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Congrats Grads!

Congratulations to all the graduates out there! Lots of visitors in our town this weekend to watch their son or daughter graduate from one of the most prestigious universities in the country. With whatever you do with the rest of your life, from my family to you, god speed and God bless!

I’m proud of all of my friends who have walked across the stage and those that will be doing so soon.

This time of year, everyone is going to be giving you advice on what to do with the rest of your life. You’re in your 20′s, so my advice to you is going to be, enjoy it while you can! Don’t feel pressured to get married or have kids because it’s what your friends are doing or what you’re expected to do. I got married at 21 because it was right for me, might not be the same case for you. Do what suits you and works for what you want to do with your life.

Other advice is as follows:

  • Trust your gut. It will very rarely steer you wrong.
  • No matter what you believe today, most of your friends will fall away over time. Those who remain for the long haul are precious.
  • Honesty is still the best policy especially if it’s delivered respectfully and gently.
  • Having a few regrets isn’t such a bad thing; they serve as reminders to do things differently next time.
  • Apologize. Enough said.
  • If you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up, don’t sweat it. You can decide later and change your mind often after that.
  • There’s just no substitute for taking the high road, having insurance, or speaking kindly.
  • Live simply. Less truly is more.
  • When the big, bad world gets you down, know that there are many good, decent people out there, too. Life will always be about balance.
  • I’ve heard this attributed to Prince Charles, but no matter: Never miss an opportunity to sit down or go to the bathroom.
  • When it’s hard to wake up, recall that it’s proof that you’re alive. Pondering the alternative will open your eyes the rest of the way.
  • Create bonding rituals with those you love; the strength you gain may be your only sustenance in difficult times.
  • People seldom change. If you can’t accept them as they are, spare yourself an ulcer and move on.
  • When consoling someone, a simple, genuine “I’m sorry” carries tremendous weight.
  • Work isn’t everything. Neither is sex or winning. But holding hands comes close.
  • If you achieve just one major goal each year, you’ll have accomplished a great deal by the end of your life.
  • Deep down, people just want to feel capable and lovable. If you can make them feel that way, you’ll have them eating out of your hands.
  • Four words: luggage with huge wheels.
  • Learn to accept a compliment gracefully. A smile and simple “thank you” will do.
  • Some people do act like jerks, but it’s probably healthier for you to feel sorry for them than angry at them.
  • Go easy on yourself. Some days, you’re the only one who will.
  • Cook something the first time according to the recipe. After that, wing it.
  • Respect your elders. They really have “been there, done that,” and they’d be thrilled to tell you about it, if only you’d ask.
  • Respect cultures, ideologies, and viewpoints that are different from your own. They have a lot to offer.
  • Nothing replaces good health. Nothing.
  • Not everyone likes you (or me either), but that’s okay. No one’s opinion of you matters more than your own.
  • Take care of the earth and those who need your help.
  • Good cooking, polished manners, passable golf, and excellent typing skills will still get you pretty far.
  • Be who you are. Who else could you be?
  • Be present. Be grateful. Be awed.

I remember before I graduated from High School, there was a song that started being played to graduates. It’s not sung, but more of a spoken word to music behind it. So I’m going to leave you with it, as it still puts a smile on my face!

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Battle of the Meet & Greets

I’ve had my fair share of meet & greets with a wide variety of musical acts. Some of them, you’re never quite sure how it’s going to go. Some are very cool and laid back, others are like a factory line. Say hello, shake hand, snap picture, goodbye. I’m not saying there is one right way to go about doing meet and greets for fans, but I will say one of the following artists fans are getting more bang for their buck! Click on the link to see various meet and greet photos from their respective fans.

RIHANNA VS. AVRIL LAVIGNE

I don’t think it’s a far stretch to say that Rihanna is currently a MUCH bigger star than Avril is. Avril looks like she could even care less to even be in those pictures. Props to RiRi for making some amazing memories for her fans! I guess when you have Chad Kroeger touching you on a nightly basis, anything else just doesn’t do?

How would you feel if you paid $400 to meet with Avril and you don’t even get a half-@$$ hug? I’d feel a little jipped, but that may just be me.

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Happy Belated Star Wars Day!

I spent my Sunday doing exactly what I should have been doing, watching Star Wars! Yes, it was Star Wars Day! May the 4th be with you, May the force be with you, get it?!

Okay, you probably got it. I really wish I would’ve seen this before yesterday, because it is just hilarious to me!

CollegeHumor did a video of different people auditioning to be the new band in the Creature Cantina . . . the bar where Luke and Obi Wan hire Han Solo. Chris Daughtry auditions in full Darth Maul make-up . . . Ben Folds auditions as a Storm Trooper, followed by Liz Phair, Reggie Watts, Mark McGrath, Jordin Sparks, Rick Springfield, Weird Al, and Lisa Loeb.

With Disney owning Star Wars now, something like this isn’t too far out of the realm of possibility for the next edition! The main cast walks into a cantina and all of a sudden, there’s Mark McGrath singing “Someday” with the cantina band!

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New Music Tuesday 4/15/14

• Talk DirtyJason Derulo . . .  His guests include Jordin Sparks2 Chainz, and Snoop Dogg. Of course, you probably know the title track, so here’s a video for another song off the album called “The Other Side.”

• Lights OutIngrid Michaelson

• Time Travelers & Bonfires, an acoustic Sevendust album.

• Beauty in Disrepair, a solo album from Tonic singer Emerson Hart.

You’d know Tonic for their 1997 hit “If You Could Only See”.

   

• The Oath, the debut album from the female hard rock duo The Oath

• Fly RastaZiggy Marley  (Streaming)

• Rivers in the Wasteland, alt rockers Need To Breathe

• Savages, the electronic rock band Breathe Carolina

• Make My Head SingJessica Lea Mayfield

• Brave, Christian pop singer Shawn McDonald

• Holy Crow, Christian rockers The Guessing Game

• Testimony, rapper August Alsina

• Tarpaper Sky, country singer Rodney Crowell

• Put Your Needle DownThe Secret Sisters

 • Beauty Is, the final album from Ray Price, who passed away last year. It features duets with Vince GillMartina McBride, and Willie Nelson.

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Now this is a remix!

Remixes are all the rage. There’s always a new remix of some song coming out. Some are more dance oriented, some are mixed with other songs, or some even slowed down.

Here’s a type of remix that just kinda blows my mind though. Former Beatles band mates John Lennon and Paul McCartney with two of their solo projects mashed together and it sounds amazing! This is what that happens when the music of Lennon’s “Imagine” is sped way up and the vocals of McCartney’s “Band on the Run” is slowed down just a bit…

That’s awesome!

If you’ve never heard those songs, you should watch them now. In my opinion, they are two of the greatest songs of all time!

John Lennon “Imagine”

Paul McCartney & Wings “Band On The Run”

Yeah, both of those songs are old, but they are timeless!

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Adam Drake

Monday-Friday: 6p-10p

Howdy! Yes, another Adam joining in the Candy 95 craziness. I couldn’t be more excited to be here. Some people in town might recognize me as I’ve worked at a few other stations in the market, including a few month stop at Candy back in 2010. You might also realize that most of my time in radio has been spent doing country music. I do love me some honky-tonking country, but have a varied taste. Don’t believe me, just challenge me in SongPop and find out for yourself!

I’m a bit of a smart aleck with strong opinions, but also pride myself on being a pretty alright guy. Most of my time is spent with my wife and amazing son. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll no doubt see your fair share of pics of him.

If I can’t go to a place wearing boots and jeans, I probably don’t wanna be there in the first place.