Let’s Take A Moment Day 87

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Today’s song probably should have been posted on Day 1.  Yet, here on Day 87 it seems more fitting than ever.  For anyone looking for a new mantra, here you go.  From one of NYC’s biggest fans.

Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed
Strange days indeed.”

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John Lennon:  “Nobody Told Me” (1984, written by John Lennon).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 50

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

Peanuts music

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Bette Midler is so accomplished she is capable of singing anything.  But when she performs a ballad, she is glorious.  Along with cleaning up parts of NYC with her New York Restoration Project and sending Johnny Carson’s show off into that good night, I think this is one of The Divine Miss M’s best moments.

When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long
And you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed, that with the sun’s love in the spring becomes the rose.”

 

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Bette Midler:  “The Rose” (1979, written by Amanda McBroom).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

“Imagine All The People Living Life In Peace…..”

“You may say I’m a dreamer,

But I’m not the only one.

I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will live as one.”

Imagine by John Lennon (1971)

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Source:  BBC.CO.UK

Thirty five years ago the world was shocked to learn John Lennon was killed outside the entrance to his home in the Dakota Building in New York City.  Part of why the news was so startling was not only because Lennon was a Beatle, but because after all his fame, music and notoriety, he was an icon of peace.  And his killer was a mentally ill man who was able to get his hands on a gun despite his unbalanced status.

A few days after Lennon’s death, one of the New York papers ran a drawing of a smoking gun with the caption-“And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree there will be an answer”-from “Let It Be”.  That was December 1980.

Less than four months later, another mentally ill individual attempted to assassinate President Reagan and permanently disabled Press Secretary James Brady in the process.   That event led to one of the country’s first gun laws with the passing of the Brady Bill.

Nearly three years ago, 20 children and 6 adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Twenty-two years ago yesterday 6 people were killed in the Long Island (NY) Railroad massacre.

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Source:  Newsday

In the years since places like Columbine, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Casas Adobes, Northern Arizona University, Texas Southern University, Umpqua Community College, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, UC Santa Barbara and too many others have experienced mass shootings.  While some are acts of terrorism, like the ones in San Bernardino last week along with the those in Paris last month, the majority of the shootings which occur in this country are not.

Wherever you stand on the gun issue, we all must be able to agree that when a church, an elementary school, a college campus or a movie theatre becomes a  shooting gallery, something has to change.  Something that keeps the guns out of the hands of those too ill to understand the effects of their actions, while allowing those who are of sound mind and body the right to keep and bear arms.  Because these mass shootings cannot continue to be routine events.  They cannot and should not be our legacy.

We have got to be better than this.

Just imagine for a moment that we are.

Peace.

“We All Shine On” for John Lennon’s 75th Birthday

Hello, Vixens.  Did you read about the large people peace sign Yoko Ono organized in Central Park earlier this week?  It was done in honor of John Lennon’s 75th birthday, which we celebrate today.

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That gesture reminded all of us how Lennon lived his life, using his celebrity and music not to push a clothing line or cologne spray, but to ask the world to consider peace over war.  Light over dark.  Love over hate.  It is easy to see the roots of his masterpiece “Imagine” in that thinking.

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His childhood in England, his life as a Beatle, his marriage to Yoko Ono, his solo career and his years in his beloved adopted home of NYC shaped the life he shared with us in song.  He was intelligent (“Across The Universe“), rebellious (“Revolution“), introspective (“In My Life“), romantic (“Jealous Guy“), a rocker (“Whatever Gets You Through The Night“), a proud father (“Beautiful Boy“).  And so very much more.

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He reminded us “we all shine on” in “Instant Karma“, that “love is the answer” in “Mind Games” & “All You Need Is Love” and took us on imaginative colorful road trips during “I’m Only Sleeping“, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “A Day In The Life“.   But by far the best vision he gave us was one in which we all lived as one in “Imagine”.

Happy birthday, John Lennon.  You are loved.  And missed.

John Lennon

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Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!