This week was the 3rd anniversary of the loss of one of my favorite people. I miss her…
When I met Joelle she was a teenager, the most interesting teenager I ever met. She loved to sing and was the first head-banger I ever metJ She introduced me to White Snake and Guns and Roses.
My friend Tina and I were pleasantly surprised when she joined her father’s country band, Ninety Proof. I don’t think we ever missed a performance.
Joelle grew up, moved to North Carolina and got married. It was there she became a believer and fell in love with gospel music. She introduced Me and Tina to MercyMe and we loved them immediately.
MercyMe is an American contemporary Christian music band founded in Greenville, Texas. The band consists of vocalist Bart Millard, keyboardist James Bryson, percussionist Robby Shaffer, bassist Nathan Cochran and guitarists Michael Scheuchzer and Barry Graul.
This was Joelle’s favorite song and it played as she went to Heaven:
Another of Joelle’s favorites was Gun’s n Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine. I was shocked to learn this song was about a mother who had died. I cry every time I hear it.
She’s got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that special place
And if I’d stare too long
I’d probably break down and cry
Sweet child o’ mine
Sweet love of mine
She’s got eyes of the bluest skies
As if they thought of rain
I hate to look into those eyes
And see an ounce of pain
Her hair reminds me of a warm safe place
Where as a child I’d hide
And pray for the thunder
And the rain
To quietly pass me by
Sweet child o’ mine
Sweet love of mine
Where do we go
Where do we go now
Where do we go
Sweet child o’ mine
This was the most popular country song the week Joelle passed away. It brings me to tears every time I hear it. I also crave beer (which I never drink) when I hear it.
Drink a Beer/Luke Bryan
Do you have a song that makes you cry whenever you hear it? Is there a song that brings back a favorite memory?
Have a blessed week,
We are having the best February weather here in Philadelphia. Last Sunday we took a ride down the shore with 3 of our grandkids. It was 70 degrees! A lot of people had the same idea, the beach and the boardwalk were both SO crowded. Our favorite pizza place on the Ocean City, NJ boardwalk is Manco & Manco’s at 9th Street. That location is moving into a larger space onto the corner of 9th and the boardwalk. The old location was closed. Their other location had a line 2-hours- long, IN FEBRUARY!
I can’t shake the feeling that there is a blizzard in our future. March blizzards do happen here, that old ‘in like a lion thing’…
I was always more a sit down and write kind of writer until I started writing books and taking on freelance work. I found myself procrastinating and easily distracted by new and shinier things that came across my laptop screen.
If I wanted to do this book writing thing full time I needed to get organized and get writing.
I now start with an outline for whatever I may be writing. A blog post, article, a book or a ghostwriting project all start with an outline.
I waited a long time for my prince charming. They say be careful what you wish for. My Prince Charming is kind, supportive and understanding with me. He is also all of those things with everyone who crosses his path. There was no reason for me to be surprised when he came home one night with an elderly homeless woman.
Sophie was eighty-years-old, homeless and mentally ill. I wanted to know how she got to that point in her life where she didn’t have one friend or relative to take her in from the cold and had no choice but to trust us, virtual strangers. Yesterday was her birthday. We miss her.
What a week! My husband and I have both been hit pretty hard with bronchitis. I think (hope and pray) we are on the road to recovery, finally.
Last Friday I didn’t post because I was at the hospital with my granddaughter Allyson. She’s an Education/Special Ed major student at a University close to where I live. A mass was found under her ribcage. Hopefully its nothing but it does have to come out. It was decided it can wait until her semester is over because all the markers point to it being benign.
I am enjoying putting together a six-week seminar series for my church, based on Matthew Kelly’s book, Resisting Happiness. When I was asked to work on this, I had no idea how much I needed to read that book and to work on this project. I really do resist happiness but I am on the road to recovery! The series is going to be fun.
Imagine that we American women united so no person or organization could control us by dividing us. Imagine that we actually did something other than persist. Imagine us coming together to solve problems. Imagine we built a bridge on what we have in common and our differences washed away under that bridge. Imagine that…
Imagine that on the topic of:
Schools- We agree we want the very best educational system for our children. We agree that every child has the right to an education regardless of race, religion, sex or disabilities. Imagine that we got together in our small towns and our cities and created a plan, we could make our school boards, administrators and educators accountable for every cent
On Wednesday’s I like to share information I picked up on my path to publishing, marketing and preparing to publish again. Information that I wish someone would have shared with me, back then.
Social Media Manners
What in the world did we do with our time before social media? I for one was definitely more productive writing wise and my house was much cleaner than it is now. I have a feeling that social media killed most of the daytime soap operas. Why watch scripted on T.V. when we can scroll through non-stop reality.
All of my memories are filled with music. It’s like the sound is woven through each of them, holding them together. Without warning a song will come on the radio and I am instantly tearing up thinking of a lost loved one or the night I met my husband. I married a music man who has a song for every one of his memories, a basement full of 45’s, albums, cassettes and cd’s. He is my own personal DJ.
My #MusicMonday posts will include interviews and music from new and veteran artists from all genres of music as well as the people that bring that music to us. I will also share music that has meant the most to me throughout my life.
This week I want to introduce you to Canadian country music sensation, Codie Prevost. Codie has been nominated for and has won dozens of awards including the Canadian Country Music Awards. He grew up on a 2000 acre farm in a small (300 people- very small.)
His first band played covers of their favorite punk bands like Goldfinger and Greenday. Codie developed his calloused fingers performing every weekend in bars and entering talent competitions. It was after one of those competitions he met his manager, Al Leblanc.
The two put together a five-year plan and haven’t looked back. Codie headed to Nashville to record an album and the awards continued. He won the award for Best Country Song from the Independent Music Awards and he was also nominated for the Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award. He’s won awards at the Saskatchewan Country Music Association including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.
This past year has been a big one for Codie. He’s opened for Florida Georgia Line, Joe Nichols, Big and Rich. He began a tour with fellow artist Stephen Maguire called “Imagine No Bullying.” Codie, Stephen, and the Canadian Red Cross go from school to school playing music and speaking with kids in an attempt to bring bullying to an end. The proceeds go to the Red Cross.
I predict Codie is about to take the United States, Nashville and Country music by storm. I hope you enjoy this humble farm boy and his music as much as I do.
DM-Where did you grow up and do you have siblings?
CP-I grew up on a farm just outside of Archerwill, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have two sisters and I’m the middle child.
DM-Did you grow up in a home that promoted reading, writing or music?
CP-My mom and uncle would play acoustic guitar and sing at family events. This inspired me to eventually pick up the guitar and start singing. My mom would always have music playing during the holidays and my sister was a member of Columbia House, which was a music distribution service that allowed her to have new music delivered to the farm every month.
DM-What instruments do you play and when did you start?
CP-I play guitar and harmonica. I started playing Harmonica as a part of art class in High School. It was definitely my favorite part of the art class. I started guitar around 14 and started writing my first songs when I was 16.
Have a Listen: https://youtu.be/f7gjDwNEn8c
DM- At what moment, did you know country music was your future?
CP-I started in a punk rock band in high school. We performed every recess and spare class we got. I had saved up some money from working on road construction with plans of buying a new electric guitar. A close uncle of mine who loved country music passed away suddenly and my family and I travelled to Calgary to attend the funeral. On that trip I went into Music Centre Canada and ended up purchasing my first acoustic guitar instead of an electric. I returned home and learned Folsom Prison Blues and I never looked back.
DM-You have already accomplished so much, such as opening for Florida-Georgia Line, Big and Rich, Emerson Drive, and other big names. If you could choose an ‘old-school’ dream tour, what artist or band would you share the stage with and who would be on your present-day dream tour (any genre)?
CP-I would love to share the stage with Keith Urban. I’ve always said that Keith is one of the best performers/artists all around and a great role model. I would love the opportunity to learn from him. [DM–He is my favorite too and his wife, Nicole Kidman is in my town filming a movie. I’m stalking the restaurants!]
DM-What is “The Imagine No Bullying Tour?”
CP-It’s a tour in support of the anti-bullying initiative. The main goal is to create awareness in communities and try to minimize the amount of bullying that takes place. The initiative was started by my good friend Stephen Maguire and then expanded on with the help of the Canadian Red Cross. It’s a tour that I’m very proud to be a part of.
DM-Do you write music and lyrics and if so what is your process?
CP-Yes, I write lots of my own songs. Inspiration comes from everywhere. I usually sit down and start by finding a melody. I do a lot of co-writing as well and find it works well to have two minds to feed the song. I’m very strong at coming up with melodies so I love to work with great lyricists to create the best songs possible.
DM- Congratulations on expecting your second child in May. I imagine with having a young family you need to be more creative with your schedule. Does your family travel with you?
CP-From time to time they do travel and come to shows. It is difficult though as when I’m on the road it is to do work and it can be very busy with interviews, shows, setups, and travelling. I have been fortunate to be touring in Australia the past couple years. We are going to work it out so we can also plan a family trip in the near future!
DM- Do you have any plans to perform/tour in America?
CP-Yes, it’s been one of my major goals to start touring in the US more. I have made a lot of fans through use of the Internet and want to get there to visit them all very soon.
DM-What was recording your album in Nashville like?
CP-It was a surreal experience. I remember walking into the studio and seeing gold and platinum albums on the wall from Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and many others. I could not believe I was working in the same studio. The musicians were world class. It was unbelievable and a huge opportunity for me as an artist to know what level of excellence to strive for.
DM-What is your favorite hometown place to eat and what is on the menu?
CP- There was a local restaurant that served Chinese cuisine. I would always order fries, gravy, and cheese and it was the best poutine I’ve ever had. Still miss it to this day. [DM-I had to look up poutine. Its not a Philly thing but I can’t wait to try it!]
DM-What was the last book you read? Last movie you saw?
CP-The last book I read was about trading stocks. I’ve found that I have a passion for this field over the past couple years. Last movie I saw was Masterminds a new comedy movie.
Please visit Codie’s website to sample some of his music and I hope you will call your local stations and request his songs.
Connect with him on social media:
Facebook Page- https://www.facebook.com/codieprevostmusic
I have a new business page; check it out and if you like it I hope you will share…
Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems and put them together in a Friday Fragments post.
We haven’t had a good binge watch in awhile so last Sunday we started The Americans. We finished watching season 1 on Sunday and season 2 on Monday. John and I are enjoying the 80’s cars, clothes and music. I go back and forth between wanting to scrutinize my neighbors more and completely ignoring them. I am grateful I am not an FBI or a CIA agent and especially grateful I’m not a spy. Too much stress! There are 4 seasons available now and season 5 starts in March. It’s a good series and if you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend it.
My new Facebook business page resulted in some new clients. I would love it if you could give the page a look, a like and maybe a share.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to display the badge and the link in your post!
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