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"Oh sweet Lorraine," the song begins. "I wish we could do all the good times over again."

Fred Stobaugh, from Peoria, Ill., wrote lyrics to what he called "Oh Sweet Lorraine" after his 91-year-old wife passed away last April.   In 1938 the couple met and fell in love at an A&W stand and were then married for 73 years.



"After she passed away, I was just setting in the front room one evening by myself," Fred says of when he wrote the song. "It just come right to me almost, I just kept humming it ... it seemed like it just fit her."  Stobaugh, who's not a musician, entered the lyrics into a singer-songwriter contest at Illinois' Green Shoes Studios.  His entry was like no other, said Green Shoe's Jacob Colgan. Instead of a YouTube video link, Stobaugh sent a large manila envelop with the lyrics written in a letter.  "I started to read the lyrics and was so touched by the song and without even meeting Fred we thought, we're going to do something," Colgan said.  With Stobaugh's permission, Colgan set the words to music and brought the song to life.

 



Fred says, "The song really helps me. It really helps me. It just seemed like she's just sort of with me. Which I know she's smiling, she's smiling down and she likes that song, I know."

The song has topped the iTunes chart at #7 and the Billboard chart at #49!

 

Marty

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British artist Jeremy Deller teamed up with Michelle Huggins-Watts, Trinidad's “First Lady” of the steel pan, on a project to bring more young people into steel band music.  Their collaboration combined their very different skills to create a brand new, one-off performance and music event in Trinidad.

Jeremy Deller, speaking before the collaboration said: “For a long time I’ve been interested in steel bands. Trinidad is the home of steel bands so it makes sense to go to that place and see what you can come up with.”  Jeremy is a celebrated conceptual, video and installation artist, a hugely influential figure on the international contemporary art scene.

Michelle Huggins-Watts, speaking about the song they planned to use in the collaboration said: “It’s really different, not something you’d readily hear on the pan – I’m really looking forward to working on this piece!”  Michelle is the band leader and musical arranger of a champion Trinidadian steel pan band, she has toured the world, and is a music teacher at Trinity College where she runs a junior pan band.

 

Marty,

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The quarterback for the University of Memphis Jacob Karam has showcased talents on the field, and has also taken time out of football to do some more important things in the local community.  On a recent volunteer trip to the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, Jacob was helping kids with a scavenger hunt when he saw a piano and decided to do a small show for the kids. 

 

A brave eleven-year-old, Breanna Bercegeay is currently at the hospital fighting AML Leukemia, but that didn’t slow her down from belting out her amazing voice alongside of the quarterback.   The duo performed 10 songs together including Jessie J’s “Price tag”.  Here’s a beautiful video of the two together!

 

 

 

Have a great day and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy
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Emily Kraus and her boyfriend were on their way to a Dave Matthews concert in Hershey, PA when guess who they saw stranded on the side of the road?…. grammy award winning musician DAVE MATTHEWS!!

Dave Matthews was on a quick bike ride before his show when his bike broke down.  Emily stopped the car, let him rack his bike, and drove him to the show!

"I did not have a cell phone on the bicycle. " Matthews said later at his concert. "And then a nice lady named Emily rode up in a red car with a bicycle rack on it and gave me a ride on to the gig."
 
"We didn't know how to make conversation with him in fact, so we were talking about his tour and where he had come from," Kraus said. "He had just been in Cincinnati and he said 'I'm taking a short break after this one because I have to drop my daughters off at camp.' He was just a very humble guy."

Dave Matthews gave the couple backstage passes, autographed their tickets AND invited them to dinner!

"My cheeks still hurt from smiling, giggling and laughing all night long," Emily said on her Facebook page.


And that's what's good,

Jon

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Papa Joe Aviance hit #6 on the Billboard Magazine Dance Charts with his song “Last night a DJ saved my Life”.  What should have been a happy moment, turned out to be a reality check for Papa Joe when he saw the music video playing on MTV and VH1.  Watching himself in the video, he couldn’t believe how big he had become over the years. 

“I was 450 pounds—I was two cheeseburgers away from diabetes or high cholesterol,” recalls Aviance. “I had been big for pretty much all of my life, and I was sick of hating myself. It was now or never.” 

It got so bad at one point that he recalls drinking a two-liter of mountain dew every day, and at the same time, the local drive-thru employees knew him by name. 

“I cleared everything out of my fridge that was going to get in the way of me losing weight—cookies, candy, sodas,” he says. “I was only going to drink water or unsweetened iced tea, and no more fast food.” 

Joe had the right attitude though and began walking daily and doing his best to eat better.  Times were rough for the artist at the time, so he had to figure out a way to eat on a strict budget.  A friend told him about the local 99-cent store, and Joe was pleasantly surprised to find plenty of healthy foods to choose from.  

“Oatmeal, raisins, nuts, bananas, apples, oranges, bell peppers, spinach, salad dressing, tuna fish, eggs… I was shocked. I was blown away,” recalls Aviance. “It was a huge savings. I literally spent no more than $50 a week on food.” 

After 18 months on his strict diet, Joe had lost an astonishing 250 pounds!  Joe spends his time these days traveling the country encouraging and inspiring people of all ages to live a healthier life.  With a little determination and motivation, anything is possible. 


Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

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David France, a world class violinist, can be found many mornings playing in the Boston subway.  Many people stop and listen to him before they go to work and many donate money to his tip jar.

He enjoys playing violin and making people smile, but his main goal in the subway is to raise money for "Revolution of Hope", an after school program that he created.  Through his program, he teaches inner-city children in the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury how to play violin.

"Most kids in America in the suburban communities get to play music. They get to learn an instrument," Jose Duarte, the middle school's principal said. "But why is it that kids in urban settings don't? It's not because they're incapable of playing or they don't... don't have that talent. It's that they've never been exposed to it, they've never had the opportunity."

David teaches a rigorous program and the kids are excelling.  The lessons are 5 days a week, 3 hours a day!

"Their appreciation comes from someone showing up and giving an investment in their life.  That's what they care about", David says.

Watch their amazing story.  This is incredible -




And that's what's good,

Jon

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Disco Biscuits band raises money for charity

Only 20 minutes after tickets went on sale, the Disco Biscuits sold out tickets to their "Feed the Rocks" Earth Day benefit show on April 27th, 2013!  The show will raise money for Denver's Parks and Rec in addition to the Love, Hope, and Strength Foundation - a music cancer charity organization.

The band has a strong following and it's wonderful to see them supporting such great causes.  Charity is nothing new to the Disco Biscuits.  Last year, bassist and founder Marc Brownstein, led the efforts to raise roughly $10,000 for Hurricane Sandy relief funds.

And that's what's good,
Jon

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OK, I'm speechless after seeing this video.  Just imagine getting the opportunity to perform on stage with your role model and inspiration!  It was a dream come true for Michael Pollack, a student at Vanderbilt University.

Billy Joel hosted a Q&A session after his concert at the university.  Michael happened to be one of the lucky people to ask a question.  His question?  "I was wondering if I could play with you…I would accompany you that is...", Michael asked with a shy voice.

Billy Joel's answer, a simple "ok", to a screaming crowd.

Their performance of "New York State of Mind" is absolutely magical.

"I love when that happens, that's nice.  Good luck to you Michael, I think you're going to do fine", Billy Joel stated after the performance.



And that's what's good,
Jon

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Carnegie Hall is an impressive feat for any musician, but for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music's youth orchestra, this was almost unimaginable…until now.

One may ask how this would be such an impressive event?  In Afghanistan, the Taliban banned music.  Fortunately, there are good people in the world that helped turn this around.

Ahmad Sarmast, who has a Ph. D. in music from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia founded the school with the help of several embassies. 

“Part of our commitment is to promote musical diversity in Afghanistan.”, Sarmast says.

The kids, many of whom are in orphanages, have picked up the music at an incredible pace.  The school was only founded two years ago and the kids are already playing for crowds.

Recently, 48 kids from the school flew to New York's Carnegie Hall to perform Afghan music to a crowd!

"With these two big concerts in New York and Washington, we are showing people not to give up on Afghanistan.”, says Mr. Harvey, the orchestra's conductor.  We couldn't have said it better :)

And that's what's good,
Jon
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A beautiful guitar is a work of art.  From the first note that is picked, to the moving chord that is played, to the elegant shape of the guitar's body.

Waterstone Guitars, the brainchild of Robert Singer (very fitting name), views their guitars as a form of art.  To push their artistic envelope they have created a guitar based off the art of Jackson Pollock, a leader in the Abstract Expressionist movement. 

Pollock would place his blank canvas on the floor and use a "drip" technique where the paint would splatter on the canvas.  Waterstone guitars has captured this art technique in their latest limited edition guitars.  Proceeds from these collectors item guitar sales go to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center which is Pollock and his wife, Lee Krasner's, home turned museum.  Pollock's original studio art is still on display in the house.

Waterstone Guitars is helping to continue the legend, life, and art of Jackson Pollock.  This guitar masterpiece can be found at http://pollockguitar.com.  Well done!


And that's what's good,
Jon
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