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Renovators’ Remix: A playlist that pays off

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Renovators’ Remix: A playlist that pays off

We’re still accepting suggestions for our contest seeking out song titles and band names that relate to construction and homebuilding. We’ve already had some great ones including Handy by Weird Al Yankovic (thanks Anne Butler, of Master Edge Homes), Up On the Roof by the Drifters (from Blondie Neff of Sunshine Roofing – of course!), and Hard Hat and a Hammer by Alan Jackson (one of several suggestions from Jax Bailey of J. Bailey and Sons New Homes & Renovations).

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Do you have any additions to the list? Send us your contributions and we’ll compile a list in an upcoming issue of the magazine. If there’s a story behind the music, share it with us.

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Plus, we’ll randomly select three entries and send them a DeWalt ToughSystem jobsite radio and charger (DWST08810) with $299 each.

Send your playlist to allan@renocontractor.ca.

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Contest Renovators’ Remix

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Contest Renovators’ Remix

Renovators’ Remix: Help us build a playlist worthy of a jobsite radio

Managing Editor Allan Britnell shares his inspiration for the idea behind our latest contest for readers:

I was out walking my dog the other day just listening to a random sample of the music on my phone. One of the songs that came on was Bob Marley’s “Cornerstone.” In case you don’t know it, the chorus is, “The stone that the builder refuse, will always be the head cornerstone.” Whether or not you’d actually use a reject as a cornerstone is the topic for another article. But it sparked the kernel of an idea in my head. What other songs out there relate to the renovation and homebuilding world?

Saddened by the passing of the great Aretha Franklin I’d been listening to her music recently including, “The House That Jack Built.” Then Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” popped into my mind. I might be onto something here…

What about band names? Men at Work came to mind, then Crowded House and, of course, there’s the construction worker in the Village People!

Do you have any additions to the list? Send us your contributions and we’ll compile a list in an upcoming issue of the magazine. If there’s a story behind the music, share it with us.

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Plus, we’ll randomly select three entries and send them a DeWalt ToughSystem jobsite radio and charger (DWST08810) with $299 each.

Send your playlist to allan@renocontractor.ca.

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Tom Petty

Runnin’ down a dream house

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Runnin’ down a dream house

It never occurred to Tom Petty that gathering a group of friends to play music wouldn’t make them big stars. After meeting Elvis at the age of 10, and later watching the Beatles, he knew he was meant to be a musician and approached it with laser focus. In the late 1960s at age 17, Tom put his theory into practice, adding a few more instruments to the mix and was soon on his way to stardom. Nothing deterred him or slowed him down, even the disapproval of his father who was disappointed that his son would take the artistic route rather than what he considered a more masculine sports-oriented road into adulthood.

Tom’s first band, the Epics, started out in his hometown Gainesville, Florida, playing locally between odd jobs to keep them financially afloat until they hit the big time, which he knew in his heart was just a matter of time.

The Epics evolved into Mudcrutch, a popular band at the Gainesville University of Florida area bars, but failed to get outside attention. His next band, the Heartbreakers, quickly turned things around making it to the top in 1976 with their hit song “Breakdown.” Tom and the Heartbreakers never looked back, producing classics such as “American Girl,” “Free Falling,” and “I Won’t Back Down.” It was a career that lasted over 45 years.

Music poured out of Tom Petty like a fast-moving river producing hit after hit, many used for movie theme songs and sound tracks. Just as he imagined as a young boy, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers became one of the most popular American bands in history, garnering virtually every important award in the music industry and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Petty died in October at age 66 and now his much-loved Lake Sherwood getaway near Malibu and nine miles to the Pacific Ocean is for sale. Built in 1931 with walls of local fieldstone, Petty’s retreat has mountain and water views across the natural lake from almost every room and 125-feet of shorefront. Deceptively large at 5,300 square feet, the house has three bedrooms and three baths and underwent an expansion in 2004.

The home’s rustic feel is complimented by a balcony fireplace, redwood-panelled bathroom with a stone bathtub that overlooks the lake and vaulted-beamed ceilings and fireplace in the fieldstone living room. It’s a California house with a European mountain-lake chalet vibe geared to inspire creativity from its barrel-tiled roof to its enchanting terrace.

The home also has a private deep-water dock where one can sit and dream, launch a boat, fish or swim. Located high above the fog line, the property is guaranteed bright sunshine and cool breezes. Listing agents are Dana Sparks and Amy Alcini of Compass Realty in Malibu, California.

Rock and Roll superstar Tom Petty’s fabulous Lake Sherwood retreat near Malibu is listed at $5.895 million.

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https://www.compass.com/listing/1999-trentham-road-lake-sherwood-ca-91361/a7b593b809f90420535cd02d7a206a6b2da51d6c/?origin_type=Listing%20 Card&origin=Agent%20Profile%20Page




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Waking with a song

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Waking with a song

Every morning when I awake, since October 4, 2015, I hear a song in my head. A different daily wake-up song playing at whatever time I get up, and for just a few moments. And, it all started on my late Dad’s birthday.

If I don’t key the title (not necessarily the vocalist, group or orchestra) into my PDA or write it down right away, it disappears from my consciousness, or unconsciousness. Seems it also happens at any other time of day (if I’ve taken an occasional power nap or a weekend nap) and there is always one tune. Occasionally, a second might kick in right after, but somehow I only remember to write the first one down. And, the same song seldom returns, as if I’m destined to hear it one last time.

Well into my 7th decade, I’m unsure of where this life change experience is coming?

And, while I was not exactly certain what this happening is actually called, through friend Heather KasseI and our jazz composer-drummer son Harris Eisenstadt, I sourced a Dr. Oliver Sacks book called, “Musicophilia – Tales of Music And The Brain.” In it, Sacks writes that, “Music is part of being human.”

I don’t know why my sleep awakening songs started or if they’ll ever stop, but the jukebox in my brain keeps cranking out daily ditties.

“The power of music, whether joyous or cathartic, must steal one unawares, come spontaneously as a blessing or a grace,” Sacks writes. That’s what is happening to me, but only at my awakening, any time of day.

Perhaps the answer is this simple?

I’m a music radio dial twister. While driving, I might be listening to JazzFM91 and SiriusXM stations from Little Steven’s Underground Garage, to the E-Street channel, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Buffet, Classic Vinyl, CBC Classical, some country and western, and the ’50s, ’60, ’70s and ’80s, on a regular basis. These musical variances all happens after I get my news from Toronto’s 680News, and my sports radio fix on Sportsnet 590 and/or 1050. So, is that from where the songs are coming? Are some of the tunes I hear getting logged and buried unbeknownst to me? Am I a frustrated wannabe radio jock? Or do I simply enjoy basic and cross-genre musical melodies and just store them away? All answers score yes!

Some of my family and friends have told me they’d love to have this “musical malady” rather than weird and/or often frightening dreams. Even the happy dreamers say they’d prefer awakening to my “condition.”

Sacks says that “our sensitivity to music can sometimes go wrong … and subject us to hours of mental replay, and how a surprising number of people acquire nonstop mental hallucinations that assault them day and night. Yet more frequently music gets it right.” To me, this notion is fascinating.

Sacks describes how music can animate people with Parkinson’s disease who cannot otherwise move, give words to stroke patients who cannot otherwise speak, and calm and organize people whose memories are ravaged by Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Somehow, without looking too far down the road, I might be one of the lucky ones to avoid those illnesses, because I have this “musicophilia” condition, whatever the cause, and it’s not going away any time soon.

Moving forward, I’m happy to let the hits just keep on a-comin’!

David Eisenstadt is founding partner of tcgpr – PR Consultants to News Makers in Toronto (http://www.tcgpr.com/). For a copy of his playlist, contact him at deisenstadt@tcgpr.com

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