Monday’s #MorningMusic Wrap-Up – March 30 – April 5, 2015

March 30th

I tell you my friend I’m scared to death I don’t know me anymore
I feel like I’m one step from the last step from the bottom

 

from “Lucky One” by Mike Corrado

PTSD is a bitch.  This song is about how folks come back emotionally scarred from deployments, especially combat tours.


 

March 31st

So remember when you tell those little white lies
That the night has a thousand eyes

from “The Night has a Thousand Eyes” by Bobby Vee

Such a catchy tune with a warning for those thinking about creeping around on their SOs.


 

April 1st

In a way I know my heart is waking up
As all the walls come tumbling down

from “Breathe” by Faith Hill

Can’t you feel the magic floating in the air?  This is such a great song and I can identify with this line.  I knew when I had found my soul mate.  The change in my mood, my feelings, my outlook was truly like “waking up”.  It showed me that relationships I’d been in previously were not the right ones.  The heart knows when it finds its match.

 


 

April 2nd

Let go of your mind
Your Intuition
It’s easy to find
Just follow your heart baby

from “Intuition” by Jewel

Funny that I picked this song and lyric in the same week as ‘Breathe’.  Don’t over-think things.  The hearts wants what the heart wants.

 


Music Monday – Veterans Day Tribute

Today was the ‘official’ holiday observance for Veterans Day, meaning I didn’t have to go to work.  I did a little work around the house and saw the new James Bond film, Skyfall, which I liked.  I was going to continue my day off by skipping my Music Monday post, but instead I decided to post a few links to patriotic/military themed songs.  Enjoy!

First up is an old Army advertising commercial I remember seeing on Armed Forces Network (AFN) TV in Europe.

Next up, one of my favorite musicians for military tributes, Mike Corrado.  This song was on his first CD that he made and self-produced. “Sacrifice”.

Lastly, as we’re heading into the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, here’s a really cool home outdoor light shows to God Bless the USA

Music Monday – Don’t Try Suicide

If you are thinking about suicide, find someone you can trust and tell them you need their help or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).  Their is absolutely NO SHAME in asking for help!
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day.  As such, the three selections today all deal with the subject of suicide.  The artists: Queen, Kix, and Mike Corrado.
While I generally find Queen’s lyrics to be witty or insightful, or thought-provoking, I’m really not sure about this one.  It first glance, it sounds straight forward: don’t try suicide.  Rather than going for the slower, heart-wrenching, depressing sound that most songs about suicide use, Queen went uptempo sound with a catchy sound.  A few lines seem a bit out there, but the ones I have a real problem with are in the chorus:  “Nobody cares” and “nobody gives a damn.”  I would say that, as a rule, that would be completely wrong.  There is always someone who cares…someone who gives a damn.  If you’re in the suicidal state of mind, you may not “see” them, but they are there.
For those of you who do care and give a damn, learn the warning signs of suicide.  Most people who attempt suicide exhibit certain behaviors, little “tells” that something isn’t right.  It’s our job, as the people who care, to try to notice these changes, however minor or insignificant they may seem, and provide help.  It can be as blunt as asking the person “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”  If you get anything other than a “no”…a solid “no”, don’t leave them.  Drag their butt to someone who’s a professional at dealing with people thinking about suicide.  They may tell you they don’t need it.  They may tell you that they will hate you or will never forgive you, but you know what?  They have to be alive to do that.
Check out the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Warning Signs of Suicide.
“There’s no one there to hold you
No one hears your scream
You live life up and down now
Your nightmares are your dreams” -from Don’t Close Your Eyes by Kix
Kix’s Don’t Close Your Eyes has a hauntingly bleak sound to it, but it’s message is “You’re hurting and no one seems to be there for you, but as bad as it is, I am here for you…I’m praying for you.”
Patriot Day being tomorrow in the U.S. fits right into this post, as we are seeing way too many of our military brethren succumbing to suicide and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Mike Corrado, a Marine and a talented musician, wrote “Lucky One” in an effort to shed some light on the problem of PTSD, an all-too-often silent killer of our troops who were the one ‘lucky’ enough to survive their combat tours.  In Mike’s words, “It’s easy to see service members with physical scars but much more difficult to see the ‘scars that hide deep inside’ of those suffering with PTSD.”  “Lucky One” was also used as a Public Service Announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) has a page of information to consider if you’re Thinking About Suicide…or if you simply want to read up on some good info in case you ever find yourself talking to a friend, or complete stranger, in need.

Music Monday – Tear Jerkers

A day late (technically two now that it’s past midnight), but not a dollar short, here’s this week’s Music Monday post…

I posed this question on Facebook last week:  “What song makes you tear up? Why?”

Based on the high percentage of my friends who are Army Brats, in the military, or working for the military as civilians or contractors, it wasn’t surprising that the majority of the responses included the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood, and American Soldier by Toby Keith.  The reason, naturally, patriotism.  I have to concur with these.  I have teared up to all three.

Others on the list of responses included:

  • Last Kiss (not sure if it was Pearl Jam or the original)
  • Amazing Grace (played on bagpipes) [it’s the only way I can stand that tune – otherwise it just grates on me]
  • Tough Time by Jack Johnson and Corey Smith

A few of those I’ve never heard and those that I have don’t make me cry.  They are very moving songs, but they don’t quite do it for me.  If there’s not a link above, I couldn’t find a video for it.

My Short List

There are many songs that I’ve shed a tear over, but not too many that do it repeatedly. Here is my short list of songs that still I tear up over:

The One by Elton John
This one’s easy to explain.  It’s happy tears.  I used a few lines of this in my vows to my wife.  Feel free to guess which ones.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole
Another easy one.  For some reason, this song reminds me of my mom [because we lived in Hawai’i…maybe] who died two years ago yesterday (when I actually started this post).

Concrete Angel by Martina McBride
Again, it’s fairly simple to figure this one out.  It really does it when I watch the video.  When I hear about people abusing kids, I want to beat them with bats until they aren’t moving any longer.

I’m Already There by Lonestar
This one has done it every time.  Not the original version, but the one that was created with the snippets of interviews/conversations with the family of deployed troops…every time without fail.

Lucky One by Mike Corrado
Mike is a Marine who’s been writing and playing music for over ten years now.  Since his recall to duty and deployment, his focus has been on songs for and about the troops.  Lucky One is a song about dealing with PTSD.  To quote Mike “It’s easy to see service members with physical scars but much more difficult to see the ‘scars that hide deep inside’ of those suffering with PTSD,”

…And the latest to add to my list:  Firework by Katy Perry.

I can’t quite explain it, but I think it has to do with understanding that whoever you are, you can be strong, you can make a difference, and that you carpe diem, carpe noctem, carpe vitam.  Don’t give up, don’t give in…”If you only knew what the future holds, after a hurricane comes a rainbow”

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