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The Perfect Coda August 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance, People.
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Last week, I read an article about 20 of the Best Rock Codas. 

The list included hits by the Beatles (Hey Jude), Prince (Purple Rain), and more than a few bands of recent vintage I’d never heard before (and likely will never hear again). 

As I watched the video clips I remained unimpressed until I got to this one.

At last, The Perfect Coda!  


A brilliant marriage between guitars, played by Eric Clapton and Duane Allman, and a gorgeous piano coda which takes center stage for the entire second half of the song. 

A few fun facts from Wikipedia:

* Inspired by Clapton’s then unrequited love for Pattie Boyd, the wife of  friend and fellow musician George Harrison, Layla was unsuccessful on its initial release.

 * The song is often hailed as being among the greatest rock songs of all time.  Two versions have achieved chart success, first in 1972 and again twenty years later as an acoustic Unplugged performance.

* In 2004, it was ranked #27 on Rolling Stone‘s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and the acoustic version won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.

Although Eric Clapton has sung this song with Mark Knopfler, the Rolling Stones, and other notables, here’s my favorite version of Layla (the original) by Derek and the Dominoes ~ not much to look at, but it captures the coda:

Here’s a more acoustic version, with Mark Knopfler sharing the stage and the magic with Clapton:

Be The Change You Wish To See August 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Magick & Mystery.
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Gandhi said, You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

If you want a more loving world, be more loving

If you desire more joy, share joy with others. 

If you want to be happier, choose to be happier

If you desire more understanding, be more understanding.

At every moment, we have a choice.  We can look for the negatives and we will see them.  Or . . . we can look for the positives. 

It’s a choice made as one moment unfolds to the next. 

We can turn negative vibrations into a positive energy by choosing to view the situation differently. 

A basement flood might be an opportunity to clear clutter.

A nasty comment tossed in our direction might be chance to learn patience or practice forgiveness.

A mistake might be a reminder to make peace with imperfection.

If you feel the world is overdue for a change, start with yourself. 

Start NOW. 

Develop an attitude of gratitude for all the blessings in your life and enjoy a:  Spectacular Sunday * Marvelous Monday * Terrific Tuesday * Wonderful Wednesday * Tremendous Thursday * Fabulous Friday * Superb Saturday

Quote:  It is only possible to live happily ever after on a moment-to-moment basis. ~  Margaret Bonnano

Related posts:  How To Be Happy NOW * 5 Steps To A Happier You * God Works In Mysterious Ways * 5 Ways to Make Work More Fun * Daily “Huh?”

Live, Laugh, and Learn August 29, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, Word Play.
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Lexophiles love words, especially a good play on words (or even a bad play on words). 

Most of these puns came from e-mails I’ve saved over the years.  A few are of more recent vintage.  

These fun puns remind us to Live, Laugh, and Learn:

1.  Did you hear about the professor who went crazy on his blackboard?

Yeah.  He really did a number on it.

2.  He had a photographic memory.

Too bad it was never developed.

3.  When fish are in schools, what’s their favorite elective?

They sometimes take da bait. 

4.  A backward poet writes inverse.

5.  Why did the geologist go back to school?

He realized his earthquake theory was on shaky ground.

6.  To write with a  broken pencil is pointless. 

7.  What do you call the Local Area Network in Australia?

The LAN down under.

8.  No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

9.  What happens to those who get too big for their britches?

They’re exposed in the end.

10.  You are stuck with your debt if you can’t budge it.  

Stay tuned. 

More Fun with Puns tomorrow.

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