Nashville Dreams Become Reality for Selkirk College Alumnus

tom2Growing up in tiny Fruitvale, Tom Samulak first picked up a guitar and not long after had dreams of playing on country music’s biggest stages. The Selkirk College alumnus realized one of those dreams last year and is poised for more great achievements as his career continues to blossom.

GuitarPlayingSmileyAniWhat path takes you from a small town in the Kootenays to performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville? For one professional musician, the first steps on that journey led through the doors of tom3Selkirk College’s Contemporary Music & Technology Program. Guitarist Tom Samulak was a student of the program from 2007 to 2009, majoring in music performance on Nelson’s Tenth Street Campus. In the last few years, he has quickly established himself as a gifted live performer and recording session-man in the U.S., working with some of country music’s biggest established and rising stars.

Selkirk College Contemporary Music & Technology Program alumnus Tom Samulak realized one of his dreams this past October when he performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.

It’s all pretty heady stuff for a kid from Fruitvale, a small town outside of Trail. His first connection to Selkirk was taking after-school guitar 5727d9935fdfadfb7e5cbc15cb6bc9e0lessons from college instructors who helped him become familiar with the Nelson campus and prepare for his audition for the school. Attending the College made a lot of sense for a local youth, who was able to learn and practice close to home.

“I gained necessary expertise in my field through top-notch training and experience,” he recalls. “Meeting like-minded musicians and getting the chance to play with them in a wide variety of venues and musical situations gave me a boost.”

Lessons Delivered by Music Masters

The Selkirk College music program has been preparing students for commercial success in the industry for a quarter-century. Students study rock, jazz, classical, world music and other genres—including Samulak’s beloved country music. The small class sizes and individual attention a student gets at Selkirk made a real difference.

14361780301“Each instructor and course gave me a boost in their own ways,” he says. “That’s what meant the most to me, getting first-hand expertise from each instructor, who are all masters of their respective talents.”

Samulak was an “absolute pleasure” to have in the program says Darren Mahe, who taught him music theory and guitar.

“Besides being quite talented as a guitar player, he was a really great student, driven to succeed, a hard worker, with an open mind about everything he was learning. He always wanted to learn something new,” Mahe recalls. “He had a really great personality, positive, and always had a vision in mind and very clear goals of what he wanted to attain.”

In the subsequent years, Mahe says his former student has become a colleague and good friend. They keep in touch to this day.

After his time at Selkirk College—where he graduated with distinction—Samulak went to the University of Calgary for a year, then traveled to the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Selkirk’s transfer agreement and related curriculum made the transition much easier, he says.

Samulak graduated Cum Laude from the prestigious international school in 2012 with a degree in Music Performance, and headed for Nashville to start work. But even there, he says, lessons learned at the intimate campus in Nelson stay with him and have helped advance his career.

“Besides the fundamentals of music, more rhetorically, I learned the importance of making friends of lifetime quality,” he says. “I’m still personal friends with many of my Selkirk colleagues.”

Among those friends is international recording star and fellow Selkirk College alum from 2009 Kiesza. She also attended Berklee and graduated a year before Samulak. They are still close friends, having kept in touch and even performed together on occasion.

Making it Happen in Music City

guitar-cartoon-24930539Since moving to Nashville, Samulak has found himself in ever greater demand. He’s been picked up by bands such as Derryl Perry and Haley & Michaels, performing 200 or more times a year.  He’s played before millions of people on television and live satellite radio concerts, recorded in studios across the U.S., created theme music for TV series, and won awards for his performance skills.

The highlight of his still-emerging career? Playing the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running radio show, on October 24 last year. It’s the dream gig for any aspiring country star.

Samulak’s guitar style is based on some of country music’s greats both past and present.

“You could put it on my gravestone and I’d be happy,” he says. “It was a defining moment for me and I’m very thankful.”

So how do you keep your head level when your dreams have come true so quickly? Samulak has some advice for students hoping to follow his path. 

guitarSamulak’s style might remind an old-time country music fan of Roy Clark, the guitar and banjo player who became a television and recording star in the 1970s. Samulak’s YouTube videos show a performer much like Clark—relaxed, smiling, comfortable with his performance and astonishing with his command of his instrument.

Samulak says that happy look on his face when he’s playing is no accident: he’s learned to cope with all the performing pressure with a simple concept.

“Just do it, and always have fun playing music and studying it,” he says. “It is meant to be fun, so enjoy it.”

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Mika releases music video with anti-bullying message

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“Nothing’s only words, that’s how hearts get hurt,”  ~ Mika 

mikae861fb7b5d22fc4a6f97d642b05b8b72Mika dropped a new music video for “Hurts (Remix)” this week featuring an anti-bullying message.

In the video, the British singer helps three teenagers deal with verbal bulling. Together, they paint over a wall scribbled in insults written in Italian and English.

“Hurts (Remix)” is included on the Italian deluxe version of Mika’s latest album “No Place in Heaven.”

Mika, who is a member of the LGBT community, has spoken out about homophobia he has faced by posting rainbowpictures of posters with homophobic slurs on them on his social media accounts.

“I saw the photos and my instinct was not to do anything, because hatred, which I know very well, would be better off ignored,” Mika tweeted according to Pop Crush. But let’s break the silence! I have no fear of those who discriminate against me—no one should. Love does what it wants.”

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How Jann Arden Became One Of Canada’s Most Beloved Singers (INTERVIEW)

JANN“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.” — A. A. Milnerosejann_arden_2I spent most of the nineties strutting around in an indie snob haze, indiscriminately snubbing anything that might be considered lady-singer3even mildly popular or, God forbid, mainstream, but I have always had a soft spot for Jann Arden. No matter how massive “Insensitive,” her biggest hit, got in 1994 and 1995 (and it got huge, hitting number one in Canada and Australia, cracking the Adult Contemporary Top 10 in the U.S., and making an integral appearance in the romantic Christian Slater filmBed of Roses“) No matter how many times I heard “Good Mother,” good-mother on radio stations I’d otherwise refuse to listen to, no matter how many friends’ moms bought her albums, I refused to stop listening to her or even relegate her to a guilty pleasure.

Also was “I Would Die For You“on radio stations I’d otherwise refuse to listen to,  I even snuck an Arden song or two on the mixtapes that I made for my like-minded friends and  discovered that many of them adored the singer/songwriter with a penchant for heartbreak ballads as much as I did.jann-and-smilie

Something about the haunting edge to her saddest songs and about the plaintive and honest lyrics of hits like “Could I Be Your Girl” turned us into completely earnest Jann Arden fangirls.

Two decades later, that same something compelled me to temporarily abandon any sense of professionalism and tell her all of this in the middle of an interview about her brand new album, “Everything Almost.

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“This new album by Jann Arden is right in line with her style, one that’s all her own, an amazing voice like no other and rightly so she is not like no other, simply unique in her own fashion. My favourite tune from this new album was and still is, the Awesome track “Counting Mercies” when I listen to a song and it gives me goose bumps and chills, I know I like it, it’s the combination of the lyrics but most of all the voice.”

One minute we were talking about how working with legendary rock producer and visionary Bob Rock pushed her out of her comfort zone and forced her to look at her music in a whole new light, the next I was gushing about the Arden-laced cross-country mixtape ring of my youth. On the phone hello-hello-telephone-phone-smiley-emoticon-000317-facebookfrom a hotel room in Toronto, in the middle of a whirlwind media tour in support of the new disc, Arden sounds flattered – and patient – but she doesn’t seem particularly surprised by my confession. I get that sense that she’s heard all of this from similarly-minded fans before. And that the affinity is mutual.

“I fell like I’ve always kind of had this appreciation of the indie community,” she says. “I think the only thing I really kind of hit with in a commercial mainstream way was ‘Insensitive.’ I mean, that was twenty years ago”

33344084-viendo-el-tiempo-tv-familiaMy records were far different. I think they appealed to a far different demographic. I’m very grateful that I had that opportunity because it opened doors for me that were unimaginable, and to still have that kind of support from people that can sometimes shy away from things that are massively appealing.chuckie-king

“But honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever appealed to the mainstream on that kind of scale. I think I’ve just been on the edge of that my whole career and I think there’s something really great about it because it’s given me longevity.”

Being different or not easily categorised bothered Arden in the early days of her career. “I never really got told that I was like anybody and I remember being really concerned about that,” she admits. “Like ‘Wow. I’m not like anybody. This could be really bad.’ But I have people say ‘You don’t sound like anyone’ and now I really appreciate that.

”The intimacy of her lyrics – one of her most powerful and popular attributes now – was also an kiss-gesture-smiley-emoticonissue for her in the early days. “I was told that my songs were too personal and that they would never work. I was turned down by everybody. I was turned down by my own label. I got the greatest rejection letters,” she recalls. “It was like, ‘I think you should be more generic and not so emotive when you’re singing.’ You wouldn’t believe the shit they told me.” continue reading & watch more videos »»»»»»

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The ‘counting mercies’ necklace

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World unites in heartfelt music video mashup to help end bullying

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WillUstand believes bystanders can make a difference and that when someone stands for another, they give hope. Our mission is to spread this message of unity through music.

Stand the Anthem was inspired and is sung by Vermont thirteen-year-old, Charleigh Gere. After experiencing bullying in sixth grade, she and her family wanted to find a way to encourage youth to be the “one voice unafraid” to stand for others. The ideas for Stand were brought to life by her talented aunt, singer/songwriter Lahni Schultz of Bonita Springs, Florida. The song’s message to youth is simple…

STAND because all people are worth standing for.

pillowCharleigh wanted victims to see lots of people taking a stand against bullying, not just one, so she invited the world to participate in her music video. She kicked off the project with a promotional video and then released a daily video clip throughout October (National Bullying Prevention Month) to inspire creativity and participation. Her older brother, Justin Gere, joins her in a duet rendition of Stand in the music video.

charle2tStand united kids and adults across 17 states and 6 countries with contributions from groups as far-flung as Australia, California, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The mashup is creative and heartfelt, featuring dance, sign language and unique expressions throughout. Click here to see whose in the video and behind the scenes.
Since its launch, the message of Stand has been shared at schools, rallies, and festivals all over the US and around the world. Charleigh’s local community used Stand the Anthem in a PSA to help combat bullying and promote the idea of being an Upstander. In August, Stand was screened on an outdoor theater in Brisbane, Australia. The exhibit, by Parer Place Urban Screens, titled “Moving with Music” showcased projects from the music industry that used crowd sourcing to create choreographed music videos.

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pinksmileyThe Anthem has also been shared throughout South Africa with the help of Liesl Schoonraad, an anti-bullying advocate who also holds a title for being one of the world’s strongest women. She travels throughout South Africa sharing a message of hope and closes each of her talks with Charleigh’s anthem. Plexus Films recently produced a documentary about Liesl’s work and captured a recent screening of Stand in Cape Town, You can  watch the documentary here.

Imagine what would happen if bystanders, who are the majority, stood together to end bullying. Will you stand?


“I hope my song Stand will touch lots of hearts and save the ones that need it.” Charleigh Gere
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The Wonderful Grand Band

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A  Ron Hynes and Tommy Sexton TributeroseWGB – A Walk Down Memory Lane

wgb_3red roseThe Wonderful Grand Band is a Canadian music and comedy group formed in 1977 in St. John’s Newfoundland & Labrador, when I was living and working in St. John’s back in Ancient Times during 1980 & 1981, I frequented “The Strand Lounge“, I believe that’s what it was called at time, anyway which lead to an encounter I won’t soon forget, while taking in a number of WGB’s shows in St John’s at the Avalon Mall (Babylon Mall). I met Tommy through another friend, Richard who was a native of St John’s (whom have since pass on from AIDS). That weekend Richard took me to a party is the time and place I met CBC’s LGBT personality Tommy Sexton, whom I will never forget, he has since passed away, 1993 at the young age of 35. The latest news about Ron Hynes shocked me and open memories I totally forgot about, good memories of a kinder period in time, so I dedicate this post to them both with Honor, Love and Respect. So now I would like to introduce you to some friends of mine, the fabulous “WGB” as I feature some of their amazing work, a few of my favorites, starting with Tommy Sexton doing lead vocals on Babylon Mall, even though I didn’t s.An.Gr.Smiley.005know him long but during that short time that I did, I attended a few parties with a group of friends and Tommy was one of them, he was the essence of his television charter this guy always made everybody laugh no matter where he was or time of day, an Awesome person to be around. I’ve heard many times, we learn something from everyone we meet through life, true dat. The truth is he was a role model for me and he was solely responsible for me finally accepting my sexuality and who I was at age 20, even though he was just 23, I was amazed to see how much he was loved, admired and appreciated by 1000’s of people, they loved him and I was no exception. After my encounter with him I was no longer afraid to say I was Gay and never questioned my sexuality again.

Music video Babylon Mall by WGB featuring Tommy Sexton

tommyzeneszekThe Wonderful Grand Band, Newfoundland’s tremendously popular trad-rock band from the 1980s was conceived in 1977 for The Root Seller, a six-part mini-series produced by CBC St John’s. The show was written by Codco alumni Greg Malone, Mary Walsh and White and hosted by Greg Malone and Mary Walsh as Mr and Mrs Budgell, characters from the CODCO stage shows. The Root Seller had special weekly guests including Emile Benoit, Rufus Guinchard, Minnie White, Cathy Jones, and Jimmy Oulton. It was an instant local favourite but only two of these shows, with special guests Minnie White and Emile Benoit, survived at the CBC. The musicians on The Root Seller were – Kelly Russell, Sandy Morris, Ron Hynes, Glenn Simmons, Rocky Wiseman, Bryan Hennessey and Bawnie Oulton.

fish-water-smiley-emoticonAfter The Root Seller the Band continued to play live dates but in 1978, Hennessey and Oulton left to pursue other interests, Kelly Russell was replaced by Jamie Snider, Paul Boomer Stamp took over on drums and Ian Perry became the bass player.

Greg Malone re-joined the Band, this time for a live stage show which ripdebuted at Toronto Caravan. This incarnation proved to be wildly successful and in 1979 Tommy Sexton joined Malone to complete the team that fronted the show until the WGB finally split in 1983.

Remembering Ron Hynes

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ripBorn in St. John’s in December 1950, and raised in Ferryland. He was a founding member of The Wonderful Grand Band, one of Newfoundland‘s most popular performing groups, and has released seven solo albums. His debut album Discovery, released in 1972, was the first album composed of totally original content by a Newfoundland artist. He is best known for his composition “Sonny’s Dream,” recorded worldwide by many artists and was named the 41st greatest Canadian song of all time on the 2005 CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.

smiley_countryHynes is a seven-time East Coast Music Awards winner, and past Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards nominee. He was named Artist of the Year (’92) and was presented with the prestigious Arts Achievement Award (2004) by the Newfoundland/Labrador Arts Council. In 2002, Hynes received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University in St. John’s in recognition of his original songwriting and contribution to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland. In 2006, Hynes was honored as the recipient of the St. John’s Folk Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Hynes currently records on Canadian folk label Borealis Records, and despite continuing to tour regularly, plays numerous concerts in his hometown of St. John’s, Newfoundland.

e675ce7a59019d38159539eb08934af7Widely regarded as one of Canada’s premiere singer-songwriters having a career spanning over 30 years, Hynes‘ songs have become part of the fabric of Newfoundland culture. His latest, self-titled album was released in early 2006 to critical acclaim. His work is also known outside the province; Hynes‘ songs have been covered worldwide by over 100 artists, including Emmylou Harris, Valdy and Christy Moore.

Hynes was the winner of Male Solo Recording of the Year at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards, and picked up three awards at the 2006 MusicNL awards show in November 2006. The awards included Entertainer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Folk/Roots Artist of the Year

The Album “Wonderful Grand Band” recorded in Stephenville, NL in 1978

smilie_tv_18.gifThe series WGB with Malone and Sexton which followed in 1980 was the most popular show in Newfoundland television history, beating all the competing American shows and even the News in the ratings. The Wonderful Grand Band toured Newfoundland and Canada extensively from 1978 to 1984 and built up an enormous fan base that has been loyal and appreciative all these years.

During the television years the WGB had several cast changes including Steve Annan on guitar, Howie Warden on bass, Kevin McNeil on drums and Cathy Jones and Mary Walsh in the comedy act for the final performance year.
music-recordsThe Wonderful Grand Band recorded two music albums, the Wonderful Grand Band recorded at Clode Sound in Stephenville in 1978 and Living In A Fog recorded in Toronto in 1981. Living In A Fog was released on CD in 2007 and is still selling strong, and the Band’s first album will be released on CD in 2010.

The Album “Living in A Fog” recorded in Toronto in 1981

The inimitable style of the late, great, and ever-missed Tommy Sexton.

theband.jpgThe WGB’s release of two volumes of the original TV Series on DVD came after years of consultation and planning with CBC where the shows were originally produced in the 1980’s. The DVDs, The Best of WGB Volume 1 and 2, released in November of 2009 were a sensational success bringing to life once again some all-time favourite characters like Mr. Budgell, Nanny Hynes, Dickie, Mavis and Carmel Ann, and included many of the classic hit songs like Sonny’s Dream rainbow007and Living In A Fog, Go For Love, UIC and the sensational Babylon Mall which features the inimitable style of the late, great, and ever-missed Tommy Sexton. The release and tour were undertaken in part as a tribute to Tommy.
The sold-out reunion tour in 2009 featured Greg Malone, Ron Hynes, Sandy Morris Glenn Simmons Jamie Snider, Ian Perry Paul “Boomer” Stamp.

The WGB plans to release two more Volumes of the TV series, The Best of WGB Volume 3 (from the first year’s TV show which features Rocky Wiseman) and Volume 4 (which also stars Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh, Steve Annan and Howie Warden).The WGB is managed by White. you can visit their official site here.

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The First Episode of “CODCO”

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When the World Stopped Turning: A 9/11 Tribute

Sending a heart filled with “LOVE” in remembrance of those lives lost, the “HEROES” who died needlessly on that Heartless September Day.

September 11, 2001 Terrorists Attacks

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The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11 were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C.,but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.

Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having evaded capture for years, bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. forces in May 2011. World tradeThe destruction of the Twin Towers and other properties caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. After a lengthy delay, the 1,776-foot-tall (541 m) One World Trade Center was completed at the World Trade Center site in New York City in 2013.

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Korn Stands up to “Bullying” in New ‘Hater’ Video


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korn-239 In Korn‘s new video for “Hater”, the band seeks to project a positive message, one of empowerment and strength, to those who have been scarred by bullies.

Over the past two decades, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has been vocal about having been bullied as a youth.

Lyrics aren’t the only way Davis shows his distaste for bullies. Several of the the singer’s prominent tattoos serve as symbols of his struggles against those that beat him down, mentally and physically. On Davis’ left shoulder is a large HIV.


“He got this tattoo as a way to get back at all of the teens in high school who used to bully him and make fun of him,” notes fan site Korn Row. “Now that he has grown and moved past all the taunting, he views the tattoo as a symbol of the fact that he has been strong enough to overcome that adversity and become a successful musician.”


Director David Yarovesky assembled shots of people covered in white paint being drenched in blood, scarring themselves, slitting wrists and worse, as their innocence is stripped and suicide becomes an avenue of relief. Interspersed with the bloody images are stories from real people about surviving bullies’ attacks.

“In the end, I guess I want to say thank you to the boys because you made me who I am today,” says one of the girls in the video. “I’m one badass chick. So, thank you for being a dick.”


The video accompanies the band’s latest single from The Paradigm Shift, Korn’s current album.


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Culture Club “Pride by Numbers”

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In 1981, Blitz Club regular Boy George occasionally sang with the group Bow Wow Wow under the stage name Lieutenant Lush. clapper-clapper-film-movie-smiley-emoticon-000232-largeAfter his tenure with the group ended, George decided to start his own band and enlisted bassist Mikey Craig, drummer Jon Moss, and finally guitarist Roy Hay.

Realising they had an Irish transvestite as the lead singer, a black Briton on bass, an Anglo-Saxon on guitar and keyboards, and a Jewish drummer, they eventually decided to call themselves Culture Club. The group recorded demos, which were paid for by EMI Records, but the label was unimpressed and decided not to sign the group. Virgin Records heard the demos and signed the group in the UK, releasing their albums in Europe, while Epic Records released their albums in the United States and much of the rest of the world since Virgin did not have a US presence at the time.

Rocker-Emoticon-With-GuitarThe band released two singles in May and June 1982, White Boy” and “I’m Afraid of Me, though both failed to chart. But in September of that year, the group released their third single, Do You Really Want to Hurt Me, a reggae-influenced number, which became one of their biggest hits. The song went to No. 1 in the UK in late 1982 and became an international smash, peaking at No. 1 in over a dozen countries (No. 2 in the US).

boy-culture-club-22879836-409-500Their second album, Colour by Numbers, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, and they had several international hits with songs such asDo You Really Want to Hurt Me“, “Time (Clock of the Heart)“, “Church of the Poison Mind” and “Karma Chameleon. Boy George‘s androgynous style of dressing caught the attention of the public and the media. Culture Club’s music combines British new wave and American soul with Jamaican reggae and also other styles such as calypso, salsa or country.

In 1984, Culture Club won the Brit Award for Best British Group, and the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. In the UK they amassed twelve Top drumming-smile-drum-kit40 hit singles between 1982-1999, including the number ones Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “Karma Chameleon, the latter being the biggest selling single of 1983, and topped the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1984. Ten of their singles reached the US Top 40, where they are associated with the Second British Invasion of British new wave groups that became popular in the United States due to the cable music channel MTV.

boygeorgepa200111An openly gay recording star, George first came out to his family, and then ultimately to the public. Joining “Piers Morgan Live” for a face to face conversation, rainbow007the former lead singer of Culture Club touched upon the complexity of this issue:

“One of the funny things about coming out public is that people always encourage you to do it, and then when you do it, they say ‘all you do is talk about being gay.’ So you can’t win,” said the man behind such hits as “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?” and “Karma Chameleon“.  I think, when I was younger, I was a little bit more kind of gung-ho and that everyone should come out. Now I think, if it makes you happy, come out. If it’s going to make you miserable, don’t come out … As long as somebody isn’t attacking gay people, I don’t care if they’re in the closet.”

Known for both his music and his elaborate glam appearance, George insisted that the decision to discuss one’s sexuality publicly is specific to the individual:

smilie02“You come out because it’s going to make you happy, it’s going to make your life better. But I don’t think you have an obligation. I used to think that,” he told Morgan, his fellow countryman. “We have this great guy in England called Ben Cohen, who is straight, who’s championing homophobia, and all that sort of stuff. I admire people like him, I think we need more people like that. No one is going to listen to us queens, screaming for equality. Good on him. I think it’s a very brave thing to do.”

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The Corrs – (All the love in the world)

foster-coors-630-80 I thought I would take time out and introduce you to one of my favorite Bands, after this post you will see why, so go ahead discover Ireland. The Corrs are an Irish band that combines pop rock with traditional Celtic folk music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle); Sharon (violin, vocals); Caroline (drums, percussion, piano, bodhrán, vocals); and Jim (guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals). They are from Dundalk, Co. Louth, in Ireland.

the_corrs3The Corrs have released five studio albums and numerous singles, which have reached platinum in many countries. Talk on Corners, their most successful album to date, reached multi-platinum status in Australia, and in the UK it was the highest selling album of 1998. The band is only the second act in history to hold the top two positions simultaneously in the UK album charts, with Talk on Corners at number one and Forgiven, Not Forgotten at number two. The first group to achieve this was The Beatles. Forgiven, Not Forgotten was the second highest selling album in Australia in 1996, behind Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill. The Corrs’ third studio album, In Blue, went to number one in seventeen countries.

images (4)The Corrs have been actively involved in philanthropic activities. They have performed in numerous charity concerts such as the Prince’s Trust event in 2004 and Live 8 alongside Bono in 2005. The same year, they were awarded honorary MBEs for their contributions to music and charity. The band is currently inactive because Jim and Caroline are raising families, while Andrea and Sharon are pursuing solo careers. Sharon doesn’t know if The Corrs will get back together, a sad reality, Breathless is the first single by The Corrs from their third studio album, In Blue.

After the band recorded a version of Dreams for a Fleetwood Mac tribute album, they re-released Talk on Corners, with new remixes of “What Can I Do?”, “So Young” and “Runaway”. The special edition topped the charts worldwide, and again reached multi-platinum status in the UK and Australia. In June 1998, The Corrs participated in the Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia charity concert. The concert was held in Modena, Italy and was hosted by Luciano Pavarotti. Other performers included Jon Bon Jovi, Céline Dion, Spice Girls and Stevie Wonder. the_corrs_wallpaper_2-normalThe concert aimed to raise money to build the Pavarotti and Friends Liberian Children’s Village, to provide refuge for children in Liberia.
The Corrs Unplugged album, released in 1999, is part of MTV’s Unplugged series. It was released internationally but for a short time was not available in the United States until later. The song “No Frontiers” was sung by Sharon and Caroline, with Jim playing the piano. It is a cover of the Mary Black song, written by Jimmy MacCarthy.

safe_imageThis session was recorded live on October 5, 1999 in front of an audience at Ardmore Studios, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, and was released on CD, DVD, VCD and VHS. The CD release features the songs in a somewhat different order to in which they were actually performed as two songs were omitted from the track list and are only featured as bonus tracks on some releases. The DVD and VHS retains the original song order and are also mostly unedited, while the CD
edits out almost all of the talking between songs, so I know it’s over an hour in lenght but well worth the listen, have a awesome weekend….cheers 🙂
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Feliz Navidad

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santa-smiley-face-emoticonhollyDirectly from Quebec, Canada, I want to Wish The World A Merry Christmas joyeux Noël~ Feliz Navidad ~ Feliz Natal ~ god Jul ~ καλά Χριστούγεννα  ~ .счастливого Рождества ~ bonum diem natalis Jesu ~ buon Natale ~ 메리 크리스마스, and where ever in the world you are, may love find you. ~ Terry.K

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DJ BoBo, (born January 5, 1968), is a Swiss singer, songwriter, dancer and music producer. He has sold 14 million records worldwide and has released 10 studio albums as well as a few compilation albums which have included his previous hits in a reworked format. I would like to share one of his inspirational videos, in this case “FREEDOM” to those of us that aspire for freedom for all, know Love Works and the quest for freedom is most important and worth jeopardizing it all for…because without Freedom there are no Rights!

 

88a53b59DJ BoBo has also released as many as 34 singles to date, some of which have charted quite high, not only in German speaking countries, but also in other European territories. As a dance music producer, his first big success came with the single “Somebody Dance with Me”, which borrows its melody from Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me. After this, he charted well with the singles “Keep on Dancing“, “Take Control“, “Everybody“, “Let the Dream Come True“, “Love Is All Around“, “Freedom“, which is our theme for this post, others include “Pray” and “What a Feeling“, with Irene Cara, almost all of which comprised fast-paced Eurodance techno sound with female catchy refrains and rap performed by René. Dj Bobo - Love Is All Around 1995

Between 1992 through 2007, he had 27 single chart-hits in Switzerland and Germany, and has won 10 World Music Awards for being Switzerland’s best selling artist. René has received numerous Gold and Platinum certifications for his singles and albums and has found success in Europe (primarily in Germany and Switzerland), Asia and South America. So take a minute or two and check out his video…cheers..lotsa luv and a super weekend to one and all.

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It Gets Better (Oct 13)

cropped-email-header-2011-12-291A video for LGBT youth around the country and the It Gets Better Project, featuring U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

In response to the recent suicides by gay youth, a group of gay and lesbian elders in Boston wanted to add their voices and words of encouragement to LGBTQ youth. Their experiences span a lifetime – when they came of age they risked everything to come out of the closet. Even though that was decades ago their advice is timeless. This is their message.

Unplugged is an album by Irish band “The Corrs”, released in 1999. The album is part of MTV’s Unplugged series. “Everybody Hurts R.E.M”. original, song written by Berry, Buck, Mills and Stipe. the performance was from the Corrs “Unplugged” album, produced by Mitchell Froom in Ireland, October 1999.

1005215_662401250455818_1782577551_nAlso check out country artist “Jo Dee Messina” song It Gets Better with Lyrics, it’s not the same tune everyone else is singing, as there are so many great songs going by the name “It Gets Better”Broadway sings for the Trevor Project” and this one It Gets Better Song by Todrick Hall and the L Project confirmed “It Does Get Better”, while Coleen McMahon and Shane Bitney Crone remind us to be “Brave” and to “Stay Strong” great advise from “W.R.A.T.H-Ft. Geo”, and all while Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert is showing society that IT IS the “Same Love”, all in support of LGBTQ youth, so chin up, smile and have a great day.
jo-dee-messina-650-430Jo Dee Marie Messina (born August 25, 1970) is an American country music artist. She has charted nine number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week Number One songs from the same album. To date, she has two Platinum and three Gold-certified albums by the RIAA. Messina debuted in 1996 with the single Heads Carolina, Tails California. Her album was certified Gold by the RIAA. Her second album, I’m Alright produced five Top 10 Country hits between 1998 in 1999 and sold over a million copies in America. Since her debut, six of her singles have peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country singles chart and five of her albums have received a certification by the RIAA or the CRIA. She has sold 5 million records worldwide.

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th_emoticons_aduDuring the growing years I always wondered and had a desire about Australia, the land “Down Under” and the great “outback”. In the 70’s and 80’s I loved and still remember all the music released by Australian Artists, that made it to the Canadian Charts, I now see many visitors to B.P from the Land Down Under, so as to honour your great country. I want to dedicate this post of my three favourite Australian artists, in honour of all the great musicians and their music that Australia grew, produced and released, throughout my growing years.  Terry K


Air Supply

MI0002240250love-song-smiley-emoticonis an Australian soft rock duo, consisting of British-born singer-songwriter and guitarist Graham Russell and lead vocalist Russell Hitchcock. They had a succession of hits worldwide, including eight Top Ten hits in the United States, in the early 1980s. They formed in Australia in 1975 and have included various accompanying musicians and singers. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) inducted Air Supply into their Hall of Fame on 1 December, 2013 at the annual ARIA Awards.

Some of their hits included “Here I Am” the title of a popular song from 1981, others included: “All Out of Love”, and “Making Love out of Nothing At All”.


Little River Band

LittleRiverBandGreatestHitssmilie_tanz_073Also there was “The Little River Band” who was also a favourite, producing hits such as “Lady” a smash hit and “Help is On It’s Way “, “Man on Your Mind“, “The Other Guy“, “The Night Owls“, “Take it easy On Me” Little River Band (LRB) are a soft rock band originally formed in Melbourne, Australia, in March 1975. The band achieved commercial success, not only in Australia but also in the United States. They have sold more than 30 million records; six studio albums reached the top 10 on the Australian Kent Music Report albums chart including Diamantina Cocktail (April 1977) and First Under the Wire (July 1979), which both happy-heart-smiley-emoticonpeaked at No. 2. Nine singles appeared in the top 20 on the related singles chart, with “Help Is on Its Way” (1977) as their only number-one hit. Ten singles reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Reminiscing” their highest peaking at No. 3. Only First Under the Wire appeared in the top 10 on the Billboard 200.


Men at Work

men-at-work-business-as-usual-vinyl-album-cover-300x300The group that stands out most is none other than “Men at Work” from their 1981 Album “Business as Usual” producing two number one 0001hits in Canada with “Everything I need“, Who Can It Be Now and Down Under“, “It’s a Mistake” “OverKill“, “Be Good Johnny. The album was released on CBS/Columbia Records. “Business as Usual” reached #1 in Australia (AKMR Albums Chart) and the U.S. (Billboard 200 albums charts) and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. “Down Under” was written by Colin Hay and Ron Strykert and released as a single on CBS Records. The single topped the charts in several countries, including the U.S., the UK, Australia and Canada, among zeneszekothers. Men at Work achieved international success in the 1980’s. They are the only Australian artist to have a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United States (Business as Usual and “Down Under” respectively). They achieved the same distinction of a simultaneous No. 1 album and No. 1 single in the United Kingdom. The group won the 1983 Grammy Award for Best New Artist, and have sold over 30 million albums worldwide.


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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis “SAME LOVE”

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sxsw_0953-e1339018126829“Same Love” is the fourth single released by Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis from their 2012 debut studio album, The Heist. The track, featuring vocals by Mary Lambert, talks about legalizing same-sex marriage and was recorded during the campaign for Washington Referendum 74, which, upon approval in 2012, legalized same-sex marriages in Washington state. The song has so far reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number 1 in both New Zealand and Australia. “Same Love” was written in support of legalizing same-sex marriage particularly in reference to Washington Referendum 74 (R-74 or Ref 74), a Washington state referendum to approve or reject the February 2012 bill that would…

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A WORD A WEEK PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE

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A Word a WeekI just so happened on your blog while visiting a friends blog, suzie81’s Blog the link was provided, I’m hopping and assuming it’s OK, knowing the word is Pinkpink it caught my attention 🙂 it sounded interesting and a challenge, so here it is, you should also know I am not a Photographer as per say, and I was not until today a follower of “Sue Llewellyn” and lastly I am entering late in the game at #43″ the word being (Pink) for the “A WORD A WEEK PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE” so if you don’t mind, my take on the word PINK goes something like this:
Homophobic and transphobic bullying is an attack on human rights and it hurts everyone from the targets to the witnesses to society at large. untitledMoreover, it is not just a pink_shirt_day-r42927db957164bf984b587dd576db560_x7j3i_8byvr_512schoolyard issue – it pervades our workplaces and communities. In fact, many of our LGBT members still face verbal and physical harassment at work, preventing them from fully participating in our union. The bullying is often intensified for people who face multiple discrimination’s, such as LGBTQ and people of color, who are also subjected to racism.bully free life
Pink is any of the colors between bluish red (purple) and red, of medium to high brightness and of low to moderate saturation. Commonly used for Valentine’s Day and Easter, pink is sometimes referred to as “the color of love.

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The use of the wordPink Panther for the color “pink” was first recorded in the late 17th century. Although pink is roughly considered just as a tint of red, most variations of pink lie between red, white and magenta colors. This means that the pink’s hue is somewhat between red and magenta. Lucretius used the word to describe the dawn in his epic poem On the Nature of Things (De rerum natura). Roseus is a Latin word meaning “rosy” or “pink.” The word is also used in the binomial names of several species, such as the Rosy Starling (Sturnus roseus) and Catharanthus roseus. In most Indo-European languages, the color pink is called rosa.

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cropped-email-header-2011-12-291 “Rob” Thomas (born February 14, 1972) is an American rock recording artist and songwriter. He is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist. Since 1995, his band has released a string of hit singles to radio including “Push”, “3 A.M.”, “Real World”, “Bent”, “If You’re Gone”, “Mad Season”, “Disease”, “Unwell” and “Back 2 Good”

Showing kids, from deployed military in Bagram, Afghanistan, that it gets better! We kept it short and to the point, just the way our U.S. Military wishes everything could be! Featuring (in order of appearance): SSGT Steven Procter, SSGT Shelise Harmon, AT2 Erin Jones, SPC James Velazquez, SPC Curtis Robinson. Music used: Born This Way, Written and produced by Lady Gaga, Fernando Garibay, Jeppe Laursen and DJ White Shadow, from Lady Gaga’s album of the same name. No copywrite infringement intended. Special Thanks to the Outserve Network for pushing for the repeal of DADT, and for allowing such a great group of people to be able to come together.

Broadway stars rock out in a celebration of life, in the wake of LGBT suicides across the nation. Please SHARE this original song and video on Facebook and with your email groups to help send a message of hope and support.

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We Are The World 25 for Haiti

small-heart This post is dedicated to the memory of the late, great king of Pop Mr. Michael Jackson R.I.P sir. small-heart

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we-are-the-world-25-2human-rights-1listening-to-boombox-smiley-emoticonRecorded on February 1st, 2010, in the same studio as the original 25 years earlier (Henson Recording Studios,  formerly A&M Recording Studios) “We Are The World 25 For Haiti”, in which Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie serve as executive producers and producers, was created in collaboration with executive producers small-heart Wyclef Jean, Randy Phillips and Peter Tortorici; producers Humberto Gattica and RedOne; and co-producers Rickey Minor, Mervyn Warren and Patti Austin to benefit the Haitian earthquake small-heart relief efforts and the rebuilding of Haiti.

PartyAcademy Award-winning writer-director Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), whose own personal efforts as well as those of small-heart Artists for Peace and Justice have already saved countless lives in Haiti, filmed the private recording session to create the accompanying video and behind-the-scenes production, small-heart and serves as Film Director and as an Executive Producer with Jones, Richie, Jean, Phillips and Tortorici.

lp_smiley_bandThe 25th Anniversary recording features over small-heart 80 artists and performers. The recording of We Are The World 25 For Haiti embodied the same enthusiasm, sense of purpose and generosity as the original recording 25 years ago. small-heart Every one of the artists who participated, regardless of genre or generation, walked into the room with their hearts and souls completely open to coming together to help the people of Haitismall-heart

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This organization was started by The Jed Foundation, MTV and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone. Love is Louder has become a movement where all types of people come together to raise the volume around the message that love and support are louder than any internal or external voice that brings us down. Individuals, communities, schools and organizations have embraced Love is Louder as a way to address issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression. go to LoveIsLouder.com and join the movement now. Please show your surport and make a donation or you can donate here.

My birthday is on December 19th and this year I wanted to do something different than just going to dinner and having a big party with friends. I decided to use CrowdRise.com to launch a fundraising campaign for the amazing organization Love Is Louder (The Jed Foundation). ***ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE***
I know I’m not a celebrity and raising money can be intimidating (especially this time of year), but this website allows anyone and everyone to raise money for charities they believe in. Maybe you will consider launching a fundraising campaign for your next birthday. Thank you for taking the time to watch my video and thank you for continuously supporting me….Shane Bitney Crone.
As to honor Shane Bitney Crone for his amazing campaigns and all the hard work he has put forth on Prop 8, his continued success with “Bridegroom” and his sincere continual support of all LGBT peoples and the Love is Louder project, In your honor, B.P would like to dedicate the following song and video. Love Inc. are a Canadian eurodance music group from Toronto. The group was formed by DJ/remixer/producers Chris Sheppard and Brad Daymond, with Simone Denny on vocals. The group scored its first major hit on the Canadian pop chart with “Broken Bones”, the music video for which won the Best Video award at the 1998 MuchMusic Video Awards. “Broken Bones” peaked at number 6 (Canadian Airplay) and 31 (Top 100 singles) in 1998 and was followed that same year by “You’re a Superstar”, which peaked at number 11. “You’re a Superstar” also became the band’s only hit in the United States, where it peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 1999. The singles “Who Do You Love” and “Homeless” followed in 1999.
Also to anyone who now feels left out, depressed and alone look up, speak up and be proud because your a superstar….lotsa luv 🙂

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nEW HEADERGold Star AwardHi there V.I.P Follower’s once again I kindly ask for your surpport….On May 27, 2013 I signed the petition “STOP BULLYING AROUND THE WORLD: MAKE IT AGAINST THE LAW TO BULLY PEOPLE, KIDS, ADULTS” on Change.org, It’s important. Will you sign it too? Click Here and sign the petition now and show your surpport…we currently have 56 supporters and just need 43 more, your help is greatly appreciated, also you can access the link at any time you chose, click on “Vote to Make Bullying illegal” at the top of the page. Also at the top of the page is a menus “5 reasons to speak up” there you will find my reason why I think you should sign the petition, contained with in “Will We Speak Up or Be Silent (#5)” Thanx so much…cheers and lotsa luv..Terryempower-me

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Try A Little Kindness

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B.P remembers Glen Campbell, Try a Little Kindness is the sixteenth album by American singer/guitarist heart3Glen Campbell, released in 1970.

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During his 50 years in show business, Campbell has released more than 70 albums. He has sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA Gold albums, 4 Platinum albums and 1 Double-Platinum album. Campbell’s hits include John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind”, Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”, “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston”, Larry Weiss’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” and Allen Toussaint’s “Southern Nights”. 2539718-1843096140-FiddlCampbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For “Gentle on My Mind” he received two awards in country & western, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” did the same in pop. He owns trophies for Male Vocalist of the Year from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and took the CMA’s top award as 1968 Entertainer of the Year. In 1969 Campbell was picked by actor John Wayne to play alongside him in the film True Grit, which gave Campbell a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Campbell sang the title song which was nominated for an Academy Award.

 

In 2005, Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Later Career and Country Music Hall of Fame induction
glen_campbell_2004Campbell made a cameo appearance in the 1980 Clint Eastwood movie Any Which Way You Can, for which he recorded the title song. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Campbell released a long series of singles and appeared in the movies True Grit (1969) with John Wayne and Kim Darby and Norwood (1970) with Kim Darby and Joe Namath. After the cancellation of his CBS series in 1972, Campbell remained a regular on network television. He co-starred in a made-for-television movie, Strange Homecoming, with Robert Culp and up-and-coming teen idol, Leif Garrett. He hosted a number of television specials, including 1976’s Down Home, blowingkissDown Under with Olivia Newton-John. He co-hosted the American Music Awards from 1976–78 and headlined the 1979 NBC special, Glen Campbell: Back To Basics with guest-stars Seals and Crofts and Brenda Lee. He was a guest on many network talk and variety shows, including: Donny & Marie, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Cher, the Redd Foxx Comedy Hour, Merv Griffin, The Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack, DINAH!, Evening at Pops with Arthur Fiedler and the Mike Douglas Show. From 1982–83 he hosted a 30-minute syndicated music show on NBC, the Glen Campbell Music Show.

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If The World Does Not Please You

defeat-the-labelimages (1)Underlying these thoughts are my personal values and my personal philosophy which encompass difference and diversity, fun and friendship, optimism and openness, trust, tolerance and teamwork, creativity, learning and growth, a commitment to reason and critical thinking, an interest in other countries and cultures, and a willingness to embrace change and new experiences. “When a man has once broken through the paper walls of everyday circumstance, those unsubstantial walls that hold so many of us securely imprisoned from the cradle to the grave, he has made a discovery. If the world does not please you, you can change it. Determine to alter it at any price, and you can change it altogether. You may change it into something sinister and angry, to something appalling, but it may be you will change it to something brighter, more agreeable, and at the worst something much more interesting.”

tERRY LOVE UNDERSTANDING“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.”

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Help Is On It’s Way!

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Terry  KindenKeeping in Tune for special reasons I want to share a motivational song, video and a favorite group from my early days, when music was my escape, Little River Band or LRB, an Australian rock band, formed in Melbourne in early 1975. The band chose its name after passing a road sign leading to the Victorian township of Little River, near Geelong, on the way to a performance. Little River Band enjoyed sustained commercial success not only in Australia, but also in the United States. They have sold more than 25 million records and achieved 13 U.S. Top 40 hits, besides many music awards gained in Australia.

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Sir Elton John “PRIDE”

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“Live for each second without hesitation” ~ Elton John

zoom1As we continue to celebrate “PRIDE MONTH” around the world, we feature and honor those in the LGBT community, and not lacking influential people such as the late Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Ellen Degeneres, Melissa Etheridge, Ricky Martin and Adam Lambert just to name a few, this spot light takes a look at a man who needs no introduction, the “DIVA” himself, Sir Elton John, because at B.P we sincerely believe “LOVE” is the answer for everything..so now a little about Sir Elton John and his music….Terry.K

elton-john-bbc-mastering-news-gossip-thecuttingsuite-live1Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Having been named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1996, John received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services” in 1998. John has performed at a number of royal events, such as the funeral of Princess Diana at Westminster Abbey in 1997, the Party at the Palace in 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace in 2012.

487566_1He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s. In 1992, he established the Elton John AIDS Foundation and a year later began hosting the annual Academy Award Party, which has since become one of the highest-profile Oscar parties in the Hollywood film industry.

Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $200 million on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for LGBT social movements. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him as the most successful male solo artist on “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists” (third overall, behind only The Beatles and Madonna).

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis “SAME LOVE”

RainbowB.P IS HONORED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MESSAGE THAT THIS SONG “SAME LOVE” AND “MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS” REPRESENTS TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY AT LARGE.mia4 (2)

sxsw_0953-e1339018126829“Same Love” is the fourth single released by Seattle-based rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis from their 2012 debut studio album, The Heist. The track, featuring vocals by Mary Lambert, talks about legalizing same-sex marriage and was recorded during the campaign for Washington Referendum 74, which, upon approval in 2012, legalized same-sex marriages in Washington state. The song has so far reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number 1 in both New Zealand and Australia. “Same Love” was written in support of legalizing same-sex marriage particularly in reference to Washington Referendum 74 (R-74 or Ref 74), a Washington state referendum to approve or reject the February 2012 bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
Macklemore_RyanLewis_Concert_Dew_Tour_ION_Championships_Breckenridge_JRL_07_1Macklemore explained that the song also came out of his own frustration with hip hop‘s positions on homosexuality. “Misogyny and homophobia are the two acceptable means of oppression in hip hop culture. It’s 2012. There needs to be some accountability. I think that as a society we’re evolving and I think that hip hop has always been a representation of what’s going on in the world right now.
prideThe decision to come out is always personal. Whether to come out and, if so, when, where, how, and to whom are all questions you must answer for yourself. Gay MarriageTaking control of this process includes being aware in advance of potential ramifications so that you can act positively rather than defensively. Coming out may be one of the most difficult tasks you confront in your life, but it can also be one of the most rewarding.Coming out is one way of affirming your dignity and the dignity of other LGBT people. Remember that you are not alone; there is a viable LGBT community waiting to be explored, and more heterosexual “allies” are willing to offer their support than you might have first imagined. You can find Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on facebook also you can purchase The Heist (Deluxe Edition) on iTunes, or visit their official webpage. empower-me