My own playing? Well, it’s better than it was yesterday.

Three cheers for Mona Charen in her endeavors to learn to play the cello. Bravo! Cello Notes – Mona Charen http://m.townhall.com/columnists/monacharen/2013/02/19/cello-notes-n1515082?utm_source=thdaily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl

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So, for my avid few readers, you may have noticed that I skipped a number of entries in this recent blogging project. We went on vacation and between planning for vacation, going on vacation, and recovering from vacation I haven’t been able to keep up with this ambitious project (not to mention its hard to do from my phone). I may try and go back and update those posts so that I can say that I’ve actually completed the project. On the other hand, that may take me some time.

Anyway, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts from Andrew, Christian, and Haley. I hope you check them out, too.

The Tide is High by Blondie

Don’t ask why. I just remember listening to it in the car driving around the streets of Brattleboro.

Salvation is Created, Pavel Chesnokov

My first experience with this work was with a band arrangement of this work and it was very moving. Not even knowing the text of the song, the title says enough: salvation is created. What better way to enter into eternal life than knowing that you have been saved.

I found a mixed choir performing it here:

Not even knowing the text of the song, the title says enough. Salvation is created.

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Pretty much anything by Enya.

Yeah, I used to like listening to her. Now, her music kind of lulls me into a coma-like stupor.

So…a random video:

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Other folks participating in this blogging challenge:

Andrew: The Armchair Squid

Christian: Stay on Target

Haley: Haley Says “Hello” To You

This one is fun. However, choosing one is not fun. I enjoy dancing to music from Prokofiev to Lady Gaga (sorry, no link). But for the purpose of choosing just one, this song is the one I think of when you mention dance to music:

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Other folks participating in this blogging challenge:

Andrew: The Armchair Squid

Christian: Stay on Target

Haley: Haley Says “Hello” To You

This is a tough one. I have a whole list of songs to choose from and they all remind me of my wife, Meredith. Before her brain surgeries Meredith was an amazing singer. (Well, she is still an amazing singer, but for different reasons.) She was singing alto when we first met, but as she developed her skills she moved into a soprano range. Watching her, or should I say listening to her, mature in her singing skills was nothing short of awe inspiring. Despite having an obvious bias, I think that she could have “made it” as a singer on a much bigger stage than Rutland, Vermont. What kept her back? She didn’t want to “make it” in that way. Sure, she had desire to be good and constantly homing her skill, even through two pregnancies and while rearing two vibrant children, but she knew that the world of professional singing is an unforgiving, demanding, and often cruel place. She didn’t want that. She wanted her family to be happy and at peace and trying to make it in the professional singing world was just not in her temperament.

Anyway, that’s a long intro to days song, which I think I will do as a list of songs that make me think of my beautiful wife, Meredith.

The first song I heard her sing: Annie’s Song, by John Denver (also played at our wedding as solo piano)

Our first opera aria: Nessun Dorma from Turandot, by Puccini (arranged for big band and used as our first dance at our wedding)

Songs that she sang at a recital in 2003:
Laurie’s Song from The Tender Land by Aaron Copland (she sang this one at my request)
Summertime from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin
O mio babbino, caro from Gianni Schicchi by Puccini
Habanera from Carmen by Bizet

With all of those songs, it will be impossible for me not to think of my wife and the amazing singer she was and the amazing person she is.