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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, January 9, 2016

Second Week of January

Foodie celebrations for the second week of January range from Bittersweet at its Sweetest to Got Milk? to marzipan to a fruit celebration and one that is just duckie to The Heartie Hottie to ice cream in Winter to figgy goodness! In between are historical events that capture why America is so great with music that takes the world by surprise, rocks in a garage, touches on comedy, speaks of the pompatus of love, goes from good girl to vixen, clown to disco and purr-r-r-rs roar all the way to Margaritaville. Whew! Sounds like a really entertaining week!
[Spotlight On: Click on each link or spotlight for the singer, song-writer, song being featured.]

January 10 is...

Stay healthy (That's right! Chocolate has health benefits!) and celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate Day by treating yourself to a few pieces of any variety or cook up a batch of your favorite recipe(s) needing that chocolaty touch.  How bittersweet!

Ode to a Rebellious Trucker January 10, 1976
This was during the era of the 70s very popular CB radio craze whereby truck drivers used the radios to organize convoys or huge lines of trucks as they traveled down the highways. The song in the spotlight today celebrated the exploits of a rebellious trucker with a reckless regard for human life and highway safety codes.


Taking the Music World by Surprise January 10, 1984
Music of the day is music of today. Whether the songs were hits in the 40s, 50s, 60s or any decade thereafter, the melodies remain embedded in the scrapbook of the mind. Each page is continuously being revisited through radio, television, Internet or simply personal memories.

January 11 is...

Above is a cappuccino-type whiskey with vanilla and makes the best bedtime drink. When I come home from work I'm really hyper, so this is great to make me sleepy. The whiskey gives the milk a nice little "hum." (Recipe)
America's Greatest Party Band January 11, 1964
In the wake of Beatlemania and the British invasion, American teenagers from coast to coast strapped on guitars, cobbled together drum sets, and set up in the garages provided by the country’s newfound suburban sprawl. Garage bands lacked the sophistication of popular acts, such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. They were full of chaotic energy and verve with knowledge of the guitar being a matter of a few simple chords. Yet, garage rock emerged unscathed from the gutter to become a touchstone for 21st century rockers.

January 12 is...

It's pretty...is it tasty?
Love it or hate it! For some, marzipan is reminiscent of fondant leaving a lot to be desired according to taste. Those would prefer this day to be "Get Rid of Marzipan Day!" If you like very sweet almonds, then, you will be among those who love it!
Pompatus of Love January 12, 1974
A star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame shines with focus on music encompassing three decades. With a string of mainly mid-70s hit singles, the songs became staples of classic rock radio, as well as several earlier acid rock albums. More importantly this light hasn't dimmed well into the 21st century. 

January 13 is... a dual celebration!

Both melba toast and the dessert Peach Melba were invented by the chef of the world renowned Savoy Hotel in London in the late 19th century to honor Australian opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.

In 1970, Jim Henson performed the song “Rubber Duckie” as Ernie on Sesame Street, and the rubber duck bath toy has been an iconic American symbol ever since.

From Good Girl to Vixen, January 13, 1982
This day's spotlight shines on a singer, songwriter, and actress heavy into current and ongoing projects, as well as philanthropic endeavors, with worldwide popularity as strong as ever!  

January 14 is...

Pastrami was introduced to the U.S. in the early 20th century by Romanian Jews. Today, the seasoned and smoked meat lives on in classic deli sandwiches.
http://awakenings2012.blogspot.com/2015/01/purr-r-r-rs-roar.htmlQueen of the Jungle's purr-r-r-rs Roar January 9-15, 2011
The parents of this day's spotlight winner are both pastors who refused to allow their daughter to listen to any rock or popular music. Interested in music early on she took singing lessons around the age of nine and started playing the guitar at 13. It was about this time when rebellion set in, resulting in the piercing of her own nose with a safety pin. Pursuant to seeking a music career she made several trips to Nashville to record a gospel album, actually with her mother. She has a cat named Kitty Purry complete with her own blog.

 January 15 is...

Br-r-r-r-r! It is freezing outside in most parts of our nation, yet, the celebration focuses on ice cream. How bizarre! Not just any ice cream but strawberry ice cream. Oh, those delicious strawberries! Thanks to California's rich sandy soil and temperate climate, as well as staggered planting schedules, strawberry deliciousness is available 12 months of the year.

From clown to disco... January 15, 1977
Music is a culture all its own defined by the era in which its greatest songs emerged. The beat of 70s music was gyrated dance, dance, dance! This was the era of the dance party...a song waiting to be played and a dance waiting to happen making you want to get it on and shake your booty!

January 16 is...
The chewy texture of the fig newton is somewhat inviting while its dryness welcomes something cool to wash it down. Some people eat fig newtons because they are simply good medicine. Others call them cookies filled with staled jam. Whether the figgy little cookie is perfect or not with your favorite brew is nothing more than simply a matter of preference.

Way Beyond Margaritaville January 16, 1996
Awakenings began Music Through the Centuries from 1600s to 1800s in November 2013 with the music going on beating to the rhythm of the changing times. Today's spotlight shines on a well-known folk country singer and songwriter of the 70s. But, don't think for a moment his music stopped there! Music trivia takes us back to 1996 but also a look at his two most popular songs.