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Many of the same bands I listened to as a teenager still tour, too. I’ve attended lots of concerts over the years, such as the Rolling Stones and the Eagles. I was planning to see The Who and Mick Jagger last year until they had to reschedule. I go to more concerts now than I did when I was young! For my 60th birthday, I had a big dinner with a Beatles cover band. It was a ton of fun. I have a lot of appreciation for what professional live musicians are capable of. I consider myself an amateur musician, but my claim to fame is that I’ve played bass twice for BuddyWhittington, the lead guitarist of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers from 1993– 2008. They’re very famous in Europe and Japan, though less so in the U.S., but they are extremely talented folks. I met Buddy at church 10 years ago. The folksy band I was in played at our church once a month, and he agreed to jump in twice. Buddy is definitely one of the world’s nicest guys. I still keep up with my music practice. Lately, I’ve been learning “Black Muddy River” by Jerry Garcia from Grateful Dead. (For kids that don’t know: Yes, he’s the person that the Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream flavor is named after!) I do play and sing for a small crowd whenever they’ll tolerate me: my daughter and wife. Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” is one of my favorites to play for the girls, since they both have brown eyes. There’s also “Come Monday” by Jimmy Buffett back from 1974. It’s a simply beautiful, classic love song. Actually, when Jimmy Buffett recorded the “Come Monday” music video, he had no money, so he hired his then-girlfriend to play his love interest. Since then, they’ve gotten married and are still together.
ALL ABOUT CLASSIC ROCK
These times might be crazy, but there’s plenty that stays the same. Just like I experienced a calling in law, I’ve felt a type of calling in music. A “calling” might be how most people experience a really good song or the feeling of seeing a live musician play each note perfectly on their guitar just like you’ve heard a million times on the recording. There’s just something inexplicable that pulls you into it, and it brings you closer to yourself and the people around you. June 21 is World Day of Music, so I couldn’t miss a chance to talk about classic rock — that’s what they call it on the radio, at least. One of my favorite artists is John Hiatt. A lot of people with big hits have covered his songs, like “Have a Little Faith in Me.” It’s huge in movies. I remember the first time I heard a John Hiatt song, actually. I thought he was another artist with a gravelly voice, but it was a song off his album “Slow Turning” from 1988. So, I bought “Slow Turning.” Celebrating World Day of Music With Gary Medlin
It was the first time I bought a full album, and I still listen to all those songs to this day.
Since then, I’ve been to many John Hiatt concerts throughout my life. I’m a huge fan of live music, and I’ve seen John Hiatt live at least seven times, whether he’s on tour with other artists or just himself. When you listen to music you loved in your teenage years or your 20s, that becomes the soundtrack to your life. (My daughter has heard my classic rock playlist since she was born; hopefully I’m indoctrinating her into the genre!)
In almost every culture, music brings us closer to both ourselves and each other. I think that’s exactly what people need these days. I hope you’re able to enjoy some good music this month, friends.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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TIMES THE OLYMPICS WERE CANCELED
And the Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games
deep in the trenches of WWI. Many nations had sent their athletes to fight in the war, so the games were canceled.
World War II caused the next two cancellations. The 1940 Olympics were initially scheduled to be held in Tokyo. It would have been the first time the games were hosted by a non-Western country, but Japan forfeited the right to host when they invaded China in 1937. The games were then rebooked for Helsinki, Finland, but after Nazi Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and started WWII, those games were scrapped as well. Since the fighting hadn’t ceased by the time the games were supposed to happen in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, in 1944, the Olympics were canceled again. Though the Olympics have happened on schedule since the end of WWII, the United States has not always participated. In 1980, when the U.S. boycotted the Olympics that were held in Moscow, Russia, in protest of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan, 64 other nations followed suit. However, those games still went on as planned and 80 countries participated. The fact that major global conflicts are the only other events that have been catastrophic enough to affect the Olympics might be distressing and elevate anxiety about our current global health crisis. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the Olympics have only been postponed this time, not canceled. We’ll still get to cheer on our favorite Olympians next year.
In late March, amid the global spread of COVID-19, the International Olympic Committee announced the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games. They were slated to take place in Tokyo, Japan, this summer, but they will now happen in the summer of 2021. While this is an unprecedented decision, it’s not the first time that major global events have affected the Olympic Games or which countries participated. Since the inception of the modern Olympic Games in 1896, they have been outright canceled three times — 1916, 1940, and 1944. The first cancellation of the Olympic Games happened during World War I. The German Empire was supposed to host the games in Berlin, but by the time 1916 rolled around, Europe was
3 Reasons Breathalyzer Tests Can Be Inaccurate
When someone is pulled over and suspected of driving while intoxicated, police will often use a breathalyzer to determine if the driver is drunk. However, breath tests are far from perfect and often give inaccurate readings. Here are three common reasons why a breath test may be inaccurate. No. 1: Unreliable Test Procedure The breath machines respond to temperatures. If the machine is not calibrated to adjust to changes in ambient temperature, it can produce inaccurate readings. Before administering the test, the police officer should observe the suspect for at least 15 minutes and make sure they don’t do anything that could impact the test results, such as vomiting, smoking, or belching. No. 2: Presence of Mouth Alcohol Breathalyzers are meant to capture a sample of breath for the suspect’s deep lung tissue. However, burping, regurgitating, or acid reflux can cause alcohol to be in the mouth during the test, corrupting the sample.
No. 3: Medical Conditions Medical conditions, like gastroesophageal reflux disease, acid reflux, heartburn, diabetes, and hypoglycemia, can create circumstances that cause a DWI breath test to result in a falsely high blood alcohol content reading. Considering how easy it is for a breathalyzer test to produce inaccurate readings, you might be wondering if you should consent to take a test at all. In Texas, you can refuse to take a breathalyzer test. However, this can result in your license being suspended. You do have the right to have a blood test conducted by a medical professional of your choice within two hours of your arrest. This is usually a more sensible option than agreeing to a breath test, as blood tests are more accurate. Whether you decide to take a blood test or a breath test, remember that the most important decision to make after being accused of a DWI is to hire an attorney. If you’ve been accused of a DWI, call 817-900-6000 and get an experienced DWI attorney on your side.
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1968, as a 16-year-old, he quit school and tried to move to California. He was unhappy with his job as a stock boy at an insurance company, and after a brief attempt at New York City life, he ended up in Nashville. Many things happened between Hiat t ’ s s tay in Nashville and “SlowTurning,”
FROM GARY’S CD SHELF
John Hiatt’s ‘Slow Turning’
Gary here. I thought I’d share some more facts about John Hiatt in this article because not only is he one of my favorite artists of all time, but he is also an inspiring American with a real and relevant story to tell. As a nine-time Grammy Award- nominated artist and 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award winner for songwriting by the Americana Music Association, John Hiatt is an inspiration. However, what many people don’t know is that he grew up amid a lot of tragedy. Born in 1952, Hiatt was raised in a Roman Catholic family in Indianapolis, and he was the sixth of seven children. By the time he was 9 years old, he had lost his 21-year-old brother to suicide. By 11, he’d lost his father to illness. Hiatt leaned on music for support. He learned guitar when he was 11; he struggled with obesity as a kid and wanted to win friends. For a time, music felt like the only way he could do that. He was very shy and self-conscious, but for Hiatt, “All of that didn’t exist when I opened my mouth to sing.” He’d put together bands and teach people to play, even if theywere older. Although his grades completely dropped, his mother didn’t resist 12-year-old Hiatt spending time with 17- and 18-year- olds and playing music. He played in several local bands, and in
the album that won himwidespread recognition. He got addicted to vodka and cocaine but signed into rehab and overcame it. His daughter April was born in 1984, and his wife committed suicide in 1985. In 1986, he married Nancy Stanley and had his daughter Georgia Rae in 1988. In 1988, “Slow Turning” came out as a culmination of these life experiences. When asked about the album when it was released, he said, “I’ve changed my focus. I’m not sitting at the bar like I used to, writing about the creature at the other end … In [my last album], I could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now I’m out in the light.” In a time where we’d all like to be out in the light, this could be the perfect albumwith which to give John Hiatt a try.
– Gary L. Medlin, Esq.
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3 tbsp coconut oil
1 lb mild Italian sausage
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated
4 green onions, diced
10 eggs, whisked
Black pepper, to taste
1. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. 2. Crumble sausage into the skillet and cook until browned. 3. Add sweet potato and cook until tender. 4. Add green onion and sauté for 2–3 minutes. 5. Spread this mixture evenly throughout the skillet. Pour eggs over mixture and sprinkle black pepper over top. 6. Cook without stirring for 3 minutes or until bubbly. 7. Transfer skillet to oven and cook under broiler on low until frittata is cooked through.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
CelebratingWorld Day of Music With Gary Medlin
Have the Olympics Ever Been Postponed Before?
Are Breathalyzers Accurate?
John Hiatt’s ‘SlowTurning’
Paleo Sausage Frittata
5World Records Broken byAnimals
SUPER BEAGLES AND JUMPING LLAMAS
Guinness World Records’ Most Amazing Animals
Hear ing about someone who has claimed a Guinness World Record is pretty cool, but do you know what’s even cooler? When animals make world records. Here are a few amazing animals who hold some really cool records.
Didga, a Very Tricky Kitty Anyone who says cats can’t learn tricks hasn’t met Didga. In 2016, Didga, with help from her human, Robert Dollwet, claimed a world record by performing 20 different tricks in 60 seconds. Her routine started with the classics, like sitting and giving high- fives, and culminated in riding a skateboard while hopping over a low bar. Dollwet told Guinness World Records that training Didga took a lot of time and patience and that he was so proud of his clever cat. Purin, the BeagleWho Holds 3 Guinness World Records Nicknamed “The Super Beagle,” Purin scored her first title in 2015 for her amazing goalkeeping skills. The beagle “saved” 14 mini soccer balls thrown by her human, Makoto Kumagai, in one minute. A year later, Purin claimed another record when she became the “fastest dog on a ball” by traveling 10 meters in 10.39 seconds while balancing on a ball. Not long after, Purin and Kumagai set the record for “most skips by a dog and a person in one minute — single rope” with 58 skips. Talk about super!
Caspa, the Amazing Jumping Llama SueWilliams is an animal trainer and behaviorist who specializes in dogs. One day, she was working on agility training with her dogs when she noticed her llama, Caspa, watching them. After a little time and training, Williams discovered that Caspa loved jumping, too. In 2015, Caspa cleared a bar set at 3 feet, 8 1/2 inches. He jumped right into the world record for “highest bar jump cleared by a llama.”
“He’s a complete diva,” says Williams. “So, if there are people there to show off in front of, that’s when he’s at his ultimate best.”
You can find videos of all these amazing record holders and more at GuinnessWorldRecords.com.
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