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  1. Rewind is offline
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    04-08-2020, 04:24 PM #251
    Teri had excellent ideas for novels and short stories. She started several but completed only one. Reading it this morning brought me to tears. Here it is:

    Aug 26 2012
    Hopes and Wishes

    Some people say she appears only at Christmas. In truth, she is always around. Maybe Christmas is the time of year when so many lights shine that it is the only time people take notice of her. She comes as an answer to those who need her. She answers a longing of the lost and hopeless. She survives for those who have a sincere desire to wish happiness on others, the loving father at the altar as he gives his daughter away, The long lost lovers miles apart searching the heavens for answers. The lonely girl looking for love.

    She isn't an Angel, a Fairy or Sprite. She is a Twinkle. Her appearance is different each time she comes to help. She is invisible to most people or maybe people are just too wrapped up in their own lives to notice her. She can't blame people for not noticing her since many people speak with tears in their eyes as they make their innermost feelings known. The feelings that only she knows. In truth she figures most people who make those heartfelt wishes are so consumed with sadness that many can't really believe there is help available. Whatever the reasons are, she likes being tiny and small, no bigger than a tiny spark. She loves the work she gets to do as she helps so many people all around the world, from one end of the earth to the other. No matter what language, no matter how big or small, adult or toddler, if the words are spoken or just a simple thought. All people great and small have a need for love and happiness. Twinkle answers all from the simple to the complex.

    So next time you look to the sky and think a special wish or you see the sparkle of water glistening and playfully throw a coin into a fountain, remember Twinkle is watching and working for you.

    By Teri Thompson

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    04-09-2020, 01:25 PM #252
    That was a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it. I can tell your wife was a wonderful person and I am sorry for your loss.

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    04-10-2020, 03:22 PM #253
    Teri was indeed a wonderful person. She also had a beautiful smile. Here is my favorite picture of Teri, her senior class photo from 1980. She's been gone only five days and it seems more like five years. I miss her and I will always love her. Always.
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    04-12-2020, 05:50 PM #254
    My wife has been gone for seven days now and it feels more like seven years. I miss her more every day. This poem was sent to me yesterday by a family member. I cried when I read it – but I've been crying at almost everything for the past seven days. A friend of hers had received this poem from a friend after losing her daughter a few years ago. It's tear-inducing but it's also comforting. I'm sharing it here in the hope it will be a comfort to everyone who has lost a close family member – which is probably all of us.

    Remember Me

    To the living, I am gone.
    To the sorrowful, I will never return.
    To the angry, I was cheated.
    But to the happy, I am at peace.
    And to the faithful, I have never left.
    I cannot be seen but I can be heard.
    So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea, remember me.
    As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty, remember me.
    As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity, remember me.
    Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, your memories of the times we loved, the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we laughed.
    For if you always think of me, I will never be gone.

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    07-03-2020, 05:56 PM #255
    Conditions now require discipline and fortitude. It ain't easy. For some, music can help ease the angst, if only for a while. Here are some new sounds, and with the rest of Reminiscences, can add to the relief.

    Yusef Lateef

    Like It Is (ends at 7:33)

    The Legend...

    John Coltrane


    Andrea Motis. Joan Chamorro & Scott Hamilton



    Westchester Lady

    Ronnie Laws & Pressure

    Always There (don't miss this)

    The Crusaders

    Street Life

    I've seen Chucito and his father Chucho Valdes live. This video captures Chuchito's energy which is never at the expense of exceptional musicianship. They are superb pianists. None better in the genre they inhabit and beyond.

    Chucito Valdes

    Chucho Valdes

    Descarga Cubano

    Chucho Valdes

    Lorena's Tango
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  6. Atypical is offline
    07-28-2021, 01:21 PM #256
    Marion Black

    Who Knows

    The same song done by a great band.

    Quantic Soul Orchestra

    Who Knows

    Mambisimo Big Band


    An accomplished drummer demonstrating her skill that's fun to watch.

    Taylor Moore

    Oye Como Va

    Kandace Springs w/David Sanborn

    Love Got In The Way



    One of the most interesting musical series on YouTube is Daryl's House. It provides great music and some glimpses of musician interaction and Hall's virtuosity.

    Diane Birch (with a funny intro)

    Fools (3/22/24 link repaired)


    She deserves more exposure.

    Diane Birch

    Nothing But A Miracle (3/22/24 link repaired)

    Diane Birch

    Don't Wait Up (3/22/24 link repaired)
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    01-25-2022, 05:18 PM #257
    I began developing an interest in Japan and its history, customs, films, food and more in my teens. While never ignoring its flaws, I was drawn to many things I found attractive. The Japanese film industry, for example, is known and praised for its many brilliant directors and their masterpieces.

    I have been considering learning some of the language recently but know that it, and especially Kanji, present formidable challenges.

    There are a few posts with Japanese artists/music in Reminiscences, but I thought it was time for a more extensive review of Japan's offerings.

    A popular band with a superb cover of a Crusaders' classic.

    Tokyo Groove Jyoshi

    Put It Where You Want It

    Rise Up

    A cover of a Tower Of Power classic

    What's Hip (with a traditional Japanese samisen)

    What A Difference A Day Makes


    A lovely folk song

    Lullaby Of Takeda

    Finding exceptional new musical talent motivates me to continue my passion to be surprised. This talent is a stunning discovery. She is already being praised as the best female drummer in the world.

    The more than amazing, Senri Kawaguchi.


    After watching this many times, it must be said that this is one of the most breathtaking musical performances I have ever seen.


    A solid band with Senri Kawaguchi

    Lover Come Back To Me (1/10/24 link repaired)

    Beautiful traditional music


    Japanese Flute

    Something in case you're hungry

    BTW, being relentlessly skeptical and doing your own research rather than accepting propaganda will always reduce your risk of becoming a parrot.

    The Samurai legend

    あなたが音楽を楽しんだことを願っ います

    anata ga ongaku wo tanoshin da koto wo negatto te i masu


    A lot of truth in these comments.

    Japan / U.S.


    Something that's fun from Japan.

    This prankster has an awareness, especially with children, and a playful sensibility that makes his gentle actions better than those who are now copying his antics.

    Samurai Prank
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    08-09-2023, 06:45 PM #258
    Some more great sounds. Ms. Springs is also in another post on this page.

    Kandace Springs

    Run Your Race

    A song also done by others here.

    Kandace Springs

    I Put A Spell On You

    A singer with an instantly recognizable voice who was also a very talented pianist. This is her unique version of this timeless song.

    Nina Simone


    When you think you know a lot about something and then come scross a new find it can be humbling. Many have that reaction when seeing Dorothy Donegan. She was, without hyperbole, one of the best jazz pianists ever – and a playful one on occasion, too.

    Dorothy Donegan


    Something a little different.

    Four Women

    The Dukes of September


    Rob Thomas/Daryl Hall

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine (3/22/24 link repaired)

    Leon Russell

    This Masquerade
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