Playlist for 9/17/2019

Here’s the random playlist for my morning walk:

Blue Rondo a la Turk – The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Nix Hex – 311
Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
American Ruse – MC5
With You – Prince
God Is Love – Marvin Gaye
Something For Liza – Chet Baker
he said – Paperbag
My Morning Song – The Black Crowes
Limelight – Rush
purple – Paperbag
Dreams – The Allman Brothers Band
Minor-Yours – Chet Baker

With Whom Do You Do Business?

In business and in life, with whom do you give your time and/or money? For me the answer is simple… people and businesses that I know and trust.

In The Know

Businesses spend billions of dollars each year on marketing trying to get you to know them. We are inundated every day with commercials on television, radio and the Internet, plus mailers, billboards and newspapers, etc… . An overload of information begging you to “choose me”.

On a more personal level, it’s a lot less expensive to just walk across the room and introduce yourself to someone and maybe spend a little time together. Even so, just knowing a person or a business doesn’t automatically mean they’ll be your best friend or the one you turn to when you need some product and/or service.

There is something more that is needed…

Who Do You Trust?

Gaining peoples trust is the hard part. It is something that cannot be bought, it must be earned. Earning that trust is usually done through actions, not words. We, as humans, are taught, through experience, that talk is cheap and that actions speak louder than words. We are geared to trust people’s body language over what comes out of their mouths. And that trust usually takes time.

When it comes to business, it’s all about customer service. In this day and age, customers expect more from the businesses from which they buy their products and services. They are well informed, and more and more, customers are demanding transparency into how businesses operate. Customers want to feel good about where they spend their money and they trust good corporate citizens.

All Together Now

Acquiring customers has always been business’s biggest sales and marketing expense. In the Internet age, it is becoming so much easier and cheaper to reach potential customers. It has almost leveled the playing field between big and small businesses. The differentiator now is customer service, going above and beyond. Now when your customers get to know your product and/or service, they’ll trust you with their hard earned money.

Ask your best friend why they like you so much and I guarantee it won’t simply be because they know you, but because of how you make them feel.

Playlist for 9/11/2019

Here’s the random playlist for my morning walk:

Mind Your Head – Paperbag
Smokin’ – Boston
Route 4 – John Coltrane
Say You Love Me – Fleetwood Mac
So This Is Love? – Van Halen
Outside Woman Blues – Cream
To Know Everything – Paperbag
Dreams – Van Halen
Red House – Jimi Hendrix
Free-For-All – Ted Nugent
Caravan – Van Morrison
Resonant Emotions – Chet Baker

Playlist for 9/10/2019

Here’s the random playlist for my morning walk:

Everybody’s Jumpin’ – The Dave Brubeck Quartet
If 6 Was 9 – Jimi Hendrix Experience
Got No Shame – Brother Cane
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: Adagio – J. S. Bach
Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & the Wailers
Moon Love – Chet Baker
Thirteen – Big Star
Just Got Paid – ZZ Top
Dirty Work – Steely Dan
Django – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
Hey Hey What Can I Do – Led Zepplin
Amblin’ – Chet Baker

Playlist for 9/9/2019

Here’s the random playlist for my morning walk:

Baby Please Don’t Go – Ted Nugent
Had to Cry Today – Blind Faith
Moonlight Becomes You – Chet Baker
Lover Man – Chet Baker
Cathedral – Van Halen
Fenwyck’s Farfel – Vince Guaraldi Trio
A Flower is a Lovesome Thing – Vince Guaraldi Trio
D.O.A. – Van Halen
Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More – The Allman Brothers Band
Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
Velvet Scene – John Coltrane
God of Thunder – Paperbag
‘Til the City’s on Fire – 311

2019 Detroit Lions

On the cusp of the 2019 NFL season, I wanted to give my roadmap to the playoffs for my hometown Detroit Lions. But before I list their schedule, I want to give some insight into how and why I made these picks.

First of all, this is a roadmap and not a prediction. If it was a prediction, I would just choose them to lose most every game and probably be right more often than not. And I would sleep pretty well. This is how I believe the Lions could and should make the playoffs, and feel comfortable that they could do some damage when they get there.

Second of all, in order to make the playoffs, I have to make a few assumptions. I assume that the minimum record they(or any team) need(s) to achieve is 10-6. I also assume that they have to have at least a .500 record on the road. That means they have to win at least 6 games at home. Obviously, there are other iterations of home and road wins that can equal 10-6, but I wouldn’t feel that confident if they were 8-0 at home but only 2-6 on the road since a 10-6 record would probably have them on the road for most, if not all, of the playoffs.

Third of all, some games are more important than others. Division games are more important than conference games, which are more important than non-conference games. That being said, the Lions have to at least split their division games to be a wild card team. If they want to win the division, they’re going to have to defeat at least one of their division rivals twice. And again, that means they need to take care of business in the division at home. The Lions also need to win against conference teams that could be wild card contenders, too.

Without further ado, here’s the goods:

Week 1 – Lions @ Cardinals – W
Week 2 – Lions vs Chargers – L
Week 3 – Lions @ Eagles – L
Week 4 – Lions vs Chiefs – L
Week 5 – Lions @ Packers – L
Week 6 – Bye
Week 7 – Lions vs Vikings – W
Week 8 – Lions vs Giants – W
Week 9 – Lions @ Raiders – W
Week 10 – Lions @ Bears – L
Week 11 – Lions vs Cowboys – W
Week 12 – Lions @ Redskins  – W
Week 13 – Lions vs Bears – W
Week 14 – Lions @ Vikings – L
Week 15 – Lions vs Buccaneers – W
Week 16 – Lions @ Broncos – W
Week 17 – Lions vs Packers – W

Whether or not the Lions can make it happen remains to be seen. For now we’ll all need to sit back and watch it play out.

Talk to you in December.

Playlist for 9/6/2019

Here’s the random playlist for my morning walk:

Come Original – 311
India Ink – 311
To Be a Man – Boston
All the Things You Are – Chet Baker
Three to Get Ready – The Dave Brubek Quartet
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Rock and Roll Band – Boston
july – Paperbag
Band Aid – Chet Baker
what i was saying – Paperbag
O Nosso Amor (Our Love) – Vince Guaraldi Trio
You Are the Sunsine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
Jamming – Bob Marley &  the Wailers
The Message – Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five/ Grandmaster Melle Mel

Playlist for 9/5/2019

Here’s the random playlist for my morning walk:

Midnight Moonlight – The Firm
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down – Miles Davis
Second Hand News – Fleetwood Mac
Waiting in Vain – Bob Marley & the Wailers
Fan Tan – Chet Baker
‘Round Midnight – Miles Davis
Friday Afternoon – 311
It’s Gonna Be Lonely – Prince

Playlist for 9/4/2019

Here’s today’s random playlist for my morning walk:

I’m the One – van Halen
Make or Break – The Firm
My Heart Sings – 311
Diamond Dogs – David Bowie
Little Martha – The Allman Brothers Band
Minor Mishap – John Coltrane
Somebody Get Me a Doctor – Van Halen
Girl Can’t Help It – Journey
What’s Going Ahn – Big Star
Lover Man – Jimi Hendrix
Little Wing – Jimi Hendrix
Black Dog – Led Zepplin
Golden Sunlight – 311
Midnight Rider – The Allman Brothers Band

Playlist for 9/3/2019

Here’s today’s random playlist for my morning walk:

Bron-Yr-Aur – Led Zepplin
Unity – 311
Tonight – MC5
Violin Concerto o.  2 in E major, BMW 1042: Allegro – J.S.  Bach
Foreplay/Long Time – Boston
Trouble – 311
Crazy on You – Heart
Drive – Incubus
Getting Through to Her – 311
Wildfire – 311
John, I’m Only Dancing – David Bowie
Runnin’ with the Devil – Van Halen
In Your Town – Rory Gallagher