Monthly Archives: February 2022

Love Is In Da Blog 2022 – # 28 – Our Choice

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Today we have the final prompt of the challenge, and we get to choose whatever we want. Thanks so much, Bee, for hosting this month of love songs! I’ve sure enjoyed finding some to share, and listening to songs that others have chosen.

Here’s my choice, as it is a good upbeat kind of song, and I like it a lot.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to listen to a lot of love songs this month. I appreciate all the likes and comments you left.

“Say You Love Me”, by Fleetwood Mac, was released as a single from their 1975 album, “Fleetwood Mac”. It was written by Christine McVie, and is on the Reprise label.

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Flower of the Day – Allium

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Flower of the Day – Allium

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These are called Allium, and are very tall. From the full photo I took this from, it was in my aunt’s flower bed. These look like pink puff balls on top of very long stalks.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

https://ceenphotography.com/2022/02/27/fotd-february-28-allium/

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 272

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 272

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Linda glanced over at Melody, again. She knew she wanted to know all about her brother, Ghost, but she knew it would take time for Ghost to feel comfortable opening up to his sister.

“I know you want answers, Melody,” Linda said. “I don’t know when Ghost will feel ready to say more about his life, and his life with Steve. When he’s ready, I’m sure he will. He may feel you’re not ready to hear it, yet.” She sighed, knowing there was still so much Melody had to learn about her new family.

Melody shrugged, “Guess I’ll just have to wait, then.” She looked out the window of the van, looking at the passing scenery, but not really seeing it. Her thoughts were on Ghost.

After a little while, she asked quietly, “He has problems, doesn’t he?” She was frowning, and biting her lower lip.

Oh, God…she is so like Ghost in the way she looks, and moves…how on Earth, what on Earth can I say to her?

“Honey, Ghost has been through more than anyone should ever have to deal with,” Linda said. “He has problems, big ones, serious ones, but he is doing his best. He’s the sweetest person I’ve ever met, though. Just take him like he is…just love him…that’s all he wants.” She took a deep breath, collecting her thoughts. “I will warn you, though, he does have seizures at times, so don’t be afraid when he does. Just comfort him, and see that he doesn’t hurt himself. It’s scary, but so far he’s come out of them okay.”

“Oh, Linda, that’s awful, but thank you for telling me,” Melody said.

They drove in silence for a little while, then Linda asked, “What about you? I know you were adopted when you were a baby, but they never told you until recently?”

Nodding, Melody said, “Yep, that’s about it. It was just out of the blue that I found out. Well, we never really got along. We argued all the time, my mom and me, then right in the middle of yelling at me, she blurted it out. I was shocked of course, and didn’t believe her. But, the more I thought about it, it made sense, I guess. We were nothing alike.” She shrugged. “You know, I was grateful that someone took me in for all those years, but it wasn’t Disneyland, for sure.”

“Were there any other children?” Linda asked.

“Nope, just me. After I found out, I didn’t see any reason to stick around. I was old enough to leave home, anyway, and be on my own. So, I just went here and there, traveling as much as I could. That’s when I saw Ghost and Steve at a place, playing a gig. That was so freaky. I had no idea what to do, ya know, seeing that Ghost looked just like me. I was scared to find out who they were, and where they came from. I wish I had, though.” She laughed, as she remembered that night.

“Wow, it sure must have been unsettling to find someone that looked like you, that you’d never heard of before,” Linda said. “I understand how you were hesitant to find out.”

“Um-hmm…I was at the time.” Melody took a minute, before she continued. “You see, Linda, I did have a pretty normal growing up. There were good times, too, don’t get me wrong. My friends had the same complaints about their parents as I did. You know how teenagers are.” She rolled her eyes, and smiled.

“Yes, I do,” Linda said, “and I’m trying to be prepared for when Stevie and Mandy are that age.”

Melody looked in the back seat at the kids. “They are awesome kids, Linda. I don’t think they’ll give you much trouble.”

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Over in the U-Haul, Steve was singing along to the songs on the radio, and tapping his fingers on the steering wheel. Ghost had been asleep quite a while, but was now waking up, and singing along with Steve.

“You awake, yet?” Steve asked.

“No, where are we?” Ghost asked.

“Well, hell, sit up and see for yourself.”

Ghost raised up a bit, to look out the front window.  “The mountains…Steve, it’s our mountains!” he was grinning big.

“Yep, the very ones,” Steve said, and laughed. “The Great Smoky Mountains. We’ll be up there pretty soon, and in North Carolina. I’m thinking we can make it all the way to the visitor’s center, and the cabins, before we stop.”

“Yes…don’t stop until we get there,” Ghost said.

“Well, unless you’d rather stay at the haunted old house, like that one time we did.”

“Uh-uh, no way, Steve. That old lady was mean.”

“I know, so the cabins it is,” Steve said. “Why don’t you call Linda’s phone? Melody will answer, and you can tell them our plan.”

“Oh, good idea. Just remind me of the letters to push, again.” He took the phone from his backpack, and called Linda, with Steve’s instructions.”

In the van, Linda’s phone rang. “Hello?” Melody asked.

“Um, hey…it’s me Ghost.”

“Oh, hey, what’s up?”

“We was gonna tell ya we’re going to the mountains, and…oh, yeah, there’s some cabins we can stay at tonight,” Ghost said.

Melody relayed this information to Linda. “She says that sounds good to her.”

“So, that’s all I guess,” Ghost said. “Bye.” He turned the phone off, and looked at Steve. “Now what?”

Steve shrugged. “Keep driving for now. Oh, see if there’s a snack or some water in here. I need some of both,”

Ghost reached for a grocery bag down in the floor board. “Here’s some water,” he handed the bottle to Steve.

“So, how’s the hangover, today?” Steve asked.

“The what? Oh, I don’t guess I had one. Or it disappeared, or…well, I feel good,” Ghost said. He got out a package of peanut butter, cheese crackers to share.

“Well, I’m surprised, since y’all were drunk and high last night,” Steve said.

Ghost shrugged. “I don’t remember.”

“Do you remember sleep walking and climbing a tree?”

“No, just you saying I did.”

“Hmm, odd…well, did you have any weed left?”

“Yeah, a little bit. Ya want some now?” Ghost asked. “I can roll one.”

“No, we’ll wait until tonight in our cabin. Sound ok to you?”

“Sure,” Ghost said, and grinned. He caught the underlying message Steve was suggesting. “We can do that, too.”

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative license is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, musicians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblance.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairingsreligious themes, and fantasy horror.

Love Is In Da Blog 2022 – # 27 – Random Love Song

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This prompt today is for any random love song we choose. Thanks, Bee!

“Down In the Valley” is a folk song believed to have originated in the 1920s.

I know I’ve heard it many times over the years.

From a Wiki article:

Guitarist Jimmie Tarlton claimed to have written the lyrics in 1925 while he was jailed in Birmingham for moonshining. It was first recorded by Tarlton and his partner Tom Darby on November 10, 1927, in Atlanta, Georgia, for Columbia Records. According to one biographer of the folk musician Lead Belly, he performed it for Texas Governor Pat Neff at the Sugarland Penitentiary in 1924.

I watch the Andy Griffith show re-runs on TV all the time. This one episode played just the other day, and I really like the song.

It shows Andy and his current girlfriend sitting on the front porch singing, while Opie looks on.

The part of Peggy was played by Dorothy Joanne Cook/Joanna Moore.

Moore appeared in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show as Peggy “Peg” McMillan, Sheriff Taylor’s love interest. In 1963,

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Down In The Valley is a song sung by Andy Taylor and Peggy McMillan on The Andy Griffith Show. It’s origins are estimated to be from around the 1920’s.

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Eve of Destruction – Song Lyric Sunday – Death, Destruction, Pestilence, Famine

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Eve Of Destruction – Song Lyric Sunday – Death, Destruction, Pestilence, Famine

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This week the theme is songs that feature death, destruction, pestilence,

Thanks to Jim Adams for hosting this musical challenge each week.

To join in today’s challenge, and also see other entries just click this link below:

https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2022/02/26/punishments-from-god/

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Today’s prompt comes as the world is watching in horror at the events unfolding in the Ukraine.

The video shows black & white clips from actual wars from far away and to situations in our homeland, plus protests and marches against any kind of war.

When will we ever learn?

Pray for Peace

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Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.

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From a Wiki article”

Eve of Destruction” is a protest song written by P. F. Sloan in mid-1964.[1] Several artists have recorded it, but the best-known recording was by Barry McGuire.

The song references social issues of its period, including the Vietnam War, the draft, the threat of nuclear war, the Civil Rights Movement, turmoil in the Middle East, and the American space program.

The American media helped popularize the song by using it as an example of everything that was wrong with the youth of that time.[2] Due to its controversial lyrics, some American radio stations, “claiming it was an aid to the enemy in Vietnam”,[3] banned the song.[4] The song was also criticized by conservatives. It was also banned by some British radio stations.

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This song has been recorded by many artists, and has been on the soundtrack of many movies.

“Eve of Destruction”, by Barry McGuire, can be found on his 1965 album of the same name. It was written by P. F. Sloan, and is on the Dunhill label.

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The Eastern world, it is explodin’
Violence flarin’, bullets loadin’
You’re old enough to kill but not for votin’
You don’t believe in war, but what’s that gun you’re totin’?
And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin’
But you tell me over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction
Don’t you understand what I’m trying to say?
Can’t you feel the fear that I’m feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there’s no running away
There’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave
Take a look around you boy, it’s bound to scare you, boy
But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction
Yeah, my blood’s so mad, feels like coagulatin’
I’m sittin’ here just contemplatin’
I can’t twist the truth, it knows no regulation
Handful of Senators don’t pass legislation
And marches alone can’t bring integration
When human respect is disintegratin’
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin’
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend
Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction
Think of all the hate there is in Red China
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama
Ah, you may leave here for four days in space
But when you return, it’s the same old place
The poundin’ of the drums, the pride and disgrace
You can bury your dead but don’t leave a trace
Hate your next door neighbor but don’t forget to say grace
And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend
You don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction
You don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Barri Steve / Sloan P F
Eve Of Destruction lyrics © Universal Music Corp.
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Love Is In Da Blog 2022 – # 26 – Near & Dear?

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Thanks, Bee!

Today’s prompt is to find a song about something in our life that means a lot to us. I think? Not real sure what it’s supposed to be.

After thinking of many things I finally went with Books. I read lots of books, and have since forever. I have lots and lots of books, in every room there are books. I love going into book shops and buying books, new or used. I’ve had library cards since I was little, and from every place we used to live. First thing I’d do would be look for the library in town.

This song is a fun one about a relationship between people who love books, and they kind of communicate through them. The video shows this, by having them in a book store. A few places the girl holds up books to show the titles, and they kind of talk to each other like this. Anyway, its cute.

Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish indie pop band formed in Glasgow in 1996. Led by Stuart Murdoch, the band has released ten albums

“Wrapped Up In Books”, by Belle and Sebastian is on their 2003 album, “Dear Catastrophe Waitress”. It was produced by Trevor Horn, and is on the rough Trade label.

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Flower of the Day – Bird of Paradise

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Flower of the Day – Bird of Paradise

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Tall and spiky orange petals, surrounded by tall and spiky green leaves.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

https://ceenphotography.com/2022/02/25/fotd-february-26-hens-chick-flowers/

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Two Souls: Into the Fire # 271

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Ghost continued trying to explain his feelings to Steve. His lips quivered, and he brushed the wetness from his face. He took a breath.

“I haven’t even got to write very much, and I never get to sing, anymore…and, and…too much, things get in my head and gets me messed up. I try to be okay. I try and try, and it’s never good enough.” He glanced up at Steve, and whispered, “It’s never gonna be good enough.” Putting his head in his hands, he sobbed.

Steve sat close, hugging him. It was breaking his heart, to see Ghost in so much pain. “Cry, babe, go ahead, let it out, it’s okay,” Steve said softly, as he rocked Ghost in his arms.

Melody heard them, and came out of the tent. She came over and hugged both Steve and Ghost. “Oh, hon, we want to help you feel better. I don’t know much about why you’re upset, but I can feel it. I’ve had some really down days, too. We’re here for you, with you.”

Ghost nodded. “I know.”

Linda had joined them, taking Ghost’s hands. He looked into her eyes, and she knew in that instant, she would do everything she could to help and protect this fragile child, her brother’s love, no matter what. She loved him like her own kids, unconditionally and forever. She didn’t have to say a word; Ghost knew. He took another shuddery breath, and she heard the words clearly in her head… Thank you, Linda, thank you..

“So,” she said, standing up. “Are we all gonna go back to sleep, or just go ahead and have breakfast, and get on the road?”

“I’m for staying up, eating, and getting the hell outta here,” Steve said. “How about you, Ghost?”

“I’m hungry. I’m ready to eat.”

“I’ll get it started then,” Linda said. She went to get more wood for the fire. “Melody, get some eggs and bacon out of the cooler. We’re getting this party started.”

Ghost got another cup of coffee, and sat staring into the cup awhile longer. Steve checked out the U-Haul and the van. As the food was done, Linda woke the kids. “Time for breakfast, you two.” They came out of the tent, and grabbed juice boxes to sip on. They’d had enough sleep, and were now teasing each other. With everything set out on the picnic table, they all gathered in the morning light, made hazy from a soft mist that was rising.

Steve and Linda were at one end of the picnic table, going over the route they’d be taking through Tennessee, and into North Carolina. The road would be more familiar now, as he and Ghost had traveled it the past summer.

Ghost felt around in his backpack, and pulled out his Jesus rock. He rubbed it a bit, then set it on the table in front of him.

“What’s that?” Melody asked.

“This? It’s my Jesus rock,” Ghost said. “I found it a long time ago. See, it looks like Jesus on it.” He handed it to Melody.

She looked closer, and smiled. “It does. This is a special rock. Do you always have it with you?”

Ghost nodded. “Yeah, but I thought it was lost one time, then it came back.”

“Wait a second, I’ll be right back,” Melody said. She went to the van and got out her purse.

“Here, I want you to have this,” she said, draping a long necklace around Ghost’s neck. “It’s a rosary. I have one already, see?” She pulled out the one that was around her neck. “It’s almost the same, and it has the cross, and Jesus on it. It’s so you will always have Him with you.” She smiled. “You’ll never be truly alone, and he’ll protect you.”

Ghost ran his fingers over the shiny beads and the silver cross. “I like it, thank you.” He looked up at Melody, meeting her eyes, so like his own. He could hear her wish…that she get to know everything abut him. “Maybe someday,” he whispered. “I’ll tell you things, but you wouldn’t want to know others.”

“Whenever you’re ready, Ghost. I’ll be ready to hear,” she said.

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Breakfast over, and everything put away, cleaned up, and packed, they were ready to leave.

“I’m riding with Linda for awhile, okay?” Melody asked.

“Uh, sure,” Steve said. “Let’s do this.”

They pulled out onto the little road that led back to the highway. In the U-Haul, Ghost stretched out as best he could, and played with the beads around his neck.

“What’s that ya got,” Steve asked.

“It’s a rosary. Melody gave it to me.”

“Nice.”

“Um-hum. Steve, she wants to know things…about me.”

“Yeah? Well, sure she does. Why…does that bother you?”

“No, yeah, well maybe. Some of it bothers me. I mean, how can I do this? Maybe she don’t need to hear about everything,” Ghost said.

“Oh, I see,” Steve said. “You don’t have to tell her things that you’d rather not.You can leave parts out. In fact, it’s probably best you don’t say certain things. Not everything has to be for everyone to know…ya know? So don’t worry about it, just let things happen naturally, in conversation. You don’t have to make a special speech or anything.”

Ghost was nodding along with Steve’s words. “Yeah, that sounds a lot better. I was scared to say it all, anyway. She might not understand…at least not yet.” He smiled, feeling relieved. “I’m gonna sleep awhile, now, unless you need me to keep talking to you?”

Shaking his head, Steve said, “Naw, I’m fine. I’m going to turn the radio on, anyway. You take a nap.” He turned the radio on, and found an oldies station that came in pretty clear. Ghost closed his eyes and slept.

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In the van, Linda had given Stevie and Mandy some crayons, and a coloring book each, to keep them busy awhile. She kept her eye on the road, but could see that Melody was fidgeting, like she wanted to talk about something. For some reason she could sense that Melody felt awkward, or shy about whatever it was.

“What’s on your mind, hon?” Linda asked.

“Huh? Oh, just wondering…about…oh, never mind,” Melody said, and sighed.

“It’s okay, no problem,” Linda said, “but if you want to know something, don’t hesitate to ask, or say what you want. This family you’ve landed in don’t have many secrets. We’re pretty much an open book.” She left it at that. Melody would talk to her or not…her choice.

After a few minutes, Melody tried again. “I love this family already. I just want to know all about y’all, but I don’t want to pry, you know. I mean, only if anyone wants to tell me things. Shit, I can’t even say what I mean,” Melody said, and laughed. “I guess it’s so new to me, to have a family, that I feel I have to hurry and catch up with y’all’s history, or something.” She shrugged.

Linda laughed. “Oh, I know what you mean. I’m kinda new, too.”

Melody looked confused. “But, I don’t get it. You knew your family all along.”

“Yes, I did, but we lost contact for a really long time…like fifteen years or so. I never knew what happened to Steve, so we’re still catching up, too. It’s only been a few months, we got back with each other.”

“Wow, that’s kinda sad, but I’m happy you’ve got each other, now,” Melody said, after hearing Linda’s story.

“Me too,” Linda nodded.

“So, what about Ghost?” Melody asked. “How does he fit in? He and Steve met at school, and got to be friends. Then what?”

“A lot, from what I’ve heard,” Linda said, feeling a bit like this part wasn’t her place to tell. “I can tell you some, but even I don’t know the whole story, and it’s not for me to be telling it. I wasn’t there, so you’ll have to ask Ghost. He’ll have to be the one, if he wants to. I’m sorry, Melody, all I can say is that Steve saved Ghost’s life, and they’ve been together ever since, just as friends, then later as lovers. There was some bad, bad times between them, and even though it looks like they are fine now, they are still working hard at making it work out, again. But, I’ve said enough. When he’s ready, he’ll talk about it.”

“I know, and he said he’d tell me some things, someday, but not yet. I want to know, now…what’s he waiting for?” Melody asked.

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Next part coming soon!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

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This is a work of “fan fiction” based on the novel, “Lost Souls” by Poppy Z. Brite. All credit for the original characters, places, and some backstory mentions, belong to Ms. Brite and her publishing affiliates. Only newly introduced characters, places, and original elements of this story are entirely from my imagination. Character descriptions are a blend of the original book descriptions and my interpretation of them.

All songs included in this work will be solely owned by the original performers/writers and will be credited. Creative license is taken in including them in this story.

No harm is intended toward author, musicians, or people and situations to whom there may be a resemblance.

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The content herein is rated by me as being at the high end of MA (Mature Audience). It includes strong language, violence, sexual themes, including same sex pairingsreligious themes, and fantasy horror.

Love Is In Da Blog 2022 – # 25 – New This Year

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Today’s prompt is to find a song that was made or released this year. Thanks, Bee!

So, I’ve spent several hours off and on today trying to find something, or at least something I liked. Very hard to do for me, anyway. It’s been ages since we’ve even listened to any new songs (except on some song challenges), as we only listen to the oldies songs and radio stations

Anyway, I found this one.  I think it’s a love song – it has ‘heart’ in the title, so I’m saying it is. I couldn’t find anything about the song or lyrics. Just found it is from the band, “The Heavy Hours”, and their album called, “Gardens”.

I found one wiki article, but then lost it where it listed the songs. One place said it came out in February 2022, and others said it was from years ago, and some said it was from January. I sure don’t know.

It’s a a pretty good song, though, and the video shows lots of the band at concerts and places they go.

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