Saturday Morning Rewind

free-imagesBoots here with some fabulous Saturday morning music for you to enjoy with your coffee.  This music is nothing short of fantastic.  Brilliant.  Energetic.  Super fun!   Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, and Marvin Gaye.  This is the sort of line-up that puts a smile on your face and gets your toes tapping.

And this lively music combined with my morning Joe?  Well, nothing’s going to stop me today from putting my best left foot forward and dancing like I mean it.   After all, is there anything more fun than some lively dancing?  Be it on a crowded dance floor or in your laundry room . . . while walking down the driveway or mucking out the stalls.  Dancing is one of those primary elements that makes the world go round.  It’s true.  It really is.

So this weekend, get out there and shake your thang.  Have a good time.  Appreciate the beat of the tunes and  the beat of your heart.

Sam & Dave – Soul Man (1967)

Otis Redding “Try A Little Tenderness” Live 1967

Otis Redding, “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”, from MIPF 1967

Marvin Gaye- Got to Give It Up (Long version). TV Performance 1977

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Monday, Monday . . . coffee in bed, please.

quote. It's Monday. Coffee in bed, please. Val

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Boots here with some Monday morning cheer.  This little pup knows how to make snoozing look pretty darned luxurious.  Coffee in bed, indeed!

I don t know about you but come Monday morning, the thought of adding another morning to the weekend, reserved for sleeping in and a second cup of coffee sounds pretty good.

For this Monday morning, think about treating yourself to some caffeinated sunshine.  Go to your favorite coffee shop and order that fancy latte that you have been thinking of ordering.  Go in to work a few minutes later, should that be an option.   Linger over the newspaper for a few more minutes.  Order a doughnut at that crazy-good doughnut shop that everyone is always raving about . . . what a fun way to salute the week.  Sometimes you just gots to step out of the day-to-day routine of healthy-eating discipline and order a doughnut.

Today?  Make it extraordinary.  Me?  I am thinking about one or three things that I plan to do that will make my day even better.  I am going to take the wobble out of my favorite music stand, chase some sunshine, go on my Meditation Walk, and organize some writing.  One thing I know I am going to do is make a fantastic caramel mocha, put my feet up on my desk, watch some fun youtube videos, and just while away a few moments while I drink my coffee . . . all of this to be woven into my day of honest labor.  There are days that feel as if “work” has robbed the hours from my good intentions . . . but not today.  Today is reserved for Extraordinary.

And about the time that you think life is just one work day after another, take some sunshine into the workplace with you.  Do something nutty.  Dance like a long-armed, 3-toed sloth in front of a co-worker who won’t understand.  Wear your shirt backward.  Mismatch your socks.  Braid your hair into pigtails.  Wear only one earring.  Pick a bouquet of dandelions and give them to a co-worker.  Smile at every single person you see today.  Stand up and stretch, on the hour.  I don’t know . . . just do something to make the day memorable and good.  Drink good coffee — that always helps make the day a happy place for me.

And check out some of these fun Monday morning coffee treats and accessories. Life truly is but a breath.  Enjoy yourself and be kind one to another.   Click on the images (or the links) below and have fun doing some imagining on this Monday morning.

. . . AND scroll to the bottom to listen to an AWESOME Monday morning song!  Make today all you hope it will be .

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Enjoy the music!

The Mamas & The Papas – Monday Monday

16 Tons of Saturday

Happy happy Saturday.  For some of you, Saturday morning conjures images of sleeping in, reading the paper while sipping your coffee, generating your to-do list for the weekend, starting a pot of soup or setting bread to rise, hitting the trail for a loop around the lake, deadheading the rhododendrons, or maybe thinking about throwing in a load or two of laundry . . . all of these quiet, pleasant activities that set a week of hard work behind you.  It’s a day of restoration, a day of catching your breath.  Yay for Saturday.

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Others of you see Saturday as another work day that might even be a bit busier or a touch more demanding than the other days of the week.  You might be waiting tables on a Saturday night or checking groceries in a tourist town food market or catching up on that work project when the office is finally quiet or lesson planning classes and grading papers for the following week or making up hours to fill your paycheck to your weekly max or working customer service at a large store where everyone takes care of their returns on Saturday.  It is a day of watching your friends be friends: going to Farmers’ Market, lunching at the brew pub, engaging in Book Group, shopping for groceries or shoes . . . this sort of thing.  It all looks to be pretty idyllic when you are the one working away while your friends are off playing and engaging in leisure activities.  (Enter theme music): My Life on the Chain Gang.

Well, if you are part of this Saturday group, like so many of us are, this post is for you.  And if you sometimes feel like you’ve sold your soul to the company store, you are going to love this version of “16 Tons” sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford.  Enjoy the music below.  I know that Saturday can feel harried, but try to take some time to enjoy some music.  It is truly balm for the soul.

And while you are enjoying this music, snap your fingers, tap your toes, and dance.  Yes, dance.  When was the last time you just stood up and started dancing at home?  Truly.  When was the last time?  And who cares if someone is watching.  In fact, if someone is . . . even better.  He or she might join in with you.  Be a trend setter.  Dance!

If you dance to these tunes below, please, please, please, share a comment as to how it made you feel.  We’ll all enjoy reading about your dancing!

Happy working, happy Saturday, happy dancing, happy life.

Live is a lively event.  Dance like someone is watching you, drink coffee, and get to it.  What’s stopping you?

xox Boots

 

 

And when was the last time you watched O Brother, Where Art Thou?  Or listened to the soundtrack?  Fun!  Maybe tonight would be the perfect night for it.

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A Love & Happiness Saturday morning to you!

saturday. love and happinessLove and happiness . . . this picture makes me feel good inside.  It makes me think of a rundown little honky tonk in a tiny town . . . one of those towns with crooked streets and more taverns than there were bakeries, grocery stores, and churches combined.  It was the place where my sister, Ranger, and I used to go dancing every Friday night.  Friday night dancing . . . we wouldn’t have missed it for all the Joe in Latin America, Africa, and the Asia Pacific combined — the music was just that good.

At the end of every night, the band would be casing up their instruments and the music man, Dan the Band Man, used to plug “Love and Happiness” into the speakers to quell our demand for “More!  More!”  His intent, I am guessing, was meant to settle us foot stompers down from a rousing rendition of “Congo Square” or “Love Shack.”

Well, after a night of dancing in this establishment, I can tell you that a Saturday-morning-after-Friday-night-dancing cup of Joe was just what I needed.  This place was a hoot and a half, and I am feeling a story coming on.  Yep.  I can just feel it.

For your Saturday fun and enjoyment, here is some music for you to enjoy.  I am dedicating these two tunes to Dan the Band Man and to Orville Johnson, who can play the best cover of “Congo Square” I have ever danced to — wishing them happy music and good coffee.

Love this version of Al Green’s Love and Happiness!

. . . and I have to add Sonny Landreth into this mix . . . so awesome!  All you have to do is listen to the first riffs of this song, and you know you are going to love it!

 

Life is a lively event.  Listen to music, drink coffee, and get to it.

xox Love,

Boots the Badass Coffee Babe