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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A to Z Challenge - 2020 - Richie

Lionel Richie has been one of my favorites for a long time.  As he says in his act, he's got a song for just about every emotion you can have.  I've listened to him when I was happy and when I was sad.  I've danced to his songs and cried to his songs.  This is from the time we saw him in 2013.  We saw him again in 2017 and Mariah Carey was his opening act.  I wasn't impressed with her, but Lionel was great again. 

For the 2013 pictures I went with a set of papers called "Rugged" from Creative Memories with a couple of extras thrown in.  I liked the rough edges and the colors went well with the pictures.     

                                                                                       Driving in to the SAP Center we saw the moon.  You know how I am about that thing!  We had seats 10 rows back from the stage.  Almost the closest we've ever had at that venue.  We got some pretty decent chicken strips to share for dinner before the show.  Also, if you look closely you can see the blue gum in my mouth.  I should at least remember to chew white mint if I'm gonna open my mouth with that smile! 

I used the Rose Window stencil again.

I used some of the leftover pieces to fill in the blanks.  

I'm not sure if I'm finished with this page for good but it came out okay so far.

Here's the set list.  26 songs and he could have gone on longer!  He mixed in some Commodore songs with his own.

How about some "Dancing on the Ceiling?"

Well that's the letter "R."  Do you like Lionel?  Have a favorite song?  Mine is "Lady" which he actually sang with the Commodores.  Hopefully I'll see you tomorrow!


  1. Hi, Janet!

    I too have always admired Lionel Richie. You were lucky to have seen him twice so far. I see that he performed at the SAP Center in San Jose, home of the NHL Sharks team. You took some excellent shots of Richie on stage and I like the rough edged paper and color schemes you picked for this project.

    That's an awesome picture of the moon with a blue rocket ship heading toward it with the words "COOL MOON" written on its side! :)

    I'm glad you had great seats for the 2013 Lionel Richie show. You created a terrific flower blossom effect with pix of Lionel and his backup singers and musicians displayed in each portion.

    Looks and sounds like Richie whipped the crowd into a frenzy with his club hit "Dancing On The Ceiling." I am not very fond of slow paced easy listening ballads and therefore I would have to say that "All Night Long (All Night)," "Running with the Night" and "Dancing On The Ceiling" are my favorite Lionel Richie songs. The music videos for all three were played heavily on the MTV station where I worked in the 80s, as were the vids for "Penny Lover," "Say You, Say Me," "Ballerina Girl" and others.

    Two of Lionel's singles have special meaning to me because they were used as "anchor songs" in the NLP motivational seminars I attended during that period. The above mentioned "Dancing On The Ceiling" was one of the up tempo songs played every morning over the loudspeaker as seminar participants got their blood pumping for the day doing their exercises. In 1987 I selected the song "Se La" as the music bed for a segment of a 60 minute documentary I shot and edited during one of our week long "Experience the Magic" human potential seminars. "Se La" played in the background as one by one the people enrolled in the program, from age 8 to 88, walked barefoot across a 12-foot bed of fire. Yessum, several were children and one of them was an elderly woman who turned fear into power and walked on glowing wood embers hot enough to bend aluminum or roll steel. It was an empowering sight. I will always remember the expression of ecstasy on her face, on the children's faces and on all of their faces as they reached the other side and asked themselves, "If I can walk on fire... what else can I do that I used to think I couldn't do?"

    Have a great day, dear friend Janet!

  2. Hello, Shady! I love the rocket ship idea! I am not sure I would be able to walk across a 12 foot bed of fire and "Se La" is a great song but way too slow for an activity like that! I can imagine how transformative an experience like that would be. I have been to a few seminars with my brief journey into ACN and I know the music played a big part in getting people motivated. Stay well.

  3. Definitely a favourite of mine.

    1. He really does have a lot of great music out there and he puts on a terrific show.


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