Grease: Live

Well, I was one of the many million who watched Grease: Live over the weekend.

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Grease is one of my favorite movies, so I was looking forward in watching the play version of the movie.

One performance that stood out for me was  Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo singing “There Are Worse Things I Could Do“. Not only did she do an outstanding job singing the song, but she did so through a personal loss.

On the day of the broadcast, Vanessa Hudgens announced on Twitter that her father, Greg, had died from cancer the night before, and that she would dedicate her performance in Grease: Live to his memory. (from Wikipedia.com)

Here is Vanessa Hudgens version of the song.

And here is the version done by Stockard Channing.

Both versions are very powerful. But I have to go with Stockard Channing’s version.

And if you’re anything like me, here are the lyrics so you can sing them in your hair brush too.

There Are Worse Things I Could Do

There are worse things I could do
Than go with a boy or two
Even though the neighborhood

Thinks I’m trashy and no good
I suppose it could be true
But there are worse things I could do

I could flirt with all the guys
Smile at them and bat my eyes
Press against them when we dance
Make them think they stand a chance
Then refuse to see it through
That’s a thing I’d never do

I could stay home every night
Wait around for mister right
Take cold showers everyday
And throw my life away
On a dream that won’t come true

I could hurt someone like me
Out of spite or jealousy
I don’t steal and I don’t lie
But I can feel and I can cry
A fact I’ll bet you never knew
But to cry in front of you
That’s the worst thing I could do

Songwriters
Jacobs Jim; Casey Warren

Song of the Day

You know there are certain songs that come on the radio that take you back to a special memory. Here is one that always takes me back to good times.

I Feel For You” (1984) by Chaka Khan.

In high school, it seemed that whenever the girl’s track team were at a school dance, we would request that song and all dance together. Not sure why it was that song, but it was.

There was one time, we came back from an invitational track meet during a school dance. We were still in our track clothes, all tried and dirty, but we crashed the dance and requested our song.

To this day, when I hear that song, it takes me back to the school dance and our team dancing to it.

Side Note:

WHT!! The was song written by Prince!? I’m I the lost one to know that Prince wrote this song? I’m in shock! Why didn’t I know this?

 

R.I.P. Glenn Frey

Man!! I can’t believe that another entertainer has past away. Today when I checked my e-mail I saw that the founding member of The Eagles, Glenn Frey died at the age of 67.

Glenn Frey

One of my favorite songs be The Eagles is “New Kid In Town” (1976).

 “New Kid in Town:” The first single off of 1976’s “Hotel California,” ”New Kid in Town” features Frey’s lead vocals and Don Henley’s harmonies. They co-wrote the song with frequent collaborator J.D. Souther.

And one of my favorite songs by him as a solo artist was “The Heat Is On” (1984).

I think he was my favorite member of the band because he was born in Detroit, Michigan. I remember when he guest starred on Miami Vice in the first season episode “Smuggler’s Blues” and when he was in the film, Jerry Maguire.

R.I.P. Glenn Frey. You’re music will live on forever.

The Streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight… by Joshua Hill

The streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight.
Don’t let them be forgotten, don’t let them fade away.
God bless their memory, God bless our nation’s
The streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight.

The Streets of Heaven are too crowded with Angels tonight…
Based upon an excerpt from The West Wing episode 20 Hours in America (Part 2)

R.I.P. David Bowie

OMG!

David Bowie, master of music and reinvention, is dead at 69.


That is what read when checked out my messages on my phone.

I was/am a David Bowie fan. All this morning, I was reading the posts online.

There were so many David Bowie songs that I loved.

1969

“Space Oddity”

1972

“Changes”

1975

“Young Americans”

“Golden Years”

1979

“Boys Keep Swinging”

1980

“Fashion”

1981

“Under Pressure” with Queen

1982

His Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy,” with Bing Crosby is one of my favorite Christmas songs.

1983

  • “Modern Love”
  • “Let’s Dance”
  • “China Girl”

 

 

 

1984

“Blue Jean”

1985

“Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger

The songs from 1983 are some of my all-time favorite songs.

There were two movies that I loved that he was in.

  • Labyrinth (1986) as Jareth the Goblin King
  • The Linguini Incident (1991) as Monte

David Bowie will live on forever with his music and movies.

R.I.P. David Bowie, you will be missed by many.

My Mom, Lydia M. Garza

Today post is similar to the one I posted since 2011 at this time. But I still feel the same exact way.

I miss you Mom and I love you so much!

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Lydia M. Garza (1940 – 2010)

January 10, 2016, it’s been six years since my mom, Lydia M. Garza died. It’s hard to believe that it has already been six years. Sometimes it feel longer and other times it feels like it just happened.

My life changed on January 10, 2010. I never knew that you could miss a person so much. This was the person who could make me happy, make me sad and make me mad. Oh, how she could press the buttons to set me off. What do they say, she knew what buttons to push because she put them there?

There are days when I can get through it without getting too sad when I think of you. But then there are other days when all I want to do is hide under my blankets. But on those days when I have happy memories of you, it makes me smile. Like when I made your Green Jell-O for the holidays. Or when I was going through all the treads you had for your sewing… did you really need all those different colors of white thread??

Today, my dad and I went to visit my mom at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Until we meet again mom, I miss you and I you more that I can say! And give Joe a hug from me too.

IF ROSES GROW IN HEAVEN

If roses grow in Heaven Lord
Please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
Place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for a while.
Because remembering her is easy,
I do it everyday,
But there is an ache within my heart
That will never go away.

Side Note:

This is a video from the bluegrass country music duo, Rory + Joey. Joey Feek is currently in hospice care after being diagnosed with cervical cancer. Read their blog, This Life I Live | scenes from one man’s extraordinary. ordinary life…

Here is their video  “When I’m Gone” (which inspired the title of his blog post), written by their friend Sandy Lawrence.

 

 

“Years ago, our friend Sandy Lawrence wrote a song for her mother who she was caring for as she was passing away,” he explained. “It was something she said she wrote to help her through her feelings – to help her heal.”

Now, Rory is turning to the same song to find comfort in letting his beloved wife go.

“Joey and I have asked to have ‘When I’m Gone’ added to our new ‘Hymns That Are Important To Us’ album that’s coming out in a couple of weeks in Cracker Barrel and most other places all around the country,” he added. “It’s not a classic hymn, but to us it is. It is a very special song, filled with hope and love. And in time, I believe it will have the power to help heal a million broken hearts…Even mine.” ~ Rory Feek

After hearing this song, I thought of my Mom and brother, Joe. My broken heart is getting better, but there are still times when I can hardly breathe. But the only peace I have right now is that they are together in heaven.

Song of the Day – Don’t Change

Don’t Change” (1982) INXS is one of my favorite songs.

I’m not sure when I first heard the song, but I loved it for the very first note.

Just in case you wanted to sing along to the video.

“Don’t Change”

I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all direction
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark for too long

Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

I found a love I had lost
It was gone for too long
Hear no evil in all directions
Execution of bitterness
Message received loud and clear

Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

I’m standing here on the ground
The sky above won’t fall down
See no evil in all directions
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark for too long

Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me
Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

Don’t change for you
Don’t change a thing for me

Don’t change
Don’t change

Side Note:

R.I.P. — Wayne Rogers and Natalie Cole

Just as 2015 was ending, we lost two more stars, Wayne Rogers and Natalie Cole. 

  
Wayne Rogers, 82, who portrayed wisecracking Army surgeon “Trapper John” McIntyre in the first three seasons of TV’s “M*A*S*H,” died Thursday, 

  
Natalie Cole, legendary songstress, dead at 65.

I remember watching “M*A*S*H” when Wayne Rogers was on it. I think I learned to like the show more in the reruns when I was a little older. 

And I have always been a fan a Natalie Cole. Some of my favorite songs by her are:

  • “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”
  • “I’ve Got Love on My Mind”
  • “Our Love”
  • “Miss You Like Crazy”
  • “Unforgettable” with Nat King Cole
  • “A Smile Like Yours”
  • “Inseparable”

Both of these stars will live in the shows they starred in and the music the sang. 

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