I am sharing two things that recently moved me. This UK soul singer (Sam Smith ) has a beautiful tone and plaintive delivery. Lay Me Down is already an oldy from 2015. I don’t mind if this makes me appear metrosexual or too creative amongst my sure-footed football friends. One blessed thing that comes with mature age is a license to say and mean it, “I don’t give a Rat’s ass what anybody thinks about me.” Thank you.
So many Youtube singing sensations have covered this one. The video from Red nose day will stir even the most misanthropic heart out there! Sam Smith, Lay me down, with John Legend:
Next up, Have any of you watched the new BBC1 production, The River on Netflix? Prepare yourself for this one. The material will bring you to the first sentence of a suicide note. Watch this one with a loved one(s) and possibly a licensed therapist at the ready. The two lead actors are beyond brilliant. A verisimilitude trick only the Europeans (Brits and Swedes) can play well. You are playing a part vs. fully immersed in the role. You know the difference when you see it, yet so difficult to describe. The inevitable pull of the ineffable. The perfect interplay of reality/fantasy. Watch Singing Detective, Truly, Madly, Deeply if you need further proof. Emotional truth. Abby Morgan’s screenplay uses show, not tell brilliantly. Look for examples of the show not speaking in the first 5 minutes of episode 1.

“The original drama series centers on John River, a brilliant police officer whose genius and fault-line is the fragility of his mind — a man haunted by the murder victims whose cases he must lay to rest. Nicola Walker (Last Tango In Halifax) will play River’s colleague and confidante, Detective Sgt. Jackie “Stevie” Stevenson, with Adeel Akhtar (Utopia) as Detective Sgt. Ira King. Lesley Manville (An Adventure In Space And Time) will play their superior, Chief Inspector Chrissie Read. Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan)
plays a notorious killer who haunts River. Additional cast includes Sorcha Cusack (Father Brown) as Stevie’s mother, Bridie, and Georgina Rich (Sherlock) plays Rosa, a police psychiatrist.

River series was commissioned by BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore and Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning. Jane Featherstone, Manda Levin, Abi Morgan, and Lucy Richer are executive producers. Chris Carey (Run, Ambassador, Dirk Gently) produces, and Richard Laxton (Burton And Taylor, Him And Her) directs.”1

Sam Smith – Lay Me Down ft. John Legend (Red Nose Day 2015)


Yes, I do, I believe That one day I will be Where I was right there Right next to you And it’s hard The days just seem so dark The moon, the stars Are nothing without you Your touch, your skin Where do I begin? No words can explain The way I’m missing you Deny this emptiness This hole that I’m inside These tears They tell their own story Told me not to cry when you were gone But the feeling’s overwhelming, it’s much too strong Can I lay by your side? Next to you, you And make sure you’re alright I’ll take care of you I don’t want to be here if I can’t be with you tonight I’m reaching out to you Can you hear my call? This hurt that I’ve been through I’m missing you, missing you like crazy You told me not to cry when you were gone But the feeling’s overwhelming it’s much too strong Can I lay by your side? Next to you, you And make sure you’re alright I’ll take care of you I don’t want to be here if I can’t be with you tonight Lay me down tonight Lay me by your side Lay me down tonight Lay me by your side Can I lay by your side? Next to you You Directed by Natalie Johns #SamSmith




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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Headphone

This wireless Bluetooth model from Bose delivers very good sound quality and active noise reduction, combining elements of in-ear and earbud earphones. These earphones have an isolating design and an ambient sound monitoring feature; they will provide some muffling and electronic canceling of external noises and reduce the amount of sound that escapes from the earpieces. As such, they are best for those who want highly portable earphones that reduce the noise they hear from their surroundings or don’t want the sound from the earpieces to disturb others.



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LONG-LASTING BATTERY: Stay absorbed in the music you love for up to 6 hours. When not in use, store your Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II in the portable charging case — it’s small enough to fit in your pocket. If the battery gets low, voice prompts let you know. Out of power and don’t have enough time to charge fully? The quick-charge option provides up to 2 hours of battery life from a 20-minute charge.

ADVANCED BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY: To ensure your earbuds stay connected to your device, Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II offers advanced Bluetooth 5.3 capability. This newest generation of Bluetooth technology offers a robust and continuous connection as long as you’re within 30 feet of the paired device. The earbuds keep track of the last seven paired devices to easily swap between them without reconnecting.
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River – Season 1


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