Sunday, June 25, 2017

Musical Monday - Canada 150 Song

Although we haven't had an official song for our 150th Canada Celebration, there are some that are quite good.  This one has a lovely sound.  It isn't as "catchy" as Can-a-da that we have reworked for the 150th Celebration opening in Ingersoll, Ontario, it is very Canadian.  
Come join us at Victoria Park July 1 at 12 noon.  We are honoured to be singing.  Happy Birthday Canada!

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!!