Songs With A Mardi Gras Theme

mardi-gras-maskIt’s carnival time here once again in the states and with the party atmosphere taking a stronghold down in New Orleans this week I thought I would put together a small list of essential Mardi Gras themed music, with a few surprises thrown in at the bottom of this post. Unlike most of the other song lists or play lists I’ve created over the years in this section, the title does not just have to include the word ‘Mardi Gras’. The songs and videos below just need to have a feel for the annual New Orleans celebration. Some are even instrumentals with the sounds of Cajun, Creole, Blues, Jazz and Zydeco or a fusion mix. This is a relatively small list compared to other themed song lists I’ve done previously but should still give a good sampling of music for this special annual event known as Mardi Gras. Enjoy!

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SONGS WITH A MARDI GRAS THEME

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Big Chief – Earl King

Carnival Time – Al Johnson

Fire On The Bayou – The Meters

Go To The Mardi Gras – Professor Longhair

Goin’ Back To New Orleans – Dr. John

Hey Pocky A-Way – The Meters

I Went To The Mardi Gras – Snooks Eaglin

La Danse De Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Song) – Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Mardi Gras Day – Dr. John

Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Fats Domino

Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Professor Longhair

Mardi Gras Mambo – The Hawketts

Meet De Boys On The Battlefront – Wild Tchoupitoulas

Take Me To The Mardi Gras – Paul Simon

The Day After Mardi Gras – The Lakefront Loungers

The Second Line – Stop, Inc

When The Saints Go Marching In – Louis Armstrong

Who Dat At Da Mardi Gras – Jake Da Snake

 

************ BONUS ************

Enjoy a couple more off-the-wall sounds of Mardi Gras…. with a humorous twist…..

Ain’t No Place To Pee On Mardi Gras Day – Benny Grunch

Mardi Gras Funk!  (Parody of “Uptown Funk”) – Melissa Stevenson

 

*** A FEW MORE SOUNDS OF LOUISIANA ***

Diggy Liggy Lo – Dou Kershaw (“The Rajun Cajun”)

Down At The Twist & Shout – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Jambalaya On The Bayou – John Fogerty (Blue Ridge Rangers)

When The Saints Go Marching In – Pelican 212

(an amazing family brass band that have appeared recently on national TV)

 

************ ENCORE ************

and here’s one more that sums up the unmistaken sounds of the season…………

New Orleans Creole / Cajun / Zydeco / Blues / Jazz Music of Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday / NOLA Saints

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Valentines Day Fun & Games For Kids

valentines-day-tigger-logoWith Valentines Day just around the corner and winter weather still packing a powerful punch in many areas around North America, here are a few fun indoor activities for the little ones to do. This should also provide kids (whether they want it or not, a break from the TV and video games for awhile to help improve imagination as well as thinking in a good old-fashion fun way. .

Feel free to print any of these out for your kids to use and enjoy…..

Here are a few Printable Valentines Day Activities

Mazes – Word Search – Puzzles – Coloring Pages –

Connect The Dots – Matching – Word Scramble

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1 – Winnie The Pooh Coloring Page

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2 – Word Search

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3. Maze

 

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4. Connect-the-dots to make Curious George

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5. Find the hidden pictures – then color

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6. Ninja Coloring page

 

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7. Maze

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8.Word Search

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9. Read & Match

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10. Matching hearts

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Songs To Celebrate Canada Day

Happy-Canada-Day-2012July 1st marks the highly anticipated and festive annual celebration of Canada Day for our northern neighbors. I’ve tried to put together a nice compilation of songs to help celebrate this special day of Canadian Pride. Even though I have never lived in Canada, I greatly enjoyed a number of summers back in the 70’s, 80’s & 90’s up in beautiful lower British Columbia, Vancouver Island, The Canadian Rockies & Alberta. Even though there have been a number of great muscial Talent (artists , groups and bands) that originated or had their roots in Canada, my focus is mainly on songs that bring out either awareness, national pride or newsworthy events over the years in Canada. I’ve included various genres of music for your enjoyment covering the last few decades.

  1. Alberta Bound — Gordon Lightfoot 
  2. Alberta Bound — Paul Brandt  
  3. Ballad of Wendel Clark — Rheostatics
  4. Believe In Your Country — Tom Connors
  5. Canada — Bobby Gimby 
  6. Canada Day Up Canada Way — Stompin’ Tom Connors
  7. Canada Is — Roger Whittaker 
  8. Canada My Home  — Grayson Matthews 
  9. Canadian, Please – Julia Bentley & Andrew Gunadie 
  10. Canadian Railroad Trilogy — Gordon Lightfoot 
  11. City of Lakes — Matt Mays & El Torpedo 
  12. Fireworks — The Tragically Hip 
  13. Four Strong Winds — Ian & Sylvia
  14. God Bless You Canada — Lee Greenwood 
  15. Hockey Night in Canada Theme  
  16. I Am Canadian Anthem 
  17. Lakeside Park — Rush 
  18. Montreal – Blue Rodeo 
  19. Moody Manitoba Morning — The Bells
  20. My Stompin’ Grounds — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  21. Northwest Passage — Stan Rogers 
  22. O Canada (With Glowing Hearts) 1979 Canadian National Anthem fiml presentation 
  23. Oh… Canada — Classified 
  24. Proud To Be Canadian — The Arrogant Worms 
  25. Rant & Roar — Great Big Sea
  26. Running Back to Saskatoon — The Guess Who
  27. Something To Sing About (Canada Day Song) — New Car Smell 
  28. The Canada Song — Five Iron Frenzy 
  29. The Canadian Dream — Sam Roberts Band 
  30. The Day We Hit The Coast — Thrush Hermit 
  31. The Hockey Song — Stompin’ Tom Connors 
  32. The Maple Leaf Forever 
  33. The Rest of My Life — Sloan 
  34. Trans Canada — The Constantines 
  35. Trans Canada Highway — Gene Pitney 
  36. Western Skies — Blue Rodeo 
  37. Wheat Kings — The Tragically Hip 

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I’d also like make readers aware of some of the greatest musical talent in the world that originated in Canada. I’m a big fan of many of these artists over the years. Here’s a list, not in any particular order other than alphabetical of some of the more mainstream acts that came from Canadian heritage…………………………

  • Alanis Morissette
  • Aldo Nova
  • Anne Murray
  • Anvil
  • April Wine
  • Arcade Fire
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Bahamas
  • Barenaked Ladies
  • Ben Heppner
  • Blue Rodeo
  • Broken Social Scene
  • Bruce Cockburn
  • Bryan Adams
  • Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Burton Cummings
  • Celine Dion
  • Chilliwack
  • David Clayton-Thomas (from Blood Sweat & Tears fame)
  • David Foster
  • Denny Doherty (from The Mamas & Papas fame)
  • Edward Bear
  • Feist
  • Frank Mills
  • Gil Evans
  • Gordon Lightfoot
  • Guy Lombardo
  • Hank Snow
  • Helix
  • Honeymoon Suite
  • Ian & Sylvia
  • Idle Eyes
  • Jeff Healey
  • Joni Mitchell
  • k. d. lang
  • Klaatu
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Lighthouse
  • Loverboy
  • Maynard Ferguson
  • Michael Buble
  • Moe Koffman
  • Moxy
  • Neil Young
  • Nickelback
  • Oscar Peterson
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Paul Anka
  • Platinum Blonde
  • Prism
  • Rob McConnell
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • RUSH
  • Saga
  • Sara McLachlan
  • Shania Twain
  • Sheriff
  • Spirit of the West
  • Stan Rogers
  • Stars
  • Steppenwolf
  • Stompin’ Tom Connors
  • Terri Clark
  • The Arrogant Worms
  • The Band
  • The Bells
  • The Crew-Cuts
  • The Diamonds
  • The Four Lads
  • The Guess Who
  • The Poppy Family
  • The Tragically Hip
  • Tom Cochrane
  • Triumph
  • Trooper
  • Wilf Carter
  • Zal Yanovosky

………………………. Remember the above is only a partial (but still comprehensive) list of those that I’ve enjoyed from various genres of music over the years — Now I’m well aware that there are a number of others that I have unintentionally left out and more than likely several others I am not familiar with at all. Even some that I didn’t know originated in Canada

One more thing ….. there is one that I DID leave out on purpose ….. I will try to to somehow forgive our neighbors for exposing our ears to the likes of Justin Bieber  >8P ……………… Also I do NOT include rap artists (with rare exception) unless it’s ‘old-skool’ from the 80’s and 90’s

HAPPY CANADA DAY TO ALL!!!

Please feel free to comment below.

Who would you have included in the list?

What other songs would you have added that mention or descibe something or some place Canadian or make mention of Canada in the lyrics.

PS- I also intentionally omitted “Blame Canada” from the ‘South Park Movie’ because it doesn’t really invoke pride, just sarcastic humor. I’m a fan of South Park but didn’t feel right putting the song up there (even though it was meant to be sarcastic)

Christmas Themed Mazes, Coloring Pages & Word Search Fun

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Need something to keep the kids busy during the Christmas Holiday Season?

Christmas Santa & FrostyLook no further! — Here are a few fun activity pages which are printable. Make a few copies and ’em hand out to the kids to help alleviate boredom and give them something constructive to do while you’re busy tending to holiday food preperations, table setting, gift wrapping, decorating, cleaning up or whatever you need to get accomplished before the company and/or rest of the out-of-town family arrives. Also a great idea for a few rainy day indoor activities. There’s enough variety here to handle children from kindergarten through maybe 6th grade. Heck, even parents and older siblings might enjoy doing these with the younger ones as a family activity.

Enjoy the Following Activity Pages for Rainy Day Indoor Fun During The Holiday Season…

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  • Christmas Mazes

  • Coloring Pages

  • Connect The Dots

  • Word Search Puzzles

Christmas Maze - Elf to Present

Christmas Color - Tree decorated with presents

Christmas Maze - Santa to North Pole

Christmas Color - Gingerbread House

Christmas Maze - Rudolph to Barn

Christmas Color - Candy Cane

Christmas Maze - Christmas Goose

Christmas Color - Christmas House

Christmas Dot-To-Dot Tree

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Christmas Color - Christmas Stockings

Christmas Maze - Candy Cane Santa Hat

Christmas Color - Christmas Tedy Bear

Christmas Dot-To-Dot Frosty

Christmas Maze - Elf to Santas Workshop

Christmas Color - Santa with toy sack

Christmas Maze - Frosty to Candy Cane

Christmas Maze - Pick The Path to Light Xmas Tree

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Christmas Color - Frosty Snowman

Christmas Maze - Santa To Village

Christmas Dot-To-Dot House

Christmas Color - Santa & Reindeer

Christmas Maze - Jingle Bells

Christmas Color - Santa in Sleigh

Christmas Maze - Christmas Angel Maze

Christmas Maze - Santas Helper

Christmas Color - Santa

Christmas Maze - Santa Down Chimney to Tree

Christmas Color - Sponge Bob Santa

Christmas Maze - Gingerbread House

Christmas Color - Sleigh & Elves

Christmas Word Search3

Christmas Maze - Christmas Tree

Christmas Maze - 3-Story House

Christmas Word Search4

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Songs For Leap Day

Well… it’s that time again… that strange extra day we’re given on the calendar every four years. LEAP DAY happens like clockwork every four years. The month of February gains an extra day at the end of the month, February 29th to be specific, though still remains the shortest month of the year. Those lucky ones (or unlucky ones depending on your outlook) who were born on this date, also known as “leaplings”, theoretically have found the “Fountain of Youth” , so to speak, by aging just a ‘notch’ with a birthday (as far as the calendar shows) once every four years. Some choose to celebrate it on February 28th or March 1st during those ‘in-between’ years.

Another interesting tradition about Leap Year and/or Leap Day, is that women are obliged , according to old Irish or Scottish folklore, to propose to their fiance on February 29th giving a spike in engagements as well as weddings on this date every four years. This particular day is also known and celebrated as “Sadie Hawkins’ Day”, when women may propose to men. Many high schools stage Sadie Hawkins Day School Rallies and Evening Dances on this date where the girl asks the guy to go to the dance.

As far as music goes, there are countless songs themed towards many other holidays and special days such as Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Christmas, but nothing really comes to mind on Leap Day or during Leap Year. So after some time doing a lot of searching for songs with a LEAP DAY theme, I decided to put together a slightly unusual list of songs with the word ‘leap’ or ‘jump’ in the title as well as a couple of other miscellaneous songs that mention ’29’ or ‘strange day’ in the title. I hope you enjoy the weird compilation mix here and I’ve included audio/videos of some so you can sample them. As in all of my other theme lists, you’ll find a wide genre mix here to hopefully satisfy your taste in music.

Songs For Leap Day

  1. “Leap Year” by Maria Taylor 
  2. “Jump” by Van Halen 
  3. “Leap Year Blues” by Big Bill Broonzy
  4. “Jump Jive An’ Wail” by Brian Setzer Orchestra
  5. “Look Before You Leap” by Suicide Machines 
  6. “Jump” by Madonna  
  7. “One More Day” by Diamond Rio 
  8. “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones 
  9. “A Strange Day” by The Cure 
  10. “Jump (For My Love)” by Pointer Sisters 
  11. “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards” by Billy Bragg 
  12. “Get Up & Jump Around” by Red Hot Chili Peppers 
  13. “29” by Ryan Adams
  14. “Jump For Joy” by Duke Ellington 
  15. “Sadie Hawkins Dance” by Relient K 
  16. “Leap of Faith” by Bruce Springsteen 
  17. “Jump Into The Fire” by Harry Nilsson 
  18. “One Leap” by Joshua Radin 
  19. “One O’Clock Jump” by Count Basie & His Orchestra 
  20. “Another Day” by Paul McCartney 
  21. “Leap of Faith” by Lionel Cartwright 
  22. “Jump Around” by House of Pain 
  23. “Leap Day” by Mark Humphreys
  24. “29” by Gin Blossoms 
  25. “Leap” by The Cave Singers 
  26. “Jump On It” by Sir Mix-A-Lot 
  27. “Here Today” by The Beach Boys 
  28. “Jump Into The Fog” by The Wombats 
  29. “Jump” by Girls Aloud  
  30. “Another Day” by Pomplamoose 

Father’s Day Songs – A Tribute To Dad

This is a personal re-post of the Fathers’ Day post I did a year ago with several changes, improvements and additions — originally posted 4/June/2009

 

Father’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, is a special day set aside to honor our dad, father, pops, papa (or what ever endearing term you may use for that special nurturing male role model in your life) but should also include any other father figures who may have been part of your life over the years — especially grampa if you’re fortunate enough to still have around. Most of us have our own fond memories and special times spent with our dads. For those fortunate enough to still have dad around,  let him know just how much you love and respect him while you still can. And for those of us who have lost our dads, we still hold a special place in our heart and soul for him and the good times as well as the fond memories linger on and tend to become even stronger on Father’s Day.

I lost my own dad 15 years ago (at the age of 81) and miss his wisdom and advice greatly but somehow I know he will hear these heartfelt songs in Heaven and will no doubt be listening to some of his own favorites from Father’s Day long ago….. probably a few  from the Big Band era as well as  his love for pioneering country music with a great big beaming grin on his face and pride in his heart.

“Happy Father’s Day, Dad ….. I Love Ya”

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, dads, stepfathers, grandfathers, Godfathers in the spiritual sense, and big brothers who are like fathers. The songs listed below cover a wide span of years as well as genre range. There should be something here that appeals to just about everybody.  So why not put together a CD mix of songs that express your own personal feelings about  your father/child relationship and/or experiences. This should enable you to put together a nice compilation of songs  to give to dad on a customized CD or mp3 — Enjoy 🙂

►►► Make sure to check out more songs for or about dad for all occasions by clicking this link > Songs For Dad

* This following list as well as the above post has been recently updated (June/2010)

Father’s Day Songs For Dad

  1. A Boy Named Sue – Johnny Cash
  2. A Father’s Love (The Only Way He Knew How) – Bucky Covington
  3. A Good Man – Emerson Drive
  4. A Song For Dad – Keith Urban
  5. Beautiful Boy – John Lennon
  6. Best Friend – Nilsson (Theme from the TV Show “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father)
  7. Blind Man In The Bleachers – Kenny Starr
  8. Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle
  9. Cat’s In The Cradle – Harry Chapin
  10. Coal Miners Daughter – Loretta Lynn
  11. Colour Him Father – The Winstons
  12. Daddy – Beyonce
  13. Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man) – Merle Haggard
  14. Daddy Never Was The Cadillac Kind – Confederate Railroad
  15. Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash
  16. Daddy What If – Bobby Bare
  17. Daddy’s Hands – Holly Dunn
  18. Daddy’s Home – Shep & The Limelites
  19. Daddy’s Home – Jermaine Jackson
  20. Daddy’s Home – Cliff Richard
  21. Daddy’s Little Girl – Karla Bonoff
  22. Daddy’s Song – The Monkees
  23. Dance With My Father – Luther Vandross
  24. Drive (For Daddy Gene) – Alan Jackson
  25. Father & Daughter – Paul Simon
  26. Father & Son – Cat Stevens
  27. Father of Mine – Everclear
  28. Father To Son – Queen
  29. Father To Son – Phil Collins
  30. Father’s Song – 3 Doors Down
  31. Forty Again – John Berry
  32. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days) – The Judds
  33. Grown Men Don’t Cry – Tim McGraw
  34. He Didn’t Have To Be – Brad Paisley
  35. He Walked On Water – Randy Travis
  36. Hero – Mariah Carey
  37. High Cotton – Alabama
  38. Holes In The Floor of Heaven – Steve Wariner
  39. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Doug Supernaw
  40. I Don’t Call Him Daddy – Kenny Rogers
  41. I Got A Name – Jim Croce
  42. I Miss You A Little – John Michael Montgomery
  43. I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
  44. It’s For My Dad – Nancy Sinatra
  45. Just The Two of Us – Will Smith
  46. Keep It Between The Lines – Ricky Van Shelton
  47. Last Game Of The Season (Blind Man In The Bleachers) – David Geddes
  48. Leader Of The Band – Dan Fogelberg
  49. Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was – The Chi-lites
  50. Love Without End, Amen – George Strait
  51. Mom & Dad’s Waltz – Lefty Frizell
  52. My Dad – Paul Peterson
  53. My Father (Always Promised Me) – Judy Collins
  54. My Father’s Eyes – Eric Clapton
  55. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy – Hank Williams
  56. Old Man – Neil Young
  57. On My Father’s Wings – The Corrs
  58. One For Daddy-O – Cannonball Adderly
  59. Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line – Waylon Jennings
  60. Papa – Paul Anka
  61. Papa Can You Hear Me – Barbra Streisand
  62. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
  63. Patches – Clarence Carter
  64. Ready Set, Don’t Go – Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus
  65. Roots of My Raising – Merle Haggard
  66. Seein’ My Father In Me – Paul Overstreet
  67. So Much Like My Dad – George Strait
  68. Something Stupid – Frank & Nancy Sinatra
  69. Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own – U2
  70. Song For My Father – Horace Silver
  71. Talkin’ To The Wrong Man – Michael Martin Murphy
  72. Teach Your Children – Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  73. Thank You For Being My Dad – Jon Barker
  74. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine – Gene Autrey
  75. That’s My Job – Conway Twitty
  76. The Best Day – George Strait
  77. The Best Day – Taylor Swift
  78. The Car – Jeff Carson
  79. The Dirt Road – Sawyer Brown
  80. The Games That Daddy’s Play – Conway Twitty
  81. The Greatest Man I Never Knew – Reba McEntire
  82. The Living Years – Mike & The Mechanics
  83. They Don’t Make ‘Em Like My Daddy Anymore – Loretta Lynn
  84. Things I Wish I’d Said – Rodney Crowell
  85. Things My Father Said – Black Stone Cherry
  86. Through The Years – Kenny Rogers
  87. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
  88. Unforgettable – Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
  89. Walkin’ In My Father’s Shoes – Craig Morgan
  90. Watching You – Rodney Atkins
  91. With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  92. You’ve Got To Stand For Something (Or You’ll Fall For Anything) – Aaron Tippin

* Make sure to check out more songs about dad by clicking this link > Songs For Dad

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Speaking of DADS, here’s another post about Fathers you may want to check out from this site:

Favorite TV Dads Over The Years – Who Are Yours?

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Father’s Day Facts

caveman-fathers-dayThe idea of Father’s Day was conceived in Spokane, Washington by Sonora Dodd while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

Dodd (now known as “the mother of Father’s Day”) wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm.

The following year, June 19, 1910 was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration, proclaimed by Spokane’s mayor because it was the month of William Smart’s birth.

Decades later, the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

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Father’s Day By The Numbers

This is a big day for the 66.3 million fathers in America.

happyfathersday1Nearly 95 million Father’s Day cards were given last year in the United States, making Father’s Day the fourth-largest card-sending occasion.

Sons and daughters send 50 percent of the Father’s Day card to their dads. Nearly 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are purchased by wives for their husbands. That leaves 30 percent of the cards which go to grandfathers, sons, brothers, uncles and “someone special.”

While not everyone in America is a fan of Father’s Day, 72 percent of Americans plan to celebrate or acknowledge Father’s Day.

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Gifts For Dad On Father’s Day

fathers_day_tieNeckties are an old standby and lead the list of Father’s Day gifts. A good place to buy dad a tie or a shirt might be one of 9,189 men’s clothing stores around the country.

Other items high on the list of Father’s Day gifts include those items you may find in dad’s toolbox such as hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers. You could buy some of these items for dad at one of the nation’s 14,864 hardware stores or 5,795 home centers.

Other traditional gifts for dad such as fishing rods and golf clubs make for a happy Father’s Day for the 22,410 sporting goods stores in America.

More than 68 million Americans participated at a barbeque in the last year — it’s probably safe to assume many of these barbecues took place on Father’s Day.

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Mr. Mom

lonestar-mr-momMr. Mom is becoming a more common sight at parks across America with 147,000 estimated “stay-at-home” dads. These married fathers with children under 15 years old have remained out of the labor force for more than one year primarily so they can care for the family while their wives work outside the home. These fathers cared for 268,000 children under 15.

The dads seem to stay home more with younger children. Preschoolers claim 20 percent of fathers with employed wives who were the primary caregiver for their preschooler. In contrast, only 6 percent of fathers provided the most hours of care for their grade-school-aged child.

Many families split the responsibility of child care. Many Dad’s (32%) with full time jobs regularly worked evening or night shifts and were the primary source of care for their preschoolers during their children’s mother’s working hours.


Article Source: US Census Bureau

 

 

Memorial Day Songs As A Tribute

Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day – It commemorates U.S. soldiers who’ve died while in military service to our country. It’s meant to be a solemn day of remembrance to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice – those who gave or lost their lives in our nation’s service towards our cherished freedom. Presently we observe Memorial Day on the last Monday in May (formerly the observance use to take place on a set date each year – that being May 30).

We are eternally grateful for those men and women who unselfishly gave their lives while serving our country around the world during wartime – World War I (1917-1918), World War II (1941-1945), the Korean War (1950-1953), the Vietnam War (1964-1975), the Gulf War (1990-1991) as well as those who have perished in the current War on Terror (2001-Present).

Many people traditionally observe Memorial Day locally by visiting cemeteries and memorials. On a national level, a moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. in everyone’s local time zone. Another long time tradition is to fly the American flag at half-staff (half-massed) from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at local, regional and National Cemeteries. Many communities around the country stage parades, family activities and events, memorial assemblies and/or patriotic concerts on Memorial Day or over the long weekend.

Many Americans also look upon Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning or kick-off of summer – a three day holiday weekend to head out camping or backyard BBQ’s or water sports, etc. simply enjoying good times with family and friends.

Now – as far as songs to memorialize or to be dedicated to those who have died – the following list covers a wide array of songs from different eras, generations and genres – This should be able to help you in preparing a playlist or custom CD to use at whatever you’re planning during this holiday period. Lots of possibilities here to choose from and at least a few of them may be ideal to use as a memorial or tribute. A number of the songs listed here will probably overlap the ones listed on other posts that I  have made for Veteran’s Day, Independence Day (4th of July), American Pride & Patriotic Songs and the 9/11 (Patriot Day) Songs of Remembrance.

Memorial Day Songs As A Tribute

  1. 50,000 Names – George Jones
  2. A GI Wish – The Four Vagabonds
  3. A Soldier’s Prayer – Collin Raye
  4. America Is My Home – James Brown
  5. America We Stand As One – Dennis Madalone
  6. America Will Always Stand – Randy Travis
  7. America Will Survive – Hank Williams Jr.
  8. American Soldier – Toby Keith
  9. American Trilogy – Elvis Presley, Mickey Newberry
  10. American Tune – Paul Simon
  11. Arlington – Trace Adkins
  12. Ashes To Ashes – Steve Earle
  13. Ballad of Ira Hayes – Johnny Cash
  14. Ballad of The Green Beret – SSgt. Barry Sadler
  15. Bang The Drum Slowly – Emmylou Harris
  16. Battle Hymn of The Republic – Mitch Miller & His Gang
  17. Belleau Wood – Garth Brooks
  18. Billy Don’t Be A Hero – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
  19. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
  20. Bring Them Home – Pete Seeger
  21. Brothers Under The Bridge – Bruce Springsteen
  22. Comin’ In On A Wing & A Prayer – The Four Vagabonds (1943)
  23. Courtesy of The Red, White & Blue (The Angry American) – Toby Keith
  24. Day For Decision – Johnny Sea (1966)
  25. Days of America – Blackhawk
  26. Empty Boots – Carol Williams
  27. Everyday Angels – Radney Foster
  28. Far Away – Nickelback
  29. Fightin’ Side Of Me – Merle Haggard
  30. The Forgotten Soldier Boy – The Monroe Brothers (1936)
  31. Freedom – Paul McCartney
  32. God Bless The Soldier – Rhonda Vincent
  33. God Bless The USA – Lee Greenwood
  34. God, Country & Family – Craig Morgan
  35. Goodnight Saigon – Billy Joel
  36. Green Fields of France – Dropkick Murphys
  37. Hands That Built America – U2
  38. Have You Forgotten? – Darryl Worley
  39. He Wears A Pair Of Silver Wings – Dinah Shore
  40. Hello God – Dolly Parton
  41. Hello Vietnam – Dave Dudley/Johnnie Wright
  42. Here Comes The Freedom Train – Merle Haggard
  43. Homeland – Kenny Rogers
  44. I Am Mine – Pearl Jam
  45. I Told Them What You’re Fighting For – Mother Maybelle Carter (1966)
  46. I Will Be Home Again – Golden Gate Quartet (1945)
  47. I’m Already There – Lonestar
  48. If You’re Reading This – Tim McGraw
  49. The Immigrant – Neil Sedaka
  50. In America – Charlie Daniels Band
  51. Just A Dream – Carrie Underwood
  52. Last Band of Brothers – Keni Thomas
  53. Last Day At Gettysburg
  54. Last Fallen Angel – Charlie Daniels
  55. Last Letter Home – Dropkick Murphys
  56. Let’s Roll – Neil Young
  57. Let’s Roll America – Bellamy Brothers
  58. Letter From America – The Proclaimers
  59. Letters From Home – John Michael Montgomery
  60. Letters From War – Mark Schultz
  61. Living In The Promised Land – Willie Nelson
  62. More Beautiful Today – Mark McGuinn
  63. No One To Welcome Me Home – Hank Williams Sr.
  64. Oh Freedom – Pete Seeger
  65. One Letter Home – Jazz Gillum (1941)
  66. Only In America – Brooks & Dunn
  67. Our Country – John Mellencamp
  68. Overcome – Live
  69. The Patriot – Johnny Cash
  70. Point of Light – Randy Travis
  71. Poor Rebel Soldier – Flatt & Scruggs
  72. Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition – Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
  73. Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash
  74. Red, White & Blue – Brian McKnight
  75. Red, White & Blue – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  76. Remember Pearl Harbor – Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra
  77. Remembrance Day – Bryan Adams
  78. Riding With Private Malone – David Ball
  79. The Rising – Bruce Springsteen
  80. Shhh, It’s A Military Secret – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  81. Singin’ The Vietnam Talkin’ Blues – Johnny Cash (1971)
  82. Soldier’s Joy – Jimmy Driftwood (1957)
  83. Some Gave All – Billy Ray Cyrus
  84. Song Of The Patriot – Johnny Cash
  85. Still In Saigon – Charlie Daniels Band
  86. The Big Parade – 10,000 Maniacs
  87. There You’ll Be – Faith Hill
  88. There’s A Star Spangled Banner Flying Somewhere – Elton Britt (1942)
  89. This Ain’t No Rag (It’s A Flag) – Charlie Daniels Band
  90. This Is My Country – The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield)
  91. This Is Worth Fighting For – Shep Fields (1942)
  92. This Land Is Your Land – Woody Guthrie, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Kingston Trio
  93. Travelin’ Soldier –  Dixie Chicks
  94. What About Me – Kris Kristofferson
  95. What Made America Famous – Harry Chapin
  96. When A Soldier Makes It Home – Arlo Guthrie
  97. When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
  98. When Johnny Comes Marching Home – Mitch Miller & His Gang
  99. When You’re A Long, Long Way From Home – Hal McIntyre & His Orchestra
  100. Where Have All The Flowers Gone – Pete Seeger, Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary
  101. Where The Stars & Stripes & The Eagle Fly – Aaron Tippin

Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery