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Month: May, 2014

When the Only View is YOU!

00000 aloneI am not sure which is worse, no views on my blog or the only view being me. When writing becomes your only therapist it doesn’t really matter now does it? I read all these stories about bloggers or twitterers (yes I made that up) who just started writing and before they knew it they were literary Gods. Do I expect to ever get there… Hell No! But 100 followers would feel pretty good. Hey, I might even be almost half way there. I try not to check the stats incessantly like halitosis man brushes his teeth. That being said, we could all use a literary hug once in awhile.

So if you don’t want to like this blog or follow it, at least click on the link below instead for a free hug of your own. I have no affiliation whatsoever, except that I have watched it once before myself. If nothing else, it should make you smile.

Free Hugs click HERE

See you next post!!

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Goose Bump Songs

00000000000000000 Music MoonMusic has always meant a lot to me. Growing up in Minneapolis, our summer baby sitter always had music in the back ground playing on the radio. This was just before the turn of the decade towards 1980. Then in Junior High I decided to take up the guitar and was even part of a pretty successful rock band. While the band ultimately dissolved when I moved from Minnesota to Arizona, the music stayed with me like the blood in my veins. This afternoon I was thinking about all the really emotional songs that give me goose bumps. While the list could be very long, I will only share a few (in no particular order).

1. Dust in the Wind – Kansas. This has always seemed to be on the top of my list. Mostly because I am an existentialist by nature and really relate to the song’s meaning. It doesn’t hurt that Kansas always seems to sing it drooling with emotion.

2. Me and a Gun – Tori Amos. I remember seeing her in a concert in Eugene in a very small venue with about 300 people. This was before she got really big in the states. When she sang this song with nothing but her voice all three hundred people were blown away and there was not a dry eye in the crowd.

3. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen. This is one of those songs that was amazingly written but almost seems a little better when sung by other musicians. It has obviously spoke to more artists that I can even think to remember. It speaks volumes to the song’s brilliance. Very few professional musicians can sing this song without tear dripping emotion. John Kale’s seems like the most classic cover so that is the one I have included in the link.

4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo╩╗ole. This is one of those songs that is great on its own merit but when it is sung by IZ it’s unbearably touching. He brings it to an emotional pinnacle that’s so magical I can’t even begin to understand how he does it.

5. Angie – The Rolling Stones. Funny enough I actually rediscovered this song after hearing Tori Amos’ cover years ago. I still love the original and have included it here.

I could go on and on, and after I post this I am sure I will think of others that are just as good if not better. If you feel so inclined, leave a comment about your Goose Bump Songs.

Whack-A-Backpain

00000 whac a moleMy back pain these days is like a painful game of Whac-A-Mole. You know that classic physical hammer game where a plastic mole jumps up as you try and bonk it on the head before it goes down and the next one pops back up. Well that is the way my back pain has been the last few months. The middle of my back hurts and then I whack that pain away, and then my upper back hurts and I whack that pain away, and then my lower back hurts and I try and whack that mole away.

Today the lower pain mole has reared his ugly head and I have yet to whack him into submission. Thanks to The Google, I have learned some quick exercises to specifically to help rectify lower back pain. That and some merry go round ice and hot pack therapy will hopefully whip me back into shape in no time. Or just in time for the next mole to arise.

Back on the Blog Train – The Amazing World of Kickstarter

000000000 kickstarterAfter a well deserved hiatus its back down to business. As hard as it was to blog everyday I did miss it during my short blogging break and I am happy to be back at it.

Just yesterday evening I was browsing Kickstarter because of my previous Facebook like of a completely recyclable shoe called ReKixx. I started perusing other Kickstarter offering campaigns and was completely blown away by the creativity. From Cella, to Soylent, to the Little Free Library, to Lix I was drawn in and wanting to buy one of everything. It used to be that inventors worked to create something in their dark basements, produce a bunch of them, and hope they would sell. Now inventions are thought up and put out there to see if somebody would buy them and hope they can be created if the demand is there. The world of innovation has exploded far beyond the box.

Kickstarter has shown the power of crowdsourcing to drive new ideas and concretize them into a creatable commodity. I just wish I had more money and space in my house to buy everything that sounded interesting. I don’t and it would be counter intuitive anyway to my efforts to simplify my life. But it’s neat to read through the dreams and inventions of others. Maybe one day I will be kickstarting something of my own.