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This will be my second year taking on the Blogging A to Z Challenge.

Last year I wrote all about gems and minerals. It was a lot of fun and well received. The posts were filled with beautiful photos and the comments were always enjoyable. There is something alluring about the gems and minerals buried beneath the earth’s surface.

This year I am continuing in a similar vein by writing about the tools, materials, and processes used in jewelry making. I am calling it Tools of the Trade. There were a few letters that threw me a bit of a curve ball, but I am hoping it will all work out in the end.

If you are interested in tools and fabrication of any type, jewelry or otherwise, I think you will find it interesting. I am hoping to generate some questions, but most of all show how much work goes into the fabrication of jewelry.

I wish I could say I have written all my posts in advance of April 1st, but that would be a lie. I may write a few days ahead, but most will be written the day they are posted.

I look forward to the challenge and I hope you will join me on the journey.

(If you missed my posts last year and want to revisit a few of them, you can find them here.)



Song Lyric Sunday – California Sun

This week we are dipping our toes in the Pacific, playing a little beach volleyball, and surfing of course! It is Surf Rock week. When I saw the subject I knew there would be a number of people choosing the same songs. Jim has more details on his blog. Check out his post for more details.

When I think of Surf Rock my mind goes to the instrumental hits like “Wipe Out”, but since the lyrics consist of only one word, I knew I had to move on, but I am still posting the song here. 🤭

I finally settled on the song “California Sun” written by Henry Glover and recorded by rhythm and blues artist Joe Jones who was best known for his recording “You Talk Too Much”. It was reissued by the label in 1969 when it made #89 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The most recognizable cover of this song was done by The Rivieras (named after a Buick Riviera) in 1964. It peaked at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

The song was covered by a number of people including Annette Funicello, the Crickets, Frankie Avalon, The Ramones, and a host of others.