- Music We Recommend -
John Anderson - Years (Release Date: 4-10-20)
Country Legend John Anderson has dealt with serious health issues recently but says making his new record has been tremendous for his outlook on life.
“We went in the studio, and I remember saying, ‘I’m going to do this like it might be my last,’” Anderson says, “It still could be, but now the chances of that are getting slimmer and slimmer every day. I’m doing better so I’m not hardly thinking that way anymore. There’s a few things that I came out of this whole deal better with. Part of it is my love for music and part of it is my appreciation for my family. But the biggest part is knowing that I might die here any minute, for who knows what reason, but I know that the good Lord already came down and touched me. There’s not a doubt in my mind.”
This album is titled Years and will feature 10 new songs including a collaboration with Blake Shelton.
Years track listing:
1. “I’m Still Hangin’ On”
4. “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone” featuring Blake Shelton
5. “What’s a Man Got to Do”
6. “Wild and Free”
7. “Slow Down”
8. “All We’re Really Looking For”
9. “Chasing Down a Dream”
10. “You’re Nearly Nothing”
- Books We Recommend -
Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage by Dan Crenshaw (Release Date: April 7, 2020)
In 2012, on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, an improvised explosive device left Dan Crenshaw's right eye destroyed and his left blinded. Only through the careful hand of his surgeons, and what doctors called a miracle, did Crenshaw's left eye recover partial vision. And yet, he persevered, completing two more deployments. Why? There are certain stories we tell ourselves about the hardships we face - we can become paralyzed by adversity or we can adapt and overcome. We can be fragile or we can find our fortitude. Crenshaw delivers a set of lessons to help you do just that.
Most people's everyday challenges aren't as extreme as surviving combat, and yet our society is more fragile than ever: exploding with outrage, drowning in microaggressions, and devolving into divisive mob politics. The American spirit -long characterized by grit and fortitude - is unraveling. We must fix it.
That's exactly what Crenshaw accomplishes with FORTITUDE. This book isn't about the problem, it's about the solution. And that solution begins with each and every one of us. We must all lighten up, toughen up, and begin treating our fellow Americans with respect and grace.
FORTITUDE is a no-nonsense advice book for finding the strength to deal with everything from menial daily frustrations to truly difficult challenges. More than that, it is a roadmap for a more resilient American culture. With meditations on perseverance, failure, and finding much-needed heroes, the book is the antidote for a prevailing "safety culture" of trigger warnings and safe spaces. Interspersed with lessons from history and psychology is Crenshaw's own story of how an average American kid from the Houston suburbs went from war zones to the halls of Congress-and managed to navigate his path with a sense of humor and an even greater sense that, no matter what anyone else around us says or does, we are in control of our own destiny.
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