Friday, May 29, 2009

Sold on Collective Soul Blog Contest!

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Sold on Soul! (Collective Soul that is :)

I'm so thrilled these guys are still rockin'! Being a devoted fan for over 15 years, I've noticed a few things about them that stand out from other bands;

1. Collective Soul is still creating some of the best music on the airwaves while keeping their fans happy and simultaneously gaining a new audience with the younger generations.

2. I love that they mix it up on every album, always surprising with every lyric @ every verse with each consecutive play, and only getting better with each tune-in. You'll never be bored or feel that Collective Soul is just playing the same old thing with the same old sound; they're innovative, courageous and still intimate with matters of the heart.

3.They are very down-to-earth people with huge hearts and the talent to go with it. Even tho' they're 'rock stars' in every way, they don't forget it's the fans who support them and they're always ready to sign an autograph or take picture. Truly great guys :)

4. They don't charge $200 per ticket to go see them live. As phenomenal as they are, comparatively speaking, in my book, just as great as LIVE or U2; you don't see them raping the public with outrageous price tags on live shows. I've seen them many times and have never paid more than $30 (with the exception of Woodstock - of course that's a whole different animal and another story all together!)

Read about my first Collective Soul "Live" experience here:


Now, offering fantastic prizes for a Blog contest? How cool is it that they're giving back to the fans?! This tour/blog contest is a testament not only to their big ballads, rock anthems, and meaningful lyrics, but to their big hearts to go along with them.

This is my tribute to Collective Soul.....

A Collection of Souls by Candice

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Try your skill at a Collective Soul Crossword Puzz

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Collective Soul Albums

Jim or Jimmy, and sometimes honey, babe, sweetie or a multitude of other names I call him (My boyfriend/other-half/best friend depending on the mood) introduced me to Collective Soul when they first came on the scene with HATLU (hints,allegations,things left unsaid); he's always had great taste in music, so I knew right away I'd love them. And after the very first listen, I was in love. Collective Soul gets it. They generate a great vibe/message, and had me at Shine .....buzzing in my head for months! (reminiscent of the first time I heard U2).

Jim and I both agreed that we would try to find a concert as soon as we could. And after returning from our first live dose of Collective Soul in '98 we were more impressed than we expected and were completely hooked and instead of getting stale; trying to reproduce the same sounds as previous albums, they've only aged like fine wine. They get better in every way.

Rock on Souls!

And how lucky...they're touring this year! If you've never seen them live, I highly recommend it! SEE THEM LIVE!

They follow all their fans on Twitter;

here's a link to the Collective Soul Twitter Account

Here's a link to the Collective Soul Website / Blog


Collective Soul ON Tour 2009


read my first ever CS concert experience here;



Collective Soul has more of a meaning to me than most bands I love.

Words can not express the thanks I wish to convey to them. They've helped me get through some really tough times.

One song in particular that stands out in the Collective Soul songbook, for me, is:

SISTER DON'T CRY (from HATLU; hints, allegations&things left unsaid)

When one of my very dear friends committed suicide (which I still think was a murder, but that's for an entirely different conversation), a few years back

just before Thanksgiving, it left me confused, sad, angry and hurt.

The circumstances around her death were no mystery, as she did leave a note, but the fact that everyone believed she had hundreds of choices other than suicide still baffle me and a few other friends of hers; as it was known that her husband forcefully admitted her into a mental institution (with unfounded accusations) and doctors pumping her full of psychopathic drugs.

It was also known that her husband & his family used their money and wielded their political positions to satisfy their own idea of justice; it would never be able to be proved otherwise that she didn't overdose with the very psychiatric prescriptions that were supposed to be "helping" her on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving.

The more I dwell on it, the more her husband seems the guilty party, as he wouldn't let her out of the house or let her speak to her friends (myself included...she had to call me from her work (before she was admitted) and lived 3 states away, so it wasn't easy for me to get to her.

I was so mad at her for giving up, I would have helped her if she'd just told me. But just as much anger as I felt for him, and thinking it was all his fault; I felt anger at her too for leaving her young daughter to grow up without her guidance and love, not to mention the hurt that she didn't come to me to help her through the feelings of hopelessness she'd felt. I was shocked and surging with bitter feelings. I was so out of it, I couldn't work, sleep or eat for days and I felt like I couldn't go on. I felt so lost, I didn't know where to turn. While moping around the house I found a Collective Soul cd and put it in the player.

By the time Ed started singing SISTER DON'T CRY I was already in tears, but his lyrics really seemed to speak to me that day;

"Pull your heart from your sleeve, first react then believe, you won't always get thunder to warn you of storms ahead, so bury all this pain and get on with your life again, conquer some serenity, lay yourself in fields of poetry, close your eyes to all you see and lay your weary head here with me...Sister don't cry, sister do n't cry no more, sister don't cry anymore. "

Yeah, I know...intense.

And after listening to that song someh ow I felt that things would be ok some way, if I'd just get on with my life and not dwell on the pain. So I did, and it was easier than I thought; though I still think of her on occasion and hope that her daughter will remember all the good things her mother left in her heart.

So, thank you Ed, Dean, Will and the rest of the gang. You'll never know how much your music means to me. You're much more appreciated than you realize.


Some bands create a connection to another world; breaking rules and surpassing all expectations of the typical song crafting art. Having the gift of wrapping the listener in a warm fuzzy blanket, or whispering everything will be ok to you when you feel all is lost. Their musical interpretations are always lifting their listeners beyond the norm making us feel like we're not alone, or that there's more to this life than what meets the eye.

Collective Soul is one of those enduring bands that just keeps giving, growing and surpassing all mortal barriers lifting their fans to ever higher planes song by song. They are truly a band for the ages that will live on generation after generation.

jumpin' Ed!
jumpin' Ed!


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Hints Allegations And Things Left Unsaid


1. Shine

2. Goodnight, Good Guy

3. Wasting Time

4. Sister Don't Cry

5. Love Lifted Me

6. In A Moment

7. Heaven's Already Here

8. Pretty Donna

9. Reach

10. Breathe

11. Scream

12. Burning Bridges

13. All

Collective Soul


1. Simple

2. Untitled

3. The World I Know

4. Smashing Young Man

5. December

6. Where The River Flows

7. Gel

8. She Gathers Rain

9. When The Water Falls

10. Collection Of Goods

11. Bleed

12. Reunion

Disciplined Breakdown


1. Precious Declaration

2. Listen

3. Maybe

4. Full Circle

5. Blame

6. Disciplined Breakdown

7. Forgiveness

8. Link

9. Giving

10. In Between

11. Crowded Head

12. Everything

Scream 2




- She Said



1. Tremble For My Beloved

2. Heavy

3. No More, No Less

4. Needs

5. Slow

6. Dandy Life

7. Run

8. Generate

9. Compliment

10. Not The One

11. Crown



1. Skin

2. Vent

3. Why, Pt. 2

4. 10 Years Later

5. Boast

6. Turn

7. You Speak My Language

8. Perfect Day

9. After All

10. Over Tokyo

11. Happiness

7even Year Itch

Greatest Hits 1994-2001


1. Heavy

2. She Said

3. Shine

4. Energy [NEW TRACK]

5. Run

6. Gel

7. Precious Declaration

8. Why, Pt. 2

9. The World I Know

10. Next Homecoming [NEW TRACK]

11. Listen

12. December

13. Forgiveness



1. Better Now

2. There's A Way

3. Home

4. How Do You Love?

5. Him

6. Feels Like (It Feels All Right)

7. Perfect To Stay

8. Counting The Days

9. Under Heaven's Skies

10. General Attitude

11. Satellite

Afterwords 2008

1. New Vibration

2. What I Can Give You

3. Never Here Alone

4. Bearing Witness

5. All That I Know

6. I Don't Need Anymore Friends

7. Good Morning After All

8. Hollywood

9. Persuasion Of You

10. Georgia Girl

11. Adored





Wednesday, May 20, 2009

I Could Cry a Universe

A resource-based economy would utilize existing resources from the land and sea, physical equipment, industrial plants, etc. to enhance the lives of the total population. In an economy based on resources rather than money, we could easily produce all of the necessities of life and provide a high standard of living for all

The Venus Project and the Zeitgeist Movement May Be Just the Help We Need
"What I would like to see is a world without war, poverty, hunger or territorial disputes. All the wonders of technology mean very little unless they serve to elevate all human beings to their highest potential and bring about world unification."- Jacque Fresco

I've always dreamed of a Utopian society where everyone plays their part by doing what they do best for the good of the whole.- It wouldn't even feel like work if its something you love to do!- where everyone has sufficient food, water, shelter and an important place in their community.

Each individual is born with an innate gift that if nurtured and practiced could prove beneficial to everyone.
I truly believe everyone has something they were born to do that would benefit everyone and the entire world, while at the same time makes them happy. Most people I've shared these thoughts with think I've lost my mind, or that I'm a dreamer floating outside reality. My other half thinks I live in what he calls, "in La-LaLand". But look at our so-called 'society'...really look at it. Is this what we want? Is this how we really want to live? - with greed, money, power, elitism and war, hunger, poverty and so much suffering? Is this what we want?

I don't think so.

I think people want to live in peace and harmony, doing what they love to do, where they all have a place to lay their heads; with enough food and clean water & air; the basic necessities we all need to survive and thrive.

I'm not crazy.

I think people are just afraid of change.

Because if we did move toward a society where there was no money; where everyone did their job's for the benefit of their communities- everyone doing their part to keep each other fed, clothed, housed, healthy and happy, then many people who are now wealthy wielding absolute power would not want to give up what they have to 'lower' themselves and live like everyone else; those with too much would find it too difficult to let go of the lives they've created for themselves and join the ranks of the 'common man'.

You may even think I'm crazy, but the way in which we've all been living for thousands of years has show us, by it's own evolution, that it's not working; our model of society is breaking down on every level and if we keep going on this track there won't be enough of this beautiful world's resources left to sustain this way of life for very long.
We need a new model- a new paradigm- a new way of life; one that includes everyone...every_single_soul on this planet. Not just us, or our family and friends, our state, or our country, but the whole world. Our system is not working! Wake up! Look around you! Isn't it clear?
Turn on the TV and you'll see violence, war, hunger, greed, political power plays, recession, and a general discontent throughout the world.

The society we've created is breaking down and getting worse everyday. Even the simple fact that we have a TV, or electricity to run that TV, or the chair you're sitting in; is not a reality for millions of people on this planet. That we have clean running water, or food to eat- it's all taken for granted. But what about all the people with nothing? - literally nothing- no food, water, shelter, healthcare...things we take for granted everyday.

It's so disturbing to me that we all turn a blind eye to this because we're comfortable in our fancy homes with air conditioning, plasma TV's with surround sound, laptops, refrigerators full of food, king-size memory-foam mattresses, and remote controls.

And yet we're getting up everyday to go to work for some company that exploits its workers &would think nothing of firing us because tomorrow they could very well replace us with a computer.
Do you really want to live that way?

I believe all is not lost.

We can change.

We can make a difference.

If enough of us band together with a new model of life; a new way to live in harmony with our planet and each other; we could live in a loving, non-scarcity based society that promotes education and evolution of our species in a more positive way. It may not happen overnight, as I really don't think it would or even could happen that quickly, but given the state of current affairs, time is of the essence and starting today with ourselves is a good place as any to begin our journey to a Utopian society.

When we are babies, we are a clean slates so to speak, and can learn anything we are taught. So for real change to happen, we should spend less time fighting the effects of the sickened social structure and more time trying to change the root causes. As difficult and overwhelming as it may be to think this way, it is the only way our world will change for the better.We can keep on squashing the ants coming out from under the refrigerator, but until we get rid of the spoiled food behind it, they are just going to keep on coming.

Now is the time. We must wake up from our comfortable slumber and speak up!

My heart feels like it could explode and this concept feels bigger than everything. My emotions and thoughts feel larger than the whole thing put together; a culmination of all life; beyond our world, beyond our universe, beyond infinity, beyond the beyond.

I could cry a universe.
For love, for peace, for truth, for living the way we all want to live.
We've got to do something.

"Human beings free of debt, insecurity, and fear become much more amiable. With no one out to sell anyone anything or to deprive another of possessions or money, the basis for unhealthy human aggression is outgrown. People no longer are burdened by the nagging concerns that consume so much attention such as mortgages, health care costs,
education fees, fire insurance, economic recession or depression, the loss of jobs, and taxes. With the elimination of these burdens and the removal of the conditions that create feelings of envy, greed, and competition, people's lives would be far more meaningful." Jacque Fresco

The Venus Project reflects this exactly and is a perfect place to start.

Also, if you haven't yet seen Zeitgeist (the movie) I would suggest watching this very enlightening and thoughtful documentary.">Zeitgeist:

I also found this Foundation (Resource based economy foundation) Economy Foundation">RBEF for short.
What is RBEF? Very generally speaking, RBEF is a set of tools for the transition from the Monetary System to Resource Based Economy. RBEF provides research on the transition economy model, develops global projects, and a libre resources management platform.

For more info about this and on the movie Zietgeist see:">Zeitgeist: Orientation">Zeitgeist: Addendum">Zeitgeist: The Movie

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