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Rock for Learning!
** Inspiring learning and raising awareness on important matters, great music and good causes to cultivate a better world. **

A publication of New Moon Publishing & Consulting - California, USA.


A MOMENT FOR A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE - What the World Needs Now
Written by Melanie Silos (Songwriter/Editor, Rock for Learning)

Excuse me, do you have a moment please?" I asked, just a moment to make a world of difference.

It takes just a moment to make a supportive effort that collectively will make a world of difference through simple sharing, helping to raise awareness and initiating action on important matters. And yet, some people are still rather content or too busy in their own private life and work that exists within the freedoms of the community, state, country, world that we are striving to protect, sustain, and improve upon. This is the case of my extensive experience canvassing the communities to support environmental and political matters, the many people who pass by saying: "sorry, no time," "not interested," or "no thanks". But of course, there are also many who DO take time to be aware and participate, and you who are reading this, are amongst those who are actively supportive and involved in important matters and are most appreciated in your moment of interest, active support, and concern. You might wonder, "What does the world need now?"

We are all in this world together dealing with the effects of past presidents, the war on terrorism making the most giant debt in U.S. history, natural disasters taking out lives and homes everywhere, the polar ice caps melting from global warming, forests being destroyed, the aids epidemic rampant, a tanking economy with hard working people without homes and/or healthcare, and worse the many people who don't even know or support basic human rights and freedoms, not even free speech, and it's just getting worse with a large part of the population being developed and conditioned to be illiterate and just watch entertainment on tv/film, and there's so much more.

As humans, we are born as naturally curious, caring, and loving beings, then somewhere along the way become conditioned or learn the contrary. We have challenges to overcome, and yet whenever there's any bit of a challenge or new passing fancy or trend, without care so easily some people just drop their efforts and move on to the next easy thing. And then there are also the people that say they think they don't matter, and efforts are hopeless, and it's of no use to even vote, and they say only the corporations and famous celebrities have the ability to make a difference because they have money. But amidst the apathy, complacency, and hopelessness, there are still those with hope and passion, who care to get involved and make a difference.

YOU ARE THE MAGIC. - Johnny Marr.  Johnny Marr & The Healers - Bangin' On with Love.[MORE]I remember as Johnny Marr expressed to Rock for Learning quoting a Sly & the Family Stone song, "Everybody is a star", and Francis Dunnery singing about it all the time in his song "Everyone's a Star." And I realized that every individual can make a difference, whoever you are regardless of race, religion, creed, age, sex, or financial status, and inspiring the support of corporations and celebrities can help where efforts are focussed. And for those with the passion, hopefully that passion will spread to inspire the otherwise apathetic or complacent.

'When you experience something in life, see it for what it is and not to allow an illusion to lead you. LET YOUR HEART LEAD YOU - nothing else matters.S' - Talia Mayes, The Golden Ratio  [photo use by permission.] How will we help raise awareness and inspire action on what is important so we can share a moment and do something about it, and what can we do about it? The Golden Ratio vocalist Talia Mayes declares, "Let your heart lead you; nothing else matters." She is absolutely right about that, and anything is possible when you follow your heart - not necessarily the money. Following the passion in my heart I created Rock for Learning. OASIS:  On life & learning:  NEVER STOP; says Noel Gallagher, lead guitarist, singer/songwriter, and mastermind of Oasis... A drink of life in the summer heat at an OASIS and an undeniable feeling of Heathen Chemistry.  (Photograph courtesy Sony Music Ent.) [MORE] I am not rich nor famous nor a corporation, yet with passion and hope for a better future, I started Rock for Learning in 2001 originally on a free Yahoo Geocities website with free community access University Library computers (thanks to CSUN & UNLV) and the .21 cents that fell out of my pocket in the laundry in 2001. And by 2002 gained the involvement of The House of Blues and with just $3 dollars UNLV provided hundreds of copies of the first Rock for Learning newsletter which made its way from the West Coast to the East Coast and back and gained the involvement of Oasis and others in just a moment of sharing.

SEAL:  A Symbol of Love & A Step in the Right Direction.  LOVE, WHAT ELSE IS THERE... says SEAL. (Photograph posted with permission of Warner Bros Records.) Seal supports Childhelpusa.org [MORE] On what's important for family development: 'KEEP ON GETTING EDUCATED AND LEARN LOVE FOR HUMANITY' - Ian Brown  [photo use by permission.] On what matters that is so important for him and the world that he writes about it, Seal said, "Love, what else is there." The Spinto Band's Nick Krill mentions of great importance is "Curiosity." And thus, the matter is clear, we need to relearn and inspire our human nature to be curious, to care, and to love. Ian Brown encourages Rock for Learning, "Learn love for humanity." The Beatles and Paul McCartney knew it as they sang "All You Need Is Love..." Develop and direct efforts with love, create with love, and express ourselves with love, show and share importance for what we love, protect, nurture, and sustain what we love. It's what we need most, and all it takes is just a moment.

BENEVOLENCE WITH LOVE for humanity, it's what the world needs now; and it will lead us all to better human relations and conflict management, and responsible stewardship for all natural creation, people, animals, and the environment. And while we are all busy and working towards something of importance in life or not, we each have the ability to make a world of difference and show we care with just a moment, that's all it takes... a moment of attention, a moment of consideration, a moment to listen, a moment to sign a petition, a moment to register and to VOTE, a moment to respond and acknowledge, a moment to share, a moment of love and care, a moment that contains all of the above, just a moment, please... that's all it takes.

So I asked, "Excuse me do you have a moment?" Aware he could have been like the many others too busy and walk away, but this one didn't; rather he stood with me with a welcoming curiousity and sincere attention, and in just a moment he made a world of infinite difference.

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Thank you to all the Rock for Learning supporters and members for honoring me with a moment of their time and showing support for Rock for Learning.

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Rock for Learning Featured Artists:

On the source of inspiration and empowerment: 'MY FATHER (Joe Paquin).  He taught me music.  If it weren't for my Dad and what he did with my Mom, I wouldn't be here.' - Luke Paquin, guitarist Hot Hot Heat + 'MOST IMPORTANT IS TO STAY ENTHUSIASTIC...' Steve Bays, vocalist Hot Hot Heat  [photo use by permission of WBR.] RYAN ADAMS - I'M STILL LEARNING...  Ryan Adams: A Light of Brilliance... A blue star, ONE in a constellation of many, without whom the whole would not be what it is... Click in for the full feature article regarding Ryan's new music and more. (Photograph by Bob Gruen. Posted with permission of Lost Highway Records.) RYAN supports HousingWorks.org [MORE] EVERYTHING IS MEANINGFUL. - Robert Plant... KEANE - Being Keen With Keane.  Question is:  Does the music we make choose us or do we choose the music. Vocalist Tom Chaplin knows, 'IT SOUNDS CRYPTIC.'  Click in and discover the orgins of life and creation! Keane are helping child victims of war go to school with Warchildmusic.com. (Photograph posted with permission of Interscope Records. OASIS:  On life & learning:  NEVER STOP; says Noel Gallagher, lead guitarist, singer/songwriter, and mastermind of Oasis... A drink of life in the summer heat at an OASIS and an undeniable feeling of Heathen Chemistry.  (Photograph courtesy Sony Music Ent.) [MORE] On what's important for family development: 'KEEP ON GETTING EDUCATED AND LEARN LOVE FOR HUMANITY' - Ian Brown  [photo use by permission.] I'M WILLING TO LEARN! - The Zutons.  [photo use by permission of Sony Music Ent.] SEAL:  A Symbol of Love & A Step in the Right Direction.  LOVE, WHAT ELSE IS THERE... says SEAL. (Photograph posted with permission of Warner Bros Records.) Seal supports Childhelpusa.org [MORE] WE'VE GOT TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON OUR IDEALS OR BETRAY SOMETHING AT THE HEART OF WHO WE ARE... - Bono (U2) BONO, at Harvard University addresses the class on African relief, American ideals, and rebelling against indifference. (Photo and link courtesy of Berklee College of Music and Harvard Magazine.)Bono supports DataData.org  [MORE]
MUSIC IS EVERYTHING. - Chris Martin (Coldplay singer/keyboardist/guitarist). COLDPLAY: The Light of Music, Passion, and Development! (Photo courtesy of Capitol Records & Coldplay's Mgmt) Coldplay supports MakeTradeFair.org  [MORE] YOU GET WHAT YOU FOCUS ON. - Francis Dunnery. Francis Dunnery supports the CKD Children's Hospital Fund-UK [MORE] YOU ARE THE MAGIC. - Johnny Marr.  Johnny Marr & The Healers - Bangin' On with Love.[MORE] INCUBUS/Brandon Boyd, With encouragement on how to make a positive difference in the world: Responsibility, Self-sufficience, cleaning up after one's self, stay aware, to name a few.  [photo use by permission of Ren Management.] THE THRILLS - Thrilled for Learning! Vocalist/songwriter Conor Deasy wants to learn:  I WANT TO LEARN MUSIC THEORY... Click in for the full feature article plus more about their new record LET'S BOTTLE BOHEMIA. The Thrills headlined the 2004 OXFAM.org benefit concert. (Photograph posted with permission of Virgin Records. ADVOCATES OF PHILANTHROPY - RADIOHEAD Bring Out the Stars at Hollywood Bowl. ...It's about ALL the people that made it what it is together. (Photo courtesty of NLM) [MORE] I WORKED HARD AND IT PAID OFF. - Mitch Mills.[MORE] MOTIVATE YOURSELF.  IT'S THE HARDEST THING TO DO FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY. - Robert Harvey (Lead Vocalist - THE MUSIC) - ...with that most screaming wild unique guitar riff by guitarist, Adam Nutter, in FLOAT that simply winds me up and makes me dance as it intends. What a contrast it is to hear Robert, one who likes to read spiritual philosophical subjects... [MORE] (Photograph by courtesy of Capitol Records.) LIVE, LOVE, LEARN. - Darius Rucker.  Back To Then, brilliant with heart and soul... (Photograph by Stephen Danelian.  Courtesy of Hidden Beach Records.)[MORE]

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