SONG OF THE DAY – “THE FIGHTER” by Gym Class Heroes, featuring Ryan Tedder

July 17, 2014

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It’s Throwback Thursday! Today’s #tbt song is from 2011.

Just returning from an extended trip traveling with my son in the south – a golf tournament and a visit to a couple of schools. We visited several places that I have never been before and have always wanted to visit, including Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Beautiful! Wish there had been more time to just vacation. We had such a great time, but we are both exhausted.
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I am posting a song today for Throwback Thursday that is not super old – it is from the 2011 album, The Papercut Chronicles IIby Gym Class Heroes – but it is a song that I have had in my head a lot the last few days and one that I have always loved. This is a fabulous motivational song; we listened to it today as we headed off to another golf tournament. I hope that it does the trick for you if you need a little motivation to encourage yourself, or someone you know, to reach higher and realize they are a fighter.
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I am sure that I have mentioned it before, but I am a huge Ryan Tedder fan. He is quite literally one of my very favorites. His collaboration on this song just makes the whole thing perfect. Enjoy!
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SONG OF THE DAY – “CALIFORNIA SUNRISE” by Dirty Gold

June 23, 2014

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Well, I am missing California and this song just brings back the whole feel of California. I LOVE California! With all the moves we have made, the only one where I really cried about leaving was when we left Southern California. I think California is a difficult place to get out of your blood. It was the one place where my soul felt home.

We were lucky enough to get to spend time at Pebble Beach, California last week. My two boys were especially lucky to get to golf at Pebble Beach. For a golfer, I cannot think of anything more special.

“If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach. I’ve loved this course from the first time I saw it. It’s possibly the best in the world.”
– JACK NICKLAUS, 18-TIME MAJOR CHAMPION

Father & Son thrilled to be at Pebble Beach!
Father & Son thrilled to be at Pebble Beach!

While the boys golfed, I followed along to watch them play and enjoy the beautiful course. I have never seen anything quite so stunning! I have spent time in Carmel, California (which is the beach and town the course overlooks in some of these pictures) and I have even been running on 17-Mile Drive, but I have never before been on the 18 holes of Pebble Beach Golf Course … and that is just something truly unreal! Amazingly beautiful and, as they say, “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” How do you focus on golf when looking at those views?!

Just as proof that everyone wants to golf this course, while we were there we saw Michael Bolton and on Day One, the boys were paired with Carolina Panthers Head Coach (and NFL Coach of the Year in 2013), Ron Rivera and his wife. They were two of the nicest people we have ever met and, although it was not their first time playing the course, they were just as excited to be out playing the remarkable course as we were.

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Pebble Beach is more than just America’s greatest golf course, it’s a national treasure. The beauty is unsurpassed and so is the drama created by so many thrilling, famous holes. No golfing life is complete until you’ve experienced Pebble’s coastline, following in the footsteps of Nicklaus, Watson and Woods and an untold number of everyday dreamers.”
– ALAN SHIPNUCK, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

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Today’s song is by a group of young Californians from Carlsbad, called Dirty Gold. The band is comprised of brothers Lincoln (vocals/lead guitar) and John Ballif (keyboard/rhythm guitar), and friend Grant Nassif (drums). This song was released in 2011 (along with their album, Roar) while the boys were still in high school and it hit the blog world by storm. I hope you enjoy it and that it leaves you yearning for California like I am.

SONG OF THE DAY – “COMEBACK STORY” by Kings of Leon

June 4, 2014

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The last two weeks have been incredibly action packed. My daughter finished up her second year of college and moved home, we flew to Arizona for my niece’s wedding, my daughter moved to D.C. for the summer for an internship, AND my son just got cleared to return to golf by his surgeon late last week.

All of it has been very exciting, but it was such a happy day when my son got cleared to play golf after the devastating injury he experienced on March 28 when he broke his left wrist just as golf season was beginning. He has been a trooper during the whole ordeal and has remained incredibly positive. He worked very hard with his therapist and his improvement is amazing – they say he is at 85% of flexibility and strength, which means he can begin to play. Hooray! Because he broke two bones and hyperextended the other area of his wrist, tearing all his ligaments, the doctor told him he will probably experience pain in the area of the hyperextension for 6-10 months! Yikes!

He essentially missed the entire high school golf season, but he was able to participate in a school golf tournament qualifier last Wednesday. It was his first real golf match since February, and the first time he had picked up a club in 9 weeks. He still has soreness and gets swollen when he plays, but he was anxious to get out there. He played amazingly well for his first real round of golf, but he missed qualifying for the tournament by one stroke. Pretty amazing for a kid who hasn’t played all season! He was obviously a little disappointed about being the 5th man, but he understood how difficult it is going to be to work his way back into his game.

The next morning, however, he got a text from his golf coach saying, “You are in! Early release at 1:45 for the tournament.” My son had been selected to play in the tournament after all. He thought maybe one of the other guys had a conflict for some reason, but what he discovered was even more amazing. The Captain of the golf team – a senior – had given up his spot to let him have the opportunity to play in a school tournament this season. The entire team was disappointed when my son got injured because they knew he was an asset for the team; however, this was one of the kindest things that I have seen a teenager do for someone else. He was thrilled to get the opportunity and went out and played that day shooting the second best score on his team and the third best score overall at the tournament. Nothing like a little motivation to help with your Mojo! 😉 Hopefully this is the beginning of my son’s “Comeback Story.”

With all the crazy and mean things that go on with teenagers today, I just really wanted to highlight something wonderful. I hope this young man who gave up playing that day for his younger teammate realizes how much he positively impacted my son, and what an incredible example he set for all those who saw his act of kindness. I think it speaks volumes about this young man’s character and I wish him the very best as he heads out of high school and onto his next adventure.

This song is from Kings of Leon. While living in London I really fell in love with the music of Kings of Leon … they were huge in the UK, much more so than they were in the US. It is really in the UK where they first experienced success with their music. Unfortunately, it was just a few years later in 2011, after I had moved to Dallas, that they had their infamous disaster show in Dallas where frontman – Caleb Followill – walked off stage and they did not finish the show.

The band is composed of three Followill brothers – Caleb (lead vocals & guitar), Nathan (drums), and Jared (bass) – along with their cousin, Matthew Followill (lead guitar). They just put out a new album – their 6th! – in September of last year called Mechanical Bull. This song is from that album and I really like it; the perfect song for today. I would love to see that they have pulled themselves together and can continue making the great music they are known for, rather than being known for all the rockstar party drama that has surrounded them since their initial success. We shall see, but hopefully this great song off their new album is, in fact, their “Comeback Story.”

I walk a mile in your shoes … And now I’m a mile away … And I’ve got your shoes.