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Too Many Tears

This song played this morning on my Spotify station.  I could not get the tune out of my head and decided to look it up on youtube.  What I found was a beautiful slide show of pictures from our recent history – at least over the last 50 years or so.  I hope you enjoy the poignant message in this song as much as I did.

 

God Bless

“Too Many Tears”

Did you see the first man on the moon?
Have you seen the first light of day?
When there wasn’t someone stuck inside
Something like the moon
Something like a star that’s lost its way
Did you go to Dallas on that day?
Have you been to where they broke a dream?
Where there really isn’t room for doubt
Somehow we got lost
And the truth is buried somewhere in-between

And everyone, everywhere
Take time and dry your eyes
‘Cause too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried
Just look into that beautiful blue
That beautiful blue, blue sky
And know too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried

The mystery of why they had to leave
I’m only one of thousands saying why
Why a balcony in Memphis Tennessee
Seems trapped in time
Just an angry finger pointing at the sky

Would you wait to stand inside his shoes?
And is the best all you have to give
The barefoot man lived a simple life
I guess he knew
Something’s die so other things might live

So everyone, everywhere
Take time and dry your eyes
‘Cause too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried
Just look into that beautiful blue
That beautiful blue, blue sky
And know too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried

Oh come on everyone, everywhere
Take time and dry your eyes
‘Cause too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried
Just look into that beautiful blue
That beautiful blue, blue sky
And know too many tears, too many tears
Have been cried

 

Writer(s): Bernie Taupin, Elton John
Copyright: Hst Publishing Ltd., Cow Dog Music Inc.

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Rocket Man

It should be no surprise that I have chosen a song by Elton John and from the 70’s as my favorite pick from American Idol the other night, sung by Charlie.

It’s not so much Charlie, as the song.  His vocal performance was by no means the best one of the evening – but he is a great performer!  And that song!  Anything from the 70’s brings back a wonderful time of innocence for me.  And they just don’t write songs the same way anymore.  There was something simple and magical about those tunes – whether we’re talking about Elton or Simon and Garfunkel.  As soon as the first notes play from one of those classics – I am immediately transported back to my teenage years.

This last week a young voice student told me that she liked “Sunshine on my Shoulders” from John Denver.  My heart soared!  Another convert to 70’s classics!  Whether you are referring to Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel or The Carpenters – there is no better or heart-felt era of music.

So here is Charlie’s version of that great 70’s song.  Thanks Elton for the memories.

God Bless

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

 

Love Song

The following song sung by the legendary Elton John, is one of my favorite love songs.  Somebody put together this wonderful video of couples in love – it is really beautiful and timely as we approach Valentine’s Day.

Enjoy and God Bless


The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true,
Until you give your love,
There’s nothing more that we can do.

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?

You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew,
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you

Love is the key we must turn.
Truth us the flame we must burn.
Freedom the lesson we must learn.
Do you know what I mean?
Have your eyes really seen?

To Spotify Or Not To Spotify

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I love music.  Not noise – but real music.  I also love listening to what I want to listen to – without any other “fillers” or “lesser” songs – like on CD’s – or the radio.

I used to love Pandora because I could pick and choose and put together a “personal” station of artists that I enjoyed.  If one came along that I didn’t care for I could skip it  or even delete it permanently from my list.  That was nice.  And I was quite satisfied.

But then I started hearing about Spotify.  I got an invitation and signed up for free.  At first – I’ll be honest – I wasn’t thrilled with it.  Pandora had done all the work for me and let me just “like” or “delete” a song occasionally.  That’s NOT how Spotify works.  You have to make up your own playlists by doing the research and then painstakingly choosing one at a time which songs or albums you want.  This was a big turn off to me – at first.  Then I gave in.  Took the time.  Started finding artists that I like – AND the missing songs from my youth and one by one started building my playlist.  Spotify has EVERY song from your favorite artist – going back to the beginning of time.  Something Pandora does not do.

I was thrilled to find such classics as “Grey Seal” by Elton John – not heard in more than 30 years.  “Change of Heart” by Bread not heard since the early 70’s and old classics by Billy Joel such as “Got to Begin Again” and several from the group “Second Chapter of Acts”.  My list is long – and grows everyday as I remember other songs and artists from long ago – and recently.   Once I type in a name – I get a WHOLE LIST of songs and ideas.

There is no limit for what can be added to my personal list – at least none that I’ve found so far.

But here’s another really GREAT thing about Spotify.  You can see what others have found and have included in their own music list!  If they have an account like you do – they will show up on you home page and you can click on their name and be snoopy and find out what they like – and what they listen to.  It’s pretty cool!  I got some great ideas from some friends of mine last night.

I have the free account – but there are also a couple of paid accounts – and my friends love this because it allows them to play their music list from their phone or any other computer by just logging in.  And on the paid accounts there are no commercial interruptions.  Not thrilled about that on the free account – but used to it – Pandora had the same thing.

I would encourage you to join – at least the free account and snoop around at what all of us are listening to – you may find songs you have forgotten about – and you may make some pretty cool discoveries of your own!

I say – SPOTIFY!!!

 

God Bless

Your Song

My generation grew up with the music of Elton John.  His music was and still is what I think of when I remember junior high and high school days.  And no matter what you think of him personally, you would have to agree that you also know his music well – and his is a talent that has stood the test of time.

I have many favorite Elton John songs – not the least of which is one of his first hits, the song “Your Song”.  It is hard to “cover” his songs – as Elton’s voice is very unique – but I think we may have found someone who can do one of them justice.  Last night on American Idol – Casey Abrams gave a very tender rendition of this wonderful song and before youtube pulls it off for copyright infringement for the show – I hope if you did not see it last night live – you can watch it here.

Enjoy and God Bless  (and vote for Casey!)

Reinventing Me!

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I am on a journey.  I am a child of the sixties who lived a whole lifetime before I met my husband in college – and have live a whole lifetime since then.  I have always found it easy to go through changes and adapt easily to new ideas.  It was never an adjustment for me to get married or to move around so much because of the career path my husband chose.  Leaving friends behind was always harder for me than a major move – and frankly I had more trouble leaving Canada when I was 8 because of a friendship – than I ever did moving so much when I was an adult.

When I was young most everybody had one television in their home – usually black and white and if you were really rich – you had a color set in addition to the black and white.  There was no such thing as VCR’s for recording programs that you missed – if you were gone (like church) you just simply missed it.  Being a child of the 60’s and 70’s was not fun for that reason.  Transistor radios and tape recorders were popular then – and I remember getting my own tape recorder when I was 10.  I would record myself talking and singing – it was great fun!

When I was in Junior High and High School – record albums were in vogue – and I had many vinyls – like Michael Jackson, Carpenter’s, Barry Manilow,  Elton John, Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire.  Cd’s were starting to become popular in the early 80’s and did not catch on with us until later than that.  We owned many cassette tapes and it was expensive to switch over – but switch over we did!  And I remember when people were first getting Cd players in their cars – so expensive!

Our first computer in the mid 80’s was a 286 – long before the world-wide web was popular in homes.  This computer was more like a word processor and I remember being at a job in Alaska where it was a big deal to train on one of these to make the office more efficient.  I even worked as a manager for a cable place in Fairbanks, Alaska – and they used microfiche – and it was usually a week behind.

Our first taste of the internet was when Greg was given a computer for his 40th birthday – 11 years ago.  We were a little slow getting with the program 🙂

I did have a cell phone back in the day.  I used to be a sales director for Mary Kay Cosmetics and would have long commutes to and from church on Wednesday – when I would drive down from our home to choir practice with 2 children in the car and it wasn’t against the law to talk on a cell phone yet.  I would make my business calls while traveling.  This was about 15 years ago.  Cell phones and computers have come a long way since then.

I have always loved each new change – I had a  LG flip phone for a couple of years – when it was new it was really great – but like any technology it soon got left in the dust – to be replaced by newer and more efficient models.  I now use an iPhone – not the newest one – but it’s still an iphone 🙂

When my daughter was a teenager I joined MySpace.  Facebook wasn’t even invented yet.  I liked MySpace – could put my favorite music on there – and was considered to be a pretty ‘hip’ Mom for joining in and being a part of the younger people’s world.

When Facebook started to make some noise – and when my friend, Nat Holland told me she liked it better than MySpace because it was international – I thought I would check it out.  I was ahead of my time because this was about 5 years ago – when NO ONE my age was on it yet.  After that everyone began to join – even the ones that swore up and down that they would NEVER do it.  🙂  I have connected with hundreds of people from our ministry life all around the world because of this vehicle.

Two years ago I started a blog site and have been writing ever since.  My husband says that I’ve always been a little bit ahead of the curve – fearless about starting something new – and though not reinventing the wheel – I’m really reinventing myself – through all the changes in technology and how people relate in social media available today.  My life has taken on new meaning by doing this – I get numerous emails from my blog and have been able to develop and minister to many hurting people as a result.  I love my blogging buddies!  And I’m just a newbie – but I have actually encouraged and helped MANY people start blog sites of their own.  It’s been a great experience for me.

My latest reinvention – twitter.  I joined a couple of years ago – but could never get the hang of it – until…my pastor and friend, Stephen suggested that it might be good for connecting with others in business.  I took him at his word and have put myself out there a little more and have searched and FOUND many music teachers like myself – who just need a little encouragement.  Twitter is a quick way to stay involved and see what others are doing in the music community – and for them to see what I do as well.  When you’re a private teacher – you need all the help and encouragement you can get!

Here’s to you as you reinvent yourself in this fast paced technology of today’s world.  It’s your choice – learn something new – or get left behind.  I choose to keep learning as I age.

 

God Bless

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