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#WCW (woman crush Wednesday)

She’s playing sold out arena shows in the UK, yet here in the states she’s only playing at small clubs, not even a blip on the radar. This has to change. She is a phenomenal talent, and puts on an amazing live show. I had the chance to see her in Seattle this fall in a small club, and will go see her again and again if the opportunity arises.

I give you Paloma Faith

 

And one of my favorite songs of her’s (off the Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful album)

When Did We Forget?

I’m not endorsing it, neither am I condemning it, but I simply write this to ask this question. When did we forget that these are actors, playing a role? We must enjoy it, because we pay for it, not only with our money, but with our time and attention. If we think this is a true representation of who they are, then we must be living in more a fantasy world than the role they are portraying.

There has been a lot of backlash about the new Miley Cyrus video. I know this, because I am a parent, and this is one of the artists my child listens to. And as a parent, it is my responsibility to keep up with what is influencing her. I don’t read every magazine she reads, nor do I listen to every song she listens to, but I do monitor the news and other sites that pertain to her generation.

In all honesty, I have not seen the video the entire way through. I have seen enough of it, and I leave it at that. I will not pass a judgment one way or the other. The only reason being, I don’t feel a need to spend the time watching when I could be doing something else. I’m this way with most videos on line. Unless it relates specifically to the task at hand at that moment or is something that really grabs my attention, I’m not going to watch.

But it brings me back to the point, she is an actor, she is being paid to make music and portray a role. She is not being paid to raise our kids, and she certainly should not be held to such a high, unattainable standard, as some may think she should. It is the parents (or other responsible adult in the child’s life) to be the role model, to set the standard of what is right and wrong.  It is also the parents responsibility to talk with their child, to communicate, and to listen. And make informed decisions, not off the cuff, emotional reactions to something, when you don’t have all the facts.

I don’t write this to start any sort of wars, and quite frankly I’ll be surprised if it receives much traffic at all. I simply write it as a reminder to all, including myself, think and have your facts before you judge. Better yet, don’t judge at all. That’s not our calling. But do what is right for you (and yours) and let the rest take care of themselves.

 

Music Monday

Allow me to introduce you to Aaron Barnhart. Dean & I had to opportunity to see him perform back in April at a showcase in Nashville. We then were able to meet up with him again in June when we visited/researched Los Angeles. He is an incredibly talented musician/song writer, in addition to being a genuinely nice guy. If  you’ve seen the movie Letters To God  you may recognize one of his songs (The Waters Edge). Below is the video for Day In Day Out. Enjoy. And if you like what you hear, check him out on iTunes too.

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Hello Spring

We’ve been having a few beautiful spring days here in NW Georgia (in between all the rain soaked days). Bradford pears, Red buds, Daffodils, Tulip Magnolias; are all blooming. Yesterday was probably one of the nicest days we’ve had so far. I was able to open the windows, let the fresh air in, and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring. The birds chirp and flirt around, stopping to feed, then rest on the oak tree out back. As I write this there is a bluebird perched on the branch just outside my kitchen window. (I wasn’t fast enough with the camera to get the picture, but it was the most beautiful shade of blue.)  And then there are the frogs. I don’t know if there are more frogs this year than in years past; maybe it has something to do with all the rain we’ve had, or maybe it was the tadpoles that my daughter rescued last year and those that lived were released into the easement beside our house.

Last night we had a symphony of frogs serenading us. With the windows open, it was a reminder of all things spring. My husband, being the techie that he is, recorded it, and turned it into an mp3. For your enjoyment, the Frogs symphony.