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Saturday Music Memories – This Is Where It Is At!

Def Leppard is one of my favourite classic rock bands. Many of my favourite songs are NOT the hits! But this one is, and the live acoustic version is a beauty!

Have a wonderful Saturday….

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The Name That Tune “Beat Down” – A Lesson In Learning!

When you love something, you typically don’t have to learn it. It is almost as if you absorb the information, without having to bear down, understand and memorize the content. For those of you who have followed me for a while, you will know that I am a music fanatic. I have always done well playing “name that tune” at pubs, or with my wife making selections on our iPod during long road trips.

But my biggest victory occurred on a 3 hour car ride with three colleagues. They challenged me to a game and even used their own iPod. They were younger than me, and quite confident that they would beat “the old guy”. Long story short, it was not even close. I answered 90+% of the songs correctly (many after only hearing 2-3 second clips). They were flabbergasted, and I could not wipe the smile off my face. I have loved music since I was ten years old. They never had a chance.

With several of my sales roles, I loved what I sold. There was never really any learning involved. The knowledge “just appeared” over time, and I was having fun doing something I loved.

This is how I am today with hockey, golf, music and internet marketing. I do not have to memorize anything. The information just stays with me.

Think of how difficult it is to learn something when you do not like it, or are just not interested in it:

  • A course at school
  • Training for products, services or concepts at work
  • Music lessons as a kid

It did not go very well, did it?

If the negative feelings you have towards learning something are worse than getting your teeth pulled, how effective are you ever going to be at understanding the information? You may be able to learn it over time and perform a required role, but it will not have meaning to you. It will just be something that you have to do.

From an early age, my son fell in love with hockey. That was a “side affect” of having me as a dad. We watched it on TV, played in the basement, on the driveway and at the rink. He also took skating lessons and started to play on a team last year. Did I mention that he watched his first professional NHL game at one hour and fifty minutes old on the 7 inch TV screen in the hospital?

By the time that he was four years old, he could name any of 15 NHL players by me only giving him a number and team name as hints. We never had “memorization sessions”. He just immersed himself in the sport, and his knowledge of one of the greatest games on earth is coming to him as naturally as it did for his father.

The motivation for this post came from the courses that I did not like in school and struggled just to get passing grades in, and the jobs that I have had in the past where I did not like what I was selling.

  • Do you love the products and/or services that you sell  every day?
  • If not, should you be getting involved with something that you really love to do?
  • If you have been “festering in unhappiness” for months, years or decades, is it time to “hit reset”?

If you are sitting on the fence, maybe today is the day to take a leap of faith!

Saturday Music Memories – Are You “Out Of Touch?”

Hop in the time  machine with me today and enjoy this classic track!

My family was travelling through eastern Canada, specifically Ontario in the summer of 1985, and this track was on “constant rotation” on my Sony Walkman! I remember the beauty of the Canadian Shield, incredible lakes, and awesome camping in our tent trailer.

I was really looking forward to catching up with my Aunt and Uncle in the capital of Canada – Ottawa, Ontario.

Take a few minutes to sit back, relax and enjoy “Out of Touch” by one of my favourite 80’s rock/pop bands – Hall & Oates!

Saturday Music Memories – No Surprise I Love This!

I have never really been a music/singing reality show type of guy. But I must admit that my guilty pleasure was the first year of RockStar: INXS. My wife and I got totally hooked on that.

One of the only seasons that I followed American Idol was after I heard about this “Chris Daughtry Guy”. I just loved his work from the moment I saw him. And even after he lost, I knew that he was going to be a huge success.

One of my indicators of what kind of talent a vocalist/band has is how they perform stripped down and acoustic.

Well I absolutely love this version of Daughtry’s “No Surprise”, and I hope you do to!

Saturday Music Memories – Did You Take A Rain Jacket?

When you think about successful Canadian musicians over the last 30 years, it is hard not to include Bryan Adams in the conversation. I have loved his music since I heard it for the first time in 1983 or 1984. His live shows are incredible, and his enthusiasm and love for his fans are well documented. I had the extreme pleasure of seeing him perform in a smaller venue a few years ago. It was him, his guitar and a guy on the grand piano. That is the style of performance which separates the true performers from the wanna-bees. No technology to hide behind; just the instruments and vocals –  Incredible.

What I really wanted to talk about was a late summer day in Winnipeg, Canada back in August of 1992. Bryan Adams was on the top of his game, and he rolled through town for a day festival which featured The Steve Miller Band, Extreme, Honeymoon Suite and Sass Jordan.

My friend and I planned to be there very early that day, and the forecast was cloudy with a good chance of showers. I will never forget walking out the door with a light jacket and my dad asking, “Maybe you should take a rain jacket?”

“Nah dad, I am ok”, I responded. “Those are not rain clouds”.

Well I was wrong, dead wrong. And within a half hour of arriving on the concert site at Birds Hill Park near Winnipeg, it started to rain. It seemed to rain all day, and rarely stopped. Many of us were not dressed for the weather, and absolutely soaked. But none of us dared to leave.

The other bands were incredible, and the vibe was fantastic, but we were all there really for one reason – Adams.

When he finally came out, he did an incredible live version of House Arrest. This is a newer live version that I pulled off his YouTube channel.

Unfortunately he was never able to finish the concert because of the weather – but he still played for a long time. I remember his stage hands basically having to pull him away from the microphone because he did not want to leave. That is a sign of a true performer committed to his fans. But it was getting dangerous up there.

Whenever somebody in my family has gone to an outdoor event for the last 20 years and does not take proper clothing to be ready for inclement weather, we always say,

“Remember Bryan Adams”.

Nothing else needs to be said. We just know what it means!

Saturday Music Memories – Summer Song

It is summer, and where I live, you can’t roll down your car windows all year!

Brandon Boyd from Incubus makes me want to roll down the car windows all the time and listen to his music. He is on of the modern vocalists that I am captivated by.

This live version of “Isadore” is awesome and I have enjoyed it for several months now.

Have A Laugh Fridays – “I will Commit”

Doug Grady is President of The High Achievers Network, plays a mean guitar, and can sing too!

Check out this classic tune with a business twist.

You can see what else Doug is up to at http://highachieversnetwork.com

Have a great weekend.

Saturday Music Memories – “Put Me In Coach”…

“I’m ready to play”!

I love baseball. I quit when I was 15 years old, but should have kept playing. I heard John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” on Thursday, and it brought back some very vivid memories.

I was about 12 or 13 years old. I played in baseball tournament over a weekend, and had a great time. The baseball diamonds were well-groomed, and there were more fans than usual, and it just felt different. Every time we took the field, “Centerfield” played, and I remember thinking how cool that was.

I don’t think we won the tournament, but I had a fantastic time. The only bad memory I had of the weekend was about a slide in to second base. The good news is I was safe; the bad news was I had to sleep on my side for a week because of the scrapes! OUCH…

Saturday Music Memories – Oasis Wonderwall

I was driving to a sales call on Thursday and I heard a very rare acoustic version of Wonderwall by Oasis. The cool part of this version is Noel Gallagher (typically the guitar playing brother), and not Liam (typically the vocalist) sings it. It has been my favourite version of this 90’s classic for many years.

My thoughts quickly turned to a night at a pub in a Sydney, Australia and a performer playing this song acoustically on a small stage in 1998. I remember how much I enjoyed it, and at that moment realized how lucky I was to be “down under” enjoying their summer, while it was the dead of winter back in Winnipeg,  Canada!

I have never found that exact version of Noel singing Wonderwall, but here is the next best thing.

Enjoy and have an awesome weekend!

Saturday Music Memories – Road Trips Home

Welcome back to Saturday Music Memories!

I warned you during the first post that my musical taste is all over the map! What better way to show you then to go from an 80’s Classic Rock band to a current country star in the second edition!

I don’t follow country music much, but I do keep tabs on everything Keith Urban does. He truly cares about his profession and fans, and leaves it all out on the stage every night he performs. I have had the pleasure of seeing him play live twice. Each time, it was for over 2 1/2 hours. I did a post recently discussing passion vs raw talent. In case you missed it, here is the link:

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Keith is one of those rare performers who has the raw talent and the passion for his “job”. He is certainly living the dream.

I live 14 hours by car from my home town, and my family has done that drive with me 10 times in the last 11 years. Since this song came out, we play it multiple times on each trip! Every time I hear it, I think of all the fun we have had (and will have again in the future) on the highways of the beautiful Western Canadian Prairies.