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Thursday, January 31, 2013

I Remember You

100% blame goes to my cousin, Pete, for today's song choice. He posted it and it got stuck in my head. And damn, does it ever take me back!


"I Remember You"

Woke up to the sound of pouring rain
The wind would whisper and I'd think of you
And all the tears you cried, they called my name
And when you needed me I came through

I paint a picture of the days gone by
When love went blind and you would make me see
I'd stare a lifetime into your eyes
So that I knew that you were there for me
Time after time you were there for me

Remember yesterday, walking hand in hand?
Love letters in the sand - I remember you

Through the sleepless nights, through every endless day
I wanna hear you say I remember you

We spent the summer with the top rolled down
Wished ever after would be like this
You said I love you babe without a sound
I said I'd give my life for just one kiss
I live for your smile and die for your kiss

Remember yesterday, walking hand in hand?

Love letters in the sand - I remember you
Through the sleepless nights, and every endless day
I wanna hear you say I remember you

We've had our share of hard times
But that's the price we paid
And through it all we kept the promise that we made
I swear you'll never be lonely

Remember yesterday, walking hand in hand?
Love letters in the sand - I remember you
Through the sleepless nights, and every endless day
I wanna hear you say I remember you

I woke up to the sound of pouring rain
Washed away a dream of you
But nothing else could ever take you away
Cause you'll always be my dream come true
Oh my darlin' I love you
Remember yesterday, walking hand in hand?

Love letters in the sand - I remember you
Through the sleepless nights, through every endless day
I wanna hear you say I remember you

Remember yesterday, walking hand in hand?

Love letters in the sand - I remember you
Through all the sleepless nights, through every endless day
I wanna hear you say I remember, I remember you

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Because We Can

Do you know about my love affair with the music of Bon Jovi? I could probably do a Bon Jovi song of the day for an entire year and never play the same song twice. No. I'm not going to do that. But here's their newest release.  This isn 't the official video. But you can watch the official video here.
 
 
"Because We Can"

I don't wanna be another wave in the ocean
I am a rock not just another grain of sand
I wanna be the one you run to when you need a shoulder
I ain't a soldier but I'm here to take a stand
Because we can

She's in the kitchen staring out the window
So tired of living life in black and white
Right now she's missing those technicolor kisses
When he turns down the lights

Lately he's feeling like a broken promise
In the mirror staring down his doubt
There's only one thing in this world that he knows
He said forever and he'll never let her down

I don't wanna be another wave in the ocean
I am a rock not just another grain of sand
I wanna be the one you run to when you need a shoulder
I ain't a soldier but I'm here to take a stand
Because we can

TV and takeout on the coffee table
Paper dishes, pour a glass of wine
Turn down the sound and move a little closer
And for the moment everything is alright

I don't wanna be another wave in the ocean
I am a rock not just another grain of sand
I wanna be the one you run to when you need a shoulder
I ain't a soldier but I'm here to take a stand

Because we can, our love can move a mountain
We can, if you believe in we
We can, just wrap your arms around me
We can, we can

I don't wanna be another wave in the ocean
I am a rock not just another grain of sand
I wanna be the one you run to when you need a shoulder
I ain't a soldier but I'm here to take a stand

I don't wanna be another wave in the ocean
I am a rock not just another grain of sand
I wanna be the one you run to when you need a shoulder
I ain't a soldier but I'm here to take a stand

Because we can, our love can move a mountain
We can, if you believe in we
We can, just wrap your arms around me
We can, we can
Because we can

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bubbly

Life is simple and yet complex. The same with love. May you spread love wherever you go.
 
 
"Bubbly"
Will you count me in?

I've been awake for a while now
You've got me feelin' like a child now
'Cause every time I see your bubbly face
I get the tingles in a silly place

[Chorus:]
It starts in my toes
And I crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

The rain is falling on my window pane
But we are hiding in a safer place
Under covers staying dry and warm
[Another version of the song says: "Under covers staying safe and warm"]
You give me feelings that I adore

[Chorus]
They start in my toes
Make me crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

But what am I gonna say
When you make me feel this way?
I just mmmmm

And it starts in my toes
Makes me crinkle my nose
Wherever it goes
I always know
That you make me smile
Please stay for a while now
Just take your time
Wherever you go

Dada dumdudum dumdadadadadum
Ohbodododododododum mmm mmm

I've been asleep for a while now
You tuck me in just like a child now
'Cause every time you hold me in your arms
I'm comfortable enough to feel your warmth

And it starts in my soul
And I lose all control
When you kiss my nose
The feeling shows
'Cause you make me smile, baby
Just take your time now
Holdin' me tight

Wherever wherever wherever you go
Wherever wherever wherever you go

Wherever you go
I always know
'Cause you make me smile
Even just for a while

Monday, January 28, 2013

Stays in Mexico

This song is not my experience of Mexico. 
My daughter has become somewhat addicted to the show House Hunters.  She was watching an episode the other night and I asked her where they were because the scenery looked familiar. She didn't know so I pulled up the episode information. They were in Puerto Vallarta. If you've never been to Puerto Vallarta, it's fabulous! The episode made me long to go back there.
These are my thoughts on an otherwise icy, cold, school-got-canceled Monday in Michigan.
 
 
"Stays in Mexico"
 
His name was Steve, her name was Gina
They met at a bar called the Cabo Wabo Cantina
He was an insurance salesman from South Dakota
She was a first grade school teacher Phoenix, Arizona
They started dancing and it got real hot
Then it spilled over into the parking lot
One more tequila they were falling in love
One more's never enough

Don't bite off more than you can chew
There's things down here the devil himself wouldn't do
Just remember when you let it all go
What happens down in Mexico
Stays in Mexico

He woke up in the morning and he made a little telephone call
To check on his wife and his kids back at home, in Sioux Falls
She hopped right in the shower with a heavy, heavy mind
He knew it was the first time Gina'd ever crossed that line
They walked down to the beach and started drinking again
Jumped into the ocean for a dirty swim
One more margarita they were falling in love
One more's never enough

Don't bite off more than you can chew
There's things down here the devil himself wouldn't do
Just remember when you let it all go
What happens down in Mexico
Stays in Mexico
Oh, Mexico

Waiting at the bar in the terminal gate
She says, "Steve I've got to go, I'm gonna miss my plane."
He said, "One more tequila before you climb on up."
She said, "One more's never enough."

Don't bite off more than you can chew
There's things down here the devil himself wouldn't do
Just remember when you let it all go
What happens down in Mexico
Stays in Mexico

Stays in Mexico
Stays in Mexico
Oh, Mexico

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I Believe

When Grandma Gray died, Steve and I stayed up all night scanning in pictures and finding a good software program to create a slideshow of her life.  This is one of the songs we incorporated into the video. She is one of the many I think of when I hear this song. And I believe.
Happy Birthday, Grandma! Forever in our hearts.


"I Believe"

Every now and then
Soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you, come back again
And it's like, you haven't been

Gone a moment from my side
Like the tears were never cried
Like the hands of time
Were pulling you, and me

And with all my heart, I'm sure
We're closer than we ever were
I don't have to hear or see
I've got all the proof I need

There are more than angels watching
Over me.. I believe.. ohh, I believe.

Now when you die, your life goes on
It doesn't end here, when you're gone
Every soul is filled with light
It never ends, if I'm right

Our love can even reach, across-
Eternity.. I believe.. ohh, I believe.

Forever, you're a part of me
Forever, in the heart of me
I will hold you even longer
If I can..

Oh, the ppl who don't see the most
See that I, believe in ghosts
If that makes me crazy, then I am
Cuz I believe.. ohh, I believe..

There are more than angels watching
Over me.. I believe.. ohh, I believe.

Every now and then
Soft as breath upon my skin
I feel you, come back again..
And I believe..

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Is This Love?

So this morning on the way into work, I heard Lady Antebellum's Dancin' Away with My Heart. Every time I hear it, I think of that guy. You know the one. He finally asked me to dance on the last slow song. Was it 10th grade? My mind always tries to remember which song it was, and I think this is it.  But if this isn't it? Well, damn, it's a great song anyway! ;-)
 
 
 
"Is This Love"
I should have known better
Than to let you go alone,
It's times like these
I can't make it on my own
Wasted days, and sleepless nights
And I can't wait to see you again

I find I spend my time
Waiting on your call,
How can I tell you, baby
My back's against the wall
I need you by my side
To tell me it's alright,
'Cos I don't think I can take anymore

Is this love that I'm feeling,
Is this the love, that I've been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming,
This must be love,
'Cos it's really got a hold on me,
A hold on me...

I can't stop the feeling
I've been this way before
But, with you I've found the key
To open any door
I can feel my love for you
Growing stronger day by day,
An' I can't wait to see you again
So I can hold you in my arms

Is this love that I'm feeling,
Is this the love, that I've been searching for
Is this love or am I dreaming,
This must be love,
'Cos it's really got a hold on me,
A hold on me...

Is this love that I'm feeling,
Is this the love, that I've been searching for...
Is this love or am I dreaming,
Is this the love, that I've been searching for...

Friday, January 25, 2013

Start of Something Good

I wanted a good, happy song. But I wanted to play a particular artist for a friend. She happens to be in love with this guy.
 
 
"Start Of Something Good"
You never know when you're gonna meet someone
And your whole wide world in a moment comes undone
You're just walking around and suddenly
Everything that you thought that you knew about love is gone

You find out it's all been wrong
And all my scars don't seem to matter anymore
Cause they led me here to you

[CHORUS]
I know that its gonna take some time
I've got to admit that the thought has crossed my mind
This might end up like it should
And I'm gonna say what I need to say
And hope to god that it don't scare you away
Don't wanna be misunderstood
But I'm starting to believe that this could be the start of something good

Everyone knows life has its Ups and downs
One day you're on top of the world and one day you're the clown

Well I've been both enough to know
That you don't wanna get in the way when its working out
The way that it is right now
You see my heart i wear it on my sleeve
Cause I just can't hide it anymore

[CHORUS]
I know that it's gonna take some time
I've got to admit that the thought has crossed my mind
This might end up like it should
And I'm gonna say what I need to say
And hope to god that it don't scare you away
Don't wanna be misunderstood
But I'm starting to believe that this could be the start

Cause I don't know where it's going
There's a part of me that loves not knowing
Just don't let it end before we begin

You never know when you're gonna meet someone
And your whole wide world in a moment comes undone

[CHORUS]
I know that its gonna take some time
I've got to admit that the thought has crossed my mind
This might end up like it should
And I'm gonna say what I need to say
And hope to god that it don't scare you away
Don't wanna be misunderstood
But I'm starting to believe
Oh I'm starting to believe that this could be the start of something good

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Rhythm of the Night

Yes, it's another case of Planet Fitness striking a memory and me having to go forth with it! Who's Johnny is the song they played, but I really like this song by El DeBarge.
 
 
"Rhythm of the Night"
 
When it feels like the world is on your shoulders
And all of the madness has got you going crazy
It's time to get out step out into the street
Where all of the action is right there at your feet

Well I know a place where we can dance all night away
Underneath electric stars
Just come with me and we can shake your blues right away
You'll be doing fine when the music starts

To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
You can leave them all behind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Oh the rhythm of the night, oh yeah

Look out on the street now the party's just beginning
The music's playing a celebration's starting
Under the street lights the scene is being set
A night for romance a night you won't forget

So come join the fun this ain't no time to be staying home
Oh there's too much going on
Tonight is gonna be a night like you've never known
We're gonna have a good time the whole night long

To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
You can leave them all behind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Oh the rhythm of the night oh
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
So come join the fun this ain't no time to be staying home
Oh there's too much going on
Tonight is gonna be a night like you've never known
We're gonna have a good time the whole night long
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
You can leave them all behind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Forget about the worries on your mind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Forget about the worries on your mind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Forget about the worries on your mind

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Glitter in the Air

Katana's performance at the Center Stage Jackson 5th Annual Youth Singing Competition last Friday.
 
 
"Glitter In The Air"
Have you ever fed a lover with just your hands?
Closed your eyes and trusted, just trusted?
Have you ever thrown a fist full of glitter in the air?
Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, "I just don't care"?

It's only half past the point of no return
The tip of the iceberg
The sun before the burn
The thunder before the lightning
The breath before the phrase
Have you ever felt this way?

Have you ever hated yourself for staring at the phone?
You're whole life waiting on the ring to prove you're not alone
Have you ever been touched so gently you had to cry?
Have you ever invited a stranger to come inside?

It's only half past the point of oblivion
The hourglass on the table
The walk before the run
The breath before the kiss
And the fear before the flames
Have you ever felt this way?

La La La La La La La La

There you are, sitting in the garden
Clutching my coffee,
Calling me sugar
You called me sugar

Have you ever wished for an endless night?
Lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight?
Have you ever held your breath and asked yourself will it ever get better than tonight?
Tonight

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside

Since the temp as I drove by Parkside this morning was -4, I felt this was an extremely appropriate song for the day!
 
 
"Baby It's Cold Outside"
(I really can't stay) But baby it's cold outside
(I've got to go away) But baby it's cold outside
(This evening has been) Been hoping you'd drop in
(So very nice) I'll hold your hands they're just like ice
(My mother will start to worry) Beautiful what's your hurry
(My father will be pacing the floor) Listen to the fireplace roar
(So really I'd better scurry) Beautiful please don't hurry
(Well maybe just half a drink more) Put some records on while I pour
(The neighbors might think) Baby it's bad out there
(Say what's in this drink) No cabs to be had out there
(I wish I knew how) Your eyes are like starlight now
(To break this spell) I'll take your hat, your hair looks swell
(I ought to say no no no sir) Mind if I move in closer
(At least I'm gonna say I tried) What's the sense of hurting my pride
(I really can't stay) Baby don't hold doubt
(Both) Baby it's cold outside

(I simply must go) Baby it's cold outside
(The answer is no) Baby it's cold outside
(The welcome has been) How lucky that you dropped in
(So nice and warm) Look out the window at the storm
(My sister will be suspicious) Gosh your lips look delicious
(My brother will be there at the door) Waves upon a tropical shore
(My maiden aunt's mind is vicious) Gosh your lips are delicious
(But maybe just a cigarette more) Never such a blizzard before
(I got to get home) But baby you'd freeze out there
(Say lend me your comb) It's up to your knees out there
(You've really been grand) I thrill when you touch my hand
(But don't you see) How can you do this to me
(There's bound to be talk tomorrow) Think of my life long sorrow
(At least they'll be plenty implied) If you caught pneumonia and died
(I really can't stay) Get over that old doubt
(Both) Baby it's cold
(Both) Baby it's cold outside

Monday, January 21, 2013

Control

Junior high school. This is one of the albums Jessica and I listened to all the time. What an interesting foundation it laid. What an awesome goal for young girls to have: to be in control of their lives.
 
 
"Control"
[Spoken intro:]
This is a story about control
My control
Control of what I say
Control of what I do
And this time I'm gonna do it my way (my way)
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do
Are we ready?
I am
'Cause it's all about control (control)
And I've got lots of it)
When I was 17 I did what people told me, uhh!
Did what my father said, and let my mother mold me
But that was long ago

I'm in
Control
Never gonna stop
Control
To get what I want
Control
I like to have a lot
Control
Now I'm all grown up

First time I fell in love, I didn't know what hit me
So young and so naive, I thought it would be easy
Now I know I got to take

Control
Now I've got a lot, ow!
Control
To get what I want
Control
I'm never gonna stop
Control
Now I'm all grown up

Jam, ooh ooh
Rebel, that's right
I'm on my own, I'll call my own shots
Thank you

Got my own mind
I wanna make my own decisions
When it has to do with my life, my life
I wanna be the one in control

So let me take you by the hand, and lead you in this dance
Control
It's what I got, because I took a chance
I don't wanna rule the world, just wanna run my life
Ooh
So make your life a little easier
When you get the chance just take

Control, ooh ooh
Now I've got a lot, ooh
Control
To get what I want, ow!
Control
I'm never gonna stop
Control
Now I'm all grown up, ooh!

Free at last
Out here on my own
Ooh ooh ooh yeah, eee

Now control this, uhh
Control
That's right
Control
Career moves
Control
I do what's right for me
Control
And me wants to groove
Is that okay?
Yeah!
Ooh, control

I've got my own mind
Ooh baby
Yeah yeah, yeah yeah
I've got my own mind
Wanna make my own decisions
When it has to do with my life
I wanna be the one in control

Hop to it
I'm in control, and I love it, hahaha, that's right

Control
Now I've got a lot
Control
Now I'm all grown up, ahh!
I'm in control
Uhh
I'm in control
Ahh
I'm in control
Uhh
Don't make me lose it
Control

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Secret of My Success

This is going to be my life this year. I was going to say "this is going to be my day because I have so much that I need to squeeze into my wake-time today," but then I realized...my entire year will be like this with all the pots I have my hot little fingers in!  Wish me luck!!


"The Secret Of My Success"


Think of it, I hold the world in the palm of my hand
Run a comb through my hair, head on out for some new foreign land
And all this could seem like a dream out the door
With everyday people, face down on the floor

I always said I could make it and be who I am
There's a new look in sight, what a change for the new modern man
With all this it seems, like I'm dying for more
The streets are on fire, never seen it before
It's like the sound of electric guitars

Worlds collide and hearts will be broken
Over and over it's the same every day-
How can I say what has never concerned me
The secret of my success is I'm living 25 hours a day

It's amazing to me, what a fool will believe to get by
With a change of your mind, I can live, I can fly
The harder they come, the harder they fall
I never say maybe and I go for it all
Just like the sound of electric guitars

Worlds collide and hearts will be broken
Over and over it's the same every day-
How can I say what has never concerned me
The secret of my success is I'm living 25 hours a day

With nothing to show, just sweat from my soul
My heart's on the line and I'm dying to go (dying to go)
Look at us now, gonna make it somehow
Hold on to me baby, can't hold me down

Worlds collide and hearts will be broken
Over and over it's the same every day-
How can I say what has never concerned me
The secret of my success is I'm living 25 hours a day

The secret of my success is I'm living 25 hours a day
25 hours a day

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me

Confession: When Keith hit the airwaves, I had an immediately negative opinion of him. I thought he was gonna be a one-hit, untalented, pretty boy. I went out of my way to not like him, and then this song came out. He completely confirmed my suspicions with the title, right?
 
Nope. Listen to the words. I did. I made it my anthem for a while. Because when you get that broke and down on your luck, you stop and take stock.
 
So I started paying a little more attention to Keith. And let me tell you: he writes songs, he plays guitar, he participates in the Grammy Camp for young musicians, he had a very public alcohol problem that almost cost him his marriage (and he conquered the alcohol to save the marriage), and frankly, he's not hard to look at! I very much enjoy listening to Keith these days. I also stopped judging those musical books by their covers. :-)
 
 
"Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me"
I got no money in my pockets
I got a hole in my jeans
I had a job and I lost it
But it won't get to me

'Cause I'm ridin' with my baby
and it's a brand new day
We're on the wheels of an angel
Flyin' away

And the sun is shinin'
This road keeps windin'
Through the prettiest country
From Georgia to Tennessee
And I got the one I love beside me
My troubles behind me
I'm alive and I'm free
Who wouldn't wanna be me

Now she's strummin' on my six-string
Across her pretty knees
She's stompin' out a rhythm
And singin' to me the sweetest song

The sun is shinin'
And this road keeps windin'
Through the prettiest country
From Georgia to Tennessee
And I got the one I love beside me
My troubles behind me
I'm alive and I'm free
Who wouldn't wanna be me

The sun is shinin'
And this road's still windin'
Through the prettiest country
From Georgia to Tennessee
And I got the one I love beside me
My troubles behind me
I'm alive and I'm free
Who wouldn't wanna be me

I got no money in my pockets
I got a hole in my jeans
We're on the wheels of an angel
And I'm free
She's strummin' on my six-string
It's across her pretty knees
She's stompin' out a rhythm
And she's singin' to me

Friday, January 18, 2013

I Wanna Dance with Somebody

This song takes me back to...ninth grade. And the summer just following. Or thereabouts. I can't remember the name of the campground we frequented that summer. I remember playing this on the jukebox in the game room. A lot. :-)
 
 
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody"
Clocks strikes upon the hour
And the sun begins to fade
Still enough time to figure out
How to chase my blues away
I've done alright up 'til now
It's the light of day that shows me how
And when the night falls loneliness calls

[Chorus:]
Oh! Wanna dance with somebody
I wanna feel the heat with somebody
Yeah! Wanna dance with somebody
With somebody who loves me

I've been in love and lost my senses
Spinning through the town
Soon or later the fever ends
And I wind up feeling down
I need a man who'll take a chance
On a love that burns hot enough to last
So when the night falls
My lonely heart calls

[chorus]

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Welcome to the Jungle

Crazy busy trying to get these services moving out our door!! Had to take a brain break and realized I haven't even provided a song of the day yet. Not cool!
 
 
"Welcome To The Jungle"
Welcome to the jungle
We've got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want
Honey, we know the names
We are the people that can find
Whatever you may need
If you got the money, honey
We got your disease

[CHORUS:]

In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your
knees, knees
I wanna watch you bleed

Welcome to the jungle
We take it day by day
If you want it you're gonna bleed
But it's the price you pay
And you're a very sexy girl
That's very hard to please
You can taste the bright lights
But you won't get them for free
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Feel my, my, my serpentine
I, I wanna hear you scream

Welcome to the jungle
It gets worse here everyday
Ya learn ta live like an animal
In the jungle where we play
If you got a hunger for what you see
You'll take it eventually
You can have anything you want
But you better not take it from me

[CHORUS]

And when you're high you never
Ever want to come down, YEAH!

You know where you are
You're in the jungle baby
You're gonna die
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your
knees, knees
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Feel my, my, my serpentine
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your
knees, knees
In the jungle
Welcome to the jungle
Watch it bring you to your
It' gonna bring you down-HA!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

So Small

In light of Trent's death, and his admiration for Carrie Underwood, this felt like a great song of the day.
 
 
"So Small"
Yeah, Yeah

[Verse 1]
What you got if you ain't got love
the kind that you just want to give away
It's okay to open up
go ahead and let the light shine through
I know it's hard on a rainy day
you want to shut the world out and just be left alone
But don't run out on your faith

[Chorus]
'Cause sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
What you've been up there searching for
forever is in your hands
When you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
seem so small

[Verse 2]
It's so easy to get lost inside
a problem that seems so big at the time
it's like a river thats so wide
it swallows you whole
While you sit around thinking about what you can't change
and worrying about all the wrong things
time's flying by
moving so fast
you better make it count 'cause you can't get it back

[Chorus]
Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
What you've been up there searching for
forever is in your hands
When you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
Seem so small

Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand
What you've been up there searching for
forever is in your hands
When you figure out love is all that matters after all
It sure makes everything else
Oh it sure makes everything else
Seem so small

Yeah, Yeah

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Over You

I usually post my song of the day early, but this morning I just didn't have time. And I didn't know what I wanted to post.
 
I have a cousin (albeit a distant one) who has been battling a brain tumor for three years now. He was 11 years old when they discovered the tumor. What an amazingly brave, brave soul to have battled so hard for so long. He passed away on Saturday.  I can't say I ever met him. But I kept informed of the battle. This seems like the only appropriate song today as I pray for his family's pain to be eased.
 
 
"Over You"
Weather man said it’s gonna snow
By now I should be used to the cold
Mid-February shouldn’t be so scary
It was only December
I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me

But you went away
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

Living alone here in this place
I think of you, and I’m not afraid
Your favorite records make me feel better
Cause you sing along
With every song
I know you didn’t mean to give them to me

But you went away
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

It really sinks in, you know, when I see it in stone

Cause you went away,
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

Monday, January 14, 2013

You're Gonna Be

Perfect song for the birthday of my first born angel.
 
 
"You're Gonna Be"
6lbs and 9oz. lookin' up at me
Like I have all the answers
I hope I have the ones you need
I've never really done this, now I know what scared is

Sometimes I'll protect you from everything that's wrong
Other times I'll let you just find out on your own
But that's when you'll be growin',
And the whole time I'll be knowin

[CHORUS:]
You're gonna fly with every dream you chase
You're gonna cry, but know that that's okay
Sometimes life's not fair, but if you hang in there
You're gonna see that sometimes bad is good
We just have to believe things work out like they should
Life has no guarantees, but always loved by me
You're gonna be

I'm afraid you'll have to suffer through
some of my mistakes
Lord knows I'll be trying OH to give you what it takes
What it takes to know the difference
Between getting by and livin'

‘Cause anything worth doing is worth doing all the way
Just know you'll have to live with all
the choices that you make
So make sure you're always givin' way
more than you're takin'

[REPEAT CHORUS]

Someone's everything
You're gonna see
Just what you are to me

You're gonna fly with every dream you chase
We just have to believe things work out like they should
Life has no guarantees, but always loved by me
You're gonna be
Always loved by me

Happy Birthday, Megan!

I considered posting a baby picture and a current picture, but she's so cute through the years. I considered posting just pics of her, but her life is so intwined with her family and her friends. What a doll!  I love you Megan Marie. I wouldn't change a thing. And I'm so proud of the woman you've become.
Happy Birthday!
 
 
 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Wrong Baby Wrong

The importance of having (girlfriends and) support systems in our world can't be emphasized enough. Too many people think they're alone.


"Wrong Baby Wrong"
Wrong baby wrong baby wrong
It ain't the end of the world
Don't you worry pretty girl
Cause now that he's gone baby gone baby gone
You got nothing to lose
Count the minutes if you want to
It won't be long baby long baby long
'Til you find somebody new

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That's what we all do
But if you think you'll never move on you're wrong baby

Cry baby cry baby cry
Go on and let it all out
I ain't leavin' you now
And we can fly baby fly baby fly
Let's share a bottle of wine
We can laugh about the good times
And you'll know why baby why baby why
It's gonna be alright

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That's what we all do
But if you think you'll never move on you're wrong baby wrong

Oh you ain't gone
baby wrong baby wrong
There's nothing wrong with movin on
When you know he's good and gone

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That's what we all do

Come on now
Everyone falls down
Everyone crawls now and then
Then they get up again
You cry if you want to
That's what we all do
But if you think you'll never move on you're wrong baby wrong
You're wrong baby wrong
Wrong baby wrong baby wrong

Be the Change Challenge-Compliment Others

Compliment a stranger.
Compliment your lover.
Compliment your child.
Compliment your parent.
Compliment your sibling.

Be the smile. Be the positive. Be the change.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Heart of the Matter

I've always loved this song. It came on the radio the other day and I've been significantly lacking Don. I had to rectify that.
 
 

"The Heart Of The Matter"
I got the call today, I didn't wanna hear
But I knew that it would come
An old true friend of ours was talkin' on the phone
She said you found someone
And I thought of all the bad luck,
And the struggles we went through
And how I lost me and you lost you
What are these voices outside love's open door
Make us throw off our contentment
And beg for something more?

I'm learning to live without you now
But I miss you sometimes
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning again
I've been tryin' to get down to the Heart of the Matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

These times are so uncertain
There's a yearning undefined
...People filled with rage
We all need a little tenderness
How can love survive in such a graceless age
The trust and self-assurance that can lead to happiness
They're the very things we kill, I guess
Pride and competition cannot fill these empty arms
And the work I put between us,
Doesn't keep me warm

I'm learning to live without you now
But I miss you, Baby
The more I know, the less I understand
All the things I thought I figured out, I have to learn again
I've been tryin' to get down to the Heart of the Matter
But everything changes
And my friends seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

There are people in your life who've come and gone
They let you down and hurt your pride
Better put it all behind you; life goes on
You keep carrin' that anger, it'll eat you inside

I've been tryin' to get down to the Heart of the Matter
But my will gets weak
And my thoughts seem to scatter
But I think it's about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

I've been tryin' to get down to the Heart of the Matter
Because the flesh will get weak
And the ashes will scatter
So I'm thinkin' about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me anymore

Be the Change Challenge-Compliment Yourself

It's hard to focus on the positive in your life or in the world if you can't focus on the positive within yourself. As a matter of fact, it's really hard to spread positivity if you're down on yourself.

So compliment yourself.  Go ahead.

Need some help?  Repeat after me:

I am amazing.
I am miraculous.
I am talented.
I am worthy.
I am beautiful/handsome.
I am important.
I am special.


Be the smile. Be the positive. Be the change.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Be the Change Challenge-Rude/Mean Speak

It gets stuck in my craw when people are mean, rude and negative under the guise of being helpful.  These are the people that start their sentences with, "I don't mean to be rude but..." and "I hate to say this but..." If you have to preface what you're about to say like that, maybe you need to stop for a moment and wonder if you really are trying to be rude. Or mean. Or perhaps, what you want to say is self-serving rather than any attempt to "help" the other person.

So today, stop yourself before you say those phrases.  Ask yourself if what you want to say will help or hurt that person. If your intention is truly to help, maybe you should pray for the best wording before you speak. Perhaps it's not time to address it, and when it is, you'll have the kindest words to address it.

Be the smile. Be the positive. Be the change.

Have you spoken these rude or mean phrases recently?

Love Song

My vehicular music goes in waves. Sometimes I'll listen to the same CD over and over and over again. Then I'll stop it and let the radio play.  I don't always know what station I'm going to find my radio on because Katana loves to browse them until she finds one playing a song she likes. Me? Well, I can dig them all. I like my light rock, my hard rock, my classic rock, my new (not necessarily adequately describable) music, my hip-hop and my country. And sometimes, when I hear the same song repeatedly over the course of a few days, it must become my song of the day.  THAT, by the way, is how this one became today's song!
 
 
"Love Song"
Head under water
And they tell me to breathe easy for a while
The breathing gets harder, even I know that
Made room for me but it's too soon to see
If I'm happy in your hands

I'm unusually hard to hold on to
Blank stares at blank pages
No easy way to say this
You mean well, but you make this hard on me
I'm not gonna write you a love song
'cause you asked for it
'cause you need one, you see

I'm not gonna write you a love song
'cause you tell me it's
Make or break in this
If you're on your way
I'm not gonna write you to stay
If all you have is leaving I'm gonna need a better
Reason to write you a love song today

I learned the hard way
That they all say things you want to hear
And my heavy heart sinks deep down under you and
Your twisted words,
Your help just hurts
You are not what I thought you were
Hello to high and dry
Convinced me to please you
Made me think that I need this too
I'm trying to let you hear me as I am

I'm not gonna write you a love song
'cause you asked for it
'cause you need one, you see
I'm not gonna write you a love song
'cause you tell me it's
Make or break in this
If you're on your way
I'm not gonna write you to stay
If all you have is leaving I'm gonna need a better
Reason to write you a love song today

Promise me that you'll leave the light on
To help me see with daylight, my guide, gone
'cause I believe there's a way you can love me
Because I say
I won't write you a love song
'cause you asked for it
'cause you need one, you see

I'm not gonna write you a love song
'cause you tell me it's make or break in this
Is that why you wanted a love song
'cause you asked for it
'cause you need one, you see
I'm not gonna write you a love song
'cause you tell me it's make or break in this
If you're on your way
I'm not gonna write you to stay
If your heart is nowhere in it
I don't want it for a minute
Babe, I'll walk the seven seas when I believe that
There's a reason to
Write you a love song today

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Be the Change Challenge-One Kind Act

Surprise a complete stranger today with a kind act. I'm seeing a lot of reports about people paying for the coffee for the person behind them. I saw a lot of news in December about strangers paying off other people's layaways.

So why not do it ourselves? Pay for the person that's behind in the fast food line (this could work best, I think, in the drive thru). Pay for the coffee. Buy someone $5 in gas.

I think I'm going to buy some scratch off lottery tickets and give them to complete strangers.

Be the smile. Be the positive. Be the change.

What are you going to do?

Let The Music Play

Sometimes I wonder about the radio in my head...
 
 
"Let the Music Play"
 
We started dancing
And love put us into a groove
As soon as we started to move
The music played
While our bodies
Displayed through the dance
Then love picked us out for romance
I thought it was clear
The plan was we would share
This feeling just between ourselves
But when the music changed
The plan was re-arranged
He went to dance with someone else
We started dancing
And love put us into a groove
But now he's with somebody new
What does love want me to do
Love said
Let the music play
He won't get away
Just keep the groove
And then he'll come back to you again
(Let it play)
Let the music play
He won't get away
This groove he can't ignore
He won't leave you anymore
No, no, no
He tried pretending
A dance is just a dance
But I see
He's dancing his way back to me
Guess he's discovered
We are truly lovers
Magic from the very start
'Cause love just kept me groovin'
And he felt me movin'
Even though we danced apart
So we started dancing
And love put us into the groove
As soon as we started to move
As soon as we started to move
Love said
Let the music play
He won't get away
Just keep the groove
And then he'll come back to you again
(Let it play)
Let the music play
He won't get away
This groove he can't ignore
He won't leave you anymore
No, no, no
He tried pretending
A dance is just a dance
But I see
He's dancing his way back to me
He's dancing his way back to me
Love said
(Let the music play)
Let the music play
(He won't get away)
Just keep the groove
And then he'll come back to you again
(Let it play)
Let the music play
He won't get away...