Special Bonds

Spare a few minutes to view this delightful story posted by Bridget, The happy Quitter. Smiles guaranteed, oohs and aahs are optional!

The happy Quitter!

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Animals never fail to surprise me. I work in animal rescue for many years, and always when I think I have seen it all, along comes a story that touches my heart and makes me smile for days.

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A tribute to a colleague and friend

Yesterday I attended the funeral of Colin John Muge, a man who gave far more than he took, a man who served his community in so many ways, a man held in such love and high esteem that there was standing room only at the lovely secular service led by his wife, son, and two daughters.

Colin’s daughter, Catherine, played this cello music for the entrance.

All the family spoke lovingly and bravely, and two friends gave heartfelt tributes. We heard “Everyday” from Buddy Holly, “Misty” by Erroll Garner, “Heart of Glass” by Blondie, the poem “If I Be The First Of Us To Die” by Nicholas Evans, and the exit music was:

Afterwards, around 50 people enjoyed afternoon tea at Colin’s house.

Colin would have enjoyed it tremendously!

A life well lived.

Farewell my friend.

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 01/04/2018 – Days

SLSI cursed Helen’s theme this week because I have considerably more “days” music to consider than many of the regular subscribers to this fantastic challenge.

Once I start to think about songs I’d like to share I tend to get carried away, and suddenly find that 2 hours have vanished in watching music videos. Not that I mind, but I really should be doing something else!

So, the first song that came to mind was “Those were the days” by Mary Hopkin. Mary was yet another young singer that I, and thousands of other young men, fell in love with. “Those were the days”, produced by Paul McCartney, was a number 1 hit. If you want to listen to this then you can click here.

However, this is not the main offering for “days”. I’ve chosen one of my favourite groups, from way back in 1964, the year I joined the army at age 16, “The Moody Blues.”. 

The song is “The day we meet again” and this version is an acoustic rendition by Justin Hayward, the lead singer.  It’s rather sad in a way. Has the girl died? Have they split up? Is she just a dream? See what you think!

“The Day We Meet Again”
The day we meet again
I’ll be waiting there
I’ll be waiting there for you
Cos the years have been so lonely
Like a dog without a home
It’s dangerous when you find out
You’ve been drinking on your own

The day we meet again
We will walk in peace
Thru the garden down the road
Where the mist of time is lifting
See it rising in the air
Like the shadow I was chasing
When I looked it wasn’t there
Oh no

But just in case you’re wondering
What was really on my mind
It wasn’t what you took my love
It’s what you left behind

And just in case you’re wondering
Will it really be the same
You know we’re only living for
The day me meet again

So hold on – and don’t let go
Time heals – you know – I know

The day we meet again
I’ll be waiting there
I’ll be waiting there for you
Cos the years have been so lonely
Like a dog without a home
It’s dangerous when you find out
You’ve been drinking on your own

The day we meet again
We will walk in peace
Thru the garden down the road
Where the mist of time is lifting
See it rising in the air
Like the shadow I was chasing
When I looked it wasn’t there
Hold on baby don’t let go

This song is not typical of the Moody Blues. If you want to hear more of their great music may I suggest the following:

“Nights in White Satin”, and “Legends of a Mind.”

If you have never heard of him, Timothy Leary is a particularly interesting character!

ENJOY!

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 25/03/2018 – Seeing.

SLSHelen has set the theme for this week as “Seeing”.

I’m going to become really nostalgic this week and opt for a quintessential love song that was written in 1938 and,  I imagine, predates everyone who will read this.

There have been many recordings of this song over the years and I am offering what I consider to be the best two.

The song is “I’ll be seeing you”, and here is my all-time favourite version.

A modern version that I consider really does justice to the emotions of the song is here:

The feelings expressed really are timeless.

I’ll Be Seeing You

Billie Holiday

I’ll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day through
In that small cafe
The park across the way
The children’s carousel
The chestnut trees
The wishing well

I’ll be seeing you
In every lovely summer’s day
In everything that’s light and gay
I’ll always think of you that way

I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon
But I’ll be seeing you

I’ll be seeing you
In every lovely summer’s day
In everything that’s light and gay
I’ll always think of you that way

I’ll find you in the morning sun
And when the night is new
I’ll be looking at the moon
But I’ll be seeing you

Songwriters: Irving Kahal / Sammy Fain

I’ll Be Seeing You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 3/18/18 – Shadow

SLSShadow is Helen’s prompt for this week and it immediately made me think “The Shadows“. They were the backing group for Cliff Richard, from 1958, and so were a huge influence, for me, from the age of 10.

The song I’ve chosen is very appropriate for a 10 year old – “The Young Ones“, the title song from their 1961 film, which in the USA was called “It’s Wonderful to Be Young.” Oh, how innocent it all seems now!

The Young Ones

Cliff Richard

The young ones
Darling, we’re the young ones
And young ones
Shouldn’t be afraid

To live, love
While the flame is strong
‘Cause we may not be the young ones
Very long

Tomorrow
Why wait until tomorrow?
‘Cause tomorrow
Sometimes never comes

So love me
There’s a song to be sung
And the best time is to sing it
While we’re young

Once in every lifetime
Comes a love like this
Oh, I need you and you need me
Oh, my darling, can’t you see?

Young dreams
Should be dreamed together
And young hearts
Shouldn’t be afraid

And some day
When the years have flown
Darling, then we’ll teach the young ones
Of our own

Once in every lifetime
Comes a love like this
Oh, I need you and you need me
Oh, my darling, can’t you see?

Young dreams
Should be dreamed together
And young hearts
Shouldn’t be afraid

And some day
While the years have flown
Darling, then we’ll teach the young ones
Of our own

Songwriters: Roy C. Bennett / Sid Tepper

The Young Ones lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Whats In A Picture?

A perfect description of why photography is so important to us. Not a selfie in sight, just a beautiful cross section of John’s life, and reason for being!

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My interest in photography started with my first trip across the country. So much was new, so many places and sights I had never seen but for pictures. It was then that I started to understand the power of a photograph. I think back to reading National Geographic as a child and dreaming of all the places I could go, drawn in to the story with the images captured by those who had actually been there. The imagination of a child is a blessing we should nurture in youth, and desperately try to hold on to as adults for it brings forth a passion for all things simple and pure.

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Something as simple as sitting in a diner that you have been to many times gives a feeling of comfort, a harmony with your past reflected on the page in color. Each pixel a small part of what your existence…

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