Monthly Archives: September 2011

Sunday Session – Groovy gals (and guy) edition

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I’ve loved linking up regularly with Thea’s Sunday sessions. As my sister said during our Skype chat last night,” Music is a big part of you Alice!” Joining in with this link up is a part of  what I’ve communicated in my poem “Just Ask…“. THANK YOU THEA!

Both pieces of music today make up a big part of my musical history.

Hiromi Uehara & Chick Corea

This would have to be one of my favourite jazz tunes. I was introduced to the music of Chick Corea by a percussion teacher in high school. During my first year at uni I was introduced to this tune, and I catch myself singing the melody fairly regularly. I love the rhythm and energy that it has. I love how Hiromi and Chick communicate how much fun it is to play in a group situation, which musos refer to as “an ensemble” or “chamber music” situation. In this case, obviously, they’re playing together as a duo. Such energy and sensitivity in this performance.

Claire Edwardes

The final piece for this week is performed by the amazing Australian percussionist Claire Edwardes at a prestigious music festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I played some pieces like this while I studied percussion, and watching this has brought back many memories. Anyway, Claire is someone who has performed and done wonderful things for percussion music, and contemporary chamber music all over the world. Check out her website (by clicking on her name above) to find out more about her.

Want to share some tunes that are significant to you? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

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Sunday Session – Lego Boy’s Birthday Edition

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Last Friday was Lego Boy’s 9th birthday. Our eldest, our one and only boy…OUR BABY boy is 9! I know it’s a cliché, but I keep asking myself, “Where has the time gone?”

Here are two tunes that he absolutely LOVES!

First up, the amazing Stevie Wonder. You can’t keep still to this tune can you? How about that catchy brass lick? Just humming it can change the way you’re feeling. Not to mention giving you a quick lesson in jazz history. Take it away Stevie!

Finally, whichever mood Lego Boy is in, he perks up when he hears this tune, and happily sings along.

Want to share some tunes that are significant to you? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Just Ask…

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Whatever’s wrong with me won’t go “just like that”

There’ll be no dramatic change after a simple chat.

A while ago I hit a wall

Instead of running, I could barely crawl.

I’d seen, I’d heard,

“Pick yourself up, you’ll be just FINE!”

But……

FINE didn’t come.

What I’ve needed is TIME.

TIME to walk down different tracks…

TIME to get the old me back.

Praise God for family and friends: old, new, near and far

You have NO IDEA how precious you are!

The haze of despair is gradually being transformed.

What has been my “usual” is no longer my norm.

That’s not to say that I don’t still have days

when I find myself amidst the haze.

Perhaps then you don’t know

…what to do?

…what to say?

Just be my friend, lend an ear and ask…

R U OK?

MANY THANKS to Gemma for hosting this bloghop of very real, open and honest posts. Click around and let people know that you care.



Sunday Session – My Dad and Spring

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Thanks to Thea for hosting another Sunday session. With my last session being dedicated to my hubby, I thought I’d make the Father’s Day part (mainly) about my Dad.

First up a beautiful song that communicates how blessed I am to have such a wonderful father here on Earth (can’t wait to see you at Christmas Dad!), that my kids are blessed to have such a fantastic father in Wonderful Husband (WH), and that I have an amazing Heavenly Father as well. It’s the hope and prayer of hubby and I that our kids will experience this for themselves some day.

Father’s Love

I remember my Dad playing this song a lot on record…record you say. What is that? While searching for this I found out that there’s also a German version of the song…wunderbar!

Tina Rainford – Silverbird

This song is a traditional song from the region in Indonesia where my dad comes from, Minahasa in North Sulawesi. I have visited once, and hope to return with my own family some day. It would be great for them to meet the extended family. With my paternal grandmother being one of eight, and my paternal grandfather coming from a slightly larger family there is no end of relatives to catch up with!!

The xylophone-type instruments played in the video are called “kolintang”. I have many great memories of watching my Dad playing guitar, and both parents singing along at Indonesian gatherings, after my mum had cooked up a storm. Food and music make for good times don’t they?

Esa Mokan – Traditional song from Manado, North Sulawesi
(Translation from regional dialect, with many thanks to Audry)
You are the only one in my mind
Let there be no other
Keep believing in God
And we all will live long and happily
Keep believing in God
And we all will live long and happily

Finally a song for this time of year, a beautiful jazz waltz written by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, which I first came across at uni.

Up Jumped Spring

Which tunes have sprung your ears wide open lately?