To start the day …. Thoughts on friendship!

~~April 30, 2014~~

“As I get older, I am becoming more selective of who I consider a friend.
I find that I would rather have 4 quarters than 100 pennies.”


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“I no longer have the energy for meaningless friendships, forced interactions or unnecessary conversations. If we don’t vibrate on the same frequency theres just no reason for us to waste our time. I’d rather have no one and wait for substance than to not feel someone and fake the funk.”

I am getting older.

We all are.

As we go through life we experience things and events. We are supposed to learn the lessons that life throws our way.

Along the path that we trudge along, we find many people who come into our lives.

We connect and share.

We find those that are like-minded and we find those that do not resonate with our soul. We find those who give and those who take. We find those who make us better and does who don’t. We find those who give and we find those who take. We find those who build up and those who destroy.

Personally, I’m in a spot where I can pick and choose. My age and experience give me the right to embrace this philosophy. I am becoming more selective who I call my friend. I don’t have time to waste on senseless, trivial. fake people who call themselves my friends.

“I’d rather have four quarters than 100 pennies.”


~~The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Theme • Ennio Morricone~~


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Tune from ever from the legendary film the good the bad and the ugly composed by Ennio Morricone from the famous series which included a fistful of dollars and for a few dollars more.

We ALL are supposed to be ONE!! 

Local GOP Party Chair Compares Obama To Zebra-Donkey Hybrid Who Is All ‘A**’

Like many on this Earth who say and do atrocious things and they think a “I’m sorry” or apology is enough. The words were said, the deed was done …. Not good enough. Any respect/credibility there was or could’ve been …. went with the wind!!

The Fifth Column

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I suspect when Barack Obama has completed his two terms as President of the United States, those who have loathed the idea of him being the POTUS for eight years will continue the effort of denigrating the man and his place in history, which is a sad commentary about his detractors…


“Media update for the week: saw on the news this week the offspring…

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At the end of the day …. The Piano Guys Series, second CD #4!!

~~April 29, 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.


The Piano Guys 2 is the third studio album by American musical group The Piano Guys. It was released on May 7, 2013, by Portrait (a division of Sony Masterworks). The album made its chart début at number 38 on the US Billboard 200.

The deluxe version of The Piano Guys 2 comes with a DVD featuring 11 music videos.

Today we are featuring “Lord of the Rings” from their second CD with a major record label.


~~Lord of The Rings – The Hobbit (Piano/Cello Cover)~~


~~Published on Nov 20, 2012~~

~~Story behind the song~~

Since the beginning of The Piano Guys, “Lord of the Rings” has been our most requested work. As we reach one million subscribers we wanted to dedicate this arrangement to our “subs.” This was an intimidating project — encompassing the power and the beauty of the many musical themes throughout the movies; capturing the emotion and the “epic” nature of the story; and all with a few cellos, a piano, and a couple Canon 5D Mark IIs.

We normally write our tunes during intense compositional binges — the bulk of our songs have been written within the period of a few days. This one was different. It was a drawn-out process during which we studied the music of The Lord of Rings, contemplated what themes to incorporate, how they could tell the story by flowing from one to the other. We also spent a lot of time finding new ways to imitate instruments from various sections of the orchestra using Steve’s cellos — from the brass section through the woodwind section to the percussion section.

We love the story of The Lord of the Rings. It is a tale that has spiritual meaning for us. We love its messages — that “even the smallest person can change the course of the future,” that “there’s good in this world and it’s worth fighting for,” “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” … and that everyone should have a “second breakfast.” We love the poignant depiction of loyalty between the Fellowship of the Ring (we even included the “Fellowship” theme three times – at 0:183:58 and at the end of the arrangement – to feel like a common thread in the music as it is in the story.)

We wanted to paint these messages musically as vividly as possible. Like so many things in the creative realm, and to paraphrase Mr. Bilbo Baggins, the hardest part was the first step. After a brief introduction of the Hobbit Theme and Fellowship Theme (arguably the most relevant musical moments) we felt strongly that we needed to begin with the deeply touching melody that serves as the soundtrack to Arwen’s vision of her future son (in the extended version of Return of the King).

That gave way to a Divinely-led journey from the Shire and Rivendell through Isengard and Rohan to Gondor’s victory over Mordor. We endeavored to represent each of the major allies and opposing forces in the story:

The Elves 0:44
The Ents 1:48
Rohan 2:08
Mordor and Isengard 2:32
Hobbits 3:08
Gondor 4:11

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 


The Piano Guys have the intention of playing their music at the seven wonders of the world. At the time of this writing, they have played at the Great Wall of China and. add to that, Christ the Redeemer in Brazil – Large Statue. 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

The beauty of red …..

~~April 29, 2014~~

It’s so awesome to see that fleck of red as you look at the trees in the backyard. You can very still because you don’t want them to notice your presence. You hold you breath and in admiration take in all the sight has to offer. 

The male Northern Cardinal is perhaps responsible for getting more people to open up a field guide than any other bird.

They’re a perfect combination of familiarity, conspicuousness, and style: a shade of red you can’t take your eyes off. Even the brown females sport a sharp crest and warm red accents. Cardinals don’t migrate and they don’t molt into a dull plumage, so they’re still breathtaking in winter’s snowy backyards. In summer, their sweet whistles are one of the first sounds of the morning.

Cardinals, in the family Cardinalidae, are passerine birds found in North and South America. They are also known as cardinal-grosbeaks and cardinal-buntings. The South American cardinals in the genus Paroaria are placed in another family, the Thraupidae (previously placed in Emberizidae).

They are robust, seed-eating birds with strong bills. The family ranges in size from the 12-cm (4.7 inches), 11.5-gram (.40 oz) Orange-breasted Bunting to the 25-cm (9.8 inches), 85-gram (2.99 oz) Black-headed Saltator. They are typically associated with open woodland.

The sexes usually have distinctive appearances. The Northern Cardinal type species was named by colonists for the male’s red crest, reminiscent of a Catholic cardinal‘s mitre.

The “buntings” in this family are sometimes generically known as “tropical buntings” (though not all live in the tropics) or “North American buntings” (though there are other buntings in North America) to distinguish them from the true buntings, whose family does contain North American birds, but they are referred to as American sparrows (unrelated to Old World sparrows), juncos, and towhees rather than buntings.

Likewise the grosbeaks in this family are sometimes called “cardinal-grosbeaks” to distinguish them from other grosbeaks. The name “cardinal-grosbeak” can also apply to this family as a whole.

Most species are rated by the IUCN as least concern, though some are near threatened.


~~Birding by Ear: Northern Cardinal Song~~

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Macaulay Library Curator, Greg Budney, talks about the brilliant song of the Northern Cardinal.

We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 

We ALL are ONE!!