The Start of Something New

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It took helping my daughter with her flute to inspire me to pick up an instrument of my own. My daughter was having trouble with a few notes for some pieces she would be playing at her first concert at school. She only begin playing the flute a few months ago, so she had simple songs to practice. I looked at her materials, figured out what she needed to do, and guided her through the songs. We went from familiar notes and progressed to the more challenging ones. It was thrilling for both of us to hear her produce familiar tunes, and she was excited about the idea of performing with her elementary school classmates on stage.

With all this music making, I looked at the old, sentimental guitar that was displayed in our living room. I always wanted to play the guitar, but I thought that old guitar was too delicate for me. My husband’s guitar isn’t the right size for me, so I took a chance and picked up that fragile-looking extra guitar. With the help of husband who has been playing guitar for years, and http://www.justinguitar.com, I began learning a few chords and actually making some music. Although I’ve had to adjust to the pain on my fingertips, I’ve felt pure joy ever since picking up that guitar.

I felt it was just the right time to start a musical instrument. Somehow everything was aligned to make this a possible and successful venture for me. How about you? Have you ever felt an activity or change came at just the right time in you life? Tell me about it!

 

 

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A to Z Challenge – K for Kings of Leon

How about some music on this lovely Friday? I like a few songs by Kings of Leon. Use Somebody is one I like to listen to over and over again. The video is pretty good, too!

Are you a Kings of Leon fan? 

I’m happy to report that I’m still on track with the A to Z challenge! I hope you are enjoying the experience too if you are participating!

A to Z Challenge – F for The Fresh Prince

Decades ago, Will Smith spent his time being a sitcom star on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I would watch that show all the time. He was also a rapper that created songs that were fun, catchy, and usually fine for the whole family.  Here are a few I enjoy:

Did you watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air? Are you a Will Smith fan? 

A to Z Challenge – E for Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire is such a legendary band. Their music makes me want to dance and my mood is better after listening. Hey, it’s disco music! Just check these out and see what I mean:

Are you into Earth, Wind and Fire?

What’s your favorite disco band or song? 

A to Z Challenge: To Zion

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is an album I can listen to in its entirety. Among those incredible songs, To Zion’s message unfolds the powerful force of motherhood. Lauryn sings about the anticipation of a birth and her perspective on giving life:

Have you listened to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill? Did you like her with The Fugees? 

A to Z Challenge: Weird Al Yankovic

I remember when Weird Al would take a hit like Michael Jackson’s Beat It and put a…well, weird twist on it:

He even had fun with Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio:

(Sometimes I prefer the parody to the original!)

Are you familiar with Weird Al’s work? Any parodies or original songs of his you enjoy? 

A to Z Challenge: Xanadu

Olivia Newton-John has such a beautiful voice. I don’t remember watching Xanadu, but I’ve heard some songs from it. Olivia looks and sounds so radiant in this video:

I’m glad to discover Magic and Suddenly were from this soundtrack as well:

Did you grow up listening to Olivia Newton-John? Have you watched Xanadu?