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10/20/2020 5:00:42 PM -07:00

Well it happened yesterday; I lost my Brother. Sad because he was only eleven years old. The brother I am speaking of is my Brother MFC-J825DW multi-function printer. If you have followed my blog, you will know that I have extoled the virtue of this wonderful device. For many years it has performed flawlessly as I faxed documents across the country, scanned and digitized pictures, made a quick copy for a friend and printed countless documents.It happened quickly. So quickly that I am not sure what happened. I was moving the printer from one side of the room to the other. When I plugged it in at its new location instead of coming up ready, an error occurred. It was the dreaded “Failed to Init: 48” code.I searched the internet for a cure. There were dozens of articles on the meaning and repair of this fault, none worked. Hour after hour I tried every possible procedure with no success. Despite all my best efforts to revive the unit, including a forty-minute wait with Brother Technical Support, I realized it could not be saved.After a good night’s sleep, I resigned myself to say goodbye and move on. It took several hours to find a suitable replacement. There was plenty to choose from. But at what cost? Which one would both meet my needs and preserve my bank balance?I finally decided on an Epson Workforce 4820 multi-function printer. This unit compared favorably to my old friend in terms of features and cost. Once the decision was made, I began to search for availability and price. Not surprisingly most stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, were in short supply. COVID-19 has done a number on the availability of the product, at least that is the excuse they gave me.Luckily, I found one at a local office supply house, in stock and at the price I wanted to pay. I ordered it for curbside pickup (another new opportunity courtesy of COVID).A few hours later my new partner is sitting proudly on its throne. It seems to be every bit as capable as the Brother it replaced. Time will tell if it can survive eleven years of abuse at the hands of a demanding hoard of users or abdicate before its time. One can only hope.Long live the king!  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com  © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

10/19/2020 8:34:47 PM -07:00

 What happens when you have all the answers, but the questions have changed? It seems in today’s world this situation has become more commonplace. Many of the things that we take for granted are no longer true.In times of rapid change, we must re-examine how we think, how we work, and essentially how we live.The real estate business is not immune to this rapid change. In the last few months, we have changed the way we sell homes. Many of the traditional processes may no longer be the best way to market a house. At one time a seller’s goal was to get as many people to visit their house as possible. We would fling our doors open hoping that a buyer will walk in, fall in love, and buy.Today we are more cautious. Using modern tools like drone photography, video promos, and virtual tours, we provide prospective buyers with loads of information before they ever walk through the door. It allows sellers to limit in-person showings and answer many buyer questions without a physical showing.When it comes to in-person showings, buyers are asked to wear masks, gloves, and booties to help limit the spread of communicable diseases. Requiring safety measures has the added value of eliminating the lookie-loo that may not have a serious interest in the house.But it isn’t just COVID related changes that have affected our business. Low inventory has made buyers anxious and sellers more choosey. In many markets’ buyers are overlooking repairs, increasing earnest money deposits, and waiving contingencies.Lending has seen dramatic changes as well. With interest rates at an all-time low, lenders have seen a huge demand for refinancing, clogging the system and extending the time required to close a loan for purchase money as well.Changes to the appraisal process are also affecting real estate with appraisal waivers, drive-by appraisals and desktop appraisals bypassing the full appraisal requirement. Certainly, an appraisal waiver is a blessing for most borrowers, but a low desktop appraisal can be a huge disappointment.Buying or selling a house today may take on a quite different personality that even just a few years ago. Adjusting to a new and different market is imperative if we want to maintain our professionalism. Times have changed, at least for now.For those of us that for so many years have strived to have all the answers, we must now make sure we know the question. When your client asks, “What should we do?” You may have to rethink your answer.   Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

10/9/2020 10:15:22 AM -07:00

Where do they find the time? I mean everyone is Zooming everyone else. But Zooming is not what it used to be. Years ago, zooming meant deceiving or taking advantage of someone. More recently, zooming meant getting high on a mixture of drugs and energy drinks. Today, thanks to the Zoom video conferencing software, people are Zooming each other daily with no ill effects.There are so many Zoom meetings that I cannot keep up with them. My brokerage hosts regular status meetings sometimes as often as two or three times a week. We host marketing strategy meetings. Almost all of our regional training classes are now hosted over Zoom.Due to COVID concerns many agents or sellers are hosting their virtual open houses via a Zoom platform.But Zooming in not just for business. It has other uses as well. Since I cannot be with them, I talk regularly with family members over Zoom. Which is helpful since many of them live far away. The best part is I do not have to feed them.With all this Zooming going on, I have decided to upgrade my computer systems. I recently upgraded the speed of my internet connection to allow me to perform multiple tasks without slowing down.Then I installed two additional computer monitors with windowing capability. Now I can host multiple Zoom meetings at the same time. I can attend a real estate training session on one monitor, converse with my mother-in-law on another, and I can watch YouTube videos of my favorite rock concert, all at the same time. I cannot tell you what a time saver that has been.But Zooming raises a question that needs to be answered. Do you dress for your Zoom meeting? I mean, if you were going to meet in person you would dress appropriately for the meeting, especially business meetings. Should it be any different in a virtual world?Would it be wrong to add a corporate logo to my new pajamas? After all, I want to look professional.   Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

10/6/2020 7:16:09 PM -07:00

We work hard all our lives to accomplish our goals, earn recognition, and attain wealth. In our early years, we seldom recognize how our lives will evolve. We cannot predict the future, so we can only plan our futures based on the knowledge we have today.If the year 2020 has taught us anything, it should have taught us that life is unpredictable. Enjoy it while you can.I was having a discussion with a friend the other day. This gentleman has only known me for about five years. He did not know me when I was up and coming, or even when I was at the pinnacle of my career. I tried to describe to him that I was once a highly sought-after expert in my field, one of only a handful of people with my level of expertise.At that time, I was a member of a team that traveled the world consulting on the conversion of telecommunications systems that are the foundation for today’s digital society. Technology that we take for granted today. It was my fifteen minutes of fame.It suddenly dawned on me how long ago it was. Since that time, newer more powerful technology has supplanted much of the work that I believed would last for decades.It is incredible how quickly time goes by. Sometimes you run so fast you forget what is behind you. I never noticed that I was coasting downhill.I no longer work in that field, but I still have goals and aspirations. Maybe not as lofty or earth-shattering. Perhaps a bit more self-centered.My life has slowed a lot since those early days. I probably spend more time playing tennis than I do working. But still, I am glad it is only slowing and has not come to a sudden stop.A wise man once told me, “It isn’t the fall that kills you. It’s the sudden stop.” Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

10/5/2020 9:03:04 PM -07:00

It seems everyone today has the same goal. A paperless office and by extension, a paperless society. Books, who needs them? Why can’t we simply do electronic documentation? Envelopes, mail, file cabinets, do we really need them?Call me old fashion, but sometimes you just need to have a paper in your hand. Every office needs a printer, and I have one that has been a great friend for nearly ten years.It is a Brother MFC-J825DW, multi-function system and it has been a workhorse. Multi-function printers are nothing new, but this model was of exceptional design. It not only prints black and full color, but it will also scan at high resolution, copy with one touch, and fax anywhere in the world.It is one of the few models that I have found that auto-duplexes, making two-sided printing a snap. It has connectivity via ethernet, USB cable, or wireless. And it prints both letter and legal-size documents. It can scan documents and pictures directly from the internet or from a USB device, a SD memory card.I was lucky to discover this printer on sale at my favorite warehouse store for only $89. I was worth more, but a newer model was being produced so this year’s model was on clearance.Well, you guessed it, the newer(s) model did not work as well as my old 825DW. Even today, my old model is in high demand. In this era of throw away technology, I see used ones for sale on eBay for as much as $250 and rebuilt units as high as $800.But like all mechanical devices, it occasionally needs a little maintenance. Over the years I have had a few things break. The little plastic tab that holds the ink cartridge in place broke off a few years ago. I fabricated one out of a picture hanger. The hinge that holds the rear access panel broke while ago, but since parts are no longer available, I had to glue a makeshift hinge in place of the old one.During our recent move, the printer ended up in storage for nearly six months. When I finally unpacked her, she was full of dust and the print head was clogged. I found a cleaning kit online and a few days ago I was able to clean the printhead and it is once again printing like a new system.I do not know how much longer my old friend will be with me. One of these days it will again breakdown and I won’t be able to repair it. I will need to buy a newer model. When that happens, I will miss this old slogger. Luckily, I don’t print as much as I used to. I am going less paper. But for the time being, I can still print to my heart's content in full color, two-sided and on legal size paper. Call me old fashioned.  © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

9/5/2020 3:14:44 PM -07:00

We all use tools. Tools for building, tools for gardening, tools for cooking, tools for cleaning. Some tools have become essential to our modern lifestyle. Scouring pads, shovels, screwdrivers, flashlights are all examples of tools that we use every day without consideration.But what about the smartphone? Is it a tool? Can you use it in place of many of the tools that we have traditionally carried? The answer is a resounding YES!Let’s just look at some of the wonderful tools that my smartphone has replaced.It is a calculator. Now I can add subtract and multiply easily no need to own or buy a separate calculator. Lost? My smartphone has a compass to tell me what direction to go. Even better, if I know where I want to go it can tell me how to get there, I never have to try and fold a paper map again.Building something? My smartphone has a measuring tool. Once I determine how high I want my picture hung I can see if it is straight because my phone has a built-in level.I saw a sign for something that interested me. I wanted to write down the information number and details, but I didn’t have a pencil. No problem, I just took a picture. All of the details were right there where I needed them.Can’t remember something? Leave a voice memo. Want to know how high is the mountain you just climbed? Use the free altitude app.As a real estate agent, I have several tools that help me on a daily basis. I can schedule a home showing, find my way through the winding streets of the Phoenix metro. I can open a lockbox, measure the size of a room, or calculate a mortgage payment.When it gets dark or I need to look in a closet or cabinet, my built-in flashlight is invaluable.Why I can even realign the angle of my satellite dish with the help of my friendly Dish Align app.I am sure that there are many more uses for my smartphone. It seems there is no end to all the tools I have replaced with my smartphone. Now if someone would just develop a phone I could use as a hammer my toolbox would be complete. Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

8/17/2020 9:12:18 AM -07:00

Everyone has a home improvement story. We were sitting around talking the other day and we recounted a story from about 30 years ago. It made me laugh, so I thought I would share it here. It is about do it yourself home improvement. Have you ever tried to make something better? Of course, you have. Everyone has things that need improvement. In this case the thing I was trying to make better was my new house.Shortly after my wife and I were married we bought our first house. It was a cute raised ranch with three bedrooms and an unfinished basement that I planned to finish. The house was a standard tract home, so except for the exterior color it looked identical to every other home in the development. I wanted my house to be both better and more distinctive. So, I decided to make some improvements.One of the first things I did was to replace the front picture window with a really nice five pane bay window. The new window would add a distinctive look and add to the energy efficiency of the home.I laid out the plan. It was a simple matter of building a temporary wall to hold up the ceiling, removing the old window, installing the new window, trimming, and repainting, and removing the temporary wall.Five simple steps. Well, maybe a few more than five and some not so simple.When I ordered the new window, I had my choice of a custom made unit that would fit neatly within the existing rough opening. Or for a lot less money I could get a standard size unit and adjust the rough opening. Money was tight, so I decided to go with a standard unit that was slightly larger than the window that it was replacing. Little did I know that it would present some additional challenges.With the larger window, I had to recreate the header that supported the wall. I started with constructing a temporary wall that would hold the weight of the ceiling and roof once the old header was out.Once in place, the old window could come out. Once the old window was out, I could begin work on reframing the wall. The new opening required moving two wall studs, which in turn required moving an electrical outlet, something I hadn’t counted on. It took a few hours to tear out the old and rebuild the wall to the new specifications. As the day wore on, it was becoming apparent that we would not be able to finish the project in one day.We decided to call it a day and finish the project the next day. The weather was good so I didn’t think that we would have any problem leaving the wall open for about 12 hours. Just to be sure I grabbed a couple of plastic tarps and sealed up the hole. It would keep any birds and bugs etc. from coming inside.I suppose I should have checked the weather report before finishing up for the day. Because that night a major storm blew in. The storm brought high winds and a torrential downpour. I remember standing in the living room watching as the tarps were battered to and fro. If they didn’t hold, the wind and rain would destroy the living room of our new house.I was in near tears, doing whatever I could to button down the tarps. Trying desperately to keep them from being blown away. Even today, my wife reminds me how I exclaimed: “I am so stupid, why did I attempt this…”But luckily the tarps held. The storm abated and the next day a group of friends and I were able to install the new window and weatherproof the exterior. When the job was completed, and the last splash of paint was applied the window looked great. It was a huge improvement in my new home. It made my house distinguished from all the other tract homes.I wiped away my tears, put away my grief, and proudly displayed my new windows to the whole neighborhood.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

8/15/2020 8:19:10 AM -07:00

For you Rolling Stones fans, the group is re-releasing their classic album Goat's Head Soup into a multi-volume set complete with re-digited music, videos, and story lines from the past. The group released this video from the early 1970's as a promo for the album. It is a lot of fun to see the Stones as young men.Check it out. Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

8/9/2020 8:28:36 AM -07:00

We made it! After months of living out of a suitcase. Wearing the same clothes over and over. Self-quarantining in strange rental properties. We have closed on our new home.It hasn’t been easy. Selling our old home took longer than expected. A task that has made me more sympathetic to my clients.Overcoming shortages of livable rental properties. All the good ones were taken or outrageously priced. We had to move multiple times over a five-month period.Then there was negotiating with the new builder. A process that leaves you feeling powerless. Delays in delivery of supplies like cabinets and appliances, along with a general sense of uncertainty.Some things went well. When the pandemic hit sales at the new home development plummeted. Several under contract buyers canceled. Tradesmen, including the Construction Superintendent, got sick. The entire sales team quit (or were fired) all in a matter of days. To stem the tide the builder increased their sales incentive and extended the incentive to under contract buyers like myself. That in turn made the good deal we had negotiated even better.In the end, it all worked out okay. It was a rocky ride, but we have landed. It may be one small step for mankind, but one giant leap for man and wife.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

8/7/2020 1:06:27 PM -07:00

Welcome back. For those of you have followed my Soundtrack of a Lifetime series you have probably wondered what happened to the June 2020 songs. Well they disappeared and may never return. I had considered restoring them, but I have always felt that this blog is more about inspiration than perspiration. So instead I will from time to time post an Encore entry when I feel inspired to do so.Today I was in Lowes and as so often happens these days a popular song from my past is playing on the store’s speakers. To my wife’s chagrin I was singing along with the song which is now stuck in my head.The song was Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars.So, let’s have some fun today. Take 3 minutes to enjoy a great song and fun video.   Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com  © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

7/28/2020 7:29:20 PM -07:00

The market in Phoenix is hot, in more ways than one. Once again, the Phoenix metro has led the nation in year over year home price growth. In June 2020 sellers sold their homes for 99% of asking price. The average home went pending in 37 days and homes in hotter areas of the valley went from listing to pending in just 14 days.Despite a spring slow down attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has rebounded nicely.New home builders have seen an increase in sales of over 6% in the month of June.The result is a market that clearly favors sellers.But rising rental rates and historically low-interest rates have kept buyers in the market in spite of rising prices, competitive bidding wars for homes in the lower price ranges.For the time being, sellers will remain in command of a market that is suffering from low inventory and high demand.But all is not rosy in Phoenix. It had been a very hot summer keeping people indoors at a time when they might be out enjoying the outdoors. Arizona has also been a hot spot (excuse the pun) for COVID making showings difficult. And the latest complaint from listing agents is that appraisals have failed to keep up with the price increases.This of course has caused problems for buyer’s agents who want to help their buyers achieve their dream but often are met with frustration. I can attest to the exasperation of spending an afternoon showing homes in 110+ degree temperatures, only to lose the bid to another anxious buyer.The most interesting part is that in the next few months the weather will turn mild and even more buyers will descend on Phoenix. The weather will cool, but the market will likely stay hot. Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

7/26/2020 8:03:40 AM -07:00

I noticed that Alan May posted up one of these compilation videos, so I thought I would try my hand at it.In honor of the restart of America's Game, I found this video from a gentleman named Harrison Sheckler. Welcome back Baseball!Try not to sing along.   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

7/21/2020 7:13:57 PM -07:00

Due to unforeseen circumstances, many of the Soundtrack of a Lifetime – 2020 Edition posts have been lost. But there is still plenty of good music to listen too.The Corona Virus/ COVID-19 pandemic has changed some of the ways we live our lives. Most rock concerts and live stage performances have been canceled or at least postponed. Yet, the performers that we enjoy are still playing, even if their fans cannot participate.There have been a lot of performers that have offered virtual concerts which can be fun in the absence of live music.One of the latest is a compilation of performers that have been put together by guitarist Dave Mason. Mason’s latest gig is appropriately named Dave Mason and the Quarantines.In this latest endeavor, Mason joins forces with a group of others including Sammy Hagar, Mick Fleetwood, and The Doobie Brothers to recreate one of Dave’s big hits Feelin’ All-Right.Like all virtual concerts, the artists are in different locations. But it all comes out okay in the end with a rocking good time.So with all that has happened so far in 2020, we still have time for an Encore.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

7/20/2020 8:28:02 PM -07:00

This is a recovered version of a post that was lost. Enjoy! Well, June 2020 is in the books. It is time for the Soundtrack of a Lifetime to go back into intermission. 2020 has been a strange year in many ways, but the beat goes on. With each passing year our repertiore of sonds grows larger and more variedI wanted to finish the season strong. So, today you get something a little different. The song is “I’d Rather Go Blind”. Written and originally performed by the great blues singer Etta James. The song is about a woman that realizes her love is leaving her. She cannot bear the thought. The Etta James version was recorded in 1968 and has become a blues classic. It is so moving that Etta will bring a tear to your eye. You can listen to the Etta James version by clicking HERE. Since we covered Etta James back in 2019 with another of her great songs "At Last", I decided offer you a version by another artist, that in my opinion is equally as good. The song that we have the pleasure to enjoy today is performed by blues singer Beth Hart and recorded with the incredible blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa. In this video, performed in 2014 in Amsterdam, Hart knocks it out of the park in a performance that matches Etta James for raw emotion. But for me, the thing that makes this such an amazing performance is the guitar work that Bonamassa adds to the song. Each time I hear the song I am awestruck at the synergy between the vocals and the music. You can hear Bonamassa's guitar weeping along with Hart's vocals. There are only a handful of guitarists that can make a guitar sing like Bonamassa. I hope you enjoy it. Until next year, The Soundtrack of a Lifetime bids you many happy days of listening pleasure. Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often. Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE. Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

7/8/2020 12:43:45 PM -07:00

We closed on a home in Sun City, AZ last week. It was a lovely ranch home loaded with upgrades including a solar grid that was only a few years old. The house was lovingly cared for by a husband and wife that owned the home for over 15 years. The couple had planned on it being their forever home, but sometimes life doesn’t work out as planned.The husband passed away. Leaving his wife alone in this big house. She decided to restart her life in another area, closer to her family, so the home went on the market.Along came a sweet single woman that was relocating to Sun City and was looking for a house that would meet her unique requirements.“Unique requirements?” you ask. “Yes.” The buyer is a world-class musician that needed a home for herself and her instruments which include a grand piano, an organ, and a harpsichord. There are also three large harps and a variety of other musical paraphernalia.In addition, the buyer is an avid crafter, so she needed room for her workspace. It was a match made in heaven. Except that the buyer needed a contingency on the sale of her current home. After a little negotiating we were able to agree on terms. Although the escrow was long due to the home sale contingency, the sale closed, and the seller moved to be close to her family. The new buyer is happily tuning her instruments and playing her music.It is summer in Arizona, so most homes are shut up tight or the owners have left town to escape the heat. In a few months, the weather will change, and every house will have their doors and windows open to let the outdoors in and the indoors out. People will be spending time out in their yards and sitting on their patios.It is just a matter of time before our new buyer, the musician, will be filling the neighborhood with beautiful music. I suggested that the buyer start a garage band, she declined. Perhaps she can put a tip jar out on the porch and take requests.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/29/2020 6:29:26 AM -07:00

Any “Parrotheads” out there? I know there are. Then today is for you.Jimmy Buffett is one of those stars that went from a street performer in New Orleans to one of the richest and most successful musicians around.Buffett and his Coral Reef Band are famous for their island sound which Buffett honed playing for tourists in Key West, Florida in the 1970s. His breakthrough came in 1977 with his album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. The album contained several Buffett hits including the title song and his biggest hit Margaritaville. This is a song about a man who has decided to drown his sorrows in a drink that he called “a frozen concoction”. It is a fun-loving escape from the doldrums of everyday life.Over the years Buffett has become one of the most popular live performers, with a loyal following of fans that call themselves “Parrotheads”.The song Margaritaville is ranked 234th on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of Songs of the Century. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016.For my money, the world needs more songs, like today’s song, perhaps to inspire a change in attitudes. Take a listen.   Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com  © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/30/2020 5:57:08 AM -07:00

Well June is over and it is time for the Soundtrack of a Lifetime to back into intermission for another year. 2020 has been a strange year in many ways, but the beat goes on. With each passing year our repertoire of songs grows larger and more varied.I wanted to finish this season strong. So today you get something a little different.The song is “I’d Rather Go Blind”. Written and originally performed by the great blues singer Etta James. The song is about a woman that realizes her love is leaving her. She cannot bear the thought.The Etta James version was recorded in 1968 and has become a blues classic. It is so moving that Etta will bring a tear to your eye. You can listen to the Etta James version by clicking HERE.Since we covered Etta James back in 2019 with another of her great songs "At Last", I decided offer you a version by another artist, that in my opinion is equally as good.The song that we have the pleasure to enjoy today is performed by blues singer Beth Hart and recorded with the incredible blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa. In this video, performed in 2014 in Amsterdam, Hart knocks it out of the park in a performance that matches Etta James for raw emotion. But for me, the thing that makes this such an amazing performance is the guitar work that Bonamassa adds to the song. Each time I hear the song I am awestruck at the synergy between the vocals and the music. You can hear Bonamassa's guitar weeping along with Hart's vocals. There are only a handful of guitarists that can make a guitar sing like Bonamassa. I hope you enjoy it.Until next year, The Soundtrack of a Lifetime bids you many happy days of listening pleasure.   Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/25/2020 3:53:24 PM -07:00

My back hurts. Quick, call me a politician.When it comes to our health, it seems that society has made the decision to believe politicians rather than doctors and nurses. I find it interesting because just a few weeks ago we were hailing doctors and nurses as heroes.The interesting thing is that Doctors and Nurses get paid less when we are feeling well. In fact, the healthier we are the less likely we are to need their services. In that regard, their success leads to their own demise. Yet they continue to strive for perfection.Politicians on the other hand require our dependency. The more we are dependent on them, the greater power they wield over society as a whole. But unlike doctors they don’t strive for perfection, they strive for power.So why then do we believe that the doctors and nurses all have a self-supporting agenda? Why would we believe that a politician has our best interest at heart? Is it because the politician says what we want to hear, while the doctor makes us feel uncomfortable?I am reminded of the lyrics from the Simon & Garfunkel song The Boxer. “a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.”I am sure that my back does not really hurt. The pain that I am feeling is simply a figment of my imagination. How do I know? Because my politician told me so.  © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/28/2020 6:43:39 AM -07:00

We have heard a lot of old songs on the Soundtrack. So today I decided to feature something more modern. I don’t often accept new music into my Soundtrack unless I think it is worthy of my discriminating palette. A few years ago I was introduced to Michael Buble and even though it was outside my comfort zone, I listened and began to enjoy many of his songs. Buble made his mark singing a lot of the old standards using the big band format. Consequently, he appeals to pop audiences more than rock listeners. Yet, you cannot deny his talent or popularity.Our song today is his 2007 hit called Everything, a song he wrote for his girlfriend. But it could be a song for anyone that has a special relationship with someone. In the lyrics of this song he compares his love to many wonderful things. One of them is “a swimming pool on an August day”. As someone that lives in Arizona I can attest to how important that can be. He must have loved this girl very much.Today’s video is one of the most popular views on Youtube.com having been viewed more than 100M times.   Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/27/2020 6:48:24 AM -07:00

Back in the early 1960s folk music was in its heyday. No trio of folk singers was more popular than Peter, Paul and Mary.It was a turbulent time and many folk signers followed in the footsteps of activist Woody Gutherie. Their songs were often representative of the social commentary of the 1960s, put to music.The trio of Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey and Mary Travers released their debut album in 1961 simply titled Peter, Paul & Mary. The album contained famous songs like If I Had A Hammer, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone?, both written by Pete Seeger. That album made it to the Billboard Magazine Top Ten for 10 months, including seven weeks in the No. 1 position. It remained a top seller for decades, eventually selling over two million copies, earning double platinum certification from the Recording Recording Industry Association of America.Their popularity continued to grow with songs like Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind. In 1963 the group released "Puff, the Magic Dragon", which was a poem written by Leonard Lipton and put to music by Yarrow. Despite the long held belief that the song was about smoking marijuana, it is actually about the lost innocence of childhood.In December 1969 they recorded a song written by John Denver, “Leaving on a Jet Plane" with Travers leading the vocals. It became their only #1 Billboard Hot 100 single and last of their top 40 hits.In 1970, they won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album Peter, Paul and Mommy. The trio was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Peter, Paul and Mary also has received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006.Mary Travers died in 2009. Yarrow and Stookey continued as a duo after Traver’s death.Today’s video, Blowin’ in the Wind, shows how a simple production of two guitars and three harmonious voices can result in a great musical experience.  Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com    © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/26/2020 5:56:26 AM -07:00

Every so often a song comes along with melody that you never forget. One of those songs is The House of the Rising Sun by The Animals.The song is an adaption of old classic folk ballad that may go back as far as the17th century. The song was recorded by dozens of artists including Woody Gutherie, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan. Eric Burdon heard a version of the song and decided that The Animals could use something with a more distinctive sound. The band was on tour and began to play their version on stage. It was so well received they decide to record the song.The original version was over 4 minutes long. The song was too long for most radio station’s, so they recorded a shortened version. The shorter version was a hit in the U. S. where it became the first British Invasion song that was not a Beatle record to hit number one.It has been ranked number 122 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Rock Songs of All Time. It also received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.   Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/25/2020 6:28:34 AM -07:00

Have You Seen Her – The Chi-LitesI have always enjoyed listening to a lot of soul music. At one time my favorite radio station was WYNR, in Chicago, a soul format station that played music late into the night. In those days not every station broadcasted 24 hours like today. Many would shut down at 10:00pm or Midnight. Soul music always sounds better late at night.Most of the soul performers were vocal groups known more for their harmonies than their instruments. When the British invasion came along, the popularity of the soul sound waned. But a few of the groups continued to bust the charts.One group out of Chicago bucked the trend toward hard rock to achieve success with their voices and messages of love. That group was the Chi-Lites. The Chi-Lites produced eleven top ten hits on the R & B Chart between 1969 and 1974. They had two, million selling singles “Have You Seen Her”, and “Oh Girl. Today’s song “Have You Seen Her” topped the Billboard R & B chart and reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971. It has a sound somewhat reminiscent of the old doo-wop songs of the ‘50s.Here is a fun fact. The song which charted up to number three in the U.K. in 1971 was re-released in 1975 and again charted up to number 5. While America was locked into listening to Led Zeppelin, Bee Gees, Elton John and other rockers from Great Britain, the Brits were locked into an American invasion of sorts. Proving a good song can reach across boundaries, wherever they are.Today’s video is a performance recorded on the popular show Soul Train.    Did you enjoy this post? Don’t forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com   © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/23/2020 6:12:42 AM -07:00

I can’t believe it took me so long to feature this next artist on the Soundtrack. Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti) was a multi-talented actor, singer, and comedian. Dean was one of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century.Martin started his career as half of a comedy team with fellow comedian Jerry Lewis. In 1956 their partnership ended, and Martin pursued a solo career as a singer and then as an actor.Martin was one of the core members of the infamous Rat Pack. He performed often in the Las Vegas nightclubs.His smooth voice can be heard on dozens of hit songs including "Memories Are Made if This", "You’re Nobody till Somebody Loves You", "Ain’t That a Kick in the Head" and the popular song "Volare".True to his Italian roots Martin often included Italian lyrics in songs like Innamorata, Amore, and Volare.Martin was also a major movie and television star. He had starring roles in many Hollywood movies such as Rio Bravo, The Son’s of Kate Elder, and Marriage on the Rocks, just to name a few. During the late 1960s, spy movies were very popular and Dean starred in his own series of films as Matt Helm, a not so secret agent.He hosted a television variety show for many years before transitioning into the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast.Today’s song That’s Amore was released in 1953 for the movie The Caddy. It has been re-recorded over the years and was featured in the 1987 film Moonstruck. It will have you smiling and singing along.   Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/24/2020 6:31:11 AM -07:00

Let’s switch gears and jump forward to the 1980s. Michael Jackson is one of the most controversial artists of the modern era. Growing up as a child star with his family, The Jackson Five, made it nearly impossible for him to grow up in what we might call a normal life. He certainly had his problems trying to navigate his demons. Which led to his premature death in 2009.But no one can deny that Michael was an enormous musical talent. He redefined pop music time and time again. Many of his songs and albums top the charts and broke sales records worldwide. But he wasn’t just a recording artist. He was one of the biggest concert performers demonstrating his showmanship and dancing ability live on stage for all to see. Who wasn’t awed, even shocked, the first time we saw him moonwalk across the stage?When music videos were still in their infancy, Michael produced what is still arguably one of the best music videos of all time. The song Thriller was a monster hit that became even more popular with the release of the video. Today’s video is still one of the most often played music videos on Youtube.comThere is no denying Michael's talent to make us sing and dance along.    Did you enjoy this post? Do not forget to bookmark this site and return here often.Remember, you can revisit the entire Soundtrack of a Lifetime series by clicking HERE.  Joe Domino is a Realtor® serving the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Need more information? Or to Search for your next home, visit www.Scottsdale-AZHomes.com © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved

6/18/2020 7:08:57 PM -07:00

There is an old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” It was derived from the idea that if you eat healthy foods you will remain healthy. To some extent, it is probably still true, but of course, there are other remedies, other ways to stay healthy.One way is to avoid unhealthy situations. Don’t go into a dark alley with a roll of cash in your pocket. Don’t play tackle football without a helmet. Don’t go swimming after eating a big meal.In our new normal of social distancing, hand washing, and Personal Protective Equipment, a lot has changed in business. Some of the processes we have implemented are clearly stop-gap measures. Strategies designed to keep us safe for the short term while we research and create better long-term solutions.But when you look out toward the future you can recognize that many of these new ways of conducting business will be with us for many years to come. Most will stay with us until the next big event comes along that will require us to again adapt to a new normal.Before the Corona Virus and Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses were already in the process of implementing faster, cheaper, or less labor-intensive ways to do business.Electronic documentation, information sharing, and working remotely are all examples of ways in which we have changed. In most cases, those new ways of working will not only become commonplace, but we will also improve on them, making them the preferred way to work.Later this month I have a doctors’ appointment. I may very well choose to do a virtual appointment. It is only a wellness exam, mostly health questions. The doctor will examine the results of a blood test that I can have done prior to speaking with him. As an added plus, the scale at my house is more favorable than the one in the doctor’s office.When the doctor asks what I am doing to stay healthy, I will tell him that I am eating an apple every day.  © 2010-2018 Joseph Domino All Rights Reserved