Let me begin by thanking my blog buddy and sister Lisa A. from the Life Of An El Paso Woman blog, as well as my music Wonder Twin Lady G from the Seekthebestblog for nominating me to participate in the Happiness tag. It seems like a lot of fun, so I agreed to participate—even though it has taken me some time to get around to doing so. Thankfully, there’s no time limit or expiration date on these things.
There of course, have to be rules. The rules for participation are:
- List 5 things that make you happy.
- List 5 songs that make you happy.
- List 5 bloggers that make you happy. Let them know they have been nominated, and you are done.
Ok. I got it. Let’s goooooo…..
Five Things That Make Me Happy:
- Music. Some of y’all are probably out there going…really? I never would have guessed. Yeah you would’ve. When about 80-85 percent of your posts deal with music in some form or fashion, it’s pretty easy to tell that music makes me happy. While I focus mainly on R&B and it’s offshoots, I can find something in just about any genre that can make me happy.
- Dancing. Another easy one, right? I mean, the stat geeks here at the Process figure that I mention dancing every 3.6 posts. And I also figure that number will probably remain steady or even increase throughout my time on the blog. I also am going to guess that actual dancing is going to increase wholeheartedly this weekend. (More on that later on the blog).
- My family and friends, both on and offline. Thanks to my family for their unwavering support and belief in me even when I didn’t always believe in myself, as well as their unconditional love. Engaging with my small circle of friends is often a good time filled with laughs. They watch out for me and I do the same for them. Of course, it’s great to feel the respect and love we have for each other as well. This community of bloggers I have been so fortunate to associate with on WordPress is always lots of fun. I love it when we engage each other, either here or on your blogs. Thanks for making me welcome, and also I thank you for making me smile, laugh, think and especially feel.
- Reading. One way to being a lifelong learner is to keep reading—whether it be articles either on or offline, books, blogs or whatever. I love to read, and am doing my best to make time to read books this year. So far, so good, but like most things I think I can do better and read even more. But as long as I am reading something, everyday, I am happy.
- Writing. I never really took it seriously when I was younger and was told that I wrote very well. I never believed it when people told me once I started blogging that I was a good writer. I always did like to write, but I never put much belief in myself that I was ever good at it. Now I know that I can do this, and can express myself in such a way that people understand it, and sometimes are even moved by what I write. This isn’t to humblebrag, or to sound overly conceited, but writing has been for me what the title of the blog is: a joyful process. I truly enjoy trying to find ways to say what I want to say on topics that interest me, and hopefully interest you as well.
Five songs that make me happy:
I could pick hundreds or thousands of songs that meet the standard, but I have five that I thought of pretty quickly, some of which I have already written about on this blog. They are:
Horns. Strings. Horns and Strings. Yeah, the rhythm section is cooking too. And Teena on top. Happy happy, joy joy (and dancing). RIP Teena Marie.
The song that reportedly birthed the “Tracy” (aka the “Tracy two-step”). Not to mention, too many good memories from too many dances.
“Power Of Love/Love Power” by Luther Vandross:
I could have chosen five Luther songs and that would have met the requirement. Thank goodness that we can still marvel, revel and enjoy this man’s voice. I chose this one for several reasons: because he’s right—Love Power is the greatest power of them all; I saw him sing this live with the Sounds Of Blackness as his backup choir, and while this may not be a gospel song, folks were moved that night; and something from him had to be on this list. RIP Mr. Vandross.
I made room for a couple newer songs too. Those are:
It’s been months now, and this one is still in heavy rotation. (It was also the backing music in my dancing video from a while back). BackYard Band’s cover of Adele’s mega-hit never fails to make me and my friends get up and move. My mother (who is 73 by the way) heard it for the first time this weekend, and even she liked it. She may have been dancing in my car while it played; I can’t confirm or deny it. This is just another example of the power of DC’s homegrown go-go music to get folks to move to it. Adele’s original is a great song, this one here is the dance version for me and my folks. And it CRANKS.
“Game Over” by Cool Uncle:
What happens when you put Bobby Caldwell (singer of the late-70s classic “What You Won’t Do For Love”), Jack Splash (producer for Kendrick Lamar, among others) and Mayer Hawthorne (pop-R&B singer and aficionado of 70s-80s R&B sounds) together? You get this brand new track, which sounds like something that could’ve hit during the era that Caldwell’s song became a top ten hit. I love this song, and the album it comes from (called Cool Uncle) is a winner too. Caldwell still has the pipes after all these years. By the way, the group Cool Uncle is Caldwell and Splash; Hawthorne is a featured guest on this track only.
Five Bloggers That Make Me Happy:
Some of the obvious choices have already done this. I’ll name five, but whether or not they participate is up to them. The nominees are:
Chevvy’s blog features music, poetry and photography from her many journeys. A dear friend of the blog, and the person who nudged me into writing poems myself.
Elissa has been kind of quiet lately, but I do love her writing. Here’s hoping this will spark something for her to write again.
This chick here, what can I say? She’s super cool. I’m honored that she calls me friend and likes my blog.
Another cool blogger. Love where her ramblings and musings take her. Even though she’s a Mariners fan (no thanks for sweeping my Orioles this past weekend), I still count myself as a fan of her blog.
One of my newer followers, she’s a published author and I love what she does at her blog. Maybe she can give me some writing pointers (hint hint).
Thanks Lisa A. and Lady G. for the nominations. Maybe something in the post can make someone who reads this happy. 🙂