Modern Day Singing Telegram: Sax Fifth Avenue Surprise

One of my closest friends, Cire Campbell, asked if he could hire me to surprise his wife Tracy as a “singing telegram” on Valentines Day!  I was honored to help make their day a special one and my wife and daughter pitched in as well.  See how it turned out:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXlVWWzBw4s]

We had such a good time that I plan on doing it for a few more folks before State of Man hits the road, so if you are in Atlanta and need to give someone a special surpise, hit me up at john //at// johnstringerinc.com and I’ll see if I can help.

Adele: Am I the only person that found out about her via the 51st Grammys?

Adele at 51st Grammys - www.upi.com

Adele at 51st Grammys - www.upi.com

Before the 51st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony this year, I’d never heard of the 20 year old, British (now two time Grammy winner) artist Adele.   Naturally, I’m curious as to how many of you knew of her before the Grammys and how you found out about her.   Did you find out about her on radio in your city? Did you find out about her from a friend?

I’m curious about this primarily because TODAY, I finally listened to her music and was moved to tears.  I am  AMAZED that I’m just now HEARING this!

OK… for those that have not heard her, please don’t let my reaction cause you to over expect.  As we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this case, in the ear!  With so much talent and soul coming from a British female artist, and the fact the she won best new artist of the year, I couldn’t help but think of Amy Winehouse and hope Adele’s personal life goes much smoother.

Check out Adele’s video for “Make You Feel My Love”  ( also known as “To Make You Feel My Love“, written by Bob Dylan, appearing on his album Time Out of Mind)  and let me know what you think.  Her voice was so striking to me in this song that I had to listen three times to finally focus on the lyrics:
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The World’s Universally Funniest Joke

good for the soul!

Laughter: good for the soul!

I have to credit Marketing guru Mark Joyner (www.simpleology.com) for sharing this joke…

“In September 2001, The Laugh Lab project (run by Professor Richard Wiseman at the University of Hertfordshire), tested over 40,000 jokes across the globe to discover the world’s universally funniest joke.  Here it is: :

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”. The operator says “Calm down. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.” There is a silence, then a shot is heard. Back on the phone, the guy says “OK, now what?’

Head of Russian Orthodox Church believes in enlightenment via Rock Music

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Courtesy of RIAN.RU

Its nice to see the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, acknowledge that Rock Music can be a path to enlightenment, as quoted in a recent RIA article “Russian Church leader may attend rock music gig”:

Even if 100 or 200 people get their religious enlightenment from rock music, can we forbid it? A few words from rock musicians at a concert could have a greater effect than a long church sermon!

Granted, religious enlightenment may differ from non-religious enlightenment, but only by the words, rituals and social constructs involved.  The desitination is the same.   His Holiness Kirill was elected the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia on January 27, 2009, and appears to be pretty forward thinking, so perhaps he’s a U2 or Switchfoot fan.

Has any music enligthened you