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You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

I’m writing this on a plane, flying back home from California. As my fifteen-year old son would put it, it’s a long-ass flight, close to eleven hours, and I’m only three hours into it. That’s the bad news. The good news is that I have plenty of time to write my upcoming post for Celebrate Life. And yeah, you guessed it right, this one is inspired by my trip, during which I drove about 2000 miles ­– a hell of a long way, at least by my standards…

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Blue Raven – Gene Clark

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Blue Raven – Gene Clark

Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.
― Clive Barker (English writer, film director, and visual artist)…

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You Are The One – The Impersonators

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You Are The One – The Impersonators

So, it’s Valentine’s Day again, which means it’s time to reflect on the songs I’ve written in the past. A year ago, I wrote a post on a Carmen Gray track called “Fall In Love.” This year, I’ll take a look at a more recent song, “You Are The One” by my current group The Impersonators. Like “Fall In Love,” this track brings back a lot of memories, fantastic memories in fact…

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Tiny Dancer – Elton John

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Tiny Dancer – Elton John

When I was a kid, quite a lot of people were trying to turn me on to the music of Elton John. They played me the tracks and showed me the photos. I liked the songs; the photos were sometimes a bit over the top, to say the least. One particular one comes to mind with Elton in his feather costume. I remember my dad looking at the picture and saying, “Please don’t ever come home dressed like that.”…

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‘Til I Die – The Beach Boys

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‘Til I Die – The Beach Boys

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.

–    Theodore N. Vail (former president of A T & T)

Very seldom do I run into a quote that’s as true as the one above. In a way, it’s ridiculous how vulnerable we are to our own thoughts. No matter how we slice it, we are at their mercy…

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We Are One – In My Coma

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We Are One – In My Coma

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
–    H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (American author)

Or have they? What if they just suck at reading a map or weren’t paying attention at the intersection?…

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Wishing All These Old Things Were New – Merle Haggard

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Wishing All These Old Things Were New – Merle Haggard

I was thinking about getting old the other day, how quickly it happens – it creeps up on you when you are not looking, old age. People live longer and stay in a much better shape longer than they did a few decades ago. Still, we all get old and our bodies give out little by little. But the angst of aging does not come from that alone; it’s also that our lives change…

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Stuck With You – Huey Lewis And The News

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Stuck With You – Huey Lewis And The News

Happy 2019!

My New Year’s Eve began by listening to an argument at the local mall. I was doing some last minute grocery shopping with my son. While choosing between the many orange juices the store had to offer, we found ourselves standing next to an elderly couple who were going at it full steam…

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HEL!INST.PETERSBURG – DJ Hollowbase

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HEL!INST.PETERSBURG – DJ Hollowbase

Have any of you ever tasted camel milk? Well, I have, while staying in Morocco a long time ago. 

Not aware of what it does to those unaccustomed to drinking it, I had a hefty dose of this beverage while shopping for a Persian rug in Casablanca. Some Swedish girls who were staying at the same hotel as I was recommended it to me, saying it gave you a bit of a buzz…

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North Star – Robb Murphy

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North Star – Robb Murphy

How do you know if you are in a relationship that’s right for you?

What are the indications of that?

How are you supposed to feel when you are with the right person?…

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Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

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Driving Home For Christmas – Chris Rea

Are you happy?

It’s a question you are supposed to answer with an affirmative. Hence it’s a question I dread hearing. In fact, I always counter that question by asking for a definition of happiness. Usually, people change the subject quickly after that. I know it’s unfair of me but nobody likes wet blankets,..

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Melancholy – Sailor

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Melancholy – Sailor

Dreams are a funny thing. Very few of them actually come true. Yet we keep building new ones daily. We can’t help it, we need them. They are born from all our random feelings and thoughts and seem to appear just in time to heal our wounds of disappointment…

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Can't Be Seen - The Rolling Stones

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Can't Be Seen - The Rolling Stones

Well, office Christmas parties are just round the corner, which means that it’s a good week to talk about affairs. Yes, I know – Merry Christmas! Ho, ho, ho! But wait, it gets worse. Believe it or not, over here in Scandinavia some employers even send their employees on a two-day Christmas cruise – as if one night wouldn’t be enough to stray from the straight and narrow!..

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The Pimp And The Whore – Thunder

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The Pimp And The Whore – Thunder

Whenever I ask someone if they know a British hard-rock band called Thunder, they usually start humming the beginning of AC/DC’s ”Thunderstruck.” This is frustrating for three reasons. Firstly, ”Thunderstruck” is not exactly AC/DC’s finest hour; secondly, comparing AC/DC to Thunder is like comparing construction workers to architects…

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Effigy - The Impersonators

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Effigy - The Impersonators

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.
–    H.P. Lovecraft (one of the most significant 20th-century authors in the horror genre)

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the whole concept of it: the scary masks, haunted houses and trick-or-treaters. And then there are all these incredibly cool memories.

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Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton

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Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton

This week, I want to reveal to you my greatest fear. It’s that something bad will happen to my children. In fact, if I’m honest with you, as far as I’m concerned, no other fear comes even close. The thought of that is unbearable. I don’t know how people who lose their children ever recuperate. I would probably lose my mind…

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I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

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I Won't Back Down - Tom Petty

This week, we will continue with the theme of fear. Last week was about the fear of the dark; this week we will talk about not letting your fears get the better of you. There are instances in life, when we must stand our ground regardless of how scared we are, instances when giving in is far worse that deciding not to back down come what may…

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Fear Of The Dark - Iron Maiden

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Fear Of The Dark - Iron Maiden

It’s about being scared but not really knowing what of. They say that everybody has a secret fear of something, they just don’t always know what it is – until it’s too late.

– Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) on the song “Fear Of The Dark”…

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Altamont – The Modern World

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Altamont – The Modern World

The other day, I was watching a new TV series about separated couples who’ve been unsuccessful in signing the divorce papers. The basic idea of the show was that these individuals, some of them stuck in their own indecision for years, were bought together to work with therapists, social workers and lawyers to put it all to rest….

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