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
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.
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 !
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.