Seventy Years of Soundtrack
As I rock ‘n’ roll toward my seventieth birthday, I can’t help but reflect upon all the music I listened to, that helped get me through these past seven decades on the planet. I have lived through the 1950s where Elvis and Buddy Holly changed the face of popular music forever. I spent the 1960s in grade school and welcomed the sights and sounds of the Beatles and the Stones and the Supremes in the lower grades and felt the (flower) power of the Haight-Ashbury scene and Dylan, Eric Burdon and the Spoonful as I reached my last year in Grade 12. In the first half of the 1970s, I attended university and met new friends who introduced me to new music from the Dead and Zappa. I was around when the icons of rock music died – Hendrix and Morrison and Joplin – and I remember how their music moved me and how it changed the way I looked at the world. In the second half of the 1970s, I became a farmer and Cash and Owens and Haggard and Kristofferson became my minstrels of choice. Eventually, they gave way to the sounds from Elton John and Purple Sagers, Prairie Leaguers, Daredevils and Eagles. In the 1980s, I started my work life as a teacher and, out of necessity, or convenience – I’m not sure which – I began listening to Steve Earle and Hank Williams Jr. The Boss and Billy Joel and Elton John, Van Halen, Police and Duran Duran. By the time the 1990s were well into swing, my music collection had transformed mysteriously into a Country & Western collection with contributions from Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Martina, Reba and so many others. At the turn of the century, I began to cultivate my once-long-ago attraction to Canadian artists. Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young, The Hip and Blue Rodeo along with Joni Mitchell and Bruce Cockburn became my ‘musique de jour’. In 2011, I remarried and moved to China. While in Asia, my wife's performance background in music, helped me to become reacquainted with all of the music I had listened to for the first 60 years of my life. It was then, I came up with the idea of listing 30 songs and/or albums that were most meaningful to my life to that point. The list I came up with is featured below. The songs are not listed chronologically as far as their release dates are concerned but rather in the order of my life when I used them to help explain and narrate my day-to-day world. Neither are the songs listed in order of importance or personal popularity. No song on the list is any more or less important than any other song – just like no friend or family member is any more or less important than any other – they all contributed to who I have become, and they should all be included in the soundtrack of "ME". I have also included one short personal blurb with each entry on the list, to tell a little about my life and to demystify why the song was important to me.
Why Maradona Is God , And Messi Isn't
Somewhere around 2013, I was at the gym, finishing my workout on the treadmill, when I glanced at the door and saw a short, chubby man walk in the door, followed by a bleach-blond woman 30 years younger and a personal trainer three times his size. His attitude was that of someone who owned not just the gym, but the whole city.
The Magic in a Sharpened Pencil
We can find inspiration in everything. Pain too. We can let everything get under our skin if we dawn on it for long enough, and the thought of it can make it appear that that’s more of a weakness than a strength, but the power and drive of inspiration makes up for every single piece of it that can make us feel two feet tall. The days we feel it’s strength will always weigh out even the heaviest of the weaknesses.
A Mother’s Cover Letter
To whom it may concern, I know my resume seems unimpressive. You’re not wrong to think that. I know it’s unimpressive. In fact, it’s so unimpressive that every time I look at it… I cry. There’s a painfully obvious large gap missing from my work experience. What could I have possibly been doing for so many years instead of working? The truth is: I’ve been home. I’ve been taking care of two beautiful little girls who have taken up more time and energy than what I want to admit. They are wonderful tiny humans and I’m sure you’d be impressed if you met them, but for now you’ll just have to take my word for it. Nonetheless, I’d like to say that they are who they are because of me. Because of the decision I made to stop pursuing what I loved and aspired to be to instead stay home and care for people who needed me the most. My love and dedication to let my children learn and grow in a healthy and encouraging environment has molded them into someone better than who my husband and I could ever be.
the final goodbye
today i am aching another beautiful life has been taken the phone rang and it was death calling i froze and there was no talking
The Resting Happy Face
I remember sitting in the pews at church and a guy who was in the choir always stood out because he looked so happy and gleeful all the time. I concluded it must be his naturally raised cheeks that lifts the sides of his eyes and his "aegyo sal" which is the Korean term for the "charming pocket of fat" right beneath the eyes, and is known to make people appear younger and more cheerful. Women in South Korea are known to have cosmetic surgery to pronounce this facial feature or apply contouring makeup to create a slightly protruding illusion in the undereye area.
Merlin & Me
For the past several years I have been entertained by a regular visitor. He arrives faithfully each morning and I find myself expecting and looking forward to his company increasingly. What is his name? I have not a clue but I call him Merlin, he seems to like that name. Sometimes he even brings along a friend or two to keep my company as I enjoy my morning coffee and come to life.
In Response to “Super Size Me”, Should McDonald’s Have Been Banned?
Morgan Spurlock was just a regular guy. But he was a regular guy who had a desire for film making, and an interest in finding out the extent to which the food industry was playing a role in America’s obesity epidemic. So in 2004, he set out with his film camera and embarked on a social experiment to find out more. Should McDonald’s be banned? The filmmaker wanted to explore and the documentary Super Size Me was born.
The Best-Developed Harry Potter Character
The Harry Potter series has a lot of characters. Some well-developed, some not, some only mentioned for a few sentences before they vanish again. But the character with arguably the best and most consistent development is one that tends to shock most people when I point it out.
Someone Broke Into My Bedroom With A Gun In the Middle of the Night
Four things that will be important later 1) I slept naked. 2) I had the loft bedroom, and it had a balcony that looked down into the living room.
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