Years ago, my favorite artist ever, Michael did a song called “Gone Too Soon” that I loved. Years ago, I wrote a poem called “Gone”. Today I’m posting both. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
ALSO…..If you’re in an area of the country where you have to adjust your clock, don’t forget…..DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIMES BEGINS AT 2:00AM.

she sat down
to dine
beating rapidly

she ate
the hot
and in a flash…

©tjroach 2014



Tonight is the annual Grammy Awards and I’m certain that they’ll find a way to honor the life of Al Jarreau, a seven-time Grammy-winning singer. Jarreau died at the age of 76. I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard him sing but he has a nice tenor voice that seemed to fuse several genres of music into one. Just yesterday I heard that they had cancelled his remaining tour dates for 2017 and today a friend called me and told me that Jarreau had died at a Los Angeles hospital. It was five years ago that the iconic songtress, Whitney Houston died at a Los Angeles hotel just one day before the Grammy Awards. Above Al Jarreau sings one of his classic hits “We’re In This Love Together”.


It’s still hard to believe that it has been seven years since Michael Jackson’s death (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009).  I remember the day he died and I also remember a few family members and friends calling to check on me because they knew how big of a fan I still am of this iconic individual.  I think we all know that there will never be another to come and do it like Michael did it.  He mesmerized the world for the most of his life and truthfully he still continues to amaze.  Most artists will continue to tell you of the huge impact that Michael has on their music.  His music still sets the bar high….very high!  I’m posting MAN IN THE MIRROR for your enjoyment.

****To those who have a problem with this blog celebrating THE KING OF POP or any other artist…. please forward your emails to http://www.getyourlife.com****

(I’m frankly not interested!!!) #ITAIN’TTHATSERIOUS!   Also remember to take a fresh look at:  “THE MAN IN THE MIRROR.”



I was absolutely shocked moments ago when I looked on my computer and saw that the legendary singer PRINCE had died.  I really can recall early in his career, I did not particularly care for his music.  UNTIL…. as a police officer I worked his PURPLE RAIN concert for three nights in a row. This man was nothing less than electric.  I had never seen a performer all over the stage like this man was.  Some of the hits that he is responsible for includes:  “1999”, “Little Red Corvette”, “I Wanna Be Your Lover”,”Do Me Baby”  and many more…. The details of his untimely death are sketchy at this time but as soon as I know more I will give you an update.



I can’t say that this world has changed.  What I will say is that because of social media and the current level of surveillance that exists, we are able to see more and more of the out of this world acts that we wouldn’t ordinarily see.  Consider the above video.  Who would ever think of going to a funeral home and stealing a ring off of a dead persons’ finger.  Well… this woman more than thought about it.  SHE DID IT!!!  In Odessa Texas, the family of Louise Hicks were surprised to learn that their deceased mom’s wedding ring had been taken off of her finger.  Video from Sunset Funeral Home showed that a woman came in to the funeral home and took the ring from the deceased lady’s finger…  then left.  I wished that somehow the dead lady would have come back to life, if only momentarily, to say “Leave my ring alone.”  That would have been sensational!!!


Sleep On

So many times you’re thought about

So many times we mourn

Our hearts are still yet bleeding

Because they certainly have been torn

The time we had to see your face

Has come and gone exceptionally fast

And yet this love you’ve let us with

For a lifetime… It will last

This heart of gold is now laid to rest

Our memories we hold remarkably near

And though we reverently yield to God’s plan

We still…wish that you were here

Goodbyes are often difficult to declare

Their pain runs ever so deep

And so we’ll never bid you adieu

We’ll just see you…as sound asleep



Today is another day that I found out that someone that I know has died.  That now makes about six people in the last six or seven months.  Although death is inevitable, it is certainly surprising at times and overwhelming as well.  Right now I’m burning a candle for all of those families who are grieving their loved-ones.  I’m  also wishing eternal peace for the deceased.  Above is a poem that I wrote some time ago and I hope it speaks to the heart of those who are trying to cope with their loss.




Yeah folks, this is the mood I’m in right now. Hopefully you can grove with me on this. Remember Oleta Adams? This is her version of “Holy is the Lamb.” Of course it is very appropriate today and really forever. Here’s hoping each of you have a GOOD FRIDAY. I’m listening to this song as I type and it is really awesome!!!




To live


He set

Me free

H E    G A V E    H I S    L I F E    O N    C A L V A R Y

He took

The pain

For you

And I

An awful


That HE

Should die

And so

I thank

HIM when

I pray

And I


HIS name




© 2015