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Rebecca's Curse - DD Allen

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Rebecca's Curse - DD Allen

My father once told me to be wary of women. I laughed at him. I remember the day well. We were in his car, eating sandwiches, I was nineteen and helping him out at work. He wanted to show me the ropes of being an entrepreneur. Hence, we hung out together every day for a month. I learned the ropes of being an entrepreneur but didn’t understand a fig about what he was trying to explain about women. I wish I had listened to him more closely…

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Sailing - Rod Stewart

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Sailing - Rod Stewart

Dear Dad,

You passed away yesterday, on June 16 and left a void that cannot be filled in the hearts of the people you loved. Anyone who knew you will know exactly how incredibly huge this void is for my mom, brother and me. You were everything to us. I know anything I ever did was done to make you proud of me, proud of the fact that I was your son…

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Meet Me in Stockholm – Sir Douglas Quintet

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Meet Me in Stockholm – Sir Douglas Quintet

A friend from Detroit wanted to experience Finland and traveled here to visit my ex-wife and I in 1993. We showed her around Helsinki, hitting all the hot sights, mandatory restaurants and clubs. We even took a ferry to Stockholm, Sweden, so she could discover another stunningly beautiful Scandinavian capital…

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If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley

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If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley

I'm never going to sing another song I don't believe in. I'm never going to make another picture I don't believe in.
– Elvis Presley after hearing ”If I Can Dream” for the first time.

Speaking of first times, I remember the first time I saw Elvis on TV. This was in the early 1980s. I must have been no more than ten. It was the day before Christmas and there was a rerun of the King’s ’68 Comeback Special on NBC…

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And The Cradle Will Rock – Van Halen

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And The Cradle Will Rock – Van Halen

When Van Halen came on the scene, they blew people’s minds. It was the type of music that hadn’t been heard before. I remember my parent’s feeling a bit iffy about the band. My dad especially was concerned when I had the MTV on and was watching the long-haired lead singer jumping around in tights…

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Melancholia - The Who

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Melancholia - The Who

The world is filled with webpages that’ll teach you how to be happy. Presumably that’s what people want, constant happiness. Lo and behold if you have a negative or deep thought. This has become a crime almost, especially in social media. Our lives must be incredibly cool and blissful all the time…

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Lone Bulb - Crooked Cat Adams

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Lone Bulb - Crooked Cat Adams

I have a confession to make. Kate Chopin is one of my favorite authors. I remember the first time I read her most critically-acclaimed novel The Awakening.  I’m not a feminist and obviously, not a woman but I nevertheless found the novel touching. For those of you haven’t read it, it’s a story about rebelling against the expectations that society places on us…

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Hurt – Johnny Cash

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Hurt – Johnny Cash

I remember being in my twenties and not really understanding why people get burned out. It was hard to grasp. I was young, happily married at the time, had no kids and in retrospect, not that many responsibilities. I led the kind of life that would make a great holiday resort for someone needing to recover from a rocky patch. Of course, when you are knee-deep in the Garden of Eden, you rarely realize that this is the case…

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Can’t Kick The Habit - Spin Doctors

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Can’t Kick The Habit - Spin Doctors

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

–      Henry Ford

And yet that’s what most of us do. It’s actually rather crazy. We just keep going. I for one seem to have a master’s degree in that. It doesn’t matter if what I’m doing or who I am with isn’t good for me, I’ll see it through to the bitter end. I call it quits, all torn and broken, only after all other alternatives have been exhausted…

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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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