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Maybe I’m Amazed

I’m always amazed by the talent on reality shows like “The Voice”.  This season has exceptional voices.  Here is my favorite duet so far –

Enjoy!

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Broken Hearted

If you have been following this season’s X Factor USA – you will know this young lady, Carly Rose Sonenclar. She is in a class of her own – and she is 13 years old. I know we’ll be hearing much more of her too!

Where’s My Music?

Spotify Logo

Spotify Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always had a love/hate relationship with my CD/Radio.  There is a shelf for it in my bathroom.  Up until recently it has sat there, willing and able to play CD’s or a radio station of my choosing.  I like to have music going while I shower and get ready for my day.

 

The love part of the relationship is this:  I LOVE good music.

 

The hate part of the relationship is this:  I HATE commercials.

 

When listening to radio I have discovered there are TONS of commercials.  I really hate them.

 

When I listen to my own CD – because of the moisture in the bathroom – the CD sometimes skips or won’t play at all.

I have loved Spotify free service on my iMac so I decided to try Spotify premium service for a month so that I could listen to my playlist on my mobile devices and more particularly in the bathroom.  This meant getting rid of the clunky CD player and buying a speaker dock for my iPhone.

 

I actually tried one – returned it and tried another one.  Then because I didn’t want to pay for music from a monthly subscription like Spotify – I decided to explore internet radio.

 

I bought an app for .99 that allows me to access radio from around the world – COMMERCIAL FREE.  It is called SHOUTcast.

 

SHOUTcast

SHOUTcast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can play it from my iPhone or iPad in my bathroom – my favorites include easy listening stations and movie soundtracks.  They are my new favorites.  Can’t wait to try Christmas stations.

And now there is commercial free music coming from a radio station of music that I love – any time I am in the bathroom getting ready for the day – or winding down for the night.

If you are a music lover – you will love this option on your mobile devices!  And if you have not yet discovered having a speaker dock for your mobile devices – I highly recommend Sony – great speaker sound and has a digital radio with it – with the clock displayed on the front.  Great for at night when I get up to go to the bathroom 🙂  It even has a remote – just like this one in the picture.  I use the remote ALL THE TIME – especially for Spotify tunes or tunes from my own playlist in iTunes.  I know you will love it!

Sony Speaker Dock/Clock Radio for iPhone

Sony Speaker Dock/Clock Radio for iPhone (Photo credit: John Biehler)

 

Happy listening!

 

God Bless

 

Lasso The Moon For You

Art Garfunkel (of the famous 60’s and 70’s due, Simon and Garfunkel) came out with a CD “From a Parent to a Child” in 1997, featuring many beautiful love songs including this next one which I have always loved.  I have enjoyed listening to it on a CD in my car and also on Spotify while doing work in my office.

Enjoy this special song!

 

God Bless


If I were a carpenter
I’d build a world of love
where we would always be together
If i were the captain of
a ship of happiness
I’d sail away with you forever
Close your eyes
and know you are safe with me
If I had a lariat
made of dreams come true
I would lasso the moon for you
If I were a rocketeer
I’d scale the universe
to bring your heart a star each
morning
If I were an angel in
heaven’s holy host
I’d sing to you a verse of glory
Close your eyes
and know you are safe with me
If I had a lariat
made of dreams come true
I would lasso the moon for you.

Tiny Dancer

Those of you that grow up in the 60's and 70's will remember and appreciate the early days of Elton John's career with famous hits like “Your Song” and “Bennie and the Jets” – along with “Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me” and “Daniel”. The song “Tiny Dancer” is one of my all time favorites (along with the song “The One” and “Your Song”) and brings back many wonderful memories of my youth.

Bernie Taupin, friend and lyricist songwriting partner to Elton's amazing melodies and piano arrangements is said to have written these words for his wife, Maxine – who really was a ballerina and seamstress traveling with their band. Bernie would see her dancing on the side of the stage and he was inspired to pen these very famous lyrics. They were married in 1971 and Elton was best man. It is also in 1971 that Elton recorded the live performance below.

No matter what your personal opinion is of Elton John, who will have to admit that he was and still is a very talented and accomplished writer and musician – spanning a career of some 45 years. He is also responsible for writing the beautiful musical scores to many Disney animated movies such as “Lion King” which are poignant and timeless.

If you grew up when I did – you will love this “acoustic” performance of the very well known hit. What is your favorite Elton John song? What memories do you have when you hear it played now?

Enjoy this special recording of “Tiny Dancer” – it always makes me smile 🙂

God Bless

 

Crossing Paths

English: Crossing of paths, Gwydyr Forest The ...

English: Crossing of paths, Gwydyr Forest The waymarked walk taking in Llyn y Parc is crossed by a singletrack section of the Marin Mountain Bike trail. Walkers should watch out for speeding bikers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every once in a while the many tracks of our lives intersect.  The subtle joining of like interests and purpose combine into one timeless moment.

My journey and purpose that God has uniquely designed for me sometimes crosses the path of my past life and career, my music legacy, sometimes through writing, sometimes through people sometimes through specific events  – leaving me feeling  humbled and reflective.

The last week I have been organizing my music studio/office in my home – plus gathering video and pictures for my website, which just went up for the first time this last Monday.  If you missed it – you can visit me on my website at  Cindy’s Music Studio  It is my first attempt to duplicate what happens in my studio and in person – to an equal experience online.

In the process of trying to break down and ‘capture’ all the special moments of my music teaching career over the last 15+ years in this one area alone – it has been a daunting but also given me many thrilling moments looking at many past recital performances and pictures over the years.  The growth and development in each one – and the happy glow of pride and sense of accomplishment – the feeling of joy and resolution in choosing the path of teaching that I chose many years ago instead of a sales career teaching and training women about skin care.

This too has crossed my path again recently as my daughter (who was a little girl at the time when I was with Mary Kay) has decided to join the ranks of the many sales representatives and sell this great product as well as continue to do hair styling and color in her own home studio.  It is all very surreal to me and brings back many memories of my 5 years spent with that company – 2 years as a sales director.

Sometimes our lives intertwine into areas that we never dream we will cross again.  We do not simply just “wave good-bye” and then never see them again – sometimes they comes back in ways we least expect.  It is the same with my music teaching and my writing – the two are different and yet – sometimes they cross.  The things we are passionate about in this life – the unique and God-given talents and abilities we are given –  have the potential of crossing and interjecting every day – through people, events and circumstances – and yes – even our own children.

Here I Am, Lord

When my daughter was a junior in high school, her director found out that I could play the piano (somewhat mysteriously I might add, as I did not promote myself whatsoever) and asked me to play the following piece of music to accompany the concert choir that my daughter was in for their spring concert.  It required that I come to first period (in the morning) and rehearse with them for a couple of months.  I was terrified as it was a very difficult piece to play – and still is.  I had never heard the song before or since, until…last Sunday in the church we are attending.  It is a United Methodist Church – and in their black book of songs – we turned to this song as we ended the service.  It was just as I had remembered it.  I have a voice student learning the song from the arrangement I kept from that experience some 8 years ago and it is still as beautiful as before.  I found a similar version to this song on YouTube and just had to share it with you – it is from a Lutheran college choir – and the arrangement had me spellbound.

I hope you will take the time to listen to it today.  It is very special.

God Bless

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people’s pain.
I have wept for love of them, They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak My word to them,
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

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