Terry Ropchan and I will be playing for the patients and their families for their evening music night in March.
What an incredible ( but exhausting !), thrilling , creative, blessing of a week this has turned out to be. I am just home and winding down from a very full week of working with some of Edmonton’s most talented musicians. I have decided to call my new C.D. ” Hope Is…” . Included are 14 of my original songs which have been made MUCH better by these talented folks ( who include Terry Bachynski, Paula Drew, Albert Felicitas, Thom Golub, Dean Pierno, John McNichol, Dominique Roy and Ray Sabourin) and they will soon be joined by other talented folks from Windsor , Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary via sending tracks back and forth. This is turning out to be a much bigger endeavour than I planned but it is going to be an incredible project. I am very excited about including a children’s choir from Falconridge School in Calgary .
I am so thankful to God for the chance to try and create another beautiful C.D. . It is my hope that others will love it as much as I ( already!) do.
I cannot tell you how uplifted I feel when I surround myself with amazing talent!
The rehearsals for my new C.D. are SO much fun. I am confident that I have chosen a good batch of songs from my original music but when I play my guitar (together with some of the other artists that will be recording with me next week )and hear the professional quality they bring to the tunes I feel speechless.( Not a good thing for a singer..ha ha)
Albert Felicitas on Keyboards and Jembé drum is every artist’s dream in a player. His lovely miracle girl wife ( my sister) Paula, has the most beautiful voice for the harmonies I am looking for…( although I will very much be missing the gorgeous voices of my other 2 sisters who live in Ontario and who sang with me on WAITING) .
We are having one last rehearsal tomorrow night before recording week and I am excited to be adding the lovely flute playing of our friend, John McNichol , to one of my songs.
I have incredible players locally ( Thom Golub, Dean Pierno, Domique Roy to name few) and some sending me tracks from Montreal, Windsor, Winnipeg and I have a group of children singing with me from Calgary’s Falconridge School too. I am really looking forward to going to Calgary for that recording session.
I am so happy and blessed to be able to share this new music soon.
O.K. : so lifting heavy sound equipment to and from my car at 9 a.m. on a – 27 morning might not seem like your idea of a good time but after I picked up the rest of my ‘band’ , unloaded the equipment at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and started to play and sing….it became a wee slice of Heaven.
It was only 45 minutes but I felt so happy to have my sister, Paula, sitting and singing beside me. One year ago she was bald and in 4th stage breast cancer with no hope of survival. She , a newlywed, was told to plan a holiday , get her affairs in order because even the strongest chemo was not even touching the hundreds of tumours in her lungs.
We were asked to return in 3 weeks and we decided to ‘storm Heaven’ with requests for a miracle. Did we believe she would actually get one? You bet we did! And we were honoured and rewarded with the miraculous disappearance of ALL signs of her cancer . She cannot officially be deemed cured until she has lived cancer free for 5 years but I am here to tell you that her hair is now curly and long enough to put in a pony tail and she is alive and very well.
So when I found out that Paula would be able to join me in performing at the Cross I was thrilled! Talk about coming full circle. It felt so good to see smiles , a few tears maybe, and feel love from our guests in the lobby. We just wanted to sing and play to help a few minutes perhaps pass with a little less darkness.
Paula stood beside me and she taped a photo of her bald self to the front of her music stand.
Just another cold day in Edmonton but I have a little more warmth in my heart. I hope we were able to spread some of that warmth to others today :)
Laura Bachynski and Terry Ropchan play some of Laura’s originals and some ‘retro’ tunes for visitors and patients at the Cross…just because!
Well, I sure had a great weekend visiting Calgary! Not only did I get to celebrate the birthday of a dear friend but I got to go to see another friend in Spamalot a show that rivalled any pro version I have seen ( aka Broadway!).
But …on top of that …I approached Pink Lime Hair Salon ( directly below where I was staying) and they agreed to FILL their space with our ( my husband, Terry’s ,and my) original paintings! They even promised to contact the Edmonton Salon so we can do the same in this city. Wow!
I have decided to get back into the volunteer circuit and look forward to giving back a little bit to the community with musical help from my buddy, Terry Ropchan.
On January 30th you can find us singing and playing at the Cross Cancer Institute at 10:30 a.,m.
So far the next show will be Mar. 12th from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Glenrose Hospital.
I am SO excited for 2013. I will be working on a brand new C.D. , I have 2 commissioned paintings already and a children’s book illustrating job in the works. This should keep me busy leading up to 2 of my children getting married. What a year this will be!
Happy New Years!