Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is an Audio Freebie! The Broke and the Bookish suggest Top Ten Audio Books You Should Listen To; Ten Books I Want to Listen to on Audio; 10 Bands You Should Check Out; Ten Podcasts You Should be Listening to; Ten of my All Time Favorite Albums; Ten Songs I Love, or anything else you can come up with.

Since I don’t really listen to audio books, I have decided to do Ten of my All Time Favorite Albums, and before we start I will admit that it was absolutely impossible for me to limit it to just ten because my mom introduced me to music at the age of 2, and I have loved and listened to many different genres ever since, and that’s quite a few years but I won’t say how many. Therefore, expect more cheats on this list than any of my previous lists. ¬† ūüėÄ

  1. Singles 1969-73 (Import) (CD) ~ The Carpenters (Artist) Cover Art

The Carpenters: The Singles 1969-1973. I LOVE this album. Karen had a fantastic voice and it was heartbreaking that she died so young.

2. On Stage and Elvis' Golden Records

I loved pretty much every song this man sang, and I loved his movies too, but these are two of the albums I listened to most. Elvis was also the first singer that I cried over when he died, and I named our first black Labrador Retriever after him.

3. Thriller and Bad (Remastered)

Many people judged and criticized this man, but I always felt sorry for him. How could anyone expect him to be “normal” (whatever that really is) when he was raised by an abusive father who exploited his children, and he never had the opportunity to have any semblance of a normal childhood. He was incredibly talented both as a singer and as a dancer/performer, and I still miss him and hope his children will have a better life than he did.

4. She's So Unusual by Lauper, Cyndi (2000), Hat Full Of Stars and A Night To Remember

A lot of people think Cyndi is weird or strange, but she, too, is incredibly talented. I have loved her from the start. She’s given me great dance music and wonderfully artistic songs. I also never thought she sounded better than on the albums Hat Full of Stars and A Night to Remember.

5.  Wham Make It Big , Faith and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

I fell in love with George Michael when I first saw the MTV video for “Wake Me Up Before You Go-G0”. Yes, he had a very controversial song on the Faith album, but I still loved him and found him extremely good looking. I was heart broken when he announced his choice to be gay, but he was another incredibly talented artist, and many artists seem to like to push the envelope and do something controversial. I don’t necessarily think that’s a good thing, but it’s not going to prevent me from loving a talented artist, just as I have been taught “Hate the Sin, Not the Sinner”. His album Listen Without Prejudice consisted of songs with strong and good messages. I even got to see him in concert when he did his “Faith” tour. That remains one of my favorite concert experiences.

6. Who's That Girl Soundtrack and Immaculate Collection

Talk about controversial! Madonna is the epitome of controversial. I loved her when she first came out even though some of her songs, even then, pushed the envelope. I totally loved “Who’s That Girl” the album and the movie, and I almost all of my favorites are on The Immaculate Collection. However, I did lose respect for Madonna and stopped listening to her when she became too “over exposed” (if you get my drift) and erotic. That is just completely unacceptable and inappropriate as far as I’m concerned, and I believe it shows a lack of self respect. However, Madonna has talent. It’s just too bad she feels she always has to try to top herself and chooses to do so in inappropriate ways.

7. Product Details

Yes, yet one more controversial artist. I have been a fan of Cher since I first saw her with Sonny Bono on Laugh-In, then I watched the Sonny and Cher show, and I always thought she had a great voice, but I totally became a fan when she made her musical comeback in 1987. I also enjoyed many of the movies she starred in over the years. However, I would never go to see her in concert because her choice of wearing too little clothes is just wrong. My two favorite Cher songs are “Bang-Bang (her single remake), and “Just Like Jesse James”.

8. Pat Benatar Crimes Of Passion and Pat Benatar - Precious Time | ~Music is the ART of making~ noise | Pi ...

I loved Pat Benatar’s heavy rock’n’roll. She sang songs about strong women, and I loved to listen to her music whenever I was angry. It gave me an outlet for my anger, in that listening to those tough songs with great beats always calmed me down.

9. heart album cover heart backstage pass heart german promo 1985 and Heart Brigade Album Cover, Heart Brigade CD Cover, Heart Brigade Cover ...

Been a fan of Heart since I was in junior high school!

10. Insert Brand Name Here: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours review

LOVE this album!

Okay, I know I’m supposed to be done and I’ve already cheated, but I have just a couple of more I want to share:

11. Michael Bolton Greatest Hits: 1985-1995 album cover

This man can sing a love song to me any time! He has a fantastic and distinctive voice! I don’t think I’ve ever heard him sing a song I didn’t enjoy. I also had the privilege of seeing him in concert once, right after he first cut his long curly locks! I didn’t know until I saw him that he had gotten his hair cut. At the time, I was very disappointed as I loved that mane. However, it didn’t take me long to get used to his short do, and he’s still handsome.

12. All the Way... A Decade of Song - Céline Dion - Disc-O-Graphy

I have followed this woman’s life ever since she was first noticed as a young girl with a beautiful voice when she sang the song for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. At first I was appalled that she married Rene, who was soo old compared to her. But as I watched them over the years, it became evident that they truly loved each other and were meant for each other. I empathized with her as they struggled to have children, and all that she went through so that they could have their three beautiful boys. I cried with her when she lost Rene to throat cancer early this year. She has an incredibly beautiful voice.

13. Air Supply Greatest Hits album cover

These guys did a wonderful job with love songs as well. I also had the opportunity of seeing them in concert once — we sat in the third row from the front!

14. Palace of Rock: tobyMac - Eye on it and This Is Not A Test 2015 Momentum 0 Portable Sounds 0

This is my current favorite male singer and these are my two favorite albums. I love to blast This is Not a Test as I’m driving. We had the privilege of taking our entire family to Toby’s Eye On It Tour concert, and we totally loved it!

15. Blanca Announces Self- Titled Solo Debut Blanca Releasing May 4

This is my new favorite female singer and this album is awesome!

16. Shelleen | Rough Tracks

This is my favorite up and coming female singer, I suggest you watch for. This is a great album! I know Shelleen personally, not well, but a bit, and she has wonderful talent. She writes her own lyrics too. If you haven’t heard this album, I suggest you listen to it soon.

Okay, I’ll stop now, because I could go on for a long time yet. There are so many talented artists in so many different genres that I love, but you get the picture.

Who are some of your favorite music artists?

A Week Exploring Other Arts

I’m sorry this post is late. ¬†It’s been a crazy week with a couple of really cool things happening. ¬†First, Thursday (yes, the day I’m supposed to post here, which I usually do in the evenings — the best time for me to do writing of any kind), my oldest son and I went to hear Makoto Fujimura speak about his new book which will be coming out sometime this summer. ¬†If you don’t know who Makoto Fujimura is, he is a very well-known abstract artist. ¬†You can find out more about him at ¬†The work that he had on display on Thursday evening was from his work on “The Four Holy Gospels” that he did for the 400th anniversary of the King James version of the Bible.

His new book is called¬†Culture Care¬†and it is about our culture and how we need to care for it and not just complain about or live in fear of it. ¬†He talks about how it is like working in a garden and he related how much Jesus spoke in his parables about things that were related to gardening (i.e. ¬†sowing seeds). ¬†He related that he does some gardening and how one day while he was gardening, he looked at the dirt in his hands and realized that it is “death” — death of plants, animals, insects, and from that “death” new life grows. ¬†He was wonderful to listen to and to realize that he is a very deep thinker.

He also related a wonderful story about when he and his wife were first married and he was a struggling artist and she was in graduate school. ¬†One Friday, he was at home trying to figure out what they were going to eat that weekend and his wife come home with a bouquet, and he got angry because she spent money on flowers when they could’ve used that $5 for food, and she reminded him that “they need to feed their souls too”. ¬†He said that he never forgot that lesson, although he couldn’t tell you what they ate that weekend, and, he said, he also painted those flowers.


Today there was an art show featuring local artists near our home and because our youngest son is showing a talent and interest in art, we took him to see the art and meet the artists.  There were only about ten artists there, but we saw oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, pastel drawings and cartoons.  I have known two of the artists that were there for several years.  Our older two boys took some art lessons with them at a homeschool co-op years ago, so not only was it fun to go explore the work of local artists, it was fun to renew a couple of old acquaintences.

We were there for the last hour and fifteen minutes of the show and we were blessed to be able to speak with all of the artists there.  The gentleman who displayed his oil paintings actually is unable to use his hands, and he uses his mouth to paint beautiful photos.  There was an artist there who does mostly water colors, but also had a beautiful acrylic painting of a snowy owl, and he had some wonderful photos where he had some thing(s) hidden in some of his paintings and our son enjoyed looking for the hidden things.  I ended up purchasing two of his prints that I really liked.

We were very happy to spend some time with Sam Mylin and find out that he is looking to start an art club in the building the art show was held in, beginning in January.  He wants to teach kids, and our son would love to be a part of it, so we are praying that Sam will be able to have that art club.  Sam is a fun guy to be around.  He draws cartoons, but he knows a lot about other art mediums as well,

I also purchased a note card (which I have no intention of sending to anyone) of a beautiful snow scene that was done in pastels by one of the gentlemen at the show. I also hope to order some lovely watercolor paintings in Christmas ornaments by Irene Miller.  They were absolutely beautiful and would make great Christmas gifts as well!

It was a joy to be able to support local artists. Artists have a hard time earning a living and one of them that I spoke with today said, “Well, it’s not something you really need, and that makes it hard.” ¬†But, thinking back on Makoto Fujimura’s lesson, “we need to feed our souls” and the beauty of art feeds our souls, so, in a way, we do need it. ¬†If you know a local artist or want to support one of the ones I saw today, I encourage you to do so. ¬†The names of the artists I saw today are: ¬†David Howard Moore, Bill Puglisi, Gary G. Greene, Irene Miller, Sandra Roland, Sam and Kate Mylin, Stephen Leed and David Nolt. ¬†I would imagine that you can find out more about any one of them simply by Googling their names.

Don’t just feed your physical body, but your soul as well.