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Hot Fun In The Summertime | Music Monday

27 Jun

It’s official – summer is here! I’m going back for this one – I remember listening to this all the time as a kid. And I always LOVED all the soulful voices with their unique characters. The easy breezy intro, gorgeous harmonies, and soulful shout outs all make Hot Fun in the Summertime a perfect mood booster tune!

My personal favorite line:

Boop-Boop-Ba-Boop-Boop when I want to….

What’s yours?

Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly and the Family Stone Lyrics

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Lovely Day | Music Monday

20 Jun

This song makes me smile. Every time. Period. Enjoy this 1977 classic from Bill Withers – Lovely Day.

Then one look at you, and the world’s alright with me.

Just one look at you, and I know it’s gonna be

A lovely day.


Lovely Day by Bill Withers

Wishing you a Lovely Day!

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Too Darn Hot With Ella Fitzgerald | Music Monday

13 Jun

I have a confession. I’ve always wanted to sing with a big band. I’m no Ella [gross understatement], but how fun would that be? Strutting around in a fancy dress, dancing with a kick ass horn section, and singing with wild abandon.

“I’d like to coo with my baby tonight…”

“It’s tooooooooo, da-aaaaaaaarn, ho-ttttttttt”

Enjoy this tune – it ALWAYS makes me happy!

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Happy 18th Birthday Michael | Music Monday

6 Jun

Where were you in 1993? Well, I became a mother on June 6th, so today is Michael’s 18th birthday! It was a beautiful day – and everyone was in town because I was scheduled to be induced on June 7th. The contractions started, and being me, I ran several errands, returned a borrowed vacuum cleaner, returned my graded papers to Cal Poly, and scrubbed the baseboards. My dad got to my house early afternoon, and Pat (Michael’s dad), dad and I hung out on the patio. They contemplated ordering a pizza – I passed on that offer. Finally, the time came to go to the hospital, and it was just like that episode in “I Love Lucy” where Ethel, Fred, and Ricky ran around like crazy people and nearly forgot Lucy. After a somewhat eventful labor and delivery, Michael was born at 11:33 pm.

Michael and I share a love for music, so it only seems fitting to do a musical flash back to 1993.

We had this very sweet song from Janet Jackson. Her album was SUPER HOT in 1993.

The Bodyguard was huge and topped the charts most of the year.

Eric Clapton’s classic MTV Unplugged came out. This was the beginning of the Unplugged era – and we were all blown away by the acoustic versions of the old classics (Layla).

Finally, the Number 1 song on June 6, 1993 was “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by UB40.


So fitting for your welcome to the world! Happy Birthday Michael – I love you!

Buena Vista Social Club: Chan Chan | Music Monday

30 May

What can I say? I want to dance in Havana! Enjoy this beautiful, meditative piece from the Buena Vista Social Club as you ease into this Music Monday. And yes, this is just my pace for an exercise warm up 😀

¡Salúd!

Do you have favorite tunes that take you away?

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Healthy Chicken Salad | The Assembler’s Kitchen

27 May

Healthy Chicken Salad

I’ve got a thing for fruit and nuts with protein in a main dish – I just think it’s super tasty. This healthy chicken salad is one of my favorite combos on the planet. I buy the nuts chopped and chicken cooked (sometimes even cut up already). Although a knife is required for the onions and fruit, it requires minimal technique. Don’t be too lazy chopping the onion though – having the pieces be too big can kinda ruin this one. (Trust me on that one….) Enjoy this healthy chicken salad on some spinach. Use it in a wrap. Or eat it straight out of the bowl (my personal favorite). I typically eat the whole batch in a day cuz it is good-good-good!  Continue reading

Slow Down | Wise Words by India Arie

25 May

I shuffled across this tune while walking to work, and BAM! I used to dance to this song, so I certainly listened to it many times. But I’ve never HEARD it like I did yesterday morning. I’ve listened to it over and over and have made Slow Down by India Arie my theme song for the week (day? month? forever?).

“Slow down baby, you’re going too fast…”

“Take some time to clear your space, chaos isn’t good for your health….”

“Sometimes you gotta be still before you get ahead….”

Do yourself a favor – slow down long enough to soak up this amazing poem with her brilliant phrasing, rhythm, and melody.

<View Complete Lyrics for Slow Down by India Arie>

Does this resonate with you? Anyone want to join me in slowing down?

Health and Wellness in Vegas – Is it Possible?

14 May

We had a lovely time in Vegas, and yes, health and wellness is possible in Sin City! We stayed at the Bellagio and had a fountain view room (highly recommend) and could watch the fountain show from the comfort of the cushy chairs while listening to the music on the TV. (My favorite was ONE from Chorus Line – my goodness – 30 years later and I still know all the words!) We spent an afternoon at the spa and that was GLORIOUS! Seriously, this place was magazine-picture-perfect gorgeous, with floor to ceiling glass tile, hundreds of single flower arrangements, beautiful water features, cozy robes, and eucalyptus steam rooms. There was even a co-ed serenity room so the BF+ and I could do some stretching (quiet giggling allowed). Continue reading

Quick Poll: Do You Listen to Music at Work?

19 Nov

Music has been a huge key for me lately – it clears my head, makes me smile, helps me sweat, and I’ve been known to erupt in a spontaneous jance (Jog + Dance).  At work, I’ve dialed in a Groovy Office Music Station on Pandora with some lovely Jackson Browne, James Taylor & Alison Krauss.

Do you groove at work? If so, what to?

 

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Repeating Week 3 of #C25K – Perhaps Music Will Help?

22 Oct

I’m not sure how or why I thought I would like to jog. I’ve never been a jogger – even in school my shins & ankles hurt. And even though I was a “normal” weight and fitness level as a kid, I was always slow. But I’ve been getting into this movement stuff as a part of an overall healthy lifestyle path, and I thought it would be nice to be able to jog as a way to mix things up. Besides, I’m seeing how many of you LOVE to run! I want IN on that action!

So I tried. I headed out and alas, my ankles and shins really hurt after a block. I tried on grass and tracks with no relief. I am SO NOT an aggressive athlete type, so if it hurts, I stop.

Then I learned a bit about shoes, stride, rolling ankles, etc.  I headed to The Running Warehouse (mainly an online store but in my area!) to analyze my “stride”. We video taped, tried some shoes, retaped, tried again and BAM! I found a pair of shoes that I was actually able to “jog” (I use that term loosely) on the treadmill for a few (literally 3) minutes pain free. This may not sound like a big deal, but believe me, it was!

I learned about the Couch to 5K plan – and I thought, “Heck, I can jog for 60 seconds! Geesh, I workout like a madwoman with my trainer! I can do 18 Cindy’s in 20 minutes!”

And so it started… Weeks 1 – 3 were golden and I was feeling strong. I began Week 4 but my confidence quickly waned as my ankles and muscles to the outside of the shins became very tender.

I failed week 4. Really??? I can’t even jog for 5 minutes??? It’s weird because I’m extremely capable in so many areas of my life….

Then I re-read the #C25K plan and it said not to rush things and to repeat a week if necessary. Wooot – I have not failed… yet. (BTW – I’m going to give it a good try, but if after following the plan for a few more weeks, I’m still tender….)

So here’s to my Couch to 5K Week 3 friends – several 3 minutes songs for this week and 5 minute songs for next week. (Warning: My music tastes include mostly older stuff LOL.)

Couch to 5K – 3 Minute (more or less) Songs

Couch to 5k – 5 Minute (more or less) Songs

How is your #C25K plan going? AM I THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING?

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