Two Months

“…So play it sweet in heaven, Cause that’s right where you want to be, I’m not cryin’ cause I feel so sorry for you, I am cryin’ for me…”

“Cryin for Me” (Wayman’s Song)
by Toby Keith

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two months since my brother, Joe died.

Sometimes it feels like it just happened yesterday and then there are other time it seem like a dream.

There are times of the day where I think about anything and it makes me sad that he’s not here anymore. But today when I was driving home, I thought of a funny story about checking the mail.

We were both in the truck and we tried to pull up to the mailbox to check the mail. Well before I knew it we got to close in the mailbox fell off the post and started rolling around in the ditch. We both just looked at each other and started laughing that was one of the funniest things that we have ever done together.

So when I was pulling into the driveway, I got close to the mailbox and I thought of him and I had a laugh out loud.

I suppose over time I would have more memories like that and think of happy times with them. But right now I just miss my brother I wish you was here with us.

So Joe, just know that I miss you, even how you would push my buttons and try my last nerve. Give mom a hug and a kiss from me. I know you two are together, pain-free and watching over us.

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Here is a picture I found on Joe’s cell phone. A shadow selfie.

Paul McCartney in Concert

There are only a few artists that I would pay top dollar to see in concert. Elvis Presley is one of them and the other would be Paul McCartney.

Rock icon Sir Paul McCartney performs at the Tobin Center on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Rock icon Sir Paul McCartney performs at the Tobin Center on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Photo: Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Well on October 1, 2014, I got to see Paul McCartney with 1,750 other fans at the Tobin Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Here is the article of the once in a lifetime concert.

Paul McCartney quotes Shakespeare and sings at special San Antonio benefit show

October 2, 2014 1:18 PM MST       

Paul McCartney, who usually performs at huge stadiums, sang to only an estimated 1,750 fans on Oct. 1 at a benefit for the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. And Angie Martindale told Beatles Examiner it was a unique experience.

“The evening with Paul McCartney at the newly opened Tobin Theatre in San Antonio was a very special night. Having only seen Paul in large arenas and ballpark settings, the intimate setting was a thrill,” she told us. “The Tobin is an opera house style building, and Paul was very impressed by it. He felt inspired enough to quote Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ for a bit of fun,” she said.

“The acoustics in the building were phenomenal. His voice was strong and clear, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Yesterday’ were never so sweet as his voice filled the hall. Those around me who hadn’t seen Paul before said he still sounds the same as 50 years ago, which is true,” she said.

Mike Webber also felt the show was very unique. “This was a show unlike any other McCartney concert I’ve been to. The actual performing area of that stage was only 40 to 50′ wide and maybe 15 to 20′ deep, so the set up was tight and that seemed a good thing. It was the most efficient Macca show I’ve ever seen. Need a guitar, it’s already here. Walk to the piano, it’s like seven steps. The pacing was something to behold & it seemed to spill over with less of the predictable stage patter.

“That was fine by me, as Macca’s between-songs patter seemed far more intimate and local. You know about the references to being in a theater and Shakespeare. He also took a book that a local had written and given to him, then read a bit of it to himself. For those (like me) who cringe a little at fake spontaneity, I didn’t miss the script at all.

“Another facet of that staging was that there was nowhere to go off stage so the magic piano was still visible when it had been rolled off stage but more importantly, so were the band. I could see Rusty and Brian watching Paul perform ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Yesterday,’ something one doesn’t usually get from the audience. It’s such a small hall, too, that when Paul dedicated ‘My Valentine’ to Nancy, an audience member on the floor could, in fact, look up and see Nancy and then turn their head and see Paul and yeah, they could see each other.

“There were the backdrop screens for the canned video projections but none for the live shots which was fine – they weren’t needed. I occasionally find myself watching those screens too much and remind myself to be in the moment and watch the performer on the stage, so again I didn’t miss the live screens at all. Anybody in the hall was close enough to see his actual facial expressions.”

Alan Weinkrantz of the Rivard Report agreed that the acoustics were quite superb. “Seated in the upper balcony, I could hear the unique tone and resonance of the acoustic guitars that Paul, Brian and Rusty played. During ‘And I Love Her,’ you could not only hear the distinct fingering of the guitars, you could hear drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr. playing the bongos, just as if Ringo were sitting right in front of you during the ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ movie.”

Martindale said the attendees got a little gift from McCartney. “All who attended received a beautiful souvenir tour book,” she said. “Paul’s music spreads a spirit of peace and love that touched all who attended. I was thankful to be able to attend this very special concert.”

And the Tobin Center will be the site of another Beatles show next week. Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band will be playing there Oct. 7.

Here’s the full set list, a little shorter than his stadium shows, as reported to Beatles Examiner by McCartney’s press office: “Eight Days a Week,” “Save Us,” “All My Loving,” Let Me Roll It”/”Foxey Lady,” “My Valentine,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five,” “The Long and Winding Road,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Another Day,” “And I Love Her,” “Blackbird,” NEW,” Lady Madonna,” “All Together Now,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Something,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Band on the Run,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Let It Be,” “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude.” Encore 1: “Day Tripper,” “Get Back.” Encore 2: “Yesterday,” Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.

From AXS Entertainment Arts & Entertainment Music

Here are some of the pictures I took at the concert.

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My view from the balcony seats… Not too bad of a view.

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Yup, Sir Paul with a Flag of Texas!

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These were my favorite songs from the night:

The Long and Winding Road” (One of my favorites.)

“Lady Madonna”

“Band on the Run”

Maybe I’m Amazed

Yesterday

Blackbird

Hey Jude

Day Tripper

Something

Get Back” (This song brought a tear to my eye, it was one of my brother, Joe’s favoirtes.)

Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End

Live and Let Die” (This song was the best — fire, smoke, loud music.)

All I can say, is that I am glad I deceided to spent the money a ticket to this concert. Like I said before, it was a one in a lifetime opportunity to see Paul McCartney with 1.750 other fans!

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DWTS (Season 19) – My Picks

Dancing with the Stars (Season 19)

Season nineteen of Dancing with the Stars premiered on September 15, 2014. Tom Bergeron returned as host alongside Erin Andrews. Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli all returned as judges, while former professional and two-time champion Julianne Hough joined the panel as the permanent fourth judge of the season. (from Wikipedia.com)

Here is the list of Stars and Professionals of DWTS (Season 19).

Here are my picks from Monday night’s show.

Who I want to win: Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson or Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker

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Who needs to be the first to go: Lolo Jones and Keoikantse Motsepe — her attitude is the reason I am picking them to be the first to go home.

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Surprised pair (so far): Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff

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Dancing with the Stars (Season 19)

Well, the start of Dancing with the Stars (Season 19) started and here are all of the Stars and Professional Dancers.

As I have done in the fast, I will pick my favorite pair, my pair that I think should go home, who is the biggest surprise and my favorite song(s) of the night.

I’m still trying to figure out who I like so far this season and who I want to win.

But from tonight’s show, here are my favorite song(s):

I will post my picks later this week.

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Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess

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Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani

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Bethany Mota and Derek Hough

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Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd

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Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

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Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff

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Antonio Sabàto, Jr. and Cheryl Burke

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Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev

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Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker

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Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater

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Lolo Jones and Keoikantse Motsepe

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Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas

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Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson

Remembering Elvis Presley

August 16, 1977…

It’s been 37 years since Elvis Presley died. I remember were I was when I heard the news. I was playing with the console stereo/TV and then I heard the announcement. I was only 10 years old, but I was sad to hear that one if my favorite singers had past away.

Being an Elvis fan since I can remember,  I always take a moment in August 16th to pay my respects.

Hopefully, I’ll make it to Graceland to be a part of another Elvis Week (last one was the 25th anniversary if his death.)

Until then, I still have his music to listen to and movies to watch.

Here are a few a of my favorite pictures of Elvis.

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I Smell Cake #2

“I Smell Cake” is a saying from the TV show “Scrubs.”

“I smell cake! If Uncle Bernie died, someone’s gonna have to go on a beer run!”— Dan Dorian

I just noticed that my last few posts have been R.I.P. and today isn’t any different.

I read that Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014), an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks died.

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Older Lauren Becall

I didn’t see very many movies of hers. I did like her in her role in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996), After reading some of her movies, here is a list of the ones that I want to see.

And I will always remember her whenever I hear. “Bacall and Bogart” in the 1981 song “Key Largo” by Bertie Higgins

 

Party Songs

Found this on About.com.

Top 100 Best Party Songs Of All Time

By Bill Lamb

Party songs provide the soundtrack for some of the best moments of our lives. This list of 100 of the best party songs of all time will get you started in selecting the soundtrack for the perfect event.

Here is 15-1.

15. Blondie – “Heart Of Glass” (1979)

14. ABBA – “Dancing Queen” (1976)

13. Rick James – “Super Freak” (1981)

12. Beastie Boys – “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” (1987)

11. DJ Casper – “Cha Cha Slide” (2000)

10. Def Leppard – “Pour Some Sugar On Me” (1988)

9. Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy” (1991)

8. Shakira – “Hips Don’t Lie” featuring Wyclef Jean (2006)

7. The Kingsmen – “Louie Louie” (1963)

6. Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline” (1969)

5. B-52′s – “Love Shack” (1989)

4. Mary J. Blige – “Family Affair” (2001)

3. AC/DC – “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)

2. Pink – “Get the Party Started” (2001)

1. Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling” (2009)

I can agree with 14 of these 15 songs listed. #4 “Family Affair” by Mary J. Blige… one of my least favorite songs. But all the others listed… Rock On!

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