SONG OF THE DAY – “COME TO ME” by The Goo Goo Dolls

November 29, 2013

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Happy Thanksgiving! I have so much to be thankful for and I feel very blessed. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the opportunity to spend time together with family and reflect on my blessings. I also find it a much less stressful holiday than Christmas, a time where you can sit back and enjoy being together without worrying about all the things you need to get done.

One of my favorite traditions at my family’s Thanksgiving celebration is our thankful toast. For years, we have gone around the entire dinner table (which now stands at 21 people!) and everyone says what they are thankful for this year and we toast after each sentiment. This year was especially touching. My mom and dad have been married for 52 years and what they had to say about each other this year was just so sweet. Both of them looked at each other and expressed such loving gratitude for the other one. I am so grateful that I have had this example of love in my life.

This song by The Goo Goo Dolls just came to mind immediately. I love this video! This song just totally expresses the emotion that I saw in my parents yesterday. I have always been a fan of The Goo Goo Dolls, but I would have to say that this new song is just one of my favorites.

Do you have a favorite family tradition? Do you think love gets better with age? Would love to hear about your Thanksgiving.

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SONG OF THE DAY – “NOTBROKEN” by The Goo Goo Dolls

November 11, 2013

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I’m cheating a bit today. This will not be a new song for my daughter (posted on 3/7/2011) and I know it is not TBT, but I love this song; it is a song that just touches me and is a perfect share for Veteran’s Day.

I’m always grateful and amazed by all those who serve and sacrifice for our country. I am honoring them today and sending out my love and gratitude to all those who have served and those who are currently serving, as well as their families – who often make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Notbroken is an older song (released in 2010) by The Goo Goo Dolls. When I first read the story behind the song and watched the video several years ago, I was instantly moved. I am sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of stories like this out there. In an article that lead singer John Rzeznik gave in 2010 to ARTIST direct, he said about the song:

“…it’s based on some communication I had with a woman whose husband was a soldier in Iraq. He’s paralyzed now, and he doesn’t want to come home because he’s afraid that she’s not going to see him the way he was. He has a huge amount of anxiety and he’s been hiding out from her because he’s afraid she’s not going to think he’s the man that he was. She loves him very, very much, and her letter really moved me. I wanted to write a love letter for her to him, you know, that, “I’m here, I love you and nothing’s going to change.” I was imagining the anxiety that this guy’s feeling. He’s a kid like 26 or 27. You’ve got your whole life ahead of you and you’re doing the right thing and then all of a sudden— boom. In an instant, your life completely changes. Life will always come at you on its own terms and we have to learn how to face that and adapt.” Read more here.

I hope you like the song and enjoy the video.