What a cool week of music related news !
It was really great to get back to rehearsing for my future house concert with the excellent Terry Ropchan . Terry has agreed to play guitar with me so we have some fun weeks ahead preparing.
Last night Bart Millard from the band MERCY ME was at our home to do a witness talk about how he came to write the song ” I Can Only Imagine ” . He also spoke about his new position with Trinity Western University . He mentors young musicians with their passion for songwriting and all that goes into realizing your dreams in this regard.
What an honour to have Bart in our home as I have loved that song and all his music since they came on the scene about 23 years ago !
Finally , I just heard today that one of my songs, ” My Heaven ” was chosen to be played for the upcoming podcast on Women of Substance Radio’s Valentine Show…
Show Airs Feb 1-28 on WOSRadio @ 4 PM Eastern (1 PM PST)
Podcast Episode #581 To Be Released Fri. February 17
- Niki ‘Rymple – The End of the Day
- Jess Novak Band – I’d Rather Be With You
- Susan Friend – Take Me To Church
- Cathy DeWitt – Rob’s Song
- Marashe – The Love
- Rebecca Tatum – I Could Love You
- Ditto- Up Real Close
- Barbara J – Words Dont Come Easy
- Laura Bachynski – My Heaven
- INANNA – You And Me Only
- KatrinaBrown – Crush You
- The Cool Connection – Encore Amour
It was a fun afternoon of visiting with Jason Homyshin and celebrating the newly recorded ” In The Split of an Instant ” written by Jason and music by yours truly.
James Seabrook at Two Bodies of Water studio did a fantastic job of singing/playing/recording and mixing the CD and Jason is very happy with it ( as am I !) .
Jason and I shared a few laughs ( and Carlos his caregiver /interpreter helped us communicate today) and exchanged a few presents too .
What an inspiring person is Jason Homyshin.
Thought I’d let you hear some tunes that myself and my sisters and brother sang several years back . We made this CD ( and more tunes on the original disk) for our Parents one year for Christmas.
I am singing then my sisters Paula, Pamela, Mary and then my brother, John.
I actually had pneumonia when I recorded my song…ha ha….but somehow got through it.
Enjoy while you wrap those gifts for someone you love……
” In The Split of an Instant “
My friend, Jason, wrote another song this year about how fast life can change and ‘ in the split of an instant ‘ those we love can be taken away from us in the world the way it is. Jason types with one knuckle on a specialized keyboard and once in a while sends me his work for me to tidy up a bit and then write the tune. I have been busy this year but I finally got around to creating music for his new song. With the help of our friend, James Seabrook, at his Studio ( Two Bodies of Water ….get it? Sea-Brook ? ) we were able to start laying down the tracks to help Jason continue his dream of recording his work. James and I both agree that WE get much enjoyment out of watching the absolute joy that Jason doesn’t have the power to repress ( like we do should we choose to do so) and it makes it worth the effort to write the music( for me) and to put together a band , record and edit ( for James) . I hope he likes the finished product.
I am very flattered to have been chosen as the November 2016 winner in THE AKADEMIA contest in the Christian / Gospel category.
Here is a nice line about my song, WHEN IT’S TIME….
After working so diligently on our recent Rosebud Art Gallery show it is time to get rehearsing my new songs in anticipation of my first house concert. What a blessing to have more than two creative outlets ! I am also going to Elmwood School this week for the book launch of ” The Day That Jake Swallowed The Queen ” , a ‘Tellellie ‘ book I had the privilege of illustrating.
I believe we must ” Keep creating, celebrating, see the beauty in every day ” as the words in my newest song attest. This is one way we can fight the darkness that threatens to drown us sometimes.
So I will keep praying and painting and singing and loving …and laughing too !
Have a GREAT week !
Terry and I are very happy to share the news that we have our very first gallery show in wee Rosebud Alberta ( near Calgary and on the way to Drumheller .)
We drove down to meet the guests on opening night and the paintings looked lovely in the old church space at the Akokiniskway Gallery there( near the Theatre)
We are showing our art for 2 months starting Sept. 9th and all proceeds go towards the Rosebud School of the Arts so please take the open road there and open your hearts to this wonderful cause.
The other day I had the privilege of teaching a painting class at St. Boniface in Edmonton. Each child had their own canvas on board and I brought in a vase of fresh flowers for them to try their hand at Still Life painting.
Wow! I’ve forgotten how busy 20 grade one students can be ! The teacher provided each table with one ‘pie plate’ of paint colours ( pretty terrible selection at this school …ha ha) and a yogurt cup of water per student. The first thing that happened is that 6 wee cups of water were promptly spilled on the table. Apparently we didn’t have access to rags for the clean up but we did have teeny tiny sponges !
Each canvas was covered with a plastic coating so we needed to unwrap these and after that some of the students started painting on the wrong side of the board…ha ha ha.
We finally got some semblance of order with the help of the teacher, Ms. Alcock, who has a very good class. I worked on building up the image from the background to the central image. The kids were excited and non-stop.
It was a lot of fun.