I heard the song “Teach Your Children Well” by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young for the first time in ages the other day. The lyrics resonated with me as the parent of three now adult sons, and five grandchildren…
You, who are on the road Must have a code that you can live by And so, become yourself Because the past is just a goodbye.
Teach your children well Their father’s hell did slowly go by And feed them on your dreams The one they pick’s the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them, “Why?” If they told you, you would cry So just look at them and sigh And know they love you.
And you of tender years Can’t know the fears That your elders grew by And so, please help Them with your youth They seek the truth Before they can die
The second verse is for the children, to help them better understand the parenting skills (or lack there of) of the previous generation.
Teach Your Children Well was released way back in 1970, but the words still apply today, at least I think they do. What do you think?
This is the video, the words sound much better to music…
The tune and lyrics are so catchy and relevant to family life that they are currently being used in a commercial for Sobeys grocery stores.
Check out Daniel Campoli’s portfolio to meet a young, very talented musician. Daniel not only writes and records his own pieces, but sings and plays the piano too. Listen to his latest single entitled “Broadcast From my Bedroom” here or on YouTube, Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon Music.
I was just introduced to Daniel myself, virtually, through Facebook and was blown away by his voice and talent. It turns out he grew up, and his parents still live, around the corner from my brother in Ingleside, just west of Cornwall, Ontario. His mother and my sister in law have been friends for years. It is indeed a small world, especially when you grow up in a small town.
Social media can be wonderful for sharing positive, inspirational stories like this, compared to all the vitriol that seems to have taken over our media sources lately. I am always happy to share such amazing talent.
A few years ago I introduced you to Andrew Waines and his music. Still going strong in the music industry, Andrew has just released his latest original tune. Check out Who Loves Each Other More on the platform (YouTube, Spotify, iTunes and more) of your choice.
While you are at it, listen to Andrew’s other originals and covers on his website.
Alyssa Lyons, Michelle Knezovic, and Lindsay Eastwood are the ladies locked in to discussions on anything sports related, with Chiann Nobrega as the editor and producer. I became aware of this YouTube series because Lindsey Eastwood is a fantastic local hockey player.
I say local because she grew up here in Ottawa playing minor hockey, but spent the most recent years playing for Syracuse University in New York state. As their team captain I should add.
Lindsey’s dedication and enthusiasm for hockey is (and has been for years) evident to anyone that knows her or of her; her success is so well deserved. Lindsey’s parents are the quintessential hockey parents so prevalent here in Kanata, a suburb of Ottawa, known for its tightly knit hockey community. When one of our kids succeed, we are all thrilled and proud. Thanks to Facebook and other methods of social media, we can all stay updated on their progress.
I do not know much about the other women involved, but if they are anywhere near as inspirational and knowledgeable as Lindsey is, this adventure should be awesome. Find out for yourself. Lock in with the ladies to check out their weekly episodes and subscribe to their success.
Salif Gueye wowed Ellen and millions of viewers today with his dancing…
With Michael Jackson as his idol and inspiration, 22 year old dancer Salif is amazingly talented. He currently dances in the streets (for tips) to showcase this talent. In fact a YouTube video of him doing so in his home town of Paris, France recently went viral catching Ellen’s discerning eye. His fluid moves are simply (actually nothing simple about them) spectacular.
Known for helping to launch many talented performers spiralling them into fame, Ellen may be on to something (someone special) here. Just ask Justin Bieber. He was invited to her show after Ellen saw his first video on YouTube. He was so new to the scene that Ellen mispronounced his last name. Shortly after that appearance Bieber released his first album. The rest is now (music) history.
I dare say Salif is an even better dancer (if that is possible) than Michael Jackson. What do you think?
Canada is going to pot, literally. Personally, I have thought so since our last (2016) federal election, but that’s another story.
Today, October 17th 2018, Canada is legalizing marijuana, much to the chagrin of many citizens. This was an election promise our prime minister made to win votes from the younger age group. He’s now making good on that promise with as much thought and preparation (not much) as many other ridiculous and ill-advised things he is responsible for.
AKA pot, weed, or cannabis, marijuana can now be smoked anywhere (with few exceptions) regular cigarettes are allowed. Users are supposed to act responsibly. Parks, arenas and recreational centers are pot-free, but this will be very difficult to enforce. As will driving under the influence of pot if roadside testing is as inefficient and flawed as rumored. So difficult in fact that the mayor of Ottawa predicts legalizing pot will cost the city (at least) a cool 8 million dollars per year. The federal government has created (another) the mess, but is leaving the municipalities to deal with the fall out. Great, just what this country needs, more examples of how to fritter away the tax payers’ hard earned dollars.
Hoping to remove the (still) illegal street sources, the new laws say brick and mortar stores must apply for a licence to sell pot. These licences will not be available until spring, so these stores currently open for business must close their doors and reopen when they have been granted a licence. Those that do not close while waiting for their licence will be shut down by authorities and will relinquish their right to ever obtain such a licence. Until then pot is only available (legally) through government run facilities. Yep, that will eliminate the illegal sources. Not.
So, who wins with this new legislation? The group of individuals that already (not so covertly) smoke pot recreationally. Partakers have been asked to “use pot responsibly.” The problem is (or will be) that this group of people are not typically recognized for being responsible or their sensitivity to other people’s concerns, more focused on their own wants and needs. Who cares if pot has been proven to aversely affect the health of children, pets and anyone else with a set of lungs? Not them.
Who loses? Anyone that prefers and strives to keep their own and their loved ones’ lungs smoke and drug free. And the tax payers who are left holding the bag. This YouTube video by Bryan Cox and Jason Leblanc is one of those funny/not funny things. You either laugh or cry.