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Music Monday: Daniel Dye and The Miller Road Band

Photo by: Jennifer Crews Photography

Photo by: Jennifer Crews Photography

My sister and I went to school with the Dye family. A great family full of musical talent. Daniel Dye is one of our local artist. I wanted to share his music with you all. He’s a great songwriter.

Recently a city in my home state was named the saddest city in Ohio. This is also the same city that was named one of the top 10 ghettos in Ohio. To be honest. It’s not that bad but this city does have its moments.  Click he link to read article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/welcome-to-springfield-ohio-the-unhappiest-city-in-the-us/article4612263/

I remember growing up and going to this city to shop for clothes and shoes or to go to a restaurant. So many of those places are closed and the buildings remain empty. So I guess you could say it’s sad to have watched a thriving city at one time diminish too quickly.

Daniel wrote this song about the saddest city in Ohio. Take a listen. I think you will find Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band a nice addition to your collection. I know I have.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuR4v8NoTpw

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Music Monday: Ben Harper

Photo: missmoonsmusings.blogspot.com

Photo: missmoonsmusings.blogspot.com

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:     “Ohio” is a protest song and counterculture anthem written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, and performed by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.[1] It was released as a single, backed with Stephen Stills’s “Find the Cost of Freedom”, peaking at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Although a live version of “Ohio” was included on the group’s 1971 double album Four Way Street, the studio versions of both songs did not appear on an LP until the group’s compilation So Far was released in 1974. The song also appeared on the Neil Young compilation albums Decade, released in 1977, and Greatest Hits, released in 2004.

This Ben Harper cover of “Ohio” is fantastic. I hope you enjoy.

Ben Harper:  Ohio (Neil Young Cover)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPZRV27yakU

Have a great week. Try and be grateful for the little things you have. It all has come with a price. Let’s be happy with what we have and not sad for what we don’t have.

Lyrics: OHIO

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Gotta get down to it
Soldiers are cutting us down
Should have been done long ago.
What if you knew her
And found her dead on the ground
How can you run when you know?

Tin soldiers and Nixon coming,
We’re finally on our own.
This summer I hear the drumming,
Four dead in Ohio.

Lyrics from:  http://www.lyrics.com


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Adventure: De-stressing In A State Park

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As you are beginning to see, I love a country drive. There is always something new to see and photograph. I jumped in my car on a crisp almost autumn day.  I ended up at a spot I hadn’t been to in 20 years. Someplace I had almost forgotten about. It’s a small state park called: Kiser Lake State Park.

Kiser Lake 1I had forgotten how beautiful this spot was. You drive down a country road filled with farms, fields and hills. The drive itself is pretty.  There is a turn in the road, you have entered the park. The scenery is morphed into a spectacular view with trees, hills and a peek of the lake. It’s almost like you turned and entered another state.

I think the trees are my favorite part of the park. Everywhere you look there are trees. Trees that line the road, trees that surround the lake and trees for the trails to hike. There are 531 acres of rolling hills and wetlands.Kiser lake 8

It’s a beautiful, peaceful place to camp out for the weekend or have a picnic. Also a beautiful place to go hiking. They have 5 trails you can choose from.

The leaves on the trees are beginning to change colors already. I can’t wait for the next few weeks when all the leaves change. I will be returning to take more photos.Kiser Lake 2

The lake is beautiful, surrounded by lush trees. The lake is 396 acres and can be seen from almost every spot of the park.

You can enjoy the lake by taking your boat out (non-motor only) to go fishing or take your kayak out to get some exercise.

The lake offers great fishing from its 5 piers or the banks. You can catch Bass, bluegill, crappie and catfish.Kiser lake 3

As I walked around the park taking photos, I enjoyed the peacefulness. I could only hear the water, a few frogs, some crickets and the trees blowing in the wind. There was no city noise at all. Just nature at its best. I love the sounds of nature. When the trees are blowing in the wind, it’s almost like the trees are in a band making their own music.Kiser Lake 4

This may be a small state park but it offers so much. I forgot there was camping sites that have picnic tables and a grill for you to enjoy. There are over 100 spots to choose from. Some are on the water and others are nestled in the trees. You can bring your camper or put up a tent. Sleep under the stars if you want to.Kiser Lake 5

It’s so relaxing at Kiser Lake. I began to feel the stress being removed just by walking around or setting on a picnic table enjoying the water and sounds.. 

I enjoyed my visit to the park. I wasn’t at the top of my game that day. By the time I left, I was feeling better. I realized I was stressing over some things. Kiser Lake State Park helped me to relax and reminded me that I need to enjoy the simple things that nature provides for us.

I know I will be returning in the near future to take more pictures and just relax and find the calmness in the world.

If you’re in Ohio and need a spot to relax, I recommend Kiser Lake State Park.

Check out the website to plan your visit.

http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/kiserlake#overview

Tell me where you like to go to unwind or decompress and why.

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Music Monday: McGuffey Lane

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Information taken from: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

McGuffey Lane is an American country rock band from Columbus, Ohio. McGuffey Lane was formed in 1972 by Terry Efaw and Steve Reis, who played together under the name Scotch & Soda. After adding vocalist and guitarist Bobby Gene McNelly, they renamed themselves McGuffey Lane, the location of Reis’s Athens, Ohio home.

They eventually expanded to a sextet and became well-known locally, releasing their first album on their own Paradise Island record label. The LP sold over 40,000 copies,[1] and eventually resulted in their signing with Atco Records. They reissued the debut in 1980 and toured with the Charlie Daniels BandThe Judds and the Allman Brothers Band. The follow-up, Aqua Dream, featured the single “Start It All Over”, which became a crossover pop hit, reaching No. 97 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

The group scored several minor hits on the country charts, but their label wanted to market them more as a pop-country act in the vein of Alabama. They moved to Atlantic Records in hopes of focusing on success on the country charts, but as they prepared 1984’s Day By Day, keyboardist Tebes Douglass was killed in a car crash. Soon after, Bobby Gene McNelly left the group to pursue a solo career, and around 1985 the group was dropped from Atlantic. In 1986, they released a Christmas album in support of the Central Ohio Lung Association; towards the end of the year they inked a sponsorship with Miller Beer, but a planned comeback fizzled.

The group played into the late 1980s but had dissolved by 1990. In 1995 they reunited after releasing a greatest hits album, and continued performing locally in Ohio into the 2000s. Two full-length releases followed the reunion, in 1998 and 2002. Today, McGuffey Lane still performs 30-35 concerts annually. In March 2010, Lick Records signed a distribution deal with E1 Entertainment, which will allow the new McGuffey Lane album to be sold in Wal-Mart and Best Buy. On August 18, 2009 they opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at The LC in Columbus, Ohio.

 

Take listen and let me know what you think.

McGuffy Lane:  Green Country Mountain:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzHfzS66U2w

Have a fantastic Monday. Enjoy the simple things around you. See you on Wednesday for a post.