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Thoughts on the “Mid Life Crisis”

We all go through changes in our life, from being a helpless baby to a toddler to a child to that pre-teen mess to a teenager and then to an adult. We move along the journey through our 20s, 30s and 40s like there’s no tomorrow. And then we start to approach 50.

Fifty years old in America is a pretty big number in our lives. We realize that most of our life is behind us. That for the vast majority of us, the course of our life is set, the sails are open full and we are now holding on tight for the rest of the ride.

Sure, for some of us, the course can be changed, but our ship is not as resilient to the ever changing waves of life that surrounds us.

It is during this time that we also see the demise of our parents, uncles, aunts, older cousins. We start seeing our friends die one by one, an accident here, cancer there, an odd medical condition that took them at too young of an age. We realize that our life force from now on is less in our control and this realization disturbs some of us.

It seems that I’ve been in the mid-life funk for more time that I should. I see the beauty of life’s cycle. I know that my time on Earth is limited and I must give way for the next generation of life. I guess Dylan Thomas knew me well…

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

I hope for as much time as He will give me. I want to see my child’s child. But I must move past the rage of the inevitability of my demise.

There is still so much that CAN be done.

Why do we wallow in what is lost? Why not relish in what still can be found!

Interstellar

Never give up…

 

 

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Growing, Growing…

Those darn kids. They grow so fast.

My little girl’s been playing the piano for three years now and she loves to sing and so does her mamma.

We took time over Christmas to record and then film this music video. It is actually Ellie-Jane’s first music video and I’m happy to say she did very good at taking direction from daddah.

Her mamma… well, that’s another story.

Hope you enjoy the video…

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Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnlsxmikiNY

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A Fist Full of Haters

The world of seven hundred billion (SHB) people is full of Haters. People who always look for the problem, for this issues, for the mistakes of others so as to make themselves feel better about their own short comings.

It saddens me that the Internet, a tool of collaboration and communication, is used by the sickened to spread their hate and misery. They troll around on forums and comment sections and spout their condemnation to others who try to create with their hands, hearts and minds.

Are you a hater or a appreciator?

Do you look for the good in what your fellow men do or do you simply want people to fail?

Mamma says “If you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all.”

You know, as years go by, mamma’s words make more and more sense!

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Answers To Life’s Tough Questions: They’ve all been answered…

You’ve just got’ta be listening. Now the important thing here is – what is the question? You can hear the song by clicking here.

Brothers Unaware

By: Edward Kowalczyk, ; Chad Taylor; Patrick Dahlheimer; Chad Gracey

So many people
I know only a few
Yes I may say that I love this man
And that man
But what keeps me from loving you?

Date of birth, geography
The color of my skin, ideology
You got ten fingers, two legs, on nose
Like me
Just like me

And it’s as simple as that
You see

And if I don’t know who to Love
I love them all
And if I don’t know who to trust
I trust them all
And if I don’t know who to kill
I may kill myself instead

From the mouth of a baby
Will come the world saving words
That will save us all
And from the lungs of a child
Will come the everlasting breath of God

Increasing peace and honesty
And not carrying on Despite of me
Don’t you know
This ain’t about no race, no creed
No race, no creed

And it’s as simple as that
You see

And if I don’t know who to love
I love them all
And if I don’t know who to trust
I trust them all
And if I don’t know who to kill
No suicide
I’m already dead

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I’m With Coco

I posted this on my Facebook wall and thought I’d post it here as well…

I don’t watch a lot of late night TV anymore as I’m pretty much done by 11:00 these day… But when I do watch and watch Conan O I do enjoy his humor… From what I know I don’t like what NBC is doing to him… I knew when Jay went to prime time it wouldn’t last more than a year… I guess I’m not so smart cause it didn’t last longer than three months… No wonder NBC isn’t fairing so well in the ratings…

with.coco

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Support Artist You Like

lucasmccain As I’ve written previously here I’ve been working with Lucas McCain, an Atlanta band, for the last three years or so. Since I’ve been doing my time with the band I’ve really come to appreciate the difficulty of trying to become successful in the music business.

Like many of my aged peers over the past 10 years I’ve purchased less and less music. It seems that as teenagers we don’t understand our parent’s music and our parents don’t understand ours. I chuckle now remembering my dad telling me “You call that music?”

daughtery Well… music does change over the years because there are new artists who have new ideas. Unfortunately, the majority of music is traditionally purchased by consumers under twenty-five. So the music business is squarely centered around catering to the young consumers and therefore the new stuff gets more and more distant to the older generations. It seems that for the old farts like myself we don’t find the new stuff “good enough” and spend our disposable income on things like GOLF! 🙂

taylor But since I have a vested interest in the music business I decided that I would stand up and support music that I enjoy. I know first hand how hard it is to struggle trying to sell a CD.

Last year I started watching American Idol and really enjoyed Chris Daughtery and the eventual winner Taylor Hicks. So I decided to go out and pick up both of their CDs. While browsing toadcoverAmazon I came across a real oldie for me in the band Toad the Wet Sprocket. I picked up their greatest hits CD.

All four CDs are filled with really enjoyable music. I encourage each of you to support  the artists you enjoy because they are spending a lot of time and effort to bring you a product that you can enjoy for the rest of your life!

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My Adventure in Music

Sometime our journey through life brings you into situations that you would never have dreamed of. One day a co-worker friend introduced me to another co-worker who was in a band. Wayne and I started talking about our mutual interest in photography, videography and music. He suggested that I should come out and take some video and pictures of the band.

I said sure, and that conversation introduce me to the music business and started my association with Lucas McCain. I started taking pictures and video and over time became great friends will all the band members. Eventually the band would ask me to help them manage the band and I said “I’ll do what I can for you and we’ll see how far we can go.”

Over the past two and a half years I’ve slowly become a part of the band. I’ve been fortunate enough to help write lyrics on several of the songs on the just released New Horizon CD. I see myself as the silent band member in the background who helps the band become more successful by taking care of the business issues so the band can concentrate on doing what they do best — playing great music.

On Saturday we released Lucas McCain’s first CD titled New Horizon. The CD is a collection of Rock, Southern-Rock and a  pinch of Country. Every time I listen to each song I can remember our writing sessions and the thrill of bringing a new song together.

lmcoverWorking with the band has reinforced my belief that PASSION for your work makes your work results better. When you love doing something, you are going to enjoy the journey much more than when you look at it as just a J-O-B.

In celebration of releasing the CD and to get the word out, we are offering a cut off the CD as an MP3 to all our friends and hopefully thousands of new friends. Home on Their Mind is a warm, moving tribute to all service men and women who have put on the uniform in defense of our country and the freedoms we all enjoy.

I’m placing a link to the MP3 (click this LINK) so you can download and enjoy the music as much as we enjoy it. Please share this with your friends and family. If you like the music and want to support us, please go to our website and purchase the CD. Our website is www.lucasmccain.com.

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