R.I.P. Davy Jones – A Musical Tribute

Whether you remember Davy Jones as a singer, heartthrob, actor, or fun loving front man of the Monkees, his legacy carried with him throughout his illustrious career that began at age 11. A pioneer on the music scene, fronting the band that would go neck and neck with the Beatles and at times, won. He took his baby face looks and charm and brought the music world and all its followers to their knees. Let us take a moment to remember the Davy Jones. So many of us have shared memories of the music, the show and the life of this great human spirit. Thank you Davy!

Career Highlights:

1. Davy Jones, Child Star
Before becoming the teen idol and heartthrob known for being the front-man of the pop-rock quartet The Monkees, Davy Jones was once a child actor who made his acting debut on BBC’s popular daytime soap Coronation Street, in 1961 at the age of 11. Although his role on the show as Colin Lomax, the grandson of Ena Sharples, was short-lived it spawned his future in acting.

2. The Ed Sullivan Show
While working in the London West End Production of Oliver! as the Artful Dodger, Davy Jones Appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show along with his castmates the same night that The Beatles made their debut American late-night performance on the show. At that moment his fate was sealed. In the book Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!: Ed Sullivan’s America Davy Jones recalled of the night, saying, “I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that.”

2. The Monkees, The Show
Getting the role of the lead-singer of a pop-rock band in NBC’s comedy The Monkees was Jones’s biggest accolade. The series aired from fall 1966 to August 1968, winning two Emmy awards and earning the band a series of Billboard-charting hit singles — regardless of whether the band members were playing their instruments or not. The show even received its own big-screen adaptation with the psychedelic comedy-adveture Head in 1968 (which bombed at the box-office).

4. The Brady Bunch
After releasing his self-titled solo album in 1971, Davy Jones made a guest appearance on the hit TV family sitcom The Brady Bunch playing none other than himself! Known as the ultimate teen heartthrob, it was fitting that Davy Jones would be the dream prom date for a teenage Marsha Brady.

5. The Monkees Reunite
A renewed interest in The Monkees in the 1980s saw three of the four original band members (Jones, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork) embark on a concert tour in 1986. That same year the band also released a greatest hits collections and in 1987, The Monkees begain airing in reruns on MTV.

6. The45th Anniversary Tour
In honour of the band’s 45th anniversary in 2011, the same three members of The Monkees, including Jones, set out on a North American and U.K. tour. But While die-hard fans of the band went wild for the reunion tour, the band quickly stopped monkeying around near the last leg of their U.S. tour, cancelling the last nine shows.

Musical Tribute to Davy Jones

If you question the love and loyalty his fans had, look at Jan’s page:

Jan's Davy Jones Worship Page

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We race to fall in love in our minds yet we are afraid to execute

Their eyes meet from across the room. At first, a glance, then an extended stare and finally, for a brief moment, you are the only two in the entire room. It is that exact moment when you imagine an entire life together scripted in your mind and acted out in just a few seconds. It is the living dream of unconditional love and the fantasy of the dream life that keeps us energized in the pursuit of true love.

How can you not feel euphoria when you two strangers come together and find what they are both pursuing. The hard part of reality. Reality throws the curve balls that unfortunately eliminate even the great ones.

We spend most of the evening talking ourselves out of the risk. The more we drink, the more encouragement we get from our friends, the harder it seems to get. So strange this phenomenon. With divorce rates always higher than any of us want to see, it makes you wonder, what if some of these moments of unspoken bliss came to fruition.

So many questions run through our minds during these bar/club/coffee shop hours…

1. Should the guy approach the guy or can a girl make the first move?
2. What if his/her friends don’t like me? Then I don’t have a chance no matter what.
3. What line do I use? Or should I be myself? Or is being myself a line?
4. What if he/she rejects me?
5. What if the great speech in my head doesn’t come out right and I sound like a bumbling idiot?
6. What if we have nothing in common? Should I lie?
7. What if he/she is not looking to get picked up and they are just hear to spend time with friends?
8. What if he/she likes one of my friends better?

After all those questions race through your mind, is there any reason to even try?

Of course there is!!!

Life’s greatest rewards comes from the greatest risk.

You can second guess life all your want, but in the end we will continue to breathe one day at a time until our bodies decide not to. Life will move one minute at a time and we will continue to make decisions at work and home that affect every aspect of our lives. So why is the prospect of saying hello to a complete stranger so frightening? I don’t know either. Make it a homework assignment the next time you go out, to say hello to a stranger and engage in conversation. But if you see someone that makes you hair stand on end and gives you feelings you cannot control, you had better make that move otherwise you are going to live a night in regret if not longer.

Maybe if a few of us start taking this advice, more soul mates will truly find their partner.

Puppy Love: A Photographic Retrospective (Happiness is a warm puppy)

“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” ~Ben Williams

“The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.” ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks, 1912

“Dogs are miracles with paws.” ~Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

“We long for an affection altogether ignorant of our faults. Heaven has accorded this to us in the uncritical canine attachment.” ~George Eliot

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” ~Gilda Radner

“I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might be if we weren’t certain we knew better. They fight for honor at the first challenge, make love with no moral restraint, and they do not for all their marvelous instincts appear to know about death. Being such wonderfully uncomplicated beings, they need us to do their worrying.” ~George Bird Evans, Troubles with Bird Dogs

“One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.” ~Author Unknown

“Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.” ~Franklin P. Jones

“I talk to him when I’m lonesome like; and I’m sure he understands. When he looks at me so attentively, and gently licks my hands; then he rubs his nose on my tailored clothes, but I never say naught thereat. For the good Lord knows I can buy more clothes, but never a friend like that.” ~W. Dayton Wedgefarth

‘Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.” ~Corey Ford

“If you think dogs can’t count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.” ~Phil Pastoret

“With the exception of women, there is nothing on earth so agreeable or necessary to the comfort of man as the dog.” ~Edward Jesse, Anecdote of Dogs

“My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.” ~Author Unknown

“If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.” ~Will Rogers

“They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation.” ~Jerome K. Jerome

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ~Roger Caras

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.” ~Mark Twain, letter to W.D. Howells, 2 April 1899

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” ~Roger Caras

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ~Charles M. Schulz

The Follower of Salvation – Original Poem

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Like a rock, you hit my senses with a refreshing shower of solitude in this abyss of life

An ardor of emotional frailty 

A bed of inner strength

Healing the hearts of others she puts hers on a cloud of vulnerability

A wind of change sets the path for a journey to a new sunrise, 

 

It is in here gentle words, he sees what has been hidden for so long

She reaches for an angel and finds she is blessed with the power to mend

 

Now with a glimmer of hope; a tinkle of promise she extends her hand and takes his 

Two protectors in need of spiritual awakening have found each other 

In benevolence, they will restore the human spirit in mutual harmony

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What are you waiting for? – Seize your moment

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.” – Pope John Paul II

I have seen enough love pass me by to say enough is enough. What are we afraid of? As we sit back in our safety net and shield ourselves from the perils of life, the only certainty that follows is the closer we get to death.

How many friendships have been lost because someone felt the other may want more and they were afraid to confront the situation?

How many relationships failed because of the fear of falling in love?

How many dreams unfulfilled because of the possibility of failure?

How many passions unrealized because we guard against risk?

Life is moving forward second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour. How cliche is it to say “life is short” or “live each day as if it is your last”. For most, waited words either on ourselves or others. We don’t live each day with “purpose”. We live each day in comfort by going to work, saving our money, living within our means and hopefully retiring with enough money to live out our lives.

As a child, we are not awakened to the realities of adulthood. The greatest gift our parents can give us is allowing us to dream without limitations. We see a universe that never ends, buildings we can leap over and fantasies of heroism and romance.

We tell our children we love them each and every night before they go to bed, but not often enough to our life partner. Children will get on a bike or skateboard, fall and get up again until they master the art of the ride? How many of us change our commute to work..ever? Children want to be the greatest in the world. Adults want to live through the week so they can go fishing?

Are you seeing the issue here?

We are fragile beings who truly can see life reach a bitter end with one mistake, one error of judgement, one unfortunate twist of fate. We are the most delicate beings woven into a complex machine with one unique feature that sets us apart, the ability of rational thought. We are gifted with the minds to dream and achieve.

Nothing brings people together and forces them to re-evaluate their lives more than tragedy. It is this phenomenon that presses our invisible reset button and for a moment, just a moment puts us in a place to look at life’s path and determine if it is the right course. That moment fleets away very quickly and we slip back into the routine that we have grown to be so comfortable and safe with. It is comfort and routine that we embrace, not risk and uncertainty. How ironic, for the true dreamers, the immortal legends, the pioneers ignite their inner child to achieve the impossible by taking risk.

I can’t tell you how to lead your life or judge whether what you do is right or wrong. All I can do is this; remind you of who you are and what you are capable of. Do not sit back and let this gift of life pass you by. It is a gift, a wonderful exciting gift.

You are born with an unshaped legacy that only you can mold and sculpt and thus become an immortal soul.

We never have yesterday or tomorrow; only this moment.

Goodbye Whitney Houston – You voice and soul will always remain in our hearts

There are a few artists that truly transcend time. Their contributions to their field, their impact on the fans and their message are eternal. Whitney Houston was blessed with a voice that could soothe the world, a beauty that was natural and refreshing, talents that so few of us can ever achieve and a message of love that will remain with us.

For so many, she, like Michael Jackson and Madonna, Whitney defined a generation of music and her legacy and sound have remained long after her recording career ended. She made us remember a song more than a football game, swept us off our feet in The Bodyguard and made us want to dance with somebody all night long.

On a day of remembrance, let us enjoy the music that made her a legend in our hearts.

Thank you Whitney, for the music, the films and the inspiration

Whitney Houston – A Class All Her Own Playlist

Dreamer – Original Poem

On the wave of life she rides a board of courage
A dreamer, in a world of unfulfilled dreams
A survivor, pure as the spring waters breaking against the rough terrain

A path that has bled from her heart drips out memories of a life of unrequited passion
She looks behind to see the thorns that have cut her up feeling the wounds that have never healed

Now a rebirth
A new sensation tingles and warms as her body resting in a hot spring
The soul taken from this earth, fed and nurtured and given a second chance

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, this angel of mercy is blessed with a new renaissance

Guinevere, a bird in free flight, energized by the wind, powered by the dawn of a new day

She sees a future, not chained by the past or hindered by the present

The metamorphosis is complete
The awakening has begun
She is free, protected by her delicate beauty and motivated by the tapestry of a new journey

A queen in the castle blooming with the symmetry of wisdom and allure
A new sunrise
A well needed acceptance