Archive for April, 2013

Its Willie’s Birthday, Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!

by cj

Willie Nelson, the legendary country singer and songwriter turned 80 today, he was born on April 29, 1933, in Abbott, Texas. Nelson a country singer, actor, poet, author, activist and songwriter best known for his classic hit songs “Crazy” and “On the Road Again”, is described by some as the best country songwriter ever. The peak of his fame came in the ’70s during the “outlaw country” sub-genre, but he remains iconic in American culture.

Willie Hugh Nelson’s was born during the Great Depression in Abbot Texas, a small rural railroad town whose population peaked at 713, in 1914 and has declined ever since, Willie humorously describes Abbott’s as a town where “every time a baby is born a man leaves town”. The confusion about Nelson’s birthday is really very simple, he was born on April 29, 1933, but his doctor (F. D. Sims) didn’t record the birth until the next day, April 30. His cousin Mildred chose both his first name (Willie) and middle name (Hugh), his ancestry includes English, Irish and Cherokee. His mother left Abbott shortly after his birth and soon after that his father remarried and moved also, leaving Willie and his sister Bobbie to be raised by their grandparents.

At the age of six Nelson’s grandfather bought him a guitar and showed him how to play a few chords, at that time his family along with many other citizens of Abbott, picked cotton during the summer. By the age of 13 Willie knew picking cotton wasn’t for him so he earned money singing in taverns, dance halls and honky tonks. He wrote his first song at seven and was a member of a band at ten. During high school, he performed as the lead singer and guitar player with the Bohemian Polka. In 1950 after graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force but was discharged nine months later due to back problems. After his return to Texas, Nelson attended college at Baylor University, worked as a disc jockey at several radio stations and sang in honky tonks. His music success and interests soon caused him to drop out of Baylor after two years.

He then moved to Vancouver Washington and wrote “Family Bible” recorded the song “Lumberjack” in 1956. In 1960, he signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music; during this time, he wrote songs including “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Hello Walls”, “Pretty Paper”, and “Crazy”, music that would become country standards. Nelson wrote the country ballad “Crazy” in 1961 for country singer Billy Walker, who turned it down because he said it was “a girls song”. Willie at the time was a known singer-songwriter who had written several hits for other artists but hadn’t had a major recording of his own. Patsy Cline, who was a country superstar at the time was looking to extend her string of music hits picked the song as her follow up to her previous big hit “I Fall to Pieces”, “Crazy” became the #2 country hit in 1962 and eventually helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter.

In 1962, Nelson recorded his first album, “And Then I Wrote”, owing to this success, he was signed by RCA Victor in 1964 and joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1965. After mid-chart success with hits in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Nelson decided to retire in 1972 and moved to Austin, Texas. It became a short retirement, Nelson motivated by the resurgence and popularity of hippie music in Austin, came out of retirement and performed often at the Armadillo World Headquarters. His albums Shotgun Willie (1973), Phases and Stages (1974), Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978) were critical and commercial successes and made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music.

Nelson and Waylon Jennings were combined into a genre called “outlaw country”, a subgenre of country music that grew in the late ’60s as a reaction to the old school conservative restrictions of Nashville sound. “Wanted! The Outlaws” an album by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter, and Tompall Glaser, released in 1976 and consisting of previously released material earned its place in music history by becoming the first country album to sell a million copies and received critical praise.

His musical influences were Hank Williams, Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Django Reinhardt, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong.

In his book, “The Tao of Willie: A Guide to Happiness in Your Heart”, Willie describes the influence of the guitar in his style: “One of the secrets to my sound is almost beyond explanation. My battered old Martin guitar, Trigger, has the greatest tone I’ve ever heard from a guitar…If I picked up the finest guitar made this year and tried to play my solos exactly the way you heard them on the radio or even at last night’s show, I’d always be a copy of myself and we’d all end up bored. But if I play an instrument that is now a part of me, and do it according to the way that feels right for me…I’ll always be an original”.

Willie Nelson certainly is an original and is widely recognized as an American icon. In 1979, Willie Nelson received Country Music’s highest honor when he was selected “Entertainer of the Year” by the Country Music Association, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. in 1982 “Always on my Mind” won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance. His Albums Without A Song (1984) and City of New Orleans (1984) reached the top or near the top of the country charts. “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before” was a big hit in 1984.

The following year, he teamed up with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson to form the Highwaymen. They first release, Highwayman (1985) which was a big hit and then Highwayman 2 (1995). Known for his compassion, Nelson along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, organized the first Farm Aid concert in 1985. in an effort to help family farmers, to date they have raised more than $30 million to keep family farmers on their land Nelson has also been concerned and worked on behalf of the environment, most prominently promoting alternative fuels. Nelson is known for being generous not only with his money but with his time, after a show, “He’ll stay there for hours, signing autographs and meeting people,” friend Kris Kristofferson told Texas Monthly.

Willie first appeared as an actor in the movie “The Electric Horseman” (1979) with Robert Redford, shortly after he acted in Honeysuckle Rose (1980), playing the role of a veteran country musician; the movie featured Nelson’s song “On the Road Again,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Song” and won the Grammy Award for “Best Country Song” (1980). Willie’s also appeared in the following movies; Thief (1981), Barbarosa (1982), “Red Loon” (1982), “Songwriter” (1984) with Kris Kristoferson, Red Headed Stranger (1986), Wag the Dog (1997) and “Gone Fishing”(1997). Willie has appeared in more than 30 movies to date.

On a personal note, Nelson has certainly had his share of tragedy and challenges in his life, most devastating was the death of his son in 1991. In 1990 he lost everything, when the IRS sized most of his assets after Price Waterhouse placed him into tax shelters that were later disallowed, the matter was settled and Willie’s debt was paid by 1993. Of course we all know about his problem on several occasions because of use of marijuana, Willie continues to be an advocate for legalizing marijuana.

Nelson lives in Maui, Hawaii, his neighbors include Kris Kristofferson, Woody Harrelson, and Owen Wilson, he married four times and has seven children. In 1991, he married his current wife, Annie D’Angelo, they have two sons together.

Nelson last performed a few days ago in Austin Texas on Sunday April 28, 2013, to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department, located near the town of Abbott where he grew-up.

Happy Birthday Willie we wish you the best, peace, good health and happiness.

According to BMI sources: Willie Nelson has 351 song titles registered with them.

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George Jones Country Music Legend Died Today

by cj

George Jones Died Today April 26, 2013

George Jones, the legendary country singer who sang the heartbreak classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” died today at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized in recent days.

In a career that lasted more than 50 years, Jones had No. 1 songs in five separate decades, from the 50s to the 90s, and was idolized by singers in many genres; including Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, James Taylor and countless others. Johnny Cash in response to the question “Who is your favorite singer?” would playfully tease “You mean apart from George Jones?”. Jones recorded more than 150 albums becoming the symbol of traditional country music. An accomplishment that even his idol Hank Williams would have been proud of. He is described as one of the greatest singers in American music history. Jones 1980 hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” is regarded by many as the greatest country song ever recorded.

Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, and played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He served in the Marine Corps than returned to Texas. In 1955, his “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single, moving up the charts to number four and beginning a remarkable career: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.

In 1969, Jones married Tammy Wynette; one of the most famous marriages in country music. Jones followed Wynette to Epic Records and began working with her producer, Billy Sherrill, who would be responsible for his biggest hits of the ’70s and ’80s.

Some of the people who knew Jones best paid tribute to the legendary singer tonight:

Vince Gill: ”There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”

Garth Brooks: ”The greatest voice to ever grace country music will never die. Jones has a place in every heart that ever loved any kind of music.”

Alan Jackson: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he will always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”

Hank Williams Jr.: “Today is a sad day in Country music. We have lost another piece of history. George Jones was not only a good singer, but was a good friend. He will be missed by many.”

Merle Haggard: ”The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”

Kenny Rogers: “George Jones will always be one of the most amazing singers who ever lived. He was a true Country Music legend who made music very personal to the listener – I think more than anyone else. He will be dearly missed, but always remembered.”

Travis Tritt: “I am just devastated by the news that George Jones has passed away! The music world has lost one of the most original and innovative talents that the world has ever known. I feel such a personal loss of not only one of the greatest vocal influences of my life, but also I’ve lost a dear friend. Visits with George have always been full of joy and laughter. Every time I would see him, George would always greet me with a funny story or a joke! His legacy will put his name at the top of the most influential artists in history, right along with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings. His voice will be influencing singers 100 years from now and beyond! I’m reminded of the lyrics that Waylon wrote in the tune ‘It’s Alright.’ ‘If we all sang like we wanted to, we’d all sound like George Jones!’”

Lorrie Morgan: “Country music lost an icon today and I have lost a dear and beloved friend. With tear-filled eyes, I’m reminiscing this morning about all that I learned from and loved about George Jones. He was part of my ‘country music education;’ he made country music history and, in my opinion, George Jones is a song’s best friend. No one will leave an imprint on my life like George did.”

Mark Chesnutt: For a newcomer, it was intimidating to open for him; there was even more pressure to close for him. George gave me strength and encouragement; he kept telling me ‘you can do it, son.’ George Jones is the Father of Country. We will all miss his voice, and I will miss his voice to call me ’son.’”

List of George Jones number one country hits. Source:
“White Lightning” (1959)
“Tender Years” (1961)
“She Thinks I Still Care” (1962)
“Walk Through This World with Me” (1967)
“We’re Gonna Hold On” (with Tammy Wynette) (1973)
“The Grand Tour” (1974)
“The Door” (1975)
“Golden Ring” (with Tammy Wynette) (1976)
“Near You” (with Tammy Wynette) (1977)
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” (1980)
“I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool” (with Barbara Mandrell) (1981)
“Still Doin’ Time” (1981)
“Yesterday’s Wine” (with Merle Haggard) (1982)
“I Always Get Lucky with You” (1983)

He will be missed; my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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Holistic Coaching, What Is It?

Contributing Author: Anna Martin

Adopting a holistic approach to life means that your focus is directed to your mind, body and spirit as a whole. Treating the entire body, with holistic therapies, enables individuals to gain greater self-awareness and appreciation for renewed balance, health and vitality. Holistic Coaching provides the tools required to harmonize and create a more balanced, fulfilled life.
What does a Holistic Coach Do?
A holistic coach works with individuals who wish to achieve more flow and balance in their life. By exploring, and accepting, each individual’s unique attributes, experiences, creative thinking and personal requirements a holistic coach/therapist is able to guide, motivate and inspire positive life changes.
Unlike more traditional approaches to coaching, holistic coaching allows for deeper exploration and understanding of the inner interference that create emotional blocks and hurdles. In order to overcome long-standing emotional issues healing is sometimes incorporated into the holistic coaching process.
What to Expect from Holistic Coaching
Holistic coaching offers a supportive, guiding process that helps individuals understand life from a different perspective. Clients are encouraged to explore synchronicity and to work towards personal transformation on many levels. As everyone is unique, as too is the issues that may be most relevant, the holistic approach to coaching offers a person-centered experience that encourages positive changes.
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Many techniques and tools can be used within the holistic coaching process, and these may include Emotional Freedom Empowerment, Stress Management and relaxation/meditation exercises. Whilst holistic coaching is primarily designed to benefit the individual it can also be successfully used to bring positive change and influence to groups, teams and organizations.
Who Benefits from Holistic Coaching?
Adults who have enjoyed specific life experiences – this may include challenging personal issues, redundancy, divorce or separation and other emotional difficulties – will most benefit from the holistic approach to coaching and improving life. Understanding the importance, of the way in which the powerful combination of holistic healing and coaching can create positive changes, is a key factor in being aware of how this form of coaching can be most beneficial.
Working with a Holistic Coach
Whether working face-to-face, online or via telephone each holistic coaching session is a confidential, supportive experience that helps clients identify issues and problems and guides them to find resolution. A holistic coach/therapist is trained to be able to provide support with professional development, personal life issues, social, educational and/or emotional problems and other concerns that require improvement and clarity.
Most clients will require between 4 to 6 one-to-one sessions and may also benefit from additional support at other times, as issues are identified and explored. Commitment to the holistic coaching process is therefore important.
What Holistic Coaching is Not
Holistic coaching is not therapy. Whilst the holistic coaching process can help individuals manage weight, improve emotional well-being, help with rehabilitation and generally inspire positive thought and direction, this form of coaching does not focus on working through long-standing issues and problems. By focusing on the entire individual, however, work/life balance can be addressed and restrictive behavior patterns and habits can be rectified and improved. Fresh and inspired motivation for life will also be created, and a healthier attitude to living will become the result individuals aim for.

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Adele, Daniel Merriweather, Celine Dion “Water and a Flame” cover by Iza

iZA – short for (Isabeka), is a young Polish girl in ‘s her early 20 who loves to sing. I just discovered her music yesterday after she added me as a contact on my YouTube channel. What’s unique about her is that she has a phenomenal voice and style. She has a channel on YouTube where she sings music covers and she has worked hard to build a sizable following. I picked this cover because I think it’s an amazing performance by an amateur with very little money or support; struggling to be discovered. My thoughts are what a loss it would be to the rest of the world if they don’t get to hear her sing.

Listen to this song and please post a comment I want your opinions and feedback, thank you. cj

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Benefits of Time Management Skills

by: Ann Marie

It’s normal to hear time management discussed in business circles; yet, it is a topic that can be of great benefit to everybody. Time is a challenge for all of us, whether we’re business people, workers, students or stay at home moms or dads. There seems to be less time in today’s world, and that’s why it’s a lot more important to learn how to properly manage our time. In this article, we are going to be discussing a few key reasons why time management is so important.

A big benefit of time management is just how that it boosts your productivity. It is something that almost everybody hopes to be able to do. Seldom do you hear of individuals who feel that they’ve got adequate time to do the things they need and wish to do. In lots of instances, the problem is not not enough time but rather the fact that you do not have an efficient way of managing your time. Time management shows you how to set priorities, and to focus on how much time you’re wasting every day. The idea is not really to put yourself under more pressure to try and do more, but to utilize your time more wisely so you appear to have more of it.

One positive advantage of time management is decreased levels of stress. Not having enough time is one of the main reasons we experience stress. Think about how tense you feel if you are worrying about being late for a scheduled visit or if you’re stuck in traffic. These issues relate to time, and if you have this type of situation often you could probably benefit from some training in time management. Learning how to control schedule so that overwhelmed us and become an issue indicates that you are supervising your time efficiently. We often believe that the solution to our problems is doing things faster, but it could be even better and more relaxing if we learn how to manage our time better.

Time management doesn’t just includes boosting your productivity and efficiency; you also want to feel more pleasure and a better quality of life. Time is an important component of life and so we feel better about our lives when we have the ability to control our time. Conversely, feeling that we’re running out of time can create an overall feeling that we aren’t good in some part of life. Those who are genuinely successful are aware that time management is a crucial skill they have to get good at. It could be the one determining factor that lets you live in the moment and appreciate your life instead of feeling that time is a merciless boss.

Time management is very significant in our present times, even more so than in previous decades. Existing technology allows us to do things faster than before and yet we feel forced to continually increase the pace. As an example, we continue to have difficulty keeping track of the large number of available information even with computers and other gadgets that are extremely powerful. Time management is the component that can give us a sense of control over time so we can quit rushing and loosen up.

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Music Artist: Nikki Boon Singing “Where You Been all My Life”

Country Artist: Nikki Boon Singing “Where You Been all My Life” I just recently discovered her music and I think she’s an amazing talent; I’m enjoying her music, loving this song. Nikki Boon moved to Nashville in pursuit of her dreams after winning a scholarship. I hear she’s been working hard writing, performing and recording music ever since her move to Nashville. Her music and singing has a “wild side ‘ to it, listen to “Where You Been all My Life”, “Just a Little Bit” and “Ain’t No Barbie Doll”. Nikki co-wrote the songs and that “wild side” style she shows in her music could be her formula to success.

Minneapolis, MN- North Central University student Nikki Boon took home the grand prize in Dr. Pepper’s Tuition Giveaway during the halftime show at the SEC football Championship Game in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, December 4, 2010.

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10 Tips to help you be succeed on YouTube


After going to the YouTube partner meet up at YouTube HQ in New York City, I’ve learned a few trick and tips to help you be more successful on YouTube, whether that means adding subscribers, gaining views, making more money, or earning partner status. We heard from not only YouTube staff, but some hugely popular YouTube partners like Michael Buckley from What the BUCK.

1. Descriptions are EXTREMELY important. The YouTube algorithm (bot) cannot watch your videos. It considers many factors when ranking your video. Of the factors you can control, your description is HUGE. Fill up your description with as much keyword-rich information as possible as it pertains to your video.

2. Annotate every video to another video. When a viewer gets done one of your videos, point them to another relevant video at the end. Keep them watching your stuff!

3. Always have a call to action to encourage engagement. Ask for a thumbs up, ask for comments, or ask for a video response. And also, be sure to include past comments or video responses in future videos so that your viewers know that you ARE listening to them.

4. Use YouTube insight to get important stats on all of your videos. This helps you make videos that are better tailored to your audience.

5. Use Playlists to group together similar videos you have made. Use your channel to feature these playlists.

6. Keep video length as short as possible, especially if you are new to YouTube. Five minutes should be long enough.

7. Collaborate with others. Find channels that serve a similar audience and that are a similar size to your own, and do a collaboration. Link to one another’s channel, feature videos from the other channel, etc.

8. Customize your channel graphically. Take full advantage of the many branding options available to partners to make your channel look professional and consistent. If you’re not a partner, you still have a lot of options to alter the look and feel of your channel.

9. If you’re trying to build subscribers, try a subscriber drive. Give away a small item in exchange for people subscribing and watching your videos. Use Twitter and other forms of social media to promote your contest.

10. Be perceptive: see what sticks! Spend time watching the videos of successful YouTubers. Find the videos that are getting the most views or thumbs up. Try to figure out what about those videos or those channels is so compelling, and try to translate into things YOU can do to make your own video more successful.

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