Monday, September 13, 2010

Opening your mind to new sounds

Greetings of love, joy and peace! And happy wishes for a meaningful and rewarding week!

On Saturday my husband and I attended a friend’s birthday bash for her milestone birthday. She’s a dancer, drummer, photographer, and river raft guide among other things! We were treated to a thrilling front-row show of African and Samba dancers and drummers in full regalia and awesome, top-notch precision. It was truly spectacular! We’re still on a rush from all that good energy!!

Then, when we got home—-this was the evening of 9/11—-we turned on our PBS station and discovered an incredible singing quartet called “4 Troops”. Have you heard of them? We listened spell-bound to their arrangements and heart-warming performances. Some songs we knew, others we were hearing for the first time. Here’s one of my favorites, “I’m Already There”, by Lonestar.

I’m happy to discover this music and these groups—-it’s not what you’d usually find me listening to….

Have you found some new music lately? Do you branch out once in awhile and open your mind to new sounds?

I invite you to share your thoughts and discoveries here today---and thank you for visiting!

Music kisses,


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Woody Guthrie

Found in an old Folkways vinyl lp, "Songs to Grow On for Mother and Child" composed and sung by Woody Guthrie. Here are excerpts from Woody's philosophy on sharing songs with kids:

"I want to see you join right in, do what your kids do. Let your kids teach you how to play and how to act these songs out. Get your whole family into the fun. Get papa. Get mama. Get brother. Get sister. Get aunty. Get uncle. Get grandma. Grampa. The friends. The neighbors. Everybody. But mostly get your own self into it.

You'll be healthier. You'll feel wealthier. You'll talk wiser. You'll go higher, do better and live longer here amongst us, if you'll just only jump in here and swim around in these songs and do like the kids do.

I don't want the kids to be grownup. I want to see the grown folks be kids."
Woody Guthrie

My sentiments exactly!

Thank you for visiting and reading some views on children's music. I appreciate you! You're invited to add your comments here and join in the conversation!

Music kisses,

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Music Memories

Summer highlight: (so far!) Dh and I got invited to a “Tree House Resort” weekend in Southern Oregon! I came back with bruises and bumps from attempting some of the rope swings, zip rides, and steep ladders to sleep in cozy lofts—-and it was all worth it! One of the highlights: sitting around the campfire after dinner passing guitars around and hearing a wide spectrum of musical offerings from all ages. Two of the youngest, girls aged 8 and 9, wowed all of us with numbers from the musical “Annie”.

Music seems to always be a part of the best things in life, wouldn't you agree?