Sunday, June 18, 2017

Musical Monday - "Gangnam Style / Thunderstruck" Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band

A military band can be very staid and proper.  Go back to last Monday and see the country version of Thunderstruck.  Now, enjoy this wonderful fun version of that song.  Imagine how much fun these band members had in learning and arranging this performance.  Just listen to the audience.  Who says you can't take songs in different directions with a little imagination.  Fun!!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Musical Monday - Thunderstruck by Steve'n'Seagulls

Arrive at your gig on the lawn tractor with your accordion.  These guys are having so much fun you can't help but enjoy it too.  
Now, don't you dare start making assumptions that "this isn't music" or acceptable or the like.  One of the lessons I learned as a teacher was not to dismiss any genre.  I learned so much when I finally realized that all music had value.  My students learned that too.  The first time we studied Amahl and the Night Visitors, I told the students to get over the big opera-style voices and get into the story and the music.  Once they learned not to dismiss the music that was unfamiliar, they loved it.  
We all need to travel that road.  The only time we allowed the word LIKE in our discussions was if we were going to lay down money to purchase something.  Otherwise, we APPRECIATED it all.  Try it, you'll appreciate it!!



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Musical Monday - The Scott Brothers - Hold On

I know we have friends or even our selves who will say that they aren't any good at doing something.  I will bet that these brothers who have made a career out of renovating, are stepping out of their comfort zone in making this video.  If you watch carefully, you will pick up a bit of shyness and a very gentle tone that truly suits this song.  
Bravo I say for showing that these macho seeming men can sing a powerful, gentle story.  We all have talents we perhaps have pushed down.  Don't just save those moments for when you are alone but share them.  Your courage will give courage to others.  
This weekend my tap dancing class of adults were in a dance recital.  Some had never danced before our classes this year but they enthusiastically took on the challenge of learning a dance and performing in public.  We had so much fun and we all felt that we had really rocked it.  
Fear can hold you back from some really exciting moments.  Decide what is the worst thing that can happen.  If you have never walked a tight-rope than attempting a Niagara Falls walk is not a good place to start.  That aside, try something you haven't done before.  Sign up for a dance class or a choir or take piano or flute lessons.  You may be surprised with just how much fun you are having.  What can be wrong with that?  Go do it!!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Musical Monday - The Power of Music - Marines Singing "Days of Elijah"

Music has a power that is hard to describe.  These young men have chosen a tough job.  They probably face situations we can't even imagine.  Watch this powerful display of brotherhood and strength that this shared music brings them.  
No matter what life hands us, music can bring solace & strength, joy & love.  It can enhance those emotions we have a hard time expressing.  We can let the music speak through us & for us as it does here.  
Watch the faces and the body language.  Some start tentatively & gradually straighten & strengthen.  Some are powerful to begin & get softer as emotion flows.  Whatever is needed, the music delivers.  Let it move in your life.  

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Musical Monday - Sing It All Away - Walk off the Earth (Lyric Video)

Walk Off the Earth is an amazingly talented group of 5 Canadian musicians.  You have seen them here before last year and again with this superb version of Hello.  When you watch them perform you can see their terrific ability with both voice and instruments even creating some themselves.  
If I were still teaching, I would certainly use Walk Off the Earth to introduce making your own instruments & becoming creative with song arrangements.  
In this video, it is Walk Off the Earth but it is the words you get to focus on.  These are so apropos.  This makes a great karaoke video.  Have fun while sitting around the campfires with your tablet.   

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Musical Monday - This Ole House / When the Saints Go Marching

This medley has marvellous energy.  It just makes you move and smile.  This Ole House isn't usually a soul rousing song but in this treatment it sure is.  The way The Saints is woven into this make is just YUMMY.  What would you say makes this medley so successful?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Musical Monday - Arion Choir Sings Something To Sing About

This is a different interpretation of Something To Sing About by Oscar Brand.  There are some great voices here and moments of lovely harmony.  Listen carefully.