Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Royal Ice Queen Graces Us...



Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The "Royal" Ice Queen is this weeks My Music Highway Project's special guest!

I first met Monica, "The Ice Queen", over at Doug's and Sar's place many moons ago. She is definitely a breath of fresh Iceland air! :) I love reading about her and her family... Plus viewing all of the pics from her beautiful land. Her blog is truly a great place to visit when one needs a smile... Also, reading her comments left at others blogs can be simply hilarious.

Everyone please Welcome The "Royal" Ice Queen... Monica...




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

After quite some sorting I have decided on this one out of many: The Whites "Keep on the Sunny Side"

The Whites
"Keep on the Sunny Side"

There's a dark & a troubled side of life
There's a bright, there's a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[cho:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho' the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care

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

Well, I had to leave home at the age of 13, due to many reasons, and although I knew it was a good thing, I was really scared. I was only 13. And I had no guidelines as to how to handle life from now on. When listening to the radio a day after I left, I heard this song and I knew that regardless of what would happen, that optimism and a positive attitude will get me through almost anything. Since then this song volumes through my apartment whenever I feel a bit blue! And IÃI'lll snap right out of it!


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

An understanding older generation and an appreciative younger one!


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

"Stigamot" in Iceland. It is an organization for abused humans. Mostly women, but there is the odd man in between. I see the people when they get in (distraught and filled with shame). Some of them leave with their heads up high and a new perspective. I think it is wonderful.

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Thank you, Monica for contributing and helping promote this project. The Whites are a wonderful Grand Ole Opry Members that I too am fond of. The story behind why you like their song is inspiring! When reading your blog... it is always on the "sunny side"! Perfect song for you!


...and the music plays on!

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Dan the Man is in the House!


I can't really tell you when I first "met" Dan... I know it has been a long time! I always love reading Dan's "Scenes From a Wasted Life" because I can always count on a laugh, deep thought and reflection of not only what he has written but how I can relate to many of his writings.

Dan deserves a "Those Who Rock" ranking on everyone's blog!

Everyone Please Welcome my blogger bud, Dan... to My Music Highway Project!



1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please) and
2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?

When I was a little kid, one of the few things that was always, always the case was that the music was always playing. My mom played guitar until her arthritis ruined her ability to. I was never musically inclined as far as playing my own (I just didn't have the talent), but I try to continue on with the tradition of keeping music on everywhere I go.

This is going to be something of a stretch, and something weird as far as the nature of your project. The song that sticks in my head and inspires me about the world everytime I hear it is a weird song by an old British band called Slade. Slade are listed as inspirations by basically every major rock band from KISS (who Gene Simmons has been quoted as saying they stole their entire career from Slade) to Oasis (who has covered Slade tunes). Slade never made it big in the States, but are the only band to come close to the Beatle's shart success in England. In fact, Slade is the only band to have Top20 hits in England in the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Lead singer Noddy Holder was knighted in 2000.

The name of the song is "Did Ya Mama Ever Tell Ya?" I heard this song alot as a kid, since my mom bought this record just about the year I was born when the band was trying desperately to make it in America. The gist of the song is putting a dirty spin on Mother Goose rhymes. Beyond that, however, is a deeper message about reading between the lines. Using your common
sense to get at the story behind the story, if you will. Of believing what's on the surface, or digging deeper to get at what's really going on.

In my adult life, just taking that spin on something so normally innocent makes me think twice; makes me wonder what it is that I don't know... that I don't understand. It makes me look for the whole story in things, not just the Disney-fied version of things. Like with the Iraq War... the surface
debate is whether it's good or bad. But there's so many more thigns going on beneath the surface about freedom and taking stands and staying until the job is done right and speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.

It constantly reminds me nothing is simple. And so I need to pay attention. :)


3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
In the future, I wish there was more community building like this... recognizing our commonalities rather than idealizing our differences. War, anti-war... we're all interested in building a better world. Black, white, whatever--our heritage is as human beings first and foremost. Musically speaking, the choir of voices always sounds better than the soloist. :)

In today's world, that's the first thing we tend to forget.


4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?
Because my dad was a police officer for so long; and he took me and loved me unconditionally even though I wasn't biologically his own, the charity that's nearest and dearest to my heart is COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) at http://www.nationalcops.org/ . There's alot of telemarketing scams about donating to widows and orphans of slain police officers. This is the single reputable organization that does so outside of the actual unions in each state.

I have great respect for people who put their lives on the line for my life to be orderly and safe and good. Their families sacrifice so much for them to be there on the front line of helping me live the life I do. I can never thank them enough for the sacrifices they choose to make for me; even if
they don't know me personally. :)

Did Ya Mama Ever Tell Ya? (Holder/Lea)
from the Slade album "Nobody's Fool"

Are you sitting comfortably?
Good! Then we'll begin... (spoken)

There was a crooked man
And he walked a crooked mile
He had a crooked stick
And oh boy how it cramped his stily
Well did ya mamma ever tell ya
Them kookie little nurs 'ry rhymes

Jack and Jill went up the hill
Supposed to get some water
They stayed up there a long time
Doing what they shouldn't ought-a
Did ya mamma ever tell ya
Them funky little nurs' ry rhymes.

Chorus


And when you got a little older
Did you learn to read between the lines
What did ya mamma ever tell ya
'bout the A's and B's and C's
Did she ever tell ya
'bout the birds and the bees.
S'ay mamma ever tell ya
You were brought by the stork
And how you could run before you could walk?

Mary had a little lamb, his feet we're black as coal
He even followed her to bed
The naughty little soul did ya
Mamma ever tell ya
Them kookie little nurs'ry rhymes

Little Jackie Horner sitting quite in his corner
How'd he get that name
Doing what he shouldn't ought-a
Did ya mamma ever tell ya
Them funky little nurs' ry rhymes

Chorus
R E P E A T

Solo
How about that oldie lady who was living in a shoe
She had so many children
She knew how and what to do - oh
Did ya mamma ever tell ya
Them funky little nurs' ry rhymes

Chorus
R E P E A T

How you could run, how you could run,
How you could run before you could walk yeah !

Thank you, Dan, for being a big part of "My Music Highway Project"...
'Musically speaking, the choir of voices always sounds better than the soloist.' I absolutely love this and you couldn't be more right!

...and the music plays on!


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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sgt Sledge Hammer Comes Aboard...

I first "met" Sgt Lori through Sgt Hook's site... where I have met many of my blogger pals. I have had the honor of admiring her writing about the love of her family, job and country. This Navy Vet and National Guardsman is one of many that I have enjoyed reading the "adventures" of her service.

Everyone Please Welcome "Sgt Sledge Hammer" aka Sgt Lori to "My Music Highway Project"...

1) What song has truly inspired/touched you? (Name of Artist and Song please)
Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'!" I am a "the glass is half empty" kinda person. To me, the worst thing in life has to be living without hope. I cannot imagine waking up each day thinking my life has no value.

"Don't Stop Believin'"
Journey

Just a small town girl, livin in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin anywhere
Just a city boy, born and raised in south detroit
He took the midnight train goin anywhere

A singer in a smokey room
A smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlight people, living just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere in the night

Working hard to get my fill,
Everybody wants a thrill
Payin anything to roll the dice,
Just one more time
Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

(chorus)

Dont stop believin
Hold on to the feelin
Streetlight people

2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
I can't say it changed me, but only helped me verbalize who I am as a person. The song seems to be written to those that are down and out, but looking for a better day. That was me many a year ago. My life did change and I hold onto that feeling everyday...there *IS* hope!!

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
That they work hard for a better world, they understand each other and are more tolerant.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?
Flowering Branch Children's shelter. When I first learned there was a "children's shelter" I was floored. I just couldn't imagine that children would need a shelter. However children as young as 9, 10 and 11 are turned out of their homes. Parents leave them behind as their lives become unraveled. It is so sad. So, I donate toys at Christmas, and especially items for tweens and teenagers. The little kids generally are notforgotten at Christmas, but the older kids are. I buy personal items, board games, stationer etc, that would appeal to the older kids.

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Thank you Sgt Lori for your contribution to My Music Highway Project...

...and the music plays on!

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

MMHP is Hang'n with a Hanger!!!

Yes, it is true! This week "My Music Highway Project" is Hang'n with a Hanger... Rouge Hanger aka Tim to be exact.

I honestly first met Rouge through the brilliant/cutie Pixie. I have visited the "Hanger" on more than one occasion. I have been intrigued by his compassion for others... specially his son. I always admire his poems, along with his heartfelt stories of his life... the good and the bad.

I want to thank Rouge for being a part of this project that means so much to me. The song and the reason behind his choice proves that this man has a heart and hangs on to love... a love that I am sure awaits him just around the corner.


Everyone please Welcome Rouge Hanger aka Tim!!!


1) What song has truly inspired/touched you?
Always and Forever by Heatwave

ALWAYS AND FOREVER (Heatwave)

Always and forever
Each moment with you
Is just like a dream to me
That somehow came true

And I know tomorrow
Will still be the same
Cause we've got a life of love
That won't ever change and..

Every day
Love me your own special way
Melt all my heart away
With a smile

Take time to tell me
You really care
And we'll share tomorrow together
I'll always love you Forever

There'll always be sunshine
When I look at you
It's something I can't explain
Just the things that you do

And if you get lonely
Phone me and take
A second to give to me
That magic you make and..
Every day
Love me your own special way
Melt all my heart away
With a smile

Take time to tell me
You really care
And we'll share tomorrow together
I'll always love you Forever



2) How did it inspire/touch/ or change you?
It speaks of a love I wish I could experience, and someday will. I can picture myself singing it to the one I love someday. Passion...Commitment...could it get any better?

3) What is one thing you wish for the future generations?
I'd like to see the divorce rate plummet....Be committed to the family. "They've" made the family unit easily disposable.

4) What is one "Project"/ "Charity" that is dear to your heart?
Seattle Women and Children's Shelter. Just prior to my divorce, Chris and I started collecting gifts year round and would drop them off each December. Now each holiday we try to inspire by giving our time and what ever else we can manage.

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Thank you, Rogue for helping with this project!


...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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