Saturday, September 30, 2006

My Favorite Bohemian is My Featured Guest...


I can't tell you exactly when I "met" Miz Bohemia... but I can tell you ever since that day I have been hooked. Hooked on a genius of writing... Miz B shares her life with her fellow bloggers like no other. The way she writes makes me laugh, makes me think and sometimes makes me cry. She is a brilliant writer (I don't think she gives herself enough credit)... The fact of the matter is I-am-one-of-Miz-B's-number-one-blogger-fan's!

If you haven't read Miz Bohemia... What in the Heck are you waiting on!!! GET OVER TO HER PLACE!

Everyone please Welcome my favorite BoheMian... Miz Bohemia from Miz BoheMia's Rhapsody!


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

This is really hard! There are so many but the one that jumps to mind right away is "Fire and Rain" by James Taylor.
Just yesterday morning they let me know you were gone
Susanne the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just cant remember who to send it to

Ive seen fire and Ive seen rain
Ive seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Ive seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Id see you again

Wont you look down upon me, jesus
Youve got to help me make a stand
Youve just got to see me through another day
My bodys aching and my time is at hand
And I wont make it any other way

Oh, Ive seen fire and Ive seen rain
Ive seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Ive seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Id see you again

Been walking my mind to an easy time my back turned towards the sun
Lord knows when the cold wind blows itll turn your head around
Well, theres hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things
To come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground

Oh, Ive seen fire and Ive seen rain
Ive seen sunny days that I thought would never end
Ive seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that Id see you, baby, one more time again, now

Thought Id see you one more time again
Theres just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought Id see you, thought Id see you fire and rain, now
2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?

I first heard it in River Phoenix's movie "Running on Empty", which is just one of my favorite movies of all time. Without listening to the song in its entirety, it haunted me and touched me deep within... the sound, the melody and James Taylor's voice. I was very much lost back then and on many levels could relate to the lyrics but there is this nostalgic beauty about that song that touches me deep within to this day.

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

Not original but it truly is what I said when you interviewed me... I think something that would benefit all would be for an inherent sense of compassion in all human beings. Since the birth of my children, Loverboy and I have made a conscious effort to teach them about compassion. It is a major tenet of our household and has been a great eye opener in how we badly we lack compassion on a global level. I think that compassion would set this world straight and ensure a safe future and heritage for our children…

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

There are so many but here I will stick with Amnesty International because of its international renown and fantastic track record in the fight for human rights. Also, through their website you can link to and participate in a variety of fights and issues...
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Miz B...

"I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend"

I think a majority of us have felt like these lyrics before... I surely have!

An excellent song, excellent musician... an excellent choice. You never disappoint! Thank You!!

...and the music plays on!


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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Hopping Down The Bunny Trail... Featuring Humming Bunny

Another week has passed and it is time for another "My Music Highway Project" featured guest.

This week I have the pleasure of introducing to you the one and only "Humming Bunny" aka Brian from the blog Truth is Freedom. I "met" Brian several months ago after reading his beautiful poetry. I was hooked. His poetry writing has developed into short stories, tales of his past, and make believe characters... someone called Dewey Knickers I believe! :)

I have enjoyed his wit, his passion, his advice, his love for others and my list goes on. I am pleased to introduce to you "Humming Bunny" aka Brian.



Let's see, the last question first. What is one Project/Charity that is dear to your heart? Special Olympics is a program I have supported for a long time.

What is one thing you wish for the future generations? That the tribal conflicts will vanish.

What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please) and How did it inspire /touch/ change you? One song huh? Ok, one of the triggers that propelled me into blogging is Emmylou Harris singing "Lost Unto This World". I bought the album Stumble Into Grace because I've always liked her music. I did not know this song until I heard it the first time.I hit repeat over and over again. It has become a song that I sing often.

Artist/Band: Emmylou Harris
Lyrics for Song:
Lost Unto This World
Lyrics for Album:
Stumble Into Grace

(Emmylou Harris/Danniel Lanois)

I was once some mother's darlin'
Some daddy's little girl
More precious than the ruby
More cherished than the pearl
My heart was full of mercy
And my forehead full of curl
Now I am nothing and am lost unto this world
I am lost unto this world...

They herded me like cattle
Cut me down like corn
Took me from my babies
Before they could be born
You can blame it on the famine
You can blame it on the war
You can blame it on the devil
It don't matter anymore
I am lost unto this world...

I was tortured in the desert
I was raped out on the piain
I was murdered by the high way
And my cries went up in vain
My blood is on the mountain
My blood is on the sand
My blood runs in the river
That now washes thru their hands
I am lost unto this world...

Can I get no witness this unholy tale to teil
Was God the only one there watching
And weeping as l feil
O you among the living
Will you remember me at all
Will you write my name out
With a single finger scrawl
Across a broken window
In some long forgotten wall
That goes stretching out forever
Where the tears of heaven fall
I am lost unto this world...

A very powerful song, Brian. Thank you for sharing and participating in this project!

...and the music plays on!

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Friday, September 15, 2006

My Favorite Mom is Our Featured Guest...

My Favorite Mom... Raging Mom... is this weeks Featured Guest.

I first met Raging Mom over at Sgt Hook's place. I quickly fell in love with this woman when she started emailing me offering any help she could give me with Eugune and the rest of the veterans in my home town. She sent Eugene and the vets a home made blanket and an eagle blanket (Which I have yet to give Eugene... he is in the nursing home... and will continue to be in the nursing home for what looks like another month... something about his insurance will only allow him to stay in the nursing home for up to 90 days unless he is on his death bed) ANYWAY... she has to be the sweetest lady I have met via blogging. Her writing makes me laugh, think and sometimes cry. She has one of the kindest hearts I know... and I hope to one day meet her and Old Sarge.

So... EVERYONE... welcome "My Music Highway Project's" featured guest and my favorite mom... Raging Mom...


1. What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)
Lee Greenwood, God Bless the USA

God Bless the USA
Lee Greenwood

If tomorrow all the things were gone I'd worked for all my life,
And I had to start again with just my children and my wife.
I'd thank my lucky stars to be living here today,
'Cause the flag still stands for freedom and they can't take that away.

And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.

From the lakes of Minnesota, to the hills of Tennessee,
across the plains of Texas, from sea to shining sea,

From Detroit down to Houston and New York to LA,
Well, there's pride in every American heart,
and it's time to stand and say:

And I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free.
And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.


2. How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
When this first started getting popular in the late 80's/early 90's (Shayna were you born then? ;) and I was getting involved with the VFW in a big way, we would all stand in a circle holding hands and sing with the song. It was and still is very moving for me and expresses to a "T" how much I love my country.

3. What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
I wish that the future generation learns to respect and honor their soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines; that they don't have the disconnect with those serving that we seem to have now.

4. What is one Project/Charity that is dear to your heart?
Oh my. I have so many. There's Operation Uplink and Unmet Needs with the VFW....But no, the one that is really touching my heart (and my wallet when I can!) is Soldiers Angels. These ladies are doing the wonderful things for our troops. I may have a little something going for them- guess what, it involves a quilt, surprise surprise!- in the near future.

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In 1984 I was 7 years old when this song came out. I can remember when I was in 7th and 8th grade this was one of the songs that my choir would sing. It's a song that is beautifully written and is very moving.

I just wish that we American's could live up to these particuar lyrics "
I'm proud to be an American where at least I know I'm free. And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today."

Thank you, Raging Mom!

...and the music plays on!

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Oooo Weee... it's the Major... Our Featured Guest

Another week and another Featured Guest... I love my job!!! Ya know, my job of getting the opportunity to design a cool little banner/logo for each of my featured guests... I love it!

This weeks guest is Major Dad 1984. I'd never dare to cross this man. Anyone that has Major in their name... I'll give them all the respect.

Major Dad brings an interesting twist to the blogging world with his photo caption contest humor, his family life, his job and his love for his country. I "met" Major Dad several months ago when I cracked up at one of his captions he left over at Sgt Hook's. Ever since then I travel on over to Major Dad's when I need a laugh or if I really want my mind to be fed with some truly wonderful writing.

Everyone Please Welcome "My Music Highway Project's" Featured Guest MAJOR DAD 1984.


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

Just a Closer Walk With Thee....(Many artists do it justice...but actually the one I like best is from "White Men Can't Jump's" soundtrack.

Just a Closer Walk With Thee
Author Unknown
          I am weak, but Thou art strong;
          Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
          I’ll be satisfied as long
          As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

            Chorus
            Just a closer walk with Thee,
            Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
            Daily walking close to Thee,
            Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

          Through this world of toil and snares,
          If I falter, Lord, who cares?
          Who with me my burden shares?
          None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

            Chorus
            Just a closer walk with Thee,
            Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
            Daily walking close to Thee,
            Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

          When my feeble life is o’er,
          Time for me will be no more;
          Guide me gently, safely o’er
          To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

            Chorus
            Just a closer walk with Thee,
            Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
            Daily walking close to Thee,
            Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.


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

I suppose that I'm one of those believers that you won't see in church on Sundays...and I like to think that I live my life as best as I can trying to keep up with the Almighty. When we had the sad job of choosing music for my grandmother's funeral I chose it for a number of reasons...as she helped make me a believer...and had suffered a stroke that took her ability to walk for several years before she passed.


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

I hope that we can get back on track with something I consider mostly lost in this country....and that's personal responsibility/accountability. I seem to hear something every day that leads me to believe that there's not a person in this country that's willing to fess up to mistakes/crisises/etc of their own making. As I said, I just came in from umpiring softball for adults. You would be absolutely amazed/ashamed to hear some of the comments. "Why do we play with these mush balls?" (In spite of seeing several of them jacked deep into our "ground rule home run" long grass. "Why can't they do something with this field....it's in terrible condition?" (There's a war on boys and girls...we don't have money to have contractors clean our latrines anymore) Things like that....

Also, I'd like to see people become more responsible for their own futures. The concept that I take 15% of my before tax pay and invest it for my retirement seems somewhat arcane. People are too wrapped up in carrying the newest gadget cellphone, driving the flashiest debt makers, and the like. Live within your means....and save for your own futures.


4. What is one “Project”/ “Charity” that is dear to your heart?

Project Valour-IT: http://www.soldiersangels.org/valour/ This project provides laptop computers with Internet access and adds a voice recognition package that allows our wounded servicemen and women maintain contact with friends, family and comrades in the field as they recover in places like t he National Naval Medical Center (Bethesda Naval Hospital), Brooke Army Medical Center (TX), Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (Germany), Madigan Regional Medical Center (WA), The National Naval Medical Center, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton (CA), and Walter Reed Army Medical Center (DC) .

I think they've gotten the price on the packages down to around $600 a laptop.

During Desert Storm, the NCO I served with during the long night shifts talked about that topic one night. If something "bad" happened to us...what could we live without? I decided that I could live without my legs, but I'd need my eyes and hands. Project Valour-IT can help those that aren't as lucky.
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Thank you, Major Dad for the beautiful song, the reasoning behind that song... I have always loved that song... My granny use to sing that song while she played her organ she had in her bedroom. You have brought back some beautiful memories for me. As far as Project-Valour-IT.. it is a wonderful project and we all need to do more in supporting it! Thanks again, my friend.

...and the music plays on!

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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Featured Guest Confusion "Loveless"

Okay... so I am really confused if Ms. Emily from Loveless has retired from blogging or not... A little bird has showed me that Ms. Emily may be switching over to "Word Press". So... If you click on her "Loveless" link it takes you to an advertisement for teeny bikini's or something of the sort. So I am a little confused on if she is staying a blogger or not... SOOOOO... I am going to assume she is staying a blogger and reinstate her as Featured Guest of the week. I will link her blog up for the time being with "My Music Highway Project" because she does moderate here every week.

Sooo... the first time I "met" Emily was via email when she asked me to Join "Bloggers With Boobies"... I read about her project and thought it was great. (I would link to it but her blog is gone for now)... I was and have been "taken back" by this girl's raw beauty and beautiful writing.

I enjoy her humor, her love, her sweetness and above all, her sincerity. She is a beautiful soul.

Everyone please welcome "My Music Highway Project's" featured guest... Emily from the disappearing "Loveless"...


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

There's been many but I suppose I would have to answer that with Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line"

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

When I was a little girl that was my Daddy's favorite song and he used to sing it to me each and every night when tucked me in to bed. I always felt warm, snug, safe and loved no matter what whenever he'd softly sing to me. Ever since then whenever I hear that particular song I feel a warmth come over me and for a moment, maybe just a moment, all's right with my world.

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

Peace on Earth, Good Will Towards Men..

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

Although there are a few I feature on my blog I suppose the most important, for both personal and societal reasons, is the fight agaisnt breast cancer. In addition to millions of women worldwide, both my paternal and maternal grandmothers died from this scourge.

You can read more about Emily's song choice here... It's a very touching post of this song and her father.

Love ya, Emily and what a perfect song for this project and for some wonderful memories!!!

...and the music plays on!

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Featured Guest "Me, Myself and Music Highway"

So, originally Emily from "Loveless" was suppose to be featured post for this week. BUT... Emily has decided not to blog for awhile. I respect her decision and will miss her.

SOOOOOO... You all are stuck with a fill in guest... MEEEE!!!! :) :)

I started my blog "My Music Highway" in January of this year... Although, I had originally started blogging back in August of 2005 with a little blog called "Girl on the Blog".... For those of you who "know" me... you already know how much music means to me. It is in my blood and no matter how hard I try to leave the music world... I can not.

For me... as I have heard from many others who are participating in this project... this has been a hard decision to pick just one song... BUT... I have...

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

One Tin Soldier
(by Lambert-Potter, sung by Coven)

Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago,
'Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley-folk below.

On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone,
And the valley-people swore
They'd have it for their very own.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

So the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure,
Tons of gold for which they'd kill.

Came an answer from the kingdom,
"With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of our mountain,
All the riches buried there."

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Now the valley cried with anger,
"Mount your horses! Draw your sword!"
And they killed the mountain-people,
So they won their just reward.

Now they stood beside the treasure,
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it...
"Peace on Earth" was all it said.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

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

I was a teenager when I really FIRST heard this song. I mean REALLY FIRST "HEARD" it. The words touched me so... It was during the time of the Gulf War and I had family and friends over seas fighting... for a cause (at the time) I wasn't so sure about. I had lost 1 family member during the war and had no clue how to handle the pain. Well, somehow (I can't remember how) this song "fell" right into my lap and I listened for the FIRST time to its words... its beautiful and precious words. For some reason, this song has always stuck with me... it reminds me every time I hear that no matter what... violence and hate are never the answer!!!

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

I wish so much, that my son and those after my son have a world that they are not afraid to live in. A world they can trust... with leaders they can trust... And because of our men and women in the military... I have faith they will lead the way on this path...

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

Soldiers Angels... I can't say enough about this group of well... Angels...





...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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