The Smiley Thumb Award

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This past weekend, I was nominated for The Smiley Thumb Award which was created by David from the Chape blog.  I received this nomination from T. Wayne of A Joyful Process Blog. If you are a regular reader of “My Jams” then you are already pretty familiar with T. Wayne.  I like to call him my twin–short for Wonder Twins.  Do you remember them? Anyway, I like to say that we are Wonder Twins because we’ve had some pretty amazing music related ‘coincidences.’

At any rate, most of you already know that I blog about music and various other topics.  Well, T. Wayne’s blog has a sharper focus in that he exclusively blogs about music and music related topics.  When it comes to music, he is very well versed about many different genres!

T is from Maryland so I’ve been trying to get him to blog a bit more about go-go!  Yes I did call you out brah!

Anyway, if you are a fan of ‘The Purple One,’ you really need to check out this T. Wayne classic.  I am telling you, my twin ripped it!  He articulated all of the things that most of us were thinking but couldn’t find the words to express.  You DID that T!

Frankly, due to our love of music, T. Wayne and I have become great blogging friends.  Thanks so much my twin for the nomination!

All blogging awards have rules and they are as follows:

  • Include the photo of the Smiley Thumb award. (Did that!)
  • Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. (Did that too!)
  • Tell us what makes you smile.
  • Nominate as many bloggers as you like.
  • Include these rules in your post.

 

Here we go!

What makes me smile:

My friends and family; especially my babies!  Oh yeah, and my brother Tack kills me! He is one hilarious dude.  He’s the kind of person that makes you go into ‘ugly crying laughter!’  He’s been very busy lately but he promised to make an appearance on the blog in coming months.  You guys are gonna love him!

Making musical connections with others.  I love it when someone says, “Hey do you remember such and such song?”  Oh I live for that! Trust me, I have made some crazy cool connections with fellow bloggers over a good jam!

Young kids! I love the innocence and sweetness of children. Having said that, I like them for a little while then I want somebody to take their little asses on home.  No, I’m just teasing; but not really 😉

Cryptic memories!  You might recall me telling you that my cousin Ron coined that term to identify memories that are so old that only snippets of them remain.  I usually start all of the “My Jams” posts with a cryptic memory.

People who boldly stand in their identity!  Right now I am thinking about how my late friend David used to spin, dance and kick to the song “And the beat goes on” by The Whispers!  Uh huh, he didn’t give a tinker’s damn what you thought about him! Yass baby you better work it Ms. David!

Being around people of all ethnicities, cultures, nationalities, sexual orientations, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds who are having a freaking good time!

It’s like this, if you wanna be down with me, I can certainly be down with you!

And so…

My nominees for this award are chosen below. Now in the words of that great mastermind T. Wayne, they may or may not accept, but here they are anyway:

Ron Brown at The Time Tunnel

The GeoGee Experience

Tony Vega dot Net

Naztastic

Les Food Amants

Thanks again Twin!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Music and Words Award

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Wow! Thanks to T. Wayne at A Joyful Process Blog for nominating me for the Music and Words Award!

When it comes to music knowledge, that brother is the truth! When you get a chance, check him out!  Thanks again T. Wayne!

Now comes the fun part:

The Rules

  • Link back to the person who nominated you. (Check!)
  • Answer these questions with words AND music.
  • Pass the award to 5 bloggers who inspire you with posts about music.
  • Tag your post with #MWA, for Music & Words Award so we can all follow you down the line.
  • Quote these five steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well.

 

A word of caution:  The videos below are shared links from Youtube/vevo.  I don’t own any of them.  That said, I would advise you to “Skip Ad,” or close and ignore irritating pop-ups accordingly.  Also remember that most of these songs are quite old so the video quality is pretty low-but I think you’ll get the point.

… let’s move on to the question/answer session:

WHAT DOES MUSIC MEAN TO YOU?

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know that music, to me, is magic.  Ever since I can remember, I have used it as a means of transformation in my life.  Music, literally takes me from my worst self to my best self almost instantaneously.

Please believe that “I Love Music” by The O’Jays will clarify any misconceptions regarding my feelings about this art-form:

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST MUSIC RELATED MEMORY?

I have several memories related to music, but the first memory that I can recall is of me standing in front of an old reel to reel player listening and swaying to “What’cha see is What’cha get” by the Dramatics.  I shared that memory in greater detail in a previous post.

WHAT’S THE FIRST ALBUM YOU’VE PURCHASED YOURSELF?

When I was younger, there was no such thing as an allowance.  You either, plead or prayed for a bit of change.  Every now and then, my parents would give me a dollar or two.  Sadly, that amount of money was not sufficient for album buying. But with that said, I could afford to purchase a 45.

***Side note for the young’uns who are familiar with albums but not 45s:  A 45 is a miniature album with one song on the front and one song on the back 🙂

So, the first 45 that I bought was “Affection” by Tamara (pronounced Ta-MAH-ra) and The Seen.  I wore the freaking grooves out!

 WHAT IS THE LATEST MUSIC YOU’VE PURCHASED? (NO ONLINE STREAMING OR FREE DOWNLOADS, I’M TALKING ABOUT CASH HERE!)

Because I have a fondness for “oldies but goodies,” the last song that I purchased was “Heaven Must Be Like This” by The Ohio Players.  I can’t describe this one!  It is so beautiful and so masterfully composed!  I JUST CAN’T!

WHAT SONG DID YOU LISTEN TO LAST? (NO CHEATING, COME OUT WITH THE DIRTY PLEASURES!)

“Brown-eyed Girl” by The Isley Brothers.  I am CONVINCED that they are singing about me 😉

Let me stress, it is not a cover of Van Morrison’s song.  Not that that’s a bad thing, it’s just a different thing!

 

MY NOMINEES:

These bloggers have inspired me with their music based posts:

Geo Gee

Indamixworldwide

Brother Askari

Hit rewind ‘80’s

Curlynch at Track Shack 

 

Thanks again, T. Wayne!