Vincent Ehindero Blogger Awards V – VII

I’ve been most fortunate to be nominated by three wonderful bloggers whom I would like to sincerely thank for thinking of me and my blog:-

– Artista10 who shares amazing real life stories on her blog.

– Darrel Philip for great news, poetry and opinion pieces on his blog.

Amy who wisely tells us all not to fake who we are because we want to impress others.

If you don’t already follow these great guys and gals, go and check out their blogs. You will not be disappointed.

My Nominees

I follow so many fantastic blogs with interesting, funny, beautiful, sad and thought-provoking content. How could I pick just 30? Plus, I know, a number of you have “Award Free” blogs – nothing wrong with that.

Please feel free to join in with this award, answer any 10 of the questions below and thank you.

Artista’s Questions

1. What inspires you to write?

Life is more than adequate inspiration.

2. What is your favourite thing to do?

There are so many things that I love doing that it would be hard to choose just one. Regular readers will know I’m not fond of “favourites.” But, in general, I love doing things with my long-suffering beloved husband so my answer would be anything with him.

3. How do you deal with stress and anxiety?

I am and always have been a seriously chilled person! The only person who stresses me out is my beloved husband.

4. How long have you been writing?

Since I first learnt to write.

5. What is your favourite thing about your family?

They live in another country! I’m not kidding. I only have two sisters and see them regularly when they visit.

6. Do you like animals? If so what kind?

I like animals but preferably those that aren’t intent on stinging, strangling or biting me.

7. How do you feel about your life at this time?

I’m very happy with my life.

8. What do you like to do for hobbies?

Cycling, watching sport, walking, cooking and baking, travel, blogging, reading, listening to music, gardening

Darrel’s Questions

1. What is an example of something good to have come from your lockdown experience?

A reminder of how much I love where I live on the Cote d’Azur.

2. Which blog is currently your favourite and post the link here?

I follow thousands of wonderful posts. It would be impossible to pick a favourite something that would be an anathema to me.

3. Why do you blog?

Because I can!

4. What are the features of a great blog?

Great content whether that’s photos, prose, articles, whatever……..

5. Who is your favourite writer and why?

More favourites! But if I have to pick one I’ll go with the late Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’m trying to improve my Spanish so that I can read some of his works in their original language.

6. What is your favourite book and why?

You’d have to support your local football team to understand this one: Colin Schindler’s “Manchester United Ruined My Life.” Of course, Colin’s now having the last laugh.

7. Where in the world would you like to take a vacation?

Thanks to the pandemic I’m taking staycations but at least they’re (IMHO) in the most beautiful country on God’s earth.

8. When is the best time to write/blog?

Whenever you feel most like doing it.

9. Where does your motivation to write/blog come from?

My life.

10. If you had the opportunity to be stuck on a desert island with anyone from history to the present day, who would that person be and why?

I’ve been asked this question before and my answer’s the same, my beloved husband. Fancy being stuck on a desert island with someone you didn’t know? It could be an unmitigated disaster.

Amy’s Questions

1. What gave you the push to start blogging?

Taking part in a challenge where I needed to keep my supporters updated on my progress.

2. Are you proud of the progress you’ve made so far? If not, why?

TBH, it’s not something I really think about. I enjoy it and that’s reward enough.

3. Is blogging a profession or a hobby for you?

Purely a hobby.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

Hopefully, still alive and still blogging.

5. What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog to make money.

It would be inappropriate for me to hand out that type of advice as I don’t make any money from my blog, nor do I want to. I leave that to those who do.

6. Where do most of your views come from?

No idea, it’s not something I check but it’s probably from countries that speak English or where it’s widely spoken.

7. What’s your post frequency?

I try to post daily and have an established routine of posts.

8. Are you doing the most when it comes to fulfilling the demands of your niche?

I don’t have a niche, my blog is very general and i write what I want. If someone else wants to read it, that’s a bonus.

9. How many friends have you made from blogging?

A surprising number, I’m not keeping count.

10. Do you ever regret any of your posts? If the answer is yes, why?

No because I’m very conscious that my blog could be read by anyone, anywhere and I take care over what I post.

Challenge Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  2. Make a post of the award (with a Photo of the Logo).
  3. Post the Rules.
  4. Ask 5 – 10 questions of your choice.
  5. Nominate 10 – 30 other bloggers (or more) and notify them.
  6. Thank the originator of the award who has given us a platform whereby bloggers can be discovered and recognised for the work that they do. Please follow Vincent’s blog here:

Song Lyric Sunday #3

This week’s theme from Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge is Acquire/Gather/Collect/Secure. I tend to need some time to reflect on these musical challenges, wracking my brains and my memory for something appropriate.

Since lockdown commenced way back in March in France, my beloved husband and I have been enjoying weekly musical evenings. Thanks to his subscription to Apple music we’ve been exploring the catalogues of our favourite artists but, more importantly, finding new ones. And, even though lockdown is but a distant memory, we’ve retained these evenings. Hopefully, taking part in this challenge will allow me to uncover some more interesting music.

How about Jonny Lang singing about gathering up pool balls or cards?

I’ve seen Jonny twice in concert once at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London and just a few years ago at Nuits du Sud up the road in Vence. He’s an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter and musician who has had five albums in the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart.

He released the critically acclaimed multi-platinum Lie to Me in 1997, which includes Rack ‘Em Up, when he was just 16. A year later, he released his follow-up, Wander this World, and earned a Grammy nomination. This was followed by the more soulful Long Time Coming in 2003 but it was his 2006 album, the gospel-influenced Turn Around, that won him his first Grammy. In 2013 he issued his first studio album in seven years, Fight for My Soul, followed by another, Signs, in 2017.

Lyrics: Rack ‘Em Up

I used to hang out down at Jack’s Pool Hall
You go down there and don’t do nothin’ at all
If you wanted to play some cards there was a game in the back
If you wanted to shot or somethin’ you went and talked to Jack
If you had a little money you was a grade A fool
There was a guy down there who used to shoot a little pool
Rack ’em up
Till’ the day he was dead that all they ever said
Rack ’em up
He didn’t own a TV set, didn’t own a car
He ate what whatever Jack was makin’ back behind the bar
They said he had a wife, but she left him in tears
He hadn’t been home in twenty five years
Rack ’em up
They came from all over thinkin’ they we’re pretty hot
Put all their money on the table, want to play the best we got
Nine in the corner, five in the side
Take a hundred dollar bill and just let it ride
I tell him listen son, ain’t no disaster
There ain’t no shame in being beat by a master

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bruce B. Mccabe
Rack ’em Up lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.