I Just Got Engaged!

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If you’re friends with me on other social media sites, you probably already saw me share this fantastic news. If not, well, guess what…

I got engaged yesterday to The Most Amazing Person In The World.

Yeah. That’s her.  My wonderful Lisa.

There are so many things I want to say here, to share with you all about how I’m feeling, but I’m still kind of speechless and in awe that this woman who I love so much has agreed to spend the rest of her life with me.

I’ve never been happier and what’s mind-boggling is that I know it’s just going to keep getting better and better.

I’m going to go now and return to the cloud I’ve been floating on for the last 24 hours or so. I have a feeling I’m going to be up there for a very, very long time.  🙂

Three Great Songs You May Not Know By Asia

Asia has been one of my favorite bands since their self-titled debut album came out in 1982. The group was often labeled as a “super group” because of the bands that its members had previously been with. Guitarist Steve Howe had been in Yes, keyboardist Geoff Downes had been in both The Buggles and Yes, lead vocalist and bass player John Wetton had been in King Crimson, and drummer Carl Palmer had been in Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

The ASIA album was fantastic and one of the biggest hit albums of the 1980’s.  It contained  two of their biggest hit songs: “Heat Of The Moment” and “Only Time Will Tell.”

They’ve had some other very popular songs since then, but here are three fantastic songs by them that you may not know.

“Wishing” is from their great third album, ASTRA. By this time, guitarist Steve Howe had left the band and was briefly replaced by guitarist Mandy Meyer. As far as I know, this song wasn’t ever released as a single, but I really wish it had been. I think it could have been a big hit for them.

After the above mentioned ASTRA album, Asia broke up for awhile . They later reformed and went through a lot of lineup changes over the years. None of those lineups included all four of the original members until 2006 when the originals reformed and released the awesome album, PHOENIX.

PHOENIX  is loaded with fantastic songs, but “Alibis” has always been my favorite from it. Here’s why:

The music in it is FANTASTIC! (Warning: I’m about to get incredibly geeky.) At the 1:12 time mark in the song, you hear Geoff Downes do a great keyboard solo, then the song switches back to vocals. Then comes my favorite part from 1:45 – 2:12: Steve Howe doing an amazing guitar solo while Carl Palmer does incredible drumming.

I’m not kidding here. The music from 1:12 – 2:12 totally gives me an eargasm!  The whole song is great, but that one single minute is one of my favorite minutes ever in music.

“An Extraordinary Life” is also from the PHOENIX album. Very inspirational lyrics in this one. This song always leave me feeling not only optimistic about the future, but also happier about the present.

Life throws a lot of bad things our way, but no matter what, it’s good for us to try to remember that life truly is extraordinary.

So, my friends, I hope you enjoy these songs and I hope you have a fantastic day…and an extraordinary life!  🙂

P.S. – I just recently added new videos here on the site for the most recent episodes of Buddy’s Writing Show, Walking Buddy, and Sunday Night Fiction Club. If you’d like to check them out, well, they’re there.  🙂

 

Three Great Songs You May Not Know From The Monkees

The first group I really got into when I was a kid was The Monkees. I loved them then and I love them just as much now.

Everyone knows “I’m A Believer” and “Last Train To Clarksville” and many of their other big hits, but here are a few far less popular songs by them that you may not know. I think each of these songs is great.

“Come On In” is a rarity by the group that was never released when they were together. It showed up decades later on the fantastic rarities release called MISSING LINKS: VOLUME TWO. Another thing kind of rare about this song is that the lead vocals are done by Peter Tork. He did a few songs here and there with the group, but they were few and far between on the albums. This is one of my favorites that he sings.

“Don’t Call On Me” is a song I’m crazy about by Michael Nesmith. Most of his stuff with the group had sort of a country sound to it and those songs were quite awesome.  This one is totally not  country but still awesome. I think I heard it described once as “lounge music.” I love it!  P.S. – This one is from their fantastic album PISCES, AQUARIAUS, CAPRICORN, & JONES LTD.

“Someday Man” is another rare one that was originally released as the B-side of The Monkees’ “Listen To The Band” single. This one was written by legendary songwriter Paul Williams and it features the late, great Davy Jones on lead vocals. I love “Listen To The Band,” but I kind of wish this one had been the A-side of that single. I think it could have been a big hit for them.

Have a great week, my friends! I’ll be back with another musical posting next Monday.  🙂

The Best Moment of My Life Happened Yesterday

Quite a title there, huh? What kind of exciting act deserves to be ranked so highly in the history of my life?

Me going on a fantastic vacation to some sort of exotic locale? Me eating the best cheese steak ever? Me winning millions of dollars in a lottery?

Nope. Nothing like those at all.

In fact, what I was doing during The Best Moment of My life would probably be viewed by most people as being a very average and sort of routine thing. I’m not even going to say what it was because it really doesn’t matter what it was.

What matters to me, and to the other person I shared the moment with, is how we felt during that moment.

For me, I’d never felt so much complete happiness before. I felt more complete love going from my heart into someone else’s heart than I’d ever given before. Also, and most amazingly, I felt the exact same thing coming from her at the exact same time.

Two hearts totally connecting into one.

When I felt it happening, my mouth opened to tell her that it was the best moment in my life.  I spoke the words and was surprised to find that I was crying as I said them.

The tears were obviously not from sadness.  I was happier than I’d ever been before. It’s now almost 24 hours later and I’m still flying as high as I was in that moment.

I don’t see myself coming down anytime soon.

I love you, Lisa.

We truly are one.