Thursday, May 15, 2014

First Listen: Dolly Parton, 'Blue Smoke'

Dolly Parton and Cliff Richard are my (Rob) favorite singers.This week, Dolly released her 42nd album called "Blue Smoke," and earlier this year, Cliff Richard released his 100th album!
   BLUE SMOKE is a fantastic collection-  and you can hear the CD by clicking on the link below to the NPR "Preview" below.

DISCOVERY -   When I discovered Dolly Parton in 1980, it was from the song "Starting Over Again."  It was released in March 1980 as the first single from her album Dolly, Dolly, Dolly. "Starting Over Again" made the U.S. pop top forty, peaking at #36, and reached #1 on the U.S. country charts on May 24, 1980. When 9 to 5 the movie and song came along, I was instantly a life-long admirer of Dolly's.

   DOLLY'S INFLUENCE ON ROB -  I was 17 years old, and I was struck by her optimism, positive attitude, sense of humor and care for others. Other 17 year old boys would've been paying attention to her boobs, but I was paying attention to her heart and her mind.
  It was through listening and watching Dolly that I decided to live my life in a positive way, care for others, try to inject humor (even at my own expense) and appreciate simple things in life- not money, power or possessions, which were what teens at my age then were all into.   So, that's how I developed MY personality- I was influenced by Dolly's love for life and others.  (Tom is likely rolling his eyes now).  :) 
 
  Blue Smoke the 42nd studio album by American country recording artist Dolly Parton. The album was released in Australia and New Zealand on January 31, 2014, and was  released in North America and Europe on May 13, 2014.  GIVE IT A FREE LISTEN AND ENJOY !

To go to Dolly's music website: http://dollypartonentertainment.com/

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14