As an avid reader of Lorna’s Voice I am awakened every Thursday with a regular entry of hers titled “Lighting Up the Blogosphere – One Flicker at a Time”, which is part of a campaign aptly named “Occupy the Blogosphere” started by another WordPress blogger, Soul Dipper. It is a rather refreshing and optimistic counter to all the stress and negativity that manages to creep into our lives, and being the eternal optimist, it strikes a resonant chord in me.
Since I’m away in a totally different time zone, and I’m wide awake due to my internal clock telling me morning should be long gone even when dawn is only now breaking into my window, I thought I’d try my hand at this uplifting kind of thing and showcase someone who really does light up the world in his own magical way. Have you guessed yet that it will probably be a topic about music? I know, so predictable sometimes, but hopefully you’ll be surprised.
Music is the universal language of mankind
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
So very true. In order to demonstrate both the universal appeal of music and the joy it can evoke from everyone, I have selected a few short videos of one of my favorite people on this planet when it comes to music, Bobby McFerrin, doing what he does well – playing the instrument that is his voice, and likewise playing the audience, engaging them to create magical moments through music.
Bobby McFerrin was born with mad vocal abilities. The son of Metropolitan Opera Baritone Robert McFerrin Sr. and regional opera and Broadway singer and Professor Emeritus of Music Sara, he certainly had the genes for vocal abilities. He is most famous for his 1988 hit, Don’t Worry, Be Happy done entirely a Capella with only his voice. But his real gift is how he shares that gift and joy with his audience.
I dare you to watch the following videos and not manage to crack a smile or feel a bit of happiness sweep over you, if only for a moment while you forget all else in the world:
This Saturday, May 19 will mark the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes. This is the second jewel in the Triple Crown of horse racing here in the States. This race is the shortest in length, measuring in at 1 and 3/16 miles, favoring the sprinters. Combine this with the Kentucky Derby’s 1 and 1/4 mile run, and then finishing in two weeks with the Belmont Stakes 1 and 1/2 mile marathon, and it becomes clear why the triple crown is so elusive, the last one claimed by Affirmed in 1978.
The Preakness is a big event here in my home state of Maryland. The race is practically in my backyard, a mere 15 miles from where I live. I thought you might enjoy getting into the mood of the race. While the Kentucky Derby is the run for the roses, here in Maryland, the state flower is the Black Eyed Susan, and the winning horse will be draped in a blanket of this smaller species in the sunflower family. Grab a nice bouquet and give them to your sweetheart:
Of course, next you’ll need to pour yourselves the official drink of the race, appropriately named the Black Eyed Susan:
Women, please find another outrageous hat for the day. I’ll leave the details to Lorna, as she seems to have the most experience in the mad hatter department. Should you need any proof, just click here!
Now that everyone is in the spirit, without further ado ladies and gentlemen, I give you the slate of horses for your review and possible wagers listed by post positions:
- Tiger Walk (30-1)
- Teeth of the Dog (15-1)
- Pretension (30-1)
- Zetterholm (20-1)
- Went the Day Well (6-1)
- Creative Cause (6-1)
- Bodemeister (8-5)
- Daddy Nose Best (12-1)
- I’ll Have Another (5-2)
- Optimizer (30-1)
- Cozzetti (30-1)
So there you have it. Eleven entrants in the 137th Preakness Stakes. If perchance you do not like any of the names of these horses and want to offer up a name of your own, please drop by Ursula’s place and offer up a few creative names you might fancy if you were an owner of one of these magnificent thoroughbreds.
Tell me, what is your wager? Enjoy!