Saturday Night Serenade–Merry Christmas, Baby!

We’re two weeks away from Christmas and it’s a nasty December day here in south Florida.  The sky is gray and it’s been misting all day.  It’s not cold, really, the temp is 70, but it’s the kind of day that makes you want to stay home and avoid the rat race.

Which we didn’t today, because we needed to finalize our shopping so we can ensure all our loved ones have a holly, jolly Christmas.  Oddly enough, I found that other shoppers out there are not necessarily holly or jolly.  In spite of sparkly decorations, piped in holiday mood music, and huge bargains, folks are downright grumpy.  On the upside, I thought the clerks and cashiers were pretty pleasant.

But fighting our way through traffic on this wet, soggy day, only to be run over by other shoppers in their search for yuletide gold, we began to appreciate the miracle that is Amazon Prime.

So mission accomplished, we’re back in our decked-out abode, and I couldn’t be happier.  Tonight calls for a glass of wine in front of the fire, relaxing in the glow of the Christmas tree, with bluesy holiday music in the background.

I hope you enjoy Sheryl Crow and Merry Christmas, Baby.  Happy Saturday night!

 

Saturday Night Serenade–Give Me One Reason

It’s July, friends!  While I was thrilled to see June, I’m not quite as happy for July.  The summer needs to slow down just a little.  Before we know it, we’ll be back to the old grind.

I’m feeling the blues tonight, but not in a bad way.  I love, love, LOVE Tracy Chapman and I adore this song.  For tonight’s serenade, I found a live performance from PBS and I especially love the intro, just Tracy and her guitar.  I hope you enjoy it, too.

Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Pride and Joy

It’s been a rough week, what with Mr. R.’s change in schedule.  Until late yesterday afternoon, the last time we actually saw each other was Sunday.  We’ve literally been passing in the night.  We had a near miss one day when he called me as I stopped at the grocery store on my way home from work.  He’d just left there, having stopped on his way to work.  We’d actually been in the store at the same time and hadn’t seen each other.  Anyway, only four more work days left for me and then we’ll be able to sleep in together every day.

Date Night tonight will be a night in.  Tonight Mr. R. and I will be snuggled up on the sofa watching the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on HBO.  I’ve been stoked about this since I heard the list of inductees, including Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.  Here’s a little SRV to get you in the mood.  Happy Saturday night!

Saturday Night Serenade–Oh Yeah!

Tonight we honor the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 30th Induction Ceremony which is being held at Cleveland’s Public Hall.  The 2015 inductees are Ringo Starr, Bill Withers, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Lou Reed, The 5 Royales, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.  I can’t wait for that concert on HBO.

Several of these artists are on my personal top-ten list, but I have always maintained that when I grow up, I want to be Joan Jett.  So it wasn’t really hard to pick the right song for Saturday night.  Enjoy!  Oh, yeah!

Saturday Night Serenade–Feeling Good

I love Michael Buble.  I’ve heard his version of this song many times.  But somehow, when searching for a post for tonight, his was somewhat unsatisfying.  That’s when I stumbled upon the 1965 version by Nina Simone.

And here’s the thing about that: My boss puts on music first thing in the morning.  He has eclectic taste, not unlike myself, and he tends to go in jags.  For weeks he’ll have music he finds inspirational (Stand By Me performed by the street musicians of Playing for Change), then moldy oldies from the sixties, or, if the mood strikes, the Florida State fight song.  Once when someone complained, he got pissed off and played bagpipe music.  I shit you not.  But one of his jags is classic bluesy-jazz, and that is where I’ve heard Nina Simone’s version a million times without realizing it.  It has more depth and soul than Michael Buble’s version.  I hope you enjoy it.  Happy Saturday night!