Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blogging Random Tidbits

Blogging Tibits

I am trying to get back on my blogging scheadule. School will be out next week so hopefully things will slow down then. I've seen a lot about blogging everywhere lately. I have some comments and questions about blogging myself.

  • Ladies, if you haven't you need to check out Blogher. BlogHer describes it's self as " is the Web's leading guide to the hottest news and trends among women in social media." It's true. It's has everything in social media that a woman could need or want. Sorry guys I dont' anythign about a blogHim site. But if I hear of one I will let you know.
  • It seems like everyone is wanting to blog for money or products now. What ever happened to just blogging because you enjoy it. Yes, I do get books to review on my blog but I do that because I love to read not to get something.
  • MeMe's. It seems like you either love them or hate them. I think they are ok ocassionaly. Espeically when you don't know what to write but not all the time. What's your take on MeMe's?
  • Which brings me to my next tidbit. What do you do when you don't know what to write? I struggle with writers block sometimes. What are some things you would like to see me blog about?

Ps. I had so much fun writing  the Fantasy Island Favorites on Monday. I am going to list my next fifteen favorite ablums this weekend. Check back soon.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Twelve Fantasy Island Favorites

Fantasy Island Favorites
Lee over at Tossing it out is having a challenge today. His challenge is to tell your fifteen favorite music albums that you would want to listen to for the rest of your life while exiled on Fantasy Island. I am a huge music lover so it was really hard for me to narrow it down to just fifteen. It was a great going back through my music collection and remember what I loved about each album. So without further ado  here are my Fifteen Fantasy Island Favorites in no particular order.
1. DC Talk- Intermission-2000
D.C. Talk  what can I say. They were my favorite band as a teen. They helped me to see that gospel and hymns weren't the only type of Christian music out there. They dealt with topics that Christians teens dealt with. At least I did. Such as living for Christ, race issues, failure, sex and everything in between. My favorite DC Talk songs are: "The Hardway" , "What if I Stumble.", "She that kind of Giirl," "Jesus Freak," and "Supernatural."

2.Caedmon's Call-debut album- 1997. 

This album came out came out my senior year of high school yet the songs are still applicable today. This album is wonderfully thought provoking with its lyrics that talk about living a Christ like life in a world far away from God. The song "Center Aisle" particularly touches my heart after loosing a friend to suicide. The cd is honest and heartfelt. My favorite among all the Caedmon's call albums.

 3. George Straight-Pure Country Motion Picture Soundtrack-1992

I couldn't rightfully call myself a Texas girl without George Strait on my list. This is one of a couple of examples of albums where I loved the soundtrack but didn't really care for the movie.  This song made my list for its pure country music. George strait does not have any "pop-country" songs on this album. My favorite songs on this album are " She Lays It All On the Line", "Baby Your Baby" and of course "I Cross My Heart." Which incidentally was the #1 song in 1992 when I met my husband Matt.

 4. Salvador- Salvador-2000
This wonderful CD is full of Latin Praise and Worship. I didn't discover this band until the semester of college I lived in Saltillo, Mexico in 2001. My host family bought this cd for me. I have since worn the original cd out and bought another one.  This album showed me the power of power of praise and worship with wonderful songs like "David Dance" , "Cry Holy" and my all time favorite praise and worship song "Montana" (sorry there is a tilde in there but I don't know how to type it.). Spanish is such a beautiful language and naturally lends itself to praise and worship.

5. Third Day-Conspiracy #5 1997

Another oldie but goodie that came out the year I graduated high school. This album turned me on to rock . Before this album I had only listened to country. This album really rocks out about God's love and faithfulness. I think they sound like Creed too. One of my other favorite rock bands.  My favorites songs are: "My Hope Is You." "How's Your Head", "You Make Me Mad" and "Who I Am"

6. Ray Charles-Genius-The Essential Collection 2009
 This album does justice to the genius of Ray Charles. Songwriter, Pianist, and vocalist you could say that Ray Charles did it all. This album pays tribute to his genius by having all his chart topping songs. His heart felt lyrics about life and love helped it to become one of my fantasy Island Favorites. The songs I espeically like on the album are "America the Beautiful", "I've Gota a Woman","Georgia On My Mind", "Busted" and "Hit the Road Jack."

7. Selah-Hidding Place- 2004

  This album is filled with passionate praise and worship. I also love how they integrate and arrange praise and worship songs with classic hymns. This album helps you focus on the Savior. The wonderful harmonies of the brother and sister in the group and incredible. This is album I like to listen to on rough days and refocus my mind on Christ. It's easy to do with wonderful songs such as "You Raise Me Up", "I need the every hour", and "Before The Throne of God above."

8. Twlight-Orinonal Motion Picture Soundtrack-2008
 Here again I wasn't that impressed with the movie but I like the soundtrack. It has a great combination of music from Muse to Collective Soul and even a little classical music thrown in. I was disappointed in "Bella's Theme". It's nothing like the music described in the books. I love the Twlight series books by the way. This album is dark and angry at times but then who isn't. That's part of the reason I like it. It's so different from anything I normally listen too. I love "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse on this album.  It's just a crazy song that gets you pumped up. Some other great songs on the album include "Flightless Bird, American Mouth" and " Never Think"

9. Alicia Keys-Diary of Alicia Keys-2003

 Alicia Keys is one of my favorite artist of all time. I love her no nonsenese, "Tell it like it is" approuch to singing and song writing. Life and love from a woman's perspective. I also love how she incorporats the piano into her songs. It's a wonderful pop, R&B album. My favorite songs are "Diary", "If I Ain't Got You", and "If I Was Your Woman" and "Karma." 
10. Montgomery Gentry-Something to Be Proud Of-Best of 1999-2005 

Montgomery Gentry made my list becaue of their musical combination of Southern Rock infused with country. Not to mention their butt kicking attidue and values. It was hard for me to narrow it down to just one Montgomery Gentry album. This album does contain most of my favorites including "Didn't I" a song talking about a soilder just returend from war and readjusting to life.

11. Carolyn Arends-Feel Free-1997
Carolyn Arrends is another oldie but a good. She was a round in the late 90's and early 2000 but nothing new from her in several years. That doesn't mean it's not good stuff thought. I read some where she put her career on hold to start a family.  Despite the fact that she doesn't have a recent album  what she has is powerful. Her deep thought proviking lyrics will keep you thinking about Life, Love, and God. I enjoy music but I enjoy even more is music that makes me think. And she definately does that with songs like "New Year's Day", "Do We Dare" and "Father Thy Will Be Done"

12. Marty Robbins-GunFighter Ballads and Trail Songs-1959
 For timess when I just wanted to enjoy the music and not think. Nothing could be more intertraining than Marty Robbins. In particular is Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. I have so many wonderful memories of listening to this album with my family. It' was made back when TV was just coming on the scence so music had to be enjoyable and entertaining. My favorite songs are: "El Paso" "A Hundred and Sixty Acers" and "Big Iorn"

What are your fantasy Island Favorites? Enjoy!

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