“Forty-Nine Times”…. Orlando’s emotional tribute song …. “!!


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~~June 22, 2016~~

‘WE CAN’T BE SCARED’

York musician writes song to help victims, families affected by Orlando shooting

By J.C. Lee 
on June 21, 2016 at 6:20 AM, updated June 21, 2016 at 11:56 AM

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Brandon Parsons was nervous when he got back to work

The 32-year-old York musician performs at the dueling piano bar Howl at the Moon in Baltimore. Parsons knew it could get noisy, but he still jumped at every loud sound. He was scared. It was his first shift after 49 people were shot and killed June 12 at an Orlando nightclub.

“It’s a scary thought that gay people don’t have a lot of outlets to feel safe,” said Parsons, who is also gay. “I feel that they were somewhere they could let their guard down and have a good time … and this happening is such a huge blow to the community.”

Parsons said he gave to relief groups after the shooting, but he still needed to work through the event himself.

That’s what led him to write “Forty-Nine Times.”

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http://www.pennlive.com/life/2016/06/york_song_orlando_shooting.html

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~~”Forty-Nine Times”~~

Orlando’s emotional tribute song

~~Published on Jun 17, 2016~~

“Forty-Nine Times”
Words and music by
Brandon Parsons
Copyright 2016

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When the night has fallen
And our smiles quickly fade
When the love we held so close
Was instantly torn away
When the lights are flashing
And the tears begin to fall
When we wait for all the sounds
To finally go away from us all

Pre-Chorus
But in the blink of an eye
Our hearts slowly died
As we felt our pulse
49 times

Chorus:
We will never hide, we will never run
Stand strong and always fight
Break free and always love
Don’t lose sight of who we are
We will never break, we will never die
We were made for more than just tonight
Takes more than just a gun
More than you to tear us down
So let your colors fly free
We Are Forever strong
We are forever

Vs.2
When your dreams were quickly shattered
When you were not prepared to fight
When you were safe inside the shadows
And you were dancing through the night
When every moment feels like hours
And all the shots rang out again
When our lives are held for ransom
As he holds it in his hands

Pre-Chorus
And in the blink of an eye
Our hearts slowly died
As we felt our pulse
49 times

Chorus:
We will never hide, we will never run
Stand strong and always fight
Break free and always love
Don’t lose sight of who we are
We will never break, we will never die
We were made for more than just tonight
Takes more than just a gun
More than you to tear us down
So let your colors fly free
We are forever strong

Orlando
We are, we are, Orlando
We are Orlando strong

So in the blink of an eye
Our hearts slowly died
As we felt our pulse
49
49 times

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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To start the day …. “When I woke up this Morning … “!!


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~~June 27, 2015~~ 

WHEN I WOKE UP THIS MORNING

I woke up today with a feeling of anticipation.

There was something different in the air.

In the  brief moment of waking and being in touch with reality, I knew there was something different.

It was very similar to Christmas morning, as a kid, before you realize what day it is and what is waiting for you.

Then I realized: I’m legally married!

No one can undo this!

History was made yesterday, June 26, 2015.

Marriage Equality is the law of the land!

I looked through my feed & there it was ….

Our commitment is recognized now as we have always recognized it.

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MY STORY IN A NUTSHELL

As I was growing up I realized that I was “different” but I didn’t know how. Back in the 1950’s, I didn’t know there was a name for my difference. I just knew in my young mind that I wasn’t like others. Yet, I couldn’t pinpoint what is was. I realized I had what you can call “crushes” on some of my teachers, on some soap opera actresses, on some movies stars he majority of which were female. There were also a few guys but not that many. I felt more comfortable in the presence of women. I was chubby and later gained weight. I felt I wasn’t pretty. No guy would ever be interested in me. And this was OK.

I went to a Catholic school from kindergarten to high school. The principles of that faith were ingrained in my mind and soul. Now I think I was “brainwashed” into believing the religious principles. This was my life. My parents were both very active in our parish. Nuns and priests were a staple of my growing up.

It wasn’t until I went to college that I knew. Initially, I didn’t have a name for my feelings either.

I went to a Catholic university (can you believe that!) and that’s were I met an exchange student who lived in the same dorm I did. This dorm was run by nuns.

The exchange student and I became inseparable. The best of friends. Soulmates, two peas in a pod, two of a kind. We found that we had similar interests and it felt as if we’d know each other forever. She was born in Puerto Rico but lived in Baltimore. She also was raised in the Catholic church and had similar beliefs.

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LIFE GOT IN THE WAY

It wasn’t until 1996 when we reconnected again …. and we haven’t separated since then. We decided that we wanted to be together for the rest of our lives as many years as we had left.

I never thought that I would be able to marry the love of my life. I knew we were committed for life but marriage? At our age, aside from love and passion, there are many reasons and benefits to changing your civil status from single to married.

Florida legalized same sex marriages on January 6, 2015. We were there on the first day, getting our marriage license and participating in a “mass wedding” that same afternoon. Still we didn’t think that nationwide would be a reality … not in our lifetime.

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Then, yesterday happened!

The law of the land … marriage equality for all 50 states. And it can’t be undone. That gives us peace of mind in so many ways.

We are beyond happy that our love, union and commitment is recognized in the eyes of the law and of society.

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~~YOU WERE ON MY MIND~~

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~~Published on Oct 19, 2014~~

“… when I woke up this morning, you were on my mind …”.

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American Railroads ….. lagging behind!! “Shame, shame …… “!!


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~~May 18, 2015~ 

Railroads played a large role in the development of the United States from the industrial revolution in the North East 1810–50 to the settlement of the West 1850–1890. The American railroad mania began with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1828 and flourished until the Panic of 1873 bankrupted many companies and temporarily ended growth.

Although the South started early to build railways, it concentrated on short lines linking cotton regions to oceanic or river ports, and the absence of an interconnected network was a major handicap during the Civil War. The North and Midwest constructed networks that linked every city by 1860. In the heavily settled Midwestern Corn Belt, over 80 percent of farms were within 5 miles (8 km) of a railway, facilitating the shipment of grain, hogs and cattle to national and international markets. A large number of short lines were built, but thanks to a fast developing financial system based on Wall Street and oriented to railway bonds, the majority were consolidated into 20 trunk lines by 1890. State and local governments often subsidized lines, but rarely owned them.

The system was largely built by 1910, but then trucks arrived to eat away the freight traffic, and automobiles (and later airplanes) to devour the passenger traffic. The use of diesel electric locomotives (after 1940) made for much more efficient operations that needed fewer workers on the road and in repair shops.

“As it appears in …. full read/full credit”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_rail_transport_in_the_United_States

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Off the rails: US railway crisis blamed on lack of funding, crumbling infrastructure

The US is no stranger to fatal railway accidents: over the last decade, dozens of lives were lost, and hundreds of people injured in train wrecks. All this is due to lack of funding, infrastructure and development, critics say.

The latest train crash has left at least six people killed and dozens injured, with the cause of the crash remaining unknown. It came on the eve of the railway budget bill that could see the funding for Amtrak slashed by 20 percent, from $1.4 to 1.13 billion.

In comparison, China’s railway budget for the next fiscal year is an estimated $128 billion, the Atlantic news portal reported.

The issues that the rail system faces in the US are an alleged lack of the federal commitment to build the high-speed efficient transport links, plus crumbling infrastructure – the latter even became the focus point of a recent documentary ‘Falling Apart’ on CBS.

The documentary stated that the flailing transport system is largely due to “decades of neglect” by the government.

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A striking example that the film provided was that 70,000 bridges in the country need to be either replaced or dramatically repaired.

Another problem of the rail system is population density: the US is far less dense than, for instance, Spain or France. Nevertheless, even in the most densely-populated areas of the country, the railway network has been reported slow and inefficient.

“As it appears in …. full read/full credit”

http://rt.com/usa/258109-us-railway-crash-history/

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U.S. Railroad History Map 1830 – 1990s

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CAN ONE SAY “ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST”?

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