Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – March 16 – 22, 2015

March 16th

It’s down to the cellar
if the fire’s not there
we’ll have a grand old spree

from “The Old Dun Cow” by John Ickes

This is one of the many “traditional” Irish drinking songs.  It’s good fun.  The version I was listening to was by John Ickes, who I used to hear playing live in a bar.  He now performs with a group out of Virginia Beach called Celtica.


March 17th

And my heart with grief was sore
For I parted then with valiant men
Whom I never shall see n’more.

from “The Foggy Dew” by The Chieftains with Sinead O’Connor

Sinead sings this with such a haunted voice that I get chills when I listen to it.


March 18th

But I won’t heed the battle call
It puts my back up
Puts my back up against the wall

from “Sunday Bloody Sunday” by U2

Remember when U2 was just an upstart political band with catchy tunes that most people hadn’t heard of?


March 19th

Of all the money that e’er I spent
I’ve spent it in good company
And all the harm that ever I did
Alas it was to none but me

from “The Parting Glass” by Makem and Clancey

The first time I recall hearing this was a couple years ago in a show at an amusement park.  It’s a popular song to sing at the end of a gathering in Scotland and Ireland.


March 20th

no lyrics…I was listening to James Galway’s “The Celtic Minstrel”

The video is really nothing more than a picture of an album cover, but the song, “The Dark Island”, is one of my favorite tunes by him.

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – March 9 – 15, 2015

March 9th

When I first laid my eyes upon you
I knew right then and there you were the one
Eyes so deep, you send me melting

from “Don’t You Want Me” by Jody Watley

The third single from her debut album peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.


March 10th

On a cloud of sound I drift in the night
Any place it goes is right
Goes far, flies near
To the stars away from here

from “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf

Interesting fact:  Following in the footsteps of Run-DMC and Aerosmith, Steppenwolf partnered with Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five to remake Magic Carpet Ride in 1988.


March 11th

I got the itch
And a restless soul
She gone with the wind
Gonna go for broke tonight
And that’s all night

from “Just Like Paradise” by David Lee Roth

Having broken away from Van Halen, this was Diamond Dave’s lead single from his second album.


March 12th

She’s juicy and she’s trouble
She gets it to me good
My woman gives me power
Goes right down to my blood

from “You Should Be Dancing” by Bee Gees

While it was the Bee Gee’s third #1 on the Hot 100, this was the first in which Barry used his falsetto on the lead vocals.  I love the energy of this one!


March 13th

If u don’t like what u see here
Nobody wants to take u prisoner
So let me make it nice and clear dear
The exit is right there

from “Get the Funk Out” by Extreme

This wasn’t much of a hit.  It fared better in the U.K., but, hey, if you don’t like it…

Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – March 2 – 8, 2015

This is the first of my newest thing…the #MorningMusic Wrap-Up.  Each Monday, I’ll collect the #MorningMusic tweets I sent out the week before with the name of the songs and the artist (of the version I was listening to).  I may also include a bit about why I like the lines I tweeted or other thoughts on them, the song, or the artist.  (And, yes, I realize this is Tuesday…last night was a bit full.)


March 2nd

How low can you go?
Can you go down low?
All the way to the floor?
How low can you go?

from “Bus Stop” by Charles Green

It’s difficult to find this song.  Initial searches for the song turned up The Hollies “Bus Stop”, which happens to be one of my favorite Oldies.  When I searched for these lyrics, I kept get the “Cha-Cha Slide”, which is not the song I was listening to.  Here’s a link to one version of this song by Charles Green, a.k.a. Big Tyme Charlie Green.


March 3rd

Lonely Reign
She is the Boxer, she knows
when and where to strike
He is the Boxer, he knows,
no peaceful sleep tonight

from “The Boxer” by Carbon Leaf

This is a great song.  I really enjoy the music as well as the lyrics.  Sounds like a rough and tumble relationship.


March 4th

Feelings are intense
Words are trivial
Pleasures remain
So does the pain
Words are meaningless
And forgettable

from “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode

Actions speak louder than words…in a more lyrical form.


March 5th

No sex, no drugs, no wine, no women
No fun, no sin, no you, no wonder it’s dark

from “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors

One hit wonder…and understandably so.  I think these guys were a bit mental.


March 6th

But there’s no sense in telling me
The wisdom of the fool won’t set you free

from “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order

 I like a number of New Order songs, but this has been my favorite of their since I first heard it.


Three Days Can Change Your Life – Reflections on Limelite 2015

Three days can change your life.

Yes, yes, I realize that tragedies are often much shorter than that and that it only takes a minute or so on lottery night to see those winning numbers drawn, but there’s often not much we can do to prevent tragedies since we don’t usually see them coming, and the odds of winning the lottery are somewhere north of 100 million to one.
But, three days can change your life.
It started with the excitement and nervous energy building up on the trip to Limelite 2015, this year’s annual It Works! conference.  The lines for registration/check-in, swag bags, and to shop the It Works! Stores were long and tiring, but my wife and I made some new friends during those waits.
The first event was the conference kickoff where the company leaders get everyone pumped up for what’s to come over the next couple days …and to be completely honest, we missed some of it because we needed to eat after traveling and line-standing all afternoon.  When we got there, we finally met up with most of the folks from our team (team being the common term for the group of folks under a person in the business who’s reached a certain level of status).  Many of us stayed on to hear Warren Barfield sing and chat and tell us all to be Red Birds, not crabs.  (If you don’t get those references, ask me about them.)
The meat of the conference happened over four multi-hour sessions over the next two days.  The sessions include interviews with Dr. Don Verhulst, the health consultant for the company, Luis Mijares, the formulator of the awesome products we sell (and use), John-Erik Moseler, social media guru, the range of company executives, and the movers and shakers within the company.  Interspersed among these company notables were interview sessions with members who’ve had fantastic results with our products or have some other incredible story to share…and there are a number of them.  We also learned about how dedicated our company is to helping our international members and always looking to expand into new markets.
The biggest things I took from these sessions were: Ruby_DoubleGood_bonuses

  1. This company is all about loving and helping people, including all of our members and extending outside of the company to their support of global causes with It Works! Gives Back Foundation.
  2. Bonuses – Ruby Bonus: A new bonus for those just starting out.  It gives a first level to shoot for with more easily attainable goals.  Double GOOD Bonuses:  A huge boost to last year’s GOOD (Get Out Of Debt) bonuses (see chart to the right).
  3. ENERGY – A healthy energy drink that’s super tasty.  I’m so excited about this product and can’t wait for it to launch in March.
To help blow off some of the energy that had been building throughout the conference and to celebrate a great year, the company put on a huge BLACKLIGHT party, complete with DJ, break dancers, free food, face painting (glow-in-the-dark, of course), social media/video station, and free samples of ENERGY.  What a blast!!!
The night after the conference officially ended, a number of movers and shakers had “recap parties” where they shared a bit more advice and mingled with the party attendees…and the company big wigs made their rounds, hitting the parties, as well.  All of these folks are so down-to-earth, so approachable.  They are all willing to take pics and engage in meaningful conversation, listening to problems and giving advice, or simply a few words of encouragement, motivation.
At the party my wife and I (and most of our team) attended, the party sponsor asked guests to come onstage and share their A-ha Moment of the conference.  A lot of folks did.  I was not one of them.  I’m not fond of public speaking, but I did have an A-ha Moment.
Three days can change your life.
Three days filled with new friends, with love and energy, with motivation, with so many reasons to love a company that changes lives daily, through helping its members get healthier and financially free.
Three days that almost didn’t happen for us.  My wife and I came really close to not booking our flights, getting the 50% hotel cost back, and just writing off the rest of what we’d already paid.  Money’s really tight, but we broke out a credit card and booked the flights.
We took a leap of faith.
For those of you in It Works!, you’ve got to go to the annual conference, but even more importantly, you’ve got to get your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, significant other in and bring them with you.  Make them come along.  Drag them kicking and screaming if you have to because they will not understand the power, the potential, the goodness of It Works! until they do. I thought I did. I was wrong. It’s not just the numbers, the money, the blitzing and charting.  It’s much greater and you and they won’t grasp it until you’ve experienced it.
My A-ha Moment lasted three days.  Three days immersed in the greatness of the It Works! family.  Three days that have changed my perspective. Three days spent with my wife.
Three days have changed my life.

Smoothing the Bumpy Ride

#ItWorksAdventureIt’s a bumpy ride as I compose my thoughts at multiple thousands of feet in the air on our return trip from Limelite 2015, which is fitting, I suppose, as I’m thinking about the roads behind and the one ahead.
Roads behind, but one ahead? Yep, and for a couple reasons:
Finances.  My wife and have always worked toward our financial goals as a couple, but we’ve had different jobs.  She was a school teacher for many years. I’ve worked in the IT field since before I met her.  We’ve both also had part time jobs at times…and still do.  We’ve seen times when we were making good money and times when things were tough. One lane on that bumpy road.
Health.  I’ve been able to avoid most of the pot holes in this lane, but for every one I miss, my wife seems to hit two.  I won’t go into detail here, but if you’d like to read about some of her issues, which include “invisible diseases” and a crazy long list of recently diagnosed food allergies, and how she deals with them, I encourage you to check out her blog, The Burned Hand.
So, two bumpy roads.  How are we going to turn them into one?  Through the financial power and health benefits of It Works!.  This company is debt free and growing by helping its members, its family, get debt free while helping themselves and others get more healthy.
My wife and I are going to focus on building our It Works! business together to smooth out and eliminate the financial bumps.    We’re going to be products of our own products, which will benefit our bodies:
  • How easy is it to drop powdered Greens or Greens on the Go into a bottle of water, shake it up, and drink down 8 servings of fruits and vegetables while helping alkalize the body? It’s a no brainer.
  • Got pain? We’ve got your Relief in a handy pill that beats the OTC brands…based on my personal experience.
  • And, of course,we have the Ultimate Body Applicator, aka “That Crazy Wrap Thing”…and it really works!
As we go forward on our adventure, we’re working toward real financial freedom, which is where the financial bumps disappear…and we’re able to retire me from my current full-time job, truly putting us on one road into our future.
Sound good? Join us! We’d love to bring you along on our #ItWorksAdventure!

Music Monday – Clairy Browne Bangs Better Live!

Well, this post is long overdue.  Waaaaaaaay back in June of last year, my wife, a few friends, and I hit the VinoFest DC Wine and Music Festival at the Union Market.  While we weren’t crazy about many (if any) of the wines, we did sample some good food, and were treated to a short performance by Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes.

I’ve been a fan of this incredible band since the first time one of my friends posted about them on Facebook and I looked them up on YouTube.  I’ve watched all the videos and have purchased their music, and love playing it loud.
As much as I enjoy them on CD and video, though, it doesn’t come close to their live sound.

The Musicians Jam!

The Rackettes Bang!

IMAG2060Clairy Browne Wails!

Pure Energy!

What makes their live performance so great?  Well, it’s the band, and their voices.  These folks actually play their instruments and all of the ladies can sing well.  This is the kind of music that’s meant for live performances.

Do yourself a favor:  Go see them live!

On not being morose -five years later

It’s Veteran’s Day, the day we celebrate all the military who have served Our Country.  For the last five years, it has also been the day after I was told by my mother that “We are not going to be morose about this“, her diagnosis of stage four lung cancer.  While it’s not quite an Internet meme, I’ll forever remember those words as if I just heard them last night.  I wrote a second post a year later, “Army Wife: The Toughest Job in the Army“, in which I talked about these infamous (to me) words.

So, five years later, I’m proud to have served in the Army, proud that my father and brother served in the military, and proud and thankful to all my friends and family who have served, as well as all those I don’t know…and cancer still sucks!



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