Here's to life

The world is a tough place. It is cold, callous, unforgiving, and will kick while you are down. It is ugly, painful, scary, and downright mean. But it is also beautiful, kind, and hopeful. Sometimes I lose track of that, and I just focus on the unattractive qualities that can be found on the third rock from the Sun. However, last night I was reminded of the joy it brings me. I saw one of my all-time favorite bands in the world perform live and I got to do it with a lot of friends. I have followed the band since I was in college and their songs bring back so many good memories. Their music makes me laugh, think, cry, but most importantly, it makes me appreciate the people, places, and times in my life. So thank you Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers for making April 4, 2007 a great day. You guys put on one helluva show as usual and I am so glad I discovered your music.

Have a great weekend, and if you have something out there that makes you happy please focus on it. We all get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life that sometimes we forget to step back and exhale. Whatever that thing is … that piece of sunshine or hope that makes you really appreciate life. Whether it is getting ready for your favorite team’s next home game or taking a walk with your best friend just make sure you do it more often than not because I like it when you smile.

P.S. The title of the post is from a song called "Mekong." Before Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, they were The Refreshments, and Mekong is from their first album. The chorus is below.
Is it true 
It's always happy hour here
If it is I'd like to stay a while
And as cliche as it sounds
I'd like to raise another round
And if you bottles empty
Help yourself to mine
Thank you for your time
And here's to life


  1. Music is TRULY the language of the soul. Its one of the ONLY ways that I get an emotional response nowadays too.

  2. I'm glad you had a good time, although I wouldn't have expected anything less. I mean, really, how can you have a bad time at an RCPM concert?

  3. Music has a certain power to charm!!

  4. There's always something to smile about and one does not have to look hard for it.

    Thanks for the reminder! :-)

  5. You know, their music has just about the same effect on me. The new album is so relentlessly positive, it's difficult to not be in a great mood when you're done listening to it.
    As far as I know, they've never made it here to Florida, but when they do, I'll be there. I guess Dimmu Borgir in Orlando May 30 will have to do; but they're nowhere near as positive.

  6. well said.

    it's a short ride on this mud ball of a planet. i'd vote for expanding the happy hour.

    If that's all there is, my friends,
    Then let's keep dancing.
    Let's break out the booze
    And have a ball
    If that's all there is.

  7. Anonymous4/06/2007

    Nicely put :) My hubby tends to be on the pessimistic side so I'm always there to help him focus on what's good and real each's important to do that for one another I believe. I hope you have a great weekend :)

  8. right now, life is pretty craptacular for The Dr., but I'll try to be more positive, cause the Dumb, White Guy says so.

  9. Glad you had a great time shife, that's awesome. I have never heard of this band sorry, but music makes me smile too

  10. I hope you had a great Easter.

  11. The power of music buddy. I know it all too well. Glad you found some that really moves you. I know some people who just really aren't into music at all, and I can't fathom it. How does one survive without music?


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