Need Some Inspiration?

While watching "American Idol" a few weeks ago, the contestants chose inspirational tunes to sing. Most pieces were Whitney Houston tunes or the R. Kelly sap-fest, "I Believe I Can Fly." It got me to thinking, what songs do I consider to be inspirational? After pondering this question for a time, I came up with some surprising, albeit satisfying selections. What do these tunes have in common? None of them are sung by professional singers!

#3: "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong. This piece, recorded in 1970, stands the test of time. Most famous for his trumpeting skills, Armstrong delivers a heartfelt and sensitive touch to this classic song. Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5ROPCfL9hQ&feature=related

#2: "It's Not Easy Being Green" by Kermit the Frog. This self-acceptance anthem by the cute and cuddly amphibian from The Muppets is warm, wistful and completely wonderful. Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpiIWMWWVco

#1: "Pure Imagination" by Gene Wilder. "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," the 1971 film starring Wilder, is the definitive kid's movie. The song, written by Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse, was written specifically for the film. Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-uV72pQKI&feature=related

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Last Thursday night was Author Night at the Ark City Public Library. The Cowley County Writers Guild hosted B.D. Tharp, author of "Feisty Family Values," in a book talk and signing. Ms. Tharp was a fun, engaging speaker and the nearly SRO crowd was appreciative and asked lots of questions. Thanks to all the folks who came out. Look for more CCWG/ACPL Author Nights in the future.

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Momala's Family News: Our youngest daughter, Rachel, turns 23 today. Happy Birthday, Kibbie! Also, our daughter, Sarah, is engaged to Derek Werner. They're planning a fall wedding. Congrats!

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Female In Motion Exercise Update: I hit it hard last week, with three 30-minute disco aerobic workouts and two arm weight calisthenic sets. When you add in the floor scrubbing and vacuuming, I should be ready for a marathon in a couple of months. Ha!

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Notable Quote:

"Our Father in heaven is more concerned about our character than our comfort, so we struggle and we learn and we grow and we share our experiences with others so that they might benefit."--Steve Kent, Adamas Ministries
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