Grind #102 :: The Feel Good Edition



I've had a soft spot in my heart for Michael Buble ever since my wife and I saw him years ago in concert. At that time, he was an up-and-coming artist and not everyone knew exactly who he was, and most in the audience that night seemed to only know he was a throwback artist in the tradition of Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby or Tony Bennett. The venue was filled with a lot of older folks expecting a young crooner to come out and sing the old standards in a traditional show. That's not really what happened.

A horn-trio group opened the show and midway through their act, a silver-haired member of the audience sitting directly in front of us, leaned in and asked the lady sitting next to her, "Is anyone ever going to sing?" To which her friend slowly and thoughtfully replied, "I think this is what they call...jazz."

Midway though Buble's set he talked about how he gets asked all the time why he chose to be a crooner and sing the standards with a big band swing vibe. He said that question always frustrates him because you don't choose the genre...the genre chooses you. It's whatever music speaks to you. And he said he hated the question because it infers he can only perform one type of music. He said he doesn't want to get pigeon-holed into one genre of music because he is a multi-talented performer who can do any genre of music he wishes to do. And that's when he broke into a pretty impressive, bass driven rap medley and shouted at the aging crowd, "Where my bitches at?!!!" 

There was an audible gasp from the crowd, but it was at that moment that Buble had won over at least two fans. He's as charming as he is talented and eventually the majority of the crowd were fans before they left as well. Buble has recently been enduring some troubling times with his young son diagnosed with cancer late last year. "He is progressing well," Buble stated last week. Sending good thoughts his way.

We kick off this Grind Feel Good Edition with Buble's latest song and a tear-jerker of a video:

  • Take Your Parents To Work Day is an emerging fad. Proponents say it's an excellent way for parents to see their kids in a new light. (And it's a great way for coworkers to see you in a different way too; especially when the parents share embarrassing childhood stories and break out the naked baby photos.)
  • You may have seen the viral video of hospice nurse, Emma Young singing Adele's "To make You Feel My Love" already, but readers of Ventipop keep sending me a link to it so I'm going to share it anyway. Enjoy:

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.
— Abraham Lincoln

  • After 14 years of service, Airman Noela Scala was about to be rewarded one of the highest promotions the Air Force can give, Master Sergeant. However, her Texan parents and Air Force veterans couldn't make the journey to the pinning ceremony due to a series of health problems. Here's the story of how some wonderful hospital personnel and Air Force officials made Master Sergeant Scala's promotion a happy occasion.
  • Do not underestimate the power of yoga or the human spirit or one disabled veteran Arthur Boorman:

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
— Albert Camus

  • "I’ve struggled with “bad thoughts” my whole life — and while I can’t stop my son from having them too, I can show him how to live fully." ~ An excerpt from Kevin Wilson's article titled "Trying to Protect My Son From The Anxiety I've Passed On To Him."
  • "In 1896 the Italian opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi founded Capa di Riposo per Musicisti, a retirement home for musicians and opera singers “who find themselves penniless in their sunset years"...Fast forward to 1981, Swiss photographer Eric Bachmann and journalist Christian Kammerling travelled to Italy to document the elderly musicians still practicing together inside the remarkable retirement home." Thankfully, Casa Verdi has recently republished these images.
  • Psychologists, parents and Musicians including recording artist Imogen Heap worked together to create the perfect song to make babies happy. From the look of the video, their work paid off:

...The Last Drop

Grind #102 :: The Feel Good Edition ~ Fin.


Mental Yoga Sunday :: Favorite Long Form Reads of the Week


Growing up, early Sunday mornings in my house smelled like coffee and the only soundtrack was the rustling of newspapers and the stirring of spoons. Before kids and fantasy football, I followed suit. Sundays were reserved for lazy lounging with a few online go-to sources bookmarked for later reading or a thick novel mounted on my chest like a comforting anvil. My wife and I could move about our apartment like a stop-motion montage, sipping, reading, sharing the best parts of the article or the most shocking plot twists in our books. Nostalgia means something different to every generation and every household. But for me, Mental Yoga Sunday is a throwback to those lazy mornings and afternoons where I found something warm to drink, something immersive and informative to read, and the ticking clock meant absolutely nothing.

Our favorite long form reads of the week 2/12/17:

I don’t know what students today would do if I asked them to stay off the internet – they’d probably report me to the university president
— Jeff Hancock

Random strange fact: 5.2% of men have kissed a monster in their dreams, 3.4% have had foreplay with an animal, and 1.7% have had sex with an "object, plant, or rock."

  • Imagine receiving 10,000 letters per day. That's the reality for the Office of Presidential Correspondence. During Obama's eight years in office, it took a staff of 50 plus 36 interns and a rotating roster of 300 volunteers to keep up with the daily messages to the President. President Obama asked to read 10 letters per day. So each day, the "10LADs" were placed in a purple folder at the back of his daily briefing and he would read them in residence at the end of the day. These letters told the story of our country: To Obama, With Love, And Hate And Desperation.
  • The body of Sergeant John Hartley Robertson was never found. An American commando presumed dead half a century ago in the jungles of Laos. Read the amazing, resurrection story of the lost soldier who didn't wish to be found.

Random strange fact: May we all be blessed with a case of Lachschlaganfall at some point in our lives. It is the condition where a person laughs so much they fall unconscious.

  • Space and movement give birth to illusion in this "Straight Pole/Curved Hole" video:

I have come to believe that it is impossible for anyone who is regularly on social media to have a balanced and accurate understanding of what is happening in the world. To follow a minute-by-minute cycle of news is to be constantly threatened by illusion.
— Alan Jacobs

"Today, Iceland tops the European table for the cleanest-living teens. The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 per cent to just 3 per cent."

Random strange fact: The tiny hairs in your nose are the last things to stop beating when you die.

I'm SORRY BUT THIS IS...The Last Drop

  • The one word that can screw up every apology.


Mental Yoga Sunday :: Favorite Long Form Reads of the Week ~ Fin.