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When You’re Only 50… It’s Really Like 20-Something with Experience.

Everyone has something to contribute… and humans are not meant to be in cubicles, or to be “yes people,” or get a gold watch and “check-out-of-life” people. If you’ve got it going on and no one yet knows about it – do your research; make a plan and share your gift with the world.

What’s being said in this video is Not only for entrepreneurs – you don’t have to start a business. You just have to start living… And if that includes starting a business that contributes to a healthy economy – great. But if it includes sharing and living in a way that lifts others up as well (which if done well, can also do the same by the way), even better. <3

PS – I should point out that Gary in this video says – “you’re only 50…” implying that you don’t have to be winding down because you have at least a good 40 years left. But I say – even if you had just one year left, it would be a shame to make any kind of exit without imparting the gifts that only you can.


Watch: So You Just Turned 50

Up Close with ‘Beatlesque’ Singer/Songwriter, Andrew Cole

Born in Toronto, but having lived what’s amounted to many lives in places like Liverpool, Florida and L.A., Andrew Cole is an artist that has managed to take a piece of ‘everywhere’ and mould it into a unique sound reminiscent of times past, yet every part of the present and future.

Here’s an interview, followed by a performance of “My Lovely,” that happened when we caught up with Andrew in London, Ontario – on the eve of leaving for L.A.

(Time: Performance and intro to ‘My Lovely’ starts at 05:46 into the video clip)

Isaac + Amy: Ultimate Wedding Proposal Raises the Bar for All Men (and proves to the world the value of good friends)

With the world ever so cynical about the existence of love and sincerity, one couple gives an example to the kind of stuff movies are made of. And so they made this mini-movie, where girlfriend Amy receives one creative proposal from long time boyfriend Isaac (insert swoon here)!

Lip syncing and dancing to “Marry You” sung by Bruno Mars (to which Bruno offered his congratulations to the couple on twitter), Isaac Lamb (with the help of their friends) proposes to Amy in a very entertaining way:

99 Problems? Christina Aguilera makes 100 for Tony Lucca

We said that Tony Lucca would go all the way… and having fallen just two places short of victory, it turns out he is not the one-dimensional artist Christina Aguilera said he was.  But what did in fact go all the way, was the made-for-TV vendetta between the less than supportive Christina and her former Mickey Mouseketeer teammate, Tony Lucca.

Mocking his latest performance – with paper cup in hand, Aguilera first coolly complimented Lucca, but ended it with, “the lyrical connotation was a little derogatory towards women, but all in all I thought it was fun.” She was referring to Lucca’s neat rendition of Jay-z’s “99 Problems,” where the word “bitch” was avoided in the lyrics.  Moments later after Chris Mann’s performance, she made reference to how Mann was a ‘real man’ with class nonetheless – no need to be derogatory toward women… All this said while sporting what appeared to be some sort of sequence diaper on stage.

Such hypocrisy.  How can a woman comment about something being derogatory toward women and dress as though her voice itself was not enough?  Are there no brassieres that fit?  Were stores empty of apparel that fell below the crotch line?  And why not meet her contestants on stage for that supportive hug without first looking for the perfect camera angle?

In defence of Tony Lucca’s and Adam Levine’s choice in song, Lavine said,

“Just to clarify… the intent behind the song – we talked about this for hours Tony and I… and the ‘*#!** ain’t one,’ is life getting at you; things bringing you down… we’re not referring to women, we’re referring to everything.”

Christina Aguilera has a voice that some would argue is bar-none – Blake Shelton admitted that on the show a number of times.  But she, like all of us, has another voice – made up of not only words, but of actions.  From pretending not to recognize Tony in auditions to referring to him as one-dimensional and then slamming him for being derogatory toward women – in front of his family… there’s no doubt that there’s some sort of unfinished business here.

We’re not sure what went wrong in the former Mickey Mouse Club all those years ago that made Lucca deserving of such a snub.  But perhaps as Lucca’s career progresses, the truth will eventually come out.

Q. Is the rendition of this song derogatory toward women?  You decide… Here’s the Tony Lucca performance that brought such heat from Christina Aguilera just a couple of nights ago…

Foster’s Inn, Stratford: Good Company, Great Music… We’re All Friends Here.

Foster's Inn, Stratford
Foster’s Inn, Stratford

People sometimes think that being an entrepreneur is an enviable position.  But at times, it can be a lonely existence.  Between interviews and events, I work mostly in solitude.  I’m on the road a lot – pulling over to rest my eyes on longer trips, so as to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.  Typically, my days are not typical.  And sometimes not even practical.

So why do I do it?  The hope is that what I bring back will be of interest – or even better, of inspiration, to anyone willing to read, listen or watch.  On May 19th my hope brought me to the landing of Foster’s Inn, Stratford – where I was immediately welcomed as if I had been there many times before.  It was like “Cheers” as I watched the patrons file in for the show.  Everyone here knows everyone’s name.

There’s a certain magic that happens as you spend time in a place such as this; hearing stories behind the bar and over the mic before each song is sung.  By the end of the night I had been inspired by the very inspiration I sought to share with others.  I started the Coffee House Series first to inspire and share the idea of community.  And second, because an introverted extrovert can not simply exist only in the confines of internet streams and digital imprints.  How can I share this world I choose to expose without properly seeing it for myself?  We are curious, social beings. It’s why busy coffee shops are the first ones people want to go to… We want to be where the people are. It’s the company; the camaraderie – the sense of belonging.

Foster’s Inn embodies everything The Coffee House Series attempts to capture – a place to grow community and welcome talent, to welcome family, friends and strangers alike.  Every small town; every big town, could take a lesson from Foster’s Inn: It’s not who you know… but rather, how did you greet them?

Live Show Airs This Thursday and Saturday

InRetro LIVE – “The Coffee House Series” was recorded live on location at Foster’s Inn, in Stratford, Ontario, and airs Thursday, May 26th and Saturday the 27th at 10 PM Eastern.  It will feature the music of String Bone, Dayna Manning, Emm Gryner and Jory Nash, as well as interviews with locals sharing with the rest of Canada, why they love their town.  Here’s a video sampling from with opening act, String Bone, performing “I Took That Train.”  More videos from this event will be posted throughout this week.

Special thanks to Dayna Manning, Barry James Payne, Jory Nash, Emm Gryner, John “the sound guy,” Craig Foster and Foster’s Inn for a wonderful night of music and kinship. Cheers!