Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Hello, Dolly!

January 19, 2017

Today, Dolly Parton turns 71 years of age!  She remains a class act and a phenomenal talent . . . and while this performance is a few years old, the song is still one of my all time favorites.   Happy Birthday Dolly, thank you!

Amazing Grace!

January 11, 2017

It is no secret that I really appreciate and enjoy the song “Amazing Grace.”  So whenever I find a new version, sharing is just second nature.  Here is an awesome version by the group Home Free.  Enjoy!

Merry Christmas, 2016!

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas, one and all!  Here’s one of my favorite acapella groups to help us celebrate this glorious day!  Peace and love to all as we remember the reason for the season!

Some Seasonal Fun!

December 16, 2016

Happy Friday!  With Christmas less than ten days away, now is the perfect time to break out your ukeleles and start practicing!  Here is a ukelele tutorial (courtesy of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britatin) on how to play “Jingle Bells.”  Happy strumming!

The “Day of Finnish Music!”

December 8, 2016

Today marks the birthday of Jean Julius Christian Sibelius, Finland’s greatest composer.  Finland has actually celebrated this day as “Flag Day” since 2011 in honor of Sibelius whose music is credited with helping Finland establish its national identity when seeking its independence from Russia (Declaration of Independence was adopted on December 6, 1917).   My first exposure to Sibelius was in band class (during Junior High and High School) where we often performed his work “Finlandia.”    For your listening enjoyment, here is Opus 26, Sibelius’ symphonic poem which was a covert protest against Russian censorship!

“Pay no attention to what the critics say.  A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic.”  (Jean Sibelius)

Can You Say Prodigy?!

December 1, 2016

Here is an amazing performance (Beethoven) by a three-year-old prodigy!  Wow.

November Sky!

November 18, 2016

Happy Friday!  As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday (coming up next week), let’s take a moment to reflect on what it means to be thankful.  Here’s a wonderful instrumental piece to assist in this reflection (courtesy of Yanni).  Enjoy!

God Bless the U.S.A.!

November 11, 2016

Happy Friday and Happy Veterans’ Day!  Today is the  day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military. So to each and every veteran, “thank you” for your service.  In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served — not only those who died — have sacrificed and done their duty.

The Cello Song!

November 4, 2016

When I think of cello, I think . . . the Piano Guys (Steven Sharp Nelson to be exact).   Here is his rendition of the Prelude to J.S. Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1.  Enjoy!

From the Scottish Highlands!

October 21, 2016

Happy Friday!  I never tire of listening to the wonderful music of The Piano Guys.  Here is a version of “This is Your Fight” song.  And the scenery is not too bad either.  Enjoy!