Life: The Musical – Act 6: Teens

The Story
Life: The Musical is an original aFa production is a journey featuring songs of about life. Each act features an aspect of life as a theme with music supplied around that theme.

LifeTheMusicalProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Life 
Act 2: Born
Act 3: Names
Act 4: Young
Act 5: Dream

Act 6
Life … the time for the living to live. One’s life among others starts when one is born. Shortly thereafter, we are given something that stays with us no matter where we go – a name. Immediately, we are nourished so we grow physically, mentally, and emotionally from babies into young children … and that’s when we start to dream about our future life. Growth never stops, so from children we move on as teens. Submit a song with any of the following in the title: teen(s), teenager(s), teenage, or any specific teenage year.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a treat to welcome a true Hall of Famer … One of the Fab Four … Let’s starting cheering and get ready to sing along because right here on this stage is Ringo Starr with Your’re Sixteen.

Life: The Musical – Act 5: Dreams

The Story
Life: The Musical is an original aFa production is a journey featuring songs of about life. Each act features an aspect of life as a theme with music supplied around that theme.

LifeTheMusicalProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Life
Act 2: Born
Act 3: Names
Act 4: Young

Act 5
Young children dream about their future adult life with statements as, “I want to be a ___ when I grow up.” … or “When I grow up I’m going to be the best ___ ever.” Act 5 is about dreams, so song titles must include any of the following: Dream(s), Dreaming, Dreamer, or compound words beginning with Dream.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the greatest group that should be in the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame, but for some crazy reason isn’t …. ready to rock on with Gemini Dream by The Moody Blues.

Life: The Musical – Act 4: Young

The Story
Life: The Musical is an original aFa production is a journey featuring songs of about life. Each act features an aspect of life as a theme with music supplied around that theme.

LifeTheMusicalProgram (Past Posts)
Act 1: Life
Act 2: Born
Act 3: Names

Act 4
Life is a process, so this act is about being young, so all song titles must include any of these keywords: Young, Youth, Kids, Child, or Children. First come, first serve on the songs, so no duplicates.

Production Note
To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
Ladies and gentlemen, three of the biggest names in the music industry are taking the stage, so lets give a rousing A Frank Angle welcome to David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash singing Teach Your Children!

Life: The Musical – Act 1

LifeTheMusicalThe Story
Life – The Musical is an original AFA production is a journey featuring songs of about life. Each act features an aspect of life as a theme with music supplied around that theme.

Act 1
Act 1 features life, so titles must include life, living, alive, lived, or live (that rhymes with give, not five).

Production Note
It has come to my attention that past acts have crashed browsers. Please 1) include the song title and artist in your text, and 2) paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line). The latter will provide a link, thus not embed the actual video … but I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary.

Announcement
We need a legend to kickoff our new musical. Fittingly, a musical invasion came to the USA 50 years ago that helped reshape music. Ladies and gentlemen, aFa Productions presents Life: The Musical … and to raise the opening night curtain, we’ve secured a legend. Start clapping and get ready to sing along to Got to Get You Into My Life with Sir Paul McCartney!

On Exploring an Inspirating Mind

I hope you enjoyed the first edition of my short Exploring series. From Frank Lloyd Wrights FallingWaters, let us now explore inspiration.

All of us get inspired. After all, it is the desire or trigger to get something done. Each of us have different triggers, and react differently to the same stimulus.

Artists, authors, researchers, leaders, composers, explorers, inventors, and problem solvers are a few of the people who use inspiration for achieving at a higher level.

As you watch this video, think of inspiration’s synonyms as creativity, inventiveness, imagination, originality, ingenuity, and innovation.

After watching it, please share your thoughts.

On Enchanted to Remember

Wedding

That was August 23, 1952. Their wedding eventually led to their daughter introducing me to them before a college football game in the fall of 1974. We married in April 1977. August 2012 was their 60th anniversary celebration, and the delightful footnote that the entire wedding party was still alive.

My mother-in-law loved both of these songs. A toast to a good person with the gentile heart that everyone enjoyed and respected. We will miss her, but the love and memories she gave us will last forever.


On a Special Teddy

All of us place friends in groups as high school friends, college friends, work friends, neighborhood friends, church friends, and other … well, and not surprisingly, we have dance friends. Ballroom dance has introduced us to many good people, but Teddy is the one who stands out the most for me.

The first time one sees him doing something – you laugh, but with a smile. The more times I see him – I still laugh and smile – but the heart also glows. The more I watch him and now interact with him and learn more about him, I believe he is a special gift for all.

Teddy is a native Cincinnatian who has become a local celebrity, and has even received national exposure. However, through it all, he’s absolutely the same person that he was before the madness started.

From local articles, local television stories, and time with his (and my) favorite baseball team to attending the State of the Union as Speaker Boehner’s guest. From escorting two beauty queens (one on each arm) to speaking engagements and dance exhibitions. From a recent ESPN special segment to a shorter version ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (an America Strong segment), and to the latest as he’s now part of a Topps baseball card collection … and through it all, Teddy remains who he is … an example for everyone.

Teddy Kremer is not a kid, but a 30-year-old man. As a swimmer, ballroom dancer, and equestrian, he’s an athlete. Regardless how one knows him, all who he has touched agree that he is special because he demonstrates what we should be – kind, positive, appreciative, personable, loyal, joyful for life, and other characteristics.

I hope you take the time to watch this 12-minute story created by ESPN, and I have no doubt that Teddy will make you laugh and smile. After all, this video (just like Teddy) makes me laugh and smile, but in the end, I always shed a prideful tear … thus, I look forward to seeing him again on many Thursdays at the dance studio.