Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule.
Love the people that never look at their schedule when you need them.

Normal? Can't even imagine how awful that must be.
If you're trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
Overcome the notion that you have to be normal. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.

Just because others do not take the same road as you, does not mean they are lost.

To be kind is more important than to be right.
True kindness is helping someone who can never repay you.

Don't wait for people to be kind.
Show them.

Leave people better than you found them.
When you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.
The power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, an honest compliment, are too often greatly underestimated.

It's only impossible until it is done.

Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is knowing not to use tomatoes in a fruit salad.
Wisdom is knowing the right thing to do,
Integrity is doing it.

We are not humans having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

You don't have a soul.
You have a body.
You ARE a soul.

Hardships are guidelines, not stop signs.
Hardship may mean you are going the wrong way or...
Hardship prepares people for extraordinary destiny.

The six most imporant words: I was wrong, please forgive me.


Damien Rice The Blower's Daughter

Damien Rice - The Blower's Daughter

Cannot get this song out of my mind.

It would drive me nuts when a song would get stuck in my brain.

Except this one.

It's welcome to pop in and join the party going on in my head, anytime, all the time.

Can't take my mind off of you.... Until I find somebody new.

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Amy Winehouse

When the Shirelles did this song it was very good.

Amy gave it a whole new dimension, she makes it Great.

I have listened to this song nearly every day since I first heard her version.

Joan Baez, Diamonds and Rust - Live, 1975

Got nothin'.

Just love it.

Update. @ 1:24 Joan begins to smile. I love her teeth. It must be in my DNA coding. Teeth like that are a real turn on for me. Don't ask me why, I do not know. Right after the that "where are you calling from a booth in the midwest" That was always my favorite line in this song. Again, don't ask me why, I have no clue.

I do not know who she is singing to. I do not want to know. I fear it may be someone I do not like where me knowing who may ruin the song. Some things are better left alone.

This guy must have really broken her heart. Curious point in the song, @ 2:17 right after "...already a legend..." she breaks in to a mysterious smile. It appears she is transported back to the moment in time she is singing about. They are such fond memories she just can't help but smile. A very short lived smile, but for me it spoke volumes.

I need to find a version of this video without the last 60 seconds of clapping. Enough already.

Melanie "Lay Down" (Candles in the Rain)

I have always loved this song.

So raise candles high 'Causeifyoudon'twecouldstayblackagainsttheniiiiiight
Oh, oh, raise them higher again Andifyoudowecouldstaydryagainsttheraaaaaaaaaain.

Just can't beat that with a stick.

Is she enjoying herself, or what?. The joy and enthusiasim comes through so well.

Fiona Apple - "Across The Universe"

This was the "Extra" on the Pleasantville DVD.

There seems to be a correlation between great movies and great songs.

Not a very well known movie. It was one of those movies that if you "got it" you loved it. Too many did not "get it".

The movie was about prejudice against colored people. If you did not see the movie, "colored" is not what you are thinking.

Pleasantville was a black and white movie where some characters morphed from black and white to color. Not everyone thought color was a good thing. Parallels too many real life subjects.

The Moody Blues - Question

@ 2:41 & @ 3:49 I'm looking for someone to change my Life, Looking for a Miracle in my Life. As good as it gets.

Then @ 3:59 the blond singing along and her smile is so evident of the influence that music has on our lives.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'Ole

Both Somewhere Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World are great songs.

The two combined together has to be up there on my list.

Nickelback - Rockstar

@ 0:18 I just love the way this girl moves her hips.
Have never been a fan of big boobs, this girl wears them well.

This is a good tune but I am surprised it made the cut. It's the video that did it. It is just so cool to see so many people enjoying life.

@0:43 the guy with the green pants and pink shirt, what a unique character. I only recognize about 2 or 3 people in this video. I have this sneaky suspicion that you Normies think I am susposed to know a lot more than that.

@ 2:57 that is likely a Green Screen. This foundry looks A LOT like a couple of places I have worked. We did not wear powder blue eye shadow. At least not while at work. I doubt this guy had the balls to actually walk through the door of a place like this.

Pink Floyd - Free Four - Obscured By Clouds

This one has always been a faviorite. Lately it has hit home more than I would have liked out of life.

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in the gloom of the sickroom,
And talk to yourself as you die.

Kind of how my father died.

Life is a short, warm moment
And death is a long cold rest.

Love that line, very cool phrase, but don't really buy in to the "long cold rest"

You get your chance to try in the twinkling of an eye,
Eighty years, with luck, or even less.

My parents had the "Luck" to make it to eighty years.

The rest is just great lyrics

So all aboard for the American tour,
And maybe you'll make it to the top.
And mind how you go, and I can tell you, 'cause I know
You may find it hard to get off.

You are the angel of death
And I am the dead man's son.
And he was buried like a mole in a fox hole.
And everyone is still on the run.

And who is the master of fox hounds?
And who says the hunt has begun?
And who calls the tune in the courtroom?
And who beats the funeral drum?

The memories of a man in his old age
Are the deeds of a man in his prime.
You shuffle in the gloom of the sickroom
And talk to yourself as you die.

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You

This is just one incident out a life time of things that no one but me knows. I have previously told Lisa and Christine this particular story. Well actually I was texting with both Christine and Lisa when it occurred. I used the Text messages to reconstruct this story.

Years ago I had given my Mother a table top stereo with CD player. When I was staying at her place in TX, entertainment was limited. My Mother’s CD collection and my taste in music had very little in common. This one song was in the mix.

After my mother had passed I left that stereo with Lisa because the audio when out on her TV.

On the first anniversary, of my Mother's death, in the wee hours of the morning when Lisa and her family were all asleep. That stereo, on its own, started playing. I had left the Whitney Houston's CD in the player. I Will Always Love You began playing.

A few weeks later on or about St Patrick's day. Lisa was having an unusually difficult time coping with our mothers death. That is until I Will Always Love You came on her music player at work and snapper her out of it. Not that unusual except she had never heard that song before on her iPhone. She did not how it got there. See had about 1000 songs on her phone. She probably would have remembered if that song was on her phone. Especially given the significance of the Anniversary playing of the song.

One other thing, and this is in the Text transcripts and I remember it vividly, Lisa started out “Weird story....a good story.... I was at work last week, really missing mom.” Then she related the above. Seven minutes later I replied “I knew what you were going to say and which song minutes ago.”

You see I had been coaching Lisa on how dead people attempt to communicate with the living since the time she backed out of the drive to return to TX on the day of our Father's Funeral. It kind of freaked them out because my Father started playing with them on the trip back to TX.

On the evening of April 11, 2012, I went to 7-11 for an energy drink. The same inter-voice in the Unchained Melodies story (posted on FB a couple of days ago) told me to pay attention to the music playing on my PC. And more specifically, Whitney Houston's I will always Love You, is going to play.

I have thousands of MP3 songs that play in random order. It would take over 400 days to listen to every song. The odds are therefore less than 1 in 400 that any song will play on any given day. Not astronomical. If you were to tell me I was going to hear a specific song to day I would take notice. At 1 in 400 I am not taking that bet.

At 11pm I texted Lisa telling her about the “voice” telling me to listen to the stereo.

I know. Probably out of all of you that know me more, than not, probably think I'm nuts. The false rumor floating around the time of my Mother's Funeral saying I wanted to kill my mother and commit suicide did not help. [biting my tongue]

Do not want to keep biting my tongue, holding in the bad is not healthy.

I was flying with my mother from cancer treatment in Wisconsin to a dementia assisted living facility in Texas. This was not an easy time in my life or my mothers.
At this point in my life, things had gone to shit, which is a huge understatement.
While on the plane to Texas a morbid thought entered my mind,

 "If this plane crashed, it would not be such a bad thing".

A very personal moment. I did NOT wish for the plane to crash, IF it were to crash.....

Months later I traveled from Florida to Wisconsin to attend my mother's funeral service.

On the day before the service, while having a heart-to-heart (heart-to heartless) talk with my aunt Jill, my mother's sister, to explain to her how I felt at that moment, I revealed to her the morbid thought I had had on the plane.

The next day I was told about a rumor spreading among family and relatives,
the most loathsome interpretation,
 I wanted to kill my mother and commit suicide.

A special thanks to my brother Tim for pointing out to me that it's not good to tell people I want to commit suiside, they will think I'm crazy. This is after I explained the above.

Those few that know me well, Lisa and my kids understand what I say when I mention the “voice”.

So at 11pm I text Lisa right after I Will Always Love You, begins to play. I was happy the voice did not let me down in this instance. I never does, but sometimes it means more than others. I sent this message to Lisa regarding the song playing: “I was confident. I would have been diapointed.” I am both a crappy speller and typist. Diapointed was a typo, I can spell that word.

So this song has become THE song for my Mother for Lisa and me. And it sounds like my mother. She very much disliked being perceived as a burden. When the lyrics go

If I should stay,
I would only be in your way.
So I'll go

They fit my Mother. I am now biting my tongue, again, for the second time in this story.

One in 400 is not significant enough. I had had this conversation with my mother many times. The Validation. 1 in 400 is not a Validation she know this.

I Will always Love You turns out to be a Que. The following songs were from either my Mothers Funeral service video, my fathers video, or the CD I made to play in the foyer at Wisconsin Memorial.

Then came

One song, The Likes of You Again, at first, did not make sense.

Except it was Flogging Molly who are very much related to my kids, three live concerts. And probably the only music group all three of us liked.

The next day when I went to 7-11, I hear "Look at the lyrics. That was the point to the other song".

I only remembered the other song was by Flogging Molly, not the song's title. I did not pay enough attention to what song that was. It was not that meaningful to me.

I was able to retrieve the Play List from the MP3 player. That's how I got the song's name and the list of songs played.

This is the most significant portion of the lyrics:

Here's to you, I sing for my daddy-o
As I lay him down to sleep
It's been so long, since I lost my daddy-o
Hope he's watchin' over me

How many songs do I have that have lyrics like that? One.

Seven songs, the Magical Number Seven. What are the odds on that? Seven songs with a 1 in 400 chance of playing on any given day. But not just on that day but back to back. I do not need a calculator to get that number. The answer is Astronomical. As in Total Validation.

This validation came from my Father. Hence the daddy-o lyrics.

I had already gotten a solid Validation from my Mother one year earlier in April 2011. I just now, this very instant, noticed the one year thing.

My mother must like Anniversaries. I recall from the text messages with Lisa I was trying to relate the date of these songs playing to some significant date.

It was not the exact date but I got just got the “Nod” which is my inner voice that says like BINGO ya got it, finally. Apparently I missed the que sent me 10 days earlier.

The above may sound strange. It is. I am currently writing about some of my life's pivotal events which relate to, and fill in, many of the blanks to this story.

Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

If you do not know this song... that would be too obscure.

If you do not agree this is one of the best songs ever then Get the fuck off my page. Now!

Bee Gees - Don't Forget To Remember

I "discovered" this song when my father died.

I have spent many nights listening to this song over and over and crying my eyes out.

Uncle Kracker - Follow Me

This one just makes me feel good.

I'll tuck you in at night...

Aerosmith - I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing

This song became "our song" with a past girlfriend.

She caught me so many times just sitting there watching her sleep.

It's an amazing feeling to love one so much you can enjoy watching them sleep.

Can't take my eyes off of you.
Oh wait that was...
'til I find someone new.


After Laughter (Comes Tears)