Things We Will Not See

Things I think we will never see in our lifetime:

The aliens landing in a city, or better yet, on the White House Lawn and coming out to greet us.

A video of Bin Laden with a recent newspaper or something that would stamp it in the here and now.

Jim Valvano Cancer Speech Dont Ever Give Up

Jim Valvano made the speech about his cancer at the ESPY awards (in the days before Dan Patrick had announced he was leaving ESPN ) that was the most inspirational thing I ever witnessed. Here is a link to some of his most inspirational quotes and a downloadable mp3 for the ipod , iphone, or whatever that you can use to be inspired, especially if you are going through cancer or know someone who is. I hope that it lifts everyone who hears it up as much as it lifted me up and while you are at it, make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

The Jim Valvano Page

How Melissa Etheridge Changed The World 07.07.07 at Live Earth

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MGtCiDfcIos part one

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JI8nyOqHakQ part two

I timed it ... it is 24 minutes to the second by my watch. 24 minutes that should have changed the world ..but ...It did NOT make the NBC Network Prime Time Highlights Show.

I will undoubtedly write more about this in the days and weeks to come, but I know I must pass along that I have always known what we all know ... that MUSIC is a POWERFUL THING . But I have never seen it more powerful than at Live Earth when Melissa sang "imagine that." into If Not Now into Inconvenient Truth (I dont know the names of the songs) As a lifelong fan of hers from her first album, as well as a lifelong Springsteen fan ..how cool it was to have her confirm many years ago that Bruce was the voice in her mind as she wrote what she wrote and sang what she sang.

Then on 07.07.07 at Live Earth, Al Gore's handpicked songstress was somehow buried in the 6pm hour at Giants Stadium . That is the shame here. I, as a Springsteen fan, had wondered if Bruce would make an appearance at the house that Bruce Built ... but ...maybe ..it wasnt neccesary ...because as powerful as Bruces music and message has been over the years to all who followed, Bruce may have come close a time or two in the years, but Bruce couldn't have done what Melissa did at Live Earth. A Song that was a few songs that was a speech that was the most elequent, passion filled, declaration of commitment to TRUTH NO MATTER HOW INCONVENIENT ...and put better than anyone I have ever known for what it is like to be Born In The USA and be at this age, at this point in history, with this much at stake. Maybe it could be said that she made Global Warming more political, and that we all must remember that it isn't us versus them on this issue, or we all lose. But as she said, there is no US in THEM .


TRUTH IS OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE

I had watched all of the proceedings across the continents at Live Earth and thought maybe the most important thing to write about was going to be the Antarctic Scientists Music Group ... because nobody had "Bono'd up" until Melissa Ethridge took the stage to forever change the world at Live Earth.

FIND the complete Melissa Etheridge performance somewhere online. If more people had seen it, the earth would be shaking.

Live Earth is a chance for change

Here is hoping that with Al Gore and the artists who hope to encourage change, like Madonna, The Police, Bon Jovi, and Kanye West can start the ball rolling towards real awareness. But, I also have to say, that while global warming is going to affect everyone on this planet in the distant future, as well as probably in the near future, a push by artists of this magnitude towards something like cancer, which affects so many of us today, could be a catalyst for cure ...and I would argue that curing cancer today is as important, I DID NOT SAY MORE important, than probably curing earth tomorrow. Just my two cents ...now back to watch the performances from all over the world for Live Earth.