An Ordinary Song from a Not so Ordinary Guy

Cheesy love song, it may be. But when sincerely spoken, it goes straight to the heart.

But deep inside of me is you
You give life to what I do
All those years may see you through
Still I’ll be waiting here for you
If you have time
Please lend an ear
To this ordinary song

More lyrics: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/m/marc_velasco/#share

Four Leaf Clover by Mozella

“For once in my life I’m gonna make a change
I’m gonna deal with myself, I’m gonna rearrange
One step at a time, we’ll take it day by day
You’ll be my four leaf clover, and we’ll start over”

Another new year, another chance for a fresh start. I suggest starting within and working your way out, one day at a time, one small step at a time. And when you stumble, get up. When you reach a wall, go around. All we can do is keep trying and keep hoping.

Cheers to new beginnings!

Four Leaf Clover from Mozella’s Belle Isle album

I would spend my days in isolation
In a cafe talking to myself
Love was never in the conversation
I couldn’t get it right, but that was life

Always just a friend, never a lover
I’m the one they call for good advice
Always seemed it was something or other
But my love reappeared, and now its all so clear

For once in my life I’m gonna get it right
I want long stemmed roses and a kiss goodnight
I’m gonna know how it feels when the stars align
You’ll be my four leaf clover, and we’ll start over

For once in my life I’m gonna make a change
I’m gonna deal with myself, I’m gonna rearrange
One step at a time, we’ll take it day by day
You’ll be my four leaf clover, and we’ll start over

Love has now come into the equation
Things are looking brighter than before
I finally caught the right train at the station
Should I take that ride?
I think I’ll give it a try

For once in my life I’m gonna get it right
I want long stemmed roses and a kiss goodnight
I’m gonna know how it feels when the stars align
You’ll be my four leaf clover, and we’ll start over

For once in my life I’m gonna make a change
I’m gonna deal with myself, I’m gonna rearrange
One step at a time, we’ll take it day by day
You’ll be my four leaf clover, and we’ll start over

This is something heavy
But I think I’m ready
My luck has come around
It turned me inside out
I’ll test the water, fan the flame
I’ll walk the place, I’ll play the game
Yea, I’ll play the game

For once in my life I’m gonna get it right
I want long stemmed roses and a kiss goodnight
I’m gonna know how it feels when the stars align
You’ll be my four leaf clover, and we’ll start over

For once in my life I’m gonna make a change
I’m gonna deal with myself, I’m gonna rearrange
One step at a time, we’ll take it day by day
You’ll be my four leaf clover, and we’ll start over

It’s all in the presentation

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A Violinist in the Metro

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

I received this story via email and found the story so intriguing that I decided to check if it is one of those urban legends that seem to make the rounds so easily. It turns out that it was a true story as described in the Washington Post article, Pearls Before Breakfast. Click on the link to read the full article, see the video and listen to the audio.

It’s an interesting study on how we perceive things. It asked the question, “In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?”