The Happiness Tag

Happiness Tag

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:

  1. List 5 things that make you happy.
  2. List 5 songs that make you happy.
  3. 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:

“I Need Your Lovin'” by Teena Marie:

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.

“Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” by Soul II Soul:

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:

“Hello” by BackYard Band:

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 from Chevvy’s Studio

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 from Embracing My Inner Ginger

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.

Lennon Carlyle from Fabulous With Glitches

This chick here, what can I say? She’s super cool. I’m honored that she calls me friend and likes my blog.

Sepultura13 from Random Ramblings, Myriad Musings

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.

Dana from Satin Sheet Diva

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. 🙂


29 Replies to “The Happiness Tag”

  1. What a sweet surprise to wake up to! Love the things that make you happy. Of course Music is your thang! That’s why I absolutely love your blog and let me just say you’re music selections always set the mood for my day. Thank you for nominating me and being such a caring friend. Hugs!

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  2. Hello Tracy – Finding your link back to me was definitely one of the things that made me happy today. Thank you so much for this honor and the warm welcome you gave me from the start of our blogging relationship.

    I’m not surprised to see music on your list – why would I be?😀 I guess what I am surprised about is how you came up with your short list – that I find hard to do when my love of music spans so many years and genres.Still, I must give it some thought.

    I am really glad to be on your list because I realise more and more as I blog that there is such satisfaction in reaching out and making someone’s day who is on another continent and you may never even meet. The fact that we can connect with people so instantly without first overcoming the barriers we contend with in our day to day lives. We can just be – I love that. So any contribution I make to your life or you to mine makes me happy. I was so happy when you wrote your poems and received great feedback. I was also so happy when I found someone who could appreciate Phyllis Hyman and Maysa the way I do – so I’m tagging you back Tracy.

    I think my list would generally look similar to yours but I was thinking about this the other day after seeing Lady G’s list and I thought that if I ever did a post on this, I might take a slight turn.

    To give you an example, Iike you, I read all kinds of things everyday but if it’s about what makes me happy, then my happiest moments are when I really get lost in a book – a great thriller or saga or a Paulo Coelho book – preferably while on holiday when I can read for hours and beyond midnight. One of my best memories was reading a thick book on my bed with a gorgeous view of the mountains through my window, my IPOD playing in the background, hot chocolate next to me (this was Winter), some snacks – so it was that total experience that I remember so fondly.

    Thanks again Tracy and have a SWEET day!! I’m supposed to be taking a break for a few weeks but I’ll look out for you😀

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    1. Thanks, Chevvy for this beautiful comment! I felt much the same way when I discovered your blog as well. It was nice to see someone else appreciate the music that I love; it doesn’t always get the attention that it deserves, so I try to shine some light on it. And I’m still thinking about poetry; I just don’t have anything ready to publish yet—but thank you for giving me the nudge to go outside my comfort zone and realizing that I can do it.

      I hope you also have a sweet day, and take your time in responding to the Happiness tag; there is no expiration date on it 🙂

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      1. Yes, milestones in our lives where its always a good time to take stock of what has been, what is and what could be. I’m wishing you the best but I’m sure I’ll be back on the day😀

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  3. You know that we are musical twins when we both list the same Teena Marie song as a happy groove! People just don’t understand this whole Twin thing–it runs deep!
    I enjoyed reading this post Twin.

    You reminded me that we all have tons of happy making things at our disposal!
    And yes, you do have a reason to sing, dance and play this weekend! I won’t betray your secret but I will say: “HAVE A BALL!”

    I pray that one day, everybody in in the little community will be able to meet in reality. Wouldn’t that be one helluva party?!

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    1. Yes that would be one great party!

      That Teena Marie song is so so good. There was no way it would be left off the list. I think I mentioned in the comments on your Happiness Tag post that we had one song we would share on the happy list. That’s the one!

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  4. Thank you for the nomination – and I’m glad that there are no hard feelings over my Mariners sweep of your Orioles!

    I’ll get right on this – I might re-post it on Friday, since I like doing music-related posts the most, on that day!

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    1. That works! Looking forward to what you come up with!

      No, I have no hard feelings at all. I know my O’s are deeply flawed, especially when it comes to starting pitching. If they don’t pitch well, every game is a slugfest, unless that lineup doesn’t hit. They are just as likely to send baseballs flying out of stadiums as they are to provide cooling breezes when they swing and miss.


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