On a belated note, the recent death of  81 year old country music icon Glen Campbell who had been struggling with dementia (specifically Alzheimer’s Disease)is a pivotal moment for him who wanted to leave a mark in this world and to say goodbye in his own way. He did it his way and I applaud him for that. He was able to do it while his mental faculties were still intact at that time and savoring every moment of it with the support of  his family,friends and fans.

I could see him now with his big white horse,wearing his studded cowboy outfit(rhinestones of course) and riding towards the heavens with the musical backdrop of his great hit—Rhinestone Cowboy.

Josie

Jerry Lewis,comedy icon and philanthropist/fund-raiser for the National Muscular Dystrophy Foundation had died yesterday at age 91 after a brief illness.

May you rest in peace and as your ending song after each MD fundraiser states, You Will Never Walk Alone as the angels escort you to the Pearly Gates. I’m sure your comedy team partner Dean Martin will be waiting for you up there to greet you a warm welcome.

Josie

Today(June 14), being Flag Day, I thought that giving reference to the flag (irregardless of from what country one belongs to) is the priority task for today.
However, due to fate, it wasn’t meant to be. Neither giving much prominence that today is also the birthday of US President Donald Trump.

What happened today was the shooting of 1 US Republican Congressman (Rep. Steve Scalisse) by a gunman, known to be a supporter of US Senator Bernie Sanders during the 2016 US Presidential election. This all happened in a baseball field in Alexandra,Virginia,USA where both members of Congress were practicing baseball in preparation for a charity game tomorrow evening.

The gunman died from gunshot wounds inflicted by the US Majority Whip’s security staff( who were luckily present ). Rep. Scalisse was stable and will undergo hip surgery because he was shot at the hip. Later on, it was reported that he now got out of surgery and is in critical condition at the time of printing this blog.

The gunman through his social media trail, had voiced anti-Trump rhetoric and now the FBI is involved because it’s politically motivated.

I was afraid that because of the rising political rhetoric in the US, that something will just tip over.
Is today’s shooting the wake-up call to finally rein in all those hateful rhetoric which only incite violent feelings from mentally and emotionally disturbed individuals?
Is today’s shooting also the wake-up call to enforce gun regulation since it now affects the US lawmakers amidst a long history of mass shootouts in the US especially during former US President Obama’s term?

Time will only tell whether real changes will finally come or today’s events will just be forgotten in due time.

Just saying!

Josie

When I heard today that Sir Roger Moore had passed away after a short time, bravely battling cancer, I felt sad since I had always enjoyed watching him  in the movies portraying the suave British spy James Bond,Agent 007 as well as the crime-fighting tycoon Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint. He had a massive movie and theatre career but definitely the 2 aforementioned roles were his most famous ones.

He had been  more involved now with UNICEF, being a high-profile United Nations representative for children’s causes worldwide. This was one role that he relished the most until the end of his life.

Him being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II is like a cherry on a big cake. If this were part of a movie story line, it would appear as if the Queen had just knighted James Bond,Agent 007 who always serves at the pleasure of his Royal Highness.

Though I don’t drink liquor, much less a martini like James Bond, to Sir Roger, I salute you with my non-alcoholic drink,shaken,not stirred as you’d like it.

Salut!

Josie

With all that has been going on in this world  regarding terrorism, the fact that this time, in Manchester UK, it involved  a terrorist attack,bombing a concert by a popular American pop singer(Ariana Grande) who’s providing  good entertainment to a group of young people (teenagers, tweens) has sent chills and sadness to me.

A suicide bomber did his job and left  indescribable heartbreak to families and loved ones of the very young  victims whether they’re dead, injured or missing.

Second-guessing as to how to improve security in any public event will always come up. Unfortunately, we all learn by hindsight. It goes to show that nothing’s safe anymore.

I  feel sorry for Miss Grande who surely must be feeling distraught that her fans came to see her , only to later on meet their respective fates. I hope that this  awful experience will not prevent her from performing ever again but to use this very moment  to find new purpose in performing for her fans.

My thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this awful tragedy.

 

Josie

With Easter Sunday arriving tomorrow,amidst all the impending festivities, I will also be reflecting on the life of a special family(a widow with 3 special-needs,adult sons) who all passed away from smoke inhalation secondary to a house fire just this past Tuesday.

It happened in the town of St. George,New Brunswick,Canada.

Their deaths have been deemed as “non-criminal in nature”. the cause of the fire remains now under the investigation by the Office of the Fire Marshal.

The only silver lining here is that all 4 of them left this world together and will be celebrating Easter in their own way wherever they are now.

Here’s today’s news article which gives a synopsis of what had recently happened and the memorial service of all the 4 deceased family members.

Community gathers to remember family killed in house fire—-Sarah Seeley(The Telegraph Journal)

ST.GEORGE–  Fire trucks lined Main Street outside St. George Baptist on Saturday as the community gathered to remember Esther Boyd and her three adult sons,Davey,Billy and Robbie.

The four family members died in a fire at their South Street home on Tuesday.

The public memorial service was held on what would have been Davey’s 56th birthday.

The front of the church was filled with members of the St. George Fire Dept. where Davey was an honorary fire chief who had helped out at the station for more than 40 years.

Firefighters from the departments in Black Harbour,Deer island and St. Stephen were also at the service.

All the pews were filled at the Baptist church with more mourners gathering at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church across the street to hear a broadcast of the service.

Some of the Musquash Fire department took over operations at the St. George Fire Hall so the firefighters could attend the funeral.

Esther,80,was the primary caregiver for her three adult sons with special needs-Billy,59,Davey,55 and Robbie,52.

She was a dedicated member of St. George Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. The songs sung at her funeral were some of Esther’s favorites.

The church’s minister,Rev. Jason Hooper,and Rev. Mary Ann Langmaid from the Anglican Church conducted the service.

Hooper said Esther was known around the community as a kind and loving mother to her boys.

“She was a  person of strong faith,”he said. It was her strong faith that helped her to persevere .”

Premier Brian Gallant and MLA Rick Doucet and St. George mayor Crystal Cook attended the service.

After the service,Gallant told the Telegraph-Journal he was touched by the outpouring of sentiments from the town of 1,500 people.

“It’s very sad anytime that you have a community going through something of this nature.We wanted to be here to support them. We  know all New Brunswickers are thinking of St. George.”

 

My thoughts and prayers for this family as well.

Josie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Edward Anderson Berry aka Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis,Missouri on Oct. 18,1926. I heard the news of his death  which happened yesterday  in St. Louis as well. He was 90 years old.

Having read all the articles regarding him, I will give my own input as well about this man who’s considered the Father of Rock and Roll, an original Rock and Roll legend, in fact, was the first inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

His musical repertoire reflected his views on happiness and rebellion.He was able to use his great songwriting skills to tell stories that happen in  society —- for example—“Sweet Little Sixteen”(about young female fans called groupies), “School Day“(about daily school routines and trials and tribulations),”Back in the U.S.“(black man’s tribute to his country–the USA) ,”Johnny  B. Goode“(aspiring country guitar player being encouraged by his mom to pursue his dream to be a star).

The Johnny B. Goode song  became an anthem for every aspiring musician who dreams to hit the big time. It was also Chuck Berry’s signature song.

The song”Rock and Roll Music” became the guide song for all future rock bands to follow.

Even his gifted guitar skills have inspired known rock guitarists like George Harrison,Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for example.

He was able to combine both country fast beat and rhythm in blues song to produce the rock and roll music beat that we know now.

He was also an amazing live performer and would use his”bent-leg duck” walk from time to time while playing his guitar. on stage.

He was also known for his brushes with the law as well as his many extramarital liaisons  yet he was able only to serve just part of his time in jail and the rest were either dismissed ,commuted or pardoned. He remained married to his wife Themetta Suggs who stayed by his side up to his death.

His fame had been stratospheric and one example would be the launching of the unmanned Voyager in 1977 by NASA and inside that rocket was stored a music album containing a musical playlist which included  only 1 rock song—Johnny B. Goode. The purpose of that musical album was to explain to any potential extraterrestials that the Voyager may encounter as to what kind of music is being played on the planet Earth.

On his 90th birthday last year, he announced that he would be releasing his musical album first new in 38 years on 2017,titled “Chuck”. This would be a compilation of his new,original songs which were written,recorded and produced by him.

He reflected that he may be nearing the end of his life ,thus the end of his musical career and felt that it’ll be the time to hang up his boots.

It should be pointed out that he never stopped performing even when he got on in years. It probably kept him feeling young and strong because music playing and songwriting was what kept him busy and which he loved doing so.

He may be gone now but his music will live on. For me personally, all I need to do is just go on Youtube and watch Michael J. Fox sing Johnny B. Goode on 1 Back to the Future clip. I could even shake a leg and hip to its catchy beat too!

 

Josie