Every year, on the Saturday of Chicago’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade, the city dyes the river green. I haven’t been downtown for the parade in years, but I’ve always enjoyed seeing the river turn green (usually the river is still very green on the Monday after). Thanks to photographer Anthony J. Stewart, here’s a time-lapse video of the occurrence. I wish you a lucky day today…
As a passionate rock and roll fan, I can listen to guitar players all day. Give me Beck, Clapton, Vai, Satriani, Lynch, Santana, Buddy Guy and even James Taylor…the list goes on. But when it comes to rock and roll singers, there are few that I like as much as Jeff Scott Soto. Huh? ‘Who is this guy?‘ you’re wondering.
Jeff Scott Soto has been singing in a number of bands since the mid-1980’s when he came onto the scene playing in guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen’s band. He enjoyed a short stint as Journey’s lead singer a few years ago, has toured with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has fronted a long list of hard rock and funk bands. Roughly a year ago, he came out with a solo album called Beautiful Mess (not an affiliate link) and this song, “Hey” is probably my favorite. It’s high energy, upbeat and has positive lyrics and a very catchy chorus.
If you’re looking for a little extra pep in your step, give a listen and have a great weekend!
Just in time for Fat Tuesday this week is one of my favorite blues musicians, Buckwheat Zydeco. Born Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr., he’s been playing his brand of zydeco music for more than 20 years and recently won a Grammy Award for his latest CD, Lay Your Burden Down. I’ve been a fan of Mr. Zydeco since a co-worker introduced me to his music in 1988. If you like the blues, you’ll probably like this…I enjoy zydeco because it is a very happy cheerful style of blues. Here’s a Buckwheat Zydeco tune with a nice groove. Enjoy your weekend…
I’ve laughed and I’ve done yoga, but I’ve never participated in any laughter yoga activities. Seeing that laughter is such an important word for me this year, I’ve included a very interesting and informative clip about laughter yoga. I know of a few laughter yoga groups in my area that I’ve been meaning to visit and I intend on getting there soon (which I hope to write about at a later time). In the meantime, enjoy the video and have a great weekend…
How about you…have you participated in any laugh events and, if so, how did it make you feel?
This weekend marks the closing of a place near and dear to me: my local video store. The store, a sort of mom and pop operation has been losing business to Redbox, Netflix, cable television and even online viewing.
Before I moved a couple years ago, I used to live so close to the store that I could take out the garbage and get a movie in one very quick trip. I’ll miss the $3 rentals for new releases ($1 on Tuesdays) and $1 rentals on older movies. However, more than anything, I’ll miss the interaction recommendations from my friend Eddie and his manager (I never caught his name).
Before going to this video store, I rented from Blockbuster where prices were higher and service was less personal. Sure, they said “hello” to me every time I walked in, but they never had time to shoot the breeze with me about movies and music like my friend Eddie.
I can’t help thinking that our world really loses something special when the small mom and pop stores go out of business. We lose a sense of community and customer service — and because there’s less competition, things usually end up costing more.
In honor of all the conversations I had with Eddie about classic rock musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and (especially) Jeff Beck, here’s a performance from Jeff Beck that is nominated for won a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance this evening. It’s also an awesome version of an already great Beatles tune.
In honor of Global Belly Laugh Day, which takes place 1:24 p.m. local time today (regardless of time zone), I wanted to share a video that gave me a pretty good belly laugh. It’s from my friends at Improv Everywhere. They recently had their 9th annual No Pants subway ride in New York City (and 43 cities around the world) and some of the reactions on this video are priceless. I hope your weekend is filled with fun and plenty of laughs…