At the end of the day …. The Piano Guys Series #10!

~~April 18, 2014~~

The Piano Guys are an American musical group consisting of Jon SchmidtSteven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek.

They gained popularity through YouTube, where they posted piano and cello renditions of popular songs and classical music. Schmidt and Nelson’s music is accompanied by professional-quality videos shot and edited by Paul Anderson. 

Paul Anderson owned a piano shop in St. George, Utah. He met musician Jon Schmidt as the latter walked in to ask if he could practice there for an upcoming concert. Months later, Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart (then just for fun) started making videos together with Jon Schmidt. It was not too long after that they did their first collaboration with Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, and Al Van Der Beek as the studio and music technician. After the five of them started collaborating the group really started to take off, producing a music video each week and posting it to YouTube.


Several of the group’s YouTube videos have over 20 million views, while all of them have over 750,000. As of February 2014, The Piano Guys’ YouTube channel has over 345 million total video views and about 2,500,000 subscribers.

In June 2011, The Piano Guys won the “Most Up-and-Coming Channel” award in the YouTube “On the Rise” contest with “Michael Meets Mozart” with Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson.

The Piano Guys is the second studio album, and first on a major record label, by American musical group The Piano Guys. It was released on October 2, 2012 through Sony Masterworks. The album is composed primarily of covers and mashups of classical and popular music.

Today we are featuring “Michael Meets Mozart” from their first CD with a major record label.



~~Michael Meets Mozart – 1 Piano, 2 Guys, 100 Cello Tracks~~


~~Story behind the song~~

After our Taylor Swift Coldplay mash-up, lots of people wanted more song combos. This led us to the creation of a cool hip hop/classical mash-up, but again we could not get permission. Instead of scrapping the great ideas, we used them to create an original tune. You will hear influences and inspiration from other artists. Try and guess them.

On the recording, Steven Sharp Nelson laid down over 100 tracks including cello textures never known possible. Every single sound on the video was made using only the instruments shown: piano, cello, mouth percussion and kick drum. We utilized some cool effects on lots of stuff…for example the U2-style delay on Steve’s pizzicato at the beginning.

The extra string on the electric cellos (the black cello has an extra high string and the white cello has an extra low string) allowed us to cover the full range of the orchestra. The deep bass drum sound is a bump on the body of the cello with a little help from some effects. The shaker sound was created by Steve rubbing rosin on his bow. The record scratch is Steve scratching a quarter on the strings…you get the idea.

Special SPECIAL thanks to Paul Anderson and Tel Stewart “The Piano Guys” who put as much of themselves into the video as we did and without whom the video would never have happened.

(Please “Like” them on facebook, they are awesome!!!)

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

We ALL are ONE!! 

“Big Bang” Thursday …..

~~April 18, 2014~~


The Big Bang Theory is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, both of whom serve as executive producers on the show along with Steven Molaro. All three also serve as head writers. It premiered on CBS on September 24, 2007.  The seventh season premiered on September 26, 2013.

The show is primarily centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: roommates Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, both physicists; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon’s equally geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, mechanical engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali.

The geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny’s social skills and common sense.

Over time, supporting characters have been promoted to starring roles: Leslie Winkle, a physicist colleague at Caltech and, at different times, a lover of both Leonard and Howard; Bernadette Rostenkowski, Howard’s girlfriend (later his wife), a microbiologist and former part-time waitress alongside Penny; neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler, who joins the group after being matched to Sheldon on a dating website (and later becomes Sheldon’s girlfriend), and Stuart Bloom, the cash-strapped owner of the comic book store the characters often visit.

In February 2014, CBS CEO Les Moonves confirmed an eighth season, when announcing the first half of the new season would air on a different night, due to CBS acquiring the rights to Thursday Night Football games.

The show will return to its Thursday slot it has held for the past few seasons once the football games end. 

In March 2014, CBS once again renewed the show for three additional years, through the 2016–17 television season.

~~The Big Bang Theory Sheldon Bazinga! in ball pit~~

Laughter is the best medicine.

We ALL are ONE!! 

Jose “Cheo” Feliciano …. “Who Was He? …. #BoricuaPride …. Forever!!”

~~April 18, 2014~~

San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) — Puerto Rican salsa legend Jose Luis “Cheo” Feliciano, a giant of the genre, died in a car crash early Thursday morning in San Juan, police said. He was 78.

A crooner with one of the most recognizable and imitated voices in Latin music, Feliciano sang with the long-running Fania All Stars in the heyday of New York’s thriving salsa scene in the 1970’s.

“Cheo was one of the most important stalwarts and forces of our music,” said Juan Moreno Velazquez, a New York-based journalist who has written biographies of salsa’s biggest stars. “He will be mourned in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America. He connected to the people, a true stalwart of our culture for all Latinos. The passing of this icon leaves immense pain throughout Latin America.”

Indeed, the governor of Puerto Rico has declared three days of mourning and, throughout the island on Thursday, many motorists drove with their headlights on in tribute. Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla said in a statement: “Today, Puerto Rico lost one of its greatest voices.”

The fatal car wreck happened about 4:13 a.m. Thursday, April 17, Puerto Rico police said.

Feliciano lost control of the Jaguar he was driving and crashed into a light pole, police said. He died at the scene.

Police told CNN en Español the singer was the only person in the car. The speed he was traveling at was under investigation, police said. His wife, Coco, told reporters that Feliciano did not like to wear a seat belt. The singer’s son, José Enrique Feliciano, praised his father at the scene of the accident.

Considered salsa royalty, Feliciano was awarded a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.

“His music embodied the rhythm of Puerto Ricans living in New York City and his lyrics helped tell our collective story”.

The death of Feliciano, beloved for his hits such as “Anacaona” and “Amada Mia,” was noted on the Twitter and Facebook accounts of some of Latin music’s biggest stars, from Ricky Martin to Ruben Blades, who tweeted “BROTHER CHEO. I’ve just learned of the accident and it is difficult for me to accept.”

José Luis Feliciano Vega, better known as Cheo Feliciano (July 3, 1935 – April 17, 2014) was a Puerto Rican composer and singer of salsa and bolero music.

Cheo Feliciano
Birth name José Luis Feliciano Vega
Born July 3, 1935
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died April 17, 2014 (aged 78)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Genres SalsaBolero
Occupations Musician and singer
Years active 1957-2014
Labels FaniaRMM
Associated acts Fania All-Stars, Salsa Giants
Notable instruments

~~Early years~~

Feliciano (birth name: José Luis Feliciano Vega) was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where he was raised and educated. His parents were Prudencio Feliciano and Crescencia Vega. As a child, he was nicknamed “Cheo” by his family – a colloquial version of his name José, normally used by close friends and family. However, the name stuck and became part of his everyday name (using the nickname avoids confusion with José Feliciano, another major Puerto Rican singer to whom he is not related). At a young age he was influenced by the bolero music of the Trio Los Panchos.

When he was only eight years old he formed his first group with his friends and named it “El Combo Las Latas”. They were so poor that their musical instruments were made out of cans. After finishing his primary education, Feliciano attended the Escuela Libre de Música Juan Morel Campos in Ponce, where he studied percussion.

~~Musical career and singing debut~~

In 1952, Feliciano moved with his family to New York City and settled down in Spanish Harlem. Here he auditioned as a percussionist in the “Ciro Rimac’s Review” band – giving him his first professional musical job. Bandleader Tito Rodríguez, heard Feliciano play and offered him a job in his orchestra. He accepted, but after playing for some time with Tito, he left the band to play the conga for Luis Cruz. Despite leaving, he always remained on friendly terms with Tito. Feliciano also played percussion for Kako y su Trabuco orchestra. He was also a roadie for Mon Rivera.


In 1955, Rodríguez found out that Joe Cuba was in need of a singer for his sextet. Aware that Feliciano was also a talented singer, he recommended Cuba that he try out for the position. Feliciano auditioned and became a vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet. He was the rare baritone among salsa singers, and his deep voice and quick wit as an improviser made him a favorite among the Latino public.

On October 5, 1957, Feliciano made his professional singing debut with the Joe Cuba Sextet, singing the song “Perfidia”. He remained with the sextet for 10 years. In 1967, he joined the Eddie Palmieri Orchestra and sang for them for two years. However, at the same time he began using drugs at 21 years old. His increasing addiction led him to heroin, which in turn threatened his life and career. He decided to quit drugs “cold turkey” and eventually joined Puerto Rico’s rehabilitation center, Hogares CREA. Feliciano credits Tite Curet Alonso, the author of most of his hits and his best friend, with pushing him through his rehabilitation.

As a result, he was a vehement anti-drug spokesperson, who volunteered to assist in the rehabilitation of fellow salsa artists who fell prey to drug addiction.



~~Cheo Feliciano~~

“Que te pasa a ti, Las caras lindas, El Incomprendido”


~~Published on May 28, 2013~~

Que buena musica y tan grandes temas recordando al sonero mayor y que mejor que con este gran señor

There are no words to describe this giant from the salsa scene in Puerto Rico.

I grew up with his music and saw his growth as a human being, his trial and tribulations and his successes. Puerto Rico has lost another one of it’s voices.


May he rest in Eternal Peace! 

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Peace On Earth …. by EVOLVE! Campaigns

~~April 18, 2014~~

If we have a inkling or an idea of how our Earth started, we need to accept that there were some beings here before we arrived. It doesn’t matter whether you believe in evolution versus creationism. There were other sentient beings on this Earth before man/woman set foot on Earth.

I fully agree with Mr. Anthony D. Williams, author of “Inside the Divine Pattern”, The more I look at his graphics and read his thoughts the more I realize that this is a collaborative effort not a competitive one. 

There is a delicate balance. We all play a part in it. When one side is uneven, the other side will be affected. There is no way that life, as we knew it, can continue if action aren’t taken to protect this web of life.

We are all here for a reason. We are all here for a purpose. 

The idea is finding out somehow what that is. 


~~Peace On Earth by EVOLVE! Campaigns~~


~~Uploaded on Dec 18, 2009~~

In this day and age where it is still acceptable to be a speciesist, many of us find ourselves struggling to change this antiquated attitude towards the animal friends we share our beautiful planet with.

Why do human beings prioritize one species over another? This very set of ethics is responsible for the horrendous way in which man treats animals.

In the words of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, 1952 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, “We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.”

We ALL are connected to NATURE!!

We ALL are ONE!! 


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tahtonka - A Journey Through Global Culture

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Walkingfox praying at the graves in Carlisle.

Recently a friend suggested that I write about our experiences at this place of extreme misery, for so many Native American children in this Country.

In 1999, Walkingfox and I took a very long journey from Los Angels where I lived,  to Connecticut where he lived.

This would have ordinarily been a four,  to five day trip, but not in this case.

I had plans for this adventure,  that as it began, he was completely unaware of.

You see, I had been to Reservations and places of historical importance for Native people in the West many times and I wanted to share these places and their stories with him.

He had never been to any of the places where we stopped and it was the most memorable trip of either of our lives.

We took our time and never went more than a hundred or so miles a day, it ended up being…

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All Animals are born with love in their hearts ….

~~April 18, 2014~~

~~All Animals are born with love in their hearts~~

~~Published on Sep 9, 2012~~

Inspirig qoutes for the animals by Anthony Douglas Williams

Borrowed from his Facebook Page “INSIDE THE DIVINE PATTERN

We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

We ALL are ONE!!


The Code of Ethics …. Anthony Douglas Williams!

~~April 18, 2014~~


Ethical codes are adopted by organizations to assist members in understanding the difference between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and in applying that understanding to their decisions.

An ethical code generally implies documents at three levels: codes of business ethics,codes of conduct for employees, and codes of professional practice.

~~General notes~~

Ethical codes are often adopted by management, not to promote a particular moral theory, but rather because they are seen as pragmatic necessities for running an organization in a complex society in which moral concepts play an important part.

They are distinct from moral codes that may apply to the culture, education, and religion of a whole society.

Often, acts that violate ethical codes may also violate a law or regulation and can be punishable at law or by government agency remedies.

Even organizations and communities that may be considered criminal in nature may have ethical codes of conduct, official or unofficial. Examples could include hacker communities, bands of thieves, and street gangs.

In our case, as bloggers, we have an open forum and a reach far more than we could ever imagine. The world is practically within our reach. I say these because I see all the flags in the “flag counter”. Many times, I’m not able to identify all of them. I find it mind-boggling to see how far our messages, news, writings can go.

We do have an influence. We do make a difference.

I treat that with utmost respect.

Keep this in mind, when I found the graphic above, provided by “Inside the Divine Pattern“, written by Anthony Douglas Williams, in knew I had to share.


No to: Bully, Abuse, Harmful, Hate, Curse

Yes to: Respect, Helpful, Truthful, Positive, Peace


codes of our “spot”, codes of writer and codes of professionalism

We ALL are connected through this wonderful web we WEAVE!!

We ALL are ONE!!