Bridge Over Troubled Water, Live, Tear-Jerking Pleasure

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I used to post a lot of excellent species of YouTube videos on JimOnLight — things that I found amazing, outstanding, or shitty, terrifying.  Here’s one that is pure “I fucking DARE you to watch this at work, and not cry.”  Seriously, I dare you, tough guy!  Come on, bad ass woman!  You got the testicular fortitude?  BRING IT!

Here’s an older Simon and Garfunkel doing Bridge Over Troubled Water at Madison Square.

Here you go.  You’ll need some of these now.

Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead has Died

Here’s a little bit of information I did not know before I wrote this post…  did you know that Lemmy made more money having written the song “Mama, I’m Coming Home” for Ozzy than he did with the entire Motorhead catalogue?!  I had no idea.  RIP, Lemmy.

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AH!  Crap crap crap.  I’m sorry to Lemmy’s family and friends and fans across the world.  Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead has lost his fight with cancer.

From The Guardian:

Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer.

The band announced on their Facebook page that Lemmy learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home when he died.

Lemmy, born Ian Fraser Kilmister, formed Motörhead in 1975 and was its only constant member, as singer and bassist. The band released 23 studio albums and are best known for their 1980 single Ace of Spades.

The band requested fans “play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few. Share stories. Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

“There is no easy way to say this … our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home, sitting in front of his favourite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family.

“We cannot begin to express our shock and sadness; there aren’t words.

“We will say more in the coming days, but for now, please … play Motörhead loud, play Hawkwind loud, play Lemmy’s music LOUD. Have a drink or few.

“Share stories.

“Celebrate the LIFE this lovely, wonderful man celebrated so vibrantly himself.

“HE WOULD WANT EXACTLY THAT.”

The band signed off: “Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister

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“Born to lose, lived to win.”

GAH!  Admittedly I am a jam band fan, but I try to keep my musical selection quite diverse and multi-palatable.

So, for Lemmy, here’s one of my favorite Motorhead gems.  I love this fucking song, crank it up loud for Lemmy.

Holidays Aren’t Happy for Everybody

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Brothers and Sisters of Light — Lighting Designers, Lighting Directors, AV Teams, Touring Techs, Shop Techs, Students, Teachers, Projection Designers, Production Designers, Lighting Industry Sales Force personnel, Product Managers and Product Leads, Electricians, Engineers, Physicists, Photonics Scientists, Lighting Industry Writers, Lighting Marketers, and anyone else I’ve left out accidentally:

We know a lot of people this year who had it kinda rough.  We’ve all been on some kind of edge this year, granted there were some pretty fucked up things that happened.  No need to go into detail, I think we’ve all lived that enough.

I wanted to write this post to say that this season, some of our brothers and sisters out there need an extra hug, or that simple inclusion in a conversation at catering, or maybe just a pat on the back to say “hey human, I think you’re cool.”  Maybe thank someone for something they normally don’t get thanks for, ever.  Maybe one among your group has been hitting the sauce a little hard, distancing themselves from the group, being kinda not with everyone else’s wave in the group all of the sudden; that person needs some attention, even just a small bit.  You might just save their miserable life and make it not miserable for them.

All kinds of shit happens at the Holidays.  While we’re all out there celebrating or working, both are equal most of the time to me, some folks are doing the same in their minds remembering something mind breaking they go through every year.  Also, we live in an industry where you have to pretty much maintain a constant level of crazy just to get by, so there’s that.

If you know someone hurting, I’ve posted some resources below.  If you’re hurting, call these people.  You know why you should bother calling these people, none of whom you know?  Because they take these jobs because they give a shit about you.  Do you know how much fucked up shit they hear on a regular basis, and come back the next day?  The people at these places are there because they give a shit about YOU.  As trippy as it sounds, please believe me if you’ve ever believed anything I’ve ever written here before, these people want to help you be happy, even just long enough to take a breath.

One last thing before I post something else that is way happier than this is right now…

I have done a shit ton of traveling over this last six months with Avolites.  People of the world…  You gotta be nicer to your servers, people who check you into your hotels, and airline personnel.  I know some of them really should be doing other work, but you have no idea what value a smile and a polite demeanor has to someone who deals with trash all the live long day.  Try making 2016 a year where your order doesn’t actually make someone want to strike you with a cleaver.  Seriously, folks, they’re humans too.  Don’t be the last asshole who ever talked to them like that.

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The National Suicide Prevention Hotline:
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/getinvolved/suicide-prevention-toolkit.aspx
You can call these people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, they are there and ready.
1-800-273-8255

http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/

The Samaritans:
http://samaritansnyc.org/24-hour-crisis-hotline/
(212) 673-3000

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1 (800) 273-8255
Please call these people if you need a hand and can’t seem to reach out.  Happy Holidays, everybody, make sure to do something nice out there.  It costs nothing, and it might save a life.