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Music Monday flows with The Traveling Wilburys

Hello from Indonesia!

Here’s my view of coconut trees and rice fields as I write this blog.

rice fields

This is a departure from my previous music series that highlighted songs from my yoga classes.

I’m in Bali for a writers’ festival, yoga, and research for my next book—A Fragile Truce.

While on my recent flight from Toronto to Houston, I scanned the albums available to help me sleep  for the 3 1/2 hour flight. It was night time and the first leg of what was to be a thirty-plus hour journey to Bali.

The only album of interest to me was The Traveling Wilburys, a band which included Bob Dylan. He recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature (in case you didn’t know). I’ll be featuring the music of Mr. Dylan in a future month.

As I sat on that plane leaving the country, these three verses of “End of the Line” spoke to me , even above the roar of the airplane’s engines.

” …Well it’s all right, even when push comes to shove
Well it’s all right, if you got someone to love
Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line

Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive (End of the Line)
I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive (End of the Line)
It don’t matter if you’re by my side (End of the Line)
I’m satisfied

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and gray
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive …”

I hope you find your own meaning in these lyrics. My next blog will be Toning my Mind, Body and Time Travel, which continues my Mind Body series.

Have a wonderful week. I know I will.


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Music Monday flows with @LadyGaga #yoga

As I continue to highlight music from my classes at Union Yoga studio, here is a great song from my Body Tone class.

When it’s playing, we are usually on our backs doing sit-ups, crunches, and working on abdominals.

It’s a motivating tune, and so long as I keep breathing, I really feel like I’m on the edge of glory.

Enjoy the inimitable Lady Gaga.

I’m traveling shortly, and I’ll be in transit to Bali the next time I blog.

Have a super week!



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Music Monday flows with @Beyonce #yoga

I never thought I’d feature a Beyoncé song for yoga, but live and learn. This high energy dance song is part of my Body Tone class at  Union Yoga studio.

It’s about girls running the world, and I feel a bit bad for the few guys in the class (it’s 90% women), but they don’t seem to mind.

They’re huffing and puffing along with the song just like the rest of us.

Have an energetic week, and for those of us in Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!



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Music Monday flows with @MaxFrost #yoga

Over the next weeks, I’ll feature songs and artists who’ve helped me move in my hot yoga classes.

The songs are an eclectic mix, as are the teachers who lead the classes at the wonderful Union Yoga studio, where I’m a member.

I respond to upbeat, lyrical songs when I exercise, as well as to the slow, soothing music usually associated with yoga.

Imagine flowing to “Let Me Down Easy” by Texan songwriter, Max Frost.

Have a super-charged, great week, even if it’s not an easy one,



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Music Monday cools down with Summer Soft

Wow, I’ve definitely felt a chill in the air this past week.

It seems autumn and a cool breeze settled into the air the day after summer ended.

Many thanks to my wonderful designer JB Graphics who alerted me to this oldie by Stevie Wonder.

The lyrics speak to the exit of summer like a woman leaves her lover.


“Summer soft…
Wakes you up with a kiss to start the morning off
In the midst of herself playing Santa Claus
She brings gifts through her breeze

Morning rain…
Gently plays her rythms on your window pane
Giving you no clue of when she plans to change
To bring rain or sunshine

And so you wait to see what she’ll do
Is it sun or rain for you
But it breaks your heart in two
When you find it’s October

And she’s gone
And she’s gone
Summer’s gone
Taking with her summer’s play …”


Despite the end of summer, I have much to look forward to. I’m taking time off and will blog about an upcoming trip to Asia in October.

Stay tuned and have a wonderful week,




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Music Monday moves with Gregory Porter and The IN Crowd #jazz

It’s the last Monday before summer is over for another year. I’m not happy about the end of summer, but the weather should stay warm for a couple of more weeks.

A girlfriend told me about Gregory Porter, and this song (originally performed by Dobie Gray in 1964) is addictive and catchy. I didn’t want a somber end to my “summer music” series, so I chose this video, filled with warm, happy scenes. It reminds me of all the reasons why summer is my favorite season.

I hope you enjoy being part of the “In” Crowd.

Have a fun-filled, upbeat week,



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Music Monday moves with #summer songs #PrettyFlamingo

A couple of weeks ago, I rode a pretty flamingo on water.

Yes, you read that right.

Some people thought it was a swan, but I’m pretty sure it was a pink flamingo!

It’s all part of the fun of summertime.🙂

Photo by D. Hall

Photo by D. Hall

Let’s hope the heat continues a bit longer before fall descends upon us.

Have a wonderful, warm week and enjoy “Pretty Flamingo” by Manfred Mann,




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Music Monday moves with #summer songs #VanMorrison

August is over, but summer is still with us for a few more weeks.

Let’s keep it going with some *summer* songs. They may or may not be familiar to you, but hopefully, they will stave off the cool weather for the rest of the month.

Enjoy Van Morrison and “Youth of 1000 Summers.”

Have a wonderful, warm week,




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Music Monday moves with Bridge Over Troubled Water

It’s the last Monday of August, which means my final Simon and Garfunkel song for the month.

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” is my friend, Allison’s favorite song by the duo. This post is a tribute to her and our friendship, and unlike the song, we were near warm and peaceful waters when she took this picture of me.

Thanks, Al. 

eb at millcroft

Meditation at Millcroft Inn

Have a lovely end of August,




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Music Monday moves with Bookends

Two more August Mondays with Simon and Garfunkel, and today I feature the “Bookends Theme” (Reprise) from their much acclaimed album, Bookends.

I had the opportunity to spend this past weekend with an old friend, and it was a fabulous time. Thank you, Allison, for being an amazing woman.

“Bookends” is the continuation of “Old Friends” and is similarly reflective in style.

Time it was
And what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence
A time of confidences

Long ago it must be
I have a photograph
Preserve your memories
They’re all that’s left you.

I hope you get a chance to spend time with old friends soon,




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Music Monday moves with The Sound of Silence

It’s mid-August already! I’m continuing with Simon and Garfunkel for the month.

Paul Simon wrote “The Sound of Silence” when he was only 21 years old. In an interview, he was asked, “How is a 21 year old person thinking about the words in that song?” His reply was, “I have no idea.”

For me, the lyrics are sheer poetry.

In a world where it’s increasingly difficult to “hear” silence, I hope this song puts you in touch with some quiet time, if only for a moment.

Have a wonderful week,




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Music Monday moves with Homeward Bound

Have you ever felt lost?

Like you were in the wrong place at the wrong time?

At different points in my life, and to varying degrees, these feelings have nagged at me.

This song always comes to mind during these uncomfortable times, probably because it’s the first tune I learned to play on guitar, and the lyrics are forever imprinted in my brain.

“Homeward Bound” makes me realize there is no place like home, so long as you are happy to be there.

Hope you are in your happy place, and have a splendid week.




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Music Monday moves with The Boxer

Last week, I featured Simon and Garfunkel and realized how much I love their music. I’ll continue with them for the month of August.

I’ve always enjoyed the melody of this song and listening closely to the lyrics made me appreciate it even more.

“The Boxer” is written from two points of view. It starts with a first person lament on the struggles of loneliness and poverty in New York City before it switches to third person for the final verse. In that verse, it speaks about a boxer who perseveres.

On June 3, 2016 in California, news of the passing of Muhammad Ali broke during Simon’s concert. Simon paused singing partway through “The Boxer” to make the sad announcement to the audience. He then finished the song with these poignant lyrics.

In the clearing stands a boxer,
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame,
“I am leaving, I am leaving.”
But the fighter still remains

It’s a melancholy song, but I find it ends on an uplifting note.

Wishing you a bright week ahead,




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Music Monday moves with Simon and Garfunkel

I’ve visited NYC for years, mainly to see family. After my grandma passed away in December, the city became a sadder place for me.

It was inevitable, but even though I had prepared for it, I could not know how I would feel until I returned to NYC for the first time since my grandma’s funeral.

It was a different kind of trip but a special one in many ways.

I flew in with my husband, and as usual, we visited old haunts, listened to live music, and met with friends and family. And as usual, there was not enough time to see everyone we had hoped to see.

What was different, however, was our return home. We hitched a ride back with my uncle and aunts. They were coming to spend time with the Canadian side of the family, namely my mom and my other aunt and cousins.

As the moon sat high in the sky, we packed up the car and set off at 4 AM for the nine-hour trip to Toronto. With little to no traffic, we took pleasure in the foggy terrain as we drove out of NYC and watched the sun rise. During the drive, we played the music of three artists: Simon and Garfunkel; Jim Croce; and The Doors.

“The Only Living Boy in New York” is one of the songs that will now forever remind me of that road trip.

Enjoy and I hope you have a great week.




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Music Monday moves with John Lennon

I’m still in NYC and the other night, I watched a biography about David Geffen. He is a business magnate, producer, and film studio executive. It was his record company that produced Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s last album.

I have read that Double Fantasy was not well received initially, that it was a step back by an artist who had already retired. Of course, fate intervened.

The record released November 17, 1980, less than a month before John Lennon was killed.

NYC will always connect me with John Lennon, and among the noise and turbulence of the past week, both here and in the rest of the world, I’m slowing it down, as I imagine Lennon would have when he wrote this song.

Enjoy and have a peaceful week,




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Music Monday moves with Falguni

I’m in New York City this week connecting with family and friends.

This is a tune played during the end of some of my yoga classes — it’s calming and haunting at the same time, and the message is a good one given the turbulence of the past week.

“Subah” by Falguni is from the album called At Ease.

Lie down, close your eyes, and enjoy.

Here’s wishing everyone a good, safe week.




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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ In A World Possessed By The Human Mind (@thehipdotcom)

“In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” is the first single from the Hip’s new album Man Machine Poem, which became available June 17, 2016.

I bought the album but haven’t had a chance to listen to all the tracks. If the entire album is like this song, then it should be a very strong collection. Perhaps, there is even a hint of of what Gord Downie has been experiencing in these lyrics.

Just give me the news
It can all be lies
Exciting over fair or the right thing at the right time
Everything is clear
Just how you described
The way it appears, “A world possessed by the human mind” …

One piece of good news to report, the Hip’s final concert in Kingston will be broadcast and streamed — commercial free — on CBC Television, CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 2, and CBC’s YouTube channels.

Save the date – August 20th at 8:30 PM EST.

Have a great week, and I hope you’ve enjoyed The Tragically Hip’s music over the past weeks. Sending healing, good vibes to Gord Downie and the band for their upcoming tour.



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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ Bobcaygeon (@thehipdotcom)

If you have access to cottage country in Ontario, then you’re probably familiar with Bobcaygeon.

It’s a community within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Tourism is the chief industry, mainly recreational fishing.

It’s Canadiana, and the lyrics of “Bobcaygeon” are rich with it.

I hope you enjoy,



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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ New Orleans is Sinking (@thehipdotcom)

Last week, I tried buying tickets for The Hip’s final concert tour.

No luck.

I wasn’t able to get them on Day 1 of the presale, nor Day 2 when they added three more shows. There were no tickets available when I tried with my AMEX “Front of the Line” code on Day 3, and unfortunately, I missed the start time when the tickets went on sale to the general public. There were none left by the time I logged in an hour late.

If you’re a fan who just wanted to pay a fair price to attend a concert, chances are you got shut out.

There’s been a lot of venom aimed at Ticketmaster, the company that sells tickets for the majority of venues hosting concerts. Within minutes after Hip tickets went on sale on the first presale day, they were appearing on sites like StubHub at double, triple, sometimes four times the price!

It’s a shame the pleasure of listening to live music is now reduced to a money-making scheme for some. There were always ticket scalpers, but even they cannot compete with the bots who scoop up all the tickets.

On a positive note, there is talk the CBC may televise The Hip’s final concert in Kingston.

Let’s wait and see. In the meantime, enjoy “New Orleans is Sinking” and have a great week.



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Music Monday moves with The Tragically Hip ~ Ahead by a Century (@thehipdotcom)

Last week delivered devastating news for the music world, yet again.

Gord Downie, lead singer and songwriter of the iconic Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip, announced he has terminal brain cancer. He is 52, married and with four children.

I cried upon hearing the news. I knew of a friend who died from the same type of cancer. Life can be so unfair it makes me want to scream at times.

Despite the diagnosis, the band has announced it will do one more Canadian tour following the release of their new album Man Machine Poem dropping June 17. Tickets go on sale shortly.

I’ve been listening to their music and will feature them over the coming weeks.

This is my favorite.




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