Tuesday, August 29, 2006

In My Life


You want to make a difference in the world? Don't worry about saving it all at once, just try it one person at a time.
Be a friend..

Today's our Shayna's One-Year Blogaversary. I was wondering what to get her, new shoes maybe? Every woman loves shoes right? Right! The problem was I didn't know her size. A new purse? Why sure, of course a new purse just crys out for new shoes. That pesky size issue again. You see my problem. Then I happened to listen to an old Beatles song and as the lyrics wafted around me I though what better present than a song for someone who has been so special..
"IN MY LIFE"

"There are places I'll remember
All my life though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more."

For you my dearest friend Shayna, Happy Blogaversary and best wishes for many, many more! And thank you for inviting me to journey with you down this wonderful Highway of Music!

Love 'ya,
Emily

Making a difference
In my life..


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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Featured Guest - The Brawling Belle

It's that time again...

We are so excited about this weeks guest... Sar from Belle of the Brawl.

Belle of the Brawl is a fabulous "place" to go and hang-out. While there you are able to relax, throw off your shoes and stay as long as you wish. Her wit, her smarts and brilliance makes spectacular Sar, in our opinion, ONE of the many best bloggers. Belle of the Brawl is a must read blog for us here at "My Music Highway Project".

Everyone... Kick off your shoes and stay awhile and enjoy our Featured Guest...


1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)
What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
This is a song that always makes me stop and reflect. We live in a bustling, opinionated society, and we tend to get wrapped up in all the daily minutia that comes with it. This song is a reminder that it's important to not only take the time to stop and smell the roses, but also appreciate their blooming before us.

I see trees of green........ red roses too
I see em bloom..... for me and for you
And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
My wish for future generations is the achievement of unconditional tolerance and acceptance.

The colors of a rainbow.....so pretty ..in the sky
Are also on the faces.....of people ..going by
I see friends shaking hands.....sayin.. how do you do
They're really sayin......i love you.

4) What is one "Project"/"Charity" that is dear to your heart?

There are so many charities, it's hard to choose. The primary charity I support is Doctors Without Borders.

What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong
(George Weiss / Bob Thiele)

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shakin' hands, sayin' "How do you do?"
They're really saying "I love you"

I hear babies cryin', I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

Oh yeah

Thank you, Sar for featuring this song. It is and has always been a beautiful and meaningful song. I have always loved this song and the way Louis Armstrong sang it... no one can sing it like him... he sang the song with his heart and you can hear that when listening to the song. Perfect Song... in more ways than one!

...and the music plays on!

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Music Hath Charms

"Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,
To soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak."

~ William Congreve ~
The Mourning Bride

Recently I ran a story on my blog
Loveless about the hoopla surrounding the recent cover of Babytalk, a magazine designed for new mothers. The cover showed a baby nursing at his mother's breast. It was a beautiful picture, not prurient in any way, very wholesome and maternal. Yet there was such a hew and cry from the magazine's readership.

I'm reminded of an old country song, been around for a while. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Reed, Jimmy Dean and I don't know who all else recorded it. The song, "A Thing Called Love," and the words, especially the last three lines, speak very eloquently in answer..

"Six foot six, he stood on the ground
Weighed two hundred and thirty five pounds
But I saw that giant of a man brought down
To his knees by love

He was the kind of man that would gamble on luck
Look you in the eye and never back up
But I saw him a'cryin like a little whipped pup
Because of love

Can't see it with your eyes, hold it in your hand
But like the wind it covers our land
Strong enough to rule the heart of any man
This thing called love

It can lift you up, it can let you down
Take your world, turn it all around
Ever since time nothing's ever been
Found that's stronger than love

Most men are like me they struggle and doubt
Trouble their mind day in and day out
Too busy a'livin to worry about a thing called love

But when I see a mother's tenderness as she holds
her young close to her breast, then I thank God
This worlds been blessed with a thing called love."


A thing called love..

That's the gift music gives up, a language beyond words and a deeper understanding of ourselves and others.. be they people, nations, cultures or a gracious young mother nursing her beautiful
newborn babe.

Let's soften rocks people,
It really is up to us..

Love 'ya,
Emily


"The Mother and Child reunion
is only a motion away."

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Monday, August 21, 2006

My Hands Are Small I Know...

So... Sgt Hook has his Photo Caption Contest going on this week... the picture reminded me of one of my favorite songs. I thought it was the perfect caption for the picture... I suppose Sgt Hook will be the judge of that! LOL! :)

Read these words and tell me if this song not only Captions Sgt Hook's Contest but how these words caption the "My Music Highway Project" so perfectly....



Hands
Lyrics by Jewel Kilcher
Music by Jewel Kilcher & Patrick Leonard


If I could tell the world just one thing
It would be that we're all OK
And not to worry 'cause worry is wasteful
And useless in times like these
I won't be made useless
I won't be idle with despair
I will gather myself around my faith
For light does the darkness most fear

My hands are small, I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

Poverty stole your golden shoes
But it didn't steal your laughter
And heartache came to visit me
But I knew it wasn't ever after

We'll fight, not out of spite
For someone must stand up for what's right
'Cause where there's a man who has no voice
There ours shall go singing

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

In the end only kindness matters
In the end only kindness matters

I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray
I will get down on my knees, and I will pray

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken

My hands are small I know
But they're not yours, they are my own
But they're not yours, they are my own
And I am never broken
We are never broken

We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's mind
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's heart
We are God's eyes
God's hands
God's eyes
We are God's hands
We are God's hands


Just a little sample of me singing my favorite lyrics of this song...


If you can't hear the above... try this one... but for some reason it cuts me off at the end... sorry...
...and the music plays on!

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Featured Guest "Doug-O-Licious"

This weeks featured guest is Doug "DAWG" from Waking Ambrose...

I love Doug... okay, okay, okay I admit it...

Let me rephrase so Coop doesn't get upset...

I LOVE Doug's Blog!

He always makes me think... using words and finding "definitions" of the words... some words I have never heard of! I usually define the "word of the day" through a song... :) Glad he allows me to get away with that...

So... FELLOW BLOGGERS... Welcome our featured guest...

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please) Beside You, by Van Morrison

2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
I got what poetry is for for the first time.

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations? Fewer members.
4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart? A project I'm working on to help people with disabilities create and webcast stories about their challenges. http://cdcan.us

Beside You
Van Morrison

Little jimmy's gone way out of the back streets
Out of the window, into the falling rain,
And he's right on time, right on time.
That's why broken arrow waved his finger
Down the road so dark and narrow
In the evening just before the sunday sixbells chime
And way out on the highway
All the dogs are barkin' way down below
And you wander away from your hillside retreated view
Went to wanderin' nordhbridge way out on the railroad
Together all the tipping trucks will unload
All the scrapbooks built together stuck with glue
And I'll stand beside you, beside you

Oh child, to never wonder why
To never, never, never, never wonder why at all
To never, never, never, never wonder why
It's gotta be, it has to be

Across the crystal pavements
Way across the country where the hillside mountains glide
The dynamo of your smile caressed the
Barefoot virgin child
To wander past your window in the nighttime cross the floor
Crying as ecstasy surrounds you
Through the night air your proud time is open
Go well against the pointed idle breeze

Past the footlights of the brazen silence easy
In the night you cry and you want spirits to tell you
Everything's alright
Go ahead and do it one more time baby
You're satisfied I guess, you're way up and the sky comes down
Kaleidoscope

Open and just hold the lantern in the doorway,
For the freedom of it.
And you take the night air through your nostrils and you breathe
In out, in out
And you breathe just like that, just like that

How does it get you when it gets you
When it gets ya
You may not know it's got you until you turn around
And I'll point a finger at you, point a finger at you
You say which way, which way
That's alright, we've gotten hip to it
Goin' to do it right now.
Behind you
Beside you, beside you

Oh child to never wonder why
To never, never, never, never wonder why at all
Never never never never wonder why at all.

This song, Doug... simply beautiful and perfect for this project... Thank You my Dawg! :)


...and the music plays on!

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Traveling Down My Music Highway

This is an encore post of the original from August 11th at Loveless. I wrote this in response to Shayna's original email inviting all her blogging friends to join her and travel together, all of us, down a wonderful highway of music. This is mine, and for those of you who haven't already read this I wanted to share it with you..

When I was just a little girl, whenever I was frightened or felt so all alone, my Daddy would hold me in his arms and softly he would sing to me..

"I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you're mine,
I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I've known proves that it's right
Because you're mine,
I walk the line

You've got a way to keep me on your side
You give me cause for love that I can't hide
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide
Because you're mine,
I walk the line"

That was Daddy's favorite song and whenever he'd sing it to me I'd always feel so warm, snug and loved. No matter what terrible little girl terrors had troubled me, suddenly all was right in my tiny bit of the world. I've long since grown and moved away, we lost Daddy a few years ago, yet to this day whenever I hear "I Walk The Line" a warmth comes over me and for a moment, perhaps just a single lovely moment, I can still hear my Daddy singing to me and all's right in my big girl world.

The power of music..

My friend Shayna at My Music Highway has started a wonderful new project. She wants, hopes, to help stand agaisnt the rising tide of hate and hopelessness in the world today. It's her dearest desire that we listen, together, all peoples, to the music of the world's throbbing heartbeat. I hear it, I'm with her
and I'm sure you can hear it also.

The power of music..

This is my Music Highway, what's yours? What are the songs that have touched your life? What are the melodies that speak to your heart? Be it Bach to the Beatles, Peggy Sue to Bobbie Sue or Rock to Reggae we all understand the language of music. Won't you travel down your
Music Highway with us?

Shayna's Music Highway Project

Love 'ya,
Emily

Remembering my Daddy
and the Man In Black

There's room for all of us on this magical, mystery tour
down our Music Highways, won't you join us?


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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My Highway Has No Left or Right Turn

I am so excited to announce to each of you that a fellow blogger... Emily over at "Loveless" has agreed to join me as administrator/moderator of "My Music Highway Project".

I am thrilled that Emily has agreed to help me out. My main reason for asking Emily to join me is... my life has become extremely busy with my little one, my hubby, my job... and a new songwriter/music adventure (I will write about a little later). I read her post "My Music Highway" regarding her daddy, the project and a song that touched her most. After reading that post... I thought to myself "She knows exactly what I am trying to do with the project... I have to have her help me!!!" :)

I emailed Emily and asked her to join me... (Emily... I hope you don't mind but I am going to share a little of our emails... it is a vital part of this post... :) )

I received an email back from Emily thrilled that I asked her to help me. She just had one concern... she was afraid that people would not join if she was helping moderate the blog because of her sexuality and wanted me to think about that. I truly appreciated Emily thinking of the project and why people may not join. My answer back to her was... the theme to "My Music Highway Project" was to help get rid of HATE, RACISM, BIAS, PREJUDICE, PRECONCEPTION through music... and frankly, if someone doesn't join because of Emily's sexuality... then they just don't GET the project and I rather not have them apart of it.

and with that... she excepted my offer... :)

The key to the "My Music Highway Project" is to bring everyone together as one... for a brief moment... through music. The world would be such a better place if we all spoke the same language of music. No more HATE, RACISM, BIAS, PREJUDICE, PRECONCEPTION…we are all victims… and we are all guilty of it… Wouldn't it be wonderful for one moment all of those thoughts and feelings would vanish!?!?!

Emily has joined me... and yes, my friends, she is a lesbian. But to me... that doesn't change a thing. This project is not a straight, lesbian, gay project... it is a human race project. AND... believe it or not... we all belong to the human race. We are all different... and that is what makes us each so very special.

My Highway Has No Left or Right Turn when it comes to standing up for what I believe in and who I believe in... and I believe that everyone no matter what their skin color, their sexuality, their religion, etc... has a story, has feelings, has a soul, has highway that they travel. Sometimes when we make a left or right turn off of our highway's... that is when HATE, RACISM, BIAS, PREJUDICE, PRECONCEPTION begin to occur. Let's try, I MEAN TRY, to stay on the highway... and not veer off.

Thank you, Emily for yowillingnessess to help me out. I truly, truly appreciate it! EVERYONE... please welcome Emily with open arms to our "My Music Highway Project"...


...and the music plays on!

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Monday, August 14, 2006

Don't Let Your Life Pass You By

Cross Posted Over at "My Music Highway"

I have been trying to figure out what song has touched me and means so much to me... *trying to answer my own 4 questions*...

It is hard to come up with just one song... so many songs have touched me, my life and my soul in so many ways... just by the rhythm, rhyme, vocals, etc....

So... I figured... throughout the "My Music Highway Project"... I will showcase some of my favorite songs by my favorite artists... and at the end of the project... I will answer my question "What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)"

Today I am showcasing...

I Will Remember You
By Sarah Mclachlan


I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

Remember the good times that we had?
I let them slip away from us when things got bad
How clearly I first saw you smilin’ in the sun
Wanna feel your warmth upon me, I wanna be the one

I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I’m so tired but I can’t sleep
Standin’ on the edge of something much too deep
It’s funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
We are screaming inside, but we can’t be heard

But I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

I’m so afraid to love you, but more afraid to loose
Clinging to a past that doesn't let me choose
Once there was a darkness, deep and endless night
You gave me everything you had, oh you gave me light

And I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories

And I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
Weep not for the memories





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These lyrics

I'm so tired but I can't sleep
Standin' on the edge of something much too deep
It's funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
We are screaming inside, but we can't be heard


I can't tell you how many times I have felt this way... There are times I just burst out singing these lyrics... seriously I do! Specially when I'm having a bad day, week or year... :) It just makes me feel better knowing someone else felt the same way as I do... hell, they wrote the song! :)

These lyrics

And I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don't let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories


"Life is tooo short to sweat the small stuff"... this is what my grandmother always said. So, I try not to dwell on the past... and try to live for the present... enjoying each moment I have on this earth with the ones I love... and I try not to "weep" over my memories... I'm just so thankful I have them... the good and the bad.

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and this past weekend will always be a beautiful memory... my son and niece living it up at the zoo. I had so much fun watching the two of them. This is the life PEOPLE!!! It doesn't get any better than this!


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I'll be by each of your blogs tomorrow... for tonight I am beat and ready for bed! :)


...and the music plays on!

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Friday, August 11, 2006

"My Music Highway Project" Featured Guest "Courting Destiny"

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This weeks "My Music Highway Project" Featured Blogger is the always inspiring Pia Savage of Courting Destiny...


1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)

Warren Zevon "Keep me in your heart" from "The Wind"---the whole album

Shadows are fallin'
and I'm runnin' out of breath
keep me in your heart for awhile

If I leave you
it doesn't mean I love you any less
keep me in your heart for a while
When you get up in the mornin'
and you see that crazy sun
keep me in your heart for awhile

There's a train leavin' nightly
called when all is said and done
keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sometimes when you're doin'
simple things around the house
maybe you'll think of me and smile
you know I'm tied to you
like the buttons on your blouse
keep me in your heart for awhile

Hold me in your thoughts
take me to your dreams
touch me as I fall into view
and when the winter comes
keep the fires lit
and I'll be right next to you

Engine driver's headed north
to Pleasant Street
keep me in your heart for awhile
these wheels keep turnin
but they're runnin out of steam
keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile
Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile...

2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?

He wrote it when he knew that he was dying. The whole album is about love and living each hour to the fullest. I had gotten bad blood tests and spent the year finding out that they were meaningless--always had perfect ones
before--but as I went from specialist to specialist I would listen to this CD and feel hope, for he knew that he was dying. "Keep me in your heart" is a plea to both be loved and to be remebered. It taught me to be as honest and raw as possible in my writing

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?

That they live a healthy and long life. The change in the enviornment is scaring me more than anything. Then of course peace in the world, tolerance, and caring for one another.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?

I can't believe that I'm saying this but anything dealing with the enviornment--because damn I want kids to live a long life--then we can get back to peace on earth. So Al Gore for president in 08!

Pia has written more about this project and this song over at her blog... Read it here.

THANK YOU
PIA FOR HELPING WITH THIS PROJECT!!!

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PLEASE stop by Emily's Blog "Loveless" and read the fabulous post she wrote about the "My Music Highway Project" and the song that reminds her of her late father... it's beautiful!

...and the music plays on!

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Sunday, August 06, 2006

"My Music Highway" Project Features "Pixie Lair"




Our Very First "My Music Highway Project" Featured Guest is none other than Shell over at Pixie Lair.

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)

At Seventeen by Janis Ian... because it is the story of my life, LOL.


"AT SEVENTEEN"
By Janis Ian

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth...

And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say "come dance with me"
And murmured vague obscenities
It isn't all it seems at seventeen...

A brown eyed girl in hand me downs
Whose name I never could pronounce
Said: "Pity please the ones who serve
They only get what they deserve"
The rich relationed hometown queen
Marries into what she needs
With a guarantee of company
And haven for the elderly...

So remember those who win the game
Lose the love they sought to gain
In debitures of quality and dubious integrity
Their small-town eyes will gape at you
In dull surprise when payment due
Exceeds accounts received at seventeen...

To those of us who knew the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball
It was long ago and far away
the world was younger than today
when dreams were all they gave for free
to ugly duckling girls like me...

We all play the game, and when we dare
We cheat ourselves at solitaire
Inventing lovers on the phone
Repenting other lives unknown
That call and say: "Come on, dance with me"
And murmur vague obscenities
At ugly girls like me, at seventeen...



2) How did the song inspire/touch/ or change you?

Touched me because I realized I wasn't the only one who felt that way; made me feel more compassion toward other "square pegs"... I love me some underdogs!

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?

PEACE!!!! Of course... no more fear of terrorism or losing loved ones to wars and chaos.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?

Phoenix Children's Hospital - they treat ALL Children for ALL illnesses, regardless of parent's ability to pay.

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Welll, there you have it... Ms. Shell has helped start the journey down "My Music Highway"... Thank you, Shell...

Stay Tuned for next weeks "My Music Highway Project" featured guest... Pia Savage of Courting Destiny... AND don't forget if you haven't joined the "My Music Highway Project" blog roll... to do so NOW!!! :) :) :)

Let Shell know how awesome she is to be apart of this project!!! Many Hugs and Kisses, Shell!

...and the music plays on!!!

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If you think long and hard about it... music is a language that everyone speaks. Without divisions and barriers it brings us together as one. No matter what type of music you prefer... it is music. Wouldn't it be nice if we all could ride down the "Music Highway"... just to know that we, for one moment, could have a sense of togetherness?

WHY NOT have a "sense of togetherness"? It is so very true that music is a language EVERYONE speaks. This world has to much hate... So... Let us travel down a different highway... a highway of music... so we... for one moment can have a sense of peace... together. I started this project not knowing how well it would take off. Thanks to some wonderful bloggers... it has taken off beyond words. Click here for more info.

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