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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

♥Happy Valentine's Day♥

This Valentine greeting's from me to you
Wishing your day filled with love through and through

The day does not have to be glamorous
Nor it be altogether clamorous

Rather a day filled with love, without feud
With time for solitude as interlude

Jovial smiles within lots of laughter
During the morning, noon and thereafter

Time to exclaim joy, relinquish the tears
Remembering Valentine's former years

 May you be blessed each and every way
As you truly enjoy Valentine's Day

♥The Power of Love♥

Valentine's Day weekend is in full swing showing off its prowess with the power of love no matter if you live in the sunny South or experiencing the grips of the Northern cold. Whether you're in the midst of a get-away weekend, looking forward to Valentine's Day inspired dishes, or anticipating a walk hand-in-hand in the park or along the beach, there is love in the air, love everywhere with powerful emotions soaring. And power it is that made the song in today's spotlight a No.1 hit in 1993. 

Today in Music History: February 13

Welcome into the Spotlight...

"Like an iron fist in a velvet glove, the power of Céline Dion's voice is cloaked in a silky vibrato that betrays the intensity of her vocal commitment." [Source: wikipedia.org]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celine_DionCéline Marie Claudette Dion Canadian singer, songwriter, businesswoman and occasional actress

Canadian singer Céline Dion's career began in the humblest of settings - singing in her parents' piano bar outside of Montreal. The rest of the story is history as she went on to become a multi-Grammy winning, mega-selling, powerful diva commanding the biggest stages in the world. She had recorded nine French albums and won numerous awards by the time she was 18. Her album "Falling into You" won the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1997.

At the age of 12, Céline Dion recorded a demo tape of a song she had written with her mother. They sent the tape to the manager and producer Rene Angelil, who handled the career of popular French singer Ginette Reno. After hearing the tape and inviting Dion to perform for him in person, Angelil signed her immediately under the condition that he would have complete control over her career. He mortgaged his own home to finance her debut album, La Voix du bon Dieu (The Voice of God). [Source: bio.com]
http://adele.wikia.com/wiki/Celine_DionInto the 90s popularized Adult contemporary music in the form of soft-rock and singer-songwriter styles throughout the decade. Adult contemporary artist Céline Dion is one of the biggest international stars in music history, selling more than 220 million albums worldwide. Her real international breakthrough came when she performed a duet with Peabo Bryson on the title track to Disney's animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991). Also In 1991, Dion was a featured soloist in Voices That Care, a tribute to American troops fighting in Operation Desert Storm. In 1999 at the height of her success, Dion announced a hiatus from entertainment in order to start a family and spend time with her husband, who had been diagnosed with cancer.

Following the September 11 attacks,
Céline Dion returned to the music scene, and in a televised performance sang "God Bless America" at the benefit concert America: A Tribute to Heroes. Chuck Taylor of Billboard wrote, "the performance... brings to mind what has made her one of the celebrated vocalists of our time: the ability to render emotion that shakes the soul. Affecting, meaningful, and filled with grace, this is a musical reflection to share with all of us still searching for ways to cope."  

1993 Céline Dion - The Power of Love was certified Platinum and has sold 1.5 million copies. It is a remake of Jennifer Rush's 1985 hit.
Upcoming Musical Talent...

Meet Cydel Gabutero:
At 10 years old, Cydel Gabutero sings with an amazing and powerful voice for her age. Stemming from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Phillapines, the young artist has been singing since she was four years old and has already covered the hit pieces of various popular singers. She is incredibly talented and will definitely develop better with a professional voice training surely to become a professional singer.

♥Last Minute DIY Valentines♥

some would call the most romantic day of the yearThe clock is ticking seemingly faster and faster as what some would call the most romantic day of the year, Valentine's Day, advances to fewer and fewer hours away. Still looking for that special Valentine's Day card or gift? Feeling stressed that it will take burning the midnight oil in order to surprise that special someone? Fret no more! It really doesn't take much to speak from the heart. Some of life's greatest treasures are no more than simple things.

Here are some quick last minute ideas...

 With e-cards requiring no travel time to and from the store, simply send an e-mail greeting, such as this one found on YouTube. Copy/paste the URL address  into a personal e-mail message.
Want something really special for dessert. Check out this no-bake Tiramisu for two! Just get started on this today since it will need to rest in the frig overnight.
Nothing says 'love' better than red roses, especially on Valentine's Day. Surprise your loved one with the same number of roses as you have shared Valentine's celebrations.
Make your own video. If you are not musically inclined, you can always simply speak the message with music in the background. The emotion will certainly come through.
Do you like leaving little "love" notes for your sweetie? OR Perhaps a secret message to a dear friend? Quick & easy requiring minimal supplies. These can be left in various places to be discovered throughout the day.
 Just don't forget...

...the napkin art for "good morning" on Valentine's Day!


♥Quirky Little Hearts♥

Moving on with the 'love' theme, we continue the count down toward Valentine's Day. During my own childhood days, strong remembrances linger playfully in my mind of the cutest Valentine candy ever: the Conversation Hearts. The soft candies spoke very loud having a lot to say, quirky sayings with just a few words. Making the decisions of who should receive what was just as much fun as eating the candy. The wrong one to the right person made for a very taunting day.
How many times have you spelled love with tiny candy hearts? Do you know how the sweet morsels of love got started – when, where and by whom? What were they like in the beginning? You know there must be a story from the past to the present. Well, on Valentine's morning awaken those you love to a little trivia. Share newly found knowledge with your family and friends about the all-ages emblem of Valentine's candy to make the day a little more interesting.

Embrace the Past...

Oliver R. Chase of Boston invents and patents the first American candy machine, a lozenge cutter. This marks the founding of the nation's candy industry, the beginning of commercial manufacture. With his brother, Silas Edwin, he founds Chase and Company, the pioneer member of the NECCO family.
Conversation hearts were invented by Daniel Chase, brother of NECCO's founder. These first hearts had printed paper notes tucked inside. The lengthy, old-fashioned sayings included such wistful thoughts as "Please send a lock of your hair by return mail."
Present Day

Every Valentine's Day the company presents new messages on the tiny colored hearts that have been a holiday tradition since the Civil War. NECCO must produce about 100,000 pounds of the candy hearts every day in order to meet the Valentine demand, when about 8 billion hearts are sold in six weeks. In the 21st century, the messages are quite different with some unusual mated pairs, such as, Be Mine, 4 the Weekend; Kiss Me, Just Not in Public; Too Sweet, Need Some Space; I <3 You, Not Ready to Use the L Word yet.

What was/is your favorite Conversation Heart? Each tiny heart in the poem below offers a quick refresher of some original sayings...

Conversation Candy

 (Those quirky little hearts!)

February brings expressions of love
Stamped on tiny candy hearts
Which ones to eat, which ones to share?
Questions arise before sending starts

Valentine, Be Mine, the ones of first choice
Add up to more than just a few
Intended for those very special friends
Some of whom even receive two

Next in line, a choice of mine
White with pink letters, Cutie Pie
Sweet and cute as a button
The ones nobody would deny

Let me see, the next ones I’ll eat
Kiss Me, the blue one, quickly disappears
My lips alone enjoy this treat
As a sly grin instantly appears

Then there lay the perfect pair
Best Friends they both represent
Expressly set aside for buddies
With whom the best times I spent 

What's left? Sweetheart, True Love,
Love You Forever, all meant for just one
Gathered, bagged, tied with a string
Stored in a box 'til time to be undone

Friday, February 12, 2016

Turn your radio on...Turn the volume up!

The question has arisen many times, "What would the world be like without music?" The answer is always the same, "BORING!" Can you imagine the monotony without melodious sounds? Can you imagine life without radio? Not only does it transmit music but is crucial to broadcasting and advertising all over the globe. With that being said, let's celebrate! Turn your radio on...Turn the volume up!

February 13 is. . .
Around the WORLD!
The World Radio Day seeks raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters.

Radio has to be recognized as a low cost medium, specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, radio has a strong and specific role in emergency communication and disaster relief.

There is also a changing face to radio services which, in the present times of media convergence, are taking up new technological forms, such as broadband, mobiles and tablets. However, it is said that up to a billion people still do not have access to radio today.
Source: World Radio Day On Twitter On Facebook
My, oh, my, how radios have changed!
 The History of the Radio

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