Spookier Side of the Blues

Today is Halloween, so I thought it would be appropriate to mix up a Halloween Blues Set for you to enjoy.

  1. Big Joe Williams – Haunted House Blues
  2. Clarence Gatemouth Brown – Mean and Evil
  3. Dirty Dave Osti- Voodoo Guitar
  4. Twelve Bar Blues Band – Graveyard Blues
  5. Jace Everette & CC Adcock  Evil (Is goin’ on)
  6. Bob Long – Hoodoo Lady
  7. Dean Haitani – Don’t let the Devil Ride
  8. J.B.Lenoir – Voodoo Music
  9. Johnny Winter – Black Cat Bone
  10. Bobby Rush – Voodoo Man
  11. Skip James – Devil Got My Woman
  12. Eric Johanson – Graveyard Queen
  13. Mike Bloomfield – I’ve Got My Mojo Working
  14. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Black Ghost
  15. Melvin Taylor – Voodoo Daddy
  16. Lightin’ Hopkins – Lonesome Graveyard
  17. John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – The Witching Hour
  18. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Graveyard Train
  19. Loren Mazzacane Connors – Blue Ghost Blues
  20. Eilen Jewell – It’s Your Voodoo Working
  21. St Louis Bessie – Ghost Creepin’ Blues
  22. Johnny Winter – Mojo Hand (with Joe Perry)
  23. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Deja Voodoo



Nashville Market Trends 2019

Nashville Housing Market is slowing down just a little, but still going up slightly over last year. First Quarter sales of Residential Homes 2018,  2,211 to first Quarter sales of Residential Homes for 2019 up slightly 2,236. (According to GNAR)  This is actually a slight slow down of the overall market.

Anaylists say a slight Downturn is a healthy correction after years of housing price increases that were outpacing wage gains. (Tennessean Feb 14th, 2019, Nashville’s Housing Market is cooling, by  Sandy Mazza)

In First Quarter of 2017, 31 percent of buyers paid more than the listing price for homes because competition was so high. Contrast that to January 2019, 13 percent of buyer’s paid more than the home’s list price. (According to Zillow)

What does this mean to you? Well, if you are a buyer, that means you might be able to get a few more concessions in your offers, closing cost paid, maybe a slightly lower price,  and/or extra repairs.  If you are a seller, make sure your house is priced in the medium of the value ranges, don’t run it to the top of the list on price.  This will guarantee you are more likely to get offers and sell your home in a timely fashion. Also, be flexible on helping with closing costs fees for the buyer or little repairs required by their inspectors.  The flexible, market sensitve sellers are the sellers who sell their homes in any market. Also, stage your house and freshen it up. Nicer, ready to move into homes, sell faster on the average to owner occupied buyers than homes that are sold as/is.  (Unless it is investment targeted fixer upper priced homes).

Be savvy, watch the market trends for your area. Chat with your agent monthly about what the market is doing.  Change doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing if you are watching it and intune with it.

Karen Hoff, Historic & Distinctive Homes  visit my website at KarenHoff.com.

Change and Why it is Important

When we start out to make our life better, smarter, healthier, deeper, we have to look inside to see what that truly is.  Life can take many turns over the years and sometimes while we are living our life we forget the things that keep us healthy like proper diet, exercise, mental stimulation and successful relationships.

Over the last two years I have been keeping my diet in check, and the reward is 103 pounds lighter so far.  Recently in the last four months I have also started working out at 50 Forward with their Silver Sneakers program.  A series of low impact exercising to get the blood pumping and the body moving.

We recently adopted a three month old kitten who was abandoned by her mother at a house I manage for rental.  She is a sweetie and a good stress reliever for me.

If you are interested in making positive changes in your life I recommend you make a list.  Do you want to eat better? Live smarter or lower stress? Decide what you want to achieve and put those goals down on paper or your virtual notepad. Then research how to make them happen.  Sometimes budget or just life will prevent you from starting or completing them on a timetable you would like. But remember my husband’s favorite saying, “There are no unrealistic goals, just unrealistic timetables”.

In my walk to make my life better and healthier I have started back to University as of last month.  I was halfway to my degree originally and I have decided this was the time. Tennessee offers all kinds of incentive programs for adults going back to University and I was able to qualify for several educational Grants to offset my cost.  It has been very exciting so far and I was able to go back to my original School, Trevecca Nazarene University. Trevecca offers a 100% on line adult education program for people like myself who want to finish what we started.   Wish me luck!

A work in progress Karen Wilson Hoff.. waves to family and friends..

Delta Piedmont Style Blues Mixes

I have a lovely set I do on Monday Nights in Second Life called the Delta Piedmont Style Blues Mixes… I sit down and sift thru the songs of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Skip James and more to put together an authentic mix of tunes that show us the foundation that all blues and rock started from.

What is Piedmont and Delta Blues you might ask?

From Wikipedia, Piedmont blues (also known as East Coast, or Southeastern blues) refers primarily to a guitar style, the Piedmont fingerstyle, which is characterized by a fingerpicking approach in which a regular, alternating thumb bass string rhythmic pattern[1] supports a syncopated melody using the treble strings generally picked with the fore-finger, occasionally others.[2] The result is comparable in sound to ragtime or stride piano styles.

Robert Johnson

From Wikipedia, Delta Blues is one of the earliest-known styles of blues music. It originated in the Mississippi Delta, a region of the United States stretching from Memphis, Tennessee, in the north to Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the south and from Helena, Arkansas, in the west to the Yazoo River in the east. The Mississippi Delta is famous for its fertile soil and for its poverty. Delta blues is regarded as a regional variant of country bluesGuitar and harmonica are its dominant instruments; slide guitar (usually played on a steel guitar) is a hallmark of the style. Vocal styles in Delta blues.

Here is my Mix of Delta and Piedmont Blues by Original and Cover Artist.. If you enjoy the mix please comment on my blog.. Thanks

  1. Mississippi Fred McDowell – Levee Camp Blues
  2. Eric Clapton – Malted Milk
  3. Peter Green – Drunken Hearted Man
  4. Bonnie Raitt – Love in Vain
  5. Skip James – Everybody’s Leaving Here
  6. Buddy Guy – Louise Mcghee
  7. Bob Long – Dead Shrimp Blues
  8. Son House – Death Letter Blues
  9. Rory Block – Downhearted Blues
  10. Muddy Waters – Kind Hearted Woman
  11. Guy Davis – Dust My Broom
  12. Mick Martin – Broke Down Engine
  13. Brownie Mcghee – Betty and Dupree
  14. Eilen Jewell – Nothing in Rambling
  15. Corey Harris and Keb Mo – Sweet Home Chicago
  16. John Mooney – Grinnin’ in your Face
  17. Robert Johnson – Phonograph Blues
  18. Son House – Preachin Blues
  19. Peter Green – I’m A Steady Rollin Man
  20. Eric Clapton – From Four until Late
  21. Bob Long – Little Queen of Spades
  22. Forrest City Joe – Stop Breaking Down
  23. Skip James – Catfish Blues
  24. Robert Johnson – Honeymoon Blues
  25. Ry Cooder – President Kennedy
  26. Muddy Waters – Walking Blues
  27. John Mooney – Pearline
  28. Bill Ellis, Eleanor Ellis – John The Revelator
  29. Forrest City Joe – Levee Camp Reminiscence
  30. Alvin Youngblood Hart – Motherless Child
  31. Sleepy John Estes – Government Money
  32. Rory Block – Shetland Pony Blues
  33. Moreland & Arbuckle – Shake it and Break it
  34. Dan Phelps – Pony Blues
  35. Muddy Waters – Mississippi Delta Blues
  36. Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee – Baby I knocked on your Door
  37. Tommy McClennan – You Can’t Ready my Mind
  38. Rory Block – Low Down Dirty Dog Blues
  39. Cephas & Wiggins – Special Rider
  40. Skip James – Look Down the Road
  41. Pink Anderson – I got a Woman ‘Cross Town
  42. Floyd ‘Dipper Boy’ Council – Working Man Blues

Pink anderson album

Weight Loss Progress

Well I have gone from 267 pounds to 164 as of today.  That is a total of 103 pound loss. I only have 14 more pounds to go to reach my goal weight of 150.  I am still primarily counting my calories.

I want to point out, if you spend two years counting calories and being successful, it really is about good food choices.  If I eat less fats, sugars and consume more lean meats and vegetables I feel better and I lose more weight.  But keeping it about calories lets me occasionally eat bad things in small amounts and stay on track.  That is important around the holiday season where I make a lot of fancy deserts and casseroles.

My weight loss tip of the day is this, write everything down that you put in your mouth or log it into an app.  If you do this faithfully, it won’t take long to know what you need to work on the most.  Do you binge late at night in front of the TV? Or mid day at work in front of your computer?  You will soon figure out your weaknesses and find things to fix them with.

Keep healthy snacks in the house; low calorie and satisfying foods that help battle the snack attach mode we all get into sometime.  I found I really liked celery sticks with  a teaspoon of peanut butter late night when I occasionally got hungry.  If I really had to have sugar, smarties rolls of candy are 20 calories each, so a couple of rolls made me think I was cheating, and gave me a little sugar rush.  Mandarin oranges are great at only 35-40 calories and taste great by themselves or on a salad.

Now that I am down to a more energy mode size, I started three months ago to work out with my husband and mother in law. (They started a program called Silver Sneakers for therapy with their health issues. I found it great for my toning up).  exercise2

The place we work out at is called Fifty Forward and it is primarily for people fifty years or older to work out and socialize.  I have really enjoyed it for my diet health and my husband and mother in laws rehab health wise has been most helpful too.

100 pounds lighter Karen HoffGood luck with your weight and health goals  I will keep you posted on my progress.

More Thoughts on Weight Loss

It is now November, and I have lost a total of 89 pounds. Only 29 more to go.

Another good tip of the day for everyone.  Leftovers are a great salad topping.  I love to put on supper veggies or main course with my lettuce with my favorite dressing.  Always keep dressings down to one or two teaspoons.  If you are at a Restaraunt, have the dressing on the side so you can control how much you eat.  Dressings are usually made with oil or mayonnaise.  (Lots of fat and calories).  I keep my meat size to 2-4 oz. depending on the meat.

V-8 Juice is a great filler if you get a little hungry and it is very healthy too.  4 oz. of V-8 is only 25 skinny calories.  I love the spicy kind.  Another tip use V-8 instead of regular tomato juice in your favorite soups and stews.  Gives an added smack of flavor.

Healthy does not mean bland.  Use lots of your favorite herbs, play around with fusion food. Mixing your favorite flavors.  I love Indian and Japanese food, so I often mix them together. Those flavors work together surprising well.

Fresh is great for a diet.  So many fresh vegetables cook up fast in the oven roasting or stir try on top of the stove.  20-30 minutes many times or less. Poof Food.



The Path to Healthier Living

Ok, who hasn’t started dozens of weight loss programs, goals that didn’t quite get there, and wish they had a plan that worked?  Probably a vast majority of us have.

I decided in February of 2017 that I was the biggest I ever wanted to  ever be and it was time to get control of my weight.

I had an account at  https://www.sparkpeople.com/ that I had just ignored for a while and decided to take control of my diet.  The program helped me find out what calories I needed to stay under and how long it would take to reach my goal.  I decided to set a goal of 150 pounds, slightly larger than I was when I got married.

The pictures above was put together July 2018, at that time I had lost 80 Pounds.  I am writing this Blog second week of September, I am now down to 181 pounds, so I have now lost a total of 86 pounds. only 31 more pounds to go to reach my goal weight.

I started this diet in a size 24 jeans, last weekend I bought three pairs of size 14 Skinny jeans.

  1. First thing that is very important is to write down everything you eat and the portion size.  Since I had a defined calorie count to stay under, I would go to the internet and define how many calories my meal was.  By keeping my portions down in size, I could eat pretty much anything I wanted, but the calories determined the size of the meal.  SparkPeople has an electronic food and calorie tracker but I am a little old fashion and write it all down on a legal pad.
  2. Second thing I do is weight myself every day.  That tells me a couple of things. First, did the meals I ate yesterday help or hinder my progress?  Should I eat normally today or maybe a little lighter? Second, when I did drop a pound I could track it and write it down.  I try to weigh myself first thing in the morning when I first wake up.
  3. Plate size is important, try and eat your meals on a pie or dessert plate. (Small).  The smaller the plate, the smaller the portion.  Psychologically a full plate makes you think you are getting a lot of food.  I always try and eat on the plate on the left.20180719_122951
  4. I try and keep my portions small for several reasons, the most important is  I am trying to shrink my stomach so I want less food to feel satisfied.  People spend thousands of dollars to have stomach surgery so a little food goes a long way. I figured I could do the same thing and save the money on surgery by fooling my stomach into shrinking.

In the beginning I would get really hungry at meal times (still do sometimes).. so I would eat my small portion and wait, drink two big glasses or more of water and wait some more.  If after 20 – 30 minutes I am still not feeling satisfied or like I have had enough to eat, I find a healthy snack.  Celery stick, carrot stick, grapes, are great low calorie snack foods and only cost a tiny bit of calories. Again, portion is the key, two sticks, five or six grapes at a time, then drink more water and wait.  One of the keys is waiting for the food to settle in your stomach.  You would be surprised how many times you are actually done, but habit makes you eat.

Most of the meals I cook now, I add calorie friendly vegetables with it. So if I need something extra, I can have a couple more ounces of carrots, green beans, brussel sprouts, etc. and not hurt the total calories for the day.  I recommend you write down your favorite foods first, and find out how many calories they have.  that will help you plan how much of your favorites you can eat.

I weigh or measure all of my food if I can. If I am out I try to determine the calories of a meal by googling it with my phone. Some Restaurants now have their calories right on the menu. That is so helpful, I can modify how much of something I eat  depending on the total calories of the dish. Example, an 8 oz. burger might be 800 calories.  100 calories per oz.  Cut off two or three oz. size  and package the rest for later.  Once you know how many calories a dish has, you can determine how much of it you are going to eat.

Don’t deny yourself a little desert, just make it “Little”.  I was baking up a storm on this diet. Pies, cakes, cookies. I let my family eat the bulk of it.  But if I wanted pie, I cut 1 oz. of pie.  Bite of cookie, 1 oz. of cake.. You get the idea. Candy?  Halloween snack size. Most of the bars are between 70 -85 calories each. Eat one a day, max.  Like nuts?  My husband buys me the 100 calorie snack pack of nuts and dried fruit. Eat only one a day max.  Oz of cheese runs from 70 to 150 calories depending on the type.

It has been a year and a half for me, the SparkPeople website told me it would take close to two years to lose the weight and get down to the size I want to be, so I am very close to my original goal and time tables.  I will post more later on my diet.


Delta Piedmont Blues (Country Blues)

When you are in the mood for the authentic sound of Delta Piedmont Blues.. Listen to this list of Blues Tunes, it will certainly set your senses..

  1.  Erin Harpe – M&O Blues
  2. Sue Foley – Down The Big Road Blues
  3. Furry Lewis – Water Tank
  4. Maria Muldaur, Alvin YoungBlood Hart -Crazy Cryin’ Blues
  5. Mick Martin -Broke Down Engine
  6. Eleanor Ellis, Bill Ellis Worried Blues
  7. Mississippi John Hurt – Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
  8. John Jackson – T.B. Blues
  9. Bonnie Raitt – Richland Woman Blues
  10. Mark Hummel – Let Me Go
  11. Kelly Joe Phelps – Hobo’s Son
  12. Eric Bibb with Taj Mahal – Goin’ Down Slow
  13. Pink Anderson – Try Some of That
  14. Algia Mae Hinton – Whatcha gonna Do When Your Good Girl Turns You Down?
  15. Reverend Gary Davis – Twelve Sticks
  16. Blind Boy Fuller – Stealing Bo-Hog
  17. Rory Block – Parchman Farm Blues
  18. Brownie McGhee- Good Morning Blues
  19. Yank Rachell -Bugle Call
  20. Phoebe Snow – In My Girlish Days
  21. Ruthie Foster, Steve Freund – Keep Your Big Mouth Closed
  22. Dan Phelps – Baby, You Better Change Your Mind
  23. Erin Harpe – You Gonna Quit Me Blues
  24. Dick Heckstall-Smith – Ground Hog Blues
  25. Woodrow Adams – Baby, You Just Don’t Know
  26. Cephas & Wiggins – Man without A Future
  27. Maria Muldaur, Del Rey, Steve James – Long As I Can See you Smile
  28. Kelly Joe Phelps – Goodnight Irene
  29. Brownie McGhee – John Henry
  30. Cephas & Wiggins – No Ice in My Bourbon
  31. Lowel Fulson – Prison Bound
  32. Bonnie Raitt – Rollin’ & Tumblin’
  33. Guy Davis – Step It Up and Go
  34. Erin Harpe – Pick Poor Robin Clean
  35. Guitar Slim & Jelly Belly – Working Man Blues
  36. Pink Anderson – Baby I’m Going Away
  37. Brownie McGhee – Rainy Day
  38. John Jackson-Railroad Bill
  39. Sam Chatmon – Brownskin Woman
  40. Rory Block – Peavine Blues

Summer Time Rock Music

When I think of summer I think of the car window down, wind blowing over my face, cold tea in the console of the car, and classic rock on the radio.  Enjoy this selection of Summer Time Rock Music…

  1. Abba – Fernando
  2. Fleetwood Mac – The Sun is Shining
  3. Eddie Cochran- Summertime Blues
  4. Adele – All I Ask
  5. The Beach Boys – Fun, Fun, Fun
  6. John travolta and Olivia Newton-John – Summer Nights
  7. The Drifters -Under the Boardwalk
  8. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in The City
  9. Seals & Croft – Summer Breeze
  10. Meat Loaf – You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
  11. Three Dog Night 0- Mama Told me not to Come
  12. The Zombies – Summertime
  13. The Beach Boys – Catch A Wave
  14. Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
  15. Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime
  16. The Surfaris – Wipe Out
  17. Procol Harum – Conquistador
  18. The Mowgli’s – Summertime
  19. Bill Withers-Lovely Day
  20. Don Henley – The Boys of Summer
  21. Billy Joel – Don’t Ask Me Why
  22. The Motels – Suddenly Last Summer
  23. Bryan Adams – Summer o 69
  24. Manfred Man’s Earth Band – Blinded by The Light
  25. Terry Jacks – Seasons in the Sun
  26. Jackson Browne – Doctor My Eyes
  27. Jackson Browne – Running on Empty
  28. The Mama’s & The Papa’s – Dancing in the Street
  29. Sy & The Family Stone – Hot Fun in The Summertime
  30. The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
  31. Jonny Rivers – Summer Rain
  32. Blondie – In The Sun
  33. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
  34. Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
  35. The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin
  36. The Kinks – LOLA
  37. The Contours – Do You Love Me
  38. Abba – Dancing Queen
  39. Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale
  40. Three Dog Night – One is the Loneliest Number

Smooth & Soft Rock Music

Want some smooth and easy rock to mellow out to on a Sunday Afternoon? This set should do it for you.


  1. England Dan & John Ford Coley – I’d Really Love to See you Tonight
  2. Bread – If
  3. B.J. Thomas – I Just Can’t Help Believing
  4. Lobo – I’d Love You To Want Me
  5. Steely Dan – Do It Again
  6. REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
  7. Chicago – If You Leave Me Now
  8. Extreme – More Than Words
  9. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
  10. Looking Glass – Brandi You’re A Fine Girl
  11. Christopher Cross – Sailing
  12. Phil Collins – One More Night
  13. The Hollies – The Air That I Breath
  14. Bryan Adams – Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman
  15. Mariah Carey – I want To Know What Love Is
  16. Journey – Open Arms
  17. Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street
  18. Ambrosia – Biggest Part of Me
  19. Eagles – New Kid in Town
  20. Bread – Guitar Man
  21. Air Supply – Lost in Love
  22. England Dan & John Ford Coley – Love Is The Answer
  23. The Little River Band – Lady
  24. Chicago – You’re The Inspiration
  25. Bryan Adams – I Do It For You
  26. Eagles – Best Of My Love
  27. Andrew Gold – Lonely Boy
  28. Ambrosia- That’s How Much I Feel
  29. Bryan Adams- Let’s Make a Night to Remember
  30. Eagles – Desperado
  31. 10cc – I’m Not In Love
  32. Toto-Rosanna
  33. Bread – Make it With You
  34. Jefferson Starship – Miracles
  35. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
  36. Terry Jacks – Seasons in The Sun
  37. England Dan & John Fod Coley – Nights Are Forever without You
  38. Air Supply – All Out Of Love
  39. Chris De Burgh – The Lady In Red
  40. Journey – Faithfully
  41. Starship – Sara
  42. The Doobie Brothers – Another Park, Another Sunday