Awakenings: America & Beyond
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Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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♫The Rhythm of Life♫

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The rhythm of life is music in its own right. Different rhythms compose our dance through life. Moody tempos may reflect boogie-woogie, tango or a slow waltz. While we may not be on the dance floor swaying back and forth to the rhythms of a live band, our thoughts and emotions still dance to the music.

Today in Music History: September 19
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When life is sizzling and upbeat, it's time to Rock 'n' Roll! No time to fantasize, just energize! Put some pep in your step and get rockin'!
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Awakenings: ♫Infinite Emotions♫

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History and music go hand-in-hand. Songs rise to the No.1 spot on the charts where they stay for a recorded number of weeks, then, rest among the pages of history for all time. Some musical renditions become part of the soundtrack for a classic movie, while others are performed live in front of audiences numbering in the thousands...even hundreds of thousands. There are also special events to which famed performers are invited as entertainment to bring 'life to the party' so to speak. Upon occasion, some lead to unexpected outcomes. Regardless of the time or place, each song presents itself in music filled with infinite emotions.

Today in Music History: August 28
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You don't want to miss the music trivia that goes along with today's music history! Listen to the songs, laugh at the trivia!
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Awakenings: Just dam it!

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Today's History Lesson...a monumental task

The title is not projecting a burst of anger via a curse word but its forcefulness will stop something dead in its tracks. There are two sides to this little word...one is letting go while the other holding back. It is not healthy to keep everything 'dammed' up inside but rather best to let go...in other words, go ahead and scream if you need to, thereby releasing stressful emotion. On the other hand, if you walk along a stream, you will likely see evidence where a beaver has collected and deposited mud and logs to block the flow of water. Our little rodent friends are quite ingenious indeed. Perhaps it is their ingenuity that sparked the idea behind taming the Colorado River.

This Day in History: July 7, 1930

It has been called an American pyramid — a sixty-story colossus of concrete, built in the middle of a desert every bit as brutal as in ancient Egypt. ~American Experience
Sharla Shults's insight:
How do you harness the raging waters of the Colorado River? Just dam it! Visions as far back as 1902 became reality nearly 30 years later when on July 7, 1930 building of Hoover Dam begins.
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Awakenings: ♫Chords of Emotion...Happiness, Tears & Memories♫

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The love of music falls within one specific genre or perhaps many different genres. We are selective according to moods that begin at dawn as we face the music that lies ahead within the day and end with those that perhaps offer calmness or tranquility at twilight. Music strikes many chords of emotion, wielding both happiness and tears but most often brings out the memories stored in the scrapbook of our minds, then, pauses for the right moment to turn the page for a new memory.

Today in Music History: June 25
Sharla Shults's insight:
Enjoy the memories or add a new one... Then, revisit Tragedy on the Music Scene... A Legend Remembered: 2009 - Michael Jackson died at the age of 50, after suffering heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills.
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Awakenings: Honoring America's Veterans

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Today's History Lesson...WWI

War is hell. Those who know the horrifics of war are those who have seen first hand its dreadfulness, desolation and devastation. Life is forever changed with memory upon memory of all that was necessary to support and defend the heart of America. Yet often many memories are never shared because they are much too painful. The sacrifices are beyond the call of duty symbolizing what freedom truly means, rather than being something taken for granted simply because one lives in America.

This Day in History: September 10, 1919
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Veterans of World War I parade down 5th Avenue in New York City on Sept. 10, 1919. The parade was held to honor General John J. Pershing and an estimated 25,000 soldiers from the American Expeditionary Force, almost one year after the official end to the war.
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Awakenings: ♫Burning Bones to Broken Hearts♫

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The scope of music is deep and wide penetrating the innermost depths of both heart and soul. Rhythmic beats burn straight through every bone in the body either with flaming desire or overarching heartbreak dependent upon the memory triggers. Music is a potent imagery stimulator with the power to stir a romantic emotion or heal an emotional sting. Thus, the connection of music and imagery becomes very intimate with different styles of music evoking different threads of imagery...relaxation, stimulation, healing, inspiration. Whether a dreamy waltz, rock 'n' roll, country, blues or jazz, the applause is loud and clear, the imagery surrounds you in song.

Today in Music History: August 25
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And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times...
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Awakenings: Countdown: 4 - 3 - 2 - 1

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"One day closer to the 4th of July unites America with the theme for today: Music. All celebrations need music and of course, a plethora of songs can be found most befitting to this holiday. But, one stands out over all the rest. . .one with a story—a story of a battle fought, a battle won —one that has become a national symbol evoking powerful emotions and what it means to be an American.

Continuing this year's Countdown:

5 - In God We Trust
4 - Star-Spangled Banner 
3 - Pledge of Allegiance 
2 - Remember Our Troops 
1 - Happy Independence Day

The Star-Spangled Banner: 
Play it loudly!"

Sharla Shults's insight:
Next time you hear the Star-Spangled Banner, listen to its words with vision... On a rainy September 13, 1814, British warships sent a downpour of shells and rockets onto Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor, relentlessly pounding the American fort for 25 hours. The bombardment, known as the Battle of Baltimore, came only weeks after the British had attacked Washington, D.C., burning the Capitol, the Treasury and the President's house. It was another chapter in the ongoing War of 1812. [Source: Smithsonian.com]
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