When my father was still alive, he was a professional musician. He spent many nights entertaining other people, performing at weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs, stage shows. He had come from a very long line of musicians, as far back as anyone could remember, music was their life’s work. He took great pride in the fact that he could play several instruments very well. Me, I could barely read sheet music and wasn’t very good at playing any instrument that my parents wanted me to learn. I’ve always felt that if the music teachers would teach the students how to play the popular music of the times, instead of the music from decades long past, more young people would be interested and motivated to learn to play an instrument. But who wants to learn how to play “Greensleeves” on the guitar when all of the “in” kids are performing beat box and the Harlem Shake?
Whenever I go to a convention or seminar of some kind where the producers felt the need to bring out some musical entertainment, I’m always interested to see the band members actually playing their instruments. Instead, one person sits at a keyboard that has a music recording software computer program loaded into it and they just pick out a previously recorded play-list. Sure, the music is good, but I’m just not as inspired to applaud in between songs. I wonder if my father would have embraced this technology, or if he would have hated it.
I can’t say that my sisters and I had a really happy childhood, our parents divorced when we were quite young, they remarried quickly and had more children, and we never really felt like we belonged anywhere. I am so glad that my sisters and I had each other to lean on!
Anyway, back to childhood memories! I can remember our mother, before the divorce, chasing us around the house with a can of whipped cream in her hand. When she caught one of us, she would “rassle” us to the floor and tickled us until we opened our mouths to laugh. When we DID open our mouth, she squirted it full of whipped cream!
That was a happy memory. I’ll be trying to come with more childhood happy memories to post. It’s good to try to remember the happy times, and try not to dwell on the unhappy times!
Several years ago the “big hype” was about how people who are concerned about their health should eat bagels for breakfast. Somehow bagels were considered to be “good for you.” The only way I could ever enjoy eating a bagel was if it was loaded up with cream cheese. I have to admit that the fat free cream cheese on the market is very tasty, so that health issue of too much fat in cream cheese is a moot point in this post. Fat free cream cheese on a bagel tastes pretty good. But I have noticed that it is very hard to get a nice soft bagel – most of them are about as hard as a rock! And to be honest, I really don’t enjoy eating rocks! And I’ve noticed that every time I eat a bagel, when I go look at myself in a mirror and smile there is a ton of bagel and cream cheese smiling back at me, stuck between my teeth! Not a pretty sight!
I much prefer eating muffins – they are softer and easier to eat and require no cream cheese. And muffins do not get stuck between my teeth! So if the choice is between a bagel and a muffin, give me a muffin! Unless, of course it is a crummy bran muffin that tastes terrible. I like lemon poppy seed muffins, or cranberry orange muffins the best!
I was reading an article that a recent study of bottled water has shown that in many cases the bottled water is no safer than regular tap water. The article did not say what brands of water was tested (and I sure wish it HAD said that) but it indicated that in the ten brands tested there were contaminants such as bacteria and 38 chemicals. The chemicals include caffeine, acetaminophen, fertilizer, solvents, plastic ingredients and strontium (which are radioactive.)
That freaks me out! Bottled water with strontium in it? I’m not sure I’ll ever buy bottled water again! I think I’m better off buying soda if I’m “out and about” and thirsty and without my own refreshment!
I was reading on a news website that the “hottest” job trends are in the “green” market. The article indicates that Washington DC, Boston MA, Houston TX, San Fransisco, San Diego and Las Angelas are all going to be huge markets for “green” industries.
I sure hope that’s true. We could use some job growth around here! Lately it seems to have been all “doom and gloom” news about the economy and people losing jobs. We sure need more jobs, and better jobs right here in the area!