We are all connected…

Last Saturday night I had the honor of DJ’ing a 50th birthday party for a man entitled “Wild” Bill.  I figured he had this nickname for a reason, but every conversation with me was beyond professional, and sincere.  In fact, he was the most prepared client I had ever had!  I received a letter from him explaining his reasoning for the party, a 9 hour music playlist, two payment deposits…..He reminded me, of me!11392816_961024200604341_6149297560411915082_n

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He knew what music he liked, and he knew every song and artist.  On a personal note, it was all music I loved, so I couldn’t wait to DJ the party.  On a professional level, I was beyond impressed with his knowledge and understanding of Rock n Roll and the gems of our 80’s scene.  He knew what music would bring him and his guests to a “happy place”.  It reminded me of my wedding to be honest.  I gave my DJ a hard drive and told him to ONLY play from each folder designated to each part of the day.  I designed the music for my wedding from start to finish, and in a way, Bill did too..Of course he wasn’t as stubborn as I was at my wedding, and I did take requests from his friends at his party:)….

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I started off with the background music he requested while the guests filed in and ate their dinner…..but as soon as Bill’s dear friend shouted to me “Let’s get this party started!!! CRANK THE AC/DC!!!” I knew it was a game changer.   Bill ROCKED his soul onto that dance floor while his supportive friends/family joined him……all night…..

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At one point I even turned to his son and the conversation went something like “As long as your dad is happy!”  He replied back to me, “He is always happy”….

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The reason I blog about “Wild” Bill, is because  he inspired me so much Saturday night, and I think his story is one to tell.   He lost his wife a couple of years ago, and after some grief and mourning, he could’ve sunk and let the loss defeat him.   Instead, for the sake of his two children and himself, he rose, stronger and stronger…..He asked me to DJ this party for him because he had promised himself, and his wife and children years ago, he would throw a huge bash when he turned 50.  He kept his word, and lives his words, on a daily basis.  Rather then collapse and crumble from a tragedy, he survived and carried on to rebuild and become the man he is and will always be today.  He is love.

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And love is contagious…..

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Everyone at that party connected to Bill and his story in some way.  There was a lot of magic in that room.  As I listened to his children speak about him, and his adoring sister, I felt a connection to Bill I couldn’t explain.  Then again, we are all connected……

Later that weekend, a woman who used to teach with my late father saw my Facebook posts about the party and informed me that my late father most likely taught Bill’s late wife.   I knew we had been connected.  Not just in music, or NJ, or passion, there was more, I felt it that night and ever since.   Pretty wild right?  The father I had lost so many years ago, the reason I became a DJ, the fire to my heart, was probably a part of Bill’s wife’s childhood.  Pure magic.

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Let Bill’s story be a lesson to all of you.   Life is hard, life is easy, life is love, but we are all in this together.   Bill has joined a hiking group and spends a lot of his free time in the physical/mental therapy of nature.  He is a fighter, he is a survivor, he is more alive then most people I have met in this lifetime.   No matter what your age, or what the weather is, or what tragedy has taken toll on your life, always remember that you CAN and WILL get through it, if you choose to do so.  It is always YOUR choice, to live…..

Just being alive is your special occasion….Bill wakes up everyday and thanks God for granting him life, and I believe it, and I believe in stories like this that can inspire us all.

Namaste, and Rock On!

  15 Replies to “We are all connected…”

  1. June 3, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I absolutely love Bill’s story and most definitely was smiling reading all about him and seeing all the wonderful photos, too. Definitely proves how we should live indeed!! Xoxo 😉

  2. June 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Beautiful! So positive and beautiful… can’t help but wonder what, if at all, kind of party I’ll be having at my big 5.0…. Not that it matters, because – the thought behind it all is way more important. And beautiful. Thank you for sharing ‘this behind’ of it all. 🙂

    • June 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      🙂 Thanks for reading it my dear!! I know, such a wonderful story and he is the happiest and most courageous man I’ve met in quite some time! xo Like an earth angel reminder for us all to live!

      • Anonymous
        June 3, 2015 at 10:42 pm

        Thank u Lindsay for sharing my story. I really hope my story helps inspire people to “Live their lives to the Fullest” and “Live everyday like it’s your last” No matter what tough situation a person has to deal with in their life, u have to stay Positive and u have to keep on living your life!!! Whether u suffer through a loved one’s death like I did, or maybe u are just going through a really tough time in your life, u have to fight your way through it and u have to continue to stay positive and be happy in life!!! After me and my 2 kids suffered through my wife’s death, I could feel how much closer and stronger our bond became!!! There was no doubt in my mind that all 3 of us were sticking together. I mean when u think about it, all 3 of us could have just stayed depressed and just crawled up into a shell and remained sad the rest of our lives, but after the way I seen the 3 of us bond together so strongly, there was nothing that was going to stop my family from staying positive and being happy in our lives!!! I told the both of my kids, if there’s one thing the Sala family doesn’t do, it’s we NEVER EVER GIVE UP IN LIFE!!! I told them the Sala family are FIGHTERS who NEVER EVER GIVE UP IN LIFE no matter what tragedy or what difficult situation enters our life!!! Again I really hope people read about my story, it makes me feel really good to know that my story has touched people in such a positive way!!! Thank u again Lindsay for sharing my story and I’m so glad I got to meet u and hear your story also, I definitely feel that we are indeed connected!!! ROCK ON!!! Wild Bill Sala

        • June 3, 2015 at 10:44 pm

          Couldn’t agree more with EVERYTHING you said….I think your wife is an angel from above, and you are an “earth angel”….someone who inspires people on a daily basis…Im so blessed to know you! Mike and I will definitely be going hiking with you asap! xo

  3. John Cordasco
    June 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Bill and his wife, sherrie, had a major impact on my life. I first met Bill through the midget football program in Rockaway township. No coach was ever as vocal, motivated, or intense as bill. Sherrie would always have the kids from the team over and could make us all laugh. She also got us out of a lot of trouble our parents still don’t know about. I had a tear in my eye as I read this because of where I am today. I went on to play college football and now live in houston. Bill and sherrie had a huge part of that. I always heard a voice in my head telling me to work harder and never give up. I like to think that voice was bill. I also feel sherrie was the guiding angle that kept me safe in, and off the grid iron. HAPPY BIRTHDAY bill and R.I.P Sherrie!

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      Beautifully said John!!! Thank you for sharing your connection….I’m sure there are MILLIONS. I just knew meeting him for the first time in person at his party, I had been connected to him in different ways. Such an amazing soul, I’m sure Sherrie was too. Thanks again for reading and so much love to you too! xo

    • Anonymous
      June 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm

      Beautifully said Johnny, I’m so proud of u, the way u have grown up and the great young Man U have become in life!!! I always knew u were a leader and a great listener on our team when u were a very young little boy, I just knew u had a great quality on the football field and in life in general. I’m so glad me & Sherry did touch your life in a very positive way!!! I have to be honest with u Johnny, u were definitely one of Sherry’s favorite kids on the football team, she loved your smartness and your desire to play the game hard and to the best of your ability!!! She knew u also NEVER EVER gave up on the field and in life!!! It makes me feel so good to know we were both such a positive influence in your young life. I know Sherry is still with all of us in spirit and I know she will read what u wrote with that big smile on her face!!! Thank u again Johnny for sharing your kind words!!! I’ll see u soon when u come back to Jersey, Love ya buddy, Wild Bill Sala

  4. Eddie Staudt
    June 3, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    What A Happy Story, Lindsay! With Bill’s inner strength to live his life to the fullest while he carries his favorite songs in his heart he remembers to be thankful for each new day. Bill is very inspiring indeed Lindsay! We can all learn a valuable lesson from how Bill decided to find peace and strength within himself and be grateful that he still has a fulfilling life to live, and wanting to celebrate and share this most priceless gift with his friends and loved ones.

    • June 3, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      I knew you’d love this Eddie! You are also an “earth angel” meant to spread love to all that know you:) xo

      • Eddie Staudt
        June 4, 2015 at 6:45 am

        Thank You, Lindsay! Namaste to you and Mike! 🙂

  5. June 4, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Our breakfast conversation this morning was all about this synchronicity and so you have reinforced it all the more! We are ALL connected.. By space, time, consciousness, and love

  6. June 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    What a great story! And you can definitely see him beaming with life in every photo. I would have thought it was his 30th birthday, to be honest!
    And wild about Dad maybe teaching his late wife.

  7. Liv
    June 8, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    What an inspiration – and an amazing link! I love people who love music!

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