Life’s Playlist…. Moondance performed by Van Morrison

Today is Eclipse Day!  Here in God’s Country we have been planning for this day for over a year as we are in the direct line of totality.

It should be a good day!  Record crowds in town to witness this once in a lifetime spectacle.

So many songs could be featured today, with the obvious being Total Eclipse of the Heart, but I don’t like to be too obvious.

Today’s Life’s Playlist song in recognition of the Eclipse is…..

Sunday Playlist…. Breathe by Michael W Smith

Life’s Playlist….. All By Myself performed by Celine Dion

Life’s Playlist…… Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland

There has never been a time in my life when the Wizard of Oz wasn’t there.  It is the first movie I ever remember seeing.

As a child, and still today, I identified with the Scarecrow, without a brain, the scarecrow was confused and lost.  Once he got wisdom in his life he blossomed.

The story of the Wizard of Oz is timeless and knowing that we had what we need in our lives all along, it is inside us, is one of the great lessons that we can live as children or adults.

As much as I love the movie and the message, those damn flying monkeys still scare the bejesus out of me!

One of the greatest movies of all time, starring one of the greatest entertainers of all time, The Wizard of Oz premiered at the Lowe’s Capitol Theater in NYC on this date in 1939 with Judy Garland in the lead role of Dorothy.

In a world where sadness and strife often gets more notice than the good in the world, it’s nice to know there will always be a place over the rainbow.


Life’s Playlist…. Vogue by Madonna

It’s Madonna’s birthday.

I had just entered college when Madonna hit the charts and she changed music and pop-culture on every level.

When she burst onto the scene, she did it with a brash, take no prisoners charge that captured the hearts and minds of a generation.

After hitting the charts with a number of songs, she then moved into movies and continued to shape world culture through fashion, music, acceptance and pushing the boundaries of what society expects.

While she has grown older, she continues to push the envelope of what it means to be a woman “of a certain age.”

In my opinion she sometimes pushes the envelope too far and it wouldn’t hurt her to move into a more subdued existence, but many people still love what she does and she now attracts audiences that would be the children and even grand-children of the fans who were originally drawn to her.

My favorite Madonna song is “Vogue,” I remember MANY nights of the dance-floor with friends striking a pose to the beat.

Happy Birthday Madonna, may you continue to influence and challenge.