The Lovely Lassie Herself, with Moi!

When Life Hands You Angels: A Dedication to My Foxy and Fabulous Aunt Lisa

For My Awe-Inspiring Aunt Lisa,

A Lovely Lassie with a Selfless Spirit and Majestic Charm 

The Lovely Lassie Herself, with Moi!

The Lovely Lassie Herself, with Moi!

*My incredible Aunt Lisa has an impressive fan club of hopeful suitors, and the reasons for which are clear to see within the very moment you meet her… If life should grant you such delight! 


I Put a Spell on You

Songwriter: HAWKINS, JAY  (1956)

Performer: Nina Simone

Nearly as epic and admirable as the angel in which this particular Little Ditty has been inspired by and dedicated to, “I Put a Spell on You” is a classic American song that has continued to impact generations of musical enthusiasts from the time it was first written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956.

“I Put a Spell on You” was selected as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Jay Hawkins’ original version was ranked at #313 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Nina Simone‘s version reached # 23 in the US Billboard R&B chart in 1965. Artists including Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joss Stone and  Bryan Ferry have created cover versions of this American classic throughout the years, and it continues to pop up in creative distortions from various artists in different music genres.

Timeless and transfixing in nature, this historic piece of music seems the perfect fit for today’s Little Ditty Dedication Post.

For my Aunt Lisa, thank you for being one of my life’s most inspiring and lovely angels.

I am beyond grateful and so lucky to have you!

Angels have no philosophy but love.   ~Terri Guillemets

All God’s angels come to us disguised.   ~ James Russell Lowell, 19th Century American Poet

 It is in rugged crises, in unbearable endurance, and in aims which put sympathy out of the question, that the angel is shown. 

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Philosopher and writer

 We are never so lost that our angels cannot find us. 

– Stefanie Powers, actress


Growing Bolder: Radio Interview Recording with Robert Altman

Growing Bolder Community:  Posted on November 27th, 2007

Few people can claim to have captured an era, but that’s exactly what Robert Altman did. 

Robert Altman Radio Interview:  Hear the Audio Recording at

Copyright Robert Altman

Copyright Robert Altman

Through the lens of his camera, the former chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine preserved the essence of the 1960s. His photos document one of the most unusual and turbulent times in recent history. Here’s what others say about him: 

“Robert Altman visually documented the changes that rocked the ’60s with a scope and clarity no one has surpassed.” — Bookpage America’s Book Review

“His photography was instrumental in portraying the look and feel of the ’60’s.” — Jann Wenner, Editor and Publisher, Rolling Stone

“Altman’s particular genius is best showcased in his legendary crowd scenes; what these photos occasionally lack in technical precision, they more than make up in the raw, wild feelings they’ve miraculously captured.” — Publishers Weekly

Altman subjects were a who’s who of rock stars and icons of the ’60s. And he didn’t just watch — he revealed on the Growing Bolder Radio show that he dropped acid with LSD Guru Timothy Leary.

From Woodstock to Berkeley, Altman was there. But he doesn’t just dwell in nostalgia.

In this interview, he explains how he was always motivated to keep up with the times. He was one of the first photographers to embrace the digital era.
Altman is now an accomplished Web Designer, and has decidedly remained as relevant and creative as ever, evolving his expression to meet current technology with absolute tranquility and jovial memories.  Must be those remnant vibes from the inspiring ’60s.

Gotta Dig This Man’s Approach to Life, Man. Totally.

Find more inspiring video, audio, and images at Growing Bolder.

The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer in the City 1966

“Gettin’ Dirt and Gritty’

Summer in the City

The Lovin’ Spoonful


Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirt and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city

All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it’s a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it’ll be alright

And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
That the days can’t be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Cool town, evening in the city
Dressing so fine and looking so pretty
Cool cat, looking for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city
Till I’m wheezing like a bus stop
Running up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop

Please do enjoy this 1966 little ditty by The Lovin’ Spoonful, written by Mark Sebastian (brother of John Sebastian) and Steve Boone. Hit single of the ‘66 release of album, Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful. The song reached the number one spot of the Billboard Hot 100 on August 13, 1966.

Interestingly and awesome enough, probably one of the reasons I used to love this song when my Dad would play it while we cleaned the car…

This song was intentionally recorded with a background series of car horns,during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ending up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impressions of the sounds of ‘the summer in the city.’

This little ditty ranks at a proud number 393 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time!