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A Little Inspiration

I have seen this previously, but just stumbled upon it again this morning.  I needed it today.  Hopefully, it will help you too.

A Little Inspiration

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, It is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.

Author Unknown

Two of the First Music Videos – EVER!

Here are a couple of (very) early concept videos (from the late 1920s).

Eddie Thomas and Carl Scott in the early days of music videos, playing Tomorrow/My Old Home.

and a bonus, just for fun.  I think it’s wonderful that this musical history has been preserved:


When a Child Doesn’t Read…

Make sure to help kids develop their imagination through reading.  You wouldn’t want this to happen to Peter Pan, would you? 

Enjoy (reading)!

Groundhog Day Trailer Recut

I love Groundhog Day (the movie).  What if the director had decided to go a different direction instead of making it a comedy?  Here’s a trailer remix that shows an entirely different side of the film:


A-Z Artists/Bands – Join in the Fun with Meme!

I happened across a version of this meme and decided to list a few of my favorite Artists/Bands from A-Z.

These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs by each of these artists, but I tried to find songs that were either well performed, unusual, or a version different from the one heard on the radio (yet, some are my favorite songs by that artist/band).  I’ve linked each artist/band to a YouTube video for your listening/viewing pleasure.

I would like to see your list, so be sure to link back if you decide to join in on the fun by creating your own list (no need to link to videos – that was just my way to kill some time on a day off).  Since the list is alphabetical, it seems that librarians and booksellers might find this enjoyable (no pressure Chartroose, Rebecca, Michael and Ann, and Stacy).  Of course, it is always good to hear from other friends as well.

Click on the artist or band to see and hear a song (be sure to check out Heart – it’s a great version of their song).  You might not recognize the names of all these artists, so click on their name to discover who they are:


Have You Ever… A Meme for Lazy Bloggers (from Chartroose… or someone)

This meme for lazy bloggers is brought to you by Chartroose , who was too lazy to actually name names by tagging anyone.  Yet, I decided to lazily answer these “Have You Ever…” questions:
Have You Ever…

1. gone on a blind date? No.  Although I did go out with a girl who wore thick glasses once.

2. skipped school? Not really skipped, but I had several classes during high school that I only attended until the teacher took roll (and they never seemed to notice – or care – that I had gone missing).

3. been on the opposite side of your country? I live on the opposite side of my country from those who live opposite from me.  I have been to their side of the country as a visitor several times, but I’ve never lived outside of the southwest USA.  I’ve also been on the opposite side of other people’s countries.

4. swam in the ocean? Yes, as recently as last month… well, it was more like floating… actually, maybe more like bobbing… OK, I stood ankle deep and the waves almost got my shorts wet.

5. had your booze taken away by the cops? Yes, several times in high school.  No arrests, however.  I think they just wanted some free stuff for the weekend because they didn’t pour it out or give me a ticket, they just loaded it into their car and drove away.

6. lettered in a high school sport? Yes – basketball, cross-country, and track.

7. cried yourself to sleep? Nope.  Laughed myself to sleep several times, though.

8. played a musical instrument? Drums, if that counts as musical.

9. sung karaoke? Aye, captain.  I’m a glory hog.

10. cheated on an exam? Sure… once… at a time…

11. played spin-the-bottle? No.  I have used a bottle for other things, but not spinning.

12. laughed until some sort of beverage came out of your nose? It seems like it is likely, but I can’t think of a specific instance.  I did laugh until spaghetti almost came out of my nose one time, but that’s probably not something I would mention in a public forum like a blog… or whatever…

13. watched the sun rise with someone you care about? Yes, and married her.

14. ever been arrested? No, but like Chartroose, I was pulled over for doing about triple the speed limit.  The policeman received an urgent call as I handed him my license, then threw it back at me, said something like “you got lucky,” and sped away.

15. gone ice skating? Yes it was my PE class in junior high school – how weird is that? 

16. been skinny dipping? Yep – but I’m not that skinny anymore, so that halted that.

17. been on television? Yes, several times for various things – but never the feature, just one of the bit players.

18. thrown up in front of a date? No.  Although I have had someone throw up in front of me – I didn’t marry her.

That’s it! Go check out Chartroose’s answers (if you have the courage).

Five For Friday – Favorite Songs from Favorite Albums

Five songs from five of my favorite albums for your weekend listening pleasure:

Sgt. Pepper’s by The Beatles (A Day In The Life – one of my favorite songs)

Louis Armstrong: The Ultimate Collection by Louis Armstrong (Wonderful World – The song I want played at my funeral – hopefully a long time away)

Justice by Steve Camp (Do You Feel Their Pain? – haunting)

Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Karn Evil 9 First Impression part 2 – hang in for the greatest drum solo ever – Carl Palmer playing)

She’s So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper (Time After Time – you can’t get any more 80’s than this)

Five For Friday – Lean On Me Videos

I like hearing and singing Lean on Me – it’s fun, it’s encouraging, it’s just a good time.  Here are five video versions of Lean on Me for your Friday enjoyment.

This is for Sanity Found (Happy 30th Birthday – yesterday), Leaving Evangeline’s friend Amy who undergoes surgery on Monday, and Amber (weathering her own storm, but still celebrating with friends).  Here’s to friends!

The Original by Bill Weathers (likely the best version):

Club Nouveau (probably my favorite version):

How about Steven Tyler of Aerosmith singing with a church choir (never thought I’d see it):

The African Children’s Choir (we had them sing at our high school when I was principal):

From the movie Lean on Me (1989)( I would have liked this to happen at my high school):

These Go To 11 – Three Spinal Tap Moments from Their Rockumentary

For anyone wondering how bands make their music so loud at concerts, here’s some insight.  This is Spinal Tap – a great Rockumentary by Rob Reiner.

Spinal Tap’s amps go to 11:

And just for additional fun, this is for A Canadian in Norway:

Finally, this is to explain my Stonehenge comment on an earlier post:

Radar Love in the Twilight Zone – Two Great Videos by Golden Earring

After posting lists about great songs, two friends of don’stuff commented about Golden Earring songs (neither on the top lists).  As a result of those comments, I thought it appropriate to find videos of the songs and share them for your viewing pleasure (the Radar Love video is funny – at least to me).  Enjoy!

This one is for Literate Housewife (Twilight Zone by Golden Earring):

This one is for Lucid Lunatic (Radar Love by Golden Earring – really funny):