Us

It was more than taking a chance

We simply believed

Right from the very start

We believed

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Steelheart "All Your Love"

Gave me your heart, gave me everything you had
When I was down and needed you the most
Showed me love when I knew not what love was
You shared your laughs and kissed away the tears
You’re my life, you’re the hand that leads me through
Forever, baby, I’ll keep on loving you
I would crawl for a million miles, just to kiss the lips that made me smile
Oh, that made me smile
I was blind, I was on the run
The night has a thousand eyes, a heart but one, oh, the heart but one
I just melt when your eyes meet mine
Oh the thought of holding you, oh just the thought of

[Chorus:]
It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps me hanging on (hangin’ on)
I count the days without you by my side
It’s all your love (it’s all your love)
That keeps my dreams alive (dreams alive)
And girl I can’t thank you enough
For all your love
Tell me, child, will you love me when I grow old
Will your tender touch be the same?
‘Cause your heart means to me a world of gold
And without you, baby, I’d be lost and cold
You make me feel like a superman
I could take on the whole world with just one hand, oh, just one hand
Girl, you make me feel so alive
I could climb the highest mountain and touch the sky, oh, yes I can
I can’t wait to make love tonight
Just the thought of holding you, oh just the thought of

[Chorus]

[Solo]

[Chorus]

It keeps me hangin’, keeps me hangin’ on
It’s all your love that keeps me hangin’ on
It’s all your love (it’s all your love) that keeps my dreams alive
And girl I can’t thank you enough for all your love

*Songwriters: Michael Matijevic

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Steelheart started off as a rock band called Red Alert whose members included James Ward (bass), Chris Risola (lead guitar), Jack Wilkenson (drums) and Miljenko Matijevic (‘Mike’, vocals). Frank DiCostanzo joined as a rhythm guitarist and John Fowler replaced Jack Wilkenson. Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990.  The second single “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” reached No. 23 on the Billboard charts.

Steelheart’s second album, Tangled in Reins, was released in 1992, reaching No. 144 on the Billboard charts. The single “Mama Don’t You Cry” charted No. 1 in many East Asian Countries,[citation needed] including Hong Kong, leading to an Asian tour in September, 1992. Towards the end of their tour of Asia, Steelheart was asked by Slaughter to open for them at a show in Denver, Colorado on Halloween night in 1992. While performing “Dancing in the Fire,” from their “Tangled in Reins” album, Matijevic attempted to climb an unsecured lighting truss, which toppled over and both he and the truss fell to the stage. In attempting to evade it, the truss landed on top of him, crushing him face first into the stage and Matijevic suffered a broken nose, cheekbone, jaw and a twisted spine. Miljenko Matijevic at Rockfest 80’s in Pembroke Pines, Florida on November 4, 2017.

In 1996 a revamped lineup of Steelheart emerged with guitarist Kenny Kanowski, bassist Vincent Mele and drummer Alex Makarovich, leaving Matijevic as the only original member. The new Steelheart recorded and released the album Wait. Original member James Ward joined Steelheart on the tour supporting the album. Though the album failed to chart in the US, the track “We All Die Young” was featured in the motion picture Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.

In 2016, Steelheart appeared at the three-day Rockingham 2016 melodic/hard rock festival with Marten Andersson from Lynch Mob and Lizzy Borden on bass, held in Nottingham, United Kingdom on October 22, as the headline act of the second day.

*source: Wikipedia

#MondayThoughts: Dare To Be

We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.

– May Sarton

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It is your uniqueness that adds light to this world. There is a great power in being yourself. When you don’t fall Into a category or cannot be labeled, then you are considered offbeat or strange. Better to be authentic than be a run of the mill, right off the assembly line, stereotyped copy of who society believes you should be.

Dare to be you and not allow your uniqueness to be hidden from the world. Life is in need of light and your light carries its own power. Just what the world needs.

Stay inspired and keep rising.

#Instrumental: John Petrucci "Wishful Thinking"

John Peter Petrucci (born July 12, 1967) is an American guitaristcomposer and producer. He is best known as a founding member of the progressive metal band Dream Theater. With his former bandmate Mike Portnoy, he produced all Dream Theater albums from 1999’s Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory to 2019’s Distance Over Time. He has been the sole producer of the band’s albums released since Portnoy’s departure in 2010. Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 tour seven times, more than any other invited guitarist. Joel McIver‘s 2009 book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists ranks Petrucci second, after Dave Mustaine.  He was also named as one of the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time” by GuitarOne magazine.  In 2012, Petrucci was ranked the 17th greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll.

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On The Cusp

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On the cusp of great things

Living, thinking and breathing

Bringing down the great wall that vanishes dreams

Prayers that pierce through this realm of being

The heart floods with hope

Like rainwater filling an empty basin

Always feeling the sun

Regardless of which way you turn

On the cusp of great things