Music and Cocktails: Who Would You Rather Be?

Music and Cocktails: Who Would You Rather Be?

About half the music that I listen to comes from artists that I’ve known since forever and have loved for years. The other half is much newer and comes from songs that my kids recommended that I’ve grown to enjoy and love just as much. They will tell you that I influenced their interests when they were young and helped them gain a solid sense of appreciation for what music could bring to their lives, and now they continue to do the same for me. It’s a true statement on both counts. A few years back, my

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Movie Bars: You’re My Exception

Movie Bars: You’re My Exception

I’m going to guess that the movie He’s Just Not That Into You doesn’t need much in the way of an introduction. It’s a fairly huge hit from 2009 that grossed $181 million at box offices worldwide. I know that when I happen to see it playing while channel surfing I cannot resist watching it, even if just for a few minutes. My favorite storyline is the one between Beth (Jennifer Aniston) and Neil (Ben Affleck) because who cannot love his marriage proposal at the end, but I confess to finding the absolute

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Friday Musings: Stillness

Friday Musings: Stillness

There is a moment that happens every morning when we first wake up, before any conscious thought takes over, when we know deep stillness. It may only last for a second, or a bit longer than that, but in that timeframe, however short it may be, we’re only aware of our existence and nothing else. We have both an open heart and a quiet mind. In the sequence of events that follows, it’s our emotions that hit us first, and we suddenly feel happy, or sad, or worried, or excited. The reason for those emotions follows

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Music and Cocktails: Fire and Rain

Music and Cocktails: Fire and Rain

For most of us who grew up in the 70s, James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” was one of those songs that became like a puzzle to figure out. The lyrics were ambiguous, and we had no real way to uncover their meaning other than to think about them, and talk about them, and draw our own conclusions. Taylor’s mention of “Susanne” in the first stanza led many of us to believe that she must have been a love interest of his. The later reference to “sweet dreams and flying machines” prompted the thought that

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Movie Bars: This is Where Your Life Is

Movie Bars: This is Where Your Life Is

Released in 2015, Brooklyn is a Sundance film that was directed by John Crowley, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby that’s based on Colm Tóibín’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of a young Irish immigrant named Eilis (Ay-lish) Lacey, played so beautifully by Saorise (Ser-sha) Ronin, who also starred in last year’s critically acclaimed Ladybird. If you’ve seen the movie, you may be scratching your head right now trying to remember a bar scene. If you’re coming up empty, it’s okay because there isn’t one.

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