Debra Smith


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Do you have a theme song or a song that captures the essence of your life's journey?

I have been listening to a number of songs lately and many seem to speak of a life's journey. I am wondering if TEDdies identify with a song and if so if you would consider posting it?

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    Jul 19 2012: Music is the best way I can every describe what I think and feel, and I have yet to find a better way to put out there what I want to say. It seems every week I have a new theme song or something I relate to, but I am glad you asked this question because I always ask people I meet what song describes them the most, and I feel its one of the best ways to learn about some one.

    Under The Bridge- Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    Staind- Epiphany
    Stand By Me- Ben E. King
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      Jul 19 2012: Thanks so much, Jason. This is sort of exciting because I do not remember these ones. Thanks too for sharing your approach- I think that there is something of importance to learn from it.
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    Jul 18 2012: If it has to be one song, then its "One Minute" by Mary Mary.
    It touches my heart like no other song and a good day turns to a great one by just singing along to it.

    I also love "Natural" by pop group S Club 7. AND.........
    "Forces of Nature" by Backstreet Boys.
    "I'll stand by you" by Girls Aloud.
    "Lost In Space" by Lighthouse Family
    "Always" by Atlantic Starr
    "Sometimes" by Britney Spears
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      Jul 18 2012: Thank you for this generous response. I will have a good afternoon here, listening to each again!
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    Jul 17 2012: some of my tops:
    Peter Gabriel - In Your Eyes
    The Outfield - For You
    Puddle of Mudd - Blurry
    Don Henley - The Boys of Summer
    Staind - It's Been Awhile
    Margaret Becker - Just Come In

    I wouldn't say they drive me into action or anything like that, like "Eye of the Tiger" (so I wouldn't call it a theme song), just that they "seem to speak of..." something; ... hopes, dreams, memories, feelings.
  • Jul 8 2012:

    This song I think helps define me.

    Calm, laid-back, not without its unpredictability, slowly changing through different keys (stages of my life) hopefully to resound to a peaceful tonal end.

    Not trying to seem egotistical or anything haha
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      Jul 9 2012: Wow, I wish I could claim to be as beautiful as this is!
      Thank you, Rob!
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    Jul 8 2012: This song is indicative of my most profound and heavy thinking
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      Jul 9 2012: You are more of a joker than i ever anticipated. I read your advice on another thread. Am I being humoured out of my opinion?
      Big hug,
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        Jul 9 2012: Am I to understand that you find humor in my heaviest and most profound thoughts?
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          Jul 9 2012: Well..........................yea if they are charcterized by Mancini!
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        Jul 9 2012: Well I never....
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          Jul 9 2012: Still waiting for the deep and profound answer to my question, Pat.
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        Jul 9 2012: Ok Debra

        This is a bit technical but I think self explanatory
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          Jul 9 2012: Are you a dingle arm, Pat. Has the government already made an offer- for you?
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        Jul 9 2012: It is what happens to people when they become afflicted with government.
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          Jul 9 2012: Oh no ,PAT!
          Sre you telling me that your life has become a morality tale?
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        Jul 9 2012: Hmm maybe so, no on 1st thought I had it right, you are left. Morality is a tale of the collective, as morality is more about agreement and less about ethics, as with the ubiquitous group think on TED.

        Perhaps this song although I don't have a problem with technology:
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    Jul 8 2012: Well Debra,
    there are many songs that I identify myself along with. It depends on the state of my mind.

    But this particular track captures the essence of my life's journey ,really beautiful to listen to:
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      Jul 9 2012: Thank you for sharing this with me. I might never have discovered it myself.
      Thank you,
  • Jul 8 2012: There is a town in north Ontario,
    with dream comfort memory to spare,
    and in my mind I still need a place to go,
    all my changes were there.

    Blue, blue windows behind the stars
    Yellow moon on the rise
    Big bird flying across the sky
    Throwing shadows on our eyes.

    Leaves us helpless, helpless, helpless
  • Jul 8 2012: Don't mean to overdo it Deb.

    It's just that Jackson has so many incredibly beautiful songs. Hope its not too much for you ...

    Are you familiar with Jackson?
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      Jul 8 2012: Never too much, Daniel!
  • Jul 8 2012: Perhaps one of Jackson's most beautiful song. "For a Dancer" is written about Jackson's girl friend who took her own life at a very young age after giving birth to Jackson's son. Please follow the text on this one Deb....
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      Jul 8 2012: For Daniel, the words not the music.
      • Jul 8 2012: Thanks Deb!

        Are we Human or are we Dancer? Perhaps both ...?

        On my knees looking for the answer .... I can relate to that....
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      Jul 9 2012: Daniel,, I may have heard this a million times and never had any clue about the pain that generated it, thanks for enlightening me.
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    I think you know this one ...
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      Jul 8 2012: It is hard not to love this one, too.
      I feel so much satisfaction and feel you have offered me such gifts that I cannot adequately repay but fervently wish I could.
  • Jul 6 2012: Here's another lovely Dylan song called "I Believe in You" done by Alison Krauss
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      Jul 8 2012: You, Daniel, help me to believe in you too!
  • Jul 6 2012: Thanks Debra!
    Yes! Barley, wheat and rye. It's a most beautiful country indeed! I have been here for 27 years now. I come from Michigan. I love music and am always in search of new songs that move something in the soul if you know what I mean. I work at a hospice. I play the guitar and harmonica and sing to the patients who are looking at death from a very close hold. So music is not only my favorite hobby but also my way of picking up their spirits.
    I really liked your topic and hope that there will come a lot of music with meaning. Bob Dylan is my all time favorite! Here are a few of his songs. Spanish Boots of Spanish Leather is his by the way. I hope you heard the text to it. Its most beautiful. Please google it if not! You'll love it!

    Here is Norah Jones doing Dylans "Forever Young"

    Here is Dylan doing "Every Grain of Sand"

    Also exceptionally good texts!

    I'll send you some more in a bit

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      Jul 8 2012: Daniel, I have been away from my email and computer for a couple of days and I returned just now to find this cornucopia of beauty. Wow. I am deeply impressed with your work and feel it is a life's calling and adore you even more for such a choice. Norway sounds exquisite!
      Thank you for such a feast!
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    Jul 6 2012: Yes. The people that I worked with have inspired my choice:

    Bring in the clowns.

    All the best. Bob.
  • Jul 6 2012: ... and still another beautiful song by Eva Cassidy
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      Jul 6 2012: Daniel,
      Are there fields of barley in Norway?
      Best wishes forever to you too.
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      Jul 5 2012: Wow! Pure beauty. Gerald did you ever consider that you migh tbe a synesthete?
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    Jul 9 2012: THE KINKS?
    How can it be that a man from over the edge, koolaid drinking right wing teaparty sends me a song by the KINKS?

    At least we are still looking for solutions!
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      Jul 9 2012: Maybe you should listen to the lyrics?

      When you get done "looking" at every possible solution maybe you should consider what I have said?
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        Jul 9 2012: I did listen, Pat but I will again whether or not you expand the possible outcomes to the idea that I disagree with your conclusion, or I have my heartt hardened to the presented logic or I mispercieved the message. None of those are as calous as just disregarding your input.
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          Jul 9 2012: By virtue of your stating that the Kinks and an over the edge (thanks for the compliment) individual are non sequitar, I took it that you rejected the lyrics and the song?
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        Jul 9 2012: The link is to 20th century man. Was that your intent? It says a lot about finding soluitions.
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          Jul 9 2012: My response was to you regarding your statement "At least we are still looking for solutions!" My statements are very consistent yet I see no evidence that you have considered them.

          The premise of the song is the pathology of the collective.

          I was born in a welfare state
          Ruled by bureaucracy
          Controlled by civil servants
          And people dressed in grey
          Got no privacy, got no liberty
          Cos the twentieth century people
          Took it all away from me.

          Don't wanna get myself shot down
          By some trigger happy policeman,
          Gotta keep a hold on my sanity
          I'm a twentieth century man but I don't wanna die here.
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        Jul 9 2012: Pat, this might be a serious clue to the differences between us. You still see no evidence (which feels like you are calling me a liar) and you did not respond to mY request for assistance and clarification. I sure appreciate your posting the words. Did you take note that I asked if the 20th Century man- where the link takes me- is what you intended? I now hear the words you quoted at more than 3.5 minutes in. My worry that I had the wrong song and the earlier lyrics made me less receptive to your lyrics.

        OK pat, here is what i perceive to have happened. When osmeone asserts that he/she is in th ewrong century and states that they are schizoid and are convinced that they do not want to die in our century (whatother century coud they die in, I ask) I start to focus on the illness rather than the overt words coming out of their mouthes.
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          Jul 9 2012: I don't know what you mean?

          One of the barriers to communication is that before one can compare or evaluate information he has to copy or get that information (why the word copy is used in military communication) any evaluation cannot occur until the copy part is done.

          What I have noticed with you is that you talk about the possible interpretations and your corresponding evaluations of those interpretations. Which jumps over the first step in a communication. Here is an example from the thread about women in equality?

          This is a point of logic in that assuming is illogical.

          My Post:
          I can't believe how rude the Canadians are/were?

          Your reply:

          Jun 29 2012: Rude Pat? please explain because that is generally not the view we hear from other cultures. Rudeness may be in the eye of the beholder especially if you are offended by the truth or other people's perspective of it.

          You may find it interesting that it was a Canadian who tried to convince your Greenspan to save you from the meltdown. It was also Canadians who saved your diplomats in Iran.

          One of the things Canadians generally consider polite is to never forget a kindness.

          Maybe what you meant is UPPITY? We are never thrilled about bending our knee to psuedo rulers of the world.

          If you refer to the men at GM remember to watch some of your own movies about what all women in mines and factories endured in the USA as well.
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        Jul 9 2012: PAT, while this appears to be one more Fox news type ploy, i choose to play along for now (like most liberal tend to do but the time is almost at an end. The trouble is that is works well for use against those who are less dogmatic and more well informed. I will let you in on a "secret" that most of you know already" three disjointed answers or I don't undewrtstand yous= used even as a ploy derails most conversations. You use logic with me or accuse me of rudeness - astounding!

        In case you really did not listen to your own song here are the words you demand to consider my arugement, Pat.

        Gotta keep a hold on my sanityI’m a twentieth century man but I don’t wanna die here.My mama says she can’t understand meShe can’t see my motivationAin’t got no security,I’m a twentieth century man but I don’t wanna be here.

        My mama said she can’t understand meShe can’t see my motivationJust give me some security,I’m a paranoid schizoid product of the twentieth century
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          Jul 10 2012: No I really did not get what you were saying? (there is no ploy) Yup I'm big on logic, where did I accuse you of rudeness?

          We don't agree about any aspect of politics and never will, which is the case with 90% of the TEDsters so be it. I'm just asking you to get what I'm saying BEFORE you tell me I'm a stupid Kool aid drinking over the edge Tea party guy or whatever.

          Yes Ray Davies is referring to his circumstance caused by socialism and caused his insecurity (clearly not a good member of the collective), lack of motivation, and his paranoia, which is explained further in the context of the song.
  • Jul 9 2012: Here is a Gordon Lightfoot song .. also from Canada !
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      Jul 9 2012: Daniel! Simply exquisite! Norway and Canada share a pristine beauty of winter. I offer you another dance metaphor song this time by Leonard Cohen - Dance me to the endo f love.

  • Jul 6 2012: Here's one more you might like Deb. By Jackson Browne

    Best wishes again
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      Jul 6 2012: Daniel, I loved this one and was listening for the umpteenth time when the new one arrived. I love that one too. You are my new minstral! Thank you, sweet spirit!

      PS Did you see Jackson Browne's TED talk/song?
  • Jul 5 2012: Hi Deb,

    Wish you all the best ! Hope you are getting better ! Hope this touches you like it touches me !
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      Jul 5 2012: Daniel! Thank you vor 6:15 minutes of utter bliss. I love Spanish Guitar and it touched me deeply!
      As does your generous kindness,
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    Jul 5 2012: As I have shared before, i had a surgery in December that went wrong and I was expected to die. I have too much left to do to die (and I have one son who moved heaven and earth to keep me alive). Sometime after that I discovered this song and it is working as my current position statement. I hope it transmits that I am trying hard to listen to my own inner voice -something that I have not always been good at:

    Please also remember that I am struggling with a bit of aphasia.