50 Years, 50 Songs – A Life thru Music

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I made it to 50. Fait Accompli.

Another bucket-list achievement, something else to be proud of, and justification for the gray on my head.

Pragmatically, I have more years behind me then ahead, yet enough good memories to make the years ahead be filled with gratitude and grace. My soul is filled, my heart full, and my mind, well, that’s another story.

Life is good.

Life is a Lesson.

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I met, dated, wooed, engaged, married and yet have a beautiful Wife (inside and out) that I can never ever tell enough. She is forever always my Amazing Grace – *just check page 55 in Gravitate 2 Gratitude by Carolyn Flower (for proof and understanding), and we have many more years together than apart. 34561_408445976661_509246661_4599860_5602555_n-001

I oft say Fiona is the brains of the/our operation, and I do think I’m quite astute in that statement. Most times anyways…

 

Together, We created 2 awesome sons, Erik and Iain: that are awesome, terrific, and constantly impressingIMG_3736 us in their growth, maturity, and character.

Unique in their own personalities, they both have characteristics from us, and their own particular traits that make us laughingly smile, even if I do most of it on the inside (an inherent genetic Roe flaw, apparently).

 

These are my Loves: My family, my four-legged family, and my friends.

Love that equates loyalty, and loyalty that begets love.

Loves that are followed, and only followed by Passions.

Love is always 1st.

My passions, and oft considered indulgences, have over the years been many and varied, but all have been relished with what I believe –  time well invested. Passions that have included arts (writing, drawing, painting and music), photography, some sports (tho most don’t consider fishing a sport), good food, and good cigars. These are passions that I have pursued in between work demands, life responsibilities, and projects that interrupt scheduled programming (that may or not have included some (ahem) health issues). All the while, my Family has been by my side, and Friends at the ready.

This being 50 years that this Soul is celebrating, and even “Bilbo Baggins” recognizes 50 as a unique number (see above, kinda follows my lines of humor as well), I figured the easiest biography (and shortest), is a soulful insight through the music that has made me, well, Me.

Some say that music is a window to the soul, well here I provide you a little more than a glimpse. Sometimes a song is about the words, sometimes the music, sometimes but the mood or rhythm. All of these contain some specific trigger to memories made, and happily I share each of these 50 with you.

I’ve gathered and linked a selection below. They are the charted songs of their years, and all have a special meaning, in one way shape or form.

*(Luckily for me, I have been able to have the good fortune to meet and greet some of this same singers of song, adding to some great memories. I am forever grateful for that.)

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Feel free to click and share in my 50 years of musical memories.

To MY…

Family.

Friends.

Thank you for bearing witness, for sharing in my time, sharing in my passions, being part of this gift I have been given.

 

These 50 years…

1967 Daydream Believer The Monkees https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU615FaODCg
1968 The Unicorn The Irish Rovers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EPsuOEH1fY
1969 Oh Happy Day Edwin Hawkins Singers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzj3pOdCOqU
1970 I’ll Be There The Jackson 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-apaIOOoAo
1971 Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vrEljMfXYo
1972 Use Me Bill Withers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3hBYTkI-sE
1973 You Are the Sunshine of My Life Stevie Wonder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wZ_b_uUAdQ
1974 Seasons in the Sun Terry Jacks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG9otasNmxI
1975 Black Water The Doobie Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=km4-eKvv3EM
1976 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ
1977 Carry On Wayward Son Kansas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X_2IdybTV0
1978 On Broadway George Benson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF-tpXvh7ks
1979 Hold the Line Toto https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htgr3pvBr-I
1980 Heartbreaker Pat Benatar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy-QmgdUVTI
1981 Ain’t Even Done With The Night John Cougar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CHvDPRWgJ4
1982 Caught Up In You 38 Special https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg21Rkew874
1983 All The Way Triumph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_WXeQfFBoA
1984 Metal Queen Lee Aaron https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6VAHS42XAU
1985 I Can’t Hold Back Survivor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaMcsKtBDwE
1986 Take Me Home Tonight Eddie Money https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aJvIFK9-xk
1987 Wanted Dead or Alive Bon Jovi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRvCvsRp5ho
1988 Is This Love Whitesnake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujnH4yNqL8E
1989 18 and Life Skid Row https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O317T6Zlno
1990 Black Velvet Alannah Myles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT4d1LQy4es
1991 Slowly Slipping Away Harem Scarem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K6oXtfjP0I
1992 To Be With You Mr. Big https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6-uJLteKek
1993 I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) Meat Loaf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGalkLRdlOs
1994 Baby I Love Your Way Big Mountain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWIxA7M_-ZA
1995 Roll To Me Del Amitri https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suzwkw0dYmM
1996 Change The World Eric Clapton https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x11NA63gLDM
1997 All For You Sister Hazel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f46ulX6uwGc
1998 You’re Still The One Shania Twain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNZH-emehxA
1999 Write This Down George Strait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAj-Q_W9AT4
2000 Higher Creed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16lInLZRms
2001 Drive Incubus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgT9zGkiLig
2002 Long Time Gone Dixie Chicks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c5b8ZtjwwY
2003 Bring Me To Life Evanescence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YxaaGgTQYM
2004 When the Sun Goes Down Kenny Chesney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKlj19836_E
2005 As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldQrapQ4d0Y
2006 Crazy Gnarls Barkley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd2B6SjMh_w
2007 The Way I Are Timbaland https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5rLz5AZBIA
2008 Love Song Sara Bareilles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi7Yh16dA0w
2009 Second Chance Shinedown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H25ORRgLxdA
2010 The House That Built Me Miranda Lambert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQYNM6SjD_o
2011 Lowlife Theory of a Deadman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lxINyZxbgU
2012 Days Go By Offspring https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrBet1Rv32k
2013 Radioactive Imagine Dragons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktvTqknDobU
2014 Happy Pharrell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6Sxv-sUYtM
2015 See You Again Wiz Khalifa w/Charlie Puth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgKAFK5djSk
2016 Human Race Rik Emmett & Resolution 9 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdWyk2x-DzA
2017 The Thunder Rolls All That Remains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36Vs_JoIvjA
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The Glass is Always Full

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“Is the glass half empty or half full?” a common expression, a proverbial phrase, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview.

2017 seems to have begun with 1 of these 2 views, and based on media (both real and social), obviously more of one than the other.

What we tend to forget that Life, is much like the Tao:

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Yin and Yang, are two opposite and complimentary energies that make up a whole; that one is not ever fulfilled without the other. Yin and Yang cannot exist without the other, they are never separate.

Whether we perceive them as freezing and boiling, dark and bright, good and evil, they are but parts that become a sum.

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Exactly how we view a glass in a”simpler” fashion/expression/time.

A Worldview in the making.

The Mind, like an opinion, is a terrible thing to waste, and recent tidings have encouraged me to be much less reliant on the media machine, for what is fed to us through and media “feeds” preys upon our sensitivities and sensibilities to foster what I deem a lot of air in the glass. Substance without weight that doesn’t really feed or nurture us.

Not to say that all is such, that would bring us back to the Yin and Yang, bits of each in all.

Strong wills create strong views and stronger opinions, but a tempered view can cut a swath through the falsehoods, biases, and untruths. Unless (a) we don’t want to, or (b) we trust too much.

This is where faith and intelligence play into the picture, and we once again return to our yin and yang situation.

Thank you 2017.

We are supposed to be entering the year with an air of rebirth and refreshed ideals. Not of dread, not of ill-will, not of contempt, and certainly not of prejudice.

I am Canadian, and regardless of what I would let all Media believe, I live a Good life.

I am happy to drink from a glass that is half-full, I am even more glad with that the love and respect of my family and friends that my cup doth runneth over.

I will also never let one’s glass ever be empty, it is always filled and refilled at my table, regardless of choice of drink. I judge not.

Judging is one thing, and Respect-ing is however another, and when that Yin Yang becoomes Love/Hate, Respect/Disrespect, I am determined to replace the negative with positive, and the perception of “entitlement” with Gratitude.This year has been painted with more of the former of this (than the latter) til now, and is already due for a fresher coat, or some better primer.

I urge anyone reading this to Believe in Good, have Faith in the Just, but moreso, have faith in you and yours 1st. Think before reacting, and respect the views and opinions that others exude, and file them appropriately.

What separataes from the animals, is that we don’t have to react to instinct, we have the ability to ponder our decisions becfore reacting.

Let 2017 be the year of Action, and not a year of re-Action.

I wish you all the best. Fill your cup, drink until satiated.

Your cup will Always be Full.

One Love.

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Time Canon

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Writer’s block always strikes at some point.

The Creative process is sometimes a fickle thing, and we can either experience it as the flow of the stream, the roar of the river…or as the ebb of the tide.

Lately, due to circumstance(s), creativity has been much at a standstill. Living life has been more the priority, or more in fact, ensuring that I’m able to live the life that I/We want.

Health issues have never been “issues” to me through out the time I’ve spent living thus far, but apparently life does have a way, like most things, of catching up with you.

More genetics than lifestyle, my new found eye openers, have given cause for a lot of reflection (having had a lot of “empty time” waiting in hospitals and for doctors), and I’ve decided that the legacy I choose to leave, if any, will more so be the memories that I can leave with loved ones, than not have to have made those memories.

That’s to say, easily now, that time wasted is time lost.

Money we can earn and spend. It provides us a means and an end to:

Objects,

Things,

Stuff.

Time is the Gift, that once spent, is lost.

Irreplaceable.

So, here I find myself, happy to make some hard decisions that will grant me guiltless freedom (not that I ever really felt that guilty over decisions) that will constantly remind me to put any wasted time to be WELL wasted time, that I decide to spend of my own volition, and not out of any sense of “have-to” and “need-to” as prescribed to make that better $$$ life.

Decisions and detractors have pillaged enough of the time that is now behind me, and lost to me, but that ever-fresh smell of coffee serves to lighten and direct the id to the place it needs to go.

The Spirit is better, the head is better; the heart is getting there, as are the eyes.

Life can be fickle.

Health can be fickle.

We fight for what we want.

To Be,

To achieve,

To give,

To Love,

To be Remembered.

As much as I hope to stay here as long as possible, Time is a finite essence and I want to spend it with you in the best way possible.

In terms that I control.

On terms that I can navigate.

With those I want.

I hope to all that I give a little piece of time, at some point appreciate that anything that  was spent and invested with you, was at an intrinsic cost.

I like to think I am choosing wisely.