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Thank you AnneNR :) for such a warm welcome. Since I´ve been here, I have enjoyed every visit in that site. I like the positive atmosphere in here. This site is a good place to learn about music. I have been living a long time with classical music, and this has a special place in my hart (specially early music). My friends have always had idols in popmusic, which was quite unknown for me. 

I really like Eric Carmen´s music, and I respect his talent, passion in early years what pushed him forward, to create something that people love and enjoy no matter the year number is :) , 1975 or 2025 ;)

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Today, Estonia celebrates Mother Tongue Day! Embassy asked some Americans to speak in Estonian in following video (in the link). These words in the video are not wery often used, these are kind of special words, but as this is site connected with music and sounds, I think it would be interesting for you to listen, and why not, to try to pronounce. :)

 

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On ‎1‎/‎25‎/‎2016‎ ‎11‎:‎44‎:‎30‎, Katariina said:

We dont like very much to be compared with Lithuanians or Latvians, the cultural specificity and a slightly different world view (I would say ;))

Well, I...as a VERY PROUD American of Lithuanian descent don't see that there is any comparison going on unless I missed it. My Lithuanian culture is different than your Estonian one, and I am so happy for it, like jump for joy that I am a Lithuanian, I would never want to be anything but a Lithuanian...and I'm sure we're both proud of our own heritage as both bring different aspects to the world.

We're Balts, and I for one am proud to be a Balt
through descent...and the many Estonians (and Latvians) I've met understood the comradery with that. Of course the cultures are different, they're different countries for goodness sake. Again...I don't see anyone comparing them...and if they did, is it a bad thing, or a chance for us to educate others on what each of those cultures brings to this wonderful planet? :) 

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Well, you didn't offend me...I just wanted to clarify that we as Balts are pretty spectacular in our own right, each culture, each special, each different. And...we're so strong together. OK, so I as a Lithuanian American could only do my part in the 90's living in America, protests and such...but the 3 nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia sure held their own during Soviet occupation and breaking free from it! We're all distinct, yet so connected in a round about way. I find it "magically delicious!"

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James   

Hello Wendy, it´s been a while.  You always represented your Lithuanian heritage in a first class way during your time here.  And it´s good to see my favorite member back here again.  Katariina has also represented Estonia in a classy way, it´s been cool reading her posts re: Estonia.  I hope she posts more.

P.S. Wendy, one other thing, I haven´t been sleeping so well lately, can you PLEASE post some of your favorite songs in the "Come around and see me" section???????????? 

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Please???

:)

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And speaking of Eastern European folks...recently received the results of my Ancestry DNA test.

I'm Romanian and not Irish - HA!  It's all very good.  ?

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Kirk   

For years I thought the Ansel side of my family was from Germany...ends up they came from Russia!

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On 3/18/2016 at 9:17 AM, Katariina said:

I assume, it´s good for lithuanians to know that lithuanians or perhaps then already americans in America protested then :) , in 90s. Thanke you!

No thanks needed, but thank you for your kind words. :) I was happy to protest on behalf of those Northern European people who lived in the Baltic States at said time, many of those were my own relatives. I was prepared to go to jail if need be to bring awareness to their plight. My amazing, wonderful and beautiful Daddy was interviewed at our Lithuanian-Catholic church during the time of uprising against Soviet occupation. He spoke from his heart for all our relatives in Lithuania...I was ever so proud of him.

As for this not being a political site, I am happy to say that it very much has been in more ways than one since I first joined at the very end of 2007, and why I actually signed on and read it yesterday. I wanted to see if there was any discussion on the up coming Presidential election as we had done 8 years ago. What a time to be on this site! We've exchanged views on politics, religion, conspiracy theories...even sex...as well as music. Truly a free speech zone which I have always thought to be wonderful and to add to it...this is the place which I first realize that I love to "write." A win-win situation for me at least!

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On 3/18/2016 at 3:19 PM, Raspbernie said:

My mom is from Poland! So, bake a batch of latkes and invite me over! :)

Bernie! I'd be happy to fry some Blynai up for you...I guess it's just another way to say potato pancakes, and I'll serve it with fresh soured cream, from the grocery store. ;)  But you know that Krupnikas is my "thang." Seriously, I have 5 bottles made with raw honey sitting in my closet just waiting to be shared. :) Liquid amber at its finest!

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On 3/18/2016 at 10:01 AM, James said:

P.S. Wendy, one other thing, I haven´t been sleeping so well lately, can you PLEASE post some of your favorite songs in the "Come around and see me" section???????????? 

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Please???:-)

James...you slay me. I miss you on facebook...just sayin'...
As for youtube videos...I happened to like this one, though I can't remember how to embed it. Anyway...sleep soundly my friend, if you can...
;)

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Excellent! :D

 

 

olen väga häiritud, et minu teema on keeratud naljaks tänu ühe välismaale peitu jooksnud leeduka poolt tekitatud segaduse

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Think many of us have roots in other countries where relatives may have suffered or perhaps are suffering now.  That fact can easily bring up some strong feelings.  

As a sidebar and to Kirk, since you mentioned your own ancestry discovery, I'd encourage an ancestrydna test for fun.

In case y'all didn't know, DNA is passed 50/50 from each parent to female children and roughly 50/50 to male children.  However, which strands of genetic ancestral material you inherit is a crap shoot.  So as I inherited Romanian dna, my brothers may have inherited a percentage of Irish dna and no Romanian, and so on.  

Turns out I have 87% Western European genetic make up that's pure French and German.  Genetically, I'm made of 39% more French and German genetic material than the average resident in France and Germany in 2016.  Yes, I have some surprise Eastern European, Italian/Greek and Middle Eastern background.  

The whole experience has opened my mind about where my ancestors came from, how their genetic stuff makes me who I am, and yet, I live in the U.S. and identify as American.  

So, to me it's alright now, it's all good.  ?

p.s. Wendy, I'm also interested to see where this political season takes us via discussion in CW.

 

 

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The Rollers did a really good job on that great song, best I´ve heard outside of The Raspberries.

Thank you to the Señora in the pink letters.

:)

James

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On 3/19/2016 at 5:22 PM, James said:

The Rollers did a really good job on that great song, best I´ve heard outside of The Raspberries.

Thank you to the Señora in the pink letters.

:)

James

James...you might be interested to know that BCR album was produced by none other than Jimmy Ienner...producer to the Raspberries & some of EC's solo work.

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On 3/19/2016 at 3:42 PM, Mary Ellen said:

As a sidebar and to Kirk, since you mentioned your own ancestry discovery, I'd encourage an ancestrydna test for fun.

p.s. Wendy, I'm also interested to see where this political season takes us via discussion in CW.

Gosh...I miss the times we would "side bar." :) So happy you discovered your ancestry. And I think I will check back from time to time to see the weigh in for the election...it could be interesting.

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58 minutes ago, susie b said:

James...you might be interested to know that BCR album was produced by none other than Jimmy Ienner...producer to the Raspberries & some of EC's solo work.

That's right, Susie!!!
The man had a great knack for producing...and gosh, he did a great job on both versions of "Let's Pretend" ...and here's Jimmy and "Mr. WendyWorld" in 1976.

PS: You're welcome Señor James. :) 

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Kirk   
4 hours ago, Wendy-Ann said:

Gosh...I miss the times we would "side bar." :) So happy you discovered your ancestry. And I think I will check back from time to time to see the weigh in for the election...it could be interesting.

Hard to believe it's been 10 years since some of those lively exchanges with Eric!  Check in when you can, Wendy!

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