..to say that our beautiful daughter was married this weekend. So in between mixing my latest C.D. I was able to take the most wonderful break to drive to Canmore, Ab.,for another musical weekend. Emily is now married to Kurt Loewen, lead guitar player of TMO ( The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra ) while Emma is their Sound Engineer. Music abounded at the wedding but my favourite part was the ” Love Song ” section after dinner and before the dance. The couple asked an eclectic group of people to sing love songs : everyone from a 91 year old Grandpa singing What a Wonderful World to the bridesmaids singing and playing the piano. We had fiddles, an accordion , guitars and even a harp. Music is truly the universal language !
What a wonderful place is Rosebud, Alberta. If you have never had the chance to experience it I suggest that you Google Maps your way there this summer for sure. When it was brought to my attention that the Rosebud Gallery was looking for Alberta Artists for a summer show I contacted Valerie Speer . What a talented and wonderful woman! Although they had already filled the requirement for the number of artists needed for the Gallery she suggested that I bring down some paintings ( with the ‘ Rosebud and area Theme’ ) for consideration in another building in town. This weekend we drove to Rosebud, had 6 of our paintings accepted for show and sale in the Box Office area and took in the excellent musical,Cotton Patch Gospel,that evening. We over nighted at the lovely Country Inn, shopped in town at the great artisan stores and then made our way over to Horseshoe Canyon and Drumheller. Although Rosebud is about 2 1/2 hours from Edmonton it is totally worth the hours to see the gorgeous scenery and to experience this town. We had a great weekend.
It seems I have 2 concerts in the works and both have to do with hope.
The first will be for the July 20th HOPE MISSION Street Festival in downtown Edmonton . Times to come.
Next up I will be playing at the Spina Bifida HOPE CLASSIC at Rundle Park on August 10th. The event starts at 10:30 A.M. .
What a complete joy it is to create music with the help of talented artists….especially in my VERY OWN FAMILY! Last night my 3 sisters, Paula, Pamela and Mary along with my cousin , Lindsay joined me in a studio here in sunny( read : humid) WIndsor to sing beautiful back up harmonies for one of my songs . ( I only wish we had many many more days here to record more but time is fleeting here with visits to beloved family and old friends) . Lindsay played digital violins/strings and made 5 songs rise above the ordinary.
I can’t wait for you to hear my new 14 song C.D.. I ‘HOPE’ you will enjoy it!
Step by step I am having the joy of watching my new C.D. ” Hope Is ” take shape. My latest project was to bus down to Calgary to spend the best part of my Friday at The Station Recording Studio.
Spencer Cheyne had the studio prepared for the arrival of a bus load of grade 3,5 and 6’s that I had previously auditioned from Falconridge School. The children were SO excited and in fact one little girl told me that the night before she ” had cried because she was too excited “.
The children had been coached by their teacher, Ross Snashall, and my friend and recording artist, Marie Bridge, and because of this the children were in great form for their sessions.
We took them in groups of about 6 children at a time to sing my song, ‘ Close Your Eyes ‘ in the studio while the others had snacks in the lobby or drew/wrote on work sheets prepared about their experiences so far while they waited their turn. They were SO talented and so cute I must say. This was no professional choir but just normal children who had sung my song at their Christmas concert that year. Ross loved the song and I thought that if they knew it already (and I had envisioned children singing it anyway……)I was already ahead :)
It was so much fun to listen to their pure voices and to watch their excitement as they sang in a real studio! I can’t wait until we start mixing these songs ….but I will have to as I still have a beautiful cello player from Winnipeg to add and gorgeous strings from Ontario coming as well.
( I spent weeks putting together my very first try at a Grant Application and I could really use the financial help….FOUR studios…Yikes! ha ha)
Anyway, a BIG thank you to Falconridge School, Calgary , for their wonderful singers !
What a fun night at Hope Mission! A gang of us sang for the 4:30 and 5:30 dinner sittings and it is quite an eye opener to see 400 people in our city in need of a meal . And it was a beautiful turkey dinner meal. We sang an uplifting combination of oldies and saw not only the diners singing along but the staff dancing through the aisles too. ( I warned the patrons to be careful not to sing with mashed potatoes in their mouths..ha ha) .
This truly was an Easter gift…for ME! It truly reminds me once again how very blessed I am to have a warm roof over my head ( …especially in snowy snowy Edmonton) and the choice of a warm meal every night.
Blessings to all.
Friday night I am honoured to be able to sing for the folks at Hope Mission. There are 2 Easter Dinner sittings and I will be playing with some old friends….and some new friends! I have a dinner in a warm home or restaurant every night. It is good to remember that…..