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When my angel comes home
It’s been hell bein’ here alone
God tell me, why has she flown
So far away
I pray she won’t stay another day
I’ll be in heaven when my angel comes home
Please come home

“Angel Come Home”-The Beach Boys

I watched this and I stopped. There comes a time when all of us are changed by an event. Forever. Death creates situations that either turns families bitter or turns them into heroes. The Downings lost their twelve year old daughter to suicide and not in the ways that you may think…

The Downings are Heroes and I hope all of you who watch this clip spread the word in any way you can.

I want them to know that they’re not alone. That their angel is “home”.

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Summer….61,

A goddess became my song,

I fell in her ocean eyes,

As endless as the skies,

Forever she’ll be my Surfer Girl.

“Forever She’ll Be My Surfer Girl”- Brian Wilson

Thought I would post the promotional trailer for “That Lucky Old Sun”. It shows that Brian still has an ear for song and is excited for this release. I know I am.

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Summer….61,

A goddess became my song,

I fell in her ocean eyes,

As endless as the skies,

Forever she’ll be my Surfer Girl.

“Forever She’ll Be My Surfer Girl”- Brian Wilson

Thought I would post the promotional trailer for “That Lucky Old Sun”. It shows that Brian still has an ear for song and is excited for this release. I know I am.

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I gave you love with a brand new start
Thats what you needed the most
To set your broken heart free

I know you cried, and you felt blue
But when I could I gave strength to you
Im waiting for the day when you can love again

“I’m Waiting for the Day” – The Beach Boys

No matter what one’s beleif system is, children should not suffer. This post is NOT about choosing sides in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Children shouldn’t have to use old shrapnel as a way to build a make beleive home for Barbie and Ken. I do not have the political insight to even try talking about this awful stalemate ( and yes,perhaps I should take the time to learn). Stagnation is a sure route to pain and violence. Kids battle this with one surefire method…Play!

A few days ago I had a wonderful introduction with Susan Abulhawa.

Playgrounds for Palestine was founded after Palestinian human rights activist, Susan Abulhawa, visited her home in Jerusalem after nearly 20 years in exile in August 2001.

The concept for building a playground for children who are exposed to blood and violence is a good and worthy one…I wish there were more like this. None of us know how many more tomorrows we have…especially these kids. I would think that they would spend many of those tomorrows at the playground…if they could. Once again Susan it was apleasure to meet you and I wish much success with this endeavor. Learn more at http://www.playgroundsforpalestine.org .

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I had to fix a lot of things this morning
‘Cause they were so scrambled
But now it’s okay
I tell you I’ve got enough to do

The Beach Boys – Busy Doin Nothing

I was sittin’ in a crummy movie
With my hands on my chin
all the violence that occurs
Seems like we never win
Love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

Brian Wilson- “Love and Mercy”

The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson have been part of who i am since I was 13 and “Endless Summer ” came out in the seventies. While everyone was Jammin to Grand Funk and Stevie Wonder I was up late listening to “Holland” on earphones in my room. It was “my” thing and I loved it. It is still a source of joy when anything Beach Boy or Brian Wilson reaches my ears and now it looks like something Brian Wilson new and old is coming…

BRIAN WILSON RETURNS TO CAPITOL RECORDS / EMI, HIS ORIGINAL LABEL HOME…. NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘THAT LUCKY OLD SUN,’ TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2 ON CD, DELUXE CD/DVD, LIMITED EDITION VINYL & DIGITALLY” 

You don’t have to climb the Capitol tower, or play the Hollywood Bowl, if there’s a roll in your heart, and a rock in your soul…” (lyrics from That Lucky Old Sun’s “California Role”)

Hollywood, California – May 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

– He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the
most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most gifted and influential pop composers of the last 50 years. Today, Wilson announces his return to Capitol Records / EMI, his original label home. Wilson’s new studio recording,

That Lucky Old Sun

 will be released by Capitol/EMI on CD, CD/DVD, limited edition vinyl and digitally on September 2 (September 1 internationally). Brian Wilson’s return to Capitol Records / EMI, where The Beach Boys caught their first hit wave with the 1962 classic, “Surfin’ Safari/409,” is a triumphant homecoming for one of the world’s most gifted and beloved musical talents.

 

 

“I’m thrilled to be back home with Capitol, and I’m looking forward to sharing That Lucky Old Sun with everyone,” says Brian Wilson. “This music is really special to me.”

 

“We are delighted to be working with Brian Wilson for his new album,That Lucky Old Sun,” says Guy Hands, Executive Chairman of EMI Music. “We all remember the feelingwe got when we first heard The Beach Boys’ music. My particular favorite classic is ‘Surfer Girl.’ It always reminds me of driving an open top car down the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Barbara to Malibu. Brian Wilson is an iconic talent with enormous musical influence all over the world and we are very proud to be representing him.”

 

A musical love letter from Southern California,

 

 

That Lucky Old Sun

shimmers with sundappled choruses and arrangements that swell and swirl as if carried by the Pacific tides. One of the songs, “Midnight’s Another Day,” has been described by MOJO magazine as “glorious.” The album is narrated in transitional interludes spoken by Wilson as ‘That Lucky Old Sun,’ the storyteller. The narratives, cameos on life and the heartbeat of Los Angeles, propel the album’s musical story.

 

Last summer, Wilson found himself singing the 1949 classic song, “That Lucky Old Sun,” which became the inspiration for a unique approach to what would become his next studio release. He bought Louis Armstrong’s version of the track and was inspired to collaborate lyrically with his band mate Scott Bennett, and with Van Dyke Parks, his old ‘sidekick,’ to create vibrant spoken narratives. Wilson debuted “That Lucky Old Sun” at London’s Royal Festival Hall in September 2007 in a series of six sold-out and critically acclaimed concert performances celebrating the theatre’s restoration.

 

Wilson describes That Lucky Old Sun as an “interwoven series of ‘rounds’ with interspersed spoken word,” and as an autobiographical travelogue of sorts. The new studio album is produced by Wilson and was created with his acclaimed band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where he first recorded in 1962.The new release is the dawning of a new California morning for Brian Wilson, continuing the awe-inspiring concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Wilson’s songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious glory for The Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by his 2004 critically acclaimed Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE. Lyrically and in Wilson’s incomparably lush, evocative arrangements, That Lucky Old Sun adds a new chapter to Wilson’s conceptual presentations, reaching ever higher with his vibrant and moving autobiographical storytelling and intricate harmonies. Following numerous nominations, Wilson won a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (2004) for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” and he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Last December, he was feted as a leading cultural icon by The Kennedy Center Honors alongside Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin and Leon Fleisher.

Brian Wilson:


That Lucky Old Sun

 

That Lucky Old Sun
Morning Beat
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Good Kind of Love
Forever My Surfer Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Live Let Live
Mexican Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
California Role
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Oxygen
Can’t Wait Too Long (vocal excerpt)
Midnight’s Another Day
Going Home
Southern California

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I had to fix a lot of things this morning
‘Cause they were so scrambled
But now it’s okay
I tell you I’ve got enough to do

The Beach Boys – Busy Doin Nothing

I was sittin’ in a crummy movie
With my hands on my chin
all the violence that occurs
Seems like we never win
Love and mercy that’s what you need tonight
Love and mercy to you and your friends tonight

Brian Wilson- “Love and Mercy”

The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson have been part of who i am since I was 13 and “Endless Summer ” came out in the seventies. While everyone was Jammin to Grand Funk and Stevie Wonder I was up late listening to “Holland” on earphones in my room. It was “my” thing and I loved it. It is still a source of joy when anything Beach Boy or Brian Wilson reaches my ears and now it looks like something Brian Wilson new and old is coming…

BRIAN WILSON RETURNS TO CAPITOL RECORDS / EMI, HIS ORIGINAL LABEL HOME…. NEW STUDIO ALBUM, ‘THAT LUCKY OLD SUN,’ TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 2 ON CD, DELUXE CD/DVD, LIMITED EDITION VINYL & DIGITALLY” 

You don’t have to climb the Capitol tower, or play the Hollywood Bowl, if there’s a roll in your heart, and a rock in your soul…” (lyrics from That Lucky Old Sun’s “California Role”)

Hollywood, California – May 19, 2008

 

 

 

 

– He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, a legendary writer, producer, arranger and performer of some of the
most cherished music in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most gifted and influential pop composers of the last 50 years. Today, Wilson announces his return to Capitol Records / EMI, his original label home. Wilson’s new studio recording,

That Lucky Old Sun

 will be released by Capitol/EMI on CD, CD/DVD, limited edition vinyl and digitally on September 2 (September 1 internationally). Brian Wilson’s return to Capitol Records / EMI, where The Beach Boys caught their first hit wave with the 1962 classic, “Surfin’ Safari/409,” is a triumphant homecoming for one of the world’s most gifted and beloved musical talents.

 

 

“I’m thrilled to be back home with Capitol, and I’m looking forward to sharing That Lucky Old Sun with everyone,” says Brian Wilson. “This music is really special to me.”

 

“We are delighted to be working with Brian Wilson for his new album,That Lucky Old Sun,” says Guy Hands, Executive Chairman of EMI Music. “We all remember the feelingwe got when we first heard The Beach Boys’ music. My particular favorite classic is ‘Surfer Girl.’ It always reminds me of driving an open top car down the Pacific Coast Highway from Santa Barbara to Malibu. Brian Wilson is an iconic talent with enormous musical influence all over the world and we are very proud to be representing him.”

 

A musical love letter from Southern California,

 

 

That Lucky Old Sun

shimmers with sundappled choruses and arrangements that swell and swirl as if carried by the Pacific tides. One of the songs, “Midnight’s Another Day,” has been described by MOJO magazine as “glorious.” The album is narrated in transitional interludes spoken by Wilson as ‘That Lucky Old Sun,’ the storyteller. The narratives, cameos on life and the heartbeat of Los Angeles, propel the album’s musical story.

 

Last summer, Wilson found himself singing the 1949 classic song, “That Lucky Old Sun,” which became the inspiration for a unique approach to what would become his next studio release. He bought Louis Armstrong’s version of the track and was inspired to collaborate lyrically with his band mate Scott Bennett, and with Van Dyke Parks, his old ‘sidekick,’ to create vibrant spoken narratives. Wilson debuted “That Lucky Old Sun” at London’s Royal Festival Hall in September 2007 in a series of six sold-out and critically acclaimed concert performances celebrating the theatre’s restoration.

 

Wilson describes That Lucky Old Sun as an “interwoven series of ‘rounds’ with interspersed spoken word,” and as an autobiographical travelogue of sorts. The new studio album is produced by Wilson and was created with his acclaimed band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where he first recorded in 1962.The new release is the dawning of a new California morning for Brian Wilson, continuing the awe-inspiring concept album journey that he first began four decades ago. Wilson’s songwriting, arranging and producing talents came together in harmonious glory for The Beach Boys’ 1966 classic, Pet Sounds, and have continued to evolve during his solo career, highlighted by his 2004 critically acclaimed Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE. Lyrically and in Wilson’s incomparably lush, evocative arrangements, That Lucky Old Sun adds a new chapter to Wilson’s conceptual presentations, reaching ever higher with his vibrant and moving autobiographical storytelling and intricate harmonies. Following numerous nominations, Wilson won a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance (2004) for “Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow” and he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Last December, he was feted as a leading cultural icon by The Kennedy Center Honors alongside Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Steve Martin and Leon Fleisher.

Brian Wilson:


That Lucky Old Sun

 

That Lucky Old Sun
Morning Beat
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Good Kind of Love
Forever My Surfer Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Live Let Live
Mexican Girl
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
California Role
That Lucky Old Sun (narrative)
Oxygen
Can’t Wait Too Long (vocal excerpt)
Midnight’s Another Day
Going Home
Southern California

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 Another morning at Dr. Andy’s. Our offices are next to each others and many an hour we spend talking, drinking cheap vodka   juiced vegetables, and eating Hostess Ding Dongs embedded with Skittles organic bran muffins. During one of these “brainstorming” sessions I started to complain about feeling sick. My head felt like someone had used it for a cutting board and my stomach felt like vinegar and cottage cheese. Dr.Andy looked at me and said, “You know getting sick can be healthy for you”! I said ” drinking the fluid out of your ink jets can make you bald”. I didn’t think a Chiropractor could move so fast! When I awoke he said “hey, I’m being serious, I gave a lecture about this a few weeks ago.”  Andy is great at what he does, education. This is an excerpt from that discussion.

 

Most people don’t realize that most of the chronic diseases we have today actually result from what we do on a daily basis.  They are driven by how we eat, the American lifestyles we lead and our current medical practices.

In our society acute illness (colds, fevers, etc.) is viewed as a bad thing.  It is almost seen as the precursor to something catastrophic:  “If I get a cold, I might get worse.”    Our society has gone into a perpetual state of fear.  Making matters worse we are no longer taking responsibility for our health, we simply shift the blame for it to the Doctor.

Let’s discuss what actually happens when you get sick.  The body encounters an invader, like a flu bug, that activates the immune system.  The body then releases White Blood Cells (WBCs) that target the invaders, engulf them and then create natural antibodies that kill them.  Simultaneously, the WBCs creates a copy of the invader that memorizes its properties.  These allow for the body’s immune system to recognize the invader the next time the body encounters it and respond to the threat faster; lessening the amount of time your body feels sick or rundown.

In the body, there are “dis-ease” processes going on at all times.  The term dis-ease is used stating there are varying degrees of sickness and wellness going on simultaneously.  Your immune system is constantly fighting off invaders such as bacteria, viruses, and other forms of infections hence the varying degrees of sickness and wellness one feels. However, we don’t always express symptoms of infection such as a runny nose or cough.  Symptoms can occur when the system is overloaded for too long and the body starts to break down.  To use an analogy of your body as an automobile, you are driving your car and you rev the engine too high for too long, so you will eventually wear down the gaskets, burn up your oil, and warp the metal of the engine.   This all leads to eventually blowing the engine.  As we go about our lives and our daily business we don’t eat properly, we don’t sleep enough or correctly, we ingest too many chemicals via drugs, other cleaners and cosmetics, we don’t exercise, and we are over stressed most of the time.  By doing this, eventually our bodies break down and get sick.  Unfortunately, in our society we usually suppress all forms of coughs, colds, and fever that the body would use naturally for its defense and we get sick anyway.

In short, as we overload our bodies, our ability to resist sickness is reduced.  This leads us to a natural process that occurs with many infections and injuries called inflammation.

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or irritation that leads to symptoms of redness, pain, heat, swelling, and loss of function.  It is the body’s attempt to remove harmful stimuli and heal.  Inflammation is not always seen but is developing all the time. Inflammation is produced in the various systems of the body–nervous, endocrine, and digestive to name a few.  The body does not always express inflammation the same way it comes into the body.  Some examples of this clinically are:
Airway- Mucous buildup, Cough, Runny Noses, Sinus Issues
Intestines- Diarrhea, Acid Reflux, Indigestion, Bloating
Skin- Rash, Acne, Hives
Nervous -Irritability, Listless, “Leave Me Alone” attitude

As was mentioned earlier, we overload our systems constantly.  When this happens, our ability to resist sickness decreases, our sensitivity increases, and inflammation occurs.  In contrast, if we start removing these stressors, our resilience increases as well as a decrease in occurrences of inflammation.

How do we remove the stressors?  We start off by no longer overloading the system chemically, physically, and emotionally.  Chemically, start by changing your diet with limiting simple sugars, portion control, and quality of foods.  Physically, you simply need to exercise.  Move around more during the day and use ergonomics at your workplace. Emotionally, learn to de-stress.  Learn how to recognize stressors as well as how to avoid and cope with them.

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The basic theme is to develop a balance which ultimately will limit the amount of inflammation development.  By slowing down, eating right, reducing stress and getting some exercise, one can decrease one’s susceptibility to getting sick either via a cold, runny nose, fever, or inflammation.  When every system (nervous, digestive, muscular, endocrine, etc.)  is balanced, you feel better and reach an optimal level of performance.  When your body works at this level, you feel better and you will have a positive impact on those around you.  Remember, your health affects everything you do and everyone you know

Once again thanks Dr. Andy for your insight…learn more about Dr.Andy at http://creativechiropracticsolutions.com

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