Candid Camera

The Aria

The Aria, Alcobaça , Portugal

An tenor belts out an aria in a exterior passageway at the Monastery of Alcobaça in Alcobaça, Portugal

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Tuesday Photo Challenge: Circle

Tambourine Man

Nubian Singer Aboard Felucca, Aswan, Egypt

While sailing on a felucca near Aswan, we were entertained by a Nubian singer.

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Holiday Music I Love # 13

Just to See if You Are Paying Attention

One of my new favorite singers, Rag’n’Bone Man. Who knew. It isn’t a holiday song but it is a theme for 2018 we should all adopt: Take People as The Are. As he sings, we all have our problems. Why not just take me as I am?

I am a bit short in holiday spirit this year. Glum about the United States, the world, the environment . . .  I could go on. So, to help my mood I am going to post some of my favorite Christmas and Holiday songs. They won’t be in any special order, just ones I have played and replayed over the years. Some of them might be religious, even though I’m not. But the spirit of giving, celebrating, sharing, and caring (that is Christmas to me) is in all of us, regardless of our faith or lack thereof.


Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week32

Music For The Treadmill

This week Hugh’s challenge is to present a song that we like to work out to or that would make a good workout song. Back in the day when I was still going to the gym, I used this song by Anastacia as a warm-up on the treadmill. The beat starts slow but the tempo picks up and gets the feet moving. I love Anastacia. Even though she’s from the United States, many Americans aren’t familiar with her. Her greatest success has come in Europe and Australia. I discovered her in the early 2000’s when listening to Italian radio over the Internet. I hadn’t seen this video before, and it is a bit strange. But it’s the music that counts. From her second album, Freak of Nature, “One Day in Your Life” was released in 2002. It reached number eleven in the UK and the top ten in many European countries.

And if you can’t get enough Anastacia, add “Left Outside Alone” to your treadmill playlist. Released in 2004 from her self-titled album, it topped the charts across Europe and Australia. It remained at number one on the European Billboard singles chart for 15 weeks.


Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Hits from the Past – Week 32

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