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Music on Mondays (12-8-14)—Mama’s gonna look so great

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Someone told me that the Christmas season is here. Maybe it was one of the online news sites that was showing me the Spirit of Christmas as people fight to get in the traffic lane that seems to be going fastest, fight for a parking space if they ever get to where they want to go, fight to buy stuff at the lowest price…. So much fighting, and in the midst of it all, we seem to forget the real fighting.

I feel it is my Christmas duty to help put an end to all the fighting by not participating in the Christmas spirit as defined by big business. I wish them all the luck in the world at making enough money to pay their employees a living wage and having some left over to buy that fourth vacation home or that thirtieth car for their collection….

I was going to post some of the bad Christmas songs by my favorite artists, things like “Happy Xmas, War Is Over” by John Lennon, “Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” by The Ramones, “Must Be Santa” by Bob Dylan, or “Little Saint Nick” by The Beach Boys.

I must admit that I really don’t like any of those. I think they are pretty bad songs. So I went searching for the worst Christmas songs ever. Some of those showed up on the list. No surprise.

I found one list, titled “Stupid Christmas Songs.” It had some songs that I had never heard before, including this one:

“The Christmas Shoes” by Newsong

It was almost Christmas time,
There I stood in another line
Trying to buy that last gift or two,
not really in the Christmas mood

Standing right in front of me
Was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

And his clothes were worn and old,
He was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down,
I just had to help him out
And I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me what Christmas is all about

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Music on Mondays (8-18-14)—Missing you

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

On January 2, 2014, I upgraded from Internet Explorer 8 to 9.

I didn’t realize it until March 27, 2014, but the day I upgraded from 8 to 9 was the day that I started having WordPress problems when I visited other blogs. LIKE buttons and comment boxes would not load, but only on blogs whose URL ended in wordpress.com.

If someone had an upgraded or self-hosted blog with a URL like mine (russelrayphotos2.com), there were no problems.

The ratio of free (wordpress.com) blogs to upgraded/self-hosted blogs (russelrayphotos.com) is about nine to one.

Since I could not interact with bloggers on nine out of ten blogs that I visited, I kind of quit trying. Thus I got about ten months behind in my daily blogging/liking/commenting life.

On March 27, 2014, I upgraded from Internet Explorer 9 to 10. All problems immediately ceased, and I set about catching up on my daily blogging/liking/commenting life. I like to be about 30 days behind, i.e., if you visit me today, I’ll be by to see you in about 30 days. That allows for people who don’t post very often to have at least 30 days in which to publish just one post. Just one!

Sadly, many people that I was following have quit blogging. At one time my Excel spreadsheet had 3,879 links to bloggers that I was following. That is down to 2,460. Over fourteen hundred people have quit!

So for today’s Music on Mondays, I thought we would listen to some songs about how much I miss you.

“Miss You” by The Rolling Stones

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“Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole

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“Missing You” by John Waite

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“Missing You” by Steve Perry

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“Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down

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“Where’d You Go?” by Fort Minor

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“More Than A Memory” by Garth Brooks

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“Without You, What Do I Do With Me?” by Tanya Tucker

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