Yesterday: The Beatles

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Yesterday is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney), and first released on the album Help! in the United Kingdom in August 1965.

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Which band, and their music, has had the most influence in my life? The answer to that question is simple – The Beatles.

On February 9th, 1964, The Beatles, with their Edwardian suits and mop top haircuts, made their first American television appearance—LIVE—on The Ed Sullivan Show.

A rather strange fact is that I actually remember the aforementioned Ed Sullivan show. I could not have been more than five years old, but I do remember watching the Beatles on a Black & White TV that had a rather insane channel switch. Little did I understand back then how much the Beatles would influence my life with their music. As a teenager and young adult I experienced a revival of some of their oldies amongst my friends and peers – the Beatles were once again ultimately cool.

I never grow tired of listening to the Beatles, especially their early music, and possess almost their entire discography in electronic form. Roon has made that entire Beatles catalogue that much more enjoyable 🙂

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Harry Nilsson – Without You

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Introduction

Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. A tenor with a three-and-a-half octave range, Nilsson was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. WikiPedia

Third song in a series of music posts of songs that have influenced my personal life. One of the most heart wrenching songs of all time, and later popularized by the powerful five octave voice of Mariah Carey. Debuted in her 1993 album, Music Box.

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No, I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows

No, I can’t forget tomorrorow
When I think of all my sorrows
When I had you there but then I let you go
And now it’s only fair that I should let you know
What you should know

I can’t live if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give any more
Can’t live if living is without you
I can’t give, I can’t give any more

No, I can’t forget this evening
Or your face as you were leaving
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows
Yes, it shows

Can’t live if living is without you
I can’t live, I can’t give anymore
I can’t live if living is without you
Can’t live, I can’t give anymore
(Living is without you)

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El Shaddai: Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith

Introduction

Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and media personality. She is known for performing contemporary Christian music (CCM) and for a successful crossover to pop music in the 1980s and 1990s. She has been referred to as “The Queen of Christian Pop”.

This goes back a bit, but I can recall how Amy faced an incredible amount of criticism from the American Christian community for leaving her Gospel roots and moving on to pop music with A&M Records. She stood her ground and now is a legend in contemporary music regardless of genre 🙂

El Shaddai

El shaddai, el shaddai,
El-elyon na adonia,
Age to age you’re still the same,
By the power of the name.
El shaddai, el shaddai,
Erkamka na adonai,
We will praise and lift you high,
El shaddai.

Through your love and through the ram,
You saved the son of Abraham;
Through the power of your hand,
Turned the sea into dry land.
To the outcast on her knees,
You were the God who really sees,
And by your might,
You set your children free.

El shaddai, el shaddai,
El-elyon na adonia,
Age to age you’re still the same,
By the power of the name.
El shaddai, el shaddai,
Erkamka na adonai,
We will praise and lift you high,
El shaddai.

Through the years you’ve made it clear,
That the time of Christ was near,
Though the people couldn’t see
What messiah ought to be.
Though your word contained the plan,
They just could not understand
Your most awesome work was done
Through the frailty of your son.

El shaddai, el shaddai,
El-elyon na adonai,
Age to age you’re still the same,
By the power of the name.
El shaddai, el shaddai,
Erkamka na adonai,
I will praise yo ’till I die,
El shaddai.

El shaddai, el shaddai,
El-elyon na adonai,
Age to age you’re still the same,
By the power of the name.
El shaddai, el shaddai,
Erkamka na adonai,
I will praise you ’till I die.
El shaddai.

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Are You Content Creators or Content Regurgitates?

Are you one of the unique individuals on WordPress that actually creates their own content? Do you take your own photographs and video? Do you write your own articles and poetry?

Social media is bursting at the seams from regurgitated content. Content, often of a silly or rather useless nature (memes, twitty tweets, etc.) or even false information (the polarized left-wing and right-wing media) is repeated over and over again without the individual posting it analyzing or even comprehending what they are posting. Facebook and Twitter are full of such nonsense – do we have to tolerate it here on WordPress? I think not!

If you are one of those people that merely regurgitates content, i.e., repeats, restates, recites, or parrots someone else’s words, ideas, images, etc., on a regular basis, chances are that many (including me) will unfollow you soon. If you think that reposting literal volumes of regurgitated content on WordPress will make up for your lack of creativity, laziness, and general lack of intelligence, you are sadly mistaken.

Please do us all a favour and stick to FaceBook and Twitter and leave WordPress to the content creators, whoever they may be.

Harsh words? Perhaps, but I have made up my mind a long time ago to no longer suffer fools.

Once again, it is time to clean out the closet of clutter that attempts to dominate my time and energy. Once a year, I go through my online social media accounts and ruthlessly remove followers who have not meaningfully contributed to my personal life in any significant way.

Last year alone, I pruned away approximately 60 “friends” on Facebook and shut down my Twitter account altogether (no choice there – it was infiltrated with undesirables). I also removed certain people on WordPress that were, essentially, content parrots.

In case you question my analysis and methodology or consider this post to be disingenuous, please consider the fact that I have personally posted almost 400 original articles on WordPress in less than one year. Some of those posts are images and video, but the majority are articles that have taken me significant time and effort to research and write each day.

It has been a pleasure reading the many articles, including the photographs, artwork and video, from numerous people on WordPress. As one who embraces a rather eclectic approach to life and living, I do value the many different people, cultures, and countries represented on WordPress. I cherish the unique ideas and perspectives of others concerning matters of religion, philosophy, politics, the arts, etc.

If you are an original content creator that is willing to step out of the ordinary into the extraordinary – you have my attention.

Cheers!

The choices we make today become who we are tomorrow…

 

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Tiger Lilly in the Wind

Tiger Lilly In The Wind from Bruce Kraus on Vimeo.

A slow motion rendition of a Tiger Lilly in the Wind.

Video shot with a Panasonic Lumix G6 with a 14-42 lens; Edited and colour corrected in DaVinci Resolve on a MacBook Air.

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The Summer Heat

Lawn & Garden from Bruce Kraus on Vimeo.

High temperatures of 35C+ without rain for most of July in southern Saskatchewan has taken its toll on our yard and garden. Plenty of water and fertilizer has kept our front lawn green, but our once beautiful ferns and delicate flowers are drying up and withering away.  Thankfully, certain species of flowers like the Tiger Lilly and the Sunflower thrive in the heat.

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