Friday, March 13, 2015

Last feature before battle time - Leonard Cohen with a twist! (or Christmas in March?)

Okay, I had a flash back moment... missing Christmas. No better way to satisfy my longing, than to listen to a Leonard Cohen tune with a little twist!?!

As the video title says... 

"A Christmas Version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah that will Give You Chills"

See you for Battle of The Bands ~ Sunday, March 15, 2015 !!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Yanni - Nostalgia

Nostalgia - a song from a concert my Mom and I watched. It was really something. Whenever I hear it, I'm reminded of a fun day!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Home Means Nevada

~ D-FensDogg,
Not to worry ~ the saga ain't over.

We're sure, there's plenty more awaiting.

So we send you off with a tune you can call your own, after all...

Heads up here > words of wisdom >

I Look to You ~ 1- Whitney Houston 2- Selah

You know how small I am.  
So frail and often wayward  
How many nights I sit here and type   
The sun approaches and I am listening still  
You send me a peace that no one else can 
You send me love, gentleness, completeness 
You are the only reason for anything, everything ~ me
And I look to you. (dcrelief)

Originally written for Whitney Houston ~                                                                            

This cover is done by Selah ~

Monday, March 9, 2015

a memory stroll through the park

"Aspen Trees" ~ 28" h x 22" w memory of Barbara and me in the park...

Recorded by Johnny in 1989 as a duet with Take 6, on the album "In The Still of the Night", and in 1991 on the duets album "Better Together". This song has a very interesting history. The melody was written in 1911 by then banker Charles Dawes- it was called "The Dawes Melody" or "Melody in A Major". Charles Dawes became VP under Calvin Coolidge - thus the song is the only #1 hit written by a U.S. Vice President. It was a favorite of Jascha Heifitz who used it as a concert encore number. In 1951, Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics, and changed the title to "It's All in the Game". While it was given a jazz treatment by Louis Armstrong and Gordon Jenkins, and later Nat King Cole, many artists covered the song. In 1958, with only one recording session left in his contract, Tommy Edwards cut a rock and roll arrangement- it became a #1 hit in the U.S. and Britain and is often used in movies depicting the 1950's.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Help ~ I'm going coastal

22"h  x 28"w

This is a photo of a painting I did for a couple in Germany. For me it's harder to photograph them than it is to paint them. Acrylic on canvas, called, "The Abandoned Boat."

I'm in a coastal mood. I'm craving sand, sea, salt air, cotton candy, and seagulls. (Sigh) Might as well play a tune ~

Babysitting Music

The babysitter was my favorite person and best friend. Beautiful, full of laughter, and always fussing over me. My first pigtails were fashioned by "Barbara." But somewhere deep inside was a shadow that haunted her. 

My Mom had a stereo and allowed Barbara to bring albums to play while babysitting. Enter in... Johnny Mathis. 

Barbara committed suicide the year I was eight and she was eighteen. That afternoon before she left my parents' home, she handed me the Johnny Mathis album. I kept that album for many years. Then I had a party in my first apartment, and someone stole a box of my albums. Johnny was gone.

You might think that hearing his songs would make me sad? But there's just no way. It brings back some wonderful memories. Today I think I'll play one, that she and I never shared. I know she would have loved this one too.