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The Pulse of Life


From the first heartbeat to the last, there is a rhythm to life known to us all in the form of music…slow beats, rapid beats, beats out of sync, skipped beats, irregular beats, beats that make the heart flutter. The pulse of life changes as moods swing and bodies sway in accordance with the sequence of stressed and unstressed beats until the final beat falls silent.

Remain on-beat thwarting those off-beat moments that attempt to set you off balance. Keep upbeat with a pep in your step as you reach out for the sun or walk in the rain. It’s all in the music…the music called life!



Enjoy the Chords of Emotion @Awakenings or make new ones…



Awakenings: Embrace the Music Memories

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Today in Music History: April 24

So many memories, so much music! This walk down memory lane will take some time, so kick back, relax and just enjoy iconic tunes: rockin’ in the 50s, rollin’ in the spirit of the 60s, groovin’ with sounds stuck in the 70s, dancin’ to the best of the 90s on into the 21st century.

Life without music is life without a voice!

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

And the music goes on beating to the rhythm of the changing times…

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Awakenings: Oldies but Goodies & Then Some

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Today in Music History: April 21

Music of today, as well as tomorrow, reaches deep into the heart and soul of all yesterdays. Events of the past beget memories that set the stage for the tomorrows to come. Life void of those memories leaves nothing but emptiness, thereby a world without music. There is always a story behind the music. Harmony in life is wielded through various genres of music from rap to contemporary to classic to rock to gospel and everything in between, before and after.

Embrace the Past…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

From the 50s to the 90s, enjoy the music memories!

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A very special poem from Len Carver depicting the true essence of the catnipoflife! Thank you, Len, for your inspiring message.


Do you hear the music of the world around you?

Hear the crashing CYMBALS of the thunder
music of a raindrop as the clouds begin to weep?

A snowflake as it descends to earth?
Ivory keys fading to-night shades slush
Building to the crescendo of many PIANO keys

Smell the roses as they bud
to the unfurling as they bloom
Emitting scent of exotic perfume
A soulful sound of many VIOLINS

Hear the sound of butterfly wings?
The music of little fluttery things
music of HARP’s gentle strings

Hear the whisper of the trees
as the wind blows soft breath
Through the rustling leaves
Echoing softly …CELLO

Listen close if only to hear  music for
Lovers as they begin to swirl and twirl
in a dance of their beating hearts
like  passion of SPANISH GUITARS

Hear orchestration of earths symphony
Walk quietly with open mind and ears
Let sounds of…

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Singing in the Shower

Can you imagine a world without music? It would be a world void of colors and textures, thus soulless. There would be no form, no expression. Thank goodness we have music or life would be a total bore, empty, useless. Music is all around us with melodies whispering in the wind, carrying along the harmonies of the songbirds. Each note captures the human heart penetrating deep into the soul leading to some of the best compositions imaginable. All you have to do is enjoy the catipoflife, listen to life’s songs! That includes singing in the shower!

Singing_in_the_ShowerDo you sing in the shower giving yourself top billing on Broadway? Are you a rock star or a diva? Did you know singing in the shower has become a widespread phenomenon?

Think about it. You can be what you want to be, as good as you want to be, an overnight sensation if you like since something magical happens when you sing in the shower. Have you ever noticed you actually sound better singing in the shower vs. out of the shower? For some reason, angelic pitch-perfect harmonies echo around the shower walls rather than bouncing through midair resounding of a croaking frog. That is the truth and there is a science of music to prove it!

That is not the only thing magical about the shower either…

Time for a shower…


 FaLaLa…TraLaLa Boom De Ay…Boom Boom ShaBoom…NaNa-Nana-NaNa…everything before and after, as well as everything in between. Where would we be without music on the scene? Can you imagine a world without melody? Even the sounds of nature carry musical tones in harmony. Where there is sound there is rhythm from the clanging cogs of wheels definitely not ‘in pitch’ to Brahms’s Lullaby so relaxing one could sleep in a ditch. It keeps the sane man sane and lifts up the insane. MORE @awakenings about the beginnings of music…


Awakenings: And the music goes on…The 21st Century

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As we enter the 21st century, many songs from the 50s all the way through the 90s are still popular. Of course, it was by way of the 20s, 30s and 40s that music has evolved into a passion relative to survival as many listeners would so declare today.  Look at the plethora of choices available for listening pleasure, dancing, rapping, or simply relaxing: contemporary music, popular music, traditional music, hip hop music, country music. Each decade has offered its own unique genres of music.

Read on @awakenings…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

To quote Bob Dylan “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really. You listen to these modern records, they’re atrocious, they have sound all over them. There’s no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like … static….”

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To Believe…

Each of us carry our own unique talents. Some are miniscule, some are gargantuan but they are still our talents. We are not all destined to be center stage as with the child prodigy, Jackie Evancho, who mesmerizes audiences with her remarkable operatic voice. She has talent, yes, but it is what she is doing with that talent that ranks first and foremost, front row center, in importance. Ponder thoughtfully as you listen to the words of her song,

To Believe…

Do you promise to do the very best you can?


Awakenings: And the music goes on…Country Time 1

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Before moving forward into the 80s, we must step back in time to the beginnings of Country Music, a genre all its own that has left an indelible mark on music history. Old time fiddle (a genre of American folk music) is the precursor to country that influenced bluegrass, country blues, variants of western swing and country rock.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

This is part 1 for Country Music covering three generations, 1920s, 1930s-40s and 1950s-60s.

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Awakenings: And the music goes on…Stuck in the 70s

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Different from the numerous musical genres of past decades, only a handful can be considered of the most successful and most popular during the 70s. First to be mentioned is SOFT ROCK (which was the “pop music” of that generation). This genre was led by artists such as Elton John, Chicago, The Eagles, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Doobie Brothers, Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen.

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

Where would be be without the music…the sounds, the lyrics, the showmanship? Each song tells its own poignant story, it is life within the moment. You can take an inanimate object, write about it in a song and it comes to life. Each tune touches the heart, opens the mind, stirs the soul.

Who was THE Most Successful Group of the 70s? What is The Greatest Rock Song of All Time?

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Awakenings: And the music goes on…Merry Christmas from Heaven

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Awakenings: Loving memories of those who have passed on are rekindled everyday in music that lives on and on and on…

Sharla Shults‘s insight:

To all who have loved ones in Heaven this Christmas, may you find joyful peace with family and friends.

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