Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven, but Nobody Wants To Die


I don’t think I’ve ever heard truer lyrics than these.

You can listen here:

Alison Krauss & The Cox Family

Here are the lyrics:

Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die

Once upon a time there lived a man and his name was Hezekiah.
He walked with God both day and night, but he didn’t wanna die.
He cried “Oh Lord, please let me live,
death is close I know” God smiled down on Hezekiah;
he give him fifteen years to go

(chorus)
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.
Lord I wanna go to Heaven, but I don’t wanna die.
Well, I long for the day when I’ll have new birth, but I like livin’ here on earth,
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die

When Jesus lived here on this earth, he knew his Father’s plan.
He knew that he must give his life to save the soul of man.
When Judas had betrayed him, his Father heard him cry,
He was brave until his death but he didn’t wanna die, Oh

Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.
Lord I wanna go to Heaven, but I don’t wanna die.
Well, I long for the day when I’ll have new birth, but I like livin’ here on earth,
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die, Hey

Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.
Lord I wanna go to Heaven, but I don’t wanna die.
Well, I long for the day when I’ll have new birth, but I like livin’ here on earth,
Everybody wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die

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The Beach Boys, GG#1, & Me: 2001


Seeing The Beach Boys on the Grammys brought back some great memories for me.

As a child of the ’60s, I have listened to The Beach Boys all my life. I’m sure my first exposure was through my sister who is 10 years older than me (“I” if you are an English teacher reading this). Of course, I dumped them in favor of The Beatles as soon as I heard Paul sing, but The Beach Boys’ music resonated throughout my life.

Therefore, when I found myself in Southern California in 2001, and I heard that The Beach Boys were going to be performing at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar while I was there, I knew I had to go see them.

The Beach Boys (left to right): Carl Wilson, D...

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Never mind that Brian Wilson and a couple more of the boys weren’t going to be singing. I HAD to go. Period.

Luckily it was a fair, after all, and I had grandgirl #1 as an excuse to go. Mind you, she was only 3 at the time, but a fair is a fun time even for a tot. She got to ride rides, and I got to see and hear music icons.

Believe it or not, I actually got in trouble with the parental units for keeping her out too late that night. We were out all the way past 9 p.m. Have you ever been in trouble for staying out that late at age 45? 😀 I knew crossed arms would meet me at the door, but I really didn’t care. The grandgirl and I were going to be able to say what most folks from Alabama could never say–we had seen and heard The Beach Boys live in concert. I knew she would never remember it, but I also knew I always would.

Weird Music Mix


Today while eating at Five Guys, DH and I listened to the strangest mix of music.

We started off with a classical music choice which we thought was very strange.

As we sat waiting for our junior bacon cheeseburgers and fries, we heard The Beach Boys singing Good Vibrations. Okay.

As we ate, we heard Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones pounding through the establishment. Strange follow-up to The Beach Boys if you ask me.

Next up was a mellow song from The Beatles.

After that, we were thrown into the late ’50s/early ’60s and had to listen to Mashed Potato. Made us think of potatoes and then fries, I guess.

Last in the lineup while we were sitting there was I Hear a Symphony by Diana Ross and The Supremes.

I dunno. The music mix was just a little to weird for me today. If nothing else, I guess I’ll pay more attention to whatever is being fed to my ears in restaurants in the future.

Red Solo Cup


Red Solo Cup–if you haven’t heard this song by Toby Keith, I’m guessing you live under a rock somewhere, or else you are a total non-country music fan.   Red Solo Cup Video. I understand if you aren’t. I hated country music forever until it turned into ’70s rock music.

I’ve used Red Solo Cups for years, but not in the party hardy scene depicted in the aforementioned video.

Others, however, have as evidenced by a spectacle we witnessed recently at the beach.

It was 11:30 A.M.–as in the morning. That’s right. Morning. We were eating lunch at Sea-N-Suds in Gulf Shores, Alabama, when this 60ish woman comes rolling into the place sporting her Red Solo Cup. In her snahkered state, she made her way from table to table meeting and greeting various diners.

Did I mention that her pants were unzipped? Lovely. I think she should have left her cup at home.

I think I’ll adopt the Red Solo Cup habit. Not.

I’ll still drink out of them because like Toby, I’ve seen them in blue, and I’ve seen them in yellow, but red is the only color for me. But now everyone will think I’m drunk. Great. Just great. BTW, I’ll have water in mine.

Missing Segues, or the Trouble with Buying Single Songs


Since it’s officially the Christmas season, I pulled out my Christmas CDs and loaded them up in the car. After all, there’s nothing better to get you in the holiday mood than non-stop carols and seasonal songs swirling about your head.

My favorite Christmas CD of all is Amy Grant’s A Christmas Album. The first song is Tennessee Christmas which is just a nice, homey song. The next five songs are where the cool segues occur. The music flows perfectly from Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to Praise the King to Emmanuel to Little Town (of Bethlehem) to Christmas Hymn.

My favorite segue ever is from Emmanuel to Little Town. Totally cool.

Now it occurred to me as I was listening to her sing to me that people who download single songs and/or never buy a CD miss this musical magic. In fact, I wonder if CDs are even produced using segues anymore in this age of iTunes and one-song downloads.

When I was a DJ, one of our rites of passage was mastering the ability to fade out of one song or into another one without it sounding like a train wreck. I doubt that is necessary anymore. Pity. You haven’t lived as a DJ if you haven’t sweated bullets trying to pull that one off.

Another problem with buying single songs rather than CDs is that you might just miss a great song that never gets airplay. I’ve bought lots of CDs and have grown to love many songs that I have never heard played on the radio.

Try buying a whole CD sometime and see what you’re missing. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

My Top 5 Favorite Christmas CDs


Tis the season, so here are my top 5 favorite Christmas CDs:

  1. A Christmas Album by Amy Grant–I love every single song on this CD.
  2. Cover of "Christmas Eve and Other Stories...

    Cover of Christmas Eve and Other Stories

    Christmas Eve and Other Stories by Trans-Siberian Orchestra–I love the hard-rock sound on this CD.

  3. White Christmas by Bing Crosby–No Christmas is complete without Bing singing White Christmas.
  4. Brad Paisley Christmas by Brad Paisley–Good country Christmas songs.
  5. Christmas Offerings by Third Day–Probably my most favorite group ever.

That Song I Can’t Get Out of My Head


Periodically, I get a song stuck in my head for a day or two or six. However, that song I can’t get out of my head right now has been stuck there F-O-R-E-V-E-R.

If I die young

Bury me in satin

Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in the river . . . 

If you aren’t familiar with this song, it’s If I Die Young by The Band Perry.

Great song, but it is running in my head every single night when I wake up during the night. I don’t know why I can’t shake it. I really like it, but mercy–I’m ready to move on from this one.

Any suggestions on how to make it go away?