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Happy New Year 2013…Let’s Hope 1/1/13 Brings 13 More Blessings Than Superstitions!

Lucky number 13.

At least, that’s what this year brings, right?  1/1/13.  I know, I know…technically it’s TWO-ZERO-13, but still…seeing that “13” hanging off the end there is enough to make even the least superstitious a little nervous.

So, will this be a year of broken mirrors, opening umbrellas in the house, black cats, and walking under ladders?  Or, will it be a time of truly wonderful omens and special opportunity?

I laid in bed for a few extra minutes today and stared at the ceiling.  I thought about 2012 and all of its past glory and really had to smile.  It was quite a year for me, and I’m sure for you, too…whether or not you know it.  Not that much “exciting” really happened to me, but it certainly was a time of near misses, false starts, new beginnings that turned into false starts, and…well…let’s just say I still have all 10 fingers and all 10 toes and am counting my blessings for it.

I’m not really a resolution man by nature, so I won’t engage in too much of that here.  But if you know me, you know I’m counting the ol’ blessings every second I can, just in case.  So, since we’ve narrowly avoided a fiscal cliff and a Mayan Apocalypse, let’s take some time to count some before the cliff drops off…13’s a nice number, don’t you think?  Some of these may be a bit obtuse, but again, if you know me, well…then that’s no surprise!

1.  Near miss in hospital avoided for one whom I love.  Heard the phrase “just in time” one time too many for my liking, but so far have not heard it again.  All’s well going into 2013.  There was good spirits, laughter, and positivity the WHOLE time it was going on, and there continue to be, and yes…that made all the difference.

2.  Conversations about new ventures are ongoing with some really cool people.  Why count this?  Because instead of being stuck in a rut bemoaning the state of things, it’s actually nice to be able to think about fresh adventures and see them unfold.  I’m open to that.  I have that opportunity.  It takes work, but I’m happy for it.

3.  Chicken parm.  That’s right.  I know it’s not a hospital near-miss or the promise of a new business venture, but it’s delicious, right?  Right.  Enough said.

4.  The new playlist in my car.  Yup.  I listen to certain things in the morning to get me spiritually motivated, but in the afternoon?  Well, in goes a playlist of songs that I love to rewind:

Speed of Sound by Coldplay

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

Afternoons & Coffeespoons by Crash Test Dummies

April Come She Will by Simon and Garfunkel

Bitter Tears by INXS

The Broad Majestic Shannon by The Pogues

This Cowboy Song by Sting

Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen

Strawberry Swing by Coldplay

Hannah Jane by Hootie and the Blowfish

Lonely Girls by Ian & Sylvia

Only Living Boy in New York by Simon and Garfunkel

Talk by Coldplay

Wisemen by James Blunt

Time to Move On by Tom Petty

Tiny Daggers by INXS

Trip Through Your Wires by U2

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?  by REM

Why Should I Cry for You? by Sting

Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall by  Coldplay

Yes…thank goodness for that playlist.  Doesn’t get too too much better than that, my friends.  Go ahead.  Take your shots at it.  I’m immune.

5.  My agent.  Have to thank her again.  Why?  Just ’cause.  Y’know.  Just ’cause.

6.  Fresh faces and friends in 2012.  New spaces to fill with those new people in 2013.

7.  When I saw darkness in 2012, I was able to reframe it to see the message instead of trying to yell at it to become light.  Thank you 2012 for that.  Thank you thank you a million times thank you.

8.  That I continue to be able to forge ahead.  Thank you, 2012 for allowing that, too.

9.  I’m blessed for the ability to count blessings.  Yes.  Gotta list that one.  Thank you, Universe, for even allowing a count to happen.

10.  Thank you for dreams and reality.  Why?  Because when the line blurs, we know we’re on to something.  If you haven’t reached this state in life at least once, try it.  See that your world is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.  It’s interesting!

11.  Thank you for teachers, students, and the ability to connect with both.  You need to talk to people who think like you once in a while.  They’re your feel goods.  But, yes, you need to learn from the ones who yell at you for what you think.  Sorry.  That’s life.  But look for the people who believe what they believe out of conviction, and not because they’re told to believe or or believe it because of some lame news station.  Be a true teacher and a true student.  Nice.

12.  Thank you for the spice of life.  It ain’t always sugar.  It ain’t always lemons.  Sometimes…well…sometimes it’s just right.

13.  And lastly?  Thank you for allowing me to be Nobody in particular.  I love my Nobody brothers and sisters.  And, the more I watch reality TV, commercials, and sports (the NBA), the more glad I become for this one.  Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you a million times thank you to whatever is running this Universe that the world is not really about (at least I HOPE it’s not about…) the most money, taking talents elsewhere, or being “in”famous.  Thank you for quiet rooms, conversation over coffee at the local wherever, a special playlist, an honest day’s work, and knowing that when we point to heaven after something special, we know that everyone else is just as loved….Universe, we know you don’t only care about three pointers, touchdowns, winning a voice contest, and sunken putts.  These are special things, yes.  These are karmic things, I know.  But at the end o’ the day, you present glory to see how we handle it.  I have to believe you just want us to simply be grateful for what we have (except for the occasional blog post…sorry!), and we know you love that pitcher whether he gives up the homer or not.  I’m grateful for knowing that, even though I’m not a pitcher.

So, I know I said I wouldn’t make a resolution.  But I will.  As January 1, 2013 comes and goes I will vow only to do my best to keep on moving ahead.  To be open to new opportunity.  To let the past be the past.  To let the future be the future.  And…well…to keep on being the best Nobody I can be.

From this Nobody to you, whomever you are, have a safe, happy, and blessed 2013.

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Brazilian Men’s Volleyball Players Emanuel and Alison in the London Olympics Gets Us Thinking About Using One Name

So, I’m sitting here watching the men’s beach volleyball gold medal match at the London Olympics — Brazil vs. Germany.

Don’t know who’s gonna win.  Still watching.  Haven’t seen any spoilers yet.

Now, have you noticed the Brazilian players go by one name?  Seriously.  Emanuel and Alison.  One name each.  They have more than one name to their name, but they go with one.  Think about that.

How does that start?  Do you tell people to call you by one name?  Do people just start?  If they accidentally use more than one name, is there some sort of anger or argument that ensues?  How does a person with one name get cited for the misdemeanor after that fight?

Here’s my take: if another person dubs you a one-namer, I say go for it.  If you dub yourself a one-namer, you had better be very, very good (or famous) at what you do.

Now, as I said, I have no idea why the Brazilians do it.  I don’t live there.  I don’t follow Brazilian sports.  Not sure where it started.  I’m sure they have a good reason.  I’m also sure one of their fans will write us some kind of letter to tell us what that reason is.

I’ll keep you posted.

But let’s take a look at some truly famous one-namers.  Figures who may have more than one name (or another name entirely), but who we love by one name.

Ready?  In no particular order, here is the Nobody’s View Top 10 one-namers:

1.  Sting.  I mean, c’mon.  Lead of The Police.  Great on his own.  Amazing.  Have you heard, “Why Should I Cry For You“?  Wow.  So great.  Use one name, man.

2.  Madonna.  I’m not a huge huge fan, but y’know…she had to be on here somewhere.  I remember a discussion back in middle school about her “best” song.  I think we agreed on “Borderline.”

3.  Caesar.  Yes, yes…I know it was a title.  I know there was a Julius Caesar and a there’s a Caesar salad, but jeez…if you were Caesar, you were Caesar.  Not Julius.  Not Mr. Salad.  Caesar.  It’s on the list.  Deal.

4.  Dobby.  If you know, you know.  If you don’t, you don’t.

5.  Pelé.  I don’t know too much about soccer.  But I know about this guy.  I don’t know about other sports figures using one name, but…well…yeah.  Pelé.

6.  Bender.  I don’t always watch Futurama, but when I do, I love the robot named Bender Bending Rodriguez.  Bender!  I mean, seriously.  Who can bend like Bender?  Nobody.  That’s who.  Oh, and if you don’t like it?  Get bent.

7.  Stifler.  You love the American Pie movies.  Oh, you won’t admit it to Nobody’s View, but you’ll admit it to yourself.  And, if you’re being honest, you’ll tell yourself that Steve Stifler is one of your favorites.  And, if you’re being really really honest, you’ll say that the scene in American Wedding where he eats the “truffle” is one of the best moments in movie history.  Or, at least in American Pie history.  You can figure out the search on YouTube.

8.  Yoda.  Yes.  The great mystical master of a galaxy far, far away.  Was there anything this guy couldn’t fix?  Or lift with his mind?  I mean, yeah…things got a little sketchy there for a while in the ol’ galaxy with Vader, but it all turned out in the end, didn’t it?  Sure, Luke gets all the credit, but you know what they say: behind every great Jedi was a little green dude who…wait…they don’t say that.

9.  Buddha.  That’s the name.  Learn it.  Read about it.  Study it.  Live it.  Buddha.  Want another angle?  Siddhartha.

10. Various philosophers and artists.  I love when creative and thinking types use one name.  Picasso.  Kant.  Descartes.  Monet.  Manet.  Plato.  Socrates.  Aristotle.  So many others.  Yeah, they had more than one name.  But we know them so well by one!  They get into the brain as knowledge and art, and stick as one name.

So, there’s our Top 10 list of one-namers.  Now, in that vein, you can feel free to call us: “Nobody.”  Or “View.”  Or “NV.”

Oh, and as for Emanuel and Alison?  You can call them (SPOLIER ALERT!!!!!!!!!)….

Silver.

 

 

7/27/11 America’s Got Talent Season 6 Episode 18 Will Be the Third Quarterfinals Elimination Reveal. Who Will Move On To the AGT Semis?

The 7/27/11 America’s Got Talent reveal show will tell us the next four acts moving on to the semifinals.

Welcome to the LIVE AGT blog, here at Nobody’s View!  I’m not blogging from the West tonight, so some of you might be getting this a bit early.  If you don’t want to know the SPOILERS then don’t read on until after the show.  Of course, no matter when you read, I welcome your comments (and your subscriptions!). Thank you all for your continuing support.

Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan, Howie Mandel, and Nick Cannon will be there with the contestants every step of the way as they find out who America has chosen.  Here is your list from last night (in case you forgot):

Summerwind Skippers, SH’Boss Boys, Mauricio Herrera, Seth Grabel, Poplyfe, Ian Johnson, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Purrfect Angelz, Monet, Captain & Maybelle, Lys Agnes, and Professor Splash.  Is your season favorite in this group?

Ah, the tension.

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(The usual disclosure: As you know, we are a site devoted to opinion, inspiration, civility, and tolerance.  So, why this weekly ritual with AGT?  Well, first, it’s our guilty pleasure [life can’t always be so serious], and second, it fits right into one of our pillars: inspiration.  America’s Got Talent features folks who are going for it in a very real sense.  They are living their dream, come what may [the big red “X”?].  Doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from.  On stage, you’re all equal under the lights.  That’s pretty great to me.)

Alright, folks.  Let’s get started.

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Can you feel the excitement?  Really…deep down in your gut, can you feel the tension?  Maybe that’s just gas.

Whatever it is, we’re on to the 7/27/11 America’s Got Talent quarterfinal reveal. Who did America choose?  Will they go with the people who hang kitchen appliances from their face?  Will it be the belly flop king?  Who knows?  We will, very soon.

Just a note — one of my viewing partners cringed during the montage when they showed the Captain & Maybelle.  Just wanted to let you know a little about my viewing situation here.

At the start, Nick threw it to the green room.  The acts looked pretty happy.  All 12.  Soon, only 4 will be smiling.

Oh, and tonight we get Stevie Nicks and Fighting Gravity (yes!).  You guys in Vegas yet?  Huh?  Huh?

Oh, hang on.  The Smurfs just showed up.  I’m not sure how to react to this.  I know they’re plugging their new movie, but…well…no more to say on that for now.

Elimination 1

Ian Johnson, Summerwind Skippers, Purrfect Angelz

Wow.  NONE of these acts are going through.  Now, my viewing group supports that choice (but that doesn’t mean they thought all of them were poor!  One member of the group thinks Ian Johnson is “adorable” and another really liked the Summerwind Skippers).  This is going to be an interesting evening folks!  Hang on to your hats!

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We’re back.  And so are the Smurfs.

Aaaaaand, on to the Orville Redenbacher lounge.  Oh, and in case you were wondering, Professor Splash has mad bruising on his legs.

Next up?  The great Stevie Nicks with her new single, “For What It’s Worth.”  I’ll tell ya Stevie, for what it’s worth, you are awesome.  Thank you for your awesomeness.  Isn’t she great to listen to?  I mean, I’m no music connoisseur, but there are certain acts — Sting, Stevie Nicks, Paul Simon — you can never ever ever go wrong.  Listen to that great guitar in the background.  Can you imagine playing guitar for Stevie Nicks?  Apparently she has Michael Grimm touring with her. Good lord.  Does it get any better than that?

I may have to look into that concert!

Of course, I have to come up with the dough.  Maybe I’ll just hope one of their performances comes to cable.

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Elimination 2

Poplyfe, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

Please…please…please…be both.  To the gods of AGT, hear this prayer!  (Was that dramatic or what?)  Young music phenoms.  An incredible Sinatra-eque performer.  Fantastic.  And the act going on?  BOTH!  Nice.  That caused some smiles to break out in the room here.  Needless to say both Poplyfe and Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. were also happy.  Ecstatic…elated…to say the least.  I want big things for both these acts because I love their stories.  To be great and recognized as great?  Well, that’s just great.

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Elimination 3

Mauricio Herrera, Captain & Maybelle, Lys Agnes, Monet

This is an interesting group.  Would you go to see Mauricio in Vegas with a drink in hand?  I might. What if he shared the stage with Captain & Maybelle?  (You don’t have to answer that!)  Monet will grow into her voice and will be sensational.  As for Lys?  Well, she certainly has an amazing voice.  And probably a huge future with her passion.  So, who was America’s choice?  Lys Agnes.  What can we say?  It’s a banner night for singers.  A banner night for banner singers. And what would a banner night be without Howie making a Smurf poop joke? Luckily, he made one…so we’re good.

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Fighting Gravity.

Need any introduction?  I didn’t think so.

These guys are, in a word, sensational.  They were on stage tonight and were, in a word, awesome.  Love Fighting Gravity.  Love them!  Truly a Vegas show.  Will they be on Broadway or in Vegas?  Either way, I’d see them.  And I’m going to go out on a limb and say a lot of you would, too.

Here’s to your future, Fighting Gravity.  Life your dream to the fullest.

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Stevie Nicks took the stage again with “Edge of Seventeen.”  Oh, man.  What can I say?  Brilliant.  If you haven’t seen this song’s treatment in “School of Rock,” do so.  It’s really funny, in my humble opinion.  Anyway, I think we need more “performers” today.  Like Nicks.  She commands the stage.  She owns it.

After Stevie, it was back to the stage for…

Elimination 4

SH’Boss Boys, Professor Splash, and Seth Grabel

First things first — the act leaving the competition?  SH’Boss Boys.  Nick consoled them with news of their bright future.  I have to agree.  These kids have a passion at a young age and they have a positive message.  That’s a recipe for success.

That leaves Professor Splash and Seth Grabel.  Who is your choice?  Do you want to see more diving or more illusions?  Both acts told the judges they have more in their respective bag of tricks.  Which bag’d be better in Vegas?

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We’re back.  It’s down to Professor Splash and Seth Grabel — fourth and fifth in the voting.  What will the judges do?  Sharon Osbourne tipped her cap to Splash’s danger and Grabel’s showmanship.  In the end, she went with Grabel.  Howie?  He admitted it was tough, in that both could fit in Vegas.  He went with Professor Splash.  That left Piers Morgan.  We know he loves the Professor.  He keeps telling us it’s the most amazing thing he’s seen.  He has a fondness for the magician though.  His choice?  Professor Splash.

I have a feeling we haven’t seen the end of Seth Grabel.  What do you think?

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So, there you have it.  Professor Splash, Poplyfe, Eugene Landau Murphy, Jr., and Lys Agnes.

Is your favorite here?

Do you have a favorite?

Let us know!

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