Sugar High – Original Poem

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By Mark A. Leon

Remember when shit was cool
We drank because we were happy
Danced because the music moved our souls
Kissed those lips, so wet and tingly
Every time felt like the first
Life was all about Toad, Gin Blossoms, Soul Asylum, Better Than Ezra and a good 40 of malt anything

The sound of drums meant it was Friday
Late nights at the park with a cheap malt liquor and nothing but stories and laughter to share
It was a crazy life
Warm and safe
What happened stayed between us, a circle of trust

Bikes took us to heaven and back
The Crue reminded us of Home Sweet Home
Baseball cards were our 401k
Winter was cold, summer at the lake and dreams were without limit

No curfew
No rules
Just a world without remorse
HBO and rewind was all we knew; it was cool
A Styrofoam cup and string was our smart phone

Home movies meant the world
We were the center of the universe
Oscar winners and superstars
The red carpet was main street, small town USA and the prom was the night of a 1000 stars

With my Walkman, I escaped life and dream about her
My secret love
Love came walking in by Van Halen, over and over and over again
Never imagining I’d see her at the reunion and feel that same tingle inside

Depression meant snow on the ground and no snow day

Manhood happened behind the convenience store
Skateboards and a glimpse at Playboy
Branded in our head, Miss July; forever in our hearts
Still my dream girl, that brunette laid out on three pages

Stealing penny Swedish fish so invigorating
Shhhhh
I’ll never confess

Remember when shit was cool
Security breach was breaking through our window screen because we forgot our key
Home alone, of course
Our parents worked and we played
The cool kids had a pool; wore the varsity jacket and owned the land

Times were right; gnarly and out of sight

It was a sugar high

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Evolution of Music: Billboard #1 Hits 1980 – 2011

Music has and continues to transcend time and provide us with the soundtrack of our lives. It is the background to all of the major and minor milestones we achieve as we evolve from youth the adulthood.

As cultures and trends change, so to do the sounds we hear on 8 Track, tape, radio, CD, MP3 and IPod. As we reflect on our memories and look to the future, one thing is secure, music will continue to be a vital part of our lives.

Take a step back with me for a moment and look at the annual #1 Billboard hits from 1980 to 2011 and look have music has changes as each of us have grown.

CALL ME – BLONDIE (1980)

BETTIE DAVIS EYES – KIM CARNES (1981)

PHYSICAL – OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN (1982)

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE – THE POLICE (1983)

WHEN DOVES CRY – PRINCE (1984)

CARELESS WHISPER – WHAM (1985)

THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR – DIONNE AND FRIENDS (1986)

WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN – THE BANGLES (1987)

FAITH – GEORGE MICHAEL (1988)

LOOK AWAY – CHICAGO (1989)

HOLD ON – WILSON PHILLIPS (1990)

EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) – BRYAN ADAMS (1991)

END OF THE ROAD – BOYZ II MEN (1992)

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU – WHITNEY HOUSTON (1993)

THE SIGN – ACE OF BASE (1994)

GANGSTA’S PARADISE – COOLIO (1995)

MACARENA (BAYSIDE BOYS MIX) – LOS DEL RIO (1996)

CANDLE IN THE WIND 1997 (PRINCESS DIANA TRIBUTE) – ELTON JOHN (1997)

TOO CLOSE – NEXT (1998)

BELIEVE – CHER (1999)

BREATHE – FAITH HILL (2000)

HANGING BY A MOMENT – LIFEHOUSE (2001)

HOW YOU REMIND ME – NICKELBACK (2002)

IN DA CLUB – 50 CENT (2003)

YEAH! – USHER (2004)

WE BELONG TOGETHER – MARIAH CAREY (2005)

BAD DAY – DANIEL POWTER (2006)

IRREPLACEABLE – BEYONCE (2007)

LOW – FLO RIDA (2008)

BOOM BOOM POW – BLACK EYED PEAS (2009)

TIK TOK – KE$SHA (2010)

ROLLING IN THE DEEP – ADELE (2011)

Quite a list!
We hope you enjoyed this wild ride down memory lane…

I Love the 80’s…The Music That Is (Playlist)

No matter how much time passes in our lives, we are always brought back to the golden age of anything goes music, the 80’s. It was a decade without rhyme or reason, but one that showered us with one hit wonders and catchy chorus’ that seem to make their way into our lives with every passing holiday or retro episode of our favorite shows.

It was a time where lines were crossed and inclusion of all lifestyles, beliefs, and personalities were accepted. Trends were a dime a dozen from the Rubik’s Cube to the Pet Rock. This was a decade that may have laid the foundation for the innovation wave we are experiencing today.

For that, the music was a critical factor in the evolution of modern society.

In celebration on this Fourth of July Weekend, we have created this diverse playlist of songs both popular and obscure to give you a virtual time machine back to the 80’s. Enjoy this mix of rock, pop, rap, love, disco, electric and just crazy mayhem.

By the end, you should be “Dancing in the Streets that Have No name with some West end Girls, or maybe do a little Overkill Down under or even go to a White Wedding where you will meet a girl that will Kiss You Deadly

Click link for full playlist:

Why We Love the 80’s Music Mix