“Inspire Change”

National Football League teams. Seen on the back of football helmets at the base:

“Inspire Change” ~ a simple, powerful message. What does it speak to? So many different topics that this phrase might apply to:

In business,

In society,

In politics,

In…

I’d only add the implied, additional clarifying word:

Inspire POSITIVE Change~

Yes. PLEASE.

One day at a time, one circumstance at a time, make the effort when given the chance. Maybe even create the chance.

GOOD.

Everywhere.

All Saints’ Day

The day some honor all those deemed “saints” by the church. Maybe that’s even small “c” church; all groups have those model folks others are inspired to emulate.

Good idea to learn from those who’ve gone before us, those who have set a good example, who have showed us the way.

Those who live in the here and now, and choose the high road, who stay calm in the face of chaos, who can rise above, be the light, be the calm.

Those ones, and then they do good, those ones, Saints on Earth. Let’s remember them all, All Saints Day.

One of my favorite saints from times passed, Ignatius of Loyola.

Lyrics Post: “Lola”

Another one from way back; I think I first heard it in college. I’ve belted it out in sing-a-longs dozens of times. The Kinks brought it to us. What a gift.

“Lola”

I met her in a club down in old Soho
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola [LP version – Coca-Cola:]
C O L A cola
She walked up to me and she asked me to dance
I asked her her name and in a dark brown voice she said Lola
L O L A Lola la-la-la-la Lola

Well I’m not the world’s most physical guy
But when she squeezed me tight she nearly broke my spine
Oh my Lola la-la-la-la Lola
Well I’m not dumb but I can’t understand
Why she walked like a woman and talked like a man
Oh my Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola

Well we drank champagne and danced all night
Under electric candlelight
She picked me up and sat me on her knee
And said little boy won’t you come home with me
Well I’m not the world’s most passionate guy
But when I looked in her eyes well I almost fell for my Lola
La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
I pushed her away
I walked to the door
I fell to the floor
I got down on my knees
Then I looked at her and she at me

Well that’s the way that I want it to stay
And I always want it to be that way for my Lola
La-la-la-la Lola
Girls will be boys and boys will be girls
It’s a mixed up muddled up shook up world except for Lola
La-la-la-la Lola

Well I left home just a week before
And I’d never ever kissed a woman before
But Lola smiled and took me by the hand
And said dear boy I’m gonna make you a man

Well I’m not the world’s most masculine man
But I know what I am and I’m glad I’m a man
And so is Lola
La-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola
Lola la-la-la-la Lola la-la-la-la Lola

Writers: Raymond Douglas Davies

Medvedev: A Few Thoughts

The stars aligned, got to watch the final few games of the US Open. Homage to my dad in a way, as he was a lifelong tennis player and coach.

Medvedev’s Triumph; inspired. I didn’t know the struggles; all the more respect, first Grand Slam Win. Really fun to watch the win.

The funky celebration, “Dead Fish, FIFA”…look it up on YouTube.

My affinity to the Russian people, I felt it bubble up watching the final games.

Also a tribute to my dad.

Lyrics Post: “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll”(originally by Arrows), Joan Jett

All those years ago until now this song still rocks, this gal Joan Jett still rips it~

Was reminded of this recently when I heard my younger daughter singing this song. There’s renewed hope for humanity. : – )

“I saw him dancing there by the record machine
I knew he must have been about seventeen
The beat was going strong
Playing my favorite song
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long till he was with me, yeah me
And I could tell it wouldn’t be long till he was with me, yeah me

Singing, I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow!

He smiled, so I got up and asked for his name
But that don’t matter, he said, ’cause it’s all the same
He said, “Can I take you home
Where we can be alone?”
And next we were moving on, he was with me, yeah me
Next we were moving on, he was with me, yeah me

Singing, I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me
Ow!

He said, “Can I take you home
Where we can be alone?”
Next we’re moving on, he was with me, yeah me
And we’ll be moving on and singing that same old song, yeah with me

Singing, I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with

I love rock and roll
So put another dime in the jukebox, baby
I love rock and roll
So come and take your time and dance with me”

Writer(s): Richards Jake Hooker, Sachs Allan Preston

Lyrics Post: “Dynamite” by BTS

A globalization. I love it.

Honestly.

K-Pop. BTS.

THIS:

“O’Cause, ah-ah, I’m in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shoes on, get up in the morn

Cup of milk, let’s rock and roll

King Kong, kick the drum, rolling on like a rolling stone

Sing song when I’m walking home

Jump up to the top, LeBron

Ding dong, call me on my phone

Ice tea and a game of ping pong

This is getting heavy

Can you hear the bass boom? I’m ready

Life is sweet as honey

Yeah, this beat cha ching like money

Disco overload, I’m into that, I’m good to go

I’m diamond, you know I glow up

Hey, so let’s go

‘Cause, ah-ah, I’m in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I’ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Bring a friend, join the crowd

Whoever wanna come along

Word up, talk the talk, just move like we off the wall

Day or night the sky’s alight

So we dance to the break of dawn

Ladies and gentlemen, I got the medicine, so you should keep ya eyes on the ball, huh

This is getting heavy

Can you hear the bass boom? I’m ready

Life is sweet as honey

Yeah, this beat cha ching like money

Disco overload, I’m into that, I’m good to go

I’m diamond, you know I glow up

Let’s go

‘Cause, ah-ah, I’m in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I’ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I’ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Light it up, dynamite

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na, eh

Light it up, dynamite

‘Cause, ah-ah, I’m in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I’ma light it up like dynamite

(This is ah)

‘Cause, ah-ah, I’m in the stars tonight

So watch me bring the fire and set the night alight

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

So I’ma light it up like dynamite, whoa

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Dy-na-na-na, na-na, na-na-na, na-na, life is dynamite

Shining through the city with a little funk and soul

I’ma light it up like dynamite, whoa”

R Writer(s): David Stewart, Jessica Agombar