Many of you seem to enjoy my musical references describing each paragraph, so I have included them again this week and added the musical source at the end of the page to test your knowledge.
Hope you enjoy…
1. “If I had a million dollars…”
I might think twice about stock sales or purchases right now, as Black Monday started the week and progressed to Turnaround Tuesday till the vacillation normalized bringing relief to investors worldwide. China, though (the 2nd largest economy after the U.S.) will take time to stabilized after its Interest Rate Slashing. But the world will continue to monitor the Chinese leadership’s handling of their volatile marketplace.
2. “He’s leaving, leaving on that midnight train…”
Several people sprung to action to prevent disaster and death on a train last week traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. A French/American made the first attempt but was wounded in the neck. Then three Americans and a Brit scrambled to subdue the terrorist who was wielding guns and a knife. Miraculously, no one died and after the terrorist was hogtied, one of the Americans jumped into his medic role to triage the neck wound of the first victim. The scene must have resembled a Hollywood movie set yet with read blood. Honors and awards are bestoned upon the heros and hopefully the book will be thrown at the terrorist.
Heros with French President Hollande
3. “Helter Skelter”
Horror and disgust can’t even describe the despicable (on camera) execution that took place in Virginia this week when a crazed gunman (ex-employee of the TV station) shot and killed two young journalists while filming an interview. Violent and erratic behavior coupled with anger ended two innocent lives and revenge could have been a motive as the killer posted a manifesto referring to his outrage of the Charleston Church killings. After a manhunt to capture the crazed fugitive, he crashed his car and shot himself. As the gun violent death toll continues to rise (much more than any other country), should easy access to firearms remain a staple for our American diet?
4. “Did you ever have to make up your mind…”
We are constantly barraged in the press with anti-Israel messages of how the country is evil, racist and unjust, but how about the hidden stories that don’t get published like when Israel-critics take a look for themselves and often shatters their preconceived notions. I have two such examples of these epiphanies. One is from the Tel Aviv University valedictorian who happens to be Egyptian and the other is from a pro-Palestinian activist from Sweden.
Viewpoint of an Egyptian:
Viewpoint of a Swede:
5. “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound…”
After trying to ban Jewish reggae artist, Matisyahu from the Spanish music festival last week, he seems to have gotten the last word (message) after receiving an apology and a re-invited to perform, which he did… His message of Peace included this beautiful rendition of Jerusalem with lyrics from Psalms 137:5 “Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right arm forget what its suppose to do”. Jerusalem is currently a shared city (under Israel’s juridiction). Muslims, Jews, Christian all pray peacefully at their respective holy sites yet not too long ago, Jews were forbidden to enter our holiest site (our ancient Temple) when others controlled the Sacred City.
6. “I can see clearly now…”
A glossy view was brought to the Old Michigan Central Train Station
as the Moroun family installed sparkling new windows and they might even use part of the building for their trucking transportation business. The building sure cleans up nicely. Though there is much work and money needed to bring the beauty back to its old glory, current effort in the right direction are very encouraging even if the new windows don’t match the original architecture. http://tinyurl.com/ptyfdcz
Clean interior of Old Michigan Central Station
7. “I been in the right place,
but must have been the wrong time…”
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina that decimated New Orleans and the surrounding area of the Gulf Coast. Nature and Man are to blame for the destruction. 100,000 people were displaced and $100 Billions of damages were incurred. Even 10 years later the area is still rebuilding and renovating. Let’s hope many lessons were learned from this catastrophe so the nearly 2,000 lives lost were not lost in vain.
8. “Don’t go chasing waterfalls…”
We all need some advice in our lives and who better to ask than our elders. But who is an elder? For a 6-year-old, it is someone who is 7. For a teenager it is someone in their early 20s…and so on. With this in mind, check out the meaningful advice dished out to those just a bit younger than these “elders” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sycgL3Qg_Ak
9. “Anybody here seen my old friend Abraham?”
10. “It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears
It’s a world of hopes, a world of fear”
Anti-Israel sentiment seem to seep into all aspect of our Global community including the provocative new display in the UK by graffiti artist Banksy
who commissioned a dismal reflection of society called Dismaland
. Bravo to the organizers as they ousted a Palestinian artist who covered his own art with a bed sheet and scrolled “RIP Gaza: Boycott Israel” to protest Israel’s inclusion at the exhibition. The Artist is gone but his work still remains. http://www.timesofisrael.com/palestinian-booted-from-banksys-dismaland-for-anti-israel-protest/
11. “Find me in my field of grass, Mother Nature’s son”
12. “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time”
13. “A child arrived just the other day…”
Last week I included the sweet tunes of our daughter, Liat and her new band, Lake Toba
and this week’s musical selection is from another local offspring, son of Sandi and Claude Reitelman. Hope you enjoy the talents of Lee Reit
‘s new video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CT2snxt3K0
Wishing you and your loved ones a Sweet and Peaceful Shabbat!
Correction from last week:
Jon Bon Jovi should be applauded for ignoring the BDS pressure to boycott Israel and will be applauded in Tel Aviv in October when he performs there.
1. Barenaked Ladies – If I had a Million Dollars
2. Gladys Knight and the Pips – Midnight Train to Georgia
3. Beatles – Helter Skelter
4. Lovin Spoonful – Did You Ever Have to Make up Your Mind?
5. John Newton – Amazing Grace
6. Johnny Nash – I can see clearly now
7. Dr. John – Right Place, Wrong Time
8. TLC – Waterfalls
9. Marvin Gaye (written by Dion) – Abraham , Martin, John
10. Disney (various artist) – It’s A Small World
11. McCartney/Lennon – Mother Nature’s Son
12. James Taylor – Secret o’ Life
13. Harry Chapin – Cats in the Cradle
P.S. No, this does not take me hours to compile. It is a labor of love.
P.P.S Bonus video to make us proud, provided by Jimmy Kimmel: