“Sideways” by Dierks Bentley

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Around/Down/Sideways/Up.

Sticking to my roots & the country theme, I chose “Sideways” by Dierks Bentley. Bentley co-wrote this song with Jim Beavers. “Sideways” was released on March 2, 2009 and was the second single on Bentley’s fourth album “Feel the Fire”. It was Bentley’s twelfth single of his career which began in 2003 when he signed with Capitol Nashville. “Sideways” was Bentley’s seventh #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country charts the week of July 11, 2009. “Sideways” is one of many Bentley songs that revolves around a rowdy party, pretty girls and rednecks. The video premise is a man wanting to get a girl’s phone number while in a bar and not being able to hear her. He sings to her saying he wants to “get a little sideways”.

THE ULTIMATE PICKUP LINE SONG.

Hey girl, what's your name?
It's so loud in here I can't hear a thing,
But I sure do like your style,
And I can see you came to rock
In your blue jeans and white tank top,
Man that look drives me wild.
And it's hey now here we go.
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Keep those girls out on the floor
Gotta make them want to come back for more.
Been here since the sun went down,
Be here when it comes back around
Worked all week it's time to play
Gonna get a little bit sideways
Sideways.
Ain't no need to fight
Y'all take that redneck stuff outside
That's what parking lots are for.
Once you're out you ain't coming back
Them velvet ropes ain't got no slack
Man they're busting down the door!
And it's hey now here we go.
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Keep those girls out on the floor
Gotta make them want to come back for more.
Been here since the sun went down,
Be here when it comes back around
Worked all week it's time to play
Gonna get a little bit sideways
Sideways.
That's right
Hey now here we go
(hey now here we go)
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Gotta make 'em wanna (what?) gotta make 'em wanna (what?)
Gotta make 'em wanna come back for more.
It's hey now here we go.
DJ don't you play nothing slow
Keep those girls out on the floor
Gotta make them want to come back for more.
Been here since the sun went down,
Be here when it comes back around
Worked all week it's time to play
Gonna get a little bit sideways
Sideways. Sideways. Sideways.
Hey girl what's your name?
It's so loud in here I can't hear a thing
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Dierks Bentley / James Beavers
Sideways lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

Why I Love Halloween

My 2 favorite holidays are Halloween & Christmas. I love Halloween because for one day out of the year, I get to be something I’m not. The year that Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows book came out, I was Harry Potter. Pulled it off too. I’m only 5′ 1″ so when I used to trick-or-treat with my kids, I was literally going up and getting my own candy. I went through the trouble of putting together my own costume plus 3 kids, I was going to get something for it. Unfortunately, I can’t find the photos from the year I was Harry Potter. All the photos below were costumes that I wore to work the past 5 years.

2014 – Grumpy Killer Granny

2015 – Oompa Loompa from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

2016 – Groovy Hippie from the 60’s – The jeans were my hubby’s jeans that he once wore back in the day. He’s 10 years older than me.

2017 – Hula Hoop Girl from the 50’s – Photographed with my friend Amber. Neither of us knew we were dressing from the same decade. Note: My hula hoops in the background!

2018 – Deadly Bride – Groom slit my throat, drove a nail into my ring finger & left me at the altar.

I won best overall at work last year for this one.

2019 – You will have to wait until Friday to see what I become this Halloween! I have co-workers who follow my blog & it’s a secret.

Oct. 27 – “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” – Tracy Lawrence

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with songs pertaining to Lost/Found/Hide/Seek. I spun mine off the word “Found”.

Tracy Lawrence hit the country music scene in 1991 when his debut album, Sticks and Stones was released. Tracy went on to have hit after hit for the next 5 years. I will save those for another day. He was born in Atlanta, Texas and grew up in Foreman, Arkansas. Tracy began performing at age 15 and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1990 with only a few dollars in his pocket & a vehicle that barely made it there.

I was an instant fan & joined his fan club which I remained in for many years. Tracy’s fan club was the only fan club I have ever joined. I have attended 6 of Tracy’s concerts over the years and was able to be backstage at a concert in 2003 at the Entertainment Center located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. It was a 3 for 1 that night because Joe Diffie & Mark Chesnutt performed as well. After 5 other concerts, I was finally able to meet the man that I had followed since he began his career. It was a thrill! After the meet & greet, it was time for the concert and Tracy came out on stage with a #47 (John Lynch) Tampa Bay Buccaneers football jersey. The “Bucs” had just won the Superbowl XXXVII the week before. I was stoked! Below is my mint condition Superbowl winning John Lynch Bobblehead. I took it out of the box to share with you. Maybe in 200 years, it will be worth more than the $40 it goes for on Amazon right now. I only paid $10 in 2003, so it has already gone up in value.

“Find Out Who Your Friends Are” was written by Casey Beathard & Ed Hill. It was the lead-off single on Tracy’s “For the Love” album released in 2007 on Tracy’s own label Rocky Comfort Records and Lawrence Music Group. This song was released as a single on August 21, 2006 and debuted on the Hot Country Music Songs chart on September 19, 2006. It made it to the top 40 on January 13, 2007, but fell out a week later. After the album release on January 30, 2007, it went to number one on both the Billboard & Mediabase country charts. Once it reached #1 in June 2007, it set a new record for the slowest-climbing #1 single in the history of the Billboard Country Music Chart and the second-slowest song to climb the Billboard singles chart. “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” was Tracy’s first Billboard #1 since 1996. It put him back in the spotlight.

On the “For the Love” album, Tracy featured two versions of “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”. One was sung by Tracy himself and the other was a remix version featuring country music artists Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. Both of whom are Tracy’s friends. The remix ran into some legal trouble the week before the single reached #1. A cease and desist order was issued on behalf of Sony BMG (the parent company of BNA Records) which was the label Kenny Chesney was signed to at the time. This order was presented to several radio stations that were monitored by Billboard. The order stated that Sony BMG did not grant Rocky Comfort Records the “singles” rights with respect to the album version of the song & had not authorized radio stations to play this particular recording. Well, the radio stations continued to play the remix version of the song regardless of the demands from Sony BMG. The fans loved the remix! Only 1 day after the release of the order, Sony BMG issued a formal apology to the radio stations who received the cease and desist letter.

The tale to this song is about finding oneself in different situations and needing help when in trouble. Who are your true friends that are willing to show up and help you in your time of need without asking for anything in return? The song is very relatable to real life.

The music video which debuted on CMT on August 16, 2007 features appearances by George Jones and Darryl Worley. Larry the Cable Guy makes a cameo appearance as well.

Find Out Who Your Friends Are
Run your car off the side of the road
Get stuck in a ditch way out in the middle of nowhere
Get yourself in a bind, lose the shirt off your back
Need a floor, need a couch, need a bus fare
This is where the rubber meets the road
This is where the cream is gonna rise
This is what you really didn't know
This is where the truth don't lie
You find out who your friends are
Somebody's gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas get their fast
Never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far.'
They just show on up with their big old heart
You find out who you're friends are
Everybody wants to slap your back
Wants to shake your hand
When you're up on top of that mountain
But let one of those rocks give way then you slide back down look up
And see who's around then
This ain't where the road comes to an end
This ain't where the bandwagon stops
This is just one of those times when
A lot of folks jump off
You find out who your friends are
Somebody's gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas get there fast
Never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far.'
They just show on up with that big old heart
You find out who you're friends are
When the water's high
When the weather's not so fair
When the well runs dry
Who's gonna be there?
You find out who your friends are
Somebody's gonna drop everything
Run out and crank up their car
Hit the gas get there fast
Never stop to think 'what's in it for me?' or 'it's way too far.'
They just show on up with their big old heart
You find out who you're friends are, you find out who you're friends are [Repeat first verse}
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Casey Beathard / Edward Monroe Hill
Find Out Who Your Friends Are lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management

Oct. 23 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Wedding Lights

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

We attended a beautiful wedding in Cedartown, Georgia at Hightower Falls. The setting was beautiful even with a tropical storm putting a damper on things. Inside the venue, I saw lines everywhere in the lights, the wall paneling, cedar planked ceiling and the blinds. Couldn’t help but take a few photos of the decor. The whole scene was made for this challenge.

Chandelier at Hightower Falls Wedding Barn.
White miniature lights hanging from drapes as decorations for a wedding.
White miniature lights hang in straight lines from drapes for a wedding.
Framed Window with Square panes against Cedar Panel Walls.

Oct 19 – BOTD – Great Horned Owl

Here is my entry for Granny Shot It’s  Bird of the Day (BOTD) challenge.

The Great Horned Owl is the most common owl throughout the Americas and adapt well to many environments. They can be seen from the Arctic to South America. They are recognizable by their tufted ears resembling horns, almost cat-like. They vary in size from 18″-24″ (46-63cm) tall. The Great Horned Owl can be found in wooded areas & parks with heavy canopy & large trees. They help keep the rat population down, but they will eat mammals, fish, reptiles and other birds as well.

This mama had 2 chicks. The second one wouldn’t come out long enough for us to get a photo. Papa Owl was just above sitting on a branch with eyes wide open. This was taken at Fort Matanzas National Park just outside the visitor’s office in February, 2010. The tree no longer exists due to hurricane damage.

Oct. 20 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Yellowstone Inn

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Inside of the historic Yellowstone Inn.

The Yellowstone Inn is the oldest hotel in all the National Parks. The entrance to this historic building is breathtaking & full of #linesandsquares. This is one view of each story formulated in a way that is viewed at the ground level in a square. From the logs to the chandelier and candles, there are lines everywhere.

“Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette

This week for Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has prompted us with Lean/Sit/Stand Songs.

In 1968, when I was only 3 years old, Tammy Wynette released Stand by Your Man which went to #1 on the country music charts where it stayed for 3 weeks. It was named #1 on CMT’s list of the Top 100 Country Music Songs. Stand by Your Man crossed over to peak at #19 on the UK Singles Chart. It is considered one of the most iconic songs in Country Music history and was selected to the Library of Congress in 2010 to the National Recording Registry. Wynette co-wrote the song with Bill Sherrill.

Tammy Wynette was married 5 times and married George Jones in February, 1969, just 5 months after this song was released.

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman
Giving all your love to just one man.
You'll have bad times
And he'll have good times,
Doin' things that you don't understand
But if you love him you'll forgive him,
Even though he's hard to understand
And if you love him oh be proud of him,
'Cause after all he's just a man
Stand by your man,
Give him two arms to cling to,
And something warm to come to
When nights are cold and lonely
Stand by your man,
And show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can
Stand by your man
Stand by your man,
And show the world you love him
Keep giving all the love you can
Stand by your man
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Billy Sherrill / Tammy Wynette
Stand By Your Man lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

How about Wilbur the Worm? In all fairness, he looks like a Charlie.

Oct. 19 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Downtown, Jacksonville, FL

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Jacksonville, Florida has a unique skyline which I don’t have a photo of. Shame on me! Pictured above is The Bank of America Tower formerly known as the Barnett Center and was built in the 1990’s and is the tallest building in Jacksonville standing at 617 feet/188 meters with 42 floors. This tower is the 17th tallest in the state of Florida as of the time of this blog.

Side view of the Wells Fargo Building, Downtown Jacksonville, FL
Side view of the Wells Fargo Building, Downtown, Jacksonville, FL

The Wells Fargo Center, formerly known as the Independent Life Building and the Modis Building was the tallest building in Jacksonville from 1974 to 1990 before the Barnett Center was completed. From 1975-1981, this building was the tallest building in Florida when the One Tampa City Center was built. The One Tampa City Center lost that title many years ago.

Flags at the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce with the Wells Fargo Building in the background.
Flags in front of the Jax Chamber of Commerce with the
Wells Fargo Building in the background.

This image was taken while I was sitting at a red light on my way to work. It is the bottom portion of my Wells Fargo Building above. I didn’t even notice the flag poles standing in a line with the palm trees until I was ready to crop. A simple bi-product of taking what I saw versus what was there all along. Love #linesandsquares!

FOTD – Desert Cacti Flower- Haiku

Cee’s FOTD Challenge

Desert Cacti Flower taken at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada
Desert Flower
I'm prickly and green
Thirst is not my companion
Blooming purple buds.
Cactus Flowering at Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas Nevada

Oct. 18 – Are You Square? Lines & Square Challenge – Office Items

Thank you to Becky for hosting this awesome challenge.

For Life of B’s October “Are You Square” Challenge

Sitting in my office, I got to thinking about this challenge & started looking around. Isn’t this one of the things about the challenges on WordPress is to get our brains to think outside the box? Well, my eyes opened up to the normal things around me & I realized just how many lines & square were just in my personal space. I’m employed as a graphic artist & Customer Service Supervisor by day, photographer & writer by….whenever I get free time. The things here were taken in my office during my lunch break. Not my normal nature stuff, but part of my daily life.

Pantone Color Chart
Pantone Color Chart on my wall.
Computer keyboard
We all have at least one of these. Typing on it right now, but at home.
Custom Form with grids on the bottom
Grid paper that I had to custom design a form for a client.
Lunchbox with lined pattern
My lunch box. Never noticed the lines before.
Pantone color swatch book
My pantone color swatch book. It’s been used & abused over the years.
Lined notebook
Small lined notebook that has Promo180 on the cover.
We used it as a promotional item at a trade show.
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