Cynthia Erivo – I’m Here from The Color Purple

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Cynthia Erivo is currently starring in the Broadway Musical The Color Purple. She plays the role of Celie and has been nominated for best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Her performance on The Late Show with Steven Colbert is one of the best live performances I have seen in a long time. It’s extraordinary.

I’ve watched the performance at least a dozen times and there is nothing to improve upon. It is as good as it gets.

Enjoy.

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http://www.playbill.com/article/tony-nominee-cynthia-erivo-brings-colbert-audience-to-its-feet

http://www.playbill.com/article/cynthia-erivo-leaves-color-purple-mid-performance

 

 

 

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop This Feeling

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This new song from Justin Timberlake came out on May 5th, 2016. It’s a great song, upbeat, well-produced. And something we will probably be hearing for some time. Most of you have probably already heard it.

Seems that with everything going on in the world, it’s nice to have a straightforward, fun, danceable song.

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And there are 2 Official Videos!

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Smart Conference

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Recently attended the Smart Conference with Dave Ramsey in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium. The Smart Conference is a live event that brings different speakers to speak on different topics. Topics include: Retirement, Personal Development, Parenting, Marriage, and Money. Dave Ramsey is a financial adviser who has a radio show/podcast daily. He and his company are based out of Nashville, TN. He continues to grow his company in a variety of ways. The Smart Conference is a forum for improving ares of your life.

Initially, we were concerned that it was going to be a big, long sales pitch. And yes, there is that aspect of the event. Especially at the beginning.

However, what ends up taking place during the day is a roster of very interesting, dynamic speakers who are interested in sharing their knowledge and perspective. At times moving, challenging, funny, insightful, and trans-formative.

While this kind of event won’t be for everyone. It certainly is for some.

From the website:

Smart Conference
Taking back control in the key areas of life

Today, I am going to start a new relationship with my spouse and kids.
Today, I am going to get a handle on my finances.
Today, I am going to spend my time wisely.

We have all made statements like that. Our intentions were good, but life got in the way and we never followed through.

The good news is, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Dave Ramsey says, “All big-time extraordinary things start from ordinary things.” And this October, he’s bringing his biggest event to Atlanta to take you from ordinary to extraordinary.

At the day-long Smart Conference, you’ll hear from America’s most-trusted experts on money, marriage, parenting, retirement, and personal development. They’ve helped millions find inspiration, answers, and confidence. Now, this one-of-a-kind event will show you how to take back control in the key areas of your life.

The Smart Conference will give you the tools you need to:
1. Learn why you are struggling in a key area of your life.
2. Create a plan and be intentional about your future.
3. Implement what you have learned to rebuild your life.

It’s up to you to make a decision today and begin the journey to a smarter life.Don’t settle for “normal.” It’s time to get passionate about your goals, your family’s goals, and the goals of your marriage.

The best of life is not behind you. The best is yet to come! Take a deep breath and take this first step to living smarter.

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http://www.daveramsey.com/events/smart

Prince

 

GTY_prince_jt_160422_12x5_1600With the recent passing of Prince, thought I would share a few thoughts about the artist.

First remember hearing of Prince with the release of 1999 and Little Red Corvette around 1982. It was summer when Little Red Corvette took off and it was playing all the time on the radio. There were no songs like it at the time.

Then Purple Rain came out in 1984 and When Doves Cry was huge. Playing all the time during the beginnings of MTV. Again, music like this just hadn’t existed before. It was so layered, sexy, rock n roll, funky.

The film, Purple Rain was also released in 1984 and became a cultural sensation. It was everywhere. He released Let’s Go Crazy and then Purple Rain. Each song another hit.

More hits over the years included Raspberry Beret, Kiss, U Got the Look, Diamonds & Pearls, Cream, and more.

The passing of Prince is a milestone for those of us at a certain age. We grew up listening to his music and it plays over the memories of our lives. Moments such as this are reminders that we all have a limited time on Earth, so we should do our very best to live fully and passionately.

His worked continued and will continue after his passing. It’s been suggested there is a vault at Paisley Park which contains an uncounted amount of additional material he worked on.

So the story goes that I attended a Prince concert with a friend in NYC. It had been raining in the city that night. And when Prince played Purple Rain all the umbrellas in Madison Square Garden opened up as we listened to the song. Those moments in life. How special, how fleeting.

 

Let’s Go Crazy

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that’s a mighty long time
But I’m here to tell you
There’s something else
The after world

A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night

So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

‘Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You’re on your own

And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy, punch a higher floor4

If you don’t like the world you’re living in
Take a look around you
At least you got friends

You see I called my old lady
For a friendly word
She picked up the phone
Dropped it on the floor
(Ah, ah) is all I heard

Are we gonna let the elevator
Bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Let’s look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

We’re all excited
But we don’t know why
Maybe it’s ’cause
We’re all gonna die

And when we do (When we do)
What’s it all for (What’s it all for)
You better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door

Tell me, are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy
Let’s get nuts
Look for the purple banana
‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

C’mon baby
Let’s get nuts
Yeah
Crazy

Let’s go crazy

Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let’s go!
Go crazy

I said let’s go crazy (Go crazy)
Let’s go, let’s go
Go
Let’s go

Dr. Everything’ll be alright
Will make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill
Hang tough children

He’s coming
He’s coming
Coming

Take me away!