A Giraffe, A Canadian, And Shakira All Walk In To A Bar…

Three things:

1. Am I the only person on this planet who would take a picture of a giraffe sitting outside of a children’s orthodontist office?
Dysart and McDowell orthodontist office IMG_20170816_170348

2. Do you love Canadians? So do I. And like me, you can show your love for a Canadian by following the blog of this up-and-coming writer who happens to live in Canada. I plan to move there someday, you know, when I seriously need the free healthcare (America is so behind the curve on that). Miss Brittney Stevenson has only recently begun blogging, but what we know of her thus far is that she has a nice blogging style, loves the color purple as well as The Color Purple, and she has totally wonderful taste in music. Check out her blog by clicking this sentence.

3. Speaking of music, is this Shakira song just so freakin’ awesome or what?

Oh, I should finish that joke (up there in the title) with a bad punch line. Okay, umm, how about this?… A giraffe, a Canadian, and Shakira all walk in to a bar. The Canadian notices the giraffe seems sad as he struggles to curl his mouth down to his drink. Shakira, also noticing the giraffe seems sad, asks, “Long day?” “No,” the giraffe replies, “just a long neck.”


I can’t contain this anymore, I just can’t.

I have to say how totally in love I am with the music of an artist currently known as Ruelle. I say “currently known” because, it seems, she once released songs under the name Maggie Eckford.

How in love with her music am I? Let’s just say that with only a small amount of storage on my phone (I did buy it about 3 1/2 years ago), in order to include a Ruelle playlist, I had to cut one playlist from my short list of two playlists: Halo and Taylor Swift.

Sorry, Ms. Swift, but Ruelle has such a freakin’ amazing sound! You can hear it for yourself in the videos below (five of my favorites, in no particular order), and I encourage you to visit Ruelle’s channel over on YouTube. Her latest video is for a song from her new EP, Rival, to be released on June 30.

And if you’re a writer, I dare you to not be inspired by at least one of her songs. Personally speaking, “Bad Dream” is a piece that I listen to as I revise my trilogy. That song seriously captures the general mood of my protagonist throughout the three books.

Listen and love!

Epic Music Is Epic

Hey, if you need a musical pick-me-up or just want to hear some awesome orchestra tunes, check out the Epic Music VN channel over at YouTube. My advice is to subscribe and have their uploads sent directly to your email inbox. They usually send out one per day and it’s always an excellent track. If you’re a writer, the music they post just may inspire you, and even if you aren’t, it may inspire you anyway. Below is today’s serving of rhythmic goodness. Enjoy. 🙂


Have you ever stumbled across a music artist that made you ask the question, “Why haven’t I heard of them before?”

For an unspecified amount of time, whenever I jumped over to YouTube, one of the recommended channels that would appear for me was a channel for a band called Halestorm. And for an unspecified amount of time, as with every other channel that’s recommended for me, I ignored it. But then one day, I noticed that one of their videos was called “Apocalyptic.” I like a good apocalypse, I’ve been through a few of them myself, so of course my curiouser side took over and I clicked on to the video.

Seriously, Halestorm is my new favorite band. The front lady, Lizzy Hale, just rocks the hell out as the rest of the band puts together some of the most consistently awesome music I’ve heard in a long time. In fact, I so fell in love with “Apocalyptic” and so feel like it’s a perfect mirror for my first book that I’m so going to use it as the lead track when my book is made into a movie. (Hear that, Joss! I chose some cool music. Let’s get on with making the movie already!)

Not only can Lizzy rock, she can also mellow it out some, as demonstrated in the song “Dear Daughter,” which is a wonderful ballad featuring some great advice from mother to daughter. It’s such a lovely tune that, even if you don’t care to listen to the hard rock stuff, you’d be doing yourself a real favor if you at least give “Dear Daughter” a click.

So if you’re even remotely interested in some totally cool tunes, give Halestorm a listen. I highly recommend their praise-worthy brand of ear pleasure. Six of their music videos are below – including “Dear Daughter” and “Apocalyptic” – but for more excellent Halestorm music, visit their YouTube channel. Don’t wait a stupidly long time, like I did.

Amy Stroup “Dark Runs Out”

The finale of a TV show I was watching came and went with no fanfare. I’m not surprised. Lost Girl was a really cool show when it started, but as it went through its 5-season run, the writing began dropping off. Not so much that the completionist in me didn’t want to finish it, but it was noticeable, to me anyway.

One thing I seriously enjoyed about the finale, though, was a song called “Dark Runs Out” by Amy Stroup. There’s a video below. It’s actually a positive, inspirational song.

I hope you find it as auditorily pleasing as I did.

I miss Kenzi already.

An AVbyte Of The Musical

Hey… you. Yeah… you.

Do you like short, hilarious musicals?

Do you like Disney characters?

Have you seen short, hilarious musicals featuring Disney characters from a YouTube channel called AVbyte?

If not, then start clicking those ‘play’ buttons below. And then visit their channel, where you can see short, hilarious musicals on other fun stuff such as Game of Thrones, Bronies and, more recently, Goosebumps. Hope you enjoy. 🙂

*By the way, if this first video for Frozen shows up dual-screened, just click the YouTube icon on the video to watch it on YouTube; the video should be fine there.

The Last Dragon… And Something Else…

If you’ve never seen a movie called Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon, then please stop reading this now and go watch it.

Did you see it?


It’s awesome, right, especially for fans of martial arts films? The movie has a hero you’ll want to cheer for, important life lessons, some nice martial arts action, more black people still living at the end than the first two episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, and a superb soundtrack.

While I love everything about DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night,” another favorite of mine from the soundtrack is the title track “The Last Dragon.” Sung by Dwight David, the lyrics to this track read like an inspirational book wrapped up in a much shorter format for people with ADHD. It’s really something that engages me every time I hear it, which is pretty often, and not just because my Chinese astrology symbol is the Dragon, allowing me to stick my chest out proudly and pretend that I am the Last Dragon… even though there are tons of people who have been and will continue to be born in a Year of the Dragon.

Don’t try to figure me out. Even I gave up on that fruitless endeavor long ago.

Anyway, as a convenience for you, below is a video for Dwight David’s “The Last Dragon.” And as an added convenience, below that video are the lyrics to the song so you can read along. But before all of that, you’ll find the video for DeBarge’s “Rhythm of the Night” because it’s such a wonderful song to listen to when you’re feeling down. So what are you waiting for? Click those Play buttons and enjoy.

And what the hell is up with Fear the Walking Dead? Any white characters die yet? No. Only the three black characters… in a row. Even the Hispanic characters are safe… for now. I mean, once the black characters are gone, you know who’s next. Just kill the pimply-faced, white kid already. “Give me back my knife.” You can’t just steal another kitchen knife out of the… kitchen…?

“The Last Dragon”
Dwight David

Take life one day at a time
That’s what a wise man said to me.
He said, “Life, in all it’s complexity
Is the ultimate test for you and me.”

When you walk holding your head up high
For the masters watching you from the sky
I know not what trouble lies ahead
Before you fight, use your head.

It’s time to leave my nest where you were born
This journey you must make alone.
(Spread your wings and fly)
There’s a power deep inside you, an inner strength
You’ll find in time of need.
(The Glow)

Like the seasons, love will come and go
If it’s right, you’ll automatically know.
The world of mystery exists only in your head.
When you become one with yourself
The wall will fall

The journey now before you is the final test
You’ve learned your lesson well.
(I can teach you no more)
There’s a power deep inside you, an inner strength
You’ll find in time of need.
(The Glow)

You are the Last Dragon
You possess the power of the Glow
(This last bit is repeated, like, eleven times.)

The Rainbow Connection

Okay, all of the recent displays of rainbows have had me singing “The Rainbow Connection” for the past couple of days. I don’t know the lyrics, so I’ve mostly been, “Hmmm hmmm hmmming,” the words. But after looking it up on YouTube, I’ve found a Sarah McLachlan cover of the Kermit the Frog classic that is absolutely beautiful. So I figured I’d share it here. If you prefer some Kermit nostalgia, though, you’ll find that version below as well. Enjoy. 🙂

Palette-Swap Ninja

Anyone who knows me knows that I enjoy playing video games… when I can afford to (those things be expensive, yo), which is why it’s cool when I can find something game-related that’s free of charge. Enter Palette-Swap Ninja, a couple of gamer guys whose hobby it is to take popular songs and insert lyrics pertaining to gaming. They’re a joy to listen to and, if you’ve grown up with gaming, as I have, you can relate to the lyrics. If you want to download their entire first album, Still In Beta, FREE, go to their website: paletteswapninja.com/music.

If you choose, you can download any of the 10 songs individually. And at the bottom of the page, listed under Other Stuff, is an eleventh free song. OMG! Does the “free” never stop? (That sounded so painfully bad, didn’t it?)

My personal favorite of theirs, one that brings up that nostalgic feeling in me, is a catchy song called “Arcade Gaming Shrine.” Give it a listen below. After that video, I posted a couple of other of their tunes that I hum every so often: “Learn To Spell” and “Halo ((All I Play-Oh)),” the last of which is a fun and artsy fan-made video.

Currently, Palette-Swap Ninja is working on finishing up a major project. When that will be done and available, who knows? But it’ll be free, so who cares? 🙂