Music Monday: Trump vs Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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 I just about died laughing when I saw one of my favorite Talking Head’s videos transformed into a Donald Trump version by Swedemason on YouTube. It’s just plain fun. Hope you like it too.

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Music Monday: “Supermassive Black Hole” by Muse (Twilight Soundtrack)

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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It’s October and I’m thinking about “Twilight” the movie. I really like this song from the movie soundtrack by Muse. Hope you all enjoy.

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Book Review: I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir by Bart Millard with Robert Noland #ICanOnlyImagine #MercyMe

I Can Only Imagine: A Memoir

by Bart Millard, with Robert Noland

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From Goodreads:

“The Story That Inspired the Major Motion Picture.”

The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it.

MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history.

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Music Monday: MercyMe “I Can Only Imagine” Song/Movie/Book

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I just finished the book this morning and I’ve seen the movie probably twenty times, no joke. It’s an amazing story how the song came about. I’ll be reviewing the book in the next few days. Hope you enjoy the song and movie trailer below.

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Music Monday: Alt-J “Left Hand Free”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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Summer’s leaving and fall’s creeping in. I appreciate the cooler temps, but summer seemed to go by so quickly this year. I ❤ fall and winter, but I’m not sure I’m ready for those darker days yet!

I thought I’d share this song I really enjoy with a summery video. Hope you enjoy…

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Music Monday: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats “Still Out There Running” #NathanielRateliff

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I shared “You Worry Me” a few Music Monday’s ago and honestly can’t say enough about this entire album. It’s the first album I’ve purchased in a long time that I can listen to from beginning to end and love every tune.

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“Still Out There Running”

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Music Monday: Chris Rodrigues & Abby the Spoon Lady “Mean Old Mrs. Jones”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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I’ve always been fascinated with spoon players. Abby’s story is quite interesting. Hope you all enjoy.

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Music Monday: Casting Crowns “Voice of Truth” – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats “You Worry Me” – Coldplay “Paradise” – Fleetwood Mac “Don’t Stop”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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Occasionally I get hit with anxiety and depression and it really kicks me down. The scariest thing is not knowing how long it’s going to last or how I’ll get through it again. The goal is to fight it and get back to living as quickly as I can. I feel that music is an integral part of mental healing (for me). Here are four songs (and albums) that helped me tremendously in this last few weeks in no particular order.

Casting Crowns – Voice of Truth


Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats –

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Music Monday: P.O.D “Youth of the Nation” & Blestenation “Cruel Summer” from “Blue Crush” [movie]

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday.

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This week I chose a few songs from the movie “Blue Crush” with Kate Bosworth and the ever so awesome Michelle Rodriguez. In the movie, Anne Marie (Bosworth) is living with a few roommates and her younger sister who she’s responsible for. Anne Marie has plans to surf in the Rip Masters surf competition, but she has some underlying fears she’s dealing with. Then she meets Mat, a professional quarterback and begins to lose track. Between work, making rent, keeping her sister in school, training, and a new romance, she struggles to stay the course.

I love the cast and there are real-life professional women surfers in it. The movie’s always been a favorite and these songs remind me of the beach and summer which we’re in the middle of right now.

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“Youth Of The Nation”

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Throwback Thursday: Broken Music by Sting

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board. Please link back to her by using the link above.

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Today’s throwback is:

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Music Monday: The Police “Wrapped Around Your Finger” & “Every Breath You Take”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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I just finished reading Broken Music by Sting and I’ll share my review later for that. I’ve been a Police fan since I was a young child and Sting is still a favorite artist today. Here are two favorites that go way back to my childhood, back to when sitting in front of MTV was all I wanted to do. Not only are these favorite songs, but favorite music videos as well.

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Music Monday: Metallica “To Live Is To Die” [Artwork] + Metallica – The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs by Chris Ingham and To Live Is To Die by Joel Mclver

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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Today’s share is a song by Metallica. This is one of my favorite Metallica instrumentals and gives me a chance to talk about two of my favorite bassists of all time. It’s one that Jason Newsted (former bassist) performed in, and the last Metallica song that Cliff Burton (bassist of Metallica before Newsted) was credited for. Cliff died on my 9th birthday. That day, he was in a tragic bus accident and perished at the young age of 24.

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Music Monday: Deftones “Change (In The House Of Flies)”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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I had a different post planned for this morning which shared some artwork, but due to mislocating the drawing, I had to quickly redo a music post for this morning. Here’s a favorite I’ve wanted to share for some time. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

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“Change (In The House Of Flies)”

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Music Monday: Memorial Day – Billy Ray Cyrus “Some Gave All”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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Today, rather than finish out the month of May sharing Chris Cornell, I’m going to share an old favorite for Memorial Day. Here in the U.S. on the last Monday in May, we remember those who died fighting for our country and for our freedom. For some, Memorial Day is just a day off work, a long weekend, an outdoor BBQ, or the unofficial start of summer, but Memorial Day means so much more than that and we must remember. So, today I’d like to share this song for Music Monday to honor and remember those who gave all.

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Music Monday: Soundgarden “Rusty Cage” & “The Day I Tried To Live” | Audioslave “Show Me How To Live” & “I Am The Highway” | Chris Cornell “Sunshower” & “River of Deceit”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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From May 7th: When I first started this blog, one of my intentions was to talk about music as much as possible, hence my blog name. 🙂 My very first music blog post from March 2017 featured Mad Season, a band that eventually included Chris Cornell and the next, Temple of the Dog. It felt great to talk about some of the music I’ve always loved. Little did I know, just a few months later he’d be gone like so many others before him.

I’m not one of those people who usually count dates or add up the time since someone has been gone, yet here I am doing it with Chris. It’s been a year this month and I can’t believe the time has flown. For the whole month of May–to honor Chris–I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Chris Cornell songs.


On Friday, which marked one year since Chris’s passing, I shared “Live To Rise” by Soundgarden. If you’d like to see that post you can click here.


Audioslave “Show Me How To Live”

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Chris Cornell 1964-2017 | Soundgarden “Live To Rise”

One year ago today, the music world received the sad and shocking news that Chris Cornell had passed away.

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In memory of one of my favorite musicians of all-time, I’ve been sharing Chris’s music throughout the month of May for Music Mondays. In addition, today I’d like to share a song Chris wrote from the Avengers Assemble album, which includes songs from Marvel’s The Avengers movie (2012). This album marked Soundgarden’s return with their first song in 15 years.

My family and I were at the drive-in when the song played during the closing credits of the movie. It was a breathtaking moment for me especially. I’ve loved the song ever since, but never really thought much about the meaning of the lyrics. The song adapts well with the movie and it’s not like I knew Chris personally or what he was going through, but it seems like he was on his own spiritual journey during this time, possibly even back when he was writing some of the earlier Audioslave songs. Everyone interprets songs differently, but to me, this one is fairly clear-cut.

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“Live To Rise”

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Music Monday: Soundgarden “Outshined” | Temple Of The Dog “Hunger Strike” | Chris Cornell “Seasons”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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From last week: When I first started this blog, one of my intentions was to talk about music as much as possible, hence my blog name. 🙂 My very first music blog post from March 2017 featured Mad Season, a band that eventually included Chris Cornell and the next, Temple of the Dog. It felt great to talk about some of the music I’ve always loved. Little did I know, just a few months later he’d be gone like so many others before him.

I’m not one of those people who usually count dates or add up the time since someone has been gone, yet here I am doing it with Chris. It’s been a year this month and I can’t believe the time has flown. For the whole month of May–to honor Chris–I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Chris Cornell songs.


Soundgarden “Outshined”

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Music Monday: Soundgarden “Blow Up The Outside World” and “Searching With My Good Eye Closed”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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When I first started this blog, one of my intentions was to talk about music as much as possible, hence my blog name. 🙂 My very first music blog post from March 2017 featured Mad Season, a band that included Chris Cornell and the next, Temple of the Dog. It felt great to talk about some of the music I’ve always loved. Little did I know, just a few months later he’d be gone like so many others before him.

I’m not one of those people who usually count dates or add up the time since someone has been gone, yet here I am doing it with Chris. It’s been a year this month and I can’t believe the time has flown. For the whole month of May–to honor Chris–I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Chris Cornell songs.


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“Blow Up The Outside World”

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Music Monday: Megadeth “Symphony of Destruction”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday!

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Today’s Music Monday shares Megadeth, a band I’ve loved since I was a young child. I have many pics to share for subsequent Megadeth Music Monday’s, but today I’ll share one of my old concert ticket photos from 1992. It’s hard to believe this was 26 years ago because it feels like yesterday. Good times!

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During this time, “Symphony of Destruction” was #1 for like 9 weeks straight on our main rock station The Blaze 103.5 out of Chicago which had the top ‘8 at 8’ every evening.

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Music Monday: Talent Show Edition #2

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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Today’s Music Monday is Talent Show Edition #2 where I share some of my all-time favorite talent show singers from American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice. Hope you enjoy!


#1 Caleb Johnson


#2 James Durbin

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Music Monday: Talent Show Edition #1

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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Today’s Music Monday is my talent show edition where I share some of my all-time favorite talent show singers from American Idol, Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, and The Voice. These are all awe-inspiring and I never get tired of watching them. I’ll share 10 this week and 10 next week for #2. Hope you enjoy!


#1 Travis Cormier

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Music Monday: The Temper Trap “What If I’m Wrong” & The Stylistics “Betcha By Golly Wow”

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This meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I love this meme and look forward to sharing a new song every week!

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I came across this song on Pandora the other day by The Temper Trap that literally fascinated me. Falling in love with music is such a wonderful experience. I kept hearing all these different groups in the song like Coldplay and Twenty One Pilots, but I couldn’t put my finger on who the singer, Dougy Mandagi, reminded me of…

I was thinking Philip Bailey from Earth, Wind, and Fire, or Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees, and even Aaron Neville at one point, but those weren’t right. I finally pinpointed it and got stuck on YouTube for hours listening to The Stylistics with Russell Thompkins Jr. You can watch this video below from Soul Train– a show I used to watch as a kid. See what you think. I started the song right when he begins to sing, although this entire ten minute video is worth watching, especially when they interview the group with the audience.


Two very awesome groups. Here are the lyrics for the songs below:

What If I’m Wrong

Feelings that everyone’s livin,’
To a different kinda wall.
I feel nano sense skipping,
Tangled up in my own thoughts.

‘Harley on’, they’re just rainin’,
Rest their motto, “wha’ we got?”.
Try to look into the mirror,
Scared of what I may find out.

I must believe,
I must believe.
I need to live,
Not just exist.

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.
What did I know,
What if I’m wrong.

Why must these ‘specials’, have feelings,
Why must I live in inside.
I wrestle with my raging ailing,
Lately, I have lost my fire.

I must believe,
I must believe.
I need to live,
Not just exist.

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.
What did I know,
What if I’m wrong.

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong,
Hold-a my hand.
Is the water so cold?

What if I’m wrong,
Is the water so warm?
It’s all that I know,
What have we sold?

What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.
What if I’m wrong,
What if I’m wrong.

Album: Thick As Thieves

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Betcha By Golly Wow

There’s a spark of magic in your eyes
Candyland appears each time you smile
Never thought that fairy tales came true
But they come true when I’m near you
You’re a genie in disguise
Full of wonder and surpriseAnd betcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin’ strong
Keep growin’ strongIf I could I’d catch a falling star
To shine on you so I’ll know where you are
Order rainbows in your favorite shade
To show I love you, thinking of you
Write your name across the sky
Anything you ask I’ll try, `causeBetcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin’ strong
Keep growin’ strong

Betcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you keep growin’ strong
Keep growin’ strong

Betcha by golly, wow
You’re the one that I’ve been waiting for forever
And ever will my love for you

Album: The Best of The Stylistics

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Thanks for checking out Music Monday! Have a great week everyone. ❤

Shabby Sunday: The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)

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Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.


Today’s Shabby Share is:

The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)

by Brendan Lehane

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I started collecting the books in this series early last year and I still have four more to collect. I’ve enjoyed a few while others weren’t favorites. I wanted to review this volume at Christmastime, but didn’t get around to it. I finally finished it last night.  Continue reading “Shabby Sunday: The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)”