Sunday, May 20, 2012

R.I.P. Robin Gibb


Robin Hugh Gibb, CBE (Deceber 22, 1949 – May 20, 2012) was a singer and songwriter who is best known as a member of the musical group the Bee Gees, which was co-founded with his twin brother Maurice and older brother Barry. Their younger brother Andy was also a singer. Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the family later moved to Manchester before settling in Brisbane, Australia. Gibb began his career as part of the family trio and when the group found their first success, they returned to the United Kingdom where they achieved worldwide fame. In 2004, the Bee Gees received their CBEs from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace for their "contribution to music". With record sales estimated in excess of 200 million units, the Bee Gees became one of the most successful pop groups of all time. After a career spanning six decades, Gibb last performed on stage in February 2012, supporting injured British servicemen and women at a charity concert at the London Palladium.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Tribute To The "Queen Of Disco"


LaDonna Adrian Gaines

It took some searching, but I finally found the song I MUST post from YouTube in memory of this extra special lady. I loved her entire catalog, but there was one record I played in absolute excess. It was a song from her 1978 "Live & More" double LP set called, "MacArthur Park Suite". It clocked in at a whopping 17+ minutes and it completely filled one whole side of one of the LPs. The suite included the songs MacArthur Park, Body & Soul, Heaven Knows, and MacArthur Park Reprise. A full orchestra of human beings (not machines) played behind her, never missing a beat or a note, and the bridges and changes between the songs were absolutely flawless. Unfortunately, we took all of that extraordinary music for granted back then, thinking that it would last forever... if only we knew what we know now. But, things have changed for me too... there was a time when I could actually dance through this entire suite without breaking a sweat! I even exposed my daughter to it! So, all I want to say is "Thank you, Donna" for the many hours of joy you gave me listening to this record, as well as your other songs. I love you and I'll NEVER forget you! :)




P.S. I'd also like to take a moment to give a shoutout and say R.I.P. to CHUCK "Bustin' Loose" BROWN, who also passed away the day before Donna on May 16, 2012. The man deemed as the "Godfather of Go-Go" was 75 years old.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

R.I.P. Chuck Brown


Chuck Brown (August 22, 1936 – May 16, 2012) was a guitarist and singer who is affectionately called "The Godfather of Go-Go". Go-Go is a sub-genre of funk music developed in and around Washington, DC in the mid-late 1970s. While its musical classification, influences, and origins are debated, Brown is regarded as the fundamental force behind the creation of Go-Go music.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!


I Love You!
Love Always, Lady (Bug)

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household. And eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." - Proverbs 31:26-28

Saturday, May 12, 2012

All About Mother's Day


Did Mother's Day begin in the United States?

No. Long, long, ago, in ancient Greece, the people paid tribute to Rhea, the Mother of the Gods, each spring. A little later in history it is noted that England paid homage to mothers on "Mothering Sunday," the fourth Sunday of Lent.

In 1872, Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) suggested the idea of Mother's Day, but it was Miss Anna M. Jarvis (1864-1948), of Philadelphia, who began a letter-writing campaign to a variety of influential people that made Mother's Day a national holiday.

Why did Miss Jarvis think it was so important to have Mother's Day?

Miss Jarvis was very close to her mother Mrs. Anna Reese Jarvis. Anna's mother died in May of 1905, when Anna was 41 years of age. Anna was not married and from the time of her mother's death cared for her blind sister, Ellsinore. Anna missed her mother very much and felt that children should appreciate their mother's more while they're still alive. Anna hoped Mother's Day would increase respect and love and strengthen family bonds.

So when was the first Mother's Day?

In 1907 Anna persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year, 1908, Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia. In 1910 the first Mother's Day proclamation was issued by the governor of West Virginia. Oklahoma celebrated Mother's Day that year also. By 1911 every state observed Mother's Day. The Mother's Day International Association was incorporated on December 12, 1912, with the purpose of furthering meaningful observations of Mother's Day.

When did Mother's Day become official?

In May, 1913, The House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the President, his Cabinet, members of Congress, and all officials of the federal government to wear a white carnation on Mother's Day. Congress passed another Joint Resolution May 8, 1914, designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. On Mother's Day the U.S. flag is to be displayed on government buildings and at people's homes "as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country." President Woodrow Wilson issued the first proclamation making Mother's Day an official national holiday.

Many people give roses on Valentines Day, is there a particular flower I should give my mom on Mother's Day?

Miss Anna Jarvis's mother's favorite flower was the white carnation. This flower was chosen to represent the sweetness, purity and endurance of mother love. However, the red carnation has since become the symbol of a living mother while white signifies that one's mother has died.

Do other countries celebrate Mother's Day?

You bet they do! Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia and Belgium celebrate Mother's Day on the same day as the United States. Other countries celebrate Mother's Day as well, though not on the same day.
Enjoy your special day!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

R.I.P. George Lindsey


George Lindsey (December 17, 1928 – May 6, 2012) was an American character actor, best known for his role as "Goober Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and his subsequent tenure on Hee-Haw.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Birthday To Our Granddaughter!


She will be 3 years old today!
Love Always, Grammy & Pop-Pop



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