Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Today in Country Music History...October 25, 2016



The Oak Ridge Boys, The Browns and guitarist Grady Martin are inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville

Big Machine releases Taylor Swift's album "Speak Now"

Craig Morgan joins the Grand Ole Opry, performing "Rose Colored Glasses" and "International Harvester." Kristy Lee Cook makes her Opry debut the same night

Hank Williams Jr. is honored in a "CMT Giants" concert shot at Los Angeles' Gibson Amphitheatre. Guests include Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Toby Keith, Steven Tyler, Gretchen Wilson, Buddy Guy and Terry Bradshaw

CMT premieres Clint Black's "Spend My Time" video and Brooks & Dunn's "You Can't Take The Honky Tonk Out Of The Girl"

Tim McGraw's "Everywhere" travels to #1 in Billboard

Alabama becomes the first country group to go triple-platinum, with the albums "Feels So Right" and "Mountain Music" each certified for shipment of three million copies. The albums "Roll On" and "The Closer You Get" also go double-platinum

Chely Wright is born in Kansas City, Missouri. She wins the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female award in 1995 and earns a #1 hit in 1999 with "Single White Female." In 2010, she becomes the genre's first openly gay artist

Mark Miller, of Sawyer Brown, is born in Dayton, Ohio. He becomes the lead singer for the group, which begins earning hits after winning "Star Search" in 1984. The band claims the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year award in 1997

"Howdeee! I'm just so proud to be here!" Sarah Colley is born in Centerville, Tennessee. Performinig as Minnie Pearl, she spends 50 years on the Grand Ole Opry and becomes a regular on "Hee Haw," joining the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1975

October 25th This Day in History (Now with links to other events)

Pablo Picasso born 1881


Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, is born in Malaga, Spain.
Picasso’s father was a professor of drawing, and he bred his son for a career in academic art. Picasso had his first exhibit at age 13 and later quit art school so he could experiment full-time with modern art styles. He went to Paris for the first time in 1900, and in 1901 was given an exhibition at a gallery on Paris’ rue Lafitte, a street known for its prestigious art galleries. The precocious 19-year-old Spaniard was at the time a relative unknown outside Barcelona, but he had already produced hundreds of paintings. Winning favorable reviews, he stayed in Paris for the rest of the year and later returned to the city to settle permanently.
The work of Picasso, which comprises more than 50,000 paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures, and ceramics produced over 80 years, is described in a series of overlapping periods. His first notable period–the “blue period”—began shortly after his first Paris exhibit. In works such as The Old Guitarist (1903), Picasso painted in blue tones to evoke the melancholy world of the poor. The blue period was followed by the “rose period,” in which he often depicted circus scenes, and then by Picasso’s early work in sculpture. In 1907, Picasso painted the groundbreaking work Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, which, with its fragmented and distorted representation of the human form, broke from previous European art. Les Demoiselles d’Avignon demonstrated the influence on Picasso of both African mask art and Paul Cezanne and is seen as a forerunner of the Cubist movement, founded by Picasso and the French painter Georges Braque in 1909.
In Cubism, which is divided into two phases, analytical and synthetic, Picasso and Braque established the modern principle that artwork need not represent reality to have artistic value. Major Cubist works by Picasso included his costumes and sets for Sergey Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (1917) and The Three Musicians (1921). Picasso and Braque’s Cubist experiments also resulted in the invention of several new artistic techniques, including collage.
After Cubism, Picasso explored classical and Mediterranean themes, and images of violence and anguish increasingly appeared in his work. In 1937, this trend culminated in the masterpiece Guernica, a monumental work that evoked the horror and suffering endured by the Basque town of Guernica when it was destroyed by German war planes during the Spanish Civil War. Picasso remained in Paris during the Nazi occupation but was fervently opposed to fascism and after the war joined the French Communist Party.
Picasso’s work after World War II is less studied than his earlier creations, but he continued to work feverishly and enjoyed commercial and critical success. He produced fantastical works, experimented with ceramics, and painted variations on the works of other masters in the history of art. Known for his intense gaze and domineering personality, he had a series of intense and overlapping love affairs in his lifetime. He continued to produce art with undiminished force until his death in 1973 at the age of 91.

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Today in Country Music History...October 24, 2016



Little Big Town performs the national anthem before Game 3 of the World Series at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Kansas City Royals edge the Giants, 3-2

Randy Travis and The Avett Brothers shoot an installment of "CMT Crossroads" at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee. The set list includes "Three Wooden Crosses," "Diggin' Up Bones," "Deeper Than The Holler" and "Forever And Ever, Amen"

Don Williams and Jimmy Dean are inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Chris Young's "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)" steps to the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart

Big Machine releases Taylor Swift's self-titled debut album

Montgomery Gentry, Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley tape performances for CBS' "I Walk The Line: A Night For Johnny Cash" at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre. They sing "Get Rhythm," "Ring Of Fire" and "Folsom Prison Blues," respectively

LeAnn Rimes sings the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the World Series at San Francisco's Pac Bell Park, where the Giants stomp the Anaheim Angels, 16-4

Wynonna's "No One Else On Earth" kicks off a four-week ride at #1 in Billboard

Garth Brooks' "No Fences" is the first country album certified for shipments of more than 5 million copies

Eddie Rabbitt earns the first two gold albums of his career, for "Horizon" and "The Best Of Eddie Rabbitt"

October 24th This Day in History (Now with links to other events)

First barrel ride down Niagara Falls 1901


On this day in 1901, a 63-year-old schoolteacher named Annie Edson Taylor becomes the first person to take the plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
After her husband died in the Civil War, the New York-born Taylor moved all over the U. S. before settling in Bay City, Michigan, around 1898. In July 1901, while reading an article about the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, she learned of the growing popularity of two enormous waterfalls located on the border of upstate New York and Canada. Strapped for cash and seeking fame, Taylor came up with the perfect attention-getting stunt: She would go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Taylor was not the first person to attempt the plunge over the famous falls. In October 1829, Sam Patch, known as the Yankee Leaper, survived jumping down the 175-foot Horseshoe Falls of the Niagara River, on the Canadian side of the border. More than 70 years later, Taylor chose to take the ride on her birthday, October 24. (She claimed she was in her 40s, but genealogical records later showed she was 63.) With the help of two assistants, Taylor strapped herself into a leather harness inside an old wooden pickle barrel five feet high and three feet in diameter. With cushions lining the barrel to break her fall, Taylor was towed by a small boat into the middle of the fast-flowing Niagara River and cut loose.
Knocked violently from side to side by the rapids and then propelled over the edge of Horseshoe Falls, Taylor reached the shore alive, if a bit battered, around 20 minutes after her journey began. After a brief flurry of photo-ops and speaking engagements, Taylor’s fame cooled, and she was unable to make the fortune for which she had hoped. She did, however, inspire a number of copy-cat daredevils. Between 1901 and 1995, 15 people went over the falls; 10 of them survived. Among those who died were Jesse Sharp, who took the plunge in a kayak in 1990, and Robert Overcracker, who used a jet ski in 1995. No matter the method, going over Niagara Falls is illegal, and survivors face charges and stiff fines on either side of the border.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

"The Great Lakes World Series" is Set: Indians vs Cubs (Schedule)

Dueling Droughts: Cubs, Indians set to meet in World Series



At long, long last, it's true: Either the Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians will win the World Series.
The matchup between teams that forever waited till next year — next century, really — is finally here.
A classic Fall Classic, for sure.
Do-it-all Javier Baez, flashy Francisco Lindor, MVP caliber Kris Bryant and a bevy of young stars. Lights-out relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, and wily skippers Joe Maddon and Terry Francona.
Plus, intrigue if injured All-Star starter Danny Salazar and slugger Kyle Schwarber can play.
Oh, and did someone mention something about a drought?
Game 1 is at Progressive Field on Tuesday night, with the Cubs opening as a heavy favorite to win their first crown since 1908.
In the Cubs' last visit to Cleveland, back in August 2015, they posted a 17-0 rout for the most-lopsided shutout ever in interleague play. It got so out of hand two Indians outfielders wound up pitching.
But that's ancient history.
For the Cubbies, this is their first World Series trip since 1945. They clinched their spot Saturday night at rollicking Wrigley Field as big league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks outpitched Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for a 5-0 win in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.
Favorites since opening day, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and past October aces Jon Lester and John Lackey helped the Cubs cruise to a major league-leading 103 victories.
Now, they're ready to sweep aside the Curse of the Billy Goat and the specter of Steve Bartman. And make up for the near-misses by Cubs greats such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams.
"Obviously we know that it's something that's going to be talked about with the history of the organization," pitcher Jake Arrieta said.
"But it's really not something we focus on at all. So we just kind of disregard it and go out and play," he said.
The Indians also a past full of failure and frustration. Their title drought dates to Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby and 1948, trailing only the Cubs for the longest wait in the majors.
In 1997, Cleveland was three outs from winning the championship when closer Jose Mesa blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 at Florida. An error by sure-handed second baseman Tony Fernandez doomed them in the 11th.
Earlier this year, LeBron James and the Cavaliers turned Cleveland into Believeland by rallying to win the NBA title. James has been loudly cheering for the Indians to bring another championship to the city.
Steady Jason Kipnis, jolly Mike Napoli and likely Game 1 starter Corey Kluber starred as the surprising Indians won the AL Central, then breezed by Boston and Toronto in the playoffs.
The Indians did it despite a thinning rotation. Salazar hasn't pitched since early September because of a forearm problem, Carlos Carrasco got his hand broken by a line drive and Trevor Bauer cut his pinkie playing with a drone.
Like the Cubs with Bartman, the spectator who infamously deflected a foul ball at Wrigley during the 2003 NL playoffs, the Indians also have a prominent fan. It's John Adams, the man who has been beating a drum at most every home game for more than four decades.
Even though the clubs hold spring training about 30 miles apart in Arizona, they don't overlap a lot.
They've never played in the postseason and are just 9-9 against each other in interleague action.
Miller and Chapman, however, were teammates this season in the New York Yankees' bullpen before they both got traded in late July.
Francona and current Cubs architect Theo Epstein spent even more time together. In 2004, they teamed up as the Red Sox ended a World Series championship drought dating to 1918 — when Boston beat the Cubs, by the way.
Soon, another city will be celebrating. Maybe next week, maybe next month, with Game 7 scheduled for Nov. 2.

  World Series Picture (Schedule)

Saturday, October 22
FINAL NLCS Gm 6 W: Hendricks, L: Kershaw WRAP
Tuesday, October 25
8:00 PM WS Gm 1 TBD at TBD FOX
Wednesday, October 26
8:00 PM WS Gm 2 TBD at TBD FOX
Friday, October 28
8:00 PM WS Gm 3 TBD at TBD FOX
Saturday, October 29
8:00 PM WS Gm 4 TBD at TBD FOX
Sunday, October 30
8:00 PM WS Gm 5* TBD at TBD FOX
* if necessary
Tuesday, November 1
8:00 PM WS Gm 6* TBD at TBD FOX
* if necessary
Wednesday, November 2
8:00 PM WS Gm 7* TBD at TBD FOX
* if necessary

Country Chapel Service...Sunday October 23, 2016 (Today's Sevice with Traditional Church Organ Choir Hymns)

Welcome to the
"Country Chapel"
October 2, 2016
The Thirtieth Sunday
in Ordinary Time
Together in Cleanliness

Today's Verse:   (Proverbs 1:10)

Advice to the Young

      My child, when sinners tempt you, don't give in.


 Entrance Song:

Recite:   "The Apostles Creed"

     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell, and on the third day he arose from the dead and ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
      I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen. 

"Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just"

 The 1st Reading: 

              ( Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 )
( Not available in the King James version )

     But don't try to bribe him or rely on offerings that you have obtained dishonestly. He will not accept them.

God's Justice

      The Lord is fair and does not show partiality. He is not prejudiced against the poor; when someone prays who has been wronged, the Lord listens. When orphans and widows pour out their prayers, he does not ignore them.
      Serve the Lord willingly and the Lord will accept you; your prayers will reach the skies. The prayer of a humble person goes past the clouds and keeps on going until it reaches the Lord Most High, where it stays until he answers by seeing that justice is done and that the guilty are punished.
      And the Lord will act quickly. He will show no patience with wicked people. He will take vengeance by crushing the heathen. He will completely wipe out the merciless and the arrogant, and will destroy the authority of the wicked.

Alternate 1st Reading:

                     ( Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 22 )

In Praise of God's Goodness

      I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are op- pressed listen and be glad! Proclaim with me the Lord's greatness; let us praise his name together!
      The righteous call to the Lord, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who are dis- couraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. Good people suffer many troubles, but the Lord saves them from them all.
      The Lord will save his people; those who go to him for protection will be spared. 

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 The 2nd Reading:

               ( 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 )

Last Instructions

      As for me, the hour has come for me to be sacrificed; the time is here for me to leave this life. I have done my best in the race, I have run the full distance, and I have kept the faith. And now there is waiting for me the victory prize of being put right with God, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day - and not only to me, but to all those who wait with love for him to appear.
      No one stood by me the first time I defended myself; all de- serted me. May God not count it against them! But the Lord stayed with me and gave me strength, so that I was able to proclaim the full message for all the Gentiles to hear; and I was rescued from being sentenced to death. And the Lord will rescue me from all evil and take me safely into his heavenly Kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever! Amen.

  Today's Gospel According to:

                  ( Luke 18:9-14 )

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

      Jesus also told this parable to people who were sure of their own goodness and despised everybody else. "Once there were two men who went up to the Temple to pray; one was a Pharisee , the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood apart by himself and prayed, 'I thank you, God, that I am not greedy, dishonest, or an adulterer, like everybody else. I thank you that I am not like that tax collector over there. I fast two days a week, and I give you one tenth of all my income.' But the tax collector stood at a distance and would not even raise his face to heaven, but beat on his breast and said, 'God, have pity on me, a sinner!' I tell you," said Jesus, "the tax collector, and not the Pharisee, was in the right with God when he went home. For those who make themselves great will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be made great." 

  An Interpretation of Today's Readings & Gospel
( By Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M. )

      Jesus addresses those who think they are better than others. In doing so, he teaches the parable of the haughty Pharisee who believes his prayer to be superior to the lowly tax collector's. However, it is the humble tax collector whom Jesus extols. I thought of this recently when I went to the laundromat due to a broken washing machine at home. As I sat there, I looked around and noticed what others were wearing and watched them launder large amounts of poorly made clothes. I thought, "i am here among the unfortunate and deprived." Soon after, a young man came up to me, held out four washing machine tokens and said, "I won't be back here. I thought you could use these." I realized he was looking at me as "one of the unfortunate and deprived," Instantly I acknowledged the haughtiness of setting myself apart from the others. Little did I know I'd find the Pharisee in myself at the laundromat.

 Recite: The Lord's Prayer 

      Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it tis in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but, deliver us from evil.  Amen.

  May the Peace of the Lord be with You

 Recessional Song:


1)  Good News Bible (with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha)

2)  Living Faith Daily Devotions

3)  Scripture-Text Datebook


Today in Country Music History...October 23, 2016



Arista releases the Carrie Underwood album "Storyteller"

Blake Shelton becomes a member of the Grand Ole Opry. For his big night, he performs "All About Tonight," "She Wouldn't Be Gone" and "Home" and duets with Trace Adkins on "Hillbilly Bone"

Rounder releases "Raising Sand," an album matching Alison Krauss with Led Zeppelin founder Robert Plant

George Strait's "I Hate Everything" takes a seat at #1 in Billboard

Big Kenny and John Rich join two other solo artists to initiate the MuzikMafia shows at Nashville's Pub Of Love. The MuzikMafia grows on the Music City club scene, leading to recording contracts for both Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson

Buck Owens opens his Crystal Palace, a club in Bakersfield, California

Roy Acuff performs on both shows at the Grand Ole Opry. It proves to be his final appearance on the program

Jimmy Wayne is born in Cleveland County, North Carolina. Following his 2003 debut, he nets his first #1 in 2008 with "Do You Believe Me Now" and calls attention to teen homelessness with a 2010 walk from Nashville to Phoenix

Dwight Yoakam is born in Pikeville, Kentucky. With an edgy vocal style and a proclivity for roots music, he becomes one of country's most creative forces, augmenting such iconic hits as "Honky Tonk Man," "Ain't That Lonely Yet" and "Fast As You" with a side career as an actor

Bill Monroe auditions for the Grand Ole Opry at the WSM Radio studios in downtown Nashville, performing "Foggy Mountain Top," "Mule Skinner Blues" and "Fire On The Mountain." He passes the audition and debuts five days later