Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012 ... Hello 2013

Hope you are enjoying the final day of 2012; or the fresh start of a brand new 2013.

As the final hours of the year approach quickly I can’t help but ponder on all the things that have occurred in the last year. So much can change in a minute let alone “five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes.” But 2012 was a leap year and we had 527,040 minutes to enjoy life, learn lessons, have fun and get some sleep. I enjoy the last one a lot but this year I didn’t get as much of it as other years. My commitment to living life everyday as if it were the last was renewed during my breathless stay in the hospital this past February. It’s usually takes these drastic moments that force us to wake up and realize how insignificant the little things are truly.

There was motivation to get out of there and make changes in my life. I started the hard battle to quit smoking for good this time and loose weight. But have been a challenging struggle but I’ve made great strides with both. Some things seem not to be too toxic in small doses but they build up in your system and eventually prove to be extremely harmful long term. I found this to be true of a few relationships and decide it was time to quit them for good.

The week spent there made me evaluate all aspects of my life, the people that surrounded me, the kinds of people that I wanted to continue to surround myself with, and who proved to be real friends. It was that week I realized that some things are hard to quit and let go but we must learn to let them go. When I signed the release papers and walked out of the hospital I had left behind & quit a few toxic elements of past 13 years, which I’ll never want to bring back into my life. I’m thankful for learning this and having the strength to let go.

But this year also brought many great things with it as well. I’ve meet a few great people, some who will always remain in my life and others who albeit only crossed paths with me will forever hold a spot dear to my heart because they made an impression. For these people I’m thankful because they resurrected different parts of my being that I had allowed to die inside of me. No mater how short their cameo appearance they will not be forgotten.

I’ll have much more for you all next year but until then many great things for a Happy New Year to all!! The sun has now set on this day of mine and it’s time for me to get ready to greet 2013 with open arms. Welcoming all the new experiences and people that will come with it. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ear Candy In The City: Sarah Brightman Angel In Space

Since the day in the early 1990s that I got my hands on the soundtrack CD for “The Phantom of the Opera” I’ve been obsessed with Sarah Brightman’s angelic voice. When I heard “Think of Me” I was mesmerized and in complete love with her. I remember many nights listening to this CD and many time putting that particular track, as well as the title track, on repeat under headphones as to not torture my family.  It was around the time of the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics because when I saw the closing ceremonies and she sang “Amigos Para Siempre” it gave me goose bumps. I remember not being to buy the single when it was released but many years later finding it. Through the years I’ve followed her and been lucky enough to see her preform live in concert during the Harem World Tour, which was one of the best concerts ever. During that concert she preformed “What A Wonderful World” (a personal favorite as a child) which she did at the end of the stage right in front of me (three rows from the big star you see in the video).  It was like a scene straight out of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” while she preformed it on a swing covered in flowers.

On October 10, 2012, the English classical crossover soprano has released a video for the new single “Angel” from her upcoming 11th studio album “Dreamchaser” coming January 22, 2013. You can get this single for free by signing up for her email list at her homepage. The whole album seems to be inspired by her experience in reaching a childhood dream to travel to space. During a live press conference from Moscow the same day she announced that she will be doing just that soon after she finishes the Dreamchaser World Tour. In the YouTube video below you can see the whole journey she has been on to reach this goal.
Here is the video for Angle by Sarah Brightman followed by the lyrics:

Angel Lyrics - Sarah Brightman

I am your shadow
I am your rain
I am your longing
A little of your pain

I am red
I am blue
I am your angel
I am in you


I am your madness
I am your tears
I am your sadness
And I am your fears

I am restless
I am your dreams
I am the moments
In between


Angel (repeated several times in soprano)

Ohhhh… Angle
Angel (repeated several times in soprano)
Background vocals: Fly, Fly, Fly, Fly


Here is the video of the whole press conference in Moscow October 13, 2012:

Here are some of my favorite images of Sarah Brightman:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Ear Candy In The City: Try P!NK the unPink

For the last few weeks, I've been jamming to this track (2nd single from "The Truth About Love") almost on a daily. P!NK always comes out with something new in each album that just reaches deep in my soul and stirs all my emotions. This new video is pretty cool and overly sexy. During what seems like a Holi celebration, both P!nk's and Colt Prattes' bodies look amazing while preforming their Contemporary Interpretative Dance moves in this video. But as you know the lyrics to this song is really what got me hook on this track. Enjoy it and always remember!

“Where there is desire
There is gonna be a flame
Where there is a flame
Someone's bound to get burned
But just because it burns
Doesn't mean you're gonna die
You've gotta get up and try try try
Gotta get up and try try try
You gotta get up and try try try”