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My Taste in Music

One question I get asked a lot is what type of music I like to listen to when I’m done playing Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson all day.  It’s a question I’m always eager to answer since I’m passionate about music and here’s what I am most passionate about: Bluegrass and Folk. 

There is such a deep American history behind each of these genres of music, the roots of which I find interesting and drawn to.  I feel a spiritual connection to this type of music because of the history, deep lyrics and mastered musicianship behind each song.  I won’t bore you with a history lesson but I will share with you some of the artists that I love most starting with Alison Krauss.  She has won 27 Grammy Awards over the course of her career, tied only with Quincy Jones.  TWENTY SEVEN GRAMMY AWARDS.  If you listen to just one of her songs you’ll understand why.  Her haunting voice, exquisite, heart-wrenching lyrics and flawless command of her fiddle makes you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. 

Here is the long list of bluegrass and folk/indie artists I adore and listen to on a weekly basis to keep me grounded and peaceful.  I hope you give one, a few or all of them a try and discover the same emotions I feel when I listen to their music.  Nickel Creek, Mindy Smith, Nick Drake, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Eva Cassidy, The Weepies, Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett and of course Joni Mitchell.  But the list goes on and on.  Pick an artist …take a listen.  

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Scared of Spiders

My fear of spiders can be somewhat paralyzing at times.  I know there are many who share my fear.  I think it’s fairly common, but I wish I didn’t have it.  I remember having a bug catcher as a kid and sometimes a spider would crawl inside and start spinning a web.  I really wasn’t afraid of spiders then.  I remember picking up that jar and looking eye to eye at that spider and thought the web was pretty cool.  I still think webs are cool.  And I actually think spiders are cool.  They are so beneficial to our environment so I’m not sure when, why or how my fear developed.  Nonetheless, I have it. 

There was a spider on my bathroom counter last night.  It was so small there is nothing to compare it to in size.  Half a pencil eraser, maybe?  And yet ... this itsy bitsy spider FREAKED me out.  It was shaped like a crab, I can tell you that.  When I went to pick it up with a tissue it raised its front legs.  This little spider was getting defensive and it made my skin crawl.  Even searching photos of what this little spider might be literally gave me goose bumps.  I appreciate spiders.  Just not in my house.  When someone tells me the spider is more afraid of me than I am of it, it’s not true.  I will never let a spider purposefully crawl on me …not even for a million dollars.  OK, maybe for a million dollars.  But I would pass out within seconds.   

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What's Old is New Again

One of my hobbies is finding old pieces of furniture at garage sales or thrift stores and giving them a new purpose and a new life.  Chalk paint is a wonderful way to make something pretty again.  But I decided to try my hand at decoupage.  I had an old white particle board bookcase sitting in my garage waiting for a make-over.  I found it sitting on a curb just waiting for the garbage truck to pick it up.  I picked it up instead and have been waiting for an idea to hit me as to what to do with it. 

One day while I was spring cleaning I found an old book of accordion sheet music my mother had given me.  She started learning to play back in 1949.  Then it hit me.  I was going to decoupage all that beautifully aged sheet music onto the bookcase.  I picked out the best song titles like Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Anchors Away and The Old Grey Mare.  It took an entire weekend but I had a lot of fun being creative and now I LOVE it.  I cut out birds from a very old bird book and decoupaged them in different spots for added effect.  Since this was my first attempt at decoupage it isn’t perfect.  There are a few wrinkles and bubbles in the paper but I think it adds to the vintage look I was going for.  Total cost for the project was the $20 I spent on the glue.  That’s it. 
Repurposing old furniture is fun and inexpensive way to be creative.  Don’t be afraid to give it a try. 

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