Sunday, October 29, 2006

Madness Within Me... Not Me... Debby

This weeks special guest is someone I really miss in the blogging world... Debby from "Madness Within Me". She hasn't blogged in almost two months and I truly hope she and her family are doing okay.

I cannot remember when I first met Debby but she took me under her wing and gave me motherly words of wisdom in my comments box and in her comments box. Her writing is so her... she doesn't hide a thing. She is very blunt and honest and I love that.

Before I go on... the song that Debby chose "God's Will" by Martina McBride is a song a that touched me very much a little over 2 years ago when my Will was born. My son was born with some health issues and my husband and I were absolutely on bended knee praying that everything would be okay. Littly Willy was transfered from the hospital he was delivered in to a hospital in Nashville. While my hubby and I were driving to the Nashville hospital this song came on and both my hubby and I were in tears. I turned to my hubby and stated "This is a sign, our Will is going to be okay." Yes, yes he was okay!! So, this song means so much...

Everyone Please Welcome Debby from "Madness Within Me"...

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you?
"God's Will" by Martina McBride - this song always makes me cry cuz it makes me think of my

God's Will
Artist: Marina Mcbride

I met God's Will on a Halloween night
He was dressed as a bag of leaves
It hid the braces on his legs at first

His smile was as bright as the August sun
When he looked at me
As he struggled down the driveway, it almost
Made me hurt

Will don't walk too good
Will don't talk too good
He won't do the things that the other kids do,
In our neighborhood

I've been searchin', wonderin', thinkin'
Lost and lookin' all my life
I've been wounded, jaded, loved and hated
I've wrestled wrong and right
He was a boy without a father
And his mother's miracle
I've been readin', writin', prayin', fightin'
I guess I would be still
Yeah, that was until
I knew God's Will

Will's mom had to work two jobs
We'd watch him when she had to work late
And we'd all laugh like I hadn't laughed
Since I don't know when

Hey Jude was his favorite song
At dinner he'd ask to pray
And then he'd pray for everybody in the world but him


Before they moved to California
His mother said, they didn't think he'd live
And she said each day that I have him, well it's just
another gift
And I never got to tell her, that the boy
Showed me the truth
In crayon red, on notebook paper, he'd written
Me and God love you

I've been searchin', prayin', wounded, jaded
I guess I would be still
Yeah that was until...
I met God's Will on a Halloween night
He was dressed as a bag of leaves

2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
It made me look at him through new eyes and got me wondering what lesson I was supposed to learn from him and not the other way around.

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
I wish with all my heart that in the future every child and/or adult who is a special gift to the world won't have to face ridicule for being special.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?
The charity that is closest to my heart is Childrens Miracle Network. They have done the most awesome things for Noah and for millions and millions of other children and their families too!!


I tried to put the song on here so you could listen to it... BUT BLOGGER was being an ass! Imagine that... you can go here to listen to it...

Also, Thanks Debby for helping with this project!!! This song has more meaning to me than anyone will ever know...

...and the music plays on!

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Benvenuto, Alex, Il Mio Ospite...

Ciao, tutto! Il Mio Ospite Speciale Questa Settimana E, Alex!

Alex is the editor and chief of his blog "A Voice From The Warehouse"...

I first met Alex through Patriotic Cowgirl (who has dropped out of the blogging scene). I was/am fascinated with Alex. He lives in Italy... and I have always wanted to visit Italy. He allowed/allows me to comment on his blog in my worse Italian... hey, he lets me practice.

Alex has traveled to many a place and shares his experiences with me by his pinpal emails and beautiful pictures. I am truly thankful that I have gotten to know my Italian friend. Maybe one day, when I visit Italy... we can meet for a glass of wine.

Grazie, Alex, per essere l'ospite questa settimana.

Everyone Please Welcome My Italian Blogger Friend... Alex....

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you?

This is a tough question.. Why? Because it implies to choose only one song. I have heard, loved, and have been inspired by (at least) hundreds songs (and movies too). And sometimes only from music, voices, without thinking to words, but only touched inside by sounds.

Pop, reggae, rock, r&b, rap, metal, country, instrumental, classic, blues, hymns, spiritual..
But.. my instinct give me quickly an answer. It's a combination of song, movie, actors, story and a talk with my girl (a wise and amazing person) at those times (1993, or 1994).

Do you remember Indecent proposal? (
I think I can summarize with these quotes:
"- I guess there's limits to what money can buy.
- Not many.
- Well some things aren't for sale.."

So, my answer is
Sade, with "No ordinary love"

I would like to add a thing.
I don't know the original dialogue in Saving private Ryan (I only saw it translated in Italian). When Tom Hanks, at the end, is dying, and say to Ryan that he have to deserve his life..
This is for me a great inspiration: deserve our life every morning, when we get up.

No Ordinary Love Lyrics
By... Sade

I gave you all the love I got
I gave you more than I could give
I gave you love
I gave you all that I have inside
And you took my love
You took my love

Didn't I tell you
What I believe
Did somebody say that
A love like that won't last
Didn't I give you
All that I've got to give baby

I keep crying
I keep crying for you
There's nothing like you and I baby

This is no ordinary love
No ordinary love
This is no ordinary love
No ordinary love

When you came my way
You brightened every day
With your sweet smile

2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
I always thought that there are things not for sale. This is not the point.
I focused, during and after the movie, that love, true love, is so precious, rare. Sometimes unique even.

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
Maybe no more terrorism. But, better even, a better mankind.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?
I'm sorry but I have no project in particular.
In general I think that Africa needs our attention. But I feel sadness for a lot of different situation around the world. Suffering don't know language or banner.


Thank You, Alex... I think everyone in their life time has had "No Ordinary Love"... Thank you so much for helping with My Music Highway Project!

...and the music plays on!

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Snoop Don Is In The House

Snoop Donnie Don is this weeks "My Music Highway Project" Special Guest...

I first met Snoop Don in my early blogging days. I found his blog very interesting. He writes about his every day life as a teacher, husband and the desires he and his wife, "Teach 99", have to give their home to a child. (BTW... if anyone deserves a child these two do) Snoop Don finds away in his writing to make one think deeply... about their life and about their faith in whatever they believe. I have enjoyed Snoop Don and his wise words and wise cracks tremendously... Oh and he is also transforming his trap... which I can relate with because I had braces for SEVEN... YES... count them... SEVEN years...

Please Welcome My Friend... Snoop Don...

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)
It is hard for me to say. I have musical schizophrenia. An all time favorite song of mine is "Spirit of the Radio" by Rush.

2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
It is a catchy song. I envision in it a journey of people or musicians fulfilling their dreams. Just as the song says in the beginning, "Begin the day with a friendly voice..." I remember the times I could start the day with that song and its peppy beats. It really is a musical adventure, ranging from rock to reggae. If you get a chance, check it out.


"The Spirit Of Radio"

Begin the day with a friendly voice
A companion unobtrusive
Plays the song that's so elusive
And the magic music makes your morning mood

Off on your way, hit the open road
There is magic at your fingers
For the Spirit ever lingers
Undemanding contact in your happy solitude

Invisible airwaves crackle with life
Bright antennae bristle with the energy
Emotional feedback on timeless wavelength
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free

All this machinery making modern music
Can still be open hearted
Not so coldly charted
It's really just a question of your honesty, yeah
Your honesty
One likes to believe in the freedom of music
But glittering prizes and endless compromises
Shatter the illusion of integrity


For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall
Concert hall
And echoes with the sounds of salesmen

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
For future generations I hope they could be independent thinkers who are able to take the good from their heritage and get rid of the bad. Self actualization.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?
For the last question, I also have schizophrenia.... I like to find a variety of ways that I can be helpful to others. Lately, I have been mulling around different aspects of codependency and its effects on life in a variety of ways.

Rush was one of the first bands I ever saw in concert. I just remember the drummer being spectacular... My favorite lyric of this song... "
Bearing a gift beyond price, almost free" ... how true and beautiful these words are. Thanks, Snoop for helping with this project!

...and the music plays on!

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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Featuring "Deep Thought"

I do not recall how I came across Eli's blog... all I know is that when I began to read him I was very intrigued. I was either agreeing with every word he wrote or disagreeing with every word. When I leave comments on his blog... disagreeing or agreeing he always has gracious come backs... explaining his views. His blog is mostly political and ethical... I do enjoy a good read that makes me think... and believe me Eli makes me think.

So.... PLEASE Welcome to "My Music Highway Project" Eli From Deep Thought....

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? and 2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?

A lot of songs have made a difference in my life. If I had to pick one, it would be 'If I had a Hammer' by Peter, Paul and Mary. It's a song about making a difference in the world, and standing up for what you believe in-- especially it's a song about doing, and not just talking about it.

Other songs that have made a difference in my philosophy include "Blowin' in the wind" (also Peter, Paul and Mary); "Abraham, Martin and John"(written by Dick Holler and performed by various artists, Dion being the first); "The Grave" written by Don McLean and "Favorite Son" by the Credence Clearwater Revival. And here is the country song on the list-- "Mama Tried," by Merle Haggard. Irony is, I no longer have copies of any of them since they are too old for CD's to be made and I lost my tape collection when our house got flooded the year we lived in Texas (and no, 'I thought happiness was Lubbock, Texas in my rear view mirror' isn't on my list, but I sure can relate).

In fact, I'm too young to have had to worry about Vietnam, but I have a definite hint (more than a hint) of that era in my veins, with a desire to do things, not just watch (so that, for example, today I am a county party vice chair). I've never been content to just talk about things (though obviously I do a lot of that too). Recently, for example, a club that I'm part of hosted a debate for congressional candidates (link to the post on that here)

And it started with three or four of us sitting around a table and deciding to just do it. That's how a lot of things start. I'd love to fix all the injustices in the world. So maybe I can't do that, but where I see one, I can try.

If I Had a Hammer

If I had a hammer,
Id hammer in the morning
Id hammer in the evening,
All over this land

Id hammer out danger,
Id hammer out a warning,
Id hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

If I had a bell,
Id ring it in the morning,
Id ring it in the evening,
All over this land

Id ring out danger,
Id ring out a warning
Id ring out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

If I had a song,
Id sing it in the morning,
Id sing it in the evening,
All over this land

Id sing out danger,
Id sing out a warning
Id sing out love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

Well I got a hammer,
And I got a bell,
And I got a song to sing, all over this land.

Its the hammer of justice,
Its the bell of freedom,
Its the song about love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

Its the hammer of justice,
Its the bell of freedom,
Its the song about love between my brothers and my sisters,
All over this land.

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

Future generations? Isaiah 2:4:
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
More than anything else, I would love to see that day with my own eyes. Don't expect to, but would love to.

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

charity: Smiles For Diversity (you have to pull up 'contact' to get the contact info). Despite their mission, their main focus remains 'lost boys,' specifically the hundreds of young men and teenage boys who have been driven out of the polygamist community of Colorado City/Hildale (post I wrote about that is here).

Even out here in the rural west, the problem of these young men is largely lost in the background as most of the focus is on the girls who are forced into sexual slavery, but these teenage boys who are abandoned without any clue of how to survive on the outside (many have never even seen a television) need a lot of help too, and it's been going on for decades.

The recent arrest of Warren Jeffs (blogged on here) hopefully means that this nightmare of child abuse in all possible ways will end soon, but with thousands of cult members (most of whom are so kept in the dark by their leaders that they don't even know that Jeffs has been arrested) it is still far from certain how it will end.

Thank you Eli for your contribution... I remember singing "If I Had a Hammer" as a child with my mother when she played her Peter, Paul and Mary records... some happy memories of my mother. Your charity is a wonderful charity... alot of sexual child abuse is mainly focused on young girls... but it happens to boys as well and we need to remember that.

...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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