cathy from Curious as a CAThy!

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!

INTRODUCING OUR “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” and Honorary Conductor for the month of July:

Cathy from Curious as a CAThy


  1. I almost included “Thinking Out Loud” in my own post, but didn’t. And I love, love, LOVE “Don’t Blink”. But it’s so sad in a way.

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery from the surgery! Kudos to you for trying to do as much ahead of time as possible. I always try when I know I’m going to be out of my normal routine, but bless it, I just never quite get motivated enough!

  2. Stacy,

    I’m sorry to hear that you’re having surgery. You’ll be in my prayers for s speedy recovery. It’s tough being out of commission no matter the length. If I might ask, what kind of procedure are you having done? Just take it easy!

    “Don’t Blink” says it all, doesn’t it? It seems like life goes by in a blink, one day you’re a youngster and the next you’re not so young anymore. The older I get the more I just want to hold on to every second of every day before it’s all gone. It makes me wonder what my golden years will bring. Will I have loved ones near or will they be scattered living their lives without me? It’s a sad thought but that’s reality. People go on with their lives regardless of what’s happening in yours. Do I blame them? Not really but it does weigh on my mind all the same. Have a pAwesome week, my friend!

  3. Great set of tunes. Interesting how country music seems to have a myriad of songs about every life situation. I really like the Alan Jackson & Trace Adkins tunes. Have a blessed week. Ed Sheeran artistically expresses something that we all do from time to time…think through life’s possibilities out loud. Have a blessed week.

  4. Great songs. I am sending out positive thoughts out on your surgery. Blessings that everything goes well.

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful Monday.

  5. Gee, that means Alan Jackson turns 60 this year. Nice to hear from a guy who’s almost starting his seventh decade. (I’ve been there already.) Good list this week!

  6. Two songs really called to me – Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” beginning with the interview with the 102 year old man and his advice to give respect…and the entire song “I’ve been trying to slow down”. Yes, if you blink, your little one is all grown up. “Trust me, 100 years goes faster than you think”. The other was the Trace Adkins song and the young bridge talking to her Dad, and his advice “don’t blink…you’re going to miss this.” Yes, too much.

  7. I love wine country and since I live in Washington I’ve visited winey country here and in Oregon, plenty of times. The last time I was in Napa I was very young and would love to return as I really loved the landscape. Domaine Carneros is quite grand and I’d love to see the winery -Grgich Hills Estate- that put California wines on the map. I also like train rides and that would be such a fun way to taste wines and see the scenery pass by slowly.

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