Shake Your Pants

I like the way you dance.

Cameo – Shake Your Pants – 1980

One of the favorite tunes of my life’s soundtrack. It’s from my days in high school and we tore up that dance floor with this one. May it help you cut your Saturday Night Dance Party rug.

Happy San Diego Pride 2022!

It’s parade day in San Diego!

We are off to breakfast shortly at Urban Mo’s as is our tradition for some 30 years. Urban Mo’s was originally Hamburger Mary’s opening in 1992. Last night we were seen at the annual Launch Party and later today we will indulge in a lighter schedule of Pride than was our want when we were much younger, but having a good Pride all the same.

Have Fun Poodles!

Taylor Swift – Calm Down – 2019

Ru Paul – Sissy That Walk – 2014

Sister Sledge – We Are Family – 1979

Scissor Sisters – Let’s Have A Kiki – 2012

 

This Time I Know It’s For Real

Our beloved Disco Diva Donna Summer released this danceable hit on February 13, 1989.
Hmmm… the day before Valentine’s Day is quite appropriate huh?
I met my now husband some 32 years ago in 1990 not too long after it’s release.
By the time I met him at that fateful Tea-Dance, at the La-Te-Da in Key West, I had already taken a twirl or 5 to across that incredibly fabulous Copa dance floor shaking my booty to this tune’s beat.
To say that I simply loved this tune would be an understatement.
I fucking adore it.
So at this moment in time during Pride month 2022, some 32 years after meeting him and 33 years after it’s release, I post this toe tapper to dedicate it to him, my husband, my Better Half.

Donna Summer – This Time I Know It’s For Real (Extended Vinyl) -1989

To you my love, I knew it was for real the first moment you looked into my eyes.

Saturday Fort Lauderdale Pride Kick Off Party!

Happening now in fabulous Ft. Lauderdale FL is FLoatarama 2022.
It’s the official Pride 2022 kick off party in Ft. Lauderdale and you can listen to the tunes all the boaters are playing aboard their watercraft as they navigate the parade throughout the beautiful intracoastal waterway.
Go ahead…click the link, tap your toes until you shake your tush with the rhythms!

Happy Pride Fort Lauderdale!

Classic Dolly

I’ve always wanted to post this tune as it was a favorite of mine from my youth. Dolly always brought me awe as she brought me joy. She does so more today than ever. I can’t think of any better time than this moment to post the beautiful song.

Dolly Parton – Coat Of Many Colors – Released 1968 (video date 1983)

Here comes the sun!

It’s the Spring equinox for 2022 and we are happy it’s here!

Boyce Avenue – Here Comes The Sun – Acoustic Beatles Cover – 2020

 

Tomorrow I’ll be planting sunflowers, the National flower of Ukraine. We support Ukraine.

Sunflowers posted in support of Ukraine

Peace is possible

The struggle for peace is real. Often it seems like the same fucking shit, different year.

However peace is achievable even if it’s just in my own community. I can start by sharing love and peace with those I meet today. I’ll just start right now with a deep breath and a smile.

Plastic Ono Band / John Lennon – Give Peace A Chance – 1969 (remastered)

Close to you

I am at loss for words when it comes to the  memories this song brings to me. I was young and hadn’t yet gotten to the age of falling in love. Yet this song gave me a comfort, and a glimpse of what romance must be just from the beauty of the music. I knew every single word of this song and could sing it from start to finish. Of corse I could because I had listened to it daily on my handheld transistor radio. A radio I still have to this day.

Still in its carrying case.

The station you ask? Oh that would have been AM 1240 WROV. The radio? Yes it still works. It was at my side for years and even survived a few bicycle crashes. My brother found it in a drawer when cleaning out our mother’s house after I moved her out here to live with me. He saved it from the sale for me as he knew how much I treasured it as a young boy.

I post the tune today as I can’t think of a better song to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day. I send you love and hope that you in turn spread love to everyone you see and touch today.

Carpenters – (They Long To Be) Close To You – 1970

Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time you are near?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Why do stars fall down from the sky
Every time you walk by?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
On the day that you were born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue
That is why all the girls in town
Follow you all around
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
On the day that you were born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue
That is why all the girls in town
Follow you all around
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you
Wa, close to you
Wa, close to you
Ha, close to you
La, close to you
(….oh and yes Karen was not only the vocalist, but also the drummer. )

May Peace be …

I was so young when The Youngbloods originally recorded (1966) and then released (1967) this song I do not remember it. However this song is part of my life’s soundtrack and I do remember it being popular as it was re-released by The Youngbloods again in 1969 and finally making it to #5 in the charts.

The tune has a longer history dating back to a performance of it in 1964 by The Kingston Trio and also having been recorded after that date by a number of artists including Jefferson Airplane and David Crosby. However it is this version by The Youngbloods that has remained the most popular and remembered.

I post it today as I find we are at another one of those turbulent times that reminds us that security is but an illusion and peace can sometimes seem elusive. For me what  I have to remember is that hate cannot rid us of hate, only love can do that.

I must take a deep breath and take time to respond and not to react. I must strive to understand, accept, respect, have empathy, forgive, share, have patience, give and love. I must remember that truth always reveals itself, even if it takes longer than I want it to. I must strive to learn, to grow and to teach. I must smile, I must smile on you and even smile on those with whom I differ. I must remember that I am human and I have more in common with others than I sometimes realize, as they are human as well.

I mustn’t claim to have all the answers because I don’t. I must stand for righteousness without acting, feeling or being superior. I must remember that actions speak louder than words. I must be kind. I must be an example of what is good by being just that which is good. I mustn’t judge, nor throw stones. I must help those in need. I must love, love unconditionally.

The Youngbloods – Get Together – 1966

May peace be with you my brother, my sister, my friend.

1988 Copa Key West

I danced my ass off to this one right there on one of the best dance floors in the entire world at The Copa Key West. Damn this one was fun.

Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon – 1988

This song is the question to Lynn Anderson’s answer from her hit Rose Garden.