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What I’m Into Right Now – August 2017

Wow! Where did time go? It seems like just last week I was writing about what I was into for July.  Now, we’ve turned another calendar page and are staring straight at August.  That means it’s time for a quick list of a few things that are currently making me happy.

What I’m Into Right Now – August 2017

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If you aren’t familiar with his music I’d start with the songs Loud and Heavy, I’m Not The Devil, Mamma Song, and Cast No Stones. They’re a few of my favorites.

Learning from YouTube – I’ve written before about how I’ve used YouTube videos to fix things around the house but lately, I’ve been using YouTube to learn some things I’m interested in… both personally and professionally.  If there’s something you want to learn you should give YouTube a try.

Pokemon Go – Yes. I’ll admit it.  I still play Pokemon Go.  I started playing last Summer to see what the buzz was about, then one of my daughters started playing with me so I kept on going.

The game recently turned 1 year old and they’ve had some special incentives and tweaks to the game that have upped my interest.  As of this writing, I’m currently at level 32.Sweet Corn – I love this summertime treat and hope to be eating plenty of it in the next few weeks.  I might even microwave some sweet corn for a quick lunch at the office.

Convenience Store Apps – Depending on where I’m at or what I want I’ll stop at one of two convenience store chains in our area; Casey’s General Store or Kum & Go.  They each have a mobile app that offers perks to users.

Casey’s app has special offers and a game you can play to try and win free products.  I’ve been lucky enough to win several free drinks and a couple candy bars.  In fact, I still have 2 free 20 oz. bottles of Gatorade that I’ve won that I need to get.

The Kum & Go app also has special offers.  Plus, you scan it when paying and you’ll get your 7th drink free.  It also keeps track of your pizza purchases and you get your 7th one free as well.

What are you into right now?

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One Song Three Ways

One of the coolest things about music is hearing a song you like in a whole new way.  Perhaps it’s at a concert where the original artist will change it up a bit.

Garth Brooks is famous for this… most notably adding an additional verse to The Thunder Rolls and Friends In Low Places.

It’s also fun to hear a songwriter sing their song that someone else made famous.  There are usually subtle differences in inflection and phrasing.  Sometimes you can even hear a difference in emotion.

As an example, take Chris Stapleton’s song Whiskey and You.  It originally appeared on Tim Mc Graw’s Let It Go album.

It’s a good version but certainly a little more upbeat with less emotion than the stripped down version from Chris Stapleton.

To me, it’s obvious that Stapleton has a greater connection to the song than Mc Graw.  There’s a realness/rawness to his vocal.

Here’s yet another version of the same song.  It’s by Aaron Lewis.

There you go.  One song three ways.

How would you rank them?

My favorite would be Stapleton, followed by Lewis, and coming in last would be Mc Graw’s version.

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