#Instrumental: John Williams “Can You Read My Mind” (Love theme from Superman)

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. Widely regarded as the greatest American film composer of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career spanning over six decades. Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney In 2005 the American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The Library of Congress also entered the Star Wars soundtrack into the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Williams has composed for many critically acclaimed and popular movies, including the Star Wars seriesJawsClose Encounters of the Third KindSupermanE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone filmsHook, the first two Jurassic Park filmsSchindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. He served as the Boston Pops‘s principal conductor from 1980 to 1993 and is its laureate conductor.  He has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but five of his feature films. Other works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, “The Mission” theme used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan’s Island.[6] Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl‘s Hall of Fame in 2000, and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. He has composed the score for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office.

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#Haiku – Chilling Out

A taste of winter

The chill lingers on my bones

Five more months ’til spring

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Friday Inspiration: God Is So Much More Greater

God does not judge you

He offers unconditional love

Time to stop living in regret

And live, knowing you are loved

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music: Tenth Avenue North “Greater Than All My Regrets”

The Border

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Once you have crossed the border and reached the point of no return, you become a memory in someone else’s past and a signpost in someone else’s future.  There is broken glass from broken hourglasses, where we tried to make time stand still.  Yet even time has learned that we cannot be broken into pieces.  Love continues to solidify itself within the oneness of our being…

You deserve more than words

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Scorpions “When You Came Into My Life”

You give me your smile
A piece of your heart
You give me the feel I’ve been looking for
You give me your soul
Your innocent love
You are the one I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been waiting for

We’re lost in a kiss
A moment in time
Forever young
Just forever, just forever in love

When you came into my life
It took my breath away
Cause your love has found it’s way
To my heart

Ooh, ahh
Ooh, ahh

You make me dream
By the look in your eyes
You give me the feel, I’ve been longing for
I wanna give you my soul
All my life
Cause you are the one I’ve been waiting for
I’ve been waiting for so long

When you came into my life
It took my breath away
And the world stopped turnin’ round
For your love
When you came into my life
It took my breath away
Cause your love has found it’s way
To my heart
Into my heart

Just forever in love

When you came into my life
It took my breath away
And the world stopped turnin’ round
For your love
When you came into my life
It took my breath away
Cause your love has found it’s way
To my heart
When you came into my life

When you came into my life
It took my breath away
And the world stopped turnin’ round
For your love
When you came into my life
It took my breath away
Cause your love has found it’s way
To my heart

Songwriters: James F. Sundah / Klaus Meine / Rudolf Schenker / Titiek Puspa

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Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf SchenkerSince the band’s inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock  to heavy metal.  The lineup from 1978 to 1992 was the most successful incarnation of the group, and included Klaus Meine (vocals), Rudolf Schenker (rhythm guitar), Matthias Jabs (lead guitar), Francis Buchholz (bass), and Herman Rarebell (drums). The band’s only continuous member has been Schenker, although Meine has appeared on all of Scorpions’ studio albums, while Jabs has been a consistent member since 1979, and bassist Paweł Mąciwoda and drummer Mikkey Dee have been in the band since 2003 and 2016 respectively. 

During the mid-1970s, with guitarist Uli Jon Roth part of the line-up, the music of the Scorpions was defined as hard rock.  After the departure of Roth in 1978 and short-lived reunion with Schenker’s brother MichaelMatthias Jabs joined and, following the guidance of producer Dieter Dierks, the Scorpions changed their sound towards hard rock/heavy metal, mixed with rock power ballads. Throughout the 1980s the group received positive reviews and critical acclaim from music critics, and experienced commercial success with the albums Animal Magnetism (1980), Blackout (1982), Love at First Sting (1984), the live recording World Wide Live (1985), Savage Amusement (1988) and Best of Rockers ‘n’ Ballads (1989), which is their best-selling compilation album.

Scorpions’ eleventh studio album Crazy World (1990) was also well-received, and included the song “Wind of Change“, a symbolic anthem of the political changes in Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is one of the best-selling singles in the world with over fourteen million copies sold.  Scorpions have sold over 110 million records in total.  They have released 18 studio albums, 27 compilation albums and 74 singles. Six of their singles have reached number one on the charts in different countries. Their albums, singles, compilations and video releases have reached gold, platinum and multi-platinum status 200 times in different countries.

Rolling Stone described the Scorpions as “the heroes of heavy metal”,  and MTV called them “Ambassadors of Rock”. The band has influenced a number of acts such as Guns N’ Roses, Mötley CrüeDef LeppardMetallica Megadeth, TestamentRatt, Skid Row CinderellaSpinal TapW.A.S.P. Saxon Doro HelloweenHanoi Rocks and Yngwie Malmsteen The Scorpions were ranked number 46 on VH1‘s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock programme,  with “Rock You Like a Hurricane” at number 18 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs “Still Loving You” ranked 22nd place among the greatest ballads. They have received prestigious awards such as three World Music Awards a star on the Hollywood Rock wall, and a presence in the permanent exhibition of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In 2015 the group celebrated its 50th anniversary.

*source: Wikipedia