Archives for the month of: February, 2013

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A mountain is an opportunity to climb higher than the rest. The biggest ocean is an opportunity to sail where no one has gone. The biggest distance is an opportunity to get closer. Being young is an opportunity to keep learning. Being old is an opportunity to enjoy your accomplishments. Every day is an opportunity to start over. A problem is a potential solution. Failure is the best teacher. Every one you meet is an opportunity to love. Life is the best opportunity, and the only one you have, to be happy.

Nothing is an obstacle unless you say it is.

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Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, destiny. Avoid destructive thinking. Improper negative thoughts sink people. A ship can sail around the world many, many times, but just let enough water get into the ship and it will sink. Just so with the human mind. Let enough negative thoughts or improper thoughts get into the human mind and the person sinks just like a ship. Stay afloat. Think positive.

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You will either look back in life and say,”I wish I had” or “I’m glad I Did”.

What are you going to say?

(thanks TJ)

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Some people don’t know what they want, but they are ready to kill somebody to get it.

Peace out guys.

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This Week’s To Do List:

1. Dream

2. Believe

3. Create

4. Succeed

5. Give thanks

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Click on the image to watch Banana Pancakes from Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is an Hawaiian folk rock singer-songwriter, surfer, filmmaker, musician known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released five more albums, a number of EPs and surfing movies/soundtracks. He is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival. Notable songs from Johnson’s repertoire include “Better Together“; “Flake“; “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing“; “If I Had Eyes“; “You and Your Heart“; “Taylor“; and “Better Together“.

Jack Johnson was born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.[1] The son of well-known surfer Jeff Johnson, he took an interest in the sport. He began to learn how to surf at the age of 5. At 17, he became the youngest invitee to make the surfing finals at the Pipeline Masters on Oahu’s north shore. One week later, however, his stint as a professional surfer ended when he suffered a surfing accident at the Pipeline that put more than 150 stitches in his forehead and removed a few of his teeth, this later became the inspiration for the song “Drink the Water”.[2][dead link][3][dead link]

Jack Johnson graduated from Kahuku High School on the North Shore of Oahu. He would later attend the University of California, Santa Barbara, and graduate with a degree in film and music production. While Johnson learned the guitar at the age of 8 and started songwriting at the age of 12, his passion for music grew when he played rhythm guitar for the band Soil (not to be confused with the heavy metal band of the same name) in college.[2][dead link] Johnson credits his songwriting influences as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Radiohead, Otis Redding, G. Love and Special Sauce, Ben Harper, Sublime, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Neil Young, and A Tribe Called Quest.[4]

Jack Johnson’s big break was writing and contributing vocals for the song “Rodeo Clowns” which was featured on G. Love’s 1999 album ‘Philadelphonic‘. The song would later become the most famous single off the album.

In addition to his later success as a musician, Johnson is also an accomplished filmmaker. Johnson directed the surf films Thicker Than Water (2000) and The September Sessions (2002), in which he also starred. Both movie soundtracks were also products of Johnson. Johnson also starred in the 2004 surf film A Brokedown Melody.

Johnson released a four track demo that caught the attention of Ben Harper‘s producer, J. P. Plunier, who worked with Johnson on his debut album Brushfire Fairytales in early 2001 with Harper and his Weissenborn lap steel guitar making a guest appearance. Brushfire Fairytales was released on February 1, 2001.

Johnson went back into the studio with Adam Topol (drums, percussion) and Merlo Podlewski (bass), who played on Brushfire Fairytales, and Mario Caldato Jr on production duties, to record his second full-length album On and On. It was the first album to be recorded at Johnson’s Mango Tree Studio in Johnson’s home town of North Shore, Oahu, and the first to be released through The Moonshine Conspiracy Records. On and On was released on May 6, 2003.

On July 22, 2000, Johnson married his college sweetheart Kim.[23] They have three children, two boys and a girl. Johnson lives on the North Shore of the island of Oahu in Hawaii. In an interview with Johnson, Ann Donahue from Billboard described Johnson’s family life by saying “There is often trouble in balancing the life of an artist, environmentalist, and family man, but Johnson seems to have the niche for such a challenge. This time around, he’s found a pace that agrees with him…bringing his family along so he can spend mornings with them sightseeing.”[24] Both Johnson and his wife refuse to talk about or release any intimate information concerning their children.[25]

Johnson and his wife created the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation after his third album to benefit the children of Hawaii and promote environment awareness. Jack and Kim Johnson also founded the Kokua Hawai’i Foundation in 2003. Johnson and his family work hard every year at festivals and concerts alike, to raise money for causes they feel are most important. Johnson recorded a cover of John Lennon‘s “Imagine” for the 2007 benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur, which was also included on the 2009 benefit album Rhythms del Mundo Classics. In talking about Johnson and his career choices, Rolling Stone wrote: “It is a typically generous move from Johnson, who has used his multi-platinum success to support causes he cares about.” Although the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization that “focuses on environmental, arts and music education,” it has raised more than $750,000 from 2009 to 2010 to give away.[26] Johnson was in Osaka, Japan on his To The Sea 2010 World Tour at the time of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan. He was in a hotel with his family when it struck. After having to postpone the rest of his tour, he donated $50,000 to GlobalGiving‘s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. On September 22, 2012 he donated his time to play a few songs at Farm Aid 2012 in Hershey,PA.

To watch 2 other live versions of Banana Pancakes, click here and here.

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