Friday Dance Party – Pretending This Is Not Selena Gomez

This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen.  It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth.  How do we celebrate another week of living?  We dance.  So, are you alive this Friday?  Are you and your family safe and sound?  Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have.  Did you give thanks for that?

Good, now let’s dance.

Should I not like a song because of who the artist is?  This question struck me the other day as I was driving to work and humming along to this week’s dance tune.  It is Selena Gomez’s ‘Love You Like A Love Song Baby’.  I had heard the tune a few times before and liked it a lot.  Fun beat, fun lyrics.  This time I needed to know who sang it.  So I hit the information button on my satellite radio panel in my car and saw it was Selena Gomez.  Selena Gomez!!  I don’t know Selena and have nothing against her, but can a man of my age like a song by someone who:

  • Is most likely a teenager,
  • Has most likely never been in love,
  • Makes more money than I do,
  • Dates Justin Bieber.

Then I thought about all the singers who, in their day, were not supposed to be liked due to numbers of reasons.  Elvis, The Beatles, KISS, Enimen….the list goes on and on and, let me assure you, I am not putting Selena in a category even close to Elvis or The Beatles.  I’m just giving examples.  I guess, bottom line, you can’t really help what you like so I’m going to keep on humming, singing and dancing to this song.  Why don’t you do the same?  You’ve made it through another week of living.  If you survived the surprise snowstorm on October 29, you have even more to be thankful for this week.  Go ahead and dance.  You deserve to celebrate.  Just don’t tell anyone it’s Selena Gomez singing!  Do you have any songs you like by singers who you are embarrassed to mention?

Friday Dance Party – Kelly Clarkson Has A Mr. Know It All

This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen.  It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth.  How do we celebrate another week of living?  We dance.  So, are you alive this Friday?  Are you and your family safe and sound?  Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have.  Did you give thanks for that?

Good, now let’s dance.

It is a beautiful Fall day here in Connecticut.  We’ve finally finished getting the yard ready for Winter.  The patio furniture is all covered up in preparation for harsher weather.  The garden pots are all stored until next Spring.  We’ve trimmed all of the spent plants down and we are waiting for the rest to die off so that they too can be trimmed before the first snow.  The garden is bare.  There are no more tomato plants, green bean bushes or radish tops sprouting out of the dirt.  We just can’t seem to believe that Summer is over.  Isn’t there an old saying that says the older you get, the faster time goes?  I believe it, especially this year.  Mother Nature gives us four seasons and makes us abide by each one.  You can’t make one season last longer or be shorter to suit your needs.  She sets the schedule on her own agenda to ensure the cycle of life works.  She is so smart, that Mother Nature.  Sort of a know it all.  That’s what made me think of this week’s song…Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Mr. Know It All’.  It is dedicated to Mother Nature, who knows exactly how to control the seasons whether you like it or not.  You’ve made it through another week, so go ahead and dance.  You deserve to celebrate.  Turn up your computer speakers and let it rip.  Have fun.  Have you finished all your winter preparation outside?

Friday Dance Party – Loretta, Shake It For Luke Bryan

This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen.  It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth.  How do we celebrate another week of living?  We dance.  So, are you alive this Friday?  Are you and your family safe and sound?  Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have.  Did you give thanks for that?

Good, now let’s dance.

If you had to pick a type of music for the old-fashioned barn party we went to last weekend, you would most definitely choose country music.  This music is just so synonymous with family, friends, apple pie, barns and America.  Growing up in Iowa, I used to listen to and love country music.  If you ask any of my friends today, they will also tell you that I still have a soft spot for country music.  I used to be embarrassed by my love for this music, especially when I moved to California and then to New York and Connecticut.  I guess I was a little embarrassed by my country roots.  All that has changed now and I am proud to be from the Midwest and to be a country music lover.  Believe it or not, the twangier the better.  From Carrie Underwood to Dolly Parton’s Bluegrass…..from Blake Shelton’s ‘Honey Bee’ to Conway Twitty, I love them all.

There was only one time in my life when I turned against country music.  It was only for a day.  It was a time way back in Iowa during my early high school years.  In my hometown, most old timers were either farmers or coal miners.  Iowa had quite a few black coal mines where men would ride down into tunnels and pick for coal that would be carried to the surface on rail cars.  My paternal grandfather and my great uncles were coal miners; my maternal grandfather worked in a strip mine, which was a different way to gather coal.  To commemorate this coal mining heritage, my little town used to host a coal miner’s day celebration each June, including a parade, food, games and entertainment (a lot like our old-fashioned barn party).  For the parade, many of the town merchants would build floats, which were flat beds pulled by trucks that were decorated around certain themes.  The year I turned against country music was the year there was a float entitled ‘Coal Miners’ Daughters’ based on the Loretta Lynn song.  The float was decorated with plastic flowers stapled all over the flat bed and actual coal miners’ daughters sat on chairs and cubes all along the flatbed.  As the float drove closer to my little brother and me at the parade, we could see someone dressed up to resemble Loretta Lynn.  This person was lip synching to the song ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’.

Well, I was born a coal miner’s daughter,
In a cabin, on a hill in Butcher Holler,
We were poor, but we had love,
That’s the one thing my daddy made sure of,
He shoveled coal to make a poor man’s dollar.

IT WAS OUR MOTHER!

We were horrified.  Each of us ran to hide at the sight of our mom in a big curly black wig, long dress and big microphone with a cord.  It is hard enough to be a teenager without your mother doing this to you.  It took us many years to recover and even today we grimace every time we hear someone mention Loretta Lynn.

Other than this one time, country music has been a great source of joy for me.  Given our barn party and that we haven’t danced to a country song in a long time, let’s celebrate this week by dancing to a little Luke Bryan.  If you are a country girl, go ahead and shake it for me him.  We’ve all made it through another week and deserve to celebrate.  Let’s dance!  Are you a country music lover?

Friday Dance Party – GaGa’s You And I

This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen.  It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth.  How do we celebrate another week of living?  We dance.  So, are you alive this Friday?  Are you and your family safe and sound?  Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have.  Did you give thanks for that?

Good, now let’s dance.

This weekend we are off to Pennsylvania to see some old friends that I grew up with in Iowa all those years ago.  While we have been out of Iowa for a long time, we have remained close through the years and try to see each other at one of our homes as often as possible.  It’s funny, when we all get back together it is amazing how easy it is to catch up as if we had just seen each other a few days before.  I guess that’s the beauty of having close friends.  To honor our Iowa roots, I thought we could dance this week to Lady GaGa’s ‘You and I’.  It seems that she is traveling back to her country roots to find and reclaim a lost love?  I end that sentence with a question mark because after watching the video a few times I’m not quite sure what to think about her mission.  It’s a great song and a great video….I can’t take my eyes off of it.  If it makes sense to anyone, please let me know.  Mermaids and farm country….you tell me!  So take a few minutes to be in the moment and be happy for another week of living.  You’ve made it through and deserve to celebrate.  Turn up those speakers and dance with GaGa.  Let loose and be a little monster for a few minutes.  What are your plans this weekend?

Friday Dance Party – Oh Darling by Plugin Stereo Featuring Cady Groves

This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen.  It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth.  How do we celebrate another week of living?  We dance.  So, are you alive this Friday?  Are you and your family safe and sound?  Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have.  Did you give thanks for that?

Good, now let’s dance.

So it seems that most of the children that are a part of our life are back in school now for the start of another academic year.  When I was (much) younger, I always liked the start of school.  While summer vacation was great, my friends and I eventually grew to miss the structure and extra-curricular activities that school had to offer.  Right before the start of school, my mom would take my brother and I to buy a few school clothes, which were jeans, shirts, shoes and sneakers and maybe a pair of dress slacks.  I can still remember going to Sears department store in Iowa and walking up and down the aisle of boy’s clothes several times to make sure I got the best that Sears had to offer.  I didn’t want to make any mistakes.  We also went and bought school supplies…lots of pencils, paper, erasers, pens.  I think that is where the similarities to today’s back to school preparations end.  Kids today seem to be a lot smarter in almost all area than what we were.  More stylish with the school clothes, more technologically advanced with the supplies and just smarter in terms of everyday life.  Maybe it’s better schools, the internet…many of the kids we know get homework to do over the Summer and even use computers now versus carrying around textbooks.  So enjoy this week’s dance number…a slow ballad by Plugin Stereo featuring Cady Groves, a great example of extremely young, but smart, kids singing a simple little song about young love.  Turn your speakers up and have fun with this song.  You’ve made it through another week and many of you should be proud that you got your kids back to school safe and sound.  Go ahead and do a little dancing.  You deserve it.  What did you have to do to get your kids ready to go back to school?

Friday Dance Party – Cobra Starship You Make Me Feel

This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen.  It’s the time where we give thanks for making it through another week and for being alive and present here on Earth.  How do we celebrate another week of living?  We dance.  So, are you alive this Friday?  Are you and your family safe and sound?  Take a few seconds now to be in the moment and realize what a great life you truly have.  Did you give thanks for that?

Good, now let’s dance.

I’ve decided that the chorus to this week’s song by Cobra Starship is how I’m going to start talking to people when I feel I am having a problem with them either at work or in a personal relationship.  Think about it, if every time you thought you had an issue with someone, you just brought them in and said “You make me feel so _____” and then “You make me feel that _____”, then wouldn’t the world would be a much happier place?  I’m the type of person that really bottles up my feelings when I am having a problem with someone.  Instead of clearing the air, I’ll walk around for days and not say a word or, at the very least, not say a word about how I’m really feeling.  This type of behavior usually manifests itself in an explosion of angry feelings directed toward the person weeks later when they do something unrelated to why I was having problems with them in the first place.  Not such a great plan from a relationship management perspective.  In fact, I’ve even caught myself writing somebody off for good for doing something to me versus sitting down and talking it out with them.  My new Cobra Starship method for issue resolution is going to change all that…starting now.  As you are dancing this week and celebrating another week of living, call someone over if you are having an issue with them and try our new technique.  Just hope that they don’t answer you back with “la la la la la” like in the song.  Have a great dance–you deserve it!  How are you at relationship management?

Friday Dance Party – Who’s That Girl With Guy Sebastian And Eve

This is another edition of Friday Dance Party on Acorns On Glen.  It’s the time where we give thanks for another week of living.  We give thanks for making it through and for being able to celebrate this fact.  How do we celebrate another week of living?  We dance.  So take a moment and be proud of the fact that you’re here and you’ve made it to another Friday.  Not only you, but your family and friends as well.  So, to that end, are you alive this Friday?  Have you given thanks for this?

Good, now let’s dance.

This has certainly been the week to be glad to be alive and to have made it through another week of living!  On Saturday evening and through a long portion of Sunday, all of us here on Glen Road were part of Hurricane Irene’s passing through Connecticut.  It was a very frightening experience to say the least.  We first heard of Irene on the beaches of Kiawah Island down in South Carolina.  We were happy to fly back and be in our home during the storm in case anything happened to our house, but we were a little unprepared for the hard journey back to a normal life post the hurricane and not sure we are fully back to normal even as of today.  First off, in preparation for the storm, there were extremely long lines at the gas stations in town with cars getting filled up and containers being filled for generator use.  This resulted in the town being sold out of most gas by Saturday afternoon.  Supermarkets were jam-packed and were sold out of many essential items you would want before a major storm struck your town.  Primarily that was canned goods, bread, milk, batteries and bottled water.  We were lucky to eventually get each of the items before Irene hit.  Before the storm hit, we were in pretty good shape in terms of preparedness.  What we were not ready for was the storm itself, which was very scary in terms of high winds, many downed trees and then the eventual loss of electricity.  No electricity means no lights, no water, no air conditioning, no internet, no computer, no TV and no flushing…pretty much nothing.  Even today, a large majority of our town still remains without power.  Crews are working to remove the large number of fallen trees that snapped power lines.  Once the trees are gone, crews can then begin to repair the downed lines and restore power.  We have heard that some people are being told that they will not get power restored until September 8!  Many people you talk to are asking about who do they call…..who do they call for updates on restoration, who do they call for help, who do they call to express their unhappiness.  People are getting cranky and fed up and for good reason.  All of these “who” questions reminded me of this week’s song, “Who’s That Girl” by Guy Sebastian, featuring Eve.  Guy Sebastian was Australia’s first Australian Idol winner when the show premiered down under in 2003.  He has since gone on to release six or so albums and this song is one of his first U.S. hits.  Just like in our town in Connecticut, Guy is asking a question starting with “who”.  To all of the survivors of Hurricane Irene, I hope our dance party finds you safe and sound.  We’ve been through a lot this week, but we are still alive and kicking.  Hang in there and celebrate your life this week by dancing.  You are here and deserve to cut loose.  How have you been doing since Hurricane Irene hit your community?