Brad Keesler

This is MY nephew, Brad Keesler. I could not be any prouder or excited for him!!

Break a leg, Brad! I know you’ll do great!


Friends and Family of Brad Keesler

Dear Friends and Family of Brad Keesler, If you haven’t heard already, I have been invited to perform in a live audition round for the 2013 William C.
Byrd Young Artists Competition in Flint.

The competition will take place on March 2 at the Flint Institute of Music. I will compete in a live audition round of thirty woodwind and brass musicians under 30 years old. The top 5 soloists will advance to a final round that evening where they will perform on a recital and have a chance to win $6000 and an opportunity to solo with the Flint Symphony Orchestra! I wanted to let you all know that I will be in the area
that weekend and would like to invite anyone who is available to come out and support me. The audition round is free and open to the public. I am performing at 11:15 am on Saturday, March 2. If I am lucky enough to make it to the final round, that begins at 7:30 pm, I believe. I know not all of you can make it and that Flint might be a long trip for some of you, but if any of you think you can come, I would really
appreciate having a cheering section in the audience!

And please feel free to invite any other family or friends that I may have missed or aren’t connected to via Facebook, or if they just want to come hear some
good trombone music! I am flying from Atlanta to Flint on Friday, March 1
and leaving Sunday, March 3.

My mom, Cynthia Keesler will be driving up on her own and meeting me
there, gratefully acting as my “chauffeur!” Even if you can’t make it to the competition on Saturday, let us
know if you have some down time and want to try to catch up somewhere or somehow. And FYI, there is an issue with the website right now.

It should be but when you try to access the site it redirects you to some spam

Dancing with the Stars (Season 16)


Today was the day that they announced the Stars for Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars.
As in the past, I will be posting my 2-cents worth on the show and who are my picks for: Best of the Week, Worst of the Week and Favorite Song(s) of the Week.
I will be posting my Early-bird Picks of who I thinks might win this season next week.
Here is a list for Dancing with the Stars – Season 16.

Dancing with the Stars’ Cast

From the Wall Street Journal and Pictures from – Dancing with the Stars

Aly Raisman
Olympian No. 1, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: The 2012 Olympic gold-medal gymnast becomes an overwhelming favorite before she steps on the ballroom floor. She won on floor exercise for a spirited number to “Hava Nagila.” Mark was partnered with fellow gymnast golden girl Shawn Johnson in Season 8, so it’s not surprising he’s with Aly.
Dorothy Hamill
Olympian No. 2, Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus: The figure-skating legend of the 1976 Olympics is 56 years old??? She looks amazing, and she doesn’t think she’s worthy to be paired with Irish cutie Tristan. BTW, for three of his four seasons, Tristan has been paired with the oldest woman of the cast. Is this going to be his modus operandi forever?
Wynonna Judd
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani: The country-music star, arguably one of the better-known names this season, said she had been asked for six years to do the show. She makes a joke about wanting to get back to her original weight of “8 pounds, 15 ounces” and said it’s the year of doing things that scare you. I see the inevitable “weight loss/personal growth” arc. Tony, who won last season with Melissa, is back with his usual kind of partner.
Kellie Pickler
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: At last, reality giants collide, as Kellie is the first former “American Idol” contestant to compete on “DWTS.” Will she split the country vote with Wynonna? Does her past as a roller-skating waitress help? Kellie said she’ll have experience with falling. Many expected Derek to leave after last season, but he’s back.
Victor Ortiz
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Other than Season 4 finalist Laila Ali, boxers have a middling record on “DWTS.” (Think the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather Jr.). Victor, a former WBC welterweight champion, looks to change that streak. In keeping with the country theme, Brooke said he’s also wanted a career as a country-music singer.
Jacoby Jones
The aforementioned football player, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: He shows some swagger at 8:20 a.m. as he’s introduced and flirts with Karina. He’s also known for his end-zone dances and demonstrates for “GMA” viewers. He’s not shy at all. Len’s probably not going to like him; I see Ochocinco Take 2.
Andy Dick
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: He’s a comedian/recovering addict, so it’s hard not to think of him as this season’s Steve-O or David Arquette, especially as he “trips” as he walks in. Sharna looks a little like former pro Lacey Schwimmer, and Lacey had been with Steve-O.
D.L Hughley
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: ABC dips into its 1990s well with sitcom star D.L., who was the lead on “The Hughleys” for a few seasons. He’s continued to act and also has appeared on CNN as a political commentator.
Lisa Vanderpump
A Real Housewife, Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: Real Housewives have been rumored to be joining the “DWTS” pool for years. Lisa, from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” is the first. She’s also responsible for the most random piece of trivia Tuesday: She was one of the first people to water ski barefoot in England.
Ingo Rademacher
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: After Kellie Monaco’s successful stints on “DWTS,” it’s not surprising the show has raided the “General Hospital” cast again. The man better known as Jasper Jax played up his surfing background Tuesday. At least visually, he and Kym make a very striking couple and share Australian backgrounds.
Zendaya Coleman
Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: The obligatory Disney Channel star, Zendaya appears on “Shake It Up,” the same show that brought us Season 14’s Roshon Fegan. At 16, Zendaya is the youngest contestant this season. This is also the first time we’ll have Val but no big brother Maks.
I have seen some of the comments that have been made already on this cast. And I only have the following to say:
Really, what did you expect?? This show is meant to be fun and entertaining. If you get that bent out of shape because you don’t like the “star”, then you need some help.
If you don’t like who is on the show this season, change the channel! No one is making to watch this show.
If you don’t know who these “stars” are, that doesn’t mean that they are not famous to other people. It only means, you don’t know who they are.
Don’t be a bully! I have read some comments about age, weight and height already. Really? Do you personally know these people that you can make such comments? And who cares how old they are, how much they weight or if they are tall enough?
I’m sure there are going to be some people who disagree with my “2-cants” worth of comments, but this is my blog and I’ll try hard not to be hard. I have been doing this for several seasons and I do it because it’s fun.
So I’m looking forward to this upcoming season.
Side note:
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko     
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess   
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold

Tuesday Funny

I saw this picture posted by a friend on Facebook and I laughed out loud.

I told them that these are the reasons they do not have an uncle or cousins from me!!

Chihuahua Property Rules


Aloha From Hawaii

I am and will always be an Elvis Presley fan.


If I had to pick one concert to see of someone is is living or who has died, it would be Elvis Presley’s Aloha From Hawaii” from 1973.

Aloha from Hawaii

Aloha from Hawaii is a music concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and was broadcast live via satellite on January 14, 1973. The concert took place at the Honolulu International Center (HIC) in Honolulu (now known as the Neal S. Blaisdell Center) and aired in over 40 countries across Asia and Europe (who received the telecast the next day, also in primetime)… The show was the most expensive entertainment special at the time, costing $2.5 million. (from

I would have been one of those fans crying and fainting in the crowd. Of course, I would have only been six years old when this concert was held, but I know I would be one of those fans.

Here is the set list from the concert. (From

Presley performed a vast array of old and recent hits in the show, and they are as follows:

I think my favorite song out of this song list (there are a lot of my favorites on this song list) — “An American Trilogy“. I tear up every time I hear or see the video of this song.



With the 40th anniversary of the concert this year, I will be watching the DVD of the concert again. I will be singing and swooning while watching Elvis and his band sing. Wishing that I could have seen him in concert.

Long live Elvis!

Other Elvis sites:


Tuesday Funny

You know how much I like lists. Here is one that a friend posted on Facebook. It was under the heading of Rednecks Unite. No offense to anyone. Sometimes you need a good laugh.



1,134 Days

It’s been:

1,134 days
97,977,600 seconds
1,632,960 minutes
27,216 hours
162 weeks

(As of 02.17.14 at 12:06 a.m.)

since my mom, Lydia M. Garza, died.

Not a day, minute or second goes by that I don’t miss her.

I love you, Mom and I know you are with me and watching over me.


My Movie Bucket List

I thought I would post the list of AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies… aka “My Movie Bucket List.” I have strike through the movies that I have seen. I need to start working on this list and see more movies.

For a movie to be strike through, it means that #1 — I watched the movie and #2 — I remember watching the movie.

Film Year
Citizen Kane 1941
Casablanca 1942
The Godfather 1972
Gone with the Wind 1939
Lawrence of Arabia 1962
The Wizard of Oz 1939
The Graduate 1967
On the Waterfront 1954
Schindler’s List 1993
Singin’ in the Rain 1952
It’s a Wonderful Life 1946
Sunset Boulevard 1950
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957
Some Like It Hot 1959
Star Wars 1977
All About Eve 1950
The African Queen 1951
Psycho 1960
The General 1927
Chinatown 1974
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 1975
The Grapes of Wrath 1940
2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
The Maltese Falcon 1941
Raging Bull 1980
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982
Dr. Strangelove 1964
Bonnie and Clyde 1967
Apocalypse Now 1979
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
Annie Hall 1977
The Godfather Part II 1974
High Noon 1952
To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
It Happened One Night 1934
Midnight Cowboy 1969
The Best Years of Our Lives 1946
Double Indemnity 1944
Doctor Zhivago 1965
North by Northwest 1959
West Side Story 1961
Rear Window 1954
King Kong 1933
The Birth of a Nation 1915
A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
A Clockwork Orange 1971
Taxi Driver 1976
Jaws 1975
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
Intolerance 1916
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001
The Philadelphia Story 1940
From Here to Eternity 1953
Amadeus 1984
All Quiet on the Western Front 1930
The Sound of Music 1965
MASH 1970
The Third Man 1949
Fantasia 1940
Rebel Without a Cause 1955
Nashville 1975
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
Vertigo 1958
Sullivan’s Travels 1941
Tootsie 1982
Stagecoach 1939
Cabaret 1972
Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977
The Silence of the Lambs 1991
Network 1976
The Manchurian Candidate 1962
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966
An American in Paris 1951
Shane 1953
The French Connection 1971
Forrest Gump 1994
Saving Private Ryan 1998
Ben-Hur 1959
The Shawshank Redemption 1994
Wuthering Heights 1939
The Gold Rush 1925
Dances with Wolves 1990
In the Heat of the Night 1967
City Lights 1931
American Graffiti 1973
All the President’s Men 1976
Rocky 1976
The Deer Hunter 1978
The Wild Bunch 1969
Modern Times 1936
Spartacus 1960
Giant 1956
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 1927
Platoon 1986
Titanic 1997
Fargo 1996
Duck Soup 1933
A Night at the Opera 1935
Mutiny on the Bounty 1935
Frankenstein 1931
12 Angry Men 1957
Easy Rider 1969
Patton 1970
The Sixth Sense 1999
The Jazz Singer 1927
Swing Time 1936
My Fair Lady 1964
Sophie’s Choice 1982
A Place in the Sun 1951
The Apartment 1960
Goodfellas 1990
Pulp Fiction 1994
The Last Picture Show 1971
The Searchers 1956
Do the Right Thing 1989
Bringing Up Baby 1938
Blade Runner 1982
Unforgiven 1992
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 1967
Toy Story 1995
Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942
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