All There Is

It all started with a Friday morning commute to work, day one on a new gig.
I was creeping along the 5 freeway, heading towards my Bermuda triangle area of Burbank, when I caught myself smiling, laughing out loud & welling up with tears as I listened to this couple’s love story.
I knew I needed to be paying attention to directions, but I was so drawn in by their words.
As they wrapped up the segment, they mentioned the author would be doing a reading at a local bookstore that evening, I sooooo wanted to go ~ if that story was any example of what the book held, I knew it was going to be a great event!

We were planning a “date nite” but hadn’t quite made our plans, so I threw it out there 😉
Sent him to the link online, he listened & was hooked – yay!

If you’re familiar with StoryCorps you know how fabulous it is & if you’re not, check it out!
Its an amazing idea ~ a facilitated interview process with loved one’s in your life, asking the questions you really want to know about that person, but never seem to stop & take the time to ask in daily life. It’s recorded & preserved so generations down the line can hear your story ~ super cool!

So, this evening’s event was the book release/reading of a collection of love stories told in the StoryCorp booth.
Held in a local neighborhood book shop, the setting was quaint & perfect. No giant mega-store, pumping bad muzac, but quietly tucked in among the books we listened to the voices tell their stories of love.
Such warmth came from their words as we journeyed along with them.
Of course, I was brought to tears with almost each one! Thankfully we were standing towards back & he just held me close.

It reconfirmed for me our purpose here, it truly is to relate & BE with each other, find love for each other. That’s what makes us rich & fulfilled, not working insane hours and missing time with family & friends. 
Being present to the moment & who you’re with, which can seem utterly impossible to do these days as we race around.

There’s an artist working to get a project funded on to publish a book of love stories of couples who have been together over 50 years in New York. 
Inspired by finding her grandfather’s love letters to her grandma from World War II, she’s begun this journey to learn what makes love work. I so look forward to reading this & wish her much success! The images she’s captured are palpable with love, the friendship, the kindness, the companionship, the passion of lives shared.

Back to date nite…from the book shop we strolled down the street to the Dresden, you may be familiar with it from “Swingers”. Shockingly my babe had not experienced the fabulousness of this place, along with musical stylings of Marty & Elayne.

I love these two! A dying breed I fear. Their lounge act is beyond bad that its great!
We snagged a booth, cocktailed it up & made friends with Marty, who even did a lil Sinatra number for us 😉
The perfect night cap to date nite!

I’ve included a bit of a sample of what you’d experience on a night with Marty & Elayne ~ enjoy!
Its their “signature” number by the Bee Gees ~ really you tell me, who does it better? 😉

**A lil footnote** 
As a Valentine’s day gift, my babe surprised me with the CD of “All There Is” & I keep falling in love with their stories as I listen in traffic.

And since I can’t get this song outta my head, I share it with you here

The Beatles

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you
in time - It's easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
Nothing you can see that isn't shown.
Nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be.
It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
All you need is love (all together now)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

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