Marion’s Favorite Things II

I’ve been reading a lot of top 10 lists lately and I decided I want to do one of my own.

My other major hobby besides reading and writing….is listening to music.

So I was thinking of the Top 10 Songs that I have listened to the most of my life.

Here we go:

1) Did We Really Ever Try: Incognito (Incognito is my favorite groups and I could have chosen several songs of theirs…but this is the one I’ve listened to the most over the years.)

2) As It Is: Pat Metheny Group (Pat Metheny Group is also one of my favorite groups and several of their songs I could have chosen as well. But this is the one for me.)

3) The Lovers: Alexander O’Neal (Alexander O’Neal is my favorite R & B singer of all time.  The Hearsay album is a classic and I have worn this song out over the years.

4) Hang  to Your Love: Sade (Sade…wow!  Nuff said!)

5) My Life: Mary J. Blige I must admit I’m not a huge Mary J. Blige fan.  But she gets deep on this song and I have listen to it a lot over the years.

6) Consider Me Gone: Sting  I always Sting and the Police and this is song on his Dream of the Blue Turtles CD is the one I have listened to the most.

7) Superwoman (Where Were You When I Needed You): Stevie Wonder  This is my favorite Stevie Wonder song.  It’s a beautiful song.  Stevie is incredible!

8) It Never Rains in Southern California: Tony Toni Tone  One of my favorite bands as well.  I love listening to this song.  Simple and elegant.

9) Hotel California: The Eagles  A surprise!  I’m not a huge Eagles fan…but this is a great song.  I played it several times last week going to work.

10) Cantaloupe Island: Herbie Hancock:  I love jazz and this is a great song to listen to.

Honorable Mention: Friend of God: Israel and the New Breed.  My favorite worship song.

There’s my list….what about yours!

Marion’s Book Giveaway

I have decided to have a book giveaway!  Since I have a book review column, I thought giving away the books I reviewed to someone.

The first book’s giveaway will be the Trophy Chase Trilogy by George Bryan Polivka.

I wrote a review about this trilogy in Book Review Column.  It is listed under Book Review 3.  (…-bryan-polivka)

This wonderful trilogy is great reading for kids and adults.  Those who love adventure, romance, danger and fantasy stories all in one package.

So how does enter Marion’s Book Giveaway?


1) You must join my mailing list.  Please type your email address in the subscribe section on the right hand side of the blog page.

If you have already enter your email on my subscription section, then you can skip step one.

2) You must comment on this blog post to enter for the Book Giveaway and leave your email address at the end of your comments.  If you don’t then I can’t enter you in the giveaway.

I need an email address so that I can contact you if you win!

I will be drawing the winner on Sunday March 27th!

As for a little more incentive, I had decided to add one more prize to this giveaway.

The Marion’s Book Giveaway winner will receive the Wow 2011 #1s Double CD!!!

This latest Wow Double CD has hits from people like Mercy Me, Matthew West, Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, and many more. I know this music will keep you inspired for a long time.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of my readers for this blog.  It is much appreciated and I wanted to show it by having this giveaway.

Thank you all!!

Music Review 2: Bill Withers

“Your love its like a chunk of gold,

hard to get and hard to hold”

(The Same Love That Made Me Laugh)

“Grandma’s hands soothed a local unwed mother

Grandma’s hands used to ache and swell

Grandma’s hands used to lift her face and tell her

Baby, Grandma understands that you really love that man

but put yourself in Jesus’ hands”

(Grandma’s Hands)

Those lyrics are some of my favorites from Bill Withers.  He is my favorite singer (along with Sade) in music. That’s interesting since he hasn’t release any music since 1985.  Wow!!

Lean on Me, Lovely Day, Grandma’s Hands, Use Me, Who Is He (And What Is He To You), and Ain’t No Sunshine are some of the many classics that Bill Withers provided to his fans in a short window of time.

His music is emotional, stirring, soothing, and refreshing.  In today’s What-Have-You-Done-For-Me-Lately culture, its so nice and incredible that we have a musician’s work that has and will continue to stand test of time.

I believe the key to Bill Withers’ music is his simplicity and ability to tell a story.   He has songs of love won and lost(Lovely Day, Use Me, & Who Is He And What Is He To You), a parent’s love (I’m Her Daddy), the power and influence of a Grandma (Grandma’s Hands), and friendship (Lean on Me).  Those subjects will always interest people from here to the end of time.

For anyone who is not familiar with his music, please download a few of his songs from iTunes or look him on Youtube and I will assure that you become a fan.

Music Review I:Sade

There has been no one like Sade on the pop music scene in the last 25 years.

With hits like Smooth Operator, Your Love is King, The Sweetest Taboo, Love is Stronger than Pride, Paradise, No Ordinary Love, Cherish the Day,  By Your Side, and her most recent hit, Solider of Love, Sade has blazed her own trail in modern music.

I will write I’m one of her biggest fans.  I know there are some of you that will dispute my claim.  I’m okay with that. But, she has been my favorite female singer hands down.

Unlike most pop stars, Sade has only released 6 recorded CDs in 26 years on the music scene. The music industry usually wants their stars to put out a CD every year or two because they think the audience would forget about them and go on to the next pop sensation.

However, Sade has managed to have a large and devoted audience for all these years despite her relative low output. For example, her latest CD, Soldier of Love, released earlier this year made it the first for her in ten years.

What pop star could wait released to a new CD ten years after their previous one?  I could probably count on one hand on how many artists could get away with doing that.

Okay, I some of you reading are asking why I do I like her so much?

Sade’s music has this laid-back, jazzy appeal that makes her easy to listen to.  Her voice, while not a big voice like Mary J. Blige or Mariah Carey or Patti LaBelle, is distinctive and unique and fits the music.  When you listen to her, you know it’s Sade and it’s original.

Also, she sings about love with such depth and heartache that I actually feel for her.

In Heaven’s name

why are you walking away

Hang on to your love

In Heaven’s name

why are you playing games

Hang on to your love

Take time

If you are down on love

It’s so easy to walk out on love

Take your time

If the going gets gets tough

Its so precious

So if you want it to get stronger

You better not let go

You go to hold on longer

If you want your love to grow

You got to stick together like hand and glove

Hold tight

Don’t fight

Hang on to your Love

That was from Hang On To Your Love (my favorite Sade song) on the Promise CD and Sade sings this with such earnestness and heartfelt emotion unlike anybody else in pop music.

I may be showing my age in this review…however I believe Sade’s music is timeless and we will still be writing or talking about her music 25 years from now.

Wisdom of Marion Vol 1.5

I’ve been listening to Barry White a lot this past week.

I know some of you already are wondering where is he going with this week’s column.

Read on.

For those of you who don’t know who Barry White is or not old enough to know about him, he was big in the early to mid 1970’s with his deep, baritone voice that made women swoon and men emulate in order to pick up ladies with.

He had song titles like:

Never, Never Gonna Give You Up

You’re the First, the Last, My Everything

I’m Qualified to Satisfy You

Your Sweetness is my Weakness

and I Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe

He sung about love, lust, and what Pastor Max Lucado calls Hubba Hubba.

However, I want to focus on love for this blog post, not Hubba Hubba.  That will be another column in the near future.

Also, my wife and I watched the final episode of the Bachelorette this week where Ali chooses between Roberto and Chris as the man of her dreams and who she wants to marry and be happy forever.  Or at least for awhile…until they get tired of each other.  Hmmm…

I will admit that show is a guilty pleasure of mine and it makes me laugh everytime I watch it with my wife.

With both of these things occupying some of my free time this past week, I began wondering about love.  What is it?

Is love something like what Barry White signs about?

Is love something like Ali the Bachelorette is trying to find on television?

Or is it what Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church in the Book of First Corinthians?

Love is patient and kind; does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.  (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 ESV Bible)

That’s quite a contrast from Barry White crooning or Ali the Bachelorette trying to find the man of her dreams. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against romantic love.  That kind of love is only one aspect of love and it should be valued and sought for.

But our culture has shown, told, and sold us this form of love is the only one worth having or seeking to attain.

I must admit in my 20’s, I believe that this aspect of love was the only form of love. Now that I’m married with two children and I know that love is so much more.

Love is patience like when your newborn is crying uncontrollably and you can’t figure what’s wrong.  All you can do is hold the child and comfort them.

Love is kind like when you had a rough day at work and you come home to your spouse and not forgetting to treat them better you treat your co-workers, customers, or clients.

Love is truth like when your spouse, family member, or friend is able to hold your accountable for your actions and you don’t cut them out of your life when they do.

Love is endurance like when you meet a couple who has been married for over 50 years and you see them smile at each other without ever saying a word.

Love is all of those things and I know that will not sell a lot of records or make you become a reality television star. But its the way God loves us and wants us to love other people the same way.

If we can remember that, then we will know what love really is.

By the way, I really enjoy Barry White’s music.  It’s really beautiful music.

My darling, I, can’t get enough of love your, baby

Girl, I don’t know why

I can’t get enough of love your, baby

Oh, some things I can’t get use to

No matter how I try

It’s like the more you give the more I want

Baby, that’s no lie

I can’t get enough of your love, baby

I can’t get that song out of my head.  LOL!!

See you next week.