Dream Big


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Rock and roll is good for the soul. That's what I've always heard anyway. We live, we breath, and we bleed rock n' roll until the day we die, as most musicians will tell you. And I had the pleasure of interviewing one of them. 

Whitey Mack, lead singer, and founder of La Basura Del Diablo, met with me at The Open Chord in Knoxville for the first live interview for Dream Big. Although previously recorded you still have a front seat to what he had to say about his dreams, music, and where he sees things going in the future. 

The experience was incredible for me. Interviewing someone for the first time live on a sound stage at one of the best venues in town to see the best bands from all around come and play. I wasn't sure what to expect, I was a little nervous, but I gave it my all. 

Whitey was great, he was so polite and a real gentleman. But don't let that fool you, he's a hard rocker with the power of music that's all his own. He and his band are not only local to the metal scene...


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In life there are daily reminders of why we do what we do. But when do we draw the line if what we do is helpful or harmful? I ask myself this question every day when I wake up in the morning.  

I look at myself in the mirror. Sometimes I see the person that others do. Most of the time I only see who I want to be. And then I hate the person that has to struggle to be seen. Other times I just hope that I can pull myself together. 

It seems no matter how hard I try to make my dreams happen I feel guilty. My family has made several sacrifices already so I can do what I need to. But where do I need to draw the line? How will I know when to quit or to keep going? 

I have a lot of myself that I'm willing to give up to make what I want to do happen. I have the heart to win and the stamina to keep fighting. And in my heart I know I have the power to make things happen. At least that's what I keep telling myself. 

At night when I lay down to sleep and close my eyes I replay the events that...


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Big dreams or little dreams, we all have them. From the time we were children our imaginations ran wild, we had our favorite heroes and others who inspired us as to what we wanted to be when we grew up. Now we're adults and still inspired by others who are chasing their dreams and or living them as we speak. I am always inspired by the stories that are shared by friends, family, or even strangers, and especially by those who have accomplished their dreams and continue to strive for the loved ones in their lives. One person that I am so honored to share their story is Sue Martin, of ASM Auto Upholstery.  Sue is my inspiration because of the hard work and dedication she had to achieve her dreams. I'm very fortunate that she was able to take time for the interview via email correspondence. 



Me: What was your first childhood dream? What did you want to be when you grew up? 


Sue: To be a Kung Fu fighter.


Me:  How did you come to doing upholstery for vehicles?  Have you ever upholste...


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The wind blows warmer air into spring. I embrace this with open arms. And this is the beginning of what's to come. 

My dreams have carried me to distant horizons where the sun meets the sky. A kiss from the heavens makes it blush. I don't shy from life's affections. And find it to be more of a tease. 

I lay awake with the anticipation of dawn, only to fall under the seduction of night. Why does the breath of darkness taste so sweet? And the moon is so intoxicating. 

On a black satin sky the stars are tempting me. I want to ride on the tail of a comet to catch one. If I can only hold on to my wish for a moment. And then I can live a lifetime of my dreams. 

When I awaken from the journey that seems to linger on I wait. It doesn't feel real as if it never happened. Until I reach into my pocket. And in my hand a tiny grain of bright light rests in my palm. 

It wasn't a simple memory from my slumber. The night was real. But did my wish come true? I will only know from days yet to come...

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