For those who celebrate christmas, hope you enjoy this lovely rendition of I’m Dreaming of A White Christmas by my talented niece, Gracelyn Penn.
Selah – one of my favorite singing groups – this song came up on Spotify. i can’t remember hearing it before though it is an old song. For those fearful of taking care of your children this year if it turns out that you need to instead of sending them to school, remember the moments you will enjoy rather than losing them to someone else. Treasure each moment you have to spend with your children, regardless of their ages. It’s also a sweet and gentle insight for our adult children to perhaps understand why letting go is ongoing and more difficult than what we try not to show. Warning – hanky alert.
“My heart is steadfast O God.
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.”
From the album “As Long As I Breathe” (available for download on Spotify)
Jessica has frisbie practice first thing this morning, so it’s off to Palace Beach on the Persian Gulf for this clan. A popular beach for families and campers, though it offers no amenities, including toilets!
Amazing message! Praise Yah – all to His Glory!
Today is a little bit different, as I review one of my favorite albums. To call this a review is generous, as that implies objectivity. I have no intention of being objective. My hope with this series is to introduce you to new music, and in response, I hope you will leave your suggestions for me to check out!
I’m not going to pretend to be well-versed in hip hop culture. I’m not going to offer in-depth analysis or compare their work to others. What I am going to tell you is that I have never heard an artist that so consistently produces songs that leave me breathless and in awe of God. Sometimes, it seems they are writing these words straight out of my own life.
The lyrical talents of Braille and Odd Thomas combined with the production of Courtland Urbano combine in this album to create a 44-minute…
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The only regret i have for my children and their formal piano and vocal lessons is that i didn’t have them start much earlier in life. Now, we’ve always listened to music or music history when we homeschooled, but no formal training until Jessica was 14, Dallas was 12, and Nathan (starting later) was about 11. Nathan didn’t take for very long because their teacher moved away, although we did find another wonderful teacher who gave him lessons for about a year later on and introduced him to the world of stage production musicals. Jessica became good enough to earn a small vocal scholarship at Central Methodist and was very active in their music programme and even participated in rehearsals, special ensemble small group called ‘Chorale,’ and was an officer in SAI.
Dallas, through his training actually showed the most improvement!
Nathan is a good vocalist, but not quite good enough to snag a singing part in Carousel Production of Les Misérables a couple years ago as a sophomore in high school. It was a great experience for him anyway as he participated with four different roles in the musical.
Anyway, I started playing the piano when i was nine – hated practicing -but was required to continue for five years. Only way later in years did i appreciate my parents forcing me to continue for as long as i did. My children, however, really enjoy playing the piano and enjoyed their lessons, although none of us are accomplished pianists.
Those of us who play or teach piano know that it helps our brains. It’s even scientifically proven according to some. Playing the Piano Might Make You Smarter is a neat article that gives some of the evidence for that.
Now today, I struggled through playing a part of a song (Sonata quasi una Fantasia – First movement) i used to be able to play, but i cannot now. Although, it’s far from starting an unknown piece, it will be a long time before it sounds decent. So my question is – can old brains be made smarter and/or improve memory by playing the piano? Hmmmm Maybe if can push forward and learn Movements 2 (i can stumble through) and 3 (only in my dreams) by L van Beethoven.