Carey Murdock – Why should you be listening to him…

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“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel

“Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.” – Jimi Hendrix

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

With the release of his second album, Shot in the Dark, Carey Murdock has defined himself as a singer/songwriter with a voice and a message. This Augusta, Georgia native, now a proud member of the Nashville family first gave the music scene a taste of his deep soulful voice with Baby Don’t Look Down

With his vocals that resonate throughout the bar and youthful looks, he is reminiscent of Jonny Lang whose Minnesota blues sound set him apart at a very young age. The new album provides harmonies and chords that remind us of the early years of Bruce Springsteen.

During his set in Charleston, South Carolina on January 24, 2013 launching the North American CD release tour, he burst immediately into a high powered set of rock anthems, brought it down a notch and ended the set with some true southern blues.

After spending time in Europe touring and countless hours in the studio putting together this new album, Carey looked ready to bring his energy and songs to his fans back in America.

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Typically, you will catch him on stage with a button down shirt, vest and jeans or a sports jacket. His style is part of what sets his image, but his voice and lyrics are what keeps you coming back.

Personally, I feel his anthem Augusta is a defining song. It is a dedication to the town that bore him, raised him and inspired. As he described it, many of his friends do not speak fondly of Augusta but he “begs to differ.” As you listen closely to his personal and emotional ode to his hometown, you cannot help but feel yourself on the streets of this Georgia town.

As he sang this dedication, I began to think of the musical icons of my childhood and their tributes to hometown America including:

Smalltown – John Cougar Mellencamp
My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town – Pearl Jam
New York State of Mind – Billy Joel

At the end of the day, no matter where you travel and how many miles you track, home is always right there safe in your heart. Carey took the time to remind us of that.

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In a day and age where singer/songwriters get lost in the shadows, struggling to make a name and an audience, a rare few inspire us with lyrics from the soul and a sound send from high above. Carey Murdock is a visionary musician blessed with incredible musical talent, a voice with deep definition and poetry running from his veins.

If you have not had an opportunity to catch one of his sets, it is a treat. He will have you cheering and smiling all the way through.

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25 Years Ago – The Day Jack Nicklaus Turned Back Time

25 Years ago on a warm April day in Augusta, Georgia, Jack Nicklaus, at the age of 46 came back from four strokes down to take the most coveted crown in all of golf as millions around the world watched him turn the clock of time back and win his sixth and final Master’s Green Jacket.

This moment of greatness and eternal respect was not only a win for Jack but a victory for courage and passion. As fathers and sons, husbands and wives and families sat eargerly on that Sunday afternoon, they witnessed modern day history that will be told for generations to come.

Jack Nicklaus is a legend. He could have walked away years earlier as one of the greatest athletes to ever represent his sport, but that wasn’t enough. He knew as a new generation emerged of quicker and more powerful golfers, he needed to be better than even himself to win this most elusive event. After three rigorous days, he stepped out onto the green on Sunday afternoon and led a battle in his own mind to once again define himself as the greatest golfer on earth.

He established a framework for ten year old boys and eighty year old grandfathers to dream. His spirit resonated with each stroke of the club and his love of the sport made him more talented than ever before.

Twenty-five years ago, as the flowers bloomed and the sun shined a little brighter, a lifetime of memories slowly found its way into our hearts.

You didn’t have to be a sports fan to understand the true magnitude of that day. You just had to understand the gift of humanity that each of us is given and our ability to achieve personal greatness.

Now 71, Jack took the first tee on Thursday morning kicking off the 2011 Masters Event and what a shot he took. The ball soared through the air as we were reminded how timeless golf, competition and dreams can be.

As Jack sunk his final shot to confirm his victory 25 years ago this weekend, he turned to his caddy and son with the warmest of embraces as both released tears of joy as fans in full circle cheered a moment that now lives in the archives of eternal legend. This event was not about a moment of historical significance for Jack Nicklaus and his son alone but for fathers and sons around the world that continue to reflect on that day.

As you witness father/son teams playing golf, coaching, playing catch, sharing a meal or just sitting on the porch, understand the importance of family. Ultimately, those are our eternal memories that last a lifetime and beyond….