That's How Strong My Love Is

Managing Real Estate Broker with Brad MacKenzie

That's How Strong My Love Is

Buddy Miller

Cayamo Cruise 2014

For the purposes of the contest, I'm not the star of this video, either as best actor or actress. My supporting role is off-screen. (Time off from real estate is one of the main reasons to do real estate in the first place.)

It is music like this that revolves around my soul. It is the inspiration, if not the source, of everything else in my life, personal, professional and social. If you took away the music, my life would be far, far less satisfying.

Music isn't my professional life: real estate is. But my personal life is dominated by music. Buddy Miller entered my life when he joined Emmylou Harris. Emmylou brought Buddy into the spotlight from his prior lifestyle of clubs and bars. I first saw Emmylou when I was 12 in a bar in Virginia, not far from our childhood homes. What has evolved since then doesn't fit very well in a public blog, mostly because it's not really for public consumption. It's hard to say how these performers have fit into, and made, my life, and helped me feel whole and happy. That's mostly because they've been so consuming. It would be like picking your favorite flower from a botanical garden, or even trying to describe the power of flowers in a life of horticulture. For me is music culture.

Here's something. After I got divorced and became a Realtor, I moved to Nashville for a year, rehabbing an old house and going to legendary stages like the Ryman, the Opry, the Exit/In and, especially, and several times a week, The Station Inn. The last one is the prime nightly bluegrass stage in the nation. If I had to pick a single genre that is at the center of my musical smorgasbord, it's bluegrass. There just ain't no pickers no better. The level of musicality is insanely high. While symphony members can read music and play just about anything the first time they see it, bluegrass musicians can take just about any melody they hear, replicate it and improvise from it the first time they hear it. It gets better every time they play a tune. Old standards are like lotus flowers, constantly opening new variations as the petals mature. Tunes that Buddy plays, like That's How I Got to Memphis, or the one presented here, also get better with age, maturing like fine wine.

Now, how does all that fit into my professional life? Well, I like being in real estate for many reasons but, at the most basic, it's a good way to support my other habits. I don't have bad habits anymore, but I do have expensive ones, and I have time-consuming ones. Real estate gives me a great way to have enough time and money to enjoy the music. Roll away. Don't fade away. Bring on the night. 

This was from my most recent vacation: a very special annual singer/songwriter cruise in the Caribbean called Cayamo. It doesn't matter to me at which ports the ship docks; it's all about the 24/7 music. Enjoy.





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Comments (9)

Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area


Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing this video with us. We all need to take the time for something special.

Feb 19, 2014 01:45 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Brad, how nice to be on vacation, on a Caribbean cruise, and have music deep enough to inspire and speak to the SOUL.

Feb 19, 2014 08:31 AM
Brad MacKenzie
Brad MacKenzie - Duxbury, MA
Turning Houses into Homes on the South Shore

Thanks, you two! It was a very special time, not soon to be forgotten.

Feb 19, 2014 09:23 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Great video Brad, but to be considered for the "Third Annual 'Be The Star Of Your Own Move' Contest", you need to write a post about how it relates to your business or personal life....a minimum of 200 words.

Feb 19, 2014 10:33 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

The music is awesome and what a dynamic cruise that would be to have music available 24/7. The band is particularly soulful and I dig it.

Feb 20, 2014 11:02 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I'm a big fan of the blues myself.  He sounds a lot like Van Morrisson.  Must have been a fun cruise!

Feb 22, 2014 09:18 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Thank you for your participation and entry to “The Third Annual ‘Be The Star Of Your Own Movie’ Contest”, it’s greatly appreciated.

Feb 22, 2014 11:00 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Brad- I love how you have a great love of and for music.  So glad you entered this year's contest. 

Feb 23, 2014 12:39 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Brad. Thank you for sharing the video and how music affects your everyday life. Glad you made your way back.

Make it a great week!

Feb 23, 2014 05:59 PM