I’m back on track after my schedule was so rudely interrupted by that horrendous temporary suspension from YouTube. I’m happy that I can continue on my YouTube journey, but I did lose some precious memories. I thought I had escaped that fiasco unscathed, not including the sadness I endured for that period of time when my account had been suspended, but I do have some scars to bear. One of my dearest friends on YT let me know (“thank you” Brother Carl) that all of the comments I had posted on all of his videos and profile page had been erased. (Thanks for being concerned for me Carl.) It’s true that when I read Carl’s commentary, I was saddened further by this experience. I checked other sites where I had definitely posted comments and it’s true. I also verified that all of the responses I had posted on my own videos are certainly gone. I ALWAYS post heartfelt comments and express my true appreciation for my experiences on other channels and knowing that all of those efforts are lost is a blow for me. I can’t just say “thank you” or “that was awesome!” on videos and profile pages. I always take the time to explain why I’m thankful. I always take the time to explain why “that was awesome!” Every comment I had posted was a direct result to my emotional response and those moments cannot be replicated. It is a big deal for me. It’s upsetting. People have shared intimate details about their lives with me and I’ve given emotional responses … the loss of children, the loss of spouses, the loss of jobs, personal suffering, loneliness, depression … all of those responses are gone. For those of my friends where I have continued discussions through private messages, I’m assuming those are still intact. I hope so. I’ve written some lengthy PMs … some of my YT friends know this first hand and I’m grateful for the incredible responses in return. In fact, I’m only able to respond to a very small fraction of people. I apologize for that. It’s not that I don’t care. I simply cannot respond to more than a few at a time and this week really set me back. I’m very sorry.
With that stated, I’m moving forward, creating more memories and I’ll continue to share my appreciation. I guess it’s no different than any conversation. Outside of those pesky phone conversations recorded for quality assurance provided by businesses (like banks), lol, a conversation between people is intimate. The residual effect of those moments is the memory of that period of time. If I do experience a profound impact from a unique or special conversation, I do take the time to document a portion of what I had learned or I document the experience that was profound for me. It goes with the “pack rat” in me. Memories are dear to me. I hold on, not because I live in the past, but because those memories are building blocks for my future. I reminisce with great fondness or I promise myself not to fall prey to those actions again. I learn from my past, live for the day, and plan for the future.
Of course all of this has nothing to do with this week’s video post except that I’m doing a 180, flipping all of this upside down, and turning it inside out. Giving a cheeky performance to one of my favorite TV theme songs is my way of shaking free the bad vibrations and moving forward with a little twinkle in my eye. Think of this as a pep talk to myself in the form of a song! So …
Welcome to the Love Boat! Soon we’ll be making another run! And, that’s right NOW!
"Love Boat" is a single by Jack Jones released in 1979 by MGM Records. The song was written by Charles Fox (music) and Paul Williams (lyrics). It became the theme music for the popular American television series The Love Boat, broadcast between 1977 and 1986. Jones's version was used as the opening tune for most of the seasons, only to be replaced by Dionne Warwick's cover in the last one. Jack Jones released the track on a single in 1979 as "Love Boat Theme", with "Ready to Take a Chance Again" as the B-side (the latter was earlier recorded by Barry Manilow and released as the single in 1978). Later that year, the song appeared as the opening track on Jones's album Nobody Does It Better, this time billed as "The Love Boat". French singer Amanda Lear recorded the song for her 2001 comeback album Heart. It was released as the first single from the album and has since become a standard in Lear's concert performances. In 2004 "Love Boat" was released in limited picture disc format, with only 500 copies available.