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Rebel Rebel, #1252

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I was not ready for this horrible news I woke up to today.  David Bowie dead?  The tears are streaming down my face.  I know I didn’t really know him, but I feel like I lost personal friend.  I have been so intimate with his music for so many years, and it has always been a constant that when I blare Bowie music through my speakers, I’m happy.

He was just so original and never conformed to just one style.  He was rock n’ roll, punk, pop, flamboyant, real, fashionable….everything I love in music all rolled into one.  I miss those qualities in today’s music….there’s rarely anyone who just sounds fresh, and just last week, there was even more music released by David Bowie to the world.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but I didn’t care.  A new album held the possibility of a tour.  David Bowie was my dream concert….the one that I never got to but always hoped and prayed would eventually happen.  I had my eye on his website for years…just yearning for the day I’d see him live.

I’m heartbroken today.  We didn’t just lose a legend – we lost an innovative soul, and oh – how the loss of him stings.

My song of the day is Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”  It was hard to pick the perfect song for this moment.  There are so many to choose from.  I think though that David Bowie’s appeal is in his rebellious nature, and I just want to send this message to the universe for him….”Hot tramp, I love you so.”

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Clifford the Big Red Dog, #1113

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My daughter gets a big hug from Clifford at story time at a local Barnes and Noble several years ago.

My daughter gets a big hug from Clifford at story time at a local Barnes and Noble several years ago.

Yesterday, the news hit that Norman Bridwell, creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, passed away at 86.  I shared an article about his death on my Facebook page, and the response was one of deep sentiment.  These children’s books struck such a deep chord with so many people, and for me, Clifford books are stories I grew up on and passed on to the next generation.

Clifford The Big Red Dog 50th Anniversary Celebration

Everyone loves Clifford, and Norman Bridwell can certain rest peacefully knowing that he left such a sweet mark on society.  I just learned as I read about him that the beloved character, Emily Elizabeth, was named after his daughter.  It makes me wonder if the clumsy but lovable Clifford embodied Norman Bridwell’s traits.  I’d like to think so.

Rest in Peace, Mr Bridwell.  Your legacy will continue on long after your time on this Earth.  Thank you for a beautiful contribution

All You Have To Do Is Dream, #877

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Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers are a singing duo I have always taken for granted.  This is music that is before my time, and though the songs are ingrained in me, I’m not sure how I learned them.  I have never owned their music, and though I know my Mother enjoys them, I don’t even recall hearing their songs in my home as a child.

Nevertheless, I recognize and sing along to all of their hits as they come on the radio knowing the words inside and out as if I wrote them myself.  Their harmonies are perfect and the tune infectious, and it is clear why bands like the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel were so influenced by them

Reading of Phil Everly’s death yesterday has prompted me to listen to these gorgeous melodies once again and is inspiring me to take notice.  Boy…The Everly Brothers were good!  No wonder they were so adored.  Today, in tribute, I am giving them respect and appreciation that is long overdo for me.  My song of the day is “All You Have To Do Is Dream,” – the perfect song to highlight their talent.  Click HERE to listen, and I am humming along with big smiles knowing that this music is a legacy and will be around forever.  RIP, Phil!  Dream well!