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Music Break on RitaLOVEStoWRITE

You may or may not know this, but I’m a bit of a music nerd.

I’ve been singing since, well, forever. One of my earliest memories is running around our neighbors back yard playing with my brother and sisters in the leaves of her massive oak tree. We had the best neighbor and she loved when we came over, so we totally had permission. Anyway she and my mom were at the fence drinking coffee and chatting and we are all jumping in the leaves, singing and screaming with joy… and Ms. Bess, the neighbor lady, said “You know I think Rita is going to be a Soprano.”


This is me circa 1968. If I ever made a CD I'd use this pic and call it "When Girls Ruled Everything."

This is me circa 1968. Should I ever make a Jazz CD I’d like to use this pic and call it “When Girls Ruled Everything.”

I’ve always loved to sing. And the best advice my mom ever gave me was to “Go ahead and sing out!” Don’t be intimidated by all the Negative Nellies out there that might look at you oddly, or say you don’t know the words, or think that you are doing it wrong. Just do your best and sing.

A more modern photo of me singing the part of the Voice of God 2 in "Can You Hear Me Now?" with the Our Lady of Grace music group in 2011.

A more modern photo of me singing the part of the Voice of God 2 in “Can You Hear Me Now?” with the Our Lady of Grace music group in 2011.

To this day standing in front of an audience and singing is infinitely easier than standing in front of one and doing anything else (like talking).

So as we put a wrap on the Thanksgiving Season I’ll go on record as saying I’m very thankful for my instrument …  and for my family’s encouragement in using it. Thanks to for the lessons and the piano, guitar, bass and, most recently, the cutest little ukulele ever.

Me in a rather interpretive illustration by my daughter  when she was in early elementary school.

Me in a rather interpretive illustration by my daughter when she was in early elementary school.

I know I’m a few days late to start an Advent Calendar, but I thought it might be nice to bring a little music to the blog this Holiday Season. So on days where I don’t have a Muffin Recipe or a Secondary Character Profile (or something else I really REALLY want to write about) I’m going to exercise my power as a BLOGstress and treat y’all to sounds of the Season.

Here’s one my friend Jane turned me on to, Angels We Have Heard On High by the Piano Guys:

I’d love to hear your favorites (songs of all faiths — and secular tunes — are welcome). Send me a link.


Quick before the triptophan kicks In…

…pass me another slice of pumpkin pie, hon, its Thanksgiving here in America.

Embarkation of the Pilgrims by Robert Weir a c...

Embarkation of the Pilgrims by Robert Weir a copy is also located in the, United States Capitol rotunda, Washington, DC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are lots of myths about Thanksgiving… like…

… the first Thanksgiving in America took place at Plymouth Colony in 1621. … Actually, there were Spanish and French celebrations of Thanksgiving in the New World long before the Pilgrim’s 1621 feast.  In 1565 Pedro Menendez de Aviles celebrated a mass of thanksgiving with native Americans near what is now St. Augustine Florida.

Turkey Dinner

Turkey Dinner (Photo credit: LonelyBob)

…the tryptophan in the turkey makes you want to curl up and take a nap after the big meal …  While turkey does contain L-tryptophan, you’d have to eat it on an empty stomach (and with out sides) before you got drowsy.

…Other foods contain as much or more tryptophan than turkey, … including chicken, … pork, and cheese. [About.com]

…The Pilgrims wore black and had buckles on their hats… If you were rich in the 17th century you could afford to wear black, but the Pilgrims? Not so much. They wore brown, green, beige, violet, gray, white, dark red and dark blue. And the buckle? That’s a 19th century artistic creation.

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Polymer Clay Magnet

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Hat Polymer Clay Magnet (Photo credit: Jennie Ivins)

…Thanksgiving is an American tradition, and it has been celebrated every year since 1621… Nope. Although “National days of thanksgiving were held sporadically through the 18th century” [education.com] the traditional date of the last Thursday in November wasn’t established until 1863 when Abraham Lincoln made it a federal holiday. Even then the date was played with to boost the Christmas shopping season between 1939 and 1940. But by 1941 it was firmly planted on the fourth Thursday of November.

[Image courtesy: http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/interactives/thanksgiving-by-the-numbers]

[Image courtesy: History.com ]

… Everyone ate turkey and pumpkin pie at the 1621 Thanksgiving … turkey, maybe. A hunting party did go out to shoot fowl and it is likely that they bagged turkey as well as duck, goose and swan. But the protein on the table probably came courtesy the Wampanoag Native Americans in the form of venison (deer).  Although the Pilgrims would have had pumpkin it would not have been in pie form. The Pilgrims were very low on both sugar and flour, and they didn’t have a way to bake a pie.

…The original Thanksgiving took place in November, that’s why we celebrate it on the 4th Thursday of November now. … Actually the 1621 feast took place sometime between September 21 and November 11 and was three days long.

Having busted your Thanksgiving bubble… I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Now bring me some figgy pudding.


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