Music Monday: “Going To California” by Led Zeppelin #LedZeppelin #MusicMonday

Music Monday-

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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Last time I shared: Music from Into The Spider Verse

This week’s share:

Led Zeppelin “Going To California”

I’ve always loved Zeppelin. This song popped into my mind the moment my oldest son informed me that he’d be going to California, and since it’s happening this week, I decided to share it. Hope you enjoy.

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A to Z Challenge: “O” Out of the Furnace “Release Me” #OutOfTheFurnace #PearlJam #ReleaseMe #AtoZChallenge

I’ve joined in for the A to Z challenge this year which runs from April 1st to the 30th. My choice of theme is Music from Favorite Films. I’ll be sharing the songs in order of film title and will write a little about my thoughts on the movie as well.

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My movie choice for “O” is Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Shepherd.

The film is about two brothers who are both struggling to re-enter society due to different circumstances. Russell (Bale) has just been released from jail after serving time for driving while intoxicated which caused a horrific accident resulting in deaths. He returns home to a girlfriend who has moved on with another man; a brother struggling  with demons from multiple tours he endured in Iraq; a dead-end job as a mill worker; and  a deceased father. Rodney (Affleck), Russell’s brother, is bare-fist boxing for money to help pay for his gambling debts to John (Dafoe), a bar owner/bookie he’s involved with. Russell tries to steer him in the right direction.

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Russell: “Come work at the mill. There’s nothing wrong with working for a living.”

Rodney: “Working for a living? I gave my life for this country and what’s it done for me? Huh? What’s it done for me?!!” Continue reading “A to Z Challenge: “O” Out of the Furnace “Release Me” #OutOfTheFurnace #PearlJam #ReleaseMe #AtoZChallenge”

A to Z Challenge: Music from Favorite Films – “D” Dangerous Minds “Gangsta’s Paradise”

I’m joining in for the A to Z challenge this year which runs from April 1st to the 30th. My choice of theme is Music from Favorite Films. I’ll be sharing the songs in order of film title and will write a little about my thoughts on the movie as well.

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My choice for “D” is the movie Dangerous Minds which is one of my favorite “teachers dealing with tough students” motion pictures. Continue reading “A to Z Challenge: Music from Favorite Films – “D” Dangerous Minds “Gangsta’s Paradise””

A to Z Challenge: Music from Favorite Films – “B” Boys on the Side “You Got It” #AtoZChallenge

I’m joining in for the A to Z challenge this year which runs from April 1st to the 30th. My choice of theme is Music from Favorite Films. I’ll be sharing the songs in order of film title and will write a little bit about my thoughts on the movie as well.

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It was hard to choose just one movie for “B” due to all the favorites: Braveheart, The Blues Brothers, Biodome, Blade, Billy Madison…and the list goes on. Ultimately, Boys on the Side wins out because of the emotional impact the movie had on me, and because one of the characters in the movie is a singer/musician. With The Blues Brothers being a big favorite and jam-packed with music, I’ll likely share it for “T” later on.

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A to Z Challenge: Music from Favorite Films – “A” Adventures in Babysitting “Babysitting Blues” #AtoZChallenge

I decided to join in for the A to Z challenge this year which runs from April 1st to the 30th. I missed the theme reveal post, so my choice of theme is “Music from Favorite Films” where I’ll be sharing the songs in order of film title, and will write a little bit about my thoughts on the movie as well.

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Music Monday: (Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse) Post Malone & Swae Lee “Sunflower” | Blackway & Black Caviar “What’s Up Danger” #MusicMonday #SpiderMan #SpiderVerse

Music Monday-

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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Last week I shared:

Alice in Chains “Don’t Follow” 

This weeks share:

Songs from Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse

In Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, Miles Morales balances struggles with family and his new school along with becoming a newly-made Spider-Man. He discovers other spider-heroes in the multi-verse and must find a way to help save them and the city from Kingpin and others.

Miles has insecurities and deals with multiple struggles including loss, but somehow has to find a way to believe in himself–to take a ‘leap of faith’ as Peter Parker teaches him. I loved the redemption theme with multiple characters and also the teamwork involved. It’s inspiring. The characters were all well-defined as well. This movie is like jumping into a living comic book. The animation is stunning and it’s fast-paced with plenty of action; in fact, after watching it subsequent times there were little details easily missed the first time around. I literally could not take my eyes off it. Every member of my family loved it and the soundtrack is amazing too. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to give it a try.


Post Malone & Swae Lee

“Sunflower”

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Book Review: My Love Story by Tina Turner #BookReview #MyLoveStory #Memoir

My Love Story

By Tina Turner

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My thoughts on this book:

My Love Story by Tina Turner can be categorized as one of my favorite memoirs of 2019. I just finished it this week and I’m so happy I picked it up. I read it word for word from beginning to end and enjoyed every single minute of it.

Tina Turner has been a massive inspiration to me since I was a young child. I love everything about her, yet early on knew nothing about her past struggles. Thinking back to some of her earliest music videos on MTV, particularly one of my favorites, “What’s Love Got To Do With It”, I fell in love with her voice, her style, her positivity, her fierceness–pretty much everything. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome became a favorite 80’s film; I thought her performance as Auntie Entity was fantastic. Her music and inspiration still remains a part of me today.

“And you know what I say to people who ask, “What do you do when all the odds are against you?” I say, “You keep going. You just don’t stop. No matter, if there’s one slap to the face, turn the other cheek. And the hurt you’re feeling? You can’t think about what’s being done to you now, or what has been done to you in the past. You just have to keep going.”

In this memoir, Tina Turner shares her recent history, beginning with her happy marriage to long-time boyfriend Erwin Bach in 2013. She also reflects on parts of her past: exposing times from her childhood in Nutbush, Tennessee as Anna May Bullock, the beginning of her career, her marriage to Ike Turner (including the abuse she endured), and how she finally got away and started creating her own music–on her own terms. She also writes about health problems she’s experienced (which I knew nothing about) and the friendships that she’s made over time. After watching the film What’s Love Got to Do with It when it first released, I was shocked with all that Tina had gone through. I appreciated that she shared her true thoughts regarding the movie in this book because I always wondered how accurate it was. Honestly, there’s so much more in this book! Some of her darkest times are revealed. Parts of it are incredibly sad, especially the ending which brought me to tears. After it all…how wonderful that Tina was able to find true love and then to experience her fairy tale wedding. It’s heartwarming.

I enjoyed the writing and organization of the book. Many pictures are shared in multiple sections (the vast majority I’d never seen). Once I started reading it, I simply didn’t want to put it down. This book is everything I wanted it to be.

5***** Continue reading “Book Review: My Love Story by Tina Turner #BookReview #MyLoveStory #Memoir”

Music Monday: Mad Season “River of Deceit” #MusicMonday #AlternativeRock #MadSeason #Grunge

Music Monday-

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

musicmonday

Last week I shared:

Tool “Sober”

For this week, I’m bringing back a post from early 2017…

Mad Season

As a teen of the 90’s, grunge music became an escape. Some of my favorites included: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Screaming Trees, and Mad Season.

Mad Season formed in Seattle, Washington in 1994 by members of Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. They released only one album titled Above which became one of my favorite grunge albums of all time. Things started falling apart not long after due to Layne Staley’s problems with substance abuse. Even though they attempted to mend the group again, the band crashed following the death of bassist John Baker Saunders in 1999. Layne Staley died three years later of a drug overdose. Continue reading “Music Monday: Mad Season “River of Deceit” #MusicMonday #AlternativeRock #MadSeason #Grunge”

Music Monday: No Doubt “Simple Kind Of Life” #MusicMonday #Music

Music Monday-

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

musicmonday

Last week I shared Hole’s “Violet” and “Miss World”


-Today’s share-

No Doubt

“Simple Kind Of Life”

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