Cherry Blossoms for Piano

My radio alarm is set to my local classical station every day at 7:30 a.m. Last Monday, I heard a composition called “Cherry Blossoms.” I thought it was really pretty, so I went to find a version on YouTube. This is the best I could find of the folk tune “Sakura” (from Classic FM.com), but I’m not sure it is the same composition. Anyhow, I like both:

https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/instruments/piano/cherry-blossoms-sakura-song/

And of course, I always recall our own cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin every spring. My aunt and I were very lucky to see them in person once. Of course, that didn’t work out for anyone this year, sadly. Our local PBS station has a very nice special on their history. I’ve seen it a couple of times.

During my search, I discovered a pianist by the name of Michael Ortega. This is his original and lovely work called “Cherry Blossoms.” I find it very contemplative. I also like the animation, but I wish the girl pictured didn’t look so sad.

 

 

 

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Music for Really Scary Times

Everyone is scared of COVID-19 and all the uncertainty it brings. Stay safe everyone, and be well.

While we are staying at home, I hope these videos will make you smile.  Friends sent these to me. First up is “Do, Re, Mi– the COVID 19 Version.”

 

The second is “Family Lockdown Boogie”–hilarious!  A family in Wellington, New Zealand created this. I bet it was a lot of fun!  I was suggesting to someone before the world turned upside down that everyone should make it a point to dance during the day–whether it’s at breakfast, during commuting, arriving at the office, on your way to a medical appointment, an errand, lunch hour, etc. I think it would make people a whole lot happier, and have a better outlook. People may stare, but who cares?

In these times when most everyone is at home for work or school, there may be times when everyone must blow off steam in a healthy way. Why not create your own family dance?  Enjoy!

 

In Praise of Hummingbirds

I was shopping recently for greeting cards when I saw one I liked from the Papyrus Company. Its symbol is the hummingbird. For the first time, I actually took time to read the description inserted with every card. I like it so much that I want to remember it. Here it is:

“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”

I have always liked hummingbirds, but I’ve only seen a real one once. We were visiting family in West Virginia, and my cousin had a bird feeder hanging in a small tree near her garden. As I was sitting outside relaxing, a hummingbird came by for nourishment. I enjoyed watching it for a few minutes. Its coloring wasn’t spectacular, but it was cute.

The sentences above also made me think of the Seals and Crofts song “Hummingbird,” from 1972. I heard it as a kid, from a favorite album. Here it is:

I Hope You Dance

One of our helpers has always loved this song. It’s currently on her playlist, and she’s been listening to it a lot lately. I am reminded yet again what good advice it is. Aside from its literal meaning, dance means to live, to love, and to try–to participate in life.

Here’s the video:

Here are the lyrics:

I Hope You Dance
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Livin’ might mean takin’ chances, but they’re worth takin’
Lovin’ might be a mistake, but it’s worth makin’
Don’t let some Hellbent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to sellin’ out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance
I hope you dance (Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder)
I hope you dance (Where those years have gone?)
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
Dance
I hope you dance
I hope you dance (Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along)
I hope you dance (Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder?)
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Tia Sillers / Mark Sanders
I Hope You Dance lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

Morning Song

I heard this this morning….beautiful!!  The composer is Arthur Foote. I don’t know this nineteenth-century composer’s music well yet.

What a wonderful way to wake up.  Enjoy!

 

Happy 2019!

Today is New Year’s. So begins another year of doing the best I can, living life, looking ahead, and just being glad to be alive. Every day is a gift–even though, on the surface, it may not seem that exciting or special.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lions are another of my themes for the year. In them, I see strength and fighting spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I never miss the Tournament of Roses Parade. This year’s theme is music. Today, I watched it twice. Each year, the floats get more beautiful. When I think of all the work and effort that people put in, it’s just amazing! I also like the marching bands and the horses. Heck. I love everything about it! My favorites (if I had to pick one or two) were the carousel float and the float of elephants on vacation. The white peacock on another float was also very pretty.

I love all flowers. For a time, though, I couldn’t look at a flower without crying. My aunt was troubled by this. She didn’t want me to give up on flowers, growing things, and learning flowers’ names. For her, I didn’t. Now I have two ficos, a philodendron-like plant, and a window box of fall mums. I also take pictures of flowers when I see a arrangement somewhere. I took these impatiens this past summer.

 

The thing about flowers is that they are only around for a short time, so appreciate and really look at them while they are here.

For some reason, the other day I kept thinking of favorite songs. I learned “Wildflower” by Skylark when I was eight. The words and music made a big impression on me at the time, and they still do. Unfortunately, they don’t play it much on the radio anymore.

To me, the lady in the song has been through very hard times. Yet, she is still surviving; she won’t give up. Even so, it’s still okay to cry sometimes.

 

Musical Monet –Browse, Listen, Relax

I’ve always liked Claude Monet’s work, but I don’t know much about his life.  Biographies and other books will come later.

I discovered this slideshow on YouTube while locating titles of some of his works for a friend who also loves art history. I always respond to the scene in the painting first and often don’t worry about what it’s called.

Ran across a cool quote from Monet. To paraphrase, he said that in order to see, you have to forget the name of what’s in front of you.  Never thought about it like that before.

So, enjoy!

Music from “The Glass Slipper” (1955)

I always was a movie geek; lately I have become more so. Last night I watched a movie I recorded–a retelling of Cinderella called “The Glass Slipper.” I had never heard of it, but I found this version very touching. I liked the friendship between the prince and Ella, which is not present in other versions of the story.

I also got hooked on the theme song, shown in the clip and lyrics below. I rewound just so I could hear it again.  I’m surprised that the song isn’t featured in more music boxes. Such a beautiful melody!

 

TAKE MY LOVE
From the film "The Glass Slipper" (1955)
(Lyrics: Helen Deutsch / Music: Bronislau Kaper)


Gilbert Russell (Film Soundtrack) - 1955
Eddie Fisher - 1955
Mantovani & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1955
David Rose & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1955
John Gary - 1964





Climbing rose on the wall
Take it now before the petals fall
Apple ripe on the bough
Take it for the time to take is now

Happy day, sun or rain
Live it for it never comes again
Lads have died, young and gay
Pretty maids can fade away

Nothing is forever, always is a lie
I can only love you till the day I die

So my love, oh, my love
Dream no more my love, awake my love
Oh, my love, wake my love
Come to me and take my love

Nothing is forever, always is a lie
I can only love you till the day I die

So my love, oh, my love
Dream no more my love, awake my love
Oh, my love, wake my love
Come to me and take my love


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I never learned the exact words to “The Wearing of the Green,” but I know the tune. Here’s the song, with lyrics, and the melody on the bagpipes.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

 

A Musical Way to Deal with Disappointment

I was looking forward to getting together with friends tomorrow, but for various reasons the gathering was canceled.  I’m disappointed, certainly. However, I’ll see them all again soon.

Anyway, the Gershwin tune “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” came immediately to mind and helped me to smile inwardly on a day that only got more hectic as it went on.

The song is from the film Shall We Dance, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I’ve never seen it, but one day soon I will. The first version is from two favorites–Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The second is a scene from the film.

 

 

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