Thursday, January 30, 2014

Crying in the Rain Party at T.R.A.C.S

Saturday is the birthday of Isaac Donald "Don" Everly. His brother Phil died just a month ago on January 3, 2014. These two brothers are better known as The Everly Brothers.
Saturday, with the help of DJ Racker, T.R.A.C.S will bring a tribute to this famous duo.
T.R.A.C.S at Timothy Plaza on River Island

Crying in the Rain

"Crying in the Rain" is a song written by Howard Greenfield and Carole King and was originally recorded by The Everly Brothers. The single peaked at #6 on the U.S. pop charts in 1962.

The song was the only collaboration between successful songwriters Greenfield (lyrics) and King (music), both of whom worked for Aldon Music at the time of the song's composition. On a whim, two Aldon songwriting partnerships decided to switch partners for a day -- Gerry Goffin (who normally worked with King) partnered with Greenfield's frequent writing partner Jack Keller, leaving King and Greenfield to pair up for the day. Despite the commercial success of their collaboration, King and Greenfield never wrote another song together.

The song was recorded shortly before Don and Phil Everly were inducted into the Marine Corps Reserves on November 25, 1961. On February 18, 1962, the duo performed the song in full uniform on The Ed Sullivan show, and on March 3, the song reached its peak of #6 on the US charts. Don and Phil got out of the Corps on May 24, after 6 months of service. It was the only Everly Brothers song released during their time in the military.
This was the Everly's first Top-10 hit song in a year.

Everly Brothers - Crying in the rain
Words & Music: Howard Greenfield & Carole King

I'll never let you see
 The way my broken heart is hurting me
 I've got my pride
 And I know how to hide
 All my sorrow and pain
 I'll do my crying in the rain

If I wait for cloudy skies
 You won't know the rain from the tears in my eyes
 You'll never know
 That I still love you so
 Though the heartaches remain
 I'll do my crying in the rain

Raindrops falling from heaven
 Could never wash away my misery
 But since we're not together
 I look for stormy weather
 To hide these tears I hope you'll never see

Someday when my crying's done
 I'm gonna wear a smile and walk in the sun
 I may be a fool
 But 'til then darling, you'll
 Never see me complain
 I'll do my crying in the rain
 I'll do my crying in the rain
 I'll do my crying in the rain

Shortly after this song came out, the performance rights organization Broadcast Music, Inc., held their annual awards to honor the most-played songs of the year. Out of the 90 awards handed out that night, Aldon Music took home 12, four times more than any other music publisher. So this song comes from a golden age of the Brill Building music era.

What does "Crying in the Rain" mean?
When crying in the rain, one can't see your tears because your face is wet from the rain.
So it implies that no one knows how hurt you are.
It is just a way of expressing that nobody knows what you going through.
“I love walking in the rain cause no one can see me crying.” - Rowan Atkinson aka Mr. Bean.

The Everly Brothers
The Everly Brothers, Phil (left) en Don.
The Everly Brothers were American country-influenced rock and roll singers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing. The duo, consisting of Isaac Donald "Don" Everly (born February 1, 1937) and Phillip "Phil" Everly (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014), were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001.

The Everly Brothers were not only among the most important and best early rock & roll stars, but also among the most influential rockers of any era. They set unmatched standards for close, two-part harmonies and infused early rock & roll with some of the best elements of country and pop music. Their legacy was and is felt enormously in all rock acts that employ harmonies as prime features, from the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel to legions of country-rockers as well as roots rockers like Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe (who once recorded an EP of Everlys songs together).
Don and Phil were professionals way before their teens, schooled by their accomplished guitarist father Ike, and singing with their family on radio broadcasts in Iowa. In the mid-'50s, they made a brief stab at conventional Nashville country with Columbia. When their single flopped, they were cast adrift for quite a while until they latched onto Cadence. Don invested their first single for the label, "Bye Bye Love," with a Bo Diddley beat that helped lift the song to number two in 1957.

Don and Phil's personal lives came under a lot of stress in the early '60s: they enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserves (together), and studied acting for six months but never made a motion picture. More seriously, Don developed an addiction to speed and almost died of an overdose in late 1962. By that time, their career as chart titans in the U.S. had ended; "That's Old Fashioned" (1962) was their last Top Ten hit.

The decades of enforced professional togetherness finally took their toll on the pair in the early '70s, which saw a few dispirited albums and, finally, an acrimonious breakup in 1973. They spent the next decade performing solo, which only proved -- as is so often the case in close-knit artistic partnerships -- how much each brother needed the other to sound his best. In 1983, enough water had flowed under the bridge for the two to resume performing and recording together. The tours, with a backup band led by guitarist Albert Lee, proved they could still sing well. The records (both live and studio) were fair efforts that, in the final estimation, were not in nearly the same league as their '50s and '60s classics, although Paul McCartney penned a small hit single for them ("On the Wings of a Nightingale"). One of the more successful and dignified reunions in the rock annals, The Everlys continued to perform live, although they didn't release albums together after the late '80s. Phil Everly died on January 3, 2014 from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; he was 74 years old.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


Lacrimation, or lachrymation, (from Latin lacrima, meaning "tear") is the secretion of tears, which serve to clean and lubricate the eyes. Strong emotions such as sorrow, elation, awe and pleasure, as well as irritation of the eyes, laughing, and yawning may lead to an excess production of tears, or weeping.

Types of tears
There are three very basic types of tears:

Basal tears
In healthy mammalian eyes, the cornea is continually kept wet and nourished by basal tears. They lubricate the eye, and help to keep it clear of dust. Tear fluid contains water, mucin, lipids, lysozyme, lactoferrin, lipocalin, lacritin, immunoglobulins, glucose, urea, sodium, and potassium. Some of the substances in lacrimal fluid (such as lysozyme) fight against bacterial infection as a part of the immune system. Lysozyme does this by dissolving a layer in the outer coating, called peptidoglycan, of certain bacteria. It is a typical body fluid with a salt content similar to blood plasma. Usually, in a 24-hour period, 0.75 to 1.1 grams (0.03–0.04 ounce avoirdupois) of tears is secreted; this rate slows with age.

Reflex tears
The second type of tears results from irritation of the eye by foreign particles, or from the presence of irritant substances such as onion vapors, tear gas, or pepper spray in the eye's environment, including the cornea, conjunctiva, or nasal mucosa, which trigger TRP channels in the ophthalmic nerve. It can also occur with bright light and hot or peppery stimuli to the tongue and mouth. It is also linked with vomiting, coughing and yawning. These reflex tears attempt to wash out irritants that may have come into contact with the eye.

Crying or weeping (psychic tears)
The third category, in general, referred to as crying or weeping, is increased lacrimation due to strong emotional stress, pleasure, anger, suffering, mourning, or physical pain. This practice is not restricted to negative emotions; many people cry when extremely happy such as during times of intense humour and laughter. In humans, emotional tears can be accompanied by reddening of the face and sobbing — cough-like, convulsive breathing, sometimes involving spasms of the whole upper body. Tears brought about by emotions have a different chemical make-up than those for lubrication; emotional tears contain more of the protein-based hormones prolactin, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and leucine enkephalin (a natural painkiller) than basal or reflex tears. The limbic system is involved in production of basic emotional drives, such as anger, fear, etc. The limbic system, to be specific, the hypothalamus, also has a degree of control over the autonomic system. The parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system controls the lacrimal glands via the neurotransmitter acetylcholine through both the nicotinic and muscarinic receptors. When these receptors are activated, the lacrimal gland is stimulated to produce tears.

Social aspects
In nearly all cultures, crying is seen as a specific act associated with tears trickling down the cheeks and accompanied by characteristic sobbing sounds. Emotional triggers are most often sadness and grief, but crying can also be triggered by anger, happiness, fear, laughter or humor, frustration, remorse, or other strong, intense emotions. In many cultures, crying is associated with babies and children. Some cultures consider crying to be undignified and infantile, casting aspersions on those who cry publicly, except if it is due to the death of a close friend or relative. In most cultures, it is more socially acceptable for women and children to cry than men. In some Latin regions, crying among men is acceptable.

Some modern therapy movements such as Re-evaluation Counseling teach that crying is beneficial to health and mental well-being, encouraging it positively. An insincere display of grief or dishonest remorse is sometimes called crocodile tears in reference to an Ancient Greek anecdote that crocodiles would pretend to weep while luring or devouring their prey.
In addition, in medical terms, someone is said to have Crocodile tears syndrome as an uncommon consequence of recovery from Bell's palsy, in which faulty regeneration of the facial nerve causes sufferers to shed tears while eating.
source: WikiPedia


Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and then precipitated—that is, become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystem, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation.
The major cause of rain production is moisture moving along three-dimensional zones of temperature and moisture contrasts known as weather fronts. If enough moisture and upward motion is present, precipitation falls from convective clouds (those with strong upward vertical motion) such as cumulonimbus (thunder clouds) which can organize into narrow rainbands. In mountainous areas, heavy precipitation is possible where upslope flow is maximized within windward sides of the terrain at elevation which forces moist air to condense and fall out as rainfall along the sides of mountains. On the leeward side of mountains, desert climates can exist due to the dry air caused by downslope flow which causes heating and drying of the air mass. The movement of the monsoon trough, or intertropical convergence zone, brings rainy seasons to savannah climes.
The urban heat island effect leads to increased rainfall, both in amounts and intensity, downwind of cities. Global warming is also causing changes in the precipitation pattern globally, including wetter conditions across eastern North America and drier conditions in the tropics.[citation needed] Antarctica is the driest continent. The globally averaged annual precipitation over land is 715 mm (28.1 in), but over the whole Earth it is much higher at 990 mm (39 in). Climate classification systems such as the Köppen climate classification system use average annual rainfall to help differentiate between differing climate regimes. Rainfall is measured using rain gauges. Rainfall amounts can be estimated by weather radar.

Rain in culture
Cultural attitudes towards rain differ across the world. In temperate climates, people tend to be more stressed when the weather is unstable or cloudy, with its impact greater on men than women. Rain can also bring joy, as some consider it to be soothing or enjoy the aesthetic appeal of it. In dry places, such as India, or during periods of drought, rain lifts people's moods. In Botswana, the Setswana word for rain, pula, is used as the name of the national currency, in recognition of the economic importance of rain in this desert country.

Several cultures have developed means of dealing with rain and have developed numerous protection devices such as umbrellas and raincoats, and diversion devices such as gutters and storm drains that lead rains to sewers. Many people find the scent during and immediately after rain pleasant or distinctive. The source of this scent is petrichor, an oil produced by plants, then absorbed by rocks and soil, and later released into the air during rainfall.
source: WikiPedia

Monday, January 27, 2014

Sweetgrass Parties

I forgot to publish the picture of the winners at the Sweetgrass party of Sunday February 19th. So here it is.
 Yesterday the theme at Sweetgrass was Hippie. This is the outfit I put together.
Outfit: AKC / Hippie Outfit Bag
Hair: Wasabi Pills / Erik MESH Hair - Blonds Pack
Both you can find on Market Place.
The pictures of the winners are made by Gany. More pictures made during the last party at:

Sunday, January 26, 2014


Yesterday, a few hours before the party started I got a message from DJ Cat that she is in bed with high fever, sore throat and feeling horrible. So we send her a big basket with fruit and our best get healthy wishes and we hope that she will feel better soon.

Thankfully the wonderful DJ Waffles (our niece) could jump in. It was her debut at T.R.A.C.S. I think bananas had the upper hand last night. I saw lots of banana skirts.

This time the pictures I made are mostly overview ones.
 ▲▼ DJ Waffles
 ▼ And as always the snapshots of our Polish guests

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Miss Peaches
Two years ago, on January 20, 2012, Etta James, the legendary songstress behind “At Last,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” " I Just Want to Make Love to You," “Tell Mama” and “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” passed away at 73.  
Miss James had been diagnosed with leukemia in 2010.
A powerful woman with a powerful voice, James was always about substance over style, about vocals over looks, about music over package.

Born Jamesetta Hawkins, “Miss Peaches” hit the top of the R&B charts as a teenager in 1955 with “The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry).” She overcame demons like a heroin addiction and remained a staple of the rhythm & blues and soul genres for her entire life.
Etta James is a member of three Halls of Fame — she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008.

Etta James (born January 25, 1938 in Los Angeles, California – died¸ just five days before her 74th birthday, at Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside on January 20, 2012) was an American singer-songwriter. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.
As 14-year-old girl she met musician Johnny Otis. Stories on how they met vary including Otis' version in which James had come to his hotel after one of his performances in the city and persuaded him to audition her. Another story came that Otis spotted the group the Creolettes (a girl group Etta did form) performing at a Los Angeles nightclub and sought them to record his "answer song" to Hank Ballard's "Work with Me, Annie". Nonetheless, Otis took the group under his wing, helping them sign to Modern Records and changing their name from the Creolettes to the Peaches and gave the singer her stage name reversing Jamesetta into "Etta James". James recorded the version, which she was allowed to co-author, in 1954, and the song was released in early 1955 as "Dance with Me, Henry". Originally the name of the song was "Roll With Me, Henry" but was changed to avoid censorship due to the subtle title. In February of that year, the song reached number one on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Tracks chart. Its success gave the group an opening spot on Little Richard's national tour.
By the mid-1990s, James' earlier classic music was included in commercials including, most notably, "I Just Wanna Make Love to You". Due to exposure of the song in a UK commercial, the song reached the top ten of the UK charts in 1996.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Delicious Fruits That Will Increase Your Sex Drive 
                                   and Make You Extremely Horny!
There is nothing like the summer sun and the smell of fruit. Have you ever noticed how sexy fruit can be?
Just talking about ripping into a juicy, succulent mango can be like foreplay.

1. Papaya

The papaya looks like the passionate depths of a woman’s intimacy. Those dark fleshy seeds invite you to dive inside and explore the moist fruit beneath. It makes complete sense; in Guatemala the papaya is used to boost a woman’s sexual desire and encourages fertility because it has compounds that are similar to estrogen. In some cultures it is known to increase milk in nursing mothers, aid in childbirth and promote healthy menstruation.

2. Coconut

Coconut has many (sexy) uses. Coconut oil is great for a massage
and a safe lubricant. Not only is it silky smooth, but anti-fungal,
anti-viral and anti-bacterial. Bonus: it’s edible, too! The sweet and
refreshing scent of coconut enhances your mood and provides stress relief. Beware though, coconut oil can damage latex condoms, please use responsibly! The juice of a young coconut also aids in keeping your body hydrated and promoting lustful energy as a result of the natural sugars and anti-aging hormone called kinetin.
3. Banana

The banana is the definition of a tease. But it is not just a banana’s phallic shape that can get you going. The potassium is used in the production of sex hormones. Another great substance found in bananas is bromelain; good for a boost to those sexual feelings. Bromelain is an enzyme that fights impotency in men. Stock up. The banana also stimulates the production of serotonin, which can improve sleep and elevate mood (serotonin is a “feel good” hormone).

4. Cherries

There’s a reason the cherry is so popular. It is sexy. The cherry has even been referred to as “the fruit of fire.” In no time you have cherry stained lips ready for some serious action. Cherries have that little playful burst of sweetness that gushes into your mouth with a little “Pop!” Women in movies use them to seduce those ruggedly handsome men. There is nothing about a cherry that isn’t sexy. What is really sweet about cherries is that they can regulate the rhythm of your heart. Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? You see the cherry has substances called anthocyanins, which fight against clogged arteries and protect your artery walls.

5. Watermelon

Great for the cardiovascular system thanks to citrulline (another amino acid) which clears up those blood vessels, watermelon will help pump you up. They are also playful and sexy! It is always easier to get hot in the summer, which is what watermelon brings to mind for many. Babes in bikini’s, topless dudes, and watermelon eating contests turned sexy. 
Slurp it up, guys.

6. Raspberries

Raspberries are small and plump, sometimes with a dewdrop of tasty red juice in the center. But there is a little known fun fact about these morsels of fruit. Raspberries are used to treat erectile dysfunction, just like the kiwi fruit. High in vitamin C and a passionate red, raspberries will encourage the production of sex hormones such as estrogen, androgen and progesterone.

7. Mangoes

If you’re eating mangoes, you won’t need the coconut oil. Not only does the mango calm your emotions but it provides moistening fluids to your body, keeping you dewy. The mango is fun to share as it makes a wet, dripping mess. Throw in that energy boost from natural sugars and you have yourself a long lasting, messy, mango sharing time. Full of vitamin E, mangoes are essential for increasing sex hormones.

8. Pomegranate

They’re even better for sharing than the mango. Pomegranates are the fruit of creativity and get your blood pumping by helping your body produce nitric oxide. This substance opens your blood vessels to help your heart pump blood to all of the necessary places. So as you nibble on those lush pomegranate seeds, it is a good time to come up with new and exciting positions.

9. Figs

Probably the most surprising, figs have quite the sexual appeal. The interior is pink and fleshy; their scent is musky and sexual, as is their flavor. Just like the pomegranate, figs aid in the production of nitric oxide. And if it takes a little danger to get you going, take heed of the fig wasp that makes its home deep inside the figs plump inner flowers. Physically, the fig closely resembles the female anatomy and can have a warm, sticky interior from absorbing that hot sun all day.

10. Avocado

The avocado is full of potassium, which improves your stamina and is good for blood flow. Avocados grow in trees which are known as the testicle tree because of the avocado’s shape, and they tend to grow in pairs. This means if you take a banana, two avocados and make a fruit salad, you have all the male genitalia in a bowl.

11. Goji Berries

Commonly used as a sexual tonic, goji berries do more than increase testosterone levels in men. They are also known to increase a woman’s sex drive. These little berries brighten the spirit and encourage cheerfulness as well. Commonly found dried, the goji berries keep the prostate healthy. Your doctor should warn you that because the goji berries can increase your sexual activity, your PSA (prostate-specific antigens) may increase, but it is not harmful. So rev those engines and take some goji berries for a drive!

12. Dates

What is sexier than having a hot date? Full of concentrated, natural sugars, dates are great for an energy and mood boost. If you’re worried about your time, pop some dates in your guzzler. The amino acids that these succulent fruits contain will increase your stamina and improve your sexual desire due to the improved production of hormones. That is one hot, fruity date.

thanks to RooGirl