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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!

Thought

Light the World!

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Last night as Jon and I were chatting before bed, we realized that we’re already done with all the Christmas parties for this season (besides the actual Christmas Eve and Christmas festivities!).  The work part was Saturday, the church party (we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) was Friday, almost all of the Christmas concerts are done…It’s been a busy 10 days of December already!  Now that those things are checked off the list, I want to turn my focus toward lighting the world- basically choosing to do what Jesus Christ would do if he were here.  What a wonderful way to celebrate his life.  Do you know what a big difference you can make?!  This website has details that will help guide our family as we reach out through the Christmas season.  I invite you to join us as we focus our celebrations on the Light of the World- Jesus Christ!

https://www.mormon.org/christmas/light-the-world

Love,

Laura