Yesterday my son had to get on an airplane and fly across the country for the first time since this wretched pandemic began. It was a huge adjustment for him and caused him some anxiety.
Getting to sleep the other night, I was thinking about songs to gather into a playlist for him so he could have something different to listen to—songs that maybe he wouldn’t be 100% familiar with. I’m always blasting off song titles to people because music has been such a huge part of my life since I was very young. I apply it every single day in one way or another. Anyhow, I fell asleep the night before his departure, and in a dream this song came to me. It’s the weirdest thing because The Doobie Brothers haven’t been one of my favorite bands, even though they’re familiar and I do enjoy their music. Who knows why the song entered my mind, but that morning I awoke with a smile on my face. After listening to the lyrics, I realized how perfect this song is. It’s all about music and how it makes us feel better. It’s definitely a song that makes you feel—one that’s impossible to sit still to and positive and uplifting. What’s interesting is that The Doobie Brothers became popular in the 1970s, the decade in which I was born, and they’re a band from California where my son is now.
This song even applies to the pandemic as far as the news that we’ve all been hung up with. We’ve all needed the happy sounds of music, haven’t we?
“What the people need Is a way to make ’em smile It ain’t so hard to do if you know how Gotta get a message Get it on through”
Seriously, I can’t believe it’s June already! May went so fast for me. It wasn’t a super productive month as far as reading due to all the outdoor work and planting that needed to be done. We also had a wonderful reunion with a good friend of the family and his little daughter. We hadn’t seen them in over a year due to the pandemic. The kids were like in another world. I’ve also spent a little more time streaming and watching true crime videos on YouTube. That can take up a considerable amount of time if you let it.
So, now that all of our planting is complete, I’m hopeful I’ll be able to get more reads in for June. I’ve also decided to slow down on my NetGalley reads because I’ve requested too many at once. Reading a handful of books with late publication dates always slows down posts for the blog because I just went back to requesting ARCs a few months ago. I’d like to keep my ARCs manageable so I don’t have too many deadlines. It stresses me out to have too many waiting, and right now I have five NG reads on my list.
So, let’s see how May turned out!
In May I only reviewed 4 books; one was for Shabby Sunday, but I did have a few other reviews on Goodreads for books that will post this week. I’ll include those for June, which will likely be a much more productive month.
It was sad to learn that BJ Thomas passed away over the weekend. Here’s an artist that became popular before I was born in the 70s. He’s had many hits, including one that I heard almost everyday growing up: “As Long As We Got Each Other,” the theme song for Growing Pains, one of my favorite shows from childhood. One that my grandfather loved was “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.” I can still remember him dancing around and singing the song. Another familiar song I can remember hearing on the radio as a child is “I Just Can’t Help Believing.”
“Hooked on a Feeling” was originally performed by BJ Thomas, but it became popular once again with the release of the film, Guardians of the Galaxy. The difference is that the rendition used for the movie was covered by Blue Swede. Hope you all enjoy these shares today.