Boone June: There’s A Gold Mine Walking The Floor Over You My Candy Sweet


Last month, I hit my initial goal for my Over the Edge / Special Olympics Massachusetts fundraiser so I upped my goal to double! Next month will be the rappel so don’t worry if you haven’t donated yet, you still can HERE! It’s a really fun event that gets the Special Olympics a lot of attention. I mean, just look at the views from last year!

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I had been a bit distracted from the blog because of the fundraising but it’s really so worth it. Since I’m still working on raising more for the Special Olympics, I do also want to shed some light on celebrity philanthropy efforts, even with different organizations. I haven’t touched on Pat Boone’s work up until now, but he’s partnered with some great foundations!

Since 1977, Boone has hosted the annual Pat Boone Golf Tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee, a celebrity event that benefits a faith-based home for children of families in crisis.

According to the Nashville Gospel Music & Entertainment Examiner, Boone partnered with GOD TV in 2010 to provide foundational funding for a community development center in East Africa. The Pat Boone Family Life Center in Loiborsoit, Tanzania provides much needed health services and clean water through a deep water well.

“Clean water, and with it small medical clinics and even basic primary and secondary schools, are literally life-changing developments, offering healthy lives and unthought-of futures to countless thousands who otherwise would live and die with no chance even to participate in the 21st century,” Boone wrote in an article about his trip to Africa, in WorldNetDaily.

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There’s a Gold Mine in the Sky

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Remember You’re Mine

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Walking the Floor Over You

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Walking the Floor Over You

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Candy Sweet

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Delia Gone

End Of The Month Wrap Up: May 2015


I said I wanted to make May a more musical month and I did for sure. However, my mix of wanting to see love music, the Special Olympics fundraiser and just a tad bit of laziness didn’t make for an excellent cataloging and blog month. I do apologize for leaving you, my faithful followers hanging!!

Ea$y Money Preview Party

Like I said, it was a more musical month with mine and the roomie’s first trip out to Ea$y Money’s listening party for his new music. We found out about it because Mr. Richard is now interning for Killer Boombox. He’s starting up this week I believe so we’ll have some more events on the horizon and I’m really excited for him.

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The party was at AWOL, a sneaker and clothing store in Alston. It made for an intimate feel and Seduce vodka was there serving up some adult beverages. Pretty much everyone from the Boston rap and hip hop scene was there, Dutch ReBelle, members of STL GLD, etc. There happens to be a show coming up at the Middle East with all of them in a few months so if you’re in the area, be sure to look it up.

Ea$y Money at Preview Party

At times, it was a bit hard to hear the music, with everyone chatting but I do strongly recommend you head over to iTunes and download Ea$y Money’s new album ASAP. The samples used are dope, there were a few instances with the crowd singing along and his flow is damn on point too.

Piff Unit in Lawrence MA

That was the beginning of the month and we kept it pretty low key until last weekend. We ventured up to Lawrence. LawTown as they call it, LawlessTown as the roommate calls it. We went up because Dutch was going to be there, so as much as we did enjoy finding some new acts like Piff Unit, I was bummed she only performed Yen. Aside from Piff Unit (above), we also got some songs by Ea$y Money and Terminology.

Lumidee in Lawrence MA

Closing out the show was Lumidee. Since Lawrence does have that reputation, lights went up and security was quick to rush us out.  And by quick, I mean, I’m glad I didn’t need to us the rest room or anything because I’m sure they would have watched. We were rushed to waiting police, rushing everyone to their cars. It was a little intense.

When it was over with, it was still a great show. Dutch can always perform, even switching out mics mid song without missing a beat. Check out my Instagram for that!

June is the month of Boone – Pat Boone! I have pretty much scheduled those out so here’s hoping there’s no hiccups! I’m also planning on getting back to work on the blog. As much as I want to get back on it right away tonight, it’s getting late and I have a Special Olympian visiting my office tomorrow that I need to prepare for.

Raffles in the office every week, bake sales every two weeks and a bar night coming up! I’ve hit my initial goal for the fundraiser, but I’m hoping to have my whole team of 22 hit $30,000 for the Special Olympics. We have just under 50 days until the rappel down the Hyatt in Boston and are at almost at $18,000 so I think it’s very possible!

You can check out my fundraising page HERE (it’d be f*cking awesome if you donated) and follow along on the My Dad’s Albums Facebook page for a more personal look at my adventure from start to rappel day!

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McCartney May: Press


I didn’t really plan this being the last McCartney May post, but it worked out well since Press is one of his later solo releases. I hope y’all enjoyed this last month of Paul McCartney posts as I’m sure we’ll be featuring more artists like this soon!

“Press” is a song by Paul McCartney. It was released as a lead single from his sixth studio solo album, Press to Play, being McCartney’s thirty-seventh single.

The single features the non-album track, “It’s Not True” as the B-side, which was also released as a bonus track on compact disc release of the album. Though hitting the Top 30 in both the US and the UK, “Press” marked the beginning of a downturn of McCartney’s fortunes on the singles charts, as it was the first time since Back to the Egg that a lead single from a McCartney album failed to hit the Top 20 in the US/UK.

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Press

Side Two

It’s Not True

McCartney May: No More Lonely Nights Under Waterfalls


We’ve touched on just about every aspect of Paul McCartney’s life a bit; The Beatles, Wings, his solo songs, his personal life, etc. but there’s another huge aspect of his life we haven’t touched on just yet, his activism. Since we’re closing out McCartney May tomorrow, I did want to include more of this. While I do occasionally eat meat, Mr. Richard is a vegetarian and we both believe in rescuing abandoned animals, much like Dawson and Daria were and these values are in line with Paul’s.

Since 1975, McCartney has been a vegetarian; he and his wife Linda were vegetarians for most of their 30-year marriage. They decided to stop consuming meat after Paul saw lambs in a field as they were eating a meal of lamb. Soon after, the couple became outspoken animal rights activists. In his first interview after Linda’s death, he promised to continue working for animal rights, and in 1999 he spent £3,000,000 to ensure Linda McCartney Foods remained free of genetically engineered ingredients.

McCartney is a supporter of the animal-rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He has appeared in the group’s campaigns and, in 2009, he narrated a short factory farm exposé titled “Glass Walls” which was harshly critical of slaughterhouses, the meat industry, and their effect on animal welfare. McCartney has also supported campaigns headed by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International, World Animal Protection, and the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.

Following McCartney’s marriage to Heather Mills, he joined her in a campaign against land mines, becoming a patron of Adopt-A-Minefield. He wore an anti-landmines T-shirt during some of the Back in the World tour shows. In 2006, the McCartneys travelled to Prince Edward Island to raise international awareness of seal hunting. The couple debated with Danny Williams, Newfoundland’s then Premier, on Larry King Live, stating that fishermen should stop hunting seals and start seal-watching businesses instead.

McCartney has participated in several charity recordings and performances, including the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea, Ferry Aid, Band Aid, Live Aid, Live 8, and the recording of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”. In 2004, he donated a song to an album to aid the “US Campaign for Burma”, in support of Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. In 2008, he donated a song to Aid Still Required’s CD, organized as an effort to raise funds to assist with the recovery from the devastation caused in Southeast Asia by the 2004 tsunami.

In 2009, McCartney wrote to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, asking him why he was not a vegetarian. As McCartney explained, “He wrote back very kindly, saying, ‘my doctors tell me that I must eat meat’. And I wrote back again, saying, you know, I don’t think that’s right … I think he’s now being told … that he can get his protein somewhere else … It just doesn’t seem right – the Dalai Lama, on the one hand, saying, ‘Hey guys, don’t harm sentient beings … Oh, and by the way, I’m having a steak‘”.

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Waterfalls

Side Two

Check My Machine

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No More Lonely Nights

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No More Lonely Nights (Playout Version)

MC Skat Kat And The Stray Mob


Oye, I haven’t posted at all today. My apologies, I have been hugely distracted by the Over the Edge fundraiser, even with prescheduling most of the time. Bake sales, raffles and hopefully a bar night at a local Boston restaurant and I’m leading the team! There’s 22 of us from my day job and although I can dish out some of the work, it’s still a ton of work! Don’t know what I’m talking about since you happen to be new to this blog?

Over the Edge is a unique fundraising event, providing participants the thrilling, once in a life time chance of rappelling down a building in an exciting and completely safe environment. Over the Edge, will be hosted by the Hyatt Regency, Boston on July 18, 2015.

Why am I doing this whole thing? Because individuals with intellectual disabilities face their fears every day and Special Olympics has been there helping them do that for over 40 years.  Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year round sports training and competition programs for over 11,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities for free. Sports is the platform from which athletes gain self esteem and confidence to achieve their everyday objectives. Sports is the catalyst for acceptance, inclusion, community engagement and so much more.

I also do it because I want to be a decent person. You can’t really grow as a person until you humble yourself a bit. This experience, from working with the athletes to actually standing up there 22 stories up is definitely humbling. Some of the greatest musicians have done a lot for various charities and the passionate ones are definitely an inspiration.

You can check out my personal donation page HERE. It’d be awesome if you donated $10.00 to help this fantastic foundation.

Anyway, I’m excited to lead the team, despite it being a bit distracting from the blog. I’m hoping to get some real work done this weekend though. I guess, that is if I don’t pass out face down and sleep all damn weekend again!

The Adventures of MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob is a 1991 album from fictional rapper MC Skat Kat. The album came about as the result of Paula Abdul’s hugely successful “Opposites Attract” video of 1990.

The Stray Mob consists of Fatz (the short, raspy voiced cat who happens to be the second most heard in the album), Taboo, Micetro, Leo, Katleen, and Silk, the first three of whom also appeared in the Opposites Attract music video.

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Skat Strut

MC Skat Kat and the Stray Mob

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Skat Strut (Hip Hop Remix)
Skat Strut (LP Version)

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Skat Strut (Club Mix)
Skat Strut (Instrumental)

Youssou N’Dour Is Undecided


Since I’ve been dedicating a lot of time to my Special Olympics fundraiser (you can donate $10.00 or learn more HERE), I figured I’d use this Youssou N’Dour post to speak about his own activism and fundraising efforts.

In Senegal, Youssou N’Dour became a powerful cultural icon, actively involved in social issues. In 1985, he organized a concert for the release of Nelson Mandela. He was a featured performer in the 1988 worldwide Amnesty International Human Rights Now! Tour and has worked with the United Nations and UNICEF. Giving back to his own country, he started Project Joko to open internet cafés in Africa and to connect Senegalese communities around the world.

In 2009, he released his song “Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling)” under a Creative Commons license to help IntraHealth International in their IntraHealth Open campaign to bring open source health applications to Africa. The song was remixed by a variety of artists to help raise money for the campaign.

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Youssou N’Dour

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Undecided (Deep 12″ Dance Mix)
Undecided (12″ Dance Instrumental)

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Undecided (Album Version)
Undecided (Deep Radio Mix)

Weekly Record Store Wrap Up (4/6 – 4/13)


First up, I’d like to apologize for not closing out Rainbow Week. I thought I had prescheduled enough to get through it without getting to the last minute, but I got the flu or some sort of bug this week that knocked me out Thursday into Friday. I’m working on a new system for May so thanks for being patient while we work through some hiccups this month.

I did make it out for drinks with my girls from work on Friday so our Saturday record store trip was a little later in the afternoon. I think we were running late and worried Robert because he ended up calling while we were grabbing lunch before heading to Garnick’s. They’re doing some spring cleaning and putting more albums on the floor so it looks really good in there. The back side of the store is still a bit clustered with TVs, but next week it should be done.

I overheard Robert say that everyday now, they’re getting more and more customers that are new and looking for records. When I go there now, it’s busy! While I love the vinyl revolution, I’m also a bit wary since y’all could be digging out music from under my fingertips!

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There were three stacks of new albums that they had just received so we instantly went through and picked up a lot of rock albums. I also set a ton of aside so now our bag of albums to bring home is literally bursting at the seams. It’s intense but we do occasionally decide to put some back. Sometimes. Okay, we’ve done that once.

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Most often, I just set aside a certain amount of money for albums from the bag a slightly smaller amount for new albums. The goal is to bring home some of the ones we’ve had sitting for a while. I wish the bag didn’t grow as quickly as it did, but we’re lucky Robert likes us enough to let us keep doing it. Hell, he knows we’re good for it so it just encourages it! We picked up a really eclectic mix this week:

Cream

LaTour

Sir Mix-A-Lot

Erroll Garner single

Miles Davis (pretty banged up and without a cover but it was a gift from Robert)

Genesis

Demetrius Perry

And a few more from artists we’ve featured on here before!


This upcoming week also marks twelve years (4/15) since my dad passed away. In honor of that anniversary, I’m asking that people donate $12.00 to my Over the Edge for Special Olympics fundraising page. I do the rappel because I love the work the Special Olympics does but also because my dad pushed me to be adventurous and caring towards others. While we walked glaciers in Alaska and flew over volcanoes in the Caribbean together on our last family vacations, he always gave back to every hospital – Dana Farber in Boston and our local one at the time in New Hampshire. You can help me reach my goal and make this the biggest year for the fundraiser ever by CLICKING HERE!

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Weekly Record Store Wrap Up (3/30 – 4/5)


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This last Friday I was wandering around, checking out the anime convention in Boston as you can see above, and I noticed Underground Hip Hop was packed up! There was a building custodian locking up the front so I asked if they had moved. He said yes, so I had Mr. Richard look into it, and they haven’t actually found a new location. The online shop is up an running if you need a fix in the meantime, but if you were hoping to do a little physical crate digging, you’ll have to wait.

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Saturday finally marked our return to Garnick’s. It felt like it had been forever! The stacks were still piled high, but I feel like that’s just a given here. Bobby had found some random albums that didn’t have covers and weren’t in 100% great condition, so he tossed those in for free this week. It definitely pays to be regulars in a local shop!

Since it’s baseball season and that is by far my favorite sport, we picked up a disc of the greatest sports moments. I forget which decade exactly, but it has some really historic moments on it and I’m really excited to enter it. The roomie and I have tickets to a Sox game at the end of the month so I might try to time it up with that. I consider Fenway holy ground and get a little teary eyed walking down the hall of old logos after all!

I still need to pay for some more work on my car, but we managed to come out with a decent haul. On top of the two free discs and sporting one, we grabbed:

Before Dark (I’ll likely be posting this soon for Rainbow Week – a week focused on colored vinyl)

Marcia Griffiths single

Changing Faces feat. Jay Z

Sam Mangwana

And lastly, a various artists reggae LP

You may have noticed that some of my posts now have a footer with a little mention of my Over the Edge rappel in Boston for the Special Olympics. I’m my company’s tem leader and due to my extreme competitiveness, I want to raise more money than last year and be the top team for the event. I rappelled the 22 stories last year and it was one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experiences that I’ve ever had.

The Special Olympics were my first volunteering experience when I was a crappy, spoiled teenager and all of these years later, it’s nice to fully commit. I need YOUR help to do this though so I’m calling on my followers! Donate just $10.00 HERE to help out!! Imagine if just five of my followers donated ten dollars, that would be a quick $50!! What if ten people donated $10?! Mind blowing what just a few people can do!!

Every $500 we raise helps an athlete for a year. That covers transportation, securing locations, equipment, everything they need. When you think of it, it’s really not that much to cover an athlete so lets do it people!!

On that note, even though I’ll be celebrating next week with the Greek side of my family, Happy Easter everyone! Dawson wasn’t a fan of playing bunny and delivering baskets to the girls downstairs…

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End Of The Month Wrap Up: March 2015


March proved to be the end of winter / start of spring lull I expected. I honestly didn’t do much this month, barely even getting to record stores for my weekly updates.

I wanted to at least get out and get to one music related event, but I found myself working and when at home, being exceptionally lazy. I’m pretty sure my sofa now has an imprint of my ass. At least I got a new sofa and can get rid of the butt stamped one! I suppose that is one thing I did this month, order some new furniture and décor for the house.

I suppose my monthly updates will also be lacking from here until July, when I go Over the Edge again for the Special Olympics. I’m the team leader for my day job this year and I really hope to make it the biggest year to date. Last year, I raised over $1000.00 and this year, I want to raise at least $1500.00. I’ll need your help to do this so be sure to hop over to my donation page HERE and donate $10.00 to help me reach my goal! Below is some of the pictures from last year and I promise this year’s outfit will be even more spectacular!

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