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The Heartache Can Wait

Brandi Carlile performing at City Stages in Bi...

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I’m loving this song by Brandi Carlile called “The Heartache Can Wait”.  Her lyrics and voice are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell – and sound very much like Joni’s song called “River” or even “Cactus Tree”.  There’s a purity of sound and beauty of just her voice as she tells this story of heartache around the holiday season.  These lyrics are universal because just about everyone can relate to a love that’s gone wrong at a certain time of the year – and somehow, every season is filled with a distant memory of remorse and regret.  It’s lyrics like these that capture the emotions deep inside and finally find its voice.

I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.  The pictures with this song are just beautiful!

 

God Bless


You’re talking about leaving
It’s right about Christmas time
Thinking about moving on
I think I might die inside

I’m thinking about years gone by
I’m thinking about church at midnight
I’m thinking about letting go
I think that might finally be alright

But this is where we shine

Silver bells and open fire
And songs we used to sing
One more chance to be inspired
Is what I’m offering if love is not enough
Then stay with me because
The heartache can wait

It’s not about hanging on
It’s making my deal with God
If I could call one last truce
We’ve given it all we’ve got

Then I’m gonna catch my breath
And make it a long December
If we’ve got nothing left
This could be worth remembering
With a smile upon my face

Silver bells and open fire
And songs we used to sing
One more chance to be inspired
Is what I’m offering if love is not enough
Then stay with me because

Silver bells and open fire
And songs we used to sing
One more chance to be inspired
Is what I’m offering if love is not enough
Then stay with me because
The heartache can wait

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Christmas Comes Early At The Holman’s

 

jingle bell sheet music

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Anyone recognize ‘Jingle Bells‘ from the music on the right?  Then you must be a musician – or at least had some piano lessons as a child 🙂

I am a private music teacher.  I have two recitals a year for my students – piano and voice combined – and we usually do a Christmas recital – so for my household it means we start listening to “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night” on the piano and things like “What Child is This” and “A Baby Changes Everything” by voice students – as early as October.  In fact – it’s already begun.

Why fight it?  Christmas music is beautiful – and it’s a tough job to listen to talented and gifted students everyday playing wonderful music – but then to have to play for voice students as they lift up their voices singing holiday classics?  Why it’s almost too much for me.  I have the greatest ‘job’ in the world – making music with my students – it just doesn’t get any better than this – folks.

I have found that I can listen online to much of the music before purchasing it for my students – on youtube and then a great place to instantly download sheet music is at musicnotes.com.  Listening, choosing, downloading – yes this has been my life lately.  So FUN!!

I see another happy piano student coming in now – so I must close.  I believe she’s learning ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ – great arrangement.  Wish you could all be here in this area to hear my students playing and singing.  If you were in this household – you’d be in the Christmas spirit REALLY early this year!

God Bless!

Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs – by Neil Diamond.  It reminds me of all of the wonderful Christmases I have enjoyed with my husband (30 of them) – and it gets better all the time.

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