Here’s to a great year of music in 2009!

With 2009 rapidly approaching to an end, there has been there share of crappy music out there on the airwaves and in the clubs and there has also been alot of great songs that gave people hope, maybe not in the lyrics themselves but at least that there are still come good beats out there.  I came across a very talented mashup artist, DJ Earworm (www.djearworm.com) that summed up 2009 to a tee with his mashup video titled, “United State of Pop 2009”.  Here’s a look at his video…hope your song made the cut…if not…What was your favorite song of 2009?

Songs We Use

Hello All….I have always been asked how do you choose all the music that you play at seminars or at conventions and I must say that I cannot take any credit for song selection at all. My buddy, Marc Accetta has one of the most amazing ears for lyrics that I have ever encountered. I have been in the music industry for a number of years, played professionally, recorded did the whole tour thing and met some amazing musicians from all genres of music, but never had I encountered someone that knew the lyrics of a song and their meaning and their message as Marc did. I am a drummer so for me beats get me moving and beats is all it takes…

Here are just some of the songs that we’ve used at seminars, Please feel free to comment back with any other songs that we’ve left off as we have obviously because there are just unlimited amounts of music out there, that have amazing messages.

  • End of Innoncence            Don Henley
  • Don’t Cry                Seal
  • That’s The Way It Is            Celine Dion
  • I’ve Been This Way Before        Neil Diamond
  • Life of Illusion                Joe Walsh
  • No Such Thing                John Mayer
  • Live To Tell                Madonna
  • New York Minute            Don Henley
  • Minor Variation            Billy Joel
  • Loose Ends                Dan Fogelberg
  • Almost A Whisper            Yanni
  • Barely Breathing            Duncan Sheik
  • Love Will Save The Day        Deseree
  • I Don’t Wanna Be            Gavin DeGraw
  • Living On the Edge            Aerosmith
  • Empty Cages                Dan Fogelberg
  • The Rain Must Fall            Yanni
  • A Word In Private            Yanni
  • Tullemore Dew            Dan Fogelberg
  • Phoenix                Dan Fogelberg
  • Black Eyes Blue Tears            Shania Twain
  • The Reason                Hoobstank
  • SummerHighland Falls        Billy Joel
  • Heart of the Matter            Don Henley
  • Bring Back The Magic        Jimmy Buffet
  • I Can See Clearly            Johnny Mathis
  • I Believe In You            Amanda Marshall
  • Forever Young                Rod Stewart
  • Because You Loved Me        Celine Dion
  • You’ll Be In My Heart            Phil Collins
  • You’ve Got a Friend            James Taylor
  • That’s What Friends Are For        Dionne Warwick
  • Believe                Stephanie Crews
  • I Believe I Can Fly            R. Kelly
  • Larger Than Life            Bon Jovi
  • Rainmaker                Matchbox 20
  • This is Your Life            Switchfoot
  • Conviction of the Heart        Kenny Loggins
  • Something To Believe In        Poison
  • Oh People                Patti LaBelle
  • Love Is The Answer            England Dan & John Ford Colley
  • Lonely Boy
  • Anyway You Want It            Journey
  • Whole Hearted
  • You Get What You Give        New Radicals
  • Pressure                Billy Joel
  • Bring It On                Seal
  • Gonna Fly Now            Rocky Soundtrack
  • Welcome To The Jungle        Guns N Roses
  • Running On Ice            Billy Joel
  • Workin For A Living            Huey Lewis & The News
  • Ironic                    Alanis Morrisette
  • Raindrop’s Keep Falling        BJ Thomas
  • I’m Going Down            Bruce Springsteen
  • Take This Job And Shove It        Hank Williams Jr.
  • I Go To Extremes            Billy Joel
  • There’s Got To Be A Way        Mariah Carey
  • Bring Back The Magic        Jimmy Buffet
  • Love is a Wonderful Thing        Michael Bolton
  • Sleeping With The Television
  • Lonsome Loser
  • Walking On Sunshine            
  • Complicated
  • Holy Road
  • I Want Your Sex            George Michael
  • My Heart Will Go On            Celine Dion
  • What’s Love Got to do        Tina Turner
  • Take It To The Limit
  • Don’t Stop Believing            Journey
  • Everybody Has A Dream
  • Right Now                Van Halen
  • Soak Up the Sun
  • Running Down A Dream        Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
  • Hurts So Good
  • Barely Breathing
  • In The Morning Light Yanni
  • Every Picture Tells A Story         Rod Stewart
  • Urgent                    Foreigner
  • Desire
  • Mind Games                John Lennon
  • The Sad Café                The Eagles
  • The Reach                 Dan Fogelberg
  • Man In The Mirror            Michael Jackson
  • Man In The Mirror            Dan Fogelberg
  • Below The Surface            Dan Fogelberg
  • Story of my Life            Neil Diamond
  • Patience                Dreamgirls Soundtrack
  • Part of the Plan            Dan Fogelberg
  • After The Sunrise            Yanni
  • Lean On Me                Club Noveu
  • Two of Us                The Beatles
  • Be Good To yourself            Journey
  • Fly Like An Eagle            Neville Brothers
  • Whole Hearted            Extreme
  • Kryptonite                Three Doors Down
  • Sunset Grille                Don Henley
  • Good Vibrations            Marky Mark
  • Good Vibrations            The Beach Boys
  • Love of Money            Pink Floyd
  • Money                    The Neville Brothers
  • Money                    The Beatles
  • Big Time                Peter Gabriel
  • It’s In The Way That You Use It    
  • Time In A Bottle            Jim Croce
  • Time                    Pink Floyd
  • Time is on my side            The Rolling Stones
  • Kick It Out                Heart
  • Shadows of the night
  • Forever Man                Eric Clapton
  • Higher Ground            Stevie Wonder
  • Let The Rain Come Down        Hillary Duff
  • Crazy Circles                Bad Company
  • Miss Independent            Kelly Clarkson
  • Meal Ticket                Elton John
  • Let’s Go                The Cars
  • Suddenly I See                KT Tunstall
  • Part of you, Part of me        Glenn Fry
  • Come To My Window            Melissa Ethridge
  • Ain’t That A Shame            Cheaptrick
  • Comfortably Numb            Weird All Yankovic
  • Let’s Get Physical
  • I Feel Good                James Brown
  • If You Believe                Kenny Loggins
  • Something to Believe In     Poison
  • Vienna     Billy Joel
  • Whole Hearted     Extreme
  • Don’t Stop     Fleetwood Mac
  • Don’t Stop Me Now     Queen
  • Let It Be     Beatles
  • Lean on Me     Soundtrack (Lean on Me)
  • One in a Million     Soundtrack (Miss Congeniality)
  • I’ve got a Name     Jim Croce
  • The Best     Tina Turner
  • Make You Happy     Celine Dion
  • How Sweet it is     James Taylor
  • Put a little Love in Your Heart     Soundtrack (Scrooged)
  • That What Friends are for        Dion Warwick
  • There’s Got to be a Way     Mariah Carey
  • Honesty     Billy Joel
  • The Pretender     Jackson Browne
  • Listen     Beyonce
  • Reflection     Mariah Carey
  • Who are You?     The Who
  • Love is a Wonderful Thing     Michael Bolton
  • Time for me to Fly     REO Speedwagon
  • True to Your Heart     Soundtrack (Mulan)
  • Love can move Mountains     Celine Dion
  • Perfect Day     Hoku
  • Pressure     Billy Joel
  • Vertigo     U2
  • The Power Inside of Me     Richard Marx
  • The Warrior     Patty Smyth
  • Conviction of the Heart     Kenny Loggins
  • Roof Garden     Al Jareau
  • September     Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Cool Change     Little River Band
  • Coming out of the Dark     Gloria Estefan
  • Roll with the Changes     REO Speedwagon
  • Bring it on     Seal
  • I go to Extremes     Billy Joel
  • Spooky         Atlanta Rhythm Section
  • It’s My Life         Bon Jovi
  • In Control         Janet Jackson
  • Get Over It     The Eagles
  • Make it happen     Mariah Carey
  • Another One Bites the Dust         Queen
  • Don’t Mean Nothing         Richard Marx
  • Patience     Soundtrack (Dreamgirls)
  • Roll with It         Steve Winwood
  • Right Here, Right Now         Jesus Jones
  • Miracles Happen     Myra
  • Only in America         Brooks and Dunn
  • Eye of the Tiger         Survivor
  • Have a Nice Day         Bon Jovi
  • Why Not         Hillary Duff
  • Follow Your Dreams         Poco
  • I Hope You Dance         Lee Ann Womack
  • I Believe I Can Fly         R. Kelly
  • I’m Free         Jon Secada
  • You’ll Be in My Heart         Phil Collins
  • Bring Back the Magic         Jimmy Buffett
  • Secret of Life         James Taylor
  • What Dreams are made of         Hillary Duff
  • Keep your mind wide open         AnnaSophia Robb
  • Soul Searching         Glenn Frey
  • Larger Than Life         Backstreet Boys
  • Live like you were dying         Tim McGraw

Happy Birthday to me…It’s been a good year and its only just begun!

Just wanted to say a very special thank you to everyone that was with me for my birthday this year. This year we were out in Nashville, Tennessee for an Acceleration Training headed by Marc Accetta (www.MarcAccetta.com) for WorldVentures. From their initial conception trainings have now grown in sizes well over the 1,000 person mark with the help of being spearheaded by Marc Accetta, personal friend and mentor to me on a monthly basis throughout the US. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to such places as New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Hawaii, Miami, as well as other great destinations that most people only dream of visiting. This year while in Nashville I had the honor to meet one of Marc’s long time personal friends Laurie Rubidge (www.laurierubidge.com). Laurie has also had amazing success in the Personal Growth and Development industry throughout Laurie Rubidge’s career she has trained tens of thousands of people from all over the globe. Laurie has dedicated over 18 years of her life to inspire and motivate people to be the best they can be. Being that we were visiting he hometown she took the initiative to be in charge of giving us all the hotspots to visit while in Nashville. I was lucky enough to have my girlfriend Melinda with me, also one of my best friends Robert Oblon, which as of this past March in Las Vegas, NV has been named President of WorldVentures at their Annual Convention. This year at the WorldVentures Convention in front of over 4,000 people in attendance we were able to do the first ever WorldVentures concert. It was definitely awesome to play drums along with Robert, as well as having Marc sing a couple of songs. It was something that no one ever expected. A lot of work and time went into this year’s convention and I would have to say that everyone was excited and amazed to see several of WorldVentures reps & employees participate in this year’s concert. Who knows what we’ll pull off in 2009…

On another note, I wanted to give much props to both Robert and Marc, Robert Oblon recently became a big with the North Texas Big Brother Big Sister organization. Marc and Kelly Accetta which have been involved with the Big Brother Big Sister organization already for about 6 years have recently been asked to head the Board of Directors for Collin County chapter of BBBS. Big Brother Big Sister is an amazing organization and I’ve been lucky enough to attend their annual Black Tie and Boots ceremony for the past 2 years and meet one of their top people Mr.Charles Pierson. Just being around Marc and Kelly and seeing all of the positive guidance and support that they have given their little brother has made me realize that I should also apply to join to help out this organization in 2008.

As we all organized ourselves in the lobby at the Gaylord Opryland and waited for the limos the excitement and laughs had already began remembering how on Saturday night I rang in my birthday at the local Jack Daniel’s Saloon with Jeff Bolf singing on stage and also having my midnight birthday drink with Marc, Melinda and the rest of my friends there. We had a great party crew that was getting ready to invade downtown Nashville, so we went to The Stage where we tuned in to a little different kind of music than what most people have seen me listen to…Country! A lot of people think that because I listen to mainstream party music or hip hop then that’s all I listen to but they forget that I was born in South Texas just minutes from the border. And I’ve played in a number of bands where we sometimes had to play some country music, so I was no stranger to Dwight Yoakum, George Strait, Georgia Satellites and many others. On our way out of The Stage we stumbled across Layla’s Hillbilly & Country INN….there they had a great country band that was just jamming out. I had the honor of being asked to come up and jam out with them as you’ll see below and it was definitely fun, a little different than playing with Tejano bands but it was still fun to get back behind the set and jam out in Nashville.

I must say that in the past 2 or 3 months, I’ve been finding myself behind the drum set more and more often. First, in Las Vegas for the WorldVentures Annual Convention, we did some cover tunes from The Beatles, Eddie Money, Stevie Wonder and a couple of other bands. I’ll be sharing some of those videos down the road. Then in April Eddie Head and Jessica his fiancé decided to join their lives together in holy matrimony. I must say both of them are some of the most amazing people that I’ve had the opportunity of meeting, if you want to see some photos from their wedding check out this link…(http://www.perezblog.net/). So during their wedding reception we got an opportunity to get up on stage and jam out for a couple of songs. Then finally in Nashville for my birthday I had the opportunity to play once again. Drumming has always been one of the passions in my life and although I don’t pursue it on a full time base now, I still think that I’ll keep behind a drumset throughout my life and if an opportunity does allow itself where I can squeeze in playing with a band that can handle my crazy traveling schedule well then I am definitely open to the opportunity…That’s all for now…