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We all make choices every day! We have the right to choose the way we operate in our world… as long as we don't hurt others, infringe on their rights and their choices and respect ourselves and everyone else. We live and die by those choices and are responsible for the consequences of them. Why do we think that others should live their lives based on the choices we make for ourselves? Who died and made us God? These songs reflect many choices that are made by people every day… Addiction, homelessness, love and rejecting love… some of those aren't so much choices as ramifications of our choices, our decisions perhaps based on bad advice or neglect, ignorance or even selfishness. Here's hoping that the world makes better choices in the furture. In the meantime, we have beautiful music and artists who gift us their love and their love for music and humanity every day. We are grateful to Sam Robbins, The Rough & Tumble, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Dana Cooper, Edessa, Tom Kimmel, Rebekah Pulley, Ruth Wyand and Al Scortino for the gift of their songs and the wisdom they offer. 

Choosing Love, Maggie & Mike   Lucky Mud 

Rainbow Promises  

Are rainbows really proof of anything except the magic of light, prisms and reflection? In Ireland you'll see multiple rainbows on endless days of mist and rain and sun. The promise is really simple! There is life. There will always be life as long as there are rainbows and the earth exists. What more do you really need? Take your life and create color and beauty and hope. Live fully and richly with no promise of tomorrow and no regrets about the past. Make it beautiful, like a rainbow and glory in the diversity of the light spectrum. We are all one, under the rainbow, below the sun! Each of our artists today are proof that there is love and light and laughter in music, in the world. Ruth Wyand, Beaucoup Blue, Eric Taylor, Frank Graham, Corey Hall, Grant Peeples, Rachel Grubb and Rebekah Pulley are some of the richest people I know because they share their souls, through their music. They each have an online presence and make beautiful music. 

Happliy Under the Rainbow, Maggie & Mike      Lucky Mud 

Heaven and Earth  

Do you believe in Heaven? Not in the "biblical sense"..... how is that possible... hmm .... is there only heaven in the Bible? I think every culture has a "heaven" wrapped up in its mythology although it might be called Valhalla or Nirvana or your very own "Eden" .... but I digress... imagine that! At any rate, the original question remains. Do you believe in Heaven? Earth is right here! Right in front of you. All around you. You stand on it every day. It's real.... and you know it! But isn't heaven just as real. Doesn't heaven really just mean happiness? Can you create your own heaven... or hell... with your attitude or a mindset. I don't know about you but I choose happiness. I choose heaven. Better still, I feel happiness in the world around me and I relish it. Some wise person once said " Attitude is like a flat tire, you won't get anywhere until you change it " ..... I really think that's true. I believe that music can make us happy, a sense of heaven. It does that for me and I think these artists, The New 76ers, The Strangled Darlings, Bradford Loomis, Dana Cooper, Elaine Mahon, Ruth Wyand, Panama Red and Lucky Mud all know that feeling of touching heaven! Let's take a little walk through this garden of music together!

Happy Hunting, Maggie & Mike     Lucky Mud

Eyes of Love  

Do you look at the world through rose colored glasses? Is it possible to have too much love or too much hope? I think that the more love we give, the more love that grows and the better we feel about ourselves and our lives, the happier we, and all the people around us, are! That's what I think.... but it doesn't really matter what I think. What really matters is what I do.. or you do.. or the people around us do. Love feeds love and when love is starving it leaves space for hate. It's too easy to give into hate when you're starving for love. I say let's feed the world love and let's do it through music. These artists, Sam Robbins, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Passerine, Mean Mary, Pierce Pettis, The Resonant Rogues, Wyatt Espalin and The Restless Saints all have enough love to share and it's a beautiful thing. Let's stroll arm in arm through the world and spread the love. It costs nothing and means so much.

Love, Maggie & Mike       Lucky Mud 

PS Spread it around... you won't be losing a thing and you'll be getting so much in return.

Stately Musings  

I love to travel. I love the feel of the road. I love the air and the smells of new places... well, mostly...I love the sense of adventure and the scenery of new places. The discovery of uniqueness along the way. Travel broadens your horizons both physically and mentally. Meeting new people with different cultures, beliefs and opinions is a wonderful eye opener for me. I love to hear what people are thinking, what they're reading and watching. Mostly, I love the smells! The peat fires in Ireland. The smell of hot sage in the West. The smell of must and dampness in England and Scotland. The smell and feel of high desert and scent of cedar trees. This show will take you places, in song, around the country! Grant Peeples, Sally Spring & Ted Lyons, Rebekah Pulley, Ian Dunlop, The Rough & Tumble, Eric Taylor, Nikki Talley and Lucky Mud all have places to share with you.... Take a ride and capture the magic!!

In Route, Maggie & Mike      Lucky Mud

PS Bon Voyage

Loving Life  

Do you love your life? It's a simple question. Do you hope that you have many years to live and love and laugh? Life is the gift that keeps on giving.... until it doesn't... then, you're dead. Let's face it, the alternative to life is death and, I don't know about you, I'm not ready for that. The bottom line is that you need to live your life to the fullest. Take every moment you have and make it special. That doesn't mean that you have to do things larger than life. You just need to take deep, long breaths and enjoy... relish every moment you have as if there were no tomorrow.... because there might not be another tomorrow! It's that precious! These artists have something to say about a life well lived ... or lives well lived! Listen to Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Matthew Kenneth Fowler, Rebekah Pulley, Melissa Carper, Mean Mary, Carly Bak and Michael R.J. Roth to find out how they feel about life. Enjoy! Breath deep! 

Livin La Vida Loca, Maggie & Mike      Lucky Mud 

Sorrow & Sunrise  

There is always tomorrow! Every day is a gift that offers the possibility of change and hope. It's a brand new day with not one smudge on it and it's yours to do with as you wish. Many people have hardships and sorrows that are hard to put behind us but watch how hard many of them work to do just that while the "privileged" of us moan about it. You are the captain of your own ship and you make decisions that will affect you every day. Some people make bad decisions and those decisions seem to compound but you can break that string of hardship if you really want to. It takes willpower and sometimes the willingness to accept help and advice but you can change, if you really want to. Change is inevitable, sometimes painful, but always inevitable. Darwin's Theory wasn't that the strong will survive but that those who adapt will not only survive but will thrive. Be the change you want to see! Listen to these wonderful artists and get some inspiration or guidance.... The Rough & Tumble, The Currys, Aaron Bearden, Eric Taylor, Lucky Mud, Tom Kimmel, Sally Spring & Ted Lyons and Sam Robbins are songwriters with a message... I hope you find your message in one of their songs! Let them know if you do....

In Spirit with you, Maggie & Mike      Lucky Mud 


Dance of Love  

Are you in love? Have you ever been in love? In love so bad that your teeth hurt when that person comes around? Okay ... maybe other things besides your teeth ... but you know what I mean. Is that real love or just craving? Real love is always there in your heart, your mind, your soul ... in the things you do day by day.. in the way you act and the things you say. Even when you're angry with that person, you're still in love... just not right at that very moment! It makes life sweeter. Love is that thing that makes you want to be with your best friend. That means you always have something to talk about or do together. But everybody has a different idea about what real love is.... I know that. I just know that for me (and Mike) it's a lifetime of living and working and laughing and being mad and sharing and taking and giving and being worried about each other and caring if the other person is feeling happy or sad. It's a life... hopefully, well lived. I know that these artists, Sam Robbins, Bradford Loomis, Ruth Wyand, Achilles Wheel, Briam Smalley, Wyatt Espalin, Paul kamm & Eleanore MacDonald and The Myriad all have their own ideas about love.... I wonder what they have to say about it. Let's listen .... 

Lovin Life, Maggie & Mike      Lucky Mud 

Simple Things  

It really is the simple things that mean so much. How can you compare a smile to a $100 dollar bill or a kind touch to a $1000 dollar bill. Give me the simple things every time. A dollar bill can light a fire or buy a burger (not much of a burger, but a burger nonetheless) but a kind gesture or word can save a life. My favorite quote is by Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, who said "the cynic is one who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing". I think that might apply to a lot of folks these days who seem to equate success and value with money instead of quality of life and happiness. I know that Mean Mary, Eric Taylor, Carly Bak, Michelle Ingrham, Pierce Pettis, Sarah Mac and Tom Kimmel know what real success is. You can hear it in their music. In the words of their songs. If you have love in your life you are one of the wealthiest humans alive.... I'll take that any day!! 

Love, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud 

Secret Corners  

Everybody has secrets. Everybody! Secrets don't have to be a bad thing. Most secrets aren't. It's just our own little piece of world that we don't really want to share. Our own private story. Sometimes it's a dream we have that's just a little too personal, something we hope will happen but we don't think ever will so it's our little "wish upon a star" moment. There are certain secrets that we don't want anyone to know because some people can be judgmental and cruel. I love little secrets. As long as they aren't hurtful or cruel or make us feel bad and isolated. Keep your little secrets and hold them like precious gems to take out and watch them sparkle in private when you need a lift. Or, like these artists, Lis & Lon Williamson, Matthew Kenneth Fowler, Bill Scorzari, Rachel Grubb, Connie Laine, Beaucoup Blue and Dana Cooper put them to music and share away! 

Secretly in Love, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud 

PS... My secret (well, one of my secrets) is that I love putting these shows together and sharing them with you! There! I've told you..... 

Life Happens  

They call me Pollyanna .... for those of you too young to remember, Pollyanna was the girl who believed that horse manure in her stocking meant she was getting a pony ... more or less! Except that I can be a little more realistic. Sort of... I believe that people are intrinsically good and will do the right thing... in most cases! Are you the eternal pessimist or the eternal optimist? Do you feel like you need someone to "guide" you in the right direction or do you have an innate sense of right and wrong? I say, most of us know what we should and shouldn't do and how we should treat others. See... I am Pollyanna... I hope you are too. I know each and every one of these artists are great human beings and their music proves it. John French, Nikki Talley, The New 76ers, Lucky Mud, Al Scortino, Sally Spring & Ted Lyons, Buddy Mondlock and The Buffalo Gals write beautiful, soulful music that tells you who they are. Let's listen and find out... 

Always living in Hope, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud 


Paradise Lost   

I think every person in the world has their own vision of what "paradise" means. To some it's sittin around, strumming on a harp, singing la de da all day (whatever a day is there, you know .. in paradise) maybe takin a toke now and then with your feet propped up on a velvet pillow (it has to be velvet, you know) petting your favorite cat, dog, ferret... whatever... your best friend.. with pomegranates in a bowl with strawberries and whipped cream.... uh... not that I've thought of it... paradise... at all...mmm... maybe I digress. Anyway, whatever you think your particular paradise is, in your mind, what if you felt like you would never have that dream come true? Is it possible to dream something, probably totally unrealistic, and then felt like you've lost the remotest possibility of achieving it... even though it's unachievable anyway? Does having a totally unrealistic vision of "eden" set you up for forever failure? Are there any answers to impossible questions? Are there really aliens waiting to make us pod people??? Er.... never mind...hmmm... la de da... Our featured artists on this remarkable show are Mimi Hearn, Strangled Darlings, Matthew Cochran, The Reckless Saints, Sam Robbins, Dana Cooper, The Rough & Tumble and Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald.... You'll love this music ... Let's just forget about the other stuff ... aliens, paradise, harps and stuff... okay!!

Far out there somewhere in Paradise, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud 

Rise Up  

It's a new day.. full of promise.. full of possibilities. It can be anything you want it to be. The skies the limit! Actually, your mind is the limit. If you get bogged down in negatives and hopelessness you can't get anywhere. You've just eliminated all of those possibilities. We can rise up to the occasion. We can all do better, be better and when we are, we can help others do better and be better. Let's face it, we are all in this together. When we do better, the world around us does better. The people around us do better, feel better, live better and love a whole lot more. It just takes one ripple to start the wave.... Let's do it.. together! We'll start here by listening to some uplifting, soul stirring music by Frank Graham, Brian Smalley, Lucky Mud, Eric Taylor, Grant Peeples, Melissa Carper and The Myriad. I can feel the waves rising up, can't you? 

Reaching out a hand, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud 

Attitude Adjustment  

Are you feeling low, left out, depressed? Do you ever feel like you just don't fit or you don't have a real place in your community, family or society? You're probably in need of an attitude adjustment! I mean.... really!! You're likely placing yourself in that position, without even realizing it. No one really wants to be on the outside, feeling like a fur coat on a 100 degree day. But if you take a hard look at yourself and your actions, you are, more than likely, letting your own self doubt, your self pity create barriers in your acceptance by others. Mike always says, "attitude is like a flat tire. You won't get anywhere until you change it"... ain't that the truth!! Or maybe I'm flat wrong... maybe you are the victim of society... or a scapegoat. I don't pretend to know. I just think "try it and see.. what could it hurt?" .... if it doesn't work, you can just go back to being alone and depressed with no one to love or spend time with.... hmmm .. any whooo... these artists will give you a new perspective on life ... listen to Rebekah Pulley, The Sarah Mac Band, Tom Kimmel, The Reckless Saints, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Mike Jurgensen and Alicia McGovern ... their music may just change your life or, like a flat tire, a new outlook or attitude! What could it hurt?

Ever Changing attitudinally, Maggie & Mike     Lucky Mud 

Devil got the Blues  

Is it possible if you're a God or a Devil to have the blues. Maybe being "all powerful" isn't all it's cracked up to be. I've never seen more unhappy people than those who say they have everything, and more, than they've ever wanted. Money, power, fame... doesn't really mean a thing if you're a miserable person. It just doesn't! I know... you're thinking, "I'd like to see for myself"... don't take my word for it. Just look at them! The divorce rate is phenomenal. The suicide rate is deadly. Their kids are a mess .... for the most part, anyway! If you are an unhappy, unfulfilled person, money won't fix that! It just won't.... Not that poverty is all that great either but, you know, it sure makes people around you a lot more honest. Nothing is more honest than great music! Songs are philosophical jewels that relate a meaning. One song may mean the world to someone and nothing to another. Listen to these artists and see if you find your meaning in songs by Frank Lindamood, Beaucoup Blue, Ruth Wyand, Bradford Loomis, Achilles Wheel, Mean Mary, The Currys and Panama Red. I'll just bet you will.

Unblue every day, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud 

Beautiful Games  

Life is a game! Maybe a series of games that take you unexpected places. Things you were never prepared for or counted on. Life is like playing a game when you don't know the rules. You just make them up as you go. I mean, we have the basic rules, like the 10 commandments (which, by the way, every society, every culture has its own "10 commandments") but not the precise rules that tell you the ins and outs of the game. There are no real winners and losers. It's just that some people have a clearer vision of the game they're playing and perhaps a better understanding of the outcome they're looking for. I, for one, don't have a clue but I love playing. I'm just bouncing around like a pinball, laughing (most of the time) when I hit an obstacle and then bouncing over to another wall or tunnel. It's always an adventure out here in Mudville. These artists may have a better grasp on their particular game than I do, or maybe you so let's give a listen to Sally Spring & Ted Lyons, Michael R.J.Roth, Rachel Grubb, Dana Cooper, The Rough & Tumble, Wyatt Espalin, Lucky Mud and Dave Griffin and see what their game is and if we want to play it with them.

Rollin the dice, Maggie & Mike.     Lucky Mud (the luckiest Mud on earth)

Time for Love  

Stop the hate! We don't have time for meaness and bitterness. It's time for love! Love can fix anything. If you have the blues, love can fix it. If you have a broken heart, love can fix it. If you're in despair, love can fix it. Love is the end all... be all... it is the answer to every question and ill in the world. You just have to open your heart and your mind and let love in. These songs can help guide you to all of the goodness and love in the world. I equate music with love. Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Tom Kimmel, Sarah Mac Band, Bill Scorzari, Al Scortino, Buddy Mondlock, The New 76ers and Pierce Pettis share these songs of love and loss and everything in between. Open your heart and let love in and then share the love with these artists..... and your friends... and tell them how you feel. 

Always in love, Maggie & Mike     Lucky Mud 

All the Signs  

Relationships can be confusing. Are they being honest with us? Are they true friends? What's their motivation for staying close to me? If you think you're alone in this, you are so mistaken! All of us have those questions, doubts, at some point in our lives. Watch the signs! All of the signs. They are certainly there. We just choose to ignore them... a lot of the time! After all, aren't we nice people. Fun to be around. Sincere in our relationships. Not all people are so simple. Don't reflect your sincerity in other people. Let them tell you who they are .... and then, believe them. Not with their words. Those slip easily off of the tongue. Watch what they do. How they treat others. Evaluate their honesty with others. Watch those signs and you'll certainly figure out who is true... and who is not! These artists will tell you with their songs! Give a listen and see if you can catch the signs of artistry and truth by Lucky Mud, Buddy Mondlock, Nikki Talley, Sally Spring, Michael R.J. Roth, Passerine, The Reckless Saints and Achilles Wheel. I'll bet you can.

Honestly yours, in music ... Maggie & Mike   Lucky Mud 

Deep Grace  

How do you process your emotions? Do you feel things deeply or do you just ride the crest of them and never dive into the depths? Sometimes we use our lack of deep emotion as a defense mechanism. That way we can't get hurt... right... so, so wrong. When we allow our feelings to dive deep and then resurface we are giving them the full force they need to cleanse our soul of that pain, that hurt, the love, the anger or desire. That doesn't mean that we take our hurt feelings out on others or ourselves. it just means that if you are feeling deeply about something, you have to allow yourself that moment to process... and then move on. That's grace! That's loving yourself enough to care deeply then continue on your way, without regret. Regrets are killers. They are unresolved emotions. Go ahead... dive deep... resurface and live free. These artists and their music just might help. Listen to Melissa Carper, Lis & Lon Williamson, Tom Kimmel, Dana Cooper, Brian Smalley, The Currys and The Reckless Saints for just a little advice, or just some peace. 

Living the dream, Maggie & Mike     Lucky Mud 

Sound & Fury  

Are you ever afraid? That deep shudder in your soul, where you feel like someone else has taken over your body and you don't know where you are. It certainly brings you up short and makes you rethink, well... everything! There are times when that moment changes your life. If that's happened to you, think of it as a gift. Without that momentary fear, you might have done something stupid or reckless. It may have saved your life! Life lessons are jewels. They may seem rough and unexemplary but over time they take on a life of their own and may become a guidepost .. not to mention a great story to tell your friends .... or not! Think of these artists and their songs as life lessons, cautionary tales or just a reminder that we all hurt. We all have fears and traumas but we survive them... most of the time! Sarah Mac, Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald, Ruth Wyand, Bradford Loomis, Frank Lindamood, Michael R.J. Roth, Rebekah Pulley and Lucky Mud may just be tryin to tell you something by way of a lyric, a song or a melody. Hope you are tuned in and get the message. 

Love, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud