Life’s Playlist…. Forever Young performed by Joan Baez

For me, few things evoke genuine emotion like music.

I can listen to a song and be taken away to a place, a time, a moment.

Some songs make my heart soar, others send me into a deep despair.  I cry when I hear the Star Spangled Banner, my heart is filled with youthful joy when I hear Mustang Sally.

We Are the World puts me in a pool at Georgia Southern College and Vogue places me on the dancefloor at a Sunday Tea-Dance.

Years after their funerals I still struggle listening to How Great Thou Art as it places me on the front row at my parents funerals.

Yesterday, I was writing my April column for Georgia Mountain Laurel, the column is about someone who has had a major impact on my life and a song kept coming through my head.

It’s funny, how a song can put your mind in a place or the notes of a chorus brings a person to mind.

Music has always had this impact on me, all the songs of my life tie together to form a symphony of the people and places of my years here on earth.

I hope my chorus has many more stanzas to go, before the final note is played.

Last night I was watching YouTube and this song popped up on the screen.  I watched one version and ended up watching five different artists perform it.  I have always loved the song, let the words speak to you, in my mind they represent Bob Dylan’s best work….

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
And may you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
Forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Forever young


Life’s Playlist…. Carolina In My Mind by James Taylor

Happy Birthday, James Taylor!


Life’s Playlist…. A House Is Not a Home performed by Luther Vandross

Tomorrow the final chapter of my life in Florida comes to a close.

Good Lord willing, I am scheduled to close on the sale of my condo there.  I hope the new owners will be as happy in that little space as I was.

The Florida condo was my first major purchase, the biggest by far at the time I bought it about 15 years ago.

Two bedrooms, two baths, set on the fourth floor of a four-story building.  The condo is in a complex of 20 matching buildings with 24 units in each building.

I paid $54,000 for the unit.  I used an inheritance my grand-father left me for the $5,000 down-payment.

During the years I was in the condo I enjoyed it very much.  I got my first taste of political life there when I ran for the Board of Directors and was elected six years in a row.

When I decided to buy my home in Lake Park, I kept the condo as a rental, those were interesting days to say the least.

A year before I moved back to Georgia, I renovated the condo and moved back in.  When I moved back to Georgia, I rented it out again.

For the last two years I’ve had another renter in the space.

I recently decided I just wanted the condo off my books.  I put it up for sale and the tenant moved out.

I had an offer, we agreed on price and the purchaser couldn’t get funding.

Second offer came through and eventually fell through, it was below asking price but I accepted because I was starting to get nervous about the sale.

Last week I got a full ask offer, all cash closing in ten days.  JACKPOT, I took it.

Yesterday I signed the contract and sent it in….. LORD PLEASE LET THIS BE FINAL!

So todmorrow ends a portion of my life that served me well and blessed me beyond my wildest dreams.  A piece of my heart will always be in Florida, but for me home is where I am today.

Life’s Playlist… Moulin Rouge skated by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

I am a figure skating fan, have been since I was a child.  I used to do some skating myself.

Watching skaters glide across the ice, throw their bodies into the air and spin multiple times in the air and land back down on an 1/8″ blade is pretty remarkable.

Some people say skating isn’t a sport….. I say BS.

Watch this performance by the Olympic Ice Dance Champions from Canada and tell me how this isn’t a sport… and INCREDIBLE art!

Life’s Playlist… One Voice performed by The Georgia Boys Choir

When my pen touches the paper, the magic that happens is beyond my wildest dreams.

The figures that I have created for over fifty years have made me famous beyond my imagination and allowed me to bring the simplistic voice of a child to the world’s forefront.

It is hard for me to believe that a simple idea so many years ago would become something that the world identifies with.  From a simple newspaper feature, my cartoons have become television shows, movies, stuffed animals, books, characters in theme parks, on every street Halloween night and even traveling ice shows.  These characters that formed in my mind and came to life on paper have allowed me to express a viewpoint to the world.

I’m no great artist, I know that, but what I am is a man who is able to express an opinion through the eyes of a clumsy young boy who relates more to his dog than he does his friends.

This boy, his dog and group of misfit friends have given me wealth and fame, but more than that, they have taught me the joys of a simple message, a message that is quoted and shared by parents with their children and children with their children; they have allowed me to share my views with a world that more often than not just needs a little joy with their morning paper.

When my characters were given a voice and color was added to their world, they came to life and now just the sound of a childlike voice takes my fans to a place where everything is made possible in just a few frames of newsprint.

I started sharing my drawn family with the world in 1950, it was a much simpler time then and as the world has changed, my kids have stayed the same.

Although they are now fifty years old, they haven’t aged a day, they are still the same rotund group of feitsy, nerdy, hard to understand, shy, lyrical, gullible characters they were the day they debuted to the world.

If I had known the world was going to fall in love with them, I may have changed some things, but as I look back on it now, I know they are perfect in all their imperfections.

I love these kids like they are my own family, because if I am truthful, they have become members of my family.  Like those who take time to visit with them every day, you can find members of your own family and situations from your own life in the lives of these kids who visit you.

Lucy, Linus, Schroeder, Pig-Pen, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, Snoopy and Charlie Brown have become cultural icons because of their single focus of bringing good to the world.

On this date in 2000, the last original “Peanuts” comic appeared in your newspapers bringing to an end the stories of these kids who made my life so special.  That last original comic, was brought to you the day after I passed away at the age of 77.

I am Charles M. Schulz and I am the cartoonist who brought you Peanuts.  I am also the “voice” of today’s Jeff Goins, 500 Word Challenge your author chose to use in his assignment “write in someone else’s voice.”