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At SMHQ we can't believe it's 10 years to the day that #SimpleMinds album 'Graffiti Soul' was released.
It was the bands fifteenth studio album and included favourites like 'Moscow Underground', 'Light Travels' and the anthem 'Stars Will Lead The Way'.
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Great tracks from a wonderful album. 🎶🙂🎶

Happy Birthday Graffiti Soul 😍🎶

A great album

Great album...10 years...also love the coversongs on CD2

Great album... I find it incredible it is 10 years old.

this is it.....so underated. great song. ➕💛⭐

A great record.

Love this album. One of my favourites! 😊❤

What a great history Simple Minds😃!!!! Amazing...we have such amazing Music to listen... Happy birthday Graffiti Soul🎂!!! Come back live sooooon🙌🏼

So Love "stars will lead the way" ! and a few others <3

Happy Birthday GS 🥳🎶🎂For me the whole album is a masterpiece 😍🎶 My Summer Sound ☀️🎶🔊

Thanks for the tip yesterday on LP. I listened to Tokyo Sunrise about a million times. 😍

Treble treble time

Yes good song stars will lead the wat. But time travels gast :-

I love a Great Album !

That's what I came to SM Official for is to hear your beautiful and incredible songs. Keep it going!

Great Album! "Stars will Lead the way" is one of my favourites from the album. ☺

Good album and return to form

Love that song ♥️

A cool and righteous tune.

Stars is one of the best songs ever recorded. Hard to believe it's been 10 years since Graffiti Soul, my second favourite SM album apart from Walk Between Worlds

Best album. That is all 👍🏼

What a fantastic album!!

Love this song my favourite 😍

This is my favourite SM album! Happy 10 years anniversary! ❤️🎈🎉🎂✌️

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THE CLADDAGH RING : A gift from Mum, I watched as he swivelled that claddagh ring around his finger. Continuing throughout, at all times he kept switching glances between me and the Doctor as she went through the most likely side effects of the upcoming chemotherapy treatment, detailing how he might feel over the weeks and months ahead.

No doubt he was thinking how he had been in that room before. We both had. That was over 10 years ago when we accompanied his wife, my mother, to listen to the same conversation, being delivered from the same type of genuinely caring, medical professional.
(My admiration for them and how they go about their work, is as limitless now as it was back then.)

Moments later in the same room, we were both doubled over in laughter. I can't explain the singular cause of our hilarity. Totally inappropriate, and far too scatological, it is fair to say that our shared humour can occasionally be embarrassingly infantile, despite the fact that he is 83 and I am more than 21.

But there we were, in a meeting with profound consequences, behaving like schoolboys, uncontrollable with laughter in front of the Doctor,
who on finding our laughter contagious, merely shrugged her shoulders and displayed a wonderful smile as she studied us with some bafflement.

Laughter - even when we are scared and heartbroken - is our way of dealing with things.
I recall my mother smiling and laughing in that same room also.

30 minutes or so later, on leaving, I noticed a poster on the wall as we passed by towards the street outside.
In large letters it said "Living With Cancer."
Below in much smaller letters it gave wholesome and encouraging advice.

At that point, stepping out into the sunshine, I turned to Dad and said "Do you want to go for tea and scones in the Pollok Park Tearoom?"

"Great idea. I hope you brought your wallet." He replied.
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THE CLADDAGH RING : A gift from Mum, I watched as he swivelled that claddagh ring around his finger. Continuing throughout, at all times he kept switching glances between me and the Doctor as she went through the most likely side effects of the upcoming chemotherapy treatment, detailing how he might feel over the weeks and months ahead.

No doubt he was thinking how he had been in that room before. We both had. That was over 10 years ago when we accompanied his wife, my mother, to listen to the same conversation, being delivered from the same type of genuinely caring, medical professional. 
(My admiration for them and how they go about their work, is as limitless now as it was back then.)

Moments later in the same room, we were both doubled over in laughter. I cant explain the singular cause of our hilarity. Totally inappropriate, and far too scatological, it is fair to say that our shared humour can occasionally be embarrassingly infantile, despite the fact that he is 83 and I am more than 21. 

But there we were, in a meeting with profound consequences, behaving like schoolboys, uncontrollable with laughter in front of the Doctor,
who on finding our laughter contagious, merely shrugged her shoulders and displayed a wonderful smile as she studied us with some bafflement.

Laughter - even when we are scared and heartbroken - is our way of dealing with things.
I recall my mother smiling and laughing in that same room also.  

30 minutes or so later, on leaving, I noticed a poster on the wall as we passed by towards the street outside. 
In large letters it said Living With Cancer. 
Below in much smaller letters it gave wholesome and encouraging advice.

At that point, stepping out into the sunshine, I turned to Dad and said Do you want to go for tea and scones in the Pollok Park Tearoom?

Great idea. I hope you brought your wallet.  He replied.

 

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So sorry you and your loved ones have to go through this again. I wear a claddagh ring and have done for years it reminds you of what life is all about, my best wishes to your Dad and yourself, and I hope to see you on the road again soon 😀

All the best to your Dad Jim ,such a lovely man ,as was your Mum 💙

Ah Jim, so sorry to hear that news. Love and strength from me and my family to yours. ♥️

Thank you Jim for sharing this with us.💜 Laughther love 💗 are the cure 💜💗

Laughter is sometimes a kind of decompression valve, good to have that in those difficult times. You make me remind me my husband also died of a cancer 7 years ago while I was just out of my own cancer, we could also laugh together about what was happening to us.

You always manage to make me thankful for having your music and your words in my life .... There for me in good times and bad, as we are all here for you sending love and positive thoughts ♥️x

My thoughts are with your dad, yourself and your family in this difficult time. x

Buongiorno Jim.. Stay close to dad, with her beloved mother they have given you all their love...all the best wishes and hugs to him... Love, Lotalty, Friendship

I am one of 6 special needs mums,we have all had a lot of those "chats"in doctor's offices,it doesn't get easier,but we are all agreed our very dark sense of humour gets us through xx best wishes for you and your family xx

Beautiful poignant story, family is everything, look after each other. , best of luck to your Dad and yourself. Greetings from Galway, Ireland 🇮🇪, the home of The Claddagh Ring. The meaning behind the Claddagh Ring is ‘Let Love And Friendship Reign’

Beautiful poignant post Laughter can sometimes be the best medicine x 👋💗👋

The Claddagh Ring story is a beautiful one, & represents friendship love & loyalty.

A heart full of love and caring hands around it to nourish support and feed the heart laughter when it is needed most, in good and bad times. Tea and scones are also essential for your wellbeing. Beautiful story. ❤️

It is a delight to read your "moments of life" dear Jim, thank you for sharing each "symbolism" that each word has in your songs, the feeling transmitted by the melodies and in this case the "symbol of the soul" of Simply Minds. I understand very well those moments that you lived with your dad about your mom's illness, and I understand it not only because I am a doctor (obstetrician / gynecologist) but because I have lived many times and right now I am living with my mother a serious illness that puts her life in danger. THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR SHARING SO MUCH EMOTIVES TRANSCENDENT MOMENTS OF YOUR LIFE AND YOUR FAMILY. As always all my respect and admiration for you as a person and professionally as a musician / singer / songwriter ❣️🙏🏻❣️‼️

Laughter can be the best medicine; especially during difficult illnesses. Wishing your Dad all the best in his treatments. My father has been battling kidney issues since February and went from being completely independent to using a wheelchair and a walker. A few weeks back my sister and I were taking him to an appointment and we got into their condo elevator; him in the wheelchair and my Mom had the walker so he could use it at the Doctor's office. I looked at my sister and started to laugh uncontrollably, and she couldn't help but laugh either. They looked like such a sad case and it shouldn't have been funny but it was. How did this happen overnight? FYI...love the Claddagh ring; and what it stands for...friendship, loyalty, love. I wear one as my own wedding band. Long live Simple Minds <3.

And on we go holding our broken hearts in our hands , love is the most important thing , and hope

I have been blessed with the most beautiful, gorgeous, caring partner that any man could ever ask for. It is only five years since she battled and won her fight against breast cancer and we have cherished every day since. She has been left with the physical scars of her battle but we are both so happy that she is still here and we certainly make the most of it. We laugh every day, we cuddle every day, we hold hands every day, we tell each other ' I love you' every day...we just appreciate that we are together every day. We will sing songs and we will have a dance...who cares what the kids think 😁...every day! Such a dreadful disease that affects countless people worldwide but laughter is a great medicine. I'm fortunate to still have my girl, my life, others not so fortunate. My advice to anyone in the same situation is to grasp everyday and pack in as much as you can and while you're doing that...have a laugh!

Thank you for sharing your experiences. I greatly appreciate your willingness to connect with the fans beyond the music. Your posts about life are always inspiring and/or thought provoking. Thank you!

Respect. We all had losses and they dramatically change your life. Indeed, what i bring with me its always memories of our laughter. The best medicine. Ciao Jim!

Laughter shared in the face of adversity is the sweetest, all the very best to your Dad! Not sure why but I find great comfort from wearing my claddagh ring and necklace.

Jim, take good care of your father. Hope that you can have still have a good time together filled with laughter, joy, sadness and acceptance. Keep having faith in the outcome of the treatments. He is such a lovely man with so much humor, he always has smiling eyes. Good luck in the coming months. We will light a candle for him by the statue of Maria in Den Bosch.

It's much in the minds of different friends of mine at this time and my heart goes out to each and every one of them and their families. Love and laughter can only be the best medicine, because any sadness is far too much to bear. Thank you for sharing this, Jim, because it is appreciated you understand this only too well. 🦋

All the very best wishes to your Dad from me and all on the Simple Minds New Gold Dreamers group ⭐️❤️⭐️

Best wishes to your Dad - hope all goes well. Ive been there too & it makes you value them even more than ever. Enjoy those scones! Take good care of each other. X ❤

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