Say what you need to say..

Life is interesting.
Death is eternal and boring

Life is unpredictable, surreal, beautiful, magical and enchanting with each moment and each breath

It is the music, the sunsets, the long slow kisses, the rainbows, the emotions, the risks, the adventures, the smell of the flowers, the glow of the stars, the warmth of the sun, the coolness of the spring breeze. It is the snowfall in winter and the leaves of all colors in the Autumn. Every turn is magic. We are mystified by our actions.

Why then do we waste it in the safety of our comfort zone? How often do you think about death? Once is too much. It will happen. It is a course of our life that will eventually greet us. Why then stop the amazing journey that is life with the thought of something you have no control over?

Take a moment to let that sink in.

When we are young we want to fall in love.
When we grow up we want a great job.
When we get older we want financial security.
When we retire we want a place to relax and play.

Now let us look between the lines.

Dreams
Passions
Desires
Goals
Achievements

Remember all those amazing ideas running through our heads?
Of course you do.
What are you waiting for?
I don’t know either.

This truly complex thing that houses blood, organs, muscles and a brain is a remarkable thing. More importantly, it gives you options to soar to the clouds.

It takes a strong person to be a dreamer. It takes a strong person to take the leap and pursue those dreams.

What fascinates me is that we lose ourselves in fantasies, action films and supernatural and rely on cinematic magic to help us escape our own lives, even for a few brief moments. The irony is that all the magic is around us. It is in the ability to breath in life each day. It is watching a human life grow. It is watching a plane fly through the sky and defy gravity. It is watching men watch us from space. It is about the endless possibilities available.

Maybe if we put the guns down, stop the hatred, look pass the prejudice, take those dreams we write on paper and take a chance. Even if each of us took one risk. Just one. That is 6.3 billion risks. We may not all achieve the goals we are looking for but just think about what a great world it would be if just a small percentage of those risks become realistic dreams. Wow.

Don’t wait for a catalyst or life changing event to get off your ass and become the person you want to be.
Here is your catalyst; the sunrise.
Make tomorrow the starting point of a life worth living.
Take advantage of your gift and make it special.

That is what I would like you to take away from this.

Why The Dark Knight will Rule the Summer of the Super Hero…

It is hard to imagine any film will top Marvel’s The Avengers who has taken in $513,672,000 after 24 days domestically and $1,295,272,000 worldwide making it the fourth highest grossing United States film and worldwide film of all time. In light of the spectacle image on the silver screen of action, violence, and good versus evil, there is another.

There are several things the public flocks to and why Batman will rise to the top once again:

1. Conclusions. If it is the end of a journey, legacy, a series we need to come to closure and see how it all plays out.

2. Darkness and the unknown. There is something about evil that makes our blood bubble. Why else do we flaunt deaths on Twitter, watch the evening news to find out about the murders and violence and secretly desire to find the misery in the world? Because it is exciting. It is the dark mystery of the underworld that creates the ultimate fantasy that most of us will never experience.

3. We are all flawed. We all battle our inner demons. If we can find someone like that to relate to, we cling on. If a flawed man can overcome his deepest issues to achieve greatness, we all have hope.

4. We want to believe that good will overcome bad. Deep down inside, we all inherently want a better world to live in.

5. Christopher Nolan is a directorial genius. He has not only resurrected a dynasty created by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher but has taken it to levels that no one could have imagined. No offense to the legendary performance of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in the 1989 blockbuster, but Heath Ledger defined a career with his adaptation.

6. Awesome machines and vehicles. We love the cars and motorcycles.

7. Anticipation + strong script + great cast + great performances = Many many dollars

8. It’s Batman!

The Avengers did a nice campaign of trailers but it was build on a community of heroes who have been successful on the silver screen for many years (Except for The Hulk) and this collaboration has carried this film to global heights. There is no question, this franchise will continue, but….

Batman is a journey of discovery. It is a man fighting his past to wrong a right and then becoming a voice of a generation. No all agree with his vigilant behavior and those close to him understand his flaws, but in his revenge he found a calling, one that must see itself to its rightful end. How will that end? I don’t know but we all are eager to find out.

I know there are many of us, self included that wish to see another performance by Heath Ledger, but if I know Christopher Nolan, he will not disappoint the fans. If the posters, trailers, hype and pure adrenaline are any indication, the weekend of July 20th may be a very memorable one for Hollywood’s pockets.

The Dark Knight Rises – Trailer #3 (HD)

The Dark Knight Rises – Trailer #2 (HD)

The Dark Knight Rises – Trailer #3 (HD)

Impending Expiration – Original Poem

Silence deafens the room

Drip
Drip
Drip

As loud as the waters of the falls

Alone she sleeps
Blood seeping life into her listless body

When does the pain stop?

One hour of patience drowning in an eternity of uncertainly

Who do you think you are?
Who gives you the right to strip life from the living?
With only half a life gone, why is the future black?

Turning back the clocks of time in our minds in hopes of a miracle
Now sitting in the cold frozen in this moment
Shivering at the realization of the impending expiration

Now we collect tear drops only to swim away never to look back.
Soaked in a bittersweet pool of bravery that is slowly slipping away

Beyond the grave you will be loved as you were loved on this Earth
With every breath, your warmth enters our body and hugs our heart with all the strength in the world

One more hour, one step closer, one more soul slips away….

Hallelujah – A Tribute to Leonard Cohen’s Masterpiece

In a rare instant, a song comes along that redefines greatness. The power of the lyrics and the penetrating sound of the music provoke feelings deep without our soul. It is at that moment that we begin to feel more, think deeper and lose ourselves in a moment. Leonard Cohen, over the years has written some of the most memorable music of the 20th and 21st Century and has been an icon in the industry. His soulful blends and awe inspiring lyrics have been covered around the globe.

Hallelujah is one of those masterpieces that will forever be a part of musical folklore.
Enjoy this video tribute to a song that somehow finds meaning in all of us.

Hallelujah

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

There was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well, really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Jeff Buckley

Jon Bon Jovi

K.D. Lang

Neil Diamond

Johnny Cash

Willie Nelson

Rufis Wainwright

Kate Voegele

Il Divo

Damien Rice

The One and Only Leonard Cohen

Imagination – Original Poem

You and me; we are the pretenders
Alone in the sandbox dreaming life away
We are not going to bankrupt our dreams with money and greed
We are not going to transcend time with selfish ambition

We are the keepers of the sand
The rulers of the playground

This is our time
Our moment to shine in the sun without the worry of life to scare us away

No one can stop this train
You and I are it
We have the answers to questions yet to be asked
We don’t need life to distract us
This maze is simple
The end is happiness in your arms

Your touch is my fuel
Your smile is my salvation
In my prayers, the happiness I find is knowing you are by my side

Growing up I will not do.
That means you are far away
In this dream, we own childhood and you and I are forever the rulers of this utopia in our minds

I miss my boo
I miss this haven of safety

Innocence forever

With Fondness – Original Poem

For this I thank you
You are the light that illuminates the path to righteousness

In your eyes, a reflection of my past
In your words, the confidence to try

It is with all my strength, I bow to your prowess that is your unspoken beauty
Your elegance is in your simplicity
You are a lover of life; a healer of souls

With fondness I thank you

In the winter, you are the angel that warms my nights as the purity of the snow lets gravity take hold and coat the ground with a cloud of immaculateness

With each farewell, a new hello is born
Each new face, a reminder of you

The road is full of pain
Painted with blues and reds
Jesters laughing at misfortune
Clowns mocking the fight
Magicians hiding from the illusion

This maze is a wicked path in all directions

With fondness, you will be by my side, always