Rise up

We are surrounded with inspiration every day, we just need to open our eyes to see it.  People who do amazing things against the odds.  People who live and breathe and get up every morning despite the difficulty of doing so.

We don’t have any excuses.  Life does bitch slap you every so often and I would be the first to admit that things doesn’t always go your way but the choice to get up and rise above your situation is yours.  Unfortunately no-one can get up for you, that is all you. They can provide support and a whole lot of encouragement but in the end the “standing and facing life” part is all up to you.

And it’s not easy.  It takes courage.  And commitment.  And an endless source of positive energy.  But IT IS POSSIBLE.  I was floored by this amazing anthem last night about the pure, brutal determination of the human spirit.  How we as humans have an ability to defy the odds, to get up again.  And again.  And again.  A thousand times.

If you’re fortunate to be standing today, find someone who needs a little help.  A little encouragement.  A little love to rise up as well.  And give it to them.  I hope ANDRA DAY singing RISE UP  will be the inspiration you need to find that someone today.


It’s a small break in my series of covers that everyone thought was originals…

And the reason for this sudden break in the normal programming?  Well, I think I now understand the concept of “rockbottom”.  I’ve seen first hand how difficult it is to fall that hard, albeit for a second.  It’s never a pleasant experience, whether you’ve hit this place in a relationship, or in a work situation, or at school.  It’s the same shitty spot for everyone.

The good thing about hitting the gutter is that you’re left with two options: You can (1) get up or (2) get up because the only alternative is to die there.

And this post is celebrating all the people who decide to go for option one.  Those who get up.

ROCKBOTTOM is sung by one of my favourite young artists of the moment, Miss HAILEE STEINFELD collaborating with DNCE.

Dancing again

This is me being progressive!

Dude and Princess have been raving about this song for a while now and due to their persistence and control of the car audio system I had to listen to it as well.  Low and behold, I liked it.

An even bigger surprise was the realization that this guy is South African!  Proof that you learn something new every day.  So that sealed the deal, a featured post on my site.  (He obviously doesn’t know how lucky he is, as he doesn’t follow my blog.)


PS – I apologize for his outfit in advance and please note that this is NOT common attire in our country.  Our shirts are long or short.  Not both.  I also don’t know how high he was when he picked his stage name because I’m sure no parent would be so cruel as to burden a kid with such an unpronounceable surname.

Forever Country

Every so often there comes a musical event that strikes a cord with me.  Especially when a heap of artists come together and record a song, like the one about Christmas or being the world.

This one was released last year but as we all know by now,I’m a bit slow.  I would also like to point out that this song was not done for charity.  And it’s country, so I apologize upfront.  But getting so many acts to do one song is quite mind boggling in my humble opinion.  It took them three days to do so.

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, 30 nominees (and winners) from the past and present, got together and released this mashed up version of three golden classics.

I told you it was good.

When I’m gone (Cups)

This song was all the rage a few years ago, mainly because my daughter performed this at a local talent show after studying the video for hours.  She won first price, which implies she didn’t get her musical talent from me.

I like the gimmick but there is no doubt that ANNA KENDRICK has a great voice and the song WHEN I’M GONE suits her perfectly.  And who doesn’t like a restaurant where everyone does the same random thing?


Ciao Adios

I’v posted one of ANNE-MARIE songs before and because her voice is infectious, her lyrics empowering and the melody and instant ear-worm, I thought why not post again.

I hear this song every time Princess gets in the car so I know I’m gonna get sick of it any moment now.  But until I do enjoy her singing CIAO ADIOS.

By the way this video is NOTHING that I expected it to be.  And the dancing was choreographed by one of two people: Either a six year old toddler or a 47 year old white guy.