I Only Want To See You Bathing, In The Puple Rain. 

I Only Want To See You Bathing, In The Puple Rain. 

If you look enough throughout history, I am sure you can find a sad event somewhere, anywhere in the world, every single day. Today, we lost a music legend!! 

He rose from the bad neighborhoods of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the early 80’s to become a music legend. Today it has been officially reported that Prince, 57, has died. 

When I lived in The Twin Cities I used to sing his song, Purple Rain, at karaoke bars around Bloomington, Burnsville and Apple Valley. I met a woman in Bloomington at David Fong’s Chinese Restaraunt and every Thursday I would be there singing karaoke and she without fail would request Purple Rain. I only wish someone had recorded me singing it so I could share it with you all. 

It’s another sad day in the music world, but Prince did leave his legendary mark before leaving us so soon. May his music live on long after today, rest in peace, Prince. 

All Of You!!

All Of You!!

If you’re like most of us, you need to earn money by working for a living. Describe your ultimate job. If you’re in your dream job, tell us all about it — what is it that you love? What fulfills you? If you’re not in your dream job, describe for us what your ultimate job would be.

Like most of us, I work to live and provide as much as I can for my bride and I. She is the major bread winner in our house, but I have always felt there is more to a career than money. There should be a passion and reason behind everything we do. 

Okay, I admit, when I first went off to college I had universal dreams of being a Psychologist making people feel better, solving their problems and making enough money where any worry the world could throw at me would not be a worry. I would just say, ‘Not a problem!! I’ve got this covered!’ And I would have more than enough to help the world and myself. 

Then I woke up, realized I am already equipped with what the world needs. We all are. You, you, you, you and yes, even you way in the back, I see you paying attention from a distance, we ALL were created for a purpose! Our purpose may not involve making huge sums of cash, but ten times out of ten, our true purpose will involve making someone else richer in spirit because we were a part of their lives.

I’ve been living my purpose ever since I figured out what it is and everything I do is to that purpose. My purpose is people. That is my ‘career’. And I don’t always get paid monetarily for my efforts, but I do always receive back blessings in ways I don’t see coming. 

My dream career would be as a voiceover specialist. I have had a number of customer service and phone operator jobs. I worked for two years in my dream radio station, but I let that slip away (again because of money!). I want to be the next Mel Blanc or Walt Disney or Voice Over Movie Guy, ‘In a world…’

But dreams can come in many ways. I have learned in the past five years that I may not live where I want and I may not ever have the job that I want, but this life is not about me. It is about you, and you, and you, and you, everybody else! 

Sure, I gotta make me a priority. An empty vessel will never fill another up. But I will always be there for anyone going through something, anything. That is my dream career. A world full of people that know that Jesus and Josh love them! 

Lullabies.

Lullabies.

I am a night owl, an insomniac. I admit, my wife caught me earlier tonight catching a nap in the living room of our home. And now, I am awake and she has gone to sleep in our room. 

We are fans of Essential Oils and we have found that Lavendar helped me fall asleep for a while, but then my old habits kicked in again. I stay awake for at least a couple hours after my bride has drifted off to dreamland where I hope she finds peace and happiness. Me? I am awake blogging my thoughts with the air purifier whirring gently in the living room. 

Tonight on my mind is gentle lullabies. I have a few ways of staying awake, but to fall asleep, nothing beats soothing music. These are some of my favorites–

1. Common Threads by Bobby McFerrin. http://youtu.be/FnINCwYL-Jc

2. Return To Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins. http://youtu.be/wQhCNOV5Gnk

3. Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Israel kamakawiwo’ole. http://youtu.be/V1bFr2SWP1I

4. The Rainbow Connection by Kenny Loggins. http://youtu.be/Qzm251m5-_E

5. Lullabye (Goodnight my angel) by Billy Joel. http://youtu.be/dcnd55tLCv8

6. Come What May from Moulin Rouge. http://youtu.be/-YsMvzgeSuI

7. Your Song from Moulin Rouge.http://youtu.be/tnoG0ONh4b8

8. When We’re Together by Mark Harris. http://youtu.be/TbesERUiRkU

9. The Marriage Prayer by John Waller. http://youtu.be/t4_sfgjRcfI

10. Homesick by MercyMe. http://youtu.be/zvhrPMJe8LE

11. Word Of God Speak by MercyMe. http://youtu.be/4JK_6osCH74

12. Heart Of Worship by Matt Redman.http://youtu.be/OD4tB1o6YLw

13. Listen To Our Hearts by Steven Curtis Chapman and Geoff Moore. http://youtu.be/DQtho_0rAc0

14. Air On The G Sting by Johann S. Bach. http://youtu.be/E2j-frfK-yg

15. Four Seasons (Winter) by Vivaldi. http://youtu.be/nGdFHJXciAQ

16. Mozart And Memories by Trans Siberian Orchestra. http://youtu.be/i6MiuPxhqNA

17. Beethoven’s Last Night Full Narration by TSO. http://youtu.be/0kmZHrTJsN4

Well, this is by no means a full list, but you have well over three hours of music on this list if you listen to it fully. Sweet dreams and may your dreams one day become reality that will chase your nightmares away. 

Lesson Of Loss.

Lesson Of Loss.

Last night in my state of Minnesota, literally only a few hundred feet from where I once lived, we lost a legend of Rock N’ Roll. Front man for Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, and his latest project, The Wildabouts, Scott Weiland died in his sleep on a tour bus at The Country Inn And Suites on Killebrew Drive. He was found unresponsive and later pronounced dead. I read this news on Facebook last night and did some more searching for a credible source and found it to be true. I cried like a baby for over an hour!!! I am crying now as I write this. 

Here’s what is most funny. I never knew him!!! I knew his music from Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver. I had no idea he had started another band and was touring with them and was literally a one minute walk away from where I used to live! And now, it is assumed by most, he is gone because of his history with drugs. Again, we are fans, we did not know him personally. Until it is proven drugs did him in I will believe he was sober as he has stated for years. But again, I wasn’t a personal friend, so I truly don’t know. 

This thought got me thinking about how important relationships are. Most importantly is a relationship with Our Creator, God and His Only Son, Jesus Christ. One day we all will die. Our bodies will quit and we will stop breathing and our eternal soul will be swept away to God. Will He be weeping uncontrollably on the moment of our death? Only if He has to say, ‘Depart from me! I never knew you!’ Why do some of us live our lives following a rock star and never really knowing them we mourn for them as though we lost a family member, but when it comes to knowing God we simply say, ‘meh! I know Him. He will let me in.’ We didn’t get into a Stone Temple Pilot or Velvet Revolver concert without a ticket, why do we think we can get into Heaven without a personal relationship with the bouncer, Jesus Christ? It is no different! Are you on the list? Was Scott Weiland? We don’t know if he was right now or not, but he now knows. Are you ready to know your creator today so you will be admitted to The Big Show? Don’t make God mourn your death because He has to send you away because you never knew The Savior, Jesus Christ, who He sent to pay for our sins. Get to know Him today. 

Father, God, 

I am a mess of a sinner! You know me more than anyone in the world knows me. I know you sent your son, Jesus Christ, to pay for my eternal soul. Lord, I know that I cannot come to see you for eternity without Him. I know that He bled, He Died and spent three days in Hell so I never would have to! I ask that He come into my heart right now and cleanse me like He did Hell over 2,000 years ago. I want a personal relationship with Jesus. I know it won’t be easy. I know there will be painful things to clean in my life, but I know an eternity with Jesus and you, God makes it worth it. Jesus come into my heart and help me to know you now. In your Holy name and by Your Precious Saving Blood I pray. Amen. 

If you prayed that, or a smaller variation of it (make it your own) welcome to the family! God need not mourn over you because you have acknowledged you are His! The next step is to get into a Bible. They can be found online, or respond to me in a comment on this post and I will get you A Bible no matter where you are! Welcome home, good and faithful servant! Know God today. 

I Didn’t Even Know!! 

I Didn’t Even Know!! 

Tonight, I discovered the unbelievable gift of Pentatonix. They have a special on Netlfix that I have been meaning to check out for days, and tonight I finally did!! 

I wanted to hear more, so I went to YouTube.com. I typed in Pentatonix and lo and behold, I found THIS EPIC AWESOMENESS: 

http://youtu.be/EGuncXiq6L0
Daft Punk songs by Pentatonix…. Um, YEAH!!! It’s funny what “live the dream” shows like this do to me. Voice overs, Vocal Blogging, podcasts, YouTube videos, recording audio books and the pinnacle, voice work for Dreamworks Animation Studios!!!! Nights like tonight make me believe that path could appear before me. It will take work, it will take blood, sweat and tears, but it could happen! 

I just wanted to share the awesomeness and inspiration with the world tonight. You’ve got a goal? Shoot for it! You got a dream? Work after it and live it!! If it is in your mind, God could be leading you to it! Don’t let road blocks and detours get in your way! 

And In Other News.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Connect the Dots.”

I live in a small rural community in West Central Minnesota. Usually, not much happens for exciting news. Although, we have had our share of sad news over the past few years because people don’t know  how to act and/or react to things any longer and they take their anger issues into their own hands. Yes, even in middle of nowhere rural Minnesota these things happen. Luckily, this is not one of these news stories.

I was going through my newsfeed on Facebook yesterday when a Minnesota television station had posted a story about an incident in a Target store in California. They are unsure of who or how it was done, but in the store someone had hacked into the store PA system and began playing the soundtrack of a pornographic film. According to my source they said this was not the first incident of this kind in California either. 

I find this interesting not because of the nature of the incident or the sad truth that there was children present who truly did not need to hear such things. I find it interesting because it blows my mind that someone would stoop to a level to think this was funny, or even original! PA systems have been hacked before. Entire networks have been hacked. 

One of my favorite films is Angelina Jolie’s first film Hackers from 1995 when the Internet as far as public use was still in its infancy. Their motto in the film was ‘Hack The Planet’. The main character of the film caused 1307 computers to crash at once causing a company to lose millions of dollars! He was 11 years old and was sentenced to never touch a computer or phone until his 18th birthday! 

So, you are probably wondering, how does all this relate to me? Well, I have experience in the media and I have experience with sound systems. No, I was not involved in the Target incidents, but I do currently work for Target’s main competitor, Walmart. 

I find the correlation of events, the hacking of a pornographic soundtrack and the dramatic dip in Walmart stock a day later quite compelling. Don’t you? 

What can we learn from this? When one of us loses, we all lose. Why does there have to be those who are out to harm others? Whether it be the poisoning of people’s minds or the loss of great income (which affected all of Walmart’s stock holders). These things affect a large number of people in negative ways. 

I truly wish we could live in a world where humanity would all realize ‘we are all in the same boat and rowing in the same ocean!’ Why do some people think it is funny, or their duty to see others drown? It’s a phrase that was said in 1993 during the riots in L.A., ‘Can’t we all just get along?’ 

Maybe the media is part of the problem. To my readers in other countries, does your media sensationalize harm and hate and bad things happening to others? It sure seems like it does here in The United States. I said it in a previous post, it sure doesn’t seem like we are united any longer. I wonder if we ever can be as a nation and God-willing as a world? Would you be willing to put aside any differences you may have with others and seek a world of Peace and Harmony? 

What Do You Want?

What Do You Want?

http://youtu.be/nlfqNlU3oGs 
This is a video posted on the blog of a friend and local Montevidean, former television newsman, and all around awesome individual Jerrid Sebesta. Best isn’t just in his name by accident, he seriously is one of the best people around! That’s my thought anyway.

The video on this post asks us to answer one of the toughest questions, at least it is for most of us. What do you want? 

A life that doesn’t move toward what it wants will move around in circles. I have lived that life before and I don’t like it. What is my purpose? To bring the best out of everyone I can by using any and all media tools I can. Radio, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, I USE THEM ALL TO REACH AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE THAT THEIR DREAMS AND GOALS ARE POSSIBLE!!! 

But, you can’t just let the world dictate what your dreams and goals are, YOU must decide. What do you want? Go get it! 

As a disclaimer, which is sad that in today’s world I feel obligated to put this in here, if your goal is to stomp on or demean, or kill as many people as possible, whether through their goals, or God Forbid even physically, let me stop you right now! That is a stupid unbelievably selfish goal! KNOCK IT OFF!!!! 

We are all human beings. What are we being? That comes from going after what we want. Some people don’t go after what they want, others go after what they want at a great cost to others. Don’t do that! Your goals should cost you, no one else! 

Are there people who will support you financially, spiritually, physically, any way they can? Sure there are! But that is their decision. Don’t make someone else pay a cost they don’t want to is selfish. Do not do that! 

So, today with this post, tell me, what do you want?