Archive | August 2013

“Portland Town” by Cara Luft

Barefoot Music Group

My Portland Town
My native Portland Oregon USA 
The song “Portland Town” is covered in this version by a brand new artist to me. Actually the song is new to me too. 
Having a very good friend who knows me musically, like no one else in my life knows me, sent it to me today.
I am always touched deeply when loved ones & friends share music with me that they know will be meaningful to me. I see it as a way that is very telling to me that they care. About me. 
Nothing says “I love You” to me louder than being sent a song that hits close to home. 
 
This song “Portland Town” by artist Cara Luftdoes all of that; and then some. 
 
Why this song is meaningful to me.
It came to me today from someone who loves me like no other…

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Sunflower; Good Morning!

The Brilliant; and The Oh So Humble Sunflower
 
Good morning brilliant sunflower
 blazed in crimson red 
in you who greets the day
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Good evening shadowed sunflower
 my spirit that you fed
Hoping that you’ll stay.

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Sunflower by the Amazing Glenn Campbell

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High Desert of Oregon Sunflowers- blazed  in crimson red.

Summer 2013

Did you know there are 52 shades of red?

©tjtaylor2013

Deepest Respects Linda Ronstadt.

The 67-year-old music legend tells AARP Magazine, in an article posted online Friday, that she was diagnosed eight months ago and “can’t sing a note.

I have known now for several days. 

A musician friend ask if I had heard last Friday. I had not, I learned the heart-breaking news from him.
I am touched that he knew it would matter to me.
The front page mainstream news; the legendary singersong writer Linda Ronstadt has been diagnosed with Parkinson Disease and has lost her ability to sing,

 ( No Words. )


Deepest sigh…
The strength of Linda Ronstadt.
That rich Ronstadt voice of silk. I am so grateful that we have her songbird voice recorded for all time.
Those who know me well know that this news that has shaken the music industry and its fans to their core, also is a heart stopper for me.
Linda Ronstadt is the female vocalist I dedicated approximately 45 years listening to, and studying every nuance of her music. Wanting to emulate my voice to be more like hers. I wanted my voice to be just as good as Linda Ronstadt’s.

 “No one can sing with Parkinson’s disease,” Ronstadt told AARP music writer Alanna Nash. “No matter how hard you try.”
 Having had the experience of developing Templar Mandibular Joint disease in my early 30’s it affected the range of motion of my jaws and it also meant losing the ability to sing with any quality.
I was unable to swallow after hearing this news about Linda Ronstadt. It hits so close to my home.
I hesitated mentioning my past aspirations of becoming a wage-earning vocalist in the same breath as I speak of Ms Ronstadt’s spectacular career, yet for me this is a sad kind of irony. 
I am struck by the memory of how difficult it was to ride through life with the music stuck in my head, & inside my heart.
I like to think I know a little of what Linda Ronstadt must be feeling.. but the truth is I cannot possibly know what it feels like to be Linda Ronstadt and how she is finding her way with her music stuck in her head. And in her heart.
I hope Linda can at least still hear her music in her head and in her heart where I know its stuck.
I hope,
 
 
 
 ©tjtaylor2013
 

60,000 Choice Thoughts

We think up about 60,000 thoughts in a day. How vital it is that we make choices about our thinking.
Sound a bit too clinical for LBB? 
 
Maybe think About this: 
How important it is that we not think up 60,000 negative thoughts, or even 59,000. It is imperative that we not harbor cynical and negative thoughts. our brain has approximately 100 billion cells, and each is connected to about 20,000 other cells.  What this means is our thinking has the possibilities of billions, maybe trillions of various thoughts.
We have the freedom of choice
 Maybe we could begin anew if our thoughts of late have run into the fields of negativity.
My thoughts seem to revolve around my emotional intelligence lately, and sometimes the painful lessons my intelligence runs a foul with in that field of life.
With infinite combinations of brain cells to choose from why not try a whole new combination today?

While taking a self inventory you might find that what brought you to be the person you are today are the many painful, heart-crushing moments in our life that leave you winded. It might be a knee jerk reaction to run from those painful moments as fast as you can; thinking its the safest route.
Life just smacked you a good one and to stay in that moment and feel it.. is… well.. .painful.  Yes.
Life is painful, it is not that we are bad people having bad things happen to us.
It is that L.I.F.E. has to have pain in order to honor the joy.
Yes,  the yin & the yang. The negative and the positive.
Looking back on our thinking; without explanation, without apologizing, we can own the painful moments created along our journeys.
Painful moments exist. Life can hurt. But, remember we have been here before, we felt this before. We know we survived it. (though maybe it felt all to consuming at the moment)
There is that space in time again; The moment.  A friend shared that his bitter moments are balanced with his sweet, I love his thinking.
Without the bitter than can not possibly be the sweet. The positive needs the negative for their to be a true & concise connection.
There must be some truth to the adage “No Pan No Gain”.
Maybe it is how we evolve.
Life can hurt. A lot sometimes.
– The bitter.
Thankfully those painful moments come with built-in lessons.
 -The sweet.
For me quite often it is not until later that I realize there is a lesson, a sweetness garnered from the bitter moment.
Finally I see it.  Finally I feel it.
Feeling painful moments are good reminders for me to breathe deeply, and slowly; Inhaling the moment that came with its pain smack right in the middle of my living to bring & teach me some necessary growth.

Growth can come from places never even realized. Growth can come from places that we thought were not available to us, places we thought were dead & barren. Places of great disappointments.
Growth happens when we realize that it is not what happens in our lives that long stays with us, but it is t how we happen choose to respond to the happenings.
This is why it is called happiness.
Freedom to choose to see the sweet, balanced by the bitter.  (Thank you Groovy)
 I know for certain that I make the choice to hang on to hope, that what has ‘happened’ has happened for good reason.
Life it seems is much like a beautiful piece of embroidered cloth. The first half the embroidery is worked from the “wrong side’ of the fabric, stitching out the branches that will hold the blossoms, that bring the fruit.
The second half of life is the ‘right side’ of the fabric with its rich texture of all those pain-taken stitches.
Life’s lessons, even the painful ones, are much like how certain people are brought into our lives for a certain reasons.
I have a wooden plaque that sits in a prominent place in my home given to me my bestie in 2010 that I cherish to this day. It is also a reminder for me about the lessons that come into our lives.
It says:
” Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some people stay for awhile and leave footprints in our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”    (thank you DCD) 
©tjtaylot2013