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I should…but You did

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Alice you should really…

or

Alice, you should have…

These combinations of words have been at the beginning of many, many tasks in recent months, and I need to do something about it.

A couple of years back, when I was really into list-making (something I should return to methinks…whoops THERE I GO AGAIN) my husband suggested listing all that I wanted to achieve that day, and include two things that I could already cross off.

That worked a treat for a very long time, and I guess I’ve lost my groove with all that stuff.

Perhaps if I replaced those words with “Alice, you did…” or “Alice, you’ve done…” I’d be in a better head space.

It makes me think of all my  human efforts to attain perfection in numerous pursuits. There are so many rules…

YOU MUST do this so that…

YOU SHOULD do this because…

By placing His one and only Son on the cross, God’s response is “I DID IT FOR YOU,” and “I HAVE DONE IT FOR YOU.” All that God wants is a relationship with me.  Despite what many might say, there are no other boxes that need to be ticked…HE’S ALREADY DONE IT FOR ME!

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Sunday Session – Paul Simon Edition

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Yay! Time for another Sunday Session. Perhaps one day I will post on a Sunday.

Paul Simon would have to be another all time favourite artist. He also has chooses the most amazing musoes to play with him. The particular beat that drummer Steve Gadd plays in this classic song is one that many drummers attempt to master. Steve Gad has that ability to make it flow and make it look so effortless. You can see why he is one of the most admired drummers in the world.

Finally a classic from the 80’s. Very appropriate considering it’s one of my nicknames. This video always gives me the giggles.

So which grooves have been getting your feet moving, or giving you the giggles?

Come and share it with us over at Thea’s blog!

Sunday Session – Cheeseburger and Samulnori

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This week I have two totally unrelated pieces of music, just because!

During last week I was in the car with the kids A LOT! Whenever this song came up on the cd all four of us sang our hearts out. We all had a blast, and it was much nicer than having the kids squabbling with each other!

His Cheeseburger – Veggie Tales

Finally, on the weekend I played with an orchestra which played some traditional Korean music, and Western classical music. One of the pieces was the orchestral piece featured in Sunday Session – B. Another involved a quartet (four players, just in case you’re wondering) of traditional percussion instruments, also known as Samulnori, much like this group here. In English Samul means “four objects”, and nori means “play”. Thanks Mr. Wikipedia! The name of the wind instrument is a “taepyongso”. Such a distinctive sound, don’t you think?

Traditional Korean music

So what’s been making you sing your heart out, or ringing in your ears lately? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Sunday Session – Jeff Buckley

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Last week I dug out a cd that I hadn’t heard for a while. WH and I were introduced to Jamie Cullum when my sister gave us a cd of his many years ago. On the cd he did a cover version of another favourite artist of mine. I really like this live, jazz version of Jeff Buckley’s song…

Second song for this week is the man himself, Jeff Buckley. I’ve been fascinated by his voice since the very first time I heard this particular song on Triple J many years ago. The night that he played a concert in Perth I remember thinking ” I’ll definitely have to catch him the next time he’s in town! ” Unfortunately that opportunity never came. So sad that he passed away at such a young age. With his insightful lyrics, versatile voice,  unusual chords and guitar riffs, and the amazing grooves set by the drummer, I’d have to say that Jeff Buckley is one of my all-time favourite artists.

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

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?