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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 

Verging on Madness  

The world has gone mad.... is going mad... maybe has always been mad.... but it's really bad right now. Do you feel the change in the air. The winds shifting. A new breakthrough of humanity. I hope so. I think we need a little peace and a whole lotta music. Really good music. Things that lift our spirit and make us want to be better human beings. A little light in the world. I'm ready for it. The change of the tide and the lift of the hull that sets us on a new adventure. Come away with Fellow Pynins, Del Suggs, Shelita Burke, Wyatt Espalin, Melissa Carper, The Resonant Rogues, Frank Graham and the New 76ers and let them lift you up and we'll float for a little while in the magic stream of beautiful music.... for a little while... 30 minutes of bliss. Let these artists know how you feel about their music. We all need encouragement to keep on keeping on.... 

Hope you feel the love, Maggie & Mike     Lucky Mud 

Flying Blues  

I've caught myself flying blind and wondered what the hell I was thinking, but maybe that's the point ..... I wasn't thinking. I was just letting the moment take me away and going with it. Like the wind suddenly catching the hem of your dress and blowing up over your waist. Nothing to be done. It's already happened and you just hope you have on pretty underwear and onlookers weren't too shocked. Sadness and tears are kind of like that feeling. Suddenly overwhelming and powerful and there's nothing to be done in that moment but go with it. It just happens. The blues can be overwhelming but if you let them run their course, most times you feel better when they've gone. It's a risk..... but isn't that life? Isn't it all one big chance? Take a chance with Mare Wakefield & Nomad, Frank Julian, Al Scortino, Ruth Wyand, The Strangled Darlings, Beaucoup Blue, Dana Cooper and Buddy Mondlock. Just let yourself fly with the wind over the strains of these beautiful songs and live in the moment. 

Blindly floating along, Maggie & Mike     Lucky Mud 

PS... check out these artists on their individual websites and online presences if you like their music!

Starry Dreams  

Dreams are so important. Daylight dreams for your life and the things you want to do, the person you want to grow into or the life you hope to have, are essential to living a full life. Those dreams may change with your age, or circumstances or with your inner development but you have to have dreams. Nighttime dreams are different. The stuff that feeds your fantasies. The stuff that your brain needs to sort out and analyze. The things that you dream under the starry night sky are your soul realities. I love dreams that don't make any sense, or at least we don't think make sense. Those are the ones that are trying to tell you something about yourself, your soul. Those dreams are sometimes more important than the others because they can tell you who you really are, not what you plan or hope to be. Sit back and dream with Sally Spring & Ted Lyons, Sarah Mac Band, The Winterlings, Bradford Loomis, Lis & Lon Williamson, Lucky Mud, Michael R. J. Roth, Panama Red and Rebekah Pulley for a short 30 minute ride through the Starry Dream cycle and maybe you'll learn something about these artists .... or yourself. Take a chance!

In your dreams, Maggie & Mike     Lucky Mud 

 

Liquid Highways  

There's nothing like sitting beside the Gulf or Ocean to make you feel small. Not in a bad way, small ..but in the "world is so vast and infinite" and I'm a speck, a piece of dust, part of the infinite piece that makes up this world, kinda small. Sometimes we think we're so powerful, we think the world revolves around us. It's easy to feel that every little mistake is a disaster and our world will fall apart because of it. But it's just not true. The world is made up of millions of us...  all living and dying and making mistakes and doing wonderful things. The breath from every human being all breathing together could create a hurricane. That's the force of life. We make giant changes when we all work together. Sit back for just 30 minutes and allow yourself to be a small part of the world through music. Brian Smalley, Frank Graham, Lucky Mud, Pierce Pettis, Melissa Carper, The Rough & Tumble, Wyatt Espalin and Paul Kamm & Eleanore MacDonald and you make up this musical world together.

Peace & Love, Maggie & Mike    Lucky Mud