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I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

Yesterday I watched a live performance (I had recorded) of Josh Groban singing at the Lincoln Center in New York.  I love Josh and his music!  Who doesn’t?  And he honestly seems like someone all of us would be comfortable having as a friend.  When he speaks he seems unaffected by his fame and significance.  It is as though he is just the boy next door and he happens to have an incredible voice.

I wish talent like that came to everyone just because they wish it – however, it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice to have a career like the one Josh has had.  And he would say, many things have had to take a back seat.  I also know that he has had to have incredible drive and determination besides great vocal talent.

As I listened to many of his old and new songs and his easy interaction with the audience – it wasn’t until this last song that I felt compelled to look it up to see if I could purchase the sheet music!  It was written and originally sung by the great Stevie Wonder.  I was literally transfixed as I listened.  I looked it up and found many covers, done by Michael McDonald, George Michael and Art Garfunkel.  And even though all these are wonderful – Josh brings something really special to these lyrics and melody.  I hope you will agree.

This is for all of you who have ever been in love.

Enjoy and God Bless

“I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)”

Shattered dreams, worthless years,
Here am I encased inside a hollow shell,
Life began, then was done,
Now I stare into a cold and empty well
The many sounds that meet our ears
the sights our eyes behold,
Will open up our merging hearts,
And feed our empty soulsI believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

Without despair we will share,
And the joys of caring will not be replaced,
What has been must never end
And with the strength we have won’t be erased
When the truths of love are planted firm,
They won’t be hard to find,
And the words of love I speak to you
will echo in your mind

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love this time it will be forever

I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever,
I believe when I fall in love with you it will be forever

I’m so glad that I found someone to believe in again,
I’m so glad that I found someone to believe in again

God surely answered my prayer,
God surely answered by prayer,
You know God surely answered my prayer,
You know God surely answered my prayer,
God always will answer your prayers,
Believe in one who will answer my prayer,
Thank you God

Come on, let’s fall in love,
You’re the woman I’ve been waiting for,
Come on, let’s fall in love,
You’re the girl that I really adore,
Come on, let’s fall in love…[etc]

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

I love this arrangement of the old classic by Josh Groban. It’s fun to play and I have even had some of my male voice students sing this.

Don’t you just love hearing these great songs again throughout the years?  When a song is well written, it stands the test of time.
Enjoy and God Bless

 

Music That I Love

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When I was growing up – KJR was the cool station that played the top 40’s.  I remember the music from the early 70’s and the count down with Casey Kasem every Saturday night.

Music has changed over the last 40 years – but I am still comfortable with music I grew up with and listened to during those crazy teenage years.  It’s comforting somehow – I can’t explain it.

My Dad always preferred classical music – so that is what was always played in our home  – even during every meal.

I studied music in college – even got a degree in vocal performance and had to study many different types of music – much of it classical.  I never developed a real love for it though, much to my dad’s disappointment, I’m sure.  I can appreciate it – which is something entirely different.  Mozart was a genius and so were many of the others – but I must admit – I can only listen to their creations in small doses before it starts making me edgy.

For example:

I was trying to find a station the other day, had grown tired of 106.9 because of the commercials and went exploring – and stopped on a lovely slow classical piece on the classical station.  I stepped into the shower hoping to have a lovely time relaxing and listening – and at first it was lovely – but then the tempo changed and suddenly everything became frantic and fast paced – and I found myself getting nervous and agitated.  I thought to myself, “this is why I don’t listen to classical music”.

I also don’t like commercials – who does?  Radio is really irritating to me – which is one of the reasons why I don’t like the Christian station 105.3.  WAY too many commercials for my taste – it’s not that I don’t like Christian contemporary – I think I like most everything (in moderation that is) it’s the commercials that drive me insane.

Then I remembered 95.7 – the oldies station for Seattle with very limited commercials and almost every song they play – I LOVE!

I played it today while in the shower and getting ready for the day – and it was so refreshing to me.  Don’t you just love it when music does that?

Now there’s nothing wrong with classical, or Christian contemporary, or smooth Jazz or easy listening – but if it’s something that relaxes me – it’s oldies and easy listening from the 70’s – up to today.

That being said – I also LOVE instrumental movie soundtracks.  James Horner and people like David Foster are amazing for bringing great music to highlight and bring out the very best in a film.  My very favorites are “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Leonard Bernstein and “Meet Joe Black” by Thomas Newman.  These are some of the modern-day genius composers and I know there are others.

I’m fascinated by all sorts of talent – old and new and LOVE a wide range of styles.  Christian music is far too limiting for me – although I have been criticized for being so open to other more popular kinds of styles.  It doesn’t bother me – I am secure in who I am.  I was raised in a fundamental Christian home where only classical music was played – so I feel no guilt in my departure from mainline Christian music.

That being said – I do love some of the more modern worship choruses sung today in our church worship services – not all – but definitely some.  I’m not big on repetition and so it’s hard to sing the same thing over and over, but there are some really beautiful new creations and I have been amazed at how much I really connect with them and love the lyrics.  And I only like the older hymns if they are not so predictable and stuffy.  I love beautiful chord structures and variety – inspiring lyrics and something that moves me – not just the status quo.

Because we have a great big world and much to listen to, appreciate and inspire us – I feel it is a shame to limit to just one style.  At the moment I’m listening to Jackie Evancho singing “Pie Jesu” with beautiful clarity, like an angel – and then I will hear James Taylor, Billy Joel or Josh Groban and they all make me feel happy – like an old friend.

Don’t you love that – when music has the power to make you feel happy?  Put a smile on your face – and a dance in your step?  Me too.

What’s your favorite station?  What song makes you feel good – makes you smile?  If you wrote it down, would you feel that someone might criticize you?   Here are a few of mine:

Jump  – by the Pointer Sisters

Sister Moonshine – by Supertramp

When you say you love me  – Josh Groban

Sweet Darling – Heart

Loving Arms – Darden Smith

Tiny Dancer – Elton John

Reaching – Bill and Gloria Gaither

January Rain – David Gray

Wild Horses – Susan Boyle

Leesha – Michael W. Smith

Shine on us – Phillips, Craig and Dean

and SO MANY others!

I hope you’ll share some of your favorites with me 🙂

God Bless

Day 25 – It Came Upon A Midnight Clear – by Josh Groban

This is by far the BEST arrangement I’ve ever heard of this old traditional Christmas carol.  Arranged by David Foster and played on the piano by Josh himself – it is  beautifully done with an added gospel choir at the end.  When it comes on in the car or on my computer – I’m simply amazed by this masterpiece.

Enjoy and God Bless!

Day 23 – I’ll Be Home For Christmas by Josh Groban

I heard this version by Josh a few years ago – and I’ve never found anything to equal it. The recordings of service men and women who are sending a Christmas greetings at the beginning, throughout the middle and end is just priceless.

Enjoy and God Bless.

Vincent

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The original song written and sung by Don McLean.  The video is really special – I hope you take the time to see the beautiful painting while the song is being sung.

I remember just where I was when I heard this song – in a high school concert for my daughter.  I had known the song in the 70’s when it was first recorded – but hadn’t heard it again until that concert in 2003.  A freshman boy sat on a stool in front of the stage – by the piano and sang Josh Groban’s version of this song.  It literally brought tears to my eyes – it was so incredibly beautiful.

But because there is never anything quite like the original – here is Don McLean singing one of the most beautiful and touching songs he ever wrote.

Enjoy!

Starry starry night

Paint your pallet blue and grey
look out on a summer’s day
with eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills

Sketch the trees and the daffodils
catch the breeze and the winter chills
in colours on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
they would not listen they did not know how
perhaps they’ll listen now.

Starry starry night

Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
swirling clouds in violet haze
reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
colours changing hue
morning fields of amber grain
weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist’s LOVING hand

Now I understand
what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
they would not listen they did not know how
perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
but still your love was true
and when no hope was left inside
on that starry starry night

You took your life as lover’s often do

But I could have told you,
Vincent,
this world was never ment for one as beautiful as you

Starry starry night

Portraits hung in empty halls
frame-less heads on nameless walls
with eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
like the strangers that you’ve met

The ragged men in ragged clothes
a silver thorn
a bloody rose
lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow
now I think I know
what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
they would now listen
they’re not listening still

Perhaps they never will

Remember When It Rained

This seemed fitting today somehow.  Enjoy!

Wash away the thoughts inside
That keep my mind away from you.
No more love and no more pride
And thoughts are all I have to do.

Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
Felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
In the darkness I remain.

Tears of hope run down my skin.
Tears for you that will not dry.
They magnify the one within
And let the outside slowly die.

Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
I felt the ground and looked up high
And called your name.
Ohhhhhh Remember when it rained.
In the water I remain
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down
Running down

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