Midnight Music Break: Sleeping To Dream

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Throwing everybody for a loop with the first Midnight Music Break.  I thought it apropos to have a Jason Mraz penned song about sleeping and dreaming.  As a lyricist (as well as a singer and musician), I hold Mr. A-Z in highest of regard.   The way he structures a song and the way he delivers it can be both simplistic and beautifully complicated, especially with the help of one Toca Rivera and his amazing vocals.  Enjoy.  “…I don’t mind”

Go To The Source

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In this day and age of high technology and finger tip information it is sad that we have lost our ability to truly communicate and understand one another.  There is such a disconnect when we text, email and use social media.  Many don’t see a problem but there is.  So much can be (and is) misconstrued simply because we choose what we think to be an easier way.   Granted, there are times when proximity can be a problem but for the most part we don’t allow ourselves or others a chance to respond.  That’s the beauty of going to the source.  There’s an ebb and flow of talking face to face.  It not only gives us the chance to voice our thoughts but the opportunity to listen.  The art of conversation might be dead but it doesn’t have to be so if we just go to the source, talk and listen.  You’d be surprised at what can happen.

Mid-Day Music Break: Paradigm

In keeping with today’s post about life’s shifts, how wonderful to know that no matter what happens in life, God never fails.  Stand strong in the knowledge that He will never leave or forsake you. You may fail others.  Others may fail you. God is always there with loving hands wide open saying “I am the same today and forever”.

Shifting

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Life can shift on you in a blink of an eye. Sometimes, people who you thought were going to always be by your side are easily swayed by opinions of others or doubts in their mind. They might think you aren’t worth anything or as they say in the calles, “ain’t worth shit”. That’s fine. Keep grinding. Keep moving. You may move a little bit at first but in time you will build momentum. If people can stay by your side through your worst, they are the ones you can call and know to be a friend. Pain is temporary. Quitting is forever.  No matter what might be said or done, don’t quit during the shifts of life.

Mid-Day Music Break: Here Comes The Sun

LosBeatlesThose that know Jefe, know his affinity for los Beatles knows no bounds.  They also know he is a snob when it comes to covers/remakes of classic songs.

Jefe may have the worst of days but if he hears, Here Comes The Sun, his day automatically gets brighter (pun intended).  This beautiful version of said song is wonderful in so many ways.  If you live under a rock and never heard Here Comes The Sun, then you would not know the song is about hope and optimism.  What better place to play such song than an unemployment office.  I think people may miss the symbolic gesture when viewing the first time.  I shared this video with a friend and it went over her head.  That’s OK.  Funny, but OK.

On this Good Friday, be blessed to know that love still conquers all.  There is a hope in knowing that death could not hold him down.  The power of his love is still available to us all.  Look, here comes the son!

Good Friday, Gays, Rights & Lefts

If you are easily offended, whatever side of the “debate” you are on, then I kindly suggest you kick rocks. If you intend on staying and reading, then by all means, do so, but please read this in its entirety.GoodFriday

On a day in which the world celebrates/observes Good Friday and in a week which saw the U.S. Supreme Court convene over Gay rights, Jefe finds himself at a laughable position: an extremely patriotic, second generation Mexican-American, who happens to be politically incorrect and…oh, by the way, a Christian who believes in equal rights.  Since Americans like to label every one and every thing, Jefe thought best to beat people to the punch.

I believe marriage should be between a man and woman.  I also believe that gay couples should be allowed to have a civil union/domestic partnership and the same benefits that a married couple have.  Is that really hard to fathom?  Why so much hate from both sides?  Just because Jefe says he’s for traditional marriage doesn’t mean he hates gays.  Likewise, just because he believes that gay couples should have the same rights/benefits of a married couple doesn’t make him less of a Christian.

As an American, I believe wholeheartedly in the Declaration of Independence and the virtue that We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  Why is it that we, as Americans, have no problem putting each other down because we can’t respect each other enough to shut the hell up and listen?  Our definition of happiness has become you are wrong, I am right.  It is sad that our nation prefers to be correct know-it-all jerks rather than live on the principles of respect, happiness and love.

Speaking of love…

No greater love has ever been or ever will be shown: that a man would die, lay down his life and give it for his friend.  On this Good Friday, let us not forget the love of God.  Let us not forget the love of his son, Jesus, and his willingness to die for us all.  Not some of us.  Not just Christians.  ALL. 

I find it funny that lost among a lot of Christians/believers is the question that was posed to Jesus: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?  Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.   All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.  

So let me get this straight.  Jesus, the foundation of Christianity, said the greatest commandment was to love God and our neighbor as ourselves?  Who is my neighbor?  EVERYBODY!  Am I showing love if I’m constantly arguing or condemning somebody?  I’m not a theologian or philosopher, nor do I portray one on TV but I’d have to say Jesus kinda knew a thing or two about love.

I leave you with these final thoughts.  The Gay community uses the rainbow as their symbol of diversity.  Whether they realize it or not, God has long-held a copyright on that as his symbol of love for this world.  Yes, the rainbow is God’s sign to us all that he wouldn’t destroy/condemn us.  Jesus, God’s son, said that he didn’t come to condemn the world but to save it.   Jesus came to show love for all by dying on the cross.  He rose from the grave to show the power of that love.  It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming!

 

Blades of Steel

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Jefe digs hockey especially live and in person.  Funny for those that know his past but Jefe doesn’t really dig the fighting.  It’s probably a good thing because today’s Jefe-ism reflects his thoughts had he been able to play hockey and in the NHL.

It’s unfathomable to Jefe that all these vatos in the NHL that are fighting and none of them have the common sense to use the fierros strapped on their feet.  If Jefe were to get in some chingasos on the ice, somebody’s getting cut…repeatedly.

 -L. Jefe