Video of the Week: Isabeau Levito, Figure Skater at the Intersection of Athletics and Artistry

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Wordless Wednesday: Olive Branches Against the Sky

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Olive branch

The Grammys 2023: Best Country Song

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Another category in which I hadn’t heard the songs until yesterday.

“Circles Around This Town,” Ryan Hurd, Julia Michaels, Maren Morris & Jimmy Robbins, songwriters; performed by Maren Morris:

“Doin’ This,” Luke Combs, Drew Parker & Robert Williford, songwriters; performed by Luke Combs:

“I Bet You Think About Me,” (Taylor’s Version), (From the Vault), Lori McKenna & Taylor Swift, songwriters, performed by Taylor Swift. This video features Chris Stapleton.

“If I Was a Cowboy,” Jesse Frasure & Miranda Lambert, songwriters: performed by Miranda Lambert:

“I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die,” Rodney Crowell & Chris Stapleton, songwriters; performed by Willie Nelson:

“’Til You Can’t,” Matt Rogers & Ben Stennis, songwriters; performed by Cody Johnson:

I liked all of these songs fine, but “’Til You Can’t” reached out and grabbed me, and brought a tear to my eyes. I love the message, the lyrics, the melody, the soft instrumental accompaniment, and the performance. I hope “’Til You Can’t” gets the Grammy.

Now it’s your turn. Did one of these songs grab you? Which one do you think is the Best Country Song, and why? Share in the comments below.

Monday Morning Wisdom #396

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Monday Morning Wisdom #396

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands up against love.

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

From the Creator’s Heart #385

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Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23:6 KJV).

The Grammys 2023 Best R&B Song

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Again, I never heard any of the songs in this category before this week.

First up is Queen B. Unfortunately, this song uses the F-word all the way through. I guess “cuff” is the F-word backwards. (You’d think a team of eight songwriters could come up with better lyrics.) The official video is a very annoying animation that makes Beyoncé look like a Barbie doll. I chose this fan-made video instead. “Cuff It,” Denisia “Blu June” Andrews, Beyoncé, Mary Christine Brockert, Brittany “Chi” Coney, Terius “The Dream” Gesteelde-Diamant, Morten Ristorp, Nile Rodgers & Raphael Saadiq, songwriters; performed by Beyoncé:

I love Mary J. Blige. “Good Morning Gorgeous,” Mary J. Blige, David Brown, Dernst Emile II, Gabriella Wilson & Tiara Thomas, songwriters; performed by Mary J. Blige:

I’ve never heard Muni Long before. She has an amazing voice, but I don’t like the nose ring. (Thank goodness, she takes it off.) “Hrs & Hrs,” Hamadi Aaabi, Dylan Graham, Priscilla Renea, Thaddis “Kuk” Harrell, Brandon John-Baptiste, Isaac Wriston & Justin Nathaniel Zim, songwriters; performed by Muni Long:

I’ve never heard Jazmine Sullivan before. What a wonderful voice! “Hurt Me So Good,” Akeel Henry, Michael Holmes, Luca Mauti, Jazmine Sullivan & Elliott Trent, songwriters; performed by Jazmine Sullivan:

I’ve never heard PJ Morton before, either. I really appreciate his voice, smooth as melted chocolate, and every word clearly pronounced. The combination of lyrics and poignant melody had me close to tears.

I like Beyoncé, but “Cuff It” makes me cringe. I really like all of the other four songs, but which is the Best R&B Song?

I think I like “Hurt Me So Good” the best, even if I’m not crazy about the message. “Please Don’t Walk Away” is a close second.

Now it’s your turn. Which of these songs should win the Grammy? Why? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Creative Juice #326

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Articles too good not to share.

#ThursdayTreeLove–139

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Beautiful tree

This lovely twisty tree (no idea what kind) is outside the Walgreen’s Pharmacy in my neighborhood, somewhere in the greater Phoenix metropolitan neighborhood.

More Tree Love.

Video of the Week: Andrew Bird and Sam Beam

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Wordless Wednesday: Century Plant

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Century plant