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Awakenings: ‘Copycats’ & Fun Facts

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Today in Music History: April 25

It’s not just about the music, the words and the melodies, but also the stories behind the music and the performances that set the stage for MTV and DVDs yet to come. Some of the most interesting trivia comes from songs of the past that were covered by other artists whose renditions are more remembered than the original. For some, the beginning we know may not be a song’s beginning at all.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Who do you associate with the song ‘Such a Night’ – Johnnie Ray, The Drifters, Elvis, The Four Lovers? Wait a minute. Four Lovers? Never heard of them…Oh! They are the Four Seasons! What about ‘Stuck on You’ – did you know there is more than one version? And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times…

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Dance in the Rain

Rainy days and Mondays don’t have to be sad
They will be what you want them to be
You can meet them with despair or be glad
It is up to you for their beauty to see


It may be the gracefulness of the dance
Or the pelting rain upon your face
The sky at a mere glance
Or the quietness of space


Perhaps tingling flashes
Each raindrop ensues
Dance along your eyelashes
Cleansing, washing away the blues


Running, jumping, friends in tow
Lift spirits anytime
Splashing, laughing, all aglow
Warms the heart like sunshine


As emotion amasses
Find the love, seal the romance
Cherish each moment that passes
Feel the rain, enjoy the dance

Sharla Lee Shults


The Power of Monday

Here we are at the beginning of a new week. Are you ready? Did you awaken this morning looking ahead to a week of smiles or frowning as you face a week of dread?

Regardless you must face the day & there is nothing you can do about it BUT…


Every Monday do you count the days until Friday arrives?

Think about it.

If you rush the week trying to get to Friday as quickly as possible, that only pushes you closer to the NEXT Monday!

Let’s change the tune of Monday…instead of it being Manic Monday, what are some ways of…

Here are my thoughts on this day as I face Monday…

Why did I get out of bed? Because my bones were aching …

Why did I smile? Because my husband woke up beside me!


Let the power of Monday set the tone for smiles, NOT frowns!

What is making your Monday MARVELOUS?




Smiley faces, smiles within
Today is Monday
Let the smiles begin!

Smile today, tomorrow, too
Keep on smiling
The whole week through!

Smile! Smile! Smile!
Legend & claims resound
Takes more muscles to frown

Generation upon generation has passed along the saying “it takes less muscles to smile than to frown.” If this is true, then one might conclude smiling requires less muscles, thus burning less calories and thereby conserving energy. As with many things passed along through the ages and having been around so long, the cultural landscape of this saying has taken on wide interpretations and variances in recorded data. Let’s take a look and see if there are indeed supportive facts or is this simply a statement of fireside chatter?

WhisperingRemember the game where a line of people stood along a wall, one person whispered a phrase or statement into the next person’s ear and that person whispered to the next person, and so on? It became a hit because the last person in the line had to repeat aloud an interpretation of what he/she heard and it rarely, if ever, sounded anything like it started! Sometimes it became so distorted it did not even make sense but it certainly brought on its share of smiles and laughter.

Keeping that scenario in mind think about the saying “it takes more muscles to smile, than to frown” but in the context of actual numbers, i.e., how many muscles it takes to smile vs. the number of muscles it takes to frown. As with the little game and because the saying is so widespread, the number of muscles to form both expressions has changed from telling to telling. Different people hear it differently and pass along supposedly the version they heard as absolute truth with absolute certainty…without a shadow of doubt!

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From, here is a sampling of some ways this saying has been interpreted and passed along.

It takes 13 muscles to smile and 33 to frown. Why over work? (Washington Post, 5 December 1982)

It takes four muscles to smile, 20 to frown and roughly 317 to appear amused when a Celine Dion imitator, who happens to be a man, sings a song about, er, flatulence. (The Denver Post, 29 September 1998)

Don’t they know it is said you use 35 muscles to frown and four to smile. Don’t tire yourself! ([Queensland] Sunday Mail, 18 August 1991)

It takes 50 muscles to make a frown – but only 13 to produce a smile. (From a 1931 book)

To me, the best comes from the scientists. They conclude it takes 41 muscles to frown and 17 to smile. Makes you wonder…um-m-m-m?

Scientists have WAY too much time on their hands!

Frowning does use more muscles and as a result, burns more calories!

Conclusion: On a diet? SMILE more!

What are your plans for today? Will you fill the day with smiles or mope around feeling blue? Mondays ARE a new beginning!

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If you are not smiling by now, start dancing! Ever seen anyone frowning on a dance floor? Dance in the kitchen, dance down the hall, dance on your way to the bathroom! Dance! Get the picture? Dance & bring on the smiles!

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Rainy Days and Mondays

A rainy day in Georgia today reminded me of The Carpenters and the hit tune Rainy Days and Mondays. Playing the tune, watching and listening as the rain pounded the tin roof of the porch invited me to record a brief encounter with the rain on a Georgia afternoon.

Relive your rainy days and Mondays as you listen and revive memories of the days and times of
The Carpenters.

Did you have a Sunny or a Rainy Monday? What about this day perhaps gave you inspiration?


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