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My Top 5 Hits RETRO – 1970

Every 2ND, 3RD, and 4TH Friday of the month I post the Top 5 of one of my classic hit music charts based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay from either 15, 20, or 30 years ago this weekend (rotating each week).

It’s the 5TH Friday of the month, so it’s a special. Back in 1970 I was a 3-year-old living with my Mom and Dad at the Chelsea Wood Apartments in Greenbelt Maryland. My Grandmom and Granddad lived just a few miles away in Lanham Maryland. I was already listening to Top 40 radio, and these hits were the hottest in the land exactly 50 years ago this weekend – for the week ending Sunday August 02ND 1970:

  1. “(They Long To Be) Close To You” – The Carpenters
  2. “Make It With You” – Bread
  3. “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” – Three Dog Night
  4. “Band Of Gold” – Freda Payne
  5. “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” – Stevie Wonder

Bread’s “Make It With You” is currently in heavy rotation on my iPod Shuffles, and “Mama Told Me (Not To Come)” is currently in active rotation with 660 plays over the past 10 years (a play about every 5 to 6 days since 2010). Three Dog Night are (by far) my favorite band of the early-1970s. I have a bunch of their hits on my iTunes Library that I rotate in and out. One of my favorite performances of them (recently featured here on my blog) was when they hosted the cocktail party on a November 1971 episode of “Rowan And Martin’s Laugh-In”. They performed “Joy To The World” in-between the party jokes.

Next week on RETRO I’ll have another special. Maybe I’ll stay in the 1970s – the greatest decade of music that ever existed.

It’s halftime my friends. I’ll be back on Sunday and Monday with 2 more blog posts for this weekend. Enjoy your Saturday. Thanks for going RETRO with me !

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Fort Myers Beach

Surprise ! I’ve returned home from vacation again. Just 23 days after returning home from my 9-day / 2-state / 1,690-mile road-trip vacation I embarked on a much shorter road-trip vacation to a beach that’s much closer to home.

This trip was not quite 50 hours and just 271 miles from start to finish. I visited Fort Myers Beach for the 9TH time in 9 years. It was 135½ miles up – and 135½ miles back. I drove up there right after my church service on Sunday. Once I arrived at my hotel I parked my car, and it stayed parked until I departed on Tuesday morning.

I first discovered “The Island” (as the locals call it) of Fort Myers Beach at the end of April 2011. I spent 3 nights there, and I fell in love with what I saw. I also visited in October 2011, March 2012, June 2012, June 2013, October 2013, June 2015, and July 2019. So I visited 6 times during the first 2½ years, and then I skipped a year before my 7TH visit, and then I skipped 4 years before my 8TH visit. This year’s visit was exactly a year to the day after last year’s visit.

I did the same thing that I’ve done on previous visits. I walked the beach several times near my hotel. I took the trolley to the other end of the island and back. I visited the 560-foot-long pier. I walked the downtown shopping district. I enjoyed big meals at some of their unique restaurants. I took lots of photos everywhere I went to remind me forever of the good times I enjoyed.

I love viewing my photos of all of my previous visits to the island – both the “best of the best” photos that made it onto my Flickr site, as well as those that weren’t as good. Even the bland photos remind me of good times at my favorite beach town in Southwest Florida. You can check out my Fort Myers Beach album on Flickr here.

None of the photos from this newest trip are on there yet, but some of them will be soon. In the meantime here are 3 from this 9TH visit to “The Island”:

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My Top 10 Hits – Week 180

Every Monday I post my all-new Top 10 Christian hit music chart based on personal preference and influenced by radio airplay. It’s the continuation of a weekly hobby that goes back 40+ years. Here it is – for the week ending Sunday July 26TH 2020:

1 1 11 No Impossible With You I AM THEY
2 2 11 The Father’s House Cory Asbury
3 3 7 You’ve Always Been Unspoken
4 4 15 Keep Me In The Moment Jeremy Camp
5 6 20 Alive & Breathing Matt Maher
6 5 11 Amadeo (Still My God) Ryan Stevenson
7 8 6 There Was Jesus Zach Williams Ft. Dolly Parton
8 9 3 Revolutionary Josh Wilson
9 10 2 Love God Love People Danny Gokey
10 1 Who You Are To Me Chris Tomlin Ft. Lady A

# 1 This Week In:
2019 – “Raise A Hallelujah” – Bethel Music
2018 – “Dream Small” – Josh Wilson
2017 – “Wonder” – Hillsong UNITED

My # 3 artist of the past 180 weeks – Chris Tomlin – scores his 5TH hit with his latest – “Who You Are To Me” – a Nashville collaboration with country group Lady A. It’s a song that’s breaking-out on Christian radio from coast-to-coast, and it has an excellent opportunity to crossover onto country radio as well. I’ll be monitoring that. I love when a song plays at multiple formats on the radio.

♫ You’re amazing faithful love’s open door
When I’m empty You fill me with hunger for more
Of Your mercy Your goodness
Lord You’re the air that I breathe
That’s who You are to me
Who You are to me ♫

The Afters fall off my chart after 26 weeks with their # 1 smash (for 6 weeks) – “I Will Fear No More”. It’s currently my # 5 hit overall out of 168 over the past 180 weeks.

This concludes another weekend of blog posts. I’ll do it again this upcoming weekend – with 4 new entries on Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday. I don’t blog on Saturdays. That’s my day of rest.

Your likes, follows, and comments are always appreciated. Thank You for being part of my online ministry to share God’s Good News and win souls for Christ through His music. I’m also on Twitter and Flickr.

Be blessed my friends !  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Sunday Scripture

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (Colossians 4:5-6 NLT)

You know during the 21 years (1985-2006) that I was an adult as well as a non-believer / non-follower of Jesus Christ as God – I didn’t appreciate it when believers and followers – friends and strangers – approached me and told me that I would go straight to hell when I die if I didn’t come to God. I was not their equal. I was inferior to them because I didn’t know God, and they did. That’s what they made me think – even if they didn’t overtly come out and say that. I think they actually believed that. Their representation of God was one that I didn’t care to meet – ever.

They were not living (or speaking) wisely among us in the world. They blew their golden opportunity. Their conversation was not gracious or attractive. It was unkind if not hateful. Instead of winning a soul for Christ they were pushing me further away from Him. I wanted to run – not walk – far away from them.

Despite the work of the enemy – God still won the battle – and He rescued and saved me almost 14 years ago (in a few weeks).

I believe that in order to be effective and efficient evangelists – God’s Good News Messengers – which we are all called upon to do – we must be polite and respectful of the world out there. Don’t tell them that they are sinners. Don’t tell them that they are going straight to hell upon death. They don’t want to hear that from us. We’re all sinners. We’re no better than any of our neighbors – no matter who or what they believe or follow. We are all God’s creations. We are all created equal.

When the opportunity presents itself – tell them of the God that you know. Tell them of the God that you praise and worship. Tell them of the God that makes you happy. Tell them of the God that saved your life. You don’t need to be fancy about it. Just say what you know to be the Truth. Don’t force it on them. If they appear to be turning away from you then just show them God’s love. If they proceed to avoid you with every chance they get – then let them see the God in you via your actions. Some of the strongest evangelism occurs by doing rather than saying. Never give up on your neighbor.

You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope – always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. (1 Peter 3:15-16a NLT)

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