Happy New Year!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Robert Burns – Auld Lang Syne, sung by Dougie MacLean
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Video: Jennifer Nettles – O Holy Night/Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen cover) // SiriusXM // Country Christmas
From our family to yours, we wish a Merry Christmas!
Video: Full Movie – The Birth of Jesus
Happy Fourth of July, HomespunVine readers!
Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July.
Video: Ray Charles – America The Beautiful
It is well for us to consider our American character, for in peace, as in war, we will survive or fail according to its measure.
Our deep religious sense is the first element of the American character which I would discuss this morning.
The informing spirit of the American character has always been a deep religious sense.
Throughout the years, down to the present, a devotion to fundamental religious principles has characterized American thought and action.
Our government was founded on the essential religious idea of integrity of the individual. It was this religious sense which inspired the authors of the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”
-John F. Kennedy Independence Day Oration 1946
An amazing video.
What you are about to hear is John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” with Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again.”
In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” CMA has created the music video “Forever Country,” featuring 30 CMA Award-winning acts.
A great parody.
Friends in Safe Spaces. Chad Prather and Steve Mudflap McGrew aka Larry the Liberal
On Sunday night Joy Villa looked stunning wearing a Make America Great Again dress at the Grammy’s.
When Joy Villa woke up Sunday morning, she was a rather obscure musician most well-known for her revealing outfits.
How obscure? Her 2014 album “I Make the Static” was ranked 543,502 on Amazon.
But when she woke up Monday morning, after attending the Grammys, all that had changed. Her “Static” album had soared to No. 1 — an increase of 54,350,100 percent! In fact, the top six entries on Amazon’s “movers and shakers” were all works by Villa.
So what did she do to blow up overnight? Did she amaze the gathered musical luminaries with a Whitney-like rendition of “I Will Always Love You”? Nope. She wore a dress — this time one that covered all of her bathing suit areas but garnered a different kind of attention.
Villa wore a full-length red, white and blue dress that said “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” from the top to the flared bottom, where the word “TRUMP” was emblazoned. The heads of the liberals gathered to praise each other for their artistic creativity collectively exploded.
The dress was created by Filipino-born designer Andre Soriano, who described the outfit as “a tribute to OUR President of the United States.” Not my president, shouted the artists who preach tolerance — unless you think differently from them. DailyWire
Dress Designer Andre Soriano
Andre Soriano immigrated from the Philippines to the United States when he was only 16 years old to pursue a better life and to pursue his dreams of working in the fashion industry. Andre now owns his own highly successful business named Andre Soriano based out of California…
Andre got his inspiration for the dress from the Women’s March in Washington D.C. when he heard what was his favorite singer, Madonna, talk about how she wanted to “blow up the White House.” Andre was furious by her statements and called Joy Villa and told her they were going to scrap their initial designs for the dress she was going to wear and were going to design a dress to “unite the country,” as Andre said.
The dress that Joy Villa wore was made from a Trump Flag. As a huge Trump supporter, Joy was naturally very excited about the dress.
Andre said “We only have one President and that is President Trump. It’s NOT Hillary.” TheGatewayPundit
Music Video: Back To God by Reba McEntire
Wishing everyone a happy new year, may 2017 bring you Happiness and Joy!
Music is the emotional life of most people.
Leonard Cohen, a hugely influential singer and songwriter, whose work spanned five decades.
Cohen was the dark eminence among a small pantheon of extremely influential singer-songwriters to emerge in the Sixties and early Seventies. Only Bob Dylan exerted a more profound influence upon his generation, and perhaps only Paul Simon and fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell equaled him as a song poet. Cohen’s haunting bass voice, nylon-stringed guitar patterns, Greek-chorus backing vocals shaped evocative songs that dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression. He was also the rare artist of his generation to enjoy artistic success into his Eighties, releasing his final album, You Want It Darker, earlier this year.
“I never had the sense that there was an end,” he said in 1992. “That there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.” RollingStone
It’s not always readily apparent which songs are going to become standards. Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” didn’t seem to have much chance of becoming one when the Canadian singer-songwriter, who passed away Thursday at age 82, introduced it on his 1984 album Various Positions. Neither the song nor the album hit the Billboard charts that year or received a Grammy nomination.
But slowly but surely, the song has attained the status of a modern-day standard. It has reached Billboard‘s Hot 100 seven times (including a current version by the vocal group Pentatonix). It has been performed countless times on TV talent shows. Just two months ago, Tori Kelly sang the song during the “In Memoriam” segment at the Emmy Awards. Yahoo
So long, Leonard.
A Pentatonix Christmas available at Amazon.
Jerusalem U proudly presents “Forever” – a powerful new video about Jewish pride from African-American poet Chloé Valdary; a leading new voice in the pro-Israel movement, a Tikvah fellow under Pulitzer Prize-winner Bret Stephens at the Wall Street Journal, and one of Algemeiner’s top 100 people positively affecting Jewish life today.