Don’t Stop #Musical Monday

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This was one of several Fleetwood Mac songs I enjoyed listening to on eight-track tape when I was in high school. Back then, I loved the melody, harmony, and instrumentals but didn’t pay too much attention to the words. Now, during these unprecedented times, this song tells us we should be optimistic about the future.

According to Wikipedia, “Don’t Stop,” from Fleetwood Mac’s album, Rumours, was recorded in 1976 and released in March of 1977. It was written by Christine McVie, who played keyboard and sang with the band during that time. The song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard singles chart in October of 1977. For more information, click here. Now, whatever you do, don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.  

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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April Showers #Musical Monday

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Here in Wyoming, as I write this, it’s a blustery morning with a snow-rain combination. Although I’m disappointed that the weather is too miserable for walking, I’m happy, thinking about the flowers that will grow in May as a result of April showers.

According to Wikipedia, “April Showers,” with music by Louis Silvers and lyrics by B. G. De Sylva, was first published in 1921. It’s one of many songs that uses the bluebird of happiness as a symbol of hope. In 2014, it was remastered by Pierre Karana, who was also responsible for remixing the lyrics. After the song first came out, it was used in the Broadway musical Bombo, where it was performed by Al Jolson. I hope you enjoy his rendition and remember to always look for the bluebird.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

 

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Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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That’s Life #Musical Monday

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The title of the song I’m featuring today has been my motto for years and is the title of one of my poetry collections. Life happens. I’ve had bad times, and I’ve had good times. When life throws me curve balls that hit me square in the face, knocking me down, I jump to my feet and make a run for home plate. I try not to complain because most of the time, it doesn’t do any good. That’s life.

According to Wikipedia, this 1963 song, written by Dean Kay and Kelly Gordon, was popularized by numerous artists including Frank Sinatra. I hope you enjoy his rendition. Remember. When life throws you down, pick yourself up and get back in the race.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better #Musical Monday

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The song I’m featuring today comes from Annie Get Your Gun. As a teenager, I saw a local production of this musical. The song reminded me of how my younger brother and I always tried to one-up each other.

When I met my late husband Bill, he was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I, here in Sheridan, Wyoming. He sent me several cassette tapes of songs he’d downloaded from the Internet, and this was one of them. After the strokes that paralyzed his left side, there wasn’t much he could do that I couldn’t do better, but I never sang him that song. You can read more in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

According to Wikipedia, the music and lyrics for Annie Get Your Gun were written by Irving Berlin with a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert. It’s a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, (1856-1926) a sharp-shooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and her romance with sharp-shooter Frank E. Butler. (1842-1927) A Broadway hit in 1946, the musical had long runs in New York and London, spawning a 1950 film version and some television versions. Hit songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Noin’ What Comes Naturally,” and “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun.”

Please understand that amid all the gun violence here in the United States lately, I’m not promoting the use of firearms, and that’s not what this musical is about. The song is about trying to be better than someone else, with or without a gun. I hope you enjoy this version.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

 

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Danny Boy #Musical Monday

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I sang this song many times in the fifteen years I worked as a registered music therapist in nursing homes and other senior facilities. According to Wikipedia, “Danny Boy,” published in 1913 was written by Frederic Weatherly, who set it to the traditional Irish melody of “Londonderry Air.” St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, but I found a beautiful barbershop rendition of this song I hope you’ll enjoy.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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