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Guess Who’s on Time Magazine’s Top 100 List?

There are so many amazing people on this list, but I’m only going to discuss a couple of my favorites.

First, have I mentioned how awesome John Greene is?  Like here and here and here and here and here and here and here?  Well, it turns out I’m not the only one who thinks so.  This month Time magazine named John as one of the top 100 influential people in the world.

In his bio written by Shailene Woodly (she stars in the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars, out June 6, 2014), she mentions a few of the awesome things John does, like best-selling author, vlogbrothers YouTube channel, VidCon, but there really is a lot more.  I could write about the reasons I think this guy is cool, for…a long time.  However, I’m going to let you see for yourself…as he talks about other people who should have made this list instead.

Another is Pharrell Williams.  Isn’t that the guy from that video you post incessantly?  Yes, yes he is.  Justin Timberlake wrote his bio and tells the world how Williams made him “fearless” after helping him with his first album.  Then he writes about Pharrell’s own music.

That’s what Pharrell does. He injects that vibrant energy into the music in a way that you can feel. Whether it’s the chord changes that remind you of another time or the melody that instantly grabs you, you are transported to another place. You smile, you dance, you clap along. His music actually does make you happy.  – Justin Timberlake, Time Magazine Top 100 Influential People in the World

I have to say Justin’s got it right.  I adore Pharrell’s music because it really does make me happy.

Malala Yousafzai is another on the list, and she is someone who inspires me to stand for what I believe.  She has amazing courage, heart and dedication.  As an advocate for girls’ education in Pakistan, Malala drew the attention of the Taliban.  Even knowing that her life was in danger, she continued in her cause. In 2012 a man came on to her school bus, asked for her by name shot her in the head at point-blank range.  She was 15.  Yousafzai didn’t let that stop her.  Since her recovery she’s gone on to speak at the United Nations and released a book last year.  At 16 she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Okay, so that’s only three out of 100.  A lot of interesting people made the list this year, and I definitely recommend you take a peek.  I’m still going through the list and all the bios myself, and it just gets more and more interesting.  Most of the people on this list inspire me to be more, to embrace life, to take chances, to do what’s right, and to be mindful of the impact my actions have on others.  I can’t say I like everyone on the list.  Some, I can’t say that I’ve heard of before, but I’ll not forget them now.  Who inspires or influences you?

‘Til next time,


P.S. There is a distinct possibility of another post coming.  Make sure you look for it…or beware…I’m not sure which.


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And the Grammy Goes To…

Last night was a big night. No, I’m not just saying that because America got to watch the BBC’s Sherlock “The Sign of Three”.  Some awesome music got recognized last night at the Grammy Awards, and live performances rocked the stage.  Beyonce & Jay-Z, host LL Cool J, and Katy Perry all appeared on center stage.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Same Love” served as a wedding song for 33 weddings performed and officiated by Queen Latifah too.

Just in case you didn’t catch it all (I admit, I fell asleep before the end) , here are the Grammy winners from last night.

  • Record of the Year: “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Song of the year: “Royals” Joel Little & Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde)
  • Best country album: “Same Trailer Different Park” Kasey Musgraves
  • Best pop vocal album: “Unorthodox Jukebox” Bruno Mars
  • Best rap/sung collaboration: “Holy Grail” Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
  • Best pop solo performance: “Royals” Lorde
  • Best pop duo/group performance: “Get Lucky” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
  • Best rock song: “Cut me some slack” Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
  • Best new artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Best music film: “Live Kisses,” Paul McCartney
  • Best music video: “Suit and Tie,” Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
  • Producer of the year, non-classical: Pharrell Williams
  • Best R&B album: “Girl On Fire,” Alicia Keys
  • Best rap performance:“Thrift Shop,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
  • Best rap song: “Thrift Shop” Ben Haggerty & Ryan Lewis
  • Best rap album: “The Heist,” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  • Best rock performance: “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons
  • Best metal performance: “God Is Dead?,” Black Sabbath
  • Best rock album: “Celebration Day,” Led Zeppelin
  • Best alternative music album: “Modern Vampires Of The City,” Vampire Weekend
  • Best country solo performance: “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
  • Best country duo/group performance: “From This Valley,” The Civil Wars
  • Best country song: “Merry Go ‘Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne
  • Best american roots song: “Love Has Come For You,” Edie Brickell and Steve Martin
  • Best americana album: “Old Yellow Moon,” Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell
  • Best bluegrass album: “The Streets Of Baltimore,” Del McCoury Band
  • Best blues album: “Get Up!,” Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
  • Best folk album: “My Favorite Picture Of You,” Guy Clark
  • Best regional roots music album: “Dockside Sessions,” Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
  • Best pop instrumental album: “Steppin’ Out,” Herb Alpert
  • Best traditional pop vocal album: “To Be Loved,” Michael Buble
  • Best new age album: “Love’s River,” Laura Sullivan
  • Best improvised jazz solo: “Orbits,” Wayne Shorter
  • Best jazz vocal album: “Liquid Spirit,” Gregory Porter
  • Best jazz instrumental album: “Money Jungle: Provocative In Blue,” Terri Lyne Carrington
  • Best large jazz ensemble album: “Night In Calisia,” Randy Brecker, Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic
  • Best latin jazz album: “Song For Maura” Paquito D’Rivera And Trio Corrente
  • Best gospel/contemporary christian music performance: “Break Every Chain [Live],” Tasha Cobbs
  • Best gospel song: “If He Did It Before . . . Same God [Live],” Tye Tribbett
  • Best contemporary christian music song: “Overcomer,” David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens, songwriters (Mandisa)
  • Best gospel album: “Greater Than [Live],” Tye Tribbett
  • Best contemporary christian music album: “Overcomer,” Mandisa
  • Best latin pop album: “Vida,” Draco Rosa
  • Best latin rock, urban or alternative album: “Treinta Días,” La Santa Cecilia
  • Best regional mexican music album (including tejano): “A Mi Manera,” Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea
  • Best tropical latin album: “Pacific Mambo Orchestra,” Pacific Mambo Orchestra
  • Best reggae album: “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” Ziggy Marley
  • Best world music album: “Savor Flamenco,” Gipsy Kings and “Live: Singing For Peace Around The World,” Ladysmith Black Mambazo
  • Best children’s album: “Throw a Penny In The Wishing Well,” Jennifer Gasoi
  • Best spoken word album (includes poetry, audio books & storytelling): “America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t,” Stephen Colbert
  • Best instrumental composition: “Pensamientos For Solo Alto Saxophone And Chamber Orchestra,” Clare Fischer, composer
  • Best instrumental arrangement: “On Green Dolphin Street,” Gordon Goodwin, arranger
  • Best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist(s): “Swing Low,” Gil Goldstein, arranger (Bobby McFerrin & Esperanza Spalding)
  • Best recording package: “Long Night Moon,” Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
  • Best boxed or special limited edition package: “Wings Over America (Deluxe Edition),” Simon Earith and James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney And Wings)
  • Best album notes: “Afro Blue Impressions (Remastered & Expanded),” Neil Tesser, album notes writer (John Coltrane)
  • Best Historical Album: “Charlie Is My Darling — Ireland 1965” and “The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums”
  • Best engineered album, non-classical: “Random Access Memories,” Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta and Daniel Lerner, engineers; Antoine “Chab” Chabert, Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers (Daft Punk)
  • Best remixed recording, non-classical: “Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix),” Cedric Gervais, remixer (Lana Del Rey)
  • Best surround sound album:”Live Kisses,” Al Schmitt, surround mix engineer; Tommy LiPuma, surround producer (Paul McCartney)
  • Best engineered album, classical: “Winter Morning Walks,” David Frost, Brian Losch and Tim Martyn, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Dawn Upshaw, Maria Schneider, Australian Chamber Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
  • Producer of the year, classical: David Frost
  • Best orchestral performance: “Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 4,” Osmo Vänskä, conductor
  • Best opera recording: “Adès: The Tempest,” Thomas Adès, conductor; Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard, Audrey Luna and Alan Oke; Jay David Saks, producer
  • Best choral performance: “Pärt: Adam’s Lament,” Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor
  • Best chamber music/small ensemble performance: “Roomful Of Teeth,” Brad Wells and Roomful Of Teeth
  • Best classical instrumental solo: “Corigliano: Conjurer – Concerto For Percussionist and String Orchestra,” featuring Evelyn Glennie and the Albany Symphony Orchestra
  • Best classical vocal solo: “Winter Morning Walks,” Dawn Upshaw
  • Best classical compendium: “Hindemith: Violinkonzert; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik,” Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
  • Best contemporary classical composition: “Schneider, Maria: Winter Morning Walks,” Maria Schneider, composer
  • Best comedy album: “Calm Down Gurrl,” Kathy Griffin
  • Best musical theater album: “Kinky Boots”
  • Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Sound City: Real To Reel”
  • Best score soundtrack for visual media: “Skyfall,” Thomas Newman, composer
  • Best song written for visual media: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • Best dance recording: “Clarity,” Zedd featuring Foxes
  • Best dance/electronica album: “Random Access Memories,” Daft Punk
  • Best R&B performance: “Something,” Snarky Puppy With Lalah Hathaway
  • Best traditional r&b performance: “Please Come Home,” Gary Clark Jr.
  • Best R&B song: “Pusher Love Girl,” James Fauntleroy, Jerome Harmon, Timothy Mosley and Justin Timberlake
  • Best urban contemporary album: “Unapologetic,” Rihanna

‘Til next time,


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