This is housecleaning music, if you can keep from dancing too hard.
Country music. I never did think I’d enjoy it.
But then, there’s Andy Kenway.
Andy is an up-and-coming balladeer who should be hitting the charts in a few years. He’s also a composer, who’s written “Play The Man” (my personal favorite of his), “Sands of Omaha” (A tribute to that battle of WWII) and “Up in the Morning Early“. Find more of his recordings on his Grooveshark profile here and his YouTube channel.
The song I’m featuring today is actually a Country number. You have permission to call the men in the white coats, but I truly do enjoy this one! (for those of you who don’t know, I’ve been known to go on tirades against 99% of Country music) They say there’s always room for sanctification. That must be true, because this is the girl who a few months ago staunchly insisted to a friend that she hated soundtracks, and now finds herself falling asleep with the Lord of the Rings stuck in her head. Yes, that friend is a little gleeful sometimes.
Written by Steve Goodman, and sung by many popular artists, Andy Kenway recorded this treasure a few weeks ago. I love the folksy flair he uses. Want a tip? He puts up new songs every Friday on his Soundcloud channel! (you’re welcome)
Because I can’t resist, I’m going to add a bonus. My favorite song of Andy’s!
It’s that time of week again– time to roll out the music!
There’s those old standards…..the favorites that everybody seems to know. Ones that our grandparent’s generation grew up on. Those timeless folk tunes that never go out of style. In 1962, a man named Ken Carson went about to collect around sixty five of these old favorites and recorded them on his six-record set “Treasury of the Golden West“. His versions of these classics were so refreshing and beautiful that they sold half a million copies! Some of the songs from that album can be found here. One of my favorites is the one featured today: the tale of a family outing going the way of most family outings—— Gloriously wrong!
So, without further ado, I present you: Ken Carson and What’s More Fun Than A Picnic Party?
What’s More Fun Than A Picnic Party?
Now Mr. Jones and Mrs. Jones declared one August day,
That before the summer was entirely gone, they’d have a holiday
They decided on a picnic, in a spot just out of town,
Asked all their relations, also young Mr. Brown;
What’s more fun than a picnic party, with the vittles all on the ground,
Bugs in the butter and ants in the milk and skeeters buzzin’ all around;
Bzzzz! Bzzzzz! BzzZzzzZzzzZZzz!
They went in four big carriages, and when the reached the spot
They found that the ice had melted, and the butter was piping hot,
The sugar, too, was missing, and the shoes were left behind,
And the handle of the ice cream freezer was all that they could find!
Now they broke the plates and spilt the milk and left it there to sour,
Jim and Bill got in a fight, and fell right in the flour,
The horses all got frightened, and reared and plunged and kicked,
Spilled one load in the mud hole, thus ended this picnic!
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It’s been some time since I wrote anything about my little Storenvy Shop, Dolly Madison Designs. It started out as an Etsy shop, but since business was bad and Etsy fees were high, I left the website and moved my little shop to Storenvy (you can read more about that here). Now I don’t make buttons unless someone asks for a custom order, which I’m always happy to oblige!
So, here’s a few of the little goodies still available in the shop. Be sure to click on the photos to see their listings!:
These are so cute for cards or sewing projects. I recommend them for more applique-type uses than fasteners! Someone once told me that they thought these little cuties were candies, but no– please don’t eat them, as much as it may be tempting to.
Nature’s Leaves Buttons
These are so fun. They were made with real leaves– cherry, potato, raspberry, and grape, if I recall right. They’re great for rustic craft projects of all sorts!
“Devoted” heart buttons
These ones make me smile! They’re so little and sweet. I’m seeing one on a shabby chic type purse….oh yes. These ones would be suited for clothing, as well, since they’re pretty sturdy!
Now, this one’s fun. Sculpture! This is a cat I did for a lady who wanted a calico sculpture for her granddaughter. I used a picture of a cat and patterned the sculpture after it! I’m looking forward to perhaps someday tackling sculptures of my illustrated characters like the Industrious Hedgehog.
But for now, if you’re interested in preserving the likeness of a beloved pet or favorite animal, do check out this listing in my shop, and I’d be delighted to assist you in any way!
And now I leave you to go save my dinner which is quite merrily boiling away on the stove, with no regards as to when to halt. So, please meander over to my Storenvy shop while I—- THE SOUP IS BURNING!!!!
*squeals and runs to rescue it*
While largely forgotten today, Ken Carson was once a famous ‘crooner’. Probably best known as one of the wartime members of the Sons of the Pioneers making movies with Roy Rogers in the 1940s, Ken was also a cast member for the Garry Moore Show in the 1950s. In 1962, he recorded a six-record album entitlted “Treasury of the Golden West” which sold half a million copies. It contained such standard folk songs such as nearabout anybody knew, with a memorable twist. Compared to Frank Sinatra in vocal sweetness, Ken was a personable entertainer from the late 1920s until his death in 1994. And he just happens to be my favorite.
Illustrations, I mean.
Take, for instance, Beatrix Potter.
I love Miss Potter’s cozy, detailed style. She mixes soft colors with delicate lines to create timeless, loveable illustrations. She’s one of my primary role models.
Then there’s Tasha Tudor:
Mrs. Tudor’s beautiful style contained more vivid colors than Beatrix Potter’s art. I find their styles very similar, and both highly inspirational. (unfortunately there weren’t many Tudor works available on Flickr for me to post.)
I adore the works of Ernest Shepard. He makes lines come alive. His drawings exude personality and character. He illustrated the original Winnie The Pooh and Wind in the Willows, for starters.
It never ceases to amaze me how he could make such minimal, light lines come alive! And his watercolors were amazing.
Those are a few of my favorite illustrators. Whose works do you enjoy?
To see more illustrations that are equally adorable, visit my Pinterest board “Scribbles“.