I sometimes like to go overboard when it comes to special occasions. I hope you don’t mind me posting my special “Holiday greeting song and video,” written, composed, played, performed entirely by me (with family members in the video). This is not meant to insult anyone or to project my religious beliefs on anyone out there, so hopefully no hatred will result from this. I just wanted to make a special presentation wishing “all” of you a very special, blessed and happy holidays. Thank you and as always, I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
When growing up I was a basketball fanatic. Most mornings I would wake up at 5:00 or 6:00 am and head out to the basketball court, often staying there until my mother would come to retrieve me later that evening. My inspiration for playing come from several talented players, but the one I marveled at the most was the man who just passed away. He was the clown prince of the Harlem Globetrotters and his name was Meadowlark Lemon. The antics and trick shots he made were awesome, and I used to mimic ALL of them until I could do them almost as well. I would make all kinds of shots on the basketball court, and I learned them from watching Meadowlark do his thing. If you get the opportunity, I hope you can Google his name and see some of his clips. Many people felt the Globetrotters fed stereotypes of African Americans, but that never stopped them from entertaining fans all around the world. Wilt Chamberlain said that Meadowlark was the best ball player he knew of. Meadowlark’s legacy didn’t just stop at basketball. He also became an ordained minister later in life and he would reach out to youth in need of guidance. He was “much more” than just a basketball player. His smile will be missed, and even though I never made it to playing professional basketball, I still owe him for inspiring me to a path in life that was positive. Here is an article on him:
Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Stevie Wonder and Brett Jolly
I guess it is still “officially the holidays.” I can tell because lots of people are going to the malls now to get late presents (which are now “on sale” and cheaper). I can’t argue with that at all. We all still have bills to pay, and if you know that you are not going to see someone until after Christmas then why pay the higher price for it when you can just wait an extra day or so? I always say that the best way to make sure you don’t go over your budget is to simply make sure you pay “all” your bills for the month “first.” You KNOW you are going to forget about getting a present for somebody, but as long as your bills are already paid you can get something without fear of your electricity going off (smile). You also need to make sure you will have enough money left to pay for your “upcoming bills” at the start of the new year. If you got this far and still have a smile on your face then I think you are “safe.” A LOT of people stress out because they went out and bought things that they “know” they couldn’t afford. That is when it is always advisable to “budget and plan first.” If you get paid every week, then by all means take that into account. Know the dates that your bills are due, and “never” let your accounts go to a “zero balance.” If you plan smart, you can survive and be happy. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
The Emotions (“You got the best of my love” and “Boogie Wonderland” and Brett Jolly in concert.
I would simply like to take this moment to wish all the beautiful people on the other side of my computer screen a truly happy, joyous and prosperous Holiday Season. Thank you all for being the friends that I cannot see but can certainly “feel.” Have a great one.
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land,
Global warming seemed to be just one of the issues at hand,
When trying to explain these causes, others want you to “can it,”
As long as they make a profit, who cares about saving the planet?
We fight among each other, and yet we are not quite sure why
We bomb our brothers and sisters, and we destroy planes in the sky,
We kill innocent people, and here are the real error twists,
Both sides think of the other as being the true terrorists.
We rationalize invading other countries without any true deduction
Then wonder why we couldn’t find any “weapons of mass destruction”
When we fight against the radicals of the Islamic State, here is our decision
Instead of blaming a select few, we place the fault on the “entire religion”
Here in the States Donald Trump seems to be the new sensation
Because he wants to deport ALL immigrants when it comes to immigration
Here is a real troubling stat for any and all concerned souls
He is against women, minorities and the media, and yet he “still” leads the polls?
Here in the states we worry about terrorists abroad killing us on any given day
and yet we are creating “many” terrorists at home now, thanks to the “NRA”
Any crazed individual can get firearms to kill, but aw, what the heck
As long as the NRA makes money, why worry about a background check?
“Pro lifers” are against abortions, because they want to preserve “all” life as they know
So where are all these people when it comes to all the inmates “on death row?”
If Obama introduced a bill claiming that “water is wet,” we know who will disrespect it
Even though it may be true, we know that ALL Republicans will “reject it”
Santa sees what we are doing, and he would like to say this to any individual soul
When it comes to being good boys and girls, ALL your butts are “getting coal”
“On Donald, on Clinton, on Assad and Putin”
If you are expecting Santa tonight, there may be some disputin’
“You ALL have been bad children and even though many of you may scoff
This is ONE year that I feel compelled to just take the night off”
Even though during this time of year over the universe I usually roam
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year… but I think I will decide to “stay home…”
from the Phantom Poet
During this time of year we all get “bombarded” with all types of Christmas tunes. There are so many of them that it is impossible to catch up to them all. Recently someone asked me which Christmas classic was my favorite. I had to think about this for a minute because there are so many really awesome ones out there. Nat King Cole’s classic is probably the most popular one of them all. Mariah Carey has a great uptempo Christmas song that everyone loves. Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” is a beautiful written, arranged and orchestrated piece. Based on that alone, I would say his song is the best ever. However, being the best one does not mean that it is “my” personal favorite. To be honest, this particular song here can be construed as somewhat corny. There is not a lot of instrumentation in this piece, but the way it was written and the way the artist’s voice fits makes this a great song to me. When you add in the fact that this is one of my favorite artists of all time that also makes a difference. It’s fun, it’s somewhat silly, but that is what gives this song a great identity to me. I’m sure everyone has their own personal favorites, but for me this one does it. I would like to present to you my favorite Christmas song entitled “A Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
First off, I love artists who establish their own gimmicks and identities. Sometimes it is “not” just about the singing. People want to be entertained (and I am one of them). My biggest problem is that whenever I see a show I always have this tendency to analyze it from top to bottom to see what’s real and what isn’t. I think Pink is a great artist who should get more attention in the Pop world. She sings well and she works hard to please her audience. Just because of that alone I am a big fan of hers. However, when I heard that she sings while twirling upside down on a high trapeze I had to “take another look.” Now technically, I cannot say “absolutely for sure” that she can’t do this, but I took a look at her singing effortlessly on a high trapeze without losing any breaths and without any air interference from all that movement and I just think it is a physical impossibility. With the blood rushing to your head while hanging upside down and spinning around so fast, most people would “pass out” trying to sing (and hold) a note from such a high altitude during those circumstances. When you add in the fact that it seemed like she was also submerged in water at one point then that would “not” a good thing for any microphones. In this video clip you will see her do all of that. This takes a lot of strength, skill and concentration. To also sing without breathing hard and still hit the notes on point is pretty much difficult to fathom for me. Regardless of whether or not she is actually singing, I “still love” the gimmick. MANY of today’s new artists will lip sync part (or all) of their show. At least Pink added something to it that was truly entertaining. Today’s Daily Thought is not designed to bash Pink at all, because when you compare her to most of the other new artists out here, I truly believe you will see a better show with her. I love artists who “bring it.” That being said, I hope to one day get to see her perform live. I honestly believe that I will enjoy it… Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought today, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.