I like... the song I like life! from the 1970 musical version of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol called Scrooge. If you like that song you can watch the entire movie here. I like the idea of one day having this movie shown as part of our town's year end winter festivities. The story is a classic with a life changing message, and this version has songs that are great to sing. Imagine watching it at the middle school or high school auditorium, and singing along to the songs with other folks from Nutley. Total... holiday... cheer!
I like... getting together at Starbucks on Franklin Avenue with folks to talk. Email me, and let's arrange to get together. Spending time with each other is one way strangers become friends, and friends help one another to see and share the joy of life. I look forward to hearing from you.
I like... the children... they are the future", as George Benson sang in the song that has been perhaps the greatest inspiration in my life. The gem of wisdom; "learning to love yourself... is the greatest love of all" is articulated clearly for all to learn from in that song. Add to that the practical advice that "the secret of life is enjoying the passing of time" as sung by James Taylor, and you have some of the keys to "Peace of mind".
I like... music. I cannot say enough about music. I can make no single recommendation to improve your life right now, this very second, than to listen to a happy song, and shake your groove thing. Here are some songs I enjoy. Tech Tip - If you want to eliminate ads from your YouTube experience, you know, the ads that play before a video, and those that play between videos in a playlist, add the Chrome browser extension "Ad Block Plus". Music Secret - Music has a great deal to do with your life experience. You might not like the songs I like. One reason is that the songs I like have as much to do with what was going on in my life when they became part of my life. I can pass along a song, but not an experience I had. But... all is not lost. There are certain elements to music that are flat out "magic". For example, a minor chord will make you more sad, on average, than a major chord. I believe one of the great secret powers of music is rhythm. We all have a drummer inside us, it's called our heart. The beating of our heart is the beating of the drum. You may not feel it, but it's in the background of your life all the time. You can manipulate your life via rhythm. The right drum beat will help you make life a dance. Don't believe me? Turn on this dance party machine while you get dressed everyday for one week, and see if you don't start your day in a different mood by the end of the week. (You don't have to do anything but click the link, once started it should move automatically from song to song.) Remember, it's not specifically about liking a particular song, it's about noticing the power of the rhythm. If you like that trick, email me, and I will be happy to talk with you about how you can use other aspects of music to make your life more enjoyable.
I like... listening to entire musical performances/albums as I did when I was young. My single favorite concert performance is Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live concert. I would never consider giving up any of my Peter Gabriel CDs. He hit's home with me both in the music and the lyrics. The best concert I personally ever attended was a Genesis concert, during the Mama tour. Back in those days I wanted to BE Phil Collins, and experiencing a Phil Collins / Chester Thompson drum duet was quite possibly the greatest thing I had experienced in my life up till that point in time. Three of my favorite concept albums are all from Roger Waters; The Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking, Amused to Death, and Radio Waves. There are the great musical movies like; The Sound of Music and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, but don't overlook the 1973 musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Also, a live album that I grew up listening too, and only later found the original performance of when YouTube came about. Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Pictures at an Exhibition. When I eventually saw the performance I came to an even higher appreciation of the skill of the musicians. Live performances would not be complete without mentioning the Greatful Dead. Enjoy their 12/27/83 performance @ San Francisco Civic Auditorium.
Why? Because I like life!