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Monday Musings

Friends, it’s been a while!  Outside it’s sunny and white (we enjoy 4 seasons up here!) and it’s been a great day so far.

I’m in the middle of several projects but don’t have a lot of finished pieces to post just yet.  Instead today I thought I’d share 3 things about me.

1- I LOVE nutella.  I eat it by the spoonful, with a banana, on bread (my favorite!) or on icecream.  I think it’s more than the flavor that gets me- it’s a very nostalgic treat.  Before you could even buy it in the United States, my cousins who lived in Europe sent it to our family for Christmas.  I can remember eating nutella on bread with my little brother in the kitchen and it brings back fond memories.

2- I am taking voice lessons!  I have quite a bit of experience with singing, including voice lessons in college, but there are some technique issues that have always haunted me and I knew once all my kids were in school that I wanted to work on my voice again.  Mostly I wanted to have a healthy voice that wouldn’t go hoarse after singing for 5 minutes (aka figure out how to do it right!).  I’m really enjoying learning and am making a lot of progress!

3- I have recently shifted my focus from primarily song-writing to doing some orchestrating work.  (That basically means writing for orchestra instruments – so several different instruments on a particular work rather than just piano or piano and voice.)  I have enjoyed some sample lessons from Berklee Online and instructional podcasts and articles from artofcomposing.com which have been an essential part of teaching myself how to do these new skills!  It’s been a fun adventure so far!

Cause it makes me happy...

Inspiring!

Have you heard of Cheri Call?  I’d say she was one of the top 5 song-writers that inspired me when I first started writing music.  I told people I wanted to be somewhere between Cheri Call and Josh Groban.  Figure that one out! 🙂  One of my favorite songs that Cheri wrote was called “No” and as far as I can tell, there are only pirated copies that are accessible over the internet.  So I’ll share the lyrics with you and you can go seek out her CD if you’re interested!  I LOVE it when a songwriter uses a phrase to mean one thing,  (like “He says No”) and then because of the journey you go on as the song progresses, the song-writer actually presents the same phrase and it means something totally different toward the end of the song.  Gives me goosebumps!  Here’s the lyrics to “No”:

A little boy at the end of a day knelt by his bed to say a prayer
And Father up in Heaven heard the prayer he prayed
And listened to each word with greatest care
The boy said,
“Please bless that tomorrow I won’t have to take a bath,
And bless that they will cancel school for snow.”
And God had the power to protect him and never let him grow
But He said, “No.”

A young man was holding tightly to the hand of a girl who had to say
goodbye
And as she walked away he had to whisper a prayer
As he fought every tear that filled his eyes
He whispered,
“Please can you make her turn around and change her mind?
It’s the deepest hurt that I have ever known.”
And God had the power to protect him and never let him grow
But He said, “No.”

And there are yeses that our father can hardly wait to give
And they are packed in every crevice of the lives we live
Sometimes God will pour down miracles and amazing twists of fate
And other times He chooses just to whisper, “Wait.”

How many times have I prayed for blue skies
So no one has to cancel the game
And I feel so abandoned when the sky gets dark
Never knowing all the ones who prayed for rain
And usually the story’s even trickier than this
With solutions that only God could know
But if you ask Him if He’s ever overlooked you
Or ceased to love you so
He’ll say, “No.”

 

Cause it makes me happy... · Wow- this inspires me!

Star Wars

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I’ll admit- I haven’t seen all the new Star Wars movies.  When I talk about Star Wars being amazing, (did I mention that Star Wars is one of my favorite movie-series?) it’s the original 3 that I’m talking about.  Who’s with me?  Hans Solo is witty and handsome, Leia is gorgeous, Darth Vador is the epitomy of “bad guy”, the drama is perfect, the droids, the death star, Chewbacca, the action, Luke discovering….who he is (no spoiler here in case you haven’t watched it!) and of course, the Millenial Falcon…

How much of my fondness is more tied to childhood memories than the actual movie?  I can’t be sure!  But either way, today I had to share this incredible tribute to Star Wars in case you haven’t seen it.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgAlQuqzl8o

May the force be with you,

Laura

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Non-living

IMG_2267About a week ago, I went on a field trip with my 6 year old, L.  After learning about catagorizing items, the kindergartners were introduced to the idea of “living” and “non-living.”  We went out in the woods to explore, looking for things to write down for each category.

Here’s a question for you that I’ve been pondering today.  How many of you name non-living items in your life?  Sure, it makes sense to name a dog (living), a child (living), or a perhaps a wild turkey (yes, they like to visit our back yard- definitely living).  But how about a toaster?  A car?  A computer?

When Jon and I got married, we had a car that we fondly named “Shenaynay” (shuh-nay-nay).  We talked about it being the car that our oldest, G, would learn to drive someday.   (We’re now 5 years away from that frightening day and Shenaynay is still going strong!  Go Hondas!)  Later we purchased a Honda CR-V that was a beautiful red color and we named her “Cherry”.  No, we have never named our toaster, though we were excited the other day when we realized we still have the same toaster we received on our wedding day (nearly 13 years ago!).

Today as I was thinking about getting up to the piano to start “working” (aka playing) for the day, I thought, “Really, she needs a name!”  Yes, it’s a “she”.  Maybe because it makes me feel less outnumbered with 3 boys and a husband.  Maybe just so the piano doesn’t compete with the boys for being a favorite boy.  But really, she needs a name.

So, readers, I’m throwing it out to you.  Tell me what she looks like: a Bertha?  Glenda?  Leslie?  I need your help- she needs a name.  🙂  (And I’d love to hear about non-living things you have named over the years.)

Have a great day,

Laura