Tag Archives: singing

Oh, That Magical Player Piano!

Our Nana had a magical player piano. She lived about two miles away in town. My sister and I set off to visit Nana. I was four and my sister was two. Precocious for my age, I confidently walked into … Continue reading

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Weltanschauung – Worldview

  Prompted by the word for the day on my tear-off calendar, weltanschauung, and a magnetic poetry kit in German, I dove right in to compose a Haiku in German and in English. Call it playing! Hope you enjoy my … Continue reading

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Making Lists

    Endless details for the list. Who said packing was pure bliss? Travel items – please assist! Music folders, scores, a gift. Practice singing I insist! Adapter plugs, not to miss! Have to enlist an assist! My goodness – … Continue reading

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In Praise and Gratitude

For eyes that see and ears that hear, For family and friends far and near, I sing praises and blow a kiss. Permit me to reminisce: For countless hours of practice, I am grateful to sing in choral groups. Shakespeare … Continue reading

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On Being Grateful

As the new school year is about to commence, I am grateful for the years I was able to teach German. I watch the young ones in the neighborhood as they play with one another and shop for new clothes. … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Prayer: from my Heart to Yours!

Let me  take joy in ordinary events: chores such as laundry, cooking and shopping. Let me make time to listen to others and share. There is so much joy to find in the little things. Birds are busy building nests in … Continue reading

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Gratitude for Little Things

With a joyful heart today, I rejoice in love, family, friends, music and the little things of life which hold great meaning: -family time at the spa in Skaneateles followed by a tasty luncheon -friends both old and new are … Continue reading

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Family Rituals, Traditions and Education

Nurtured in us at an early age was the love of God, family and the importance of education. We were also gifted piano lessons and practice was a given.  We never questioned any of it but simply did as we … Continue reading

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Music Colors My Life!

Musical notes, beats, rests, keys, sharps, flats, major, minor, staff, treble clef, bass clef, rhythms, voices, moods, time signatures, adagio, allegro, forte, chant, chamber, carols, classical, dynamics, fermata, leitmotifs, sonata, staff, concerto, tones, voices – all this and more characterize … Continue reading

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A Musical Odyssey

The long, eventful sojourn lasted three fun-filled, musical weeks in Washington State. The country music repertoire I had prepared in advance had only a few songs. What I listened to was an adventure with songs very new to my ears … Continue reading

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