Compassion Compels Me


Compassion to me is a word that compels me. It kind of provides the fuel for living. I try to preface every action, reaction, emotion or feeling with compassion. Understanding and identifying with people and their heartaches are what compassion really is. To me the way to overcome obstacles, reach goals and even pursuing your dreams is motivated through compassion. I mean what good would it be to have all these gifts with nobody to share them with. Therefore, even your most intimate dreams and vision for yourself can still be centered around others.   Make sense?


com·pas·sion – (kəmˈpaSHən)
  1. sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.

To me compassion is an outward expression of an inward feeling other people. As I alluded earlier, it compels me. I feel it’s important to live outside of yourself and take note of what other people do, who they are, what they want and hope for. Compassion is what compels me to give to Salvation Army once or twice a year. It’s what gives me the courage to stop and pick somebody up that’s struggling on the side of the road, and help them. We live in so much fear in this country, and everybody claims where free. We’re free yeah, but our minds keep us captive.  I’ll say this on more than one occasion in this website and that is “Your mind is where it starts.”.  That’s one of my sayings for 2018. I try to have a life quote every year that I live by. This year it’s “Moving Forward”. It’s my version of a New Years Resolution.   Anyway, your mind is where it starts says to me that to feel compassion for somebody you must think that way first. If you’re hateful towards the people in your life then more than likely you won’t have much compassion for somebody else.   What I find is that most people have a lot of love to give, they just never have been able to give it.  Sound crazy? We’ll it’s not at all.

Last thing I wanted to mention in this post is that people need compassion from others. We ALL need it! We all need a human touch of kindness.

2018 Grammy Winners – Full List

Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar accept the 2018 Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Performance for “Loyalty.”

The 60th annual Grammy Awards were on Sunday. Here are highlights from the show:

• Bruno Mars swept the top categories, winning album, record and song of the year. We rounded up the best and worst moments.

• Kendrick Lamar dominated the rap categories and Alessia Cara won best new artist. However, our critic says the Grammys have failed to keep up.

• The music industry acknowledged #MeToo during the ceremony and on the red carpetSee all the red carpet looks.

• The show featured flashes of politics, including a cameo from Hillary Clinton, who read from “Fire and Fury.”

See the complete list of winners below:

Record of the Year: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Song of the Year: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist: Alessia Cara

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Shape of You” — Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Feel It Still” — Portugal. The Man

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” — Various Artists; Dae Bennett, producer

Best Pop Vocal Album: “÷” — Ed Sheeran

Best Dance Recording: “Tonite” — LCD Soundsystem

Best Dance/Electronic Album: “3-D The Catalogue” — Kraftwerk

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album: “Prototype” — Jeff Lorber Fusion

Best Rock Performance: “You Want It Darker” — Leonard Cohen

Best Metal Performance: “Sultan’s Curse” — Mastodon

Best Rock Song: “Run” — Foo Fighters, songwriters

Best Rock Album: “A Deeper Understanding” — The War on Drugs

Best Alternative Music Album: “Sleep Well Beast” — The National

Best R&B Performance: “That’s What I Like” — Bruno Mars

Best Traditional R&B Performance: “Redbone” — Childish Gambino

Best R&B Song: “That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best Urban Contemporary Album: “Starboy” — The Weeknd

Best R&B Album: “24K Magic” — Bruno Mars

Best Rap Performance: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Rap/Sung Performance: “LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song: “HUMBLE.” — K. Duckworth, Asheton Hogan and M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)

Best Rap Album: “DAMN.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Country Solo Performance: “Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance: “Better Man” — Little Big Town

Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Album: “From A Room: Volume 1” — Chris Stapleton

Best New Age Album: “Dancing on Water” — Peter Kater

Best Improvised Jazz Solo: “Miles Beyond” — John McLaughlin, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album: “Dreams and Daggers” — Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best Jazz Instrumental Album: “Rebirth” — Billy Childs

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: “Bringin’ It” — Christian McBride Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: “Jazz Tango” — Pablo Ziegler Trio

Best Gospel Performance/Song: “Never Have to Be Alone” — CeCe Winans; Dwan Hill & Alvin Love III, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song: “What a Beautiful Name” — Hillsong Worship; Ben Fielding & Brooke Ligertwood, songwriters

Best Gospel Album: “Let Them Fall in Love” — CeCe Winans

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album: “Chain Breaker” — Zach Williams

Best Roots Gospel Album: “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope” — Reba McEntire

Best Latin Pop Album: “El Dorado” — Shakira

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: “Residente” — Residente

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano): “Arriero Somos Versiones Acústicas” — Aida Cuevas

Best Tropical Latin Album: “Salsa Big Band” — Rubén Blades con Roberto Delgado y Orquesta

Best American Roots Performance: “Killer Diller Blues” — Alabama Shakes

Best American Roots Song: “If We Were Vampires” — Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit)

Best Americana Album: “The Nashville Sound” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Best Bluegrass Album: tie, “Laws of Gravity” — The Infamous Stringdusters and “All the Rage — In Concert Volume One” — Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Best Traditional Blues Album: “Blue & Lonesome” — The Rolling Stones

Best Contemporary Blues Album: “TajMo” — Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’

Best Folk Album: “Mental Illness” — Aimee Mann

Best Regional Roots Music Album: “Kalenda” — Lost Bayou Ramblers

Best Reggae Album: “Stony Hill” — Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Best World Music Album: “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration” — Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best Children’s Album: “Feel What U Feel” — Lisa Loeb

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): “The Princess Diarist” — Carrie Fisher

Best Comedy Album: “The Age of Spin/Deep in the Heart of Texas” — Dave Chappelle

Best Musical Theater Album: “Dear Evan Hansen” — Ben Platt, principal soloist; Alex Lacamoire, Stacey Mindich, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, producers; Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, composers/lyricists (original Broadway cast recording)

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Various Artists

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media: “La La Land” — Justin Hurwitz, composer

Best Song Written for Visual Media: “How Far I’ll Go” — Lin-Manuel Miranda, songwriter (Auli’i Cravalho)

Best Instrumental Composition: “Three Revolutions” — Arturo O’Farrill, composer (Arturo O’Farrill and Chucho Valdés)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella: “Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra From ‘Catch Me If You Can’” — John Williams, arranger (John Williams)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals: “Putin” — Randy Newman, arranger (Randy Newman)

Best Recording Package: tie, “Pure Comedy (Deluxe Edition)” — Sasha Barr, Ed Steed and Josh Tillman, art directors (Father John Misty) and “El Orisha de la Rosa” — Claudio Roncoli and Cactus Taller, art directors (Magín Díaz)

Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: “The Voyager Golden Record: 40th Anniversary Edition” — Lawrence Azerrad, Timothy Daly and David Pescovitz, art directors (Various Artists)

Best Album Notes: “Live at the Whisky A Go Go: The Complete Recordings” — Lynell George, writer (Otis Redding)

Best Historical Album: “Leonard Bernstein — The Composer” — Robert Russ, compilation producer; Martin Kistner and Andreas K. Meyer, mastering engineers (Leonard Bernstein)

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical: “24K Magic” — Serban Ghenea, John Hanes and Charles Moniz, engineers; Tom Coyne, mastering engineer (Bruno Mars)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical: Greg Kurstin

Best Remixed Recording: “You Move (Latroit Remix)” — Dennis White, remixer (Depeche Mode)

Best Surround Sound Album: “Early Americans” — Jim Anderson, surround mix engineer; Darcy Proper, surround mastering engineer; Jim Anderson and Jane Ira Bloom, surround producers (Jane Ira Bloom)

Best Engineered Album, Classical: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Mark Donahue, engineer (Manfred Honeck and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Best Orchestral Performance: “Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; Barber: Adagio” — Manfred Honeck, conductor (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording: “Berg: Wozzeck” — Hans Graf, conductor; Anne Schwanewilms and Roman Trekel; Hans Graf and Brad Sayles, producers (Houston Symphony; Chorus of Students and Alumni, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University and Houston Grand Opera Children’s Chorus)

Best Choral Performance: “Bryars: The Fifth Century” — Donald Nally, conductor (PRISM Quartet and The Crossing)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance: “Death & the Maiden” — Patricia Kopatchinskaja and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Best Classical Instrumental Solo: “Transcendental” — Daniil Trifonov

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album: “Crazy Girl Crazy” — Barbara Hannigan (Ludwig Orchestra)

Best Classical Compendium: “Higdon: All Things Majestic, Viola Concerto & Oboe Concerto” — Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer

Best Contemporary Classical Composition: “Viola Concerto” — Jennifer Higdon, composer (Roberto Díaz, Giancarlo Guerrero and Nashville Symphony)

Best Music Video: “HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar

Best Music Film: “The Defiant Ones” — Various Artists

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Ready for 2018!

Well I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely glad the new year is here. I’ve been getting ready for 2018 for a while now. It’s a brand new year and this year my motto is “Moving Forward”. Moving forward in every area of my life. Health-wise, spiritually, financially, mentally and physically moving forward. It’s a brand new year and I might as well make some changes because God knows I have areas in my life that need improvement. I need to get better at reaching out to people. I’ve become a hermit as I’ve gotten older and I don’t like it. I’m going to stretch myself a little more here and try to start going out with friends and family to have fun. My social life sucks right now because all I do is work and come home, eat, sleep and repeat. I need a little variety in my life. I turned 48 years old this past December so I’m not getting any younger. I admit, I’m still in my prime, but still, I’m wasting it away by being such a loner. So that’s one of my New Year’s Resolutions. Quit being such a loner.

To combat that, I’ve already joined an online dating service. I went with Plenty of Fish because first off, it’s free. And secondly, there’s a lot of cool features on there and I’ve heard great success stories from POF. I’m looking for a friend first. I’m twice divorced so I’m not in ANY HURRY AT ALL to get in a committed relationship. I want to start it off slow as friends and let it progress from there. Here I am talking about my personal love life and I should be talking about the business. Okay, let’s do that.

The business plans for this year are simple. Continue to grow JamieRichards.us, JamoRecords.com and MusicalGurus.com and as they progress leverage that time with the time I’m putting into my 9-5. I would like to be full-time in my businesses by Spring of 2020. That’s a 2 year plan so it’s really not that far away. You should always have a short-term goals list and a long-term goals list.

My 4 short-terms are simple:

  • Save money
  • Eat better
  • Exercise more
  • Be more social

My 4 long-term goals are:

  • Plug money into savings
  • Sock more into my 401k
  • Build my businesses to a point that I can sustain my current income
  • Finally, to meet the girl of my dreams and maybe settle down

I think those are all very attainable goals. Don’t you?

So let’s talk about the businesses a little bit. I’m very excited right now about JamoRecords.com. We now have a full-fledged online store where you can purchase audio tracks for your next audio/video project. I’ve also got all my personal albums up there and for sale. And a history of all of my music is represented on there now as well. MusicalGurus.com is also coming along. The vision for it is to have an online marketplace where authors can sell their music/audio files. So not only will you be able to purchase audio files there but if you’re an author you can sell your own audio files and make money. We cover every genre you can imagine and every type of audio file. Types like beats, tracks, loops, sound fx and commercial idents. We have genres like Hip-Hop/RnB, Rock, Pop, Top 40, and Dance and so much more. In fact, we have over 40 genres represented. Though the site is up and functional we still haven’t rolled it out to authors yet. We’re waiting to get a few things in order first. Hopefully by Winter of this year, like a Thanksgiving roll-out, we’ll be ready to go all out and launch it to the masses. We’ll also be rolling out an affiliates program so you can make money by selling our products through your own personal portal that we provide you. All you have to do is spread the word through your social media channels and email and watch the money roll in. So that about covers my Audio Production businesses.

Now about my website business. It’s simply called Jamie’s Company, but I operate on this website, JamieRichards.us. I shut down my previous website development business called WordPress Weavers because it was kind of redundant. I have this site and my web business isn’t that big, it’s just me. So, I shut down WordPress Weavers. Besides, my portfolio is represented here and all my business email channels through jamie@jamierichards.us. I am focusing on building WordPress websites, designing custom graphics, logos and whatever is needed for those specific websites. I can build a complete online business using WordPress where you can accept credit cards through your secure online store.

Then there’s the SEO side of things for your website. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. This is probably one of the most important factors in a successful website. Coding all your key words and phrases into your pages, posts, products and every nook and cranny on your website. The more SEO tagging and coding we do, the close to the top of the pile your website gets whenever someone searches for your business online. I focus on keywords and key phrases. Making sure that page is clearly defined by those key words and phrases and using such words and phrases throughout the content of your website’s pages, posts and products. This is a very time consuming process so that’s why I charge $75/hour for SEO optimization. All my other services get billed out at $55-$65/hour.

Overall, I think 2018 is going to be a fantastic year for me. I’ve got my road map already set. I’ve got my goals ready to go. I’ve prepared as much as I can possibly prepare so now it’s just matter of letting the businesses and my personal commitments flourish.

If you’d like to speak with me about working with you on your new website or audio production project please don’t hesitate to call me at 972-977-3573 or email me at jamie@jamierichards.us or reach out using the contact form below.

Thanks & God-speed,

Jamie Richards

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WordPress 4.9.2 Security and Maintenance Release

Posted January 16, 2018 by Ian Dunn. Filed under Releases, Security.

WordPress 4.9.2 is now available. This is a security and maintenance release for all versions since WordPress 3.7. We strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

An XSS vulnerability was discovered in the Flash fallback files in MediaElement, a library that is included with WordPress. Because the Flash files are no longer needed for most use cases, they have been removed from WordPress.

MediaElement has released a new version that contains a fix for the bug, and a WordPress plugin containing the fixed files is available in the plugin repository.

Thank you to the reporters of this issue for practicing responsible security disclosure: Enguerran Gillier and Widiz.

21 other bugs were fixed in WordPress 4.9.2. Particularly of note were:

  • JavaScript errors that prevented saving posts in Firefox have been fixed.
  • The previous taxonomy-agnostic behavior of get_category_link() and category_description() was restored.
  • Switching themes will now attempt to restore previous widget assignments, even when there are no sidebars to map.
  • The Codex has more information about all of the issues fixed in 4.9.2, if you’d like to learn more.

Download WordPress 4.9.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update automatically.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to WordPress 4.9.2:

0x6f0, Aaron Jorbin, Andrea Fercia, Andrew Duthie, Andrew Ozz, Blobfolio, Boone Gorges, Caleb Burks, Carolina Nymark, chasewg, Chetan Prajapati, Dion Hulse, Hardik Amipara, ionvv, Jason Caldwell, Jeffrey Paul, Jeremy Felt, Joe McGill, johnschulz, Juhi Patel, Konstantin Obenland, Mark Jaquith, Nilambar Sharma, Peter Wilson, Rachel Baker, Rinku Y, Sergey Biryukov, and Weston Ruter.

 

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