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Free Download: New U2 Music, on Sunday

Starting on Sunday 2/2 at 5pm, iTunes will have a free download of their new single "Invisible."  The free download will only be available until Midnight on Monday 2/3, so you have to hop on it fast.

Here's the backstory.
(RED), U2 and Bank of America Partner to Fight AIDS

Partnership will deliver more than $10 million to fight AIDS and launch with free download of new U2 song debuting during the big game
 
 
(RED), U2 and Bank of America today announced a partnership that will generate more than $10 million to fight AIDS. Details are available at www.bankofamerica.com/RED.
 
The partnership will kick off with a commercial during the big gamel, (Sunday February 2) that will feature U2 performing a new song, “Invisible.” The song will be available as a limited edition release on iTunes for free download during the game and for the following 24 hours. For every download during that timeframe, Bank of America will donate $1, up to $2 million total, to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides life-saving HIV/AIDS treatment, testing and prevention services to tens of millions of people in the world’s poorest countries.
 
(RED) has already generated more than $240 million for the Global Fund since being founded in 2006 by U2 lead singer Bono and Bobby Shriver in order to drive corporate donations to the fight against AIDS. The additional funding from Bank of America will help (RED) surpass a quarter billion dollars raised.
 
Bono said, "Bank of America coming on as a (RED) partner to help the Global Fund's efforts to eliminate AIDS is great news.  It's the kind of game-changing influence that will not just deliver millions of dollars but raise consciousness and keep public pressure on putting an end to this devastating pandemic which has already taken the lives of 35 million people.  And just in...the bank's commitment of $10 million has resulted in the Gates Foundation, SAP and Africa's Motsepe Family matching for a total of $22 million.  Incredible."
 
Key to the success of this initiative will be raising awareness among Bank of America’s vast customer base and more than 240,000 employees, and providing opportunities for them to take action at this critical moment in the global effort to eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. Bank of America serves one in two U.S. households with a network of approximately 5,100 retail banking offices and 16,300 ATMs, has one of the most visited websites in the world, and more than 30 million online banking users and 14 million mobile users.
 
Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America, said, “Just as we dedicate all of our resources to serving customers and clients in the U.S. and around the world, we can
 
bring these capabilities to (RED) and the global health community in the fight against AIDS. Most importantly, we’re encouraging our customers and employees to join the fight.”
 
(RED) funds are fighting AIDS in eight African countries – Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia – and are used to support HIV/AIDS grants which provide treatment, testing and prevention and care services, with a focus on ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieving an AIDS-free generation. Of the more than $240 million generated by (RED), 100 percent has gone directly to the Global Fund for on-the-ground services, with no overhead taken out by (RED). (RED) and its partners – from Bank of America, to Starbucks, Apple and more – are united in a global push to end mother-to-child transmission of the deadly HIV virus by 2015, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals
 
Mark Dybul, executive director, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, said, “We’d like to thank Bank of America, (RED) and U2 for this innovative partnership to deliver much-needed funds and awareness to our fight to eliminate AIDS. This partnership will have a tremendous impact over the coming years.”


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Brushing up on facts for the 'big game' ~Stevi

I had no idea how many 'untruths' flew around regarding NFL football. Better yet, I had no idea people tried passing off this stuff as fact. Check it out: The 5 Biggest Lies About The Superbowl.

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Free Download: "Waking Up To You" by John The Conqueror

Artist: John The Conqueror
Song: "Waking Up To You"
Album: The Good Life

"As folks get older, they begin to see the mistakes they've made," Pierre Moore tells Rolling Stone. "This song isn't about one woman. It's about every relationship I've ruined because I thought sleeping around would make me happy. A few years go, I woke up realizing that I was never satisfied and I caused all my own problems. This song is about that moment."

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A different Beatle-versary

Everybody's talking about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles' landmark performance on the Ed Sullivan Show comin gup in a little over a week.

Today is a different Beatle anniversary. It was on today's date in 1969 that the Beatles gave their final live performance, on the rooftop of Apple Records, at 3 Savile Row in London.

There is so much to love about the 42 minute set of music!  Including--

George's lime green pants
Ringo's shiny raincoat
John's guitar that needs a haircut 
Billy Preston jamming on the keys
Paul's voice at its rockingest


But did you know the rooftop concert almost didn't happen? Well, anyway it wasn't the band's first choice. They wanted to do it on some kind of ship out on the ocean but realized that would cause logistical problems, and chose to go up on the roof instead.

"I'd like to thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we've passed the audition."  - John Lennon
 

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You can give hope and happiness to someone. Details:

Hope and happiness seem like priceless items, but not for some. For the people suffering with Alzheimer's Disease, your old and used Ipod could be a light in their life. Please think about donating when you upgrade, or simply tired of any music storage device; it could be the difference in someone's life.

 
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Free Download: "Warm Winds" by Outlands

Artist: Outlands
Song: "Warm Winds"
Album: Love is as Cold as Death

"We recorded 'Warm Winds' in the middle of a cold Virginia winter," Mark Arciaga tells Rolling Stone. "It's about letting love be the catalyst to move forward. The song was written about these lush Cocteau Twins piano chords, which we ended up reworking and recording on a grand piano to give the song more warmth, and we brought it our friend Kevin Knight to sing some sexy lower background vocals. Those Jessie Ware-inspired harmonies are what really gives that song an extra layer of sensuousness."

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This video of Vin Diesel cuttin' a rug makes me smile ~Stevi

Look at him go!

 
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Free Download: "Young Reckless Hearts" by Warm Soda

Artist: Warm Soda
Song: "Young Reckless Hearts"
Album: Young Reckless Hearts

"'Young Reckless Hearts' is about trusting your intuition at the moment you break free from whatever is holding you back," Matthew Melton tells Rolling Sone. "No matter the consequences."

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Tuesday Motivation ~Stevi

I read this on Twitter this morning:

  Good advice!

Have a great day,
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Worth re-watching: Pete Seeger on Colbert

A man who sang for all of us has died. Pete Seeger, the legendary folk singer and activist, died yesterday at age 94 of natural causes. He led a fascinating life, which I recall learning about on an episode of the PBS program "American Masters" a couple years ago. 

I remember the special showed him chopping wood for his wood stove, something you don't normally see a 90-plus year old man do, and I was in awe! 

According to his grandson, he was still chopping wood as of six days ago. 

That topic makes it into this interview with Stephen Colbert from 2012. He does a great job dealing with Colbert's "truthiness." Enjoy.
 

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