Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Musical Monday - Choir Sings Pachelbel Canon Medley - The Power of the Pentatonic

We had our first practice for this year at our house with a pot luck.  Now I have told you before that our choir is tops at bringing really delicious goodies.  They did not disappoint.  That is a bit of a problem as we then have our practice afterwards.  Yikes.  

We have 3 new members who were good sports and are going to be great additions to our choir.  Suffice it to say that we weren't quite up to the level of this video tonight (but close tee, hee!!)
The choir in this video is adding rock songs on top of a lovely rendition by the orchestra of Pachelbel's Canon.  How?  Well, Pachelbel's Canon is written in the pentatonic as are the rock songs they use.  

Amaze your friends by playing the piano with both hands and never having a nasty clashing sound when you play only the BLACK keys.  Those represent the pentatonic or 5 note scale that leaves out the two half tone steps of fah and ti.  Listen and see what I mean.  I think we have hatched an idea for more partner songs.  Enjoy!!



P.S. Please note that the poem correctly titled "The Dash" used in last week's blog was written by Linda Ellis.  The internet is a great place but sometimes the information you find is not quite correct.  Thanks Anne. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Fun Friday - Ricky Skaggs - Country Boy

You may or may not be a country aficionado but you have to admire the skill especially in the guitar.  Now listen to Ricky Skaggs here and then scroll down to one of his first performances.



He is a cutey for sure.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Musical Monday - What Will YOUR Dash Be?

Image result for choir picturesToday the Embro Thistle Singers had the pleasure of taking part in the decoration service for the Embro Cemetery.  We sang at the Knox Presbyterian Church one block south of our "home" base at Knox United.  What a delightful group of people and a lovely building.  We really enjoyed our time.

Hurrah for the fabulous singers who came and did a great job adding to the service by singing the hymns and Oh Canada as well as our contribution of Because We Believe, Hallelujah and You Raise Me Up.  The music was an important part of the service but the part that made it really special was Anne Hollis' message.

She said that as a child she often visited the pioneer cemetery near her home and wondered what people had done with their lives.  On the tombstones, you see the dates of birth and death and all the rest is represented by a small DASH.  Anne reminded us that it is up to us how we live that dash.

So have you always wanted to sing but weren't sure you could? Join a choir.  If you are afraid of a audition, find a community choir like ours that wants you if you are willing to learn and work with the team.  Whatever you do, don't let your music go unsung.  My lifelong dream is to conduct an orchestra.  I will do that.

Thank you Anne for another wonderful message.  Thank you

If music is a passion then make it happen for you.  Don't let your dash not be filled with all that is in your heart.

Here is the poem, How Do You Live Your Dash?.  As with many poems that say great things, it is by Anonymous.

HOW DO YOU LIVE YOUR DASH?
I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years. (1934-1998)

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth…
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars… the house… the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough
To consider what’s true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile…
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
With your life’s actions to rehash…
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?


Author Unknown… 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fun Friday - Rob Mills Family - Through The Decades

What a fabulous idea for a concert.  Take a known song and go through the decades.  This is just so good.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

"We Remember" on Wednesdays - NEIL YOUNG - OLD MAN

Here is the young Neil Young singing about Old Man.  This one is quite strident.  Below are older versions which I find much easier to digest.  Maturity brings a lot to the song.