Warmth of Heart, Not Ice Cold Water

By now you might be sick of them; the videos, the challenges, the shrilling screams of the participants.

Yes, I’m talking about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Quite possibly the most successful viral marketing campaign ever, the ALS IBC has raised nearly $80 million (as of August 25) for ALS research. That’s an amazing accomplishment and should be applauded, yet I find it eye-opening to see so much attention paid to a disease that causes .02% of deaths in the US per year*. By comparison, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, and even the flu cause significantly more deaths nationally. Still, you can’t get on Facebook or Twitter without seeing someone’s new video of their accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Now, I don’t mean to dump buckets of proverbial rain on the ALSA’s parade, but I happen to be in the “it’s not about the ice water” camp. Yes, I’ve been challenged (twice). No, I haven’t done it, although we have made a donation to the ALSA. Unfortunately, I think the IBC campaign has morphed into a trendy competition – all the cool kids are doing it – that takes the focus away from giving and the disease itself. I’m curious as to how many of the young IBC participants even know who Lou Gehrig was, or that it was because of Gehrig’s passing at such a young age – he was 37 – that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis became predominately known in households across America.

To me, what it all comes down to is the giving. It doesn’t matter what organization you give to, just give. You don’t have to video anything. You don’t have to publicly challenge others. You don’t have to find yourself shivering at the end of it. Just give.

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I can’t say it any better than the incomparable Casey Neistat did in his video for the Ice Bucket Challenge. So to borrow a page from Mr. Neistat’s creative genius, I hope you consider making a contribution to Rock by the Sea or Sav A Pet, if you don’t already have a cause that’s near and dear to your heart. And if you still can’t figure out where you want to make a difference with your donation, you can check out JustGive.org for a listing of charities that may feel right for you.

Doesn’t a warm heart feel better than ice cold water?

 

 

*According to ALSA.org, ALS is responsible for “two deaths per hundred thousand population annually.”
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Nothing More

It’s such a blessing to be surround by and connected to so much music in my life. I love my music family, and I cherish the priceless memories we’ve shared since I was introduced to this wonderful, music community back in summer of 2006.

One of the bands that I just love to listen to is The Alternate Routes. The voice of lead singer Tim Warren is simply memorizing, and I’ve been known to put their albums on repeat over and over again on my iPod.

The Alternate Routes have a relatively new song out called Nothing More. It was featured during the Winter Olympics, and I want to take a moment to share it with you. The lyrics are incredible, and the music is simply beautiful.

To be humble, to be kind.
It is the giving of the peace in your mind.
To a stranger, To a friend
To give in such a way that has no end.

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

To be bold, to be brave.
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The Dangers in the Anger and the hanging on to it.

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look they used to, they look like you do.

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

If your find yourself wanting more of The Alternate Routes, be sure to check out their tour dates. You can catch them live here in Florida at Rock by the Sea (May 15-18) at St. George Island. Hope to see you there. 

120/365 Breathless

Music is such a huge part of my life, and I am so blessed to have the opportunities I do to envelope myself in such awesome music. The event headliner for this year’s Rock by the Sea music festival was NEEDTOBREATHE and, as always, they brought down the house with their performance. Their songs are amazing, their lyrics are so powerful, and their music overall can be life-changing. From beginning to end, this music-filled weekend was beyond awesome, and listening to one of my favorite bands close out the evening on Sunday simply took my breath away.

116/365 Room With A View

Today we drove from Tampa to Panama City Beach for the charity music festival Rock by the Sea. It’s an event Lee and I have had on our calendar since last Fall.

The day began with loading the truck up with everything we’ll need for the next five days.

Following a long drive – a lot longer than I had calculated in my head – we were rewarded with a fantastic view as we checked into our rental condo on the beach.

Yeah …. it doesn’t suck.

Rock by the Sea and FourSquare Day

Our music has become digital, our communities virtual, and all too often our truest of priorities get pushed to the peripheral. Still, there are moments in time when we can come together as one, a group of people in the actual, and listen to some of our favorite artists while at the same time doing something good and giving back to those in need.

Rock by the Sea is one of those moments in time. From April 15 – 18, Harry A’s on St. George Island, Florida, will host this annual music festival that is dedicated to not only the celebration of music, but also the assistance of worthy charities. In addition to being an event full of performers, entertainment and sunshine that delivers an excess of fun to be had by all, Rock by the Sea is an extended weekend that focuses on hope. It is a reminder of how the power of giving can be exponential, growing from the first contribution and feeding on the generosity of many.

Speaking of exponential, there is an added twist this year to the normal abundance of smiles and camaraderie exuded by the RBTS faithful. With the introduction of FourSquare Day on April 16, Harry A’s will be also be home to an official FourSquare Swarm Party at which participants will be able to ‘check in’ and collectively earn the coveted ‘Swarm’ badge. Individuals will even be able to register for FourSquare at the venue so as to take part in the festivities.

Please visit the Rock by the Sea website for more information about the event. In addition, we invite you to learn more about some of the charities that are the beneficiaries of RBTS’s hard work and generosity. Those charities include:

Finally, please follow these links if you’re interested in learning more about FourSquare and FourSquare Day.