Otis Redding wrote and recorded this song in 1967 (along with Steve Cropper). It was released as a single in early 1968, about a month after Otis and members of his band were killed in a plane crash.
Otis had the idea for the song while he was staying on a houseboat in the San Francisco Bay, after his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, inspired by watching the ships come in and out of the Bay.
The song hit number one, and won two Grammys.
Many artists have recorded cover versions, including Glen Campbell, the Drifters and Sara Bareilles. It’s also made its way back onto the charts in versions by Sammy Hagar, Michael Bolton and the Reddings (a group that actually featured two of Otis’ sons).
I was inspired to include it in my Psychic Jukebox deck, for the Seven of Pentacles. To me, it’s about relaxing after you’ve done whatever you can do, and allow the Universe to take it from here.
And it’s inspired me to create a new deck, the first one Psychic Tapestry is offering for sale!
Like Otis’ song, I have often found peace near the ocean. It’s comforting, and so much more. I feel renewed after spending some time gazing into the ocean. Healed in many ways, with a restored sense of hope.
And that’s what I hope to covey in this new deck.
I call it Ocean Therapy, and it’s a very simple deck to use. There’s no book, and you don’t have to learn anything or have any previous card-reading experience. Each card has a picture of the ocean, and a simple word or group of words.
That’s it. The rest is up to you.
You can pull as many cards as you like, from one to one hundred and eleven.
Yes, one hundred and eleven. I felt that a deck inspired by the ocean should be massive. Like the ocean.
If 111 cards seems too big for you, I’ve also broken it down into two smaller decks of fifty-six cards each. The two smaller decks are completely different, each made up of one-half of the cards in the larger deck. Accept for one. Each of the smaller decks also has one card in common.
You can use any of the decks by themselves, or with other decks you already have. That’s also for you to decide.
The big deck, as well as the two smaller decks, will all be available in September. If you’d like to be one of the first to get one, you can pre-order them HERE or over on Etsy HERE.
There are many more Psychic Tapestry decks in the works, and while none of the others are close to ready, here’s a little tease of the next two, which I hope will be available in October.
Those are rough draft images, but you get the idea.
My goal in all of this is to continue to spread hope and healing, and if you decide to pick up one of these decks, that’s what I want you to find.
For more hope and healing, here is Otis Redding with “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Day”…
Elvis recorded this song in the summer of 1961.
It was a modest hit, for Elvis, reaching number fifteen on the charts. And it was featured in the King’s movie of the same name.
It’s only about a minute and a half long, but it’s still one of my favorite Elvis songs.
I think the point of it, just from that simple three-word title, is what’s so important. And it seems pretty obvious, doesn't it? But time and time again, we find ourselves with roadblocks, many of our own creation (whether we want to admit it or not), that keeps us from following our dreams.
And when someone else is able to follow their dreams, rather than celebrate them and their success, much of the time, we find ourselves envious. Sure, if someone had left me a lot of money, I could've done or achieved that. Or if I knew the right people. Or had been at the right place at the right time. On and on and on.
If you’re waiting for any of those other pieces to fall into place for you, you could find yourself waiting a long time.
And that’s really true of so much in life. If you spend your time waiting for everything to be perfect, you could wind up missing out on, well, everything. Everything that matters, anyway.
My wife is a wonderful example of someone who followed her dreams.
She recently wrote a blog about celebrating the fifth anniversary of her first book, which coincided with the release of her latest novel, her thirteenth.
She has a wonderful story about meeting Ray Bradbury, and how he inspired her, and continues to inspire her as she continues to follow her dreams.
I encourage you to check out her latest blog, which you can find RIGHT HERE!
I am so proud and excited to be close enough to witness Lisa reaching her dreams! It’s truly a wonderful gift. Just five short years ago, she was unpublished, and less than a month ago, one of her books (“Harvest Moon”) won a PRISM award at the recent Romance Writers of America conference.
Since I was around for Lisa’s journey, I can tell you that it wasn't easy, nothing was dropped in her lap and no one leapt in to help her. It was all her. Her determination, her work, her blood, sweat and tears.
I don’t think she wants to be world-famous, or to be Trump-rich. I think she enjoys writing, and wants to be able to continue to do that, sharing her stories with as many as possible (and hoping they enjoy them almost as much as she enjoyed writing them).
It’s funny, but when we talk about dreams, I find that many people haven’t figured out what theirs are, yet. I think that’s why so many seem to be at loose ends, not really sure if this is the right job, or if there’s another they’d like better.
I’d just suggest taking some time, it doesn't have to be a lot of time, and think about what would make you happy. What do you enjoy doing? If money were no object, what would you like to do with your life?
I know it’s a big question. But it’s really hard to follow your dreams if you don’t know what they are.
So treat yourself to a gift of time, and think about what you would like to be doing, or pursuing.
And once you've figured that out, start thinking about what you need to do to get there. It doesn't have to be something that happens overnight, or even over a few weeks or months. Or even years.
Try to do a little something every week (every day, if you can), to move along your path to your dream. And in another week/month/year, even if you aren't there, yet, you can at least pause to look at just how far you've already come!
And for my wife, Lisa, congratulations on your anniversary and your new release! I’m looking forward to many, many more!
And here’s Elvis, singing the title track from his movie “Follow That Dream”…
This was a single by the Electric Light Orchestra in the Spring of 1977.
It was their fifteenth single, and it reached number seven on the pop charts, making it their highest-charting single (and that would stand for two years, when “Don’t Bring Me Down” went to number four).
It’s a song about communication, and I thought it an appropriate way to lead into some exciting news.
I started Psychic Tapestry a few years ago as a skeptic. I wanted to believe, but I didn’t want to be tricked. Besides, nothing had ever happened to me and I had never witnessed anything happening to anyone else.
Then, things changed (which you can read about in the ABOUT ME section RIGHT HERE).
If you’ve listened to the shows with any regularity (and thank you to all who have), you’ve been following my metaphysical journey.
Back when I started this show, I never imagined I’d be writing this particular blog, sharing this particular news, but here goes…
There’s a well-respected site called California Psychics
(www.californiapsychics.com). There are lots of websites offering psychic readings, but this one is one of the few that has consistently gotten good reviews.
The folks at California Psychics have reached out to me and asked me to help them launch a new site, Psychic Encounters (www.psychicencounters.com).
Pretty cool huh?
One of the things I love about Psychic Tapestry is that it allows people to get some spiritual assistance and guidance at no cost. Everyone doesn't get that chance, as the shows are only two hours long, but I feel like the people who need it most are the ones that get through.
And while there are many psychics available on California Psychics, some just can’t afford to get readings there. It makes sense, as the Psychics there have lots of experience and it stands to reason you’d pay more for that.
Psychic Encounters has gathered together a couple dozen psychics who are ready to help you for a very affordable price. And there is almost always at least one person there that’s available and ready to help you.
I know this probably sounds like a pitch for this website, and to a degree, it certainly is. But it’s also a way for me to convey my excitement at being asked to be a part of something pretty special.
So if you can’t get through to one of Psychic Tapestry’s shows, or you’d like something a little more private, click on over and give me a call!
One note, though. If you do head over to the Psychic Encounters website looking for me, you’ll find me listed as Scott. Someone else also has my first name, so I used my middle name, instead.
You can go directly to my page if you’d like by clicking RIGHT HERE!
Or you can just click HERE to see everyone on their site and pick whoever you feel good about.
Thank you so much for tuning into the show, and following along with my journey (whether you’re here for the first time, or you've been here all along, or you’re somewhere in between).
And if you were around in the 1970’s, or are just a fan of E.L.O., here’s the video for their song, “Telephone Line”…
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