Mumbles … Ivory

I saw the word of the day and instantly had “Ebony and Ivory” by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder in my head.  Then I thought of a picture of a keyboard with a rose across it.  “Tickling the ivories” is a phrase I have heard.  A dozen or more bands came to mind with heavy keyboard in their music.  Which lead me to one of my favorites who I was born much too late to see perform, Scott Joplin.

Scott Joplin had a short career actually, beginning with his first song published in 1895.  Four years later he would write his most well know song, the “Maple Leaf Rag” which went on to become a signature song for ragtime music.  He wrote two operas and one ragtime ballet but never saw a production of either opera as one was lost after it was confiscated for non-payment of bills in 1907 and the other was not fully staged before his death.

In 1916 his health deteriorated due to syphilis and he would later die in a mental institution in 1917.  In 1973 new generations were introduced to his music thanks to “The Entertainer” and many other songs from the movie The Sting.  He would be awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1976.  And one year later Billy Dee Williams portrayed Joplin in a biography about his life.

So sit back and enjoy a couple of his songs.

Maple Leaf Rag

Solace (Mexican Serenade)

The Entertainer


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – ivory

(Information from Wikipedia)

Weekly Song Challenge – Week 36

Here we are again with a new week of Laura’s song challenge.  I think we should just jump right in…

♪ Rules ♫

Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to Laura’s post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!

1 Post a song that is a satire of a hit song.

This is to get everyone ready for Halloween!

2 Post a song that you love by an artist that was not one of their biggest hits.

I went searching a bit for this one…


3 Post a song that was featured in a tv show or in a movie.

And last but not least…  who remembers this intro?

I hope you decide to join in and have a little musical fun!  Everyone is invited, consider yourself tagged.  Have a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Weekly Song Challange – Round 35

Laura over at lauravent69 has come up with another song challenge round.  Let’s jump right in.


Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to the original post.
Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
Tag two people to participate!


1) Post a song that has either in title or lyrics the name of a state in the US.

2) Post a song that has either in the title or lyrics the name of a town.

3) Post a song that either in title or lyrics has the name of a country or continent.


I am really bad about tagging people, don’t want to leave anyone out so I tag EVERYONE.  Please join in on the fun!

Weekly Song Challenge – Round 34

It is once again time to dig up some amazing music to brighten the day with Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge.  This is Round 34… let’s just jump right in!

Rules …

  • Copy rules to your post
  • Pingback to original post
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions
  • Tag two people (Invite everyone) to participate

1) Post and instrumental you adore.


2) Post a popular ballad that contains a woman’s name in the title.


3) Post a rock music video that has a violin or cello solo.

(this one is less a solo and all cello!  I wonder how many bows they go through during a concert?)


Now it is YOUR turn! 😎

Weekly Song Challenge – Week 33

(or should that be week 33 1/3? 😊)

It is time for Laura’s Weekly Song Challenge.  The rules are easy to follow…

  • Copy rules and add to your own post
  • Ping back to original post
  • Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions.
  • Tag two people to join in on the fun


#1 Post a video of your favorite song by any of these artists:

Elton John, Styx, REO Speedwagon. Kansas, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Neil Diamond

I chose Kansas’ Dust In The Wind

#2  Post a hit song from the year you were born.

This is one of my favorites…

#3 Post a video of a song that was popular the year you graduated from high school.

There are a lot of good songs from ’85 but this was an “event” that I find hard to believe that can ever happen again.  How many artists can you name?


Now I am supposed to tag two people, but I want everyone to be involved so, I tag EVERYONE!  Please join in on the fun!


Weekly Song Challenge – Numbers Game


Fandango has opened up this week’s song challenge to anyone who wants to do it… me, me, pick me!  So, I am going to give this a try.

The rules…

  • copy rules and add them to your own post
  • link your post back to Laura’s  post where it all started
  • post the three music videos
  • tag two people anyone who is interested to do the same


1. Post a video of a song by a band with a number in their name.

2. Post a song by a one-hit wonder.

(I must say I had never seen this video that I can recall.  Maybe this is why they were a one-hit wonder?)

3. Post a video of a song that has a number in lyrics and/or title.

(now this is maybe bending the rules a little, it is not a video per-say but this is one of my favorite songs… it was my first dance at my wedding)