Thursday, March 27, 2008

Love, Loss, Distraction - Music

We all have friends in our life that we loose contact with over the years. We often think of them and wonder how their life is? That is how it was with me with my friends Sam and Sheila. I met them when I was almost 21 years old. They were my neighbors and seeing as we were the only ones in the neighborhood that were around the same age we became fast friends. My husband had walked out on me and my 1 year old son so their company was one I treasured. They also had a son my son’s age. The boys loved having someone to play with.

We even moved into together to share expenses. After awhile they moved out of state. I remarried a great man and we lost contact for a little while. My husband had gone to school with Sam and eventually we found each other again.

Sheila was someone I could tell my secrets to or discuss any problem with. Sam was the guy who would not let you be sad or depressed. He would do anything he could to cheer you up and it worked. If you needed something and Sam could help you he would be right there to do that.

About 5 years ago I lost contact with them again. I thought of them often and wondered how they and their kids were doing, but I knew no way to contact them. Last week Sheila found me on myspace. She sent me a message saying she needed to tell me something. I saw on her myspace that her daughter is expecting a baby. So when I gave Sheila my number I figured she was calling to tell me that.

Sheila called and asked how I was doing. I in turn asked how they were all doing. I got the shock of my life when she told me that she had lost Sam last March. I was so shocked I started to cry and then fought to get myself under control and asked her what had happened.

She had to compose herself to tell me. Sam was only 40 years old and he had never had heart problems that they knew of except an occasional slight pain. He went to play basketball with her cousin and on their way walking back home he had a heart attack and died. We never know how much time we have on earth but such a sudden death of a person, a young person on top of that is so unexpected. I the blink of an eye Sheila’s and the children’s life has been forever changed.

Sheila and I talked about some other things and Taylor Hicks got brought up. Sheila informed me that Sam loved Taylor Hicks. That may not seem like such a big deal however to me it is. Not many around me understand my support of Taylor. But now I know I had a friend who got Taylor. It saddens me that I didn’t get to talk with Sam about Taylor.

Sam may be gone but he will live on in Sheila’s Memory and that of their son and daughter. Sheila and Sam were married many years. There was a lot of love in that marriage. I know Sheila was devastated to loose her Sammie. I told Sheila she needs to find things to get interested in to take her mind off her loss at least for a little while;

I then did some self assessment. I think part of the reason I am such a huge fan of Taylor Hicks is because he is my distraction for the bad things in life or in times of turmoil. I lost my Dad in March 1999 (March is a sad month). I have never quite gotten over the loss of my Dad, but when I saw Taylor Hicks on American Idol I not only loved what I heard and saw, I knew my Dad would have loved Taylor to. Whenever I am feeling depressed I put in one of Taylor’s CDS or go online and watch a video. This is a sure way to put a smile on my face at least for a little while. We all need a distraction that takes us away from the stresses of life for a little while.

Just my Thoughts

We need a new Taylor Hicks CD, concerts, Concert DVD or something to get Taylor Hicks’ fan base back on track. It seems there is always some kind of turmoil or another going on everyday. Fans of other artists are attacking Taylor fan boards disguising themselves as a Taylor Hicks fan. They are doing this to destroy the Soul Patrol. It is obvious to all that pay attention that the goal is to bring the fan base down and hopefully in turn it will bring Taylor’s support down which in turn will assure his career goes down in flames. The Soul Patrol needs to unite and support Taylor and all things Taylor while he is out creating music for his next CD. The best way to do this is to ignore those that are out to destroy the SP. Ignore anything negative. I know that is easier said than done. It is human nature to defend what you care about. But in this case it just keeps it going. People that are out to disrupt, cause trouble and belittle Taylor and his fans are the same as a bully. They will keep at it as long as there is someone to fight with.

But just like a bully if they are ignored (yes I know Kick a bully’s ass and he will stop… this is online, kind of hard to kick a virtual ass don’t you think?) if they are ignored no matter what they say then they soon grown tired and bored and move on to something more interesting.

There is another way to look at it. Like they say any publicity is better than no publicity. If someone is talking about something whether it is good or bad it will create interest. Yes bad publicity may cause some problems but it will also create a interest and people that choose to use to use their own mind to decide what they like, dislike, agree with or disagree with may just decide that “Hey that Taylor Hicks is good.”

Arguing with someone set on causing trouble is like running on treadmills instead of riding a bicycle, thinking you will arrive at your destination. Ok I know lame comparison but the whole idea of causing trouble in a fan base and to a artist who has never done a thing to you is about the lamest thing a person can waste their time doing.

Bucky Covington

This blog is about all things Taylor Hicks. I am a huge supporter of Taylor. I think he is very talented and his career has just begun. I do however support a lot of artists. One such artist is Bucky Covington. Anyone who knows me knows that I like Bucky almost as much…no change that… Bucky Covington is country music, rocking country music so I would say I like him just as much as I do Taylor.

Last summer I saw Bucky twice. Went for a third but got upset at some things that happened and left before the concert started. I could still kick myself over that. You can vote for Bucky Covington’s song a Different World for the CMT Music Awards.
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So if you like Bucky go vote for him and if you haven’t heard him check him out.

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Snore No More

In the last few years I have started snoring. This is a problem faced by many people. My husband says it is so bad he can not even sleep with me. I admit my snoring has even woken me on occasion. Recently I got the Anti snor Therapeutic Ring. I was very skeptical about this working. How could a ring possibly stop my noises when I sleep? I have used the ring about 12 nights. My husband has not been able to sleep all night in the room with me for a couple years. Since I started using the ring he did manage to stay in the bedroom all night a couple nights. He said my snoring as quieted a little but not enough. So I cannot say for sure if the ring works or not. I am sure results will be different for different people. I may have some sleeping disorder and have an appointment to be tested. Since my husband did spend a couple full nights in the bedroom I am assuming it must work some. I have had a couple people I know that tried it and said it worked for them. Like all products for people who snore it is just up to each person to find the product that works for them or go to the doctor and see if their are health problems causing the problems.