Sunday, December 10, 2017

Monday's #Music Moves Me...#Christmas Style #ChristmasSpirit

Hello, one and all! I am back to play along with my favorite musical people hosted by Xmas Dolly and the train crew of Stacy, Callie and Cathy. Shout out to Stacy for her birthday is today (Sunday)!

All month long the crew host Christmas/holiday music to enjoy the season. I have some goodies as usual so let's play in the snow while listening to some tunes.

First up: Sung by Gene Autry

Next: Also sung by Gene Autry

Finally: And yet another by Gene Autry with Rose Mary Clooney

Have a good week. Make sure you link up!  ~Michelle

Thursday, November 30, 2017

National Mason Jar Day...How are you celebrating?

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Mason jars have been around for years.Originally meant for canning, they now have numerous uses. This year the National Calendar people decided that the Mason Jar needed its own celebrational day.

I am not sure how I will celebrate quite yet but, if you need some ideas, I have a ton of them.
Check them out from my Pinterest board.

Go, have fun and let me know how you are celebrating!


Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: Branson's Famous #Baldknobbers Show #BransonMissouri #Christmas @usfg

me in front of the show's signage

A couple of weeks ago, my Mother and I had the time to travel out to Missouri to visit my daughter and celebrate her 30th birthday. Before I left on our trek, I was able to secure tickets for all of us to see Branson's Famous Baldknobbers. None of us had ever been to the show even though I used to live in Branson, MO and my daughter currently does. All of us thought it would be fun to see a show to end the first night of Natasha turning 30.

As it happened, it was also the first week that Branson kicks off its Christmas season of holiday shows. That meant we were going to be privy to The Baldknobbers special Christmas show, a double whoo-hoo for us! It turned out, the first half of their live show is from their regular season and the second half features their Christmas special.

Not knowing exactly who the "baldknobbers" were, I, being a history buff, had to do a little research. I found out that in the history of the area, the "baldknobbers" were essentially a vigilante group who opposed the lawlessness of the area after the Civil War. 

Knowing this and the fact we were in the middle of southwestern Missouri, my Mom, daughter, and I were not quite sure what to expect. 

Country music? No doubt!  
Hillbilly humor? More than likely.
Great show? Remained to be seen.

Bob Leftridge, the pre-show entertainer
The show began with a pre-show by Bob Leftridge entertaining for approximately 45 minutes. His southern Missouri drawl and hillbilly humor left all of us in the audience tickled until our funny bones about fell off. In between his humorous tales, he was strumming a tune or even a few notes to warm us up for the main show of the night and to introduce The Baldknobbers whom we had come to see.

The Mabe family originally entertained people on Lake Taneycomo but moved to the Branson strip in the early 60's providing several generations of Mabe's keeping The Baldknobber's show alive.
The Mabe family have been entertaining for 50 plus years with humor and music. They are considered one of the first and oldest family entertainers in the area.

first half show
second half-Christmas show

"What a surprise!" my Mother exclaimed.

My Mother swooning! See that grin?
She turned to me and my daughter right after one of the Mabe's had just sung directly to her. I think my Mother would have been okay if he sat on her lap. (snickers) She said we were jealous. Maybe we were. Hey!

In truth, all of us were floored by the musical talent that was presented before us. With contemporary country music, old-time gospel and familiar Christmas tunes the show completely wowed us!
The same member of the group that made my Mother grin, sang a version of Garth Brook's, "Friends In Low Places" that was simply outstanding. Even my daughter tapped her foot and sang along. Amazing!

Mike Ito, fiddle player extraordinaire

The show also featured the band at times including Mike Ito, the meanest fiddle player I have ever heard or seen. He too sang a Christmas song in Spanish which delighted us all. However, his feature in the first half of the show of, "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" was incredible.

Then there was the piano player who played a version of "Amazing Grace" so flawlessly that it made my head spin. His hands flew across the piano as if they were on fire.

If all that was not enough, in between sets, a comedy duo came out that kept us in stitches. Their sketches were well times and downright funny! Even a very old Elvis was "raised" from the grave to sing none other than "Blue Christmas."

I cannot say enough about this family of talented people. I encourage you to go see and hear them as I have done. You won't be disappointed and will have as much fun as my daughter, my Mom, and I all did!  I am going again as soon as I can.

Thanks, Baldknobbers!  ~Michelle aka Naila Moon

...For my readers...

 Don't miss your chance to see "the show that started it all", Branson's Famous Baldknobbers!

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Show That Started It All! Baldknobbers in #Branson #ad

Branson's Famous Baldknobbers is "the show that started it all" in Branson! 

The show is a country music and comedy variety show that features a talented cast of vocalists, musicians and comedians providing fun for the entire family. For more than 57 years, the Baldknobbers has been the show to see in Branson.

 Don't miss your chance to see "the show that started it all", Branson's Famous Baldknobbers!

Baldknobbers' Christmas Vacation Receive $3.00 OFF each ADULT TICKET or $5.00 OFF our FAMILY PASS - Receive $3.00 OFF each ADULT TICKET or $5.00 OFF our FAMILY PASS when you mention "Baldknobbers' Christmas Vacation" when making your reservation. Not valid with any other offer or discount. .@usfg

Baldknobbers' Commercial

Disclosure: I have provided this ad on my blog in hopes to receive free tickets for myself and family.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday's Music Moves Me: Autumn Songs

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Hello everybody. As usual, at this time of year, I become the crypt keeper during October. I usually have some theme related to Halloween. You can catch me here READING AUTHORS for some spooky reviews and some giveaways too.

It has been a long time since I played some tunes for Monday's Music. Today, Marie and her musical gals, are spinning the tunes about Autumn. That works for Halloween themes.

Hmm...I wonder what I could come up with. Let's see...

First up: This song and singer are new to me. He sings about November and it turning cold. It is a somewhat haunting song.

Next up: I always love me some John Coltrane. He is not spooky but boy, I love his sound. Here he serenades us into Autumn bliss.

Finally: I love the changes that always take place during the Fall. Singer, Ella Fitzgerald sings about Autumn in NY. You may recognize the great trumpeter and singer, Louis Armstrong, who accompanies her.

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Are you there? I am here!

HELLO!!!! Do you see my blog here? If so, please leave me a comment. I need to know if I need to do some adjustments or if folks just do not want to read my dribble anymore.

 Be back soon. Michelle

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September Awareness & Memory...

In memory of Jon Jon:

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

In memory of Dawson:

For my sister-in-law, Judith, whose mother does not remember her: