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Musicians Can Give Life

Posted in Clyde Blosl, Donor, Fender guitars, Giving Thanks, Life, Life Center Northwest, Lifesaving, save a life, Talent, Tribute with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by damngoodtunes

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You may recall the story we did a couple years back about a man named Clyde Blosl, a name you would be hard pressed to find many of in many places of this world, let alone western Washington. Clyde was an exceptional musician and good friend to this writer since an early age. This story continues now, as we learn that Clyde Blosl was an organ donor and, in a way Clyde continues to live on. This report has so inspired me that I can only think of the breadth of applications should musicians throughout the USA, Canada and the rest of the world were to become as caring and giving as was our friend Clyde. And now, as Paul Harvey used to say – is the rest of the story;

On April 15th 2013 this editor-owner was invited to meet with the Governor of Washington State on behalf of the
Blosl family to receive an award acknowledging that Clyde Blosl had donated his organs in order that others might have a better chance at life. In particular, Clyde’s liver was donated to a Mr. Paul Brown, a youth Pastor near Tacoma Washington. On this day, Mr. Brown and his wife met with the Blosl family for the very first time. Tears and hugs were exchanged as much emotion and love filled the room .

Paul Brown - Recipient

Paul Brown – Recipient

Governor Jay Inslee has stepped forward to make Washington state number 1 for designated organ donor endorsements on driver’s licenses – having seen a 22% increase in just a little over a year, ranking the state as number three in the nation to 69 per cent willing to donate and possibly save other lives. Governor Inslee went on to tell us that his own son’s eyesight was restored due to his receiving a corneal implant.

The Incredible team leaders from LifeCenter Northwest work selflessly 24-7 to facilitate all phases and dimensions from logistics to consolation of family members – both donor and recipient. Please visit their website by clicking the Life Center Northwest Logo in this feature

Local regional newspaper, The Daily Chronicle with reporter Lisa Broadt had contacted me the week prior to the event and arranged a pre-meeting between Clyde Blosl’s brother Richard, Lisa and myself. We were all together for the entire day at the Capitol building and later over at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Lacey for more of the ceremony and the meetings of the Brown and Blosl families. Ms. Broadt’s coverage of the story encompassed two full-paged articles in the Daily Chronicle, providing excellent advertisement for the Life Center Northwest and the importance of organ donation at large.

We sincerely appreciate the cooperation with Lisa Broadt, The Daily Chronicle – Chronline.com and mutual concerns shared with and about my dear friend Clyde Blosl

Life Center Northwest

Life Center Northwest

www.lcnw.org

Richard Blosl - Clyde's brother with Paul Brown

Richard Blosl – Clyde’s brother with Paul Brown

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee and writer Bruce Maier

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee and writer Bruce Maier

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Good-Bye Etta James 1938-2012

Posted in Female Vocalist, Gold Record, Hall Of Fame, Platinum Hits, Talent, Tribute with tags , on January 29, 2012 by damngoodtunes

Etta James sang some of the finest blues we will ever know. This legendary music icon who gave us a lifetime of extraordinary music passed away last week at the age of 73 after a battle with leukemia. Her legacy includes a long list of chart topping pop, rock, soul, and jazz in addition to the blues. She did it all. Her signature was that unmistakable style and sound that could pull the life right out of every note she sang. And she sang to us for literally decades with a singing career that spanned more than 55 years. Her music wowed my parents generation in the 1960s  just as it does today for my own children who always have her music on their I-Pod play lists. Her sound simply transcends time.

A long list of awards recognizes the achievements for her many years of hard work. The Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN, supporting blues music and its heritage, have nominated James for a Blues Music Award nearly every year since their beginning in 1980. And she has received some form of their Blues Female Artist of the Year award 14 times since 1989 and she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. Her sound was recognizable even as she crossed music’s genre of styles for which she also holds 6 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 as well as the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2001. The list of awards goes on and on.

Her recorded music will help sooth our soul as her sound lives on. But Etta James, we will miss you terribly.

Kris Edem

Band of the month – Oblivious Signal

Posted in female rocker, Hard Rock, Power-pop, Talent, Uncategorized with tags , on March 23, 2011 by damngoodtunes

OBLIVIOUS SIGNAL

Great new band appearing in DGT for the first time, Oblivious Signal shows us what teamwork is all about while being in a rock band. Singer Cristina T. Feliciano writes all the lyrics for the songs she sings and the rest of the guys build great foundations, thunderous rhythms and counterpoint melodies interveaving with Feliciano’s 21st Century power-pop diva-worthy deliveries. In damngoodtunes.com this week!