Friday, May 15, 2015

Music Friday: Lady Antebellum Sings, ‘You Shine Like Diamonds’ in 2008’s ‘Love’s Lookin’ Good on You’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you fun songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today we have country music trio Lady Antebellum singing “Love’s Lookin’ Good on You” from their 2008 chart-topping self-titled album.


The premise of the song is that a woman in love undergoes a beautiful and undeniable transformation. She beams with confidence, her eyes are twice as bright and she looks like a million bucks.

Lady Antebellum sings, “How your sweet smile has a way of / Lighting up the room / Yeah you shine like diamonds / In everything you do / Oh love, love, love is looking good/ Good, good on you.”

“Love’s Lookin’ Good on You” is the sixth track on the group’s inaugural album Lady Antebellum, which released in April of 2008 and made its debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It was also a crossover success, as it reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart.

The multi-Grammy-award-winning Lady Antebellum is composed of the multitalented trio of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar) and Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin). The group got its start in Nashville in 2006 and signed with Capitol Records a year later.

Since then, the group has released five albums and 16 singles, nine of which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Lady Antebellum scored Grammys in 2012 for Song of the Year and Record of the Year, and another in 2013 for Best Country Album. The trio is credited with selling more than 12.5 million digital singles and 10 million albums in the U.S.

Check out the awesome 2008 live performance of Lady Antebellum singing “Love’s Lookin’ Good on You.” The studio session was sponsored by radio station 96.9 "The Kat" in Charlotte, N.C. And, as always, the lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along.

"Love's Lookin' Good on You"
Written by Victoria Lynn Shaw, Jason Deere and Matt Lopez. Performed by Lady Antebellum.

Oh baby, baby something's just a little bit different
In your eyes tonight,
Why they look twice as bright.
Oh baby, baby something's changed,
That I can't quite put my finger on,
Well I've been racking my brain,
Wait just a minute,
Well hold on now,
Well I'll get it.

Love, love, love is looking good,
Good, good on you,
Can you feel it
Oh everybody sees it.
How your sweet smile has a way of,
Lighting up the room,
Yeah you shine like diamonds,
In everything you do.
Oh love, love, love is looking good,
Good, good on you.

Oh baby, baby,
Isn't it funny,
How we don't need any money,
Just a little love to look like a million bucks

Oh baby, baby,
Kinda makes you think that the stars were in sync on the night we met.
There'll probably be a red carpet everywhere you go,
Throw it on out hey don't you know.


I knew right away from the very first kiss,
That it just doesn't get much better than this.
We fit just like a favorite pair of jeans.
We just keep coming back for more,
Like two kids in a candy store.
And now I know what everybody means when they say.


I'm telling you mighty, mighty good babe.

Love, love, love is looking,
Good, good, good on you,
Love is looking good on you.

Love, love, love is looking
Good, good, good on you

Image: Instagram/Lady Antebellum

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Domestic Violence Survivor Throws Out the First Pitch and Gets Surprise Marriage Proposal From the Man Who Saved Her Life

Melissa Dohme, a young nurse who, in 2012, was stabbed 32 times and left for dead by her estranged boyfriend, threw out the first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game on Monday night — and got a surprise on-field marriage proposal from the paramedic who saved her life.


Since her miraculous recovery from the brutal attack, Dohme has been an active and vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence.

The Tampa Bay baseball team recognized Dohme’s admirable community service by giving her first-pitch honors prior to the Rays-Yankees game on Monday.

As she strode out to the pitcher’s mound wearing flashy cowboy boots, the public address announcer introduced Dohme to the 10,000 fans at Tropicana Field.

But, then he made a surprise announcement. Her boyfriend, Cameron Hill, would present her with the official baseball.


This was no ordinary ball, however. It was marked in bold red ink with the phrase, “Will you marry me.”

Then Hill went down on one knee, pulled out a small black box that contained a diamond engagement ring, and asked Dohme for her hand in marriage. The startled 23-year-old said “Yes” and the couple embraced.


The Tampa fans cheered wildly, and then Dohme confidently threw out the first pitch, with her new fiancé handling the catching duties.

The sheer joy of the moment is a far cry from the terror Dohme experienced in January of 2012. Her estranged boyfriend stabbed her 32 times and left her bleeding — and nearly dead — on the sidewalk in front of her St. Petersburg home. He had become enraged when she broke off their relationship.


Paramedic Hill was a first responder that fateful day and Dohme credits him with having saved her life, according to the Tampa Tribune.

As Dohme was airlifted from the scene, Hill knew he would see her again. It was a “sixth sense,” he told the Tampa Bay Times.

"When I look back on that night, I can't think of it as all bad anymore because I met Cameron," she said. "He's the one I've been waiting for. My fairy tale."

Dohme’s determined recovery impressed her doctors. Even though she flat-lined four times during her three-week stay in the hospital and suffered nerve damage on one side of her face, she walked from the medical facility under her own power.

Hill supported Dohme’s recovery efforts and even sat next to her in the courtroom as her abuser, in October 2013, was sentenced to life in prison.

The two began to date and have been a couple ever since.

Dohme believes that God saved her life so she could advocate on behalf of girls and women in abusive relationships. “I’m alive for a reason and I was given this purpose to be an advocate against domestic violence,” she said.

Dohme and Hill have not set a wedding date.

Check out the video of how the scene played out on Monday night in Tampa Bay.

Images courtesy of the Tampa Bay Rays; Facebook;

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This Fashionable Calcite Bracelet Was Designed by Prehistoric Human Ancestors 40,000 Years Ago, Scientists Claim

This beautifully polished calcite bracelet looks like a contemporary design, but it was actually made by our prehistoric human ancestors — the Denisovans — 40,000 years ago.


That’s the claim of Anatoly Derevyanko, Director of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, part of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“The bracelet is stunning,” Derevyanko told the Siberian Times. “In bright sunlight it reflects the sun rays; at night by the fire it casts a deep shade of green.”


Besides having an eye for beauty and aesthetics, the Denisovans were skilled artisans and far more advanced than previously believed, noted Derevyanko. The 8mm round hole in the bracelet, for example, reveals that they were adept at using advanced tools, in this case a boring implement that was likely a high-rotation drill. They also showed advanced grinding and polishing skills.

“The skills of its creator were perfect,” added Irina Salnikova, head of the Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East in Novosibirsk. “Initially we thought that it was made by Neanderthals or modern humans, but it turned out that the master was Denisovan, at least in our opinion.”


The bracelet — which is believed to be the world’s oldest piece of jewelry crafted of stone — was discovered in the Denisova Cave, a famous archaeological site located in southwestern Siberia, in the Altai Mountains near the border with China and Mongolia.

Among the unique items previously discovered in the cave were remains from woolly mammoths and woolly rhinos. Also unearthed were the finger bone and two teeth from a juvenile female Denisovan, a now-extinct human species that was believed to be physically similar to Neanderthals.

Derevyanko also noted that chlorite is not found in the vicinity of the cave. The material is believed to have come from a source at least 125 miles away, which possibly reveals how valued the “imported” material was at the time.


The scientist also believes that the calcite bracelet was originally fashioned with other adornments, including some soft organic material, such as a leather strap that included a heavy charm.

The calcite bracelet is on display at the Museum of History and Culture of the Peoples of Siberia and the Far East in Novosibirsk.

Jewelry photos and graphics: Vera Salnitskaya, Anatoly Derevyanko, Mikhail Shunkov and Anastasia Abdulmanova via Siberian Times. Cave photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Monday, May 11, 2015

‘Oblivious Engagement’ Clip Vies for $100,000 Prize on ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

In last night’s $100,000 episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos, a recently engaged young woman tries repeatedly to get her mom to notice her new diamond ring — going so far as to put her hand right in her mom’s face — but all the mom can focus on are her daughter’s earrings and outfit. After nearly a half-minute of cluelessness, the mom finally catches on — and her over-the-top reaction is hilarious.


Although it did not win the top prize, the “Oblivious Engagement” clip was a $10,000 winner from earlier in the 25th season of AFV, and competed last night with eight other clips. AFV awards three $100,000 prizes per season. The show’s weekly viewership is approximately six million.

Moms often dream about their daughters getting engaged, but the mom in the clip is so oblivious to her daughter’s clear intentions to show off her ring that all we can do as viewers is to share the young woman’s frustrations, shake our heads and let out a belly laugh.

Here’s how the scene unfolds in 45 hilarious seconds…

“Look at you!” the mom exclaims, as if she hasn’t seen her daughter in a while.

The daughter extends her left hand to her mom and tells her she intends to paint her nails tonight.


But the mom doesn’t look at her hand at all. Instead, she steps toward her daughter and excitedly says, “Look at your earrings! Where did you get these?”

The daughter doesn’t answer. She raises her left hand near her face so the ring is in clear view, but her mom still doesn't see it. The young woman glances at the camera as if to say, “Mom just doesn’t get it.”

Then the cameraman — presumably her dad — says, “Your nails. What about your nails?”

“I forgot to paint my nails,” the daughter says, hoping to draw her mom’s attention back to her hand.

“Oh, that doesn’t matter,” says the mom.

With her daughter's hand now dangling six inches from her face, the mom steps forward — to adjust her daughter’s outfit.


The daughter extends her left hand one more time, and now her mom freezes with surprise.


Then the mom lets out the type of scream usually reserved for horror movie heroines. For the next 20 seconds, the mom goes through a series of spasms and contortions, punctuated by shrieks of joy. Finally, she gives her daughter a well-deserved hug.


AFV previewed “Oblivious Engagement” on its YouTube channel a week ago and it quickly went viral, netting more than one million views and garnering coverage on sites as diverse as and


In its 25 seasons to date, America's Funniest Home Videos has given away more than $13 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million video clips from home viewers. Although host Tom Bergeron will not be continuing his run with the show, AFV has been renewed for its 26th season. ABC has yet to reveal who Bergeron’s replacement will be.

If you didn’t see the video on last night’s show, please check it out here… If you did see it, it’s worth watching again. Enjoy!

Images: Screen captures via's Funniest Home Videos