LOTS OF FUN WORKING ON NEW TRACKS WITH GREAT ARTISTS. TERRY ROPCHAN IS SOUNDING BEAUTIFUL WITH HIS NEW ELECTRIC CLASSICAL GUITAR AND I AM EXCITED TO START WORKING WITH MY NEW LEAD GUITAR PLAYER, DRUMMER, AND SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS…THE BOMBADILS !
The folks at Heartland Alliance understand the word ‘ hospitality’ . From the moment we walked into the foyer we felt welcomed. Actually our host, Elfrieda, held the door for us to say ‘ welcome’ so it was before we even arrived into the building…lol.
The room was cozy and each table was decorated beautifully for this month’s Senior’s Dinner. We already had some sound equipment and supplies ready for us so we only had to bring half the equipment we usually haul for a concert ….very appreciated by all of us.
Our sound check went well and then we were invited to stay and join the group for dinner ! I feel like the evening went well….we certainly felt a warm reception ..and I had a ton of fun singing some of my new songs and a mixture of oldies and hymns last night. Terry sang some of his fun originals too and many folks loved his ” Co-Op” song about finding everything you need at the store near where he grew up .
I want to send a big thank-you to Cheryl Francis for inviting us to entertain. I hope we sing for you again someday….
Terry and Laura Bachynski and Paula Drew about to perform
THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT TIME FOR MUSIC IN MY LIFE. WHEN I WAS SURPRISED BY ALL OF MY SISTERS NEAR ME ( 2 ARRIVED FROM ONTARIO) WE DECIDED TO GO INTO THE BITTER NORTH STUDIO ( EMILY BACHYNSKI ) AND RECORD SOME HARMONIES TO 2 OF THE 14 TRACKS I HAVE LAID DOWN FOR C.D. NUMBER 3
I AM THINKING OF CALLING IT ‘ THAT’S HOW WE’LL WIN ‘ WHICH IS BASED ON MY SONG OF THE SAME NAME . PAULA, PAM AND MARY DID A WONDERFUL JOB AND NOW I AM TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THEM ON MORE TRACKS.
AFTER THE GIRLS FLEW HOME , PAULA , TERRY ( MY HUSBAND) AND I CONTINUED REHEARSALS FOR 2 UPCOMING GIGS.
WE HAD ANOTHER FULL HOUSE AT THE CARROT AND WE HAVE ANOTHER CONCERT TOMORROW NIGHT AT HEARTLAND ALLIANCE CHURCH IN SHERWOOD PARK.
I LOVE SHARING MY MUSIC ! I HAVE NOW LINED UP A WONDERFUL DRUMMER AND LEAD GUITAR PLAYER SO LOTS MORE RECORDING TIME UP AHEAD.
EVERYDAY THE NEWS BRINGS US TOUGH STORIES . LET’S KEEP ON SINGING !
HAPPY REMEMBRANCE DAY !
Mary East, Paula Drew, Pamela Pellizzari recording
Laura singing with Paula and Terry at The Carrot Café
I WAS THINKING OF THAT OLD MOVIE ” 2 WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL ” THE OTHER DAY. I DON’T REMEMBER TOO MUCH ABOUT THAT FILM ONLY THAT I LIKED IT.RECENTLY I HAD THE HONOUR OF PLAYING MUSIC AT …..2 FUNERALS AND A BIRTHDAY PARTY. I FIND FUNERALS TO BE SUCH A BEAUTIFUL MIXTURE OF SADNESS AND THE JOY OF BEING TOGETHER AS SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY. I FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SING AND PLAY AT THESE EVENTS.
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL WHERE A BROTHER (FRANK -WHO IS IN HOSPICE) IS JOINED BY ALL OF HIS SIBLINGS EVERY YEAR TO CELEBRATE THEIR BIRTHDAYS TOGETHER.
ONE OF THE SISTERS, TERRY JOSEY, ASKED ME IF I WOULD DO A CONCERT FOR THE ‘PARTY’ AND SO I PUT TOGETHER AN HOUR OF OLDIES ( WHICH FRANK LOVES) AND SOME OF MY ORIGINALS. ME AND SOME OF MY FAMILY ( MY HUSBAND, TERRY , AND MY SISTER, PAULA) SANG FOR THEIR WONDERFUL FAMILY. 2 FAMILIES COMING TOGETHER AND CONNECTED WITH MUSIC.
Paula Drew, Marie Bridge and Laura Bachynski about to sing ” I’ll Fly Away ”
Alfie and Byron Myre about to perform for the Funeral attendees.
Hundreds gather to say good-bye to Loie Unwin
IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME TO SAY GOOD-BYE TO SOMEONE WE LOVE AS WE ALL KNOW. BUT I DO FIND THAT FUNERALS ALSO GATHER TOGETHER FRIENDS AND FAMILY LIKE NO OTHER ‘EVENT’ . IT IS A TIME OF SHARING. OF SINGING. OF LOVE. YESTERDAY I HAD THE HONOUR OF SINGING A FUN ‘ GOSPEL ‘ TYPE SONG IN TRIBUTE TO LOIE UNWIN WHO LEFT US RECENTLY.
I ALSO ACCOMPANIED MY DEAR FRIEND, MARIE, ON GUITAR WHILE SHE SANG ONE OF LOIE’S FAVOURITE SONGS ” RAINBOW CONNECTION ” .
I AM SADDENED THAT WE HAD TO MEET THIS WAY BUT HONOURED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED TO SING AND PLAY.
I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY NEW MUSIC FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW SO WHEN I GOT AN EMAIL SAYING THAT CAFÉ BLACKBIRD HAD A LAST MINUTE CANCELATION FOR HOSTING A MUSICAL NIGHT AND ART SHOW GALA I WAS ALL IN.
ACTUALLY THEY WERE ORIGINALLY JUST LOOKING FOR A NEW ‘ARTIST OF THE MONTH’ BUT UPON CHECKING MY SOCIAL MEDIA SITES I GUESS MICHELLE AND CHRIS DISCOVERED ANOTHER ARTISTIC PASSION THAT I HAVE.
I GOT TO WORK REHEARSING ( MEMORIZE, MEMORIZE, MEMORIZE) MY 11 NEW SONGS AND PERFORMED THEM WITH MY WONDERFUL SISTER, PAULA, AT MY SIDE ANDLITERALLY , MY HUSBAND, TERRY ON THE OTHER SIDE.
I DID THE FIRST SET WHICH WAS AN HOUR AND 15 MINUTES OF ALL NEW MUSIC. TERRY DID THE SECOND SET WITH HIS NEW TUNES ( EXCELLENT!) AND THEN I JOINED HIM FOR THE LAST 3 SONGS.
WE HAD A GREAT RESPONSE AND I FEEL BLESSED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE MY MUSIC WITH THIS GREAT CROWD OF FRIENDS AND ‘NEW FRIENDS’ . HOPEFULLY WE WILL SELL ALL THE PAINTINGS AND BE ABLE TO GIVE A HUGE CHEQUE TO THE WONDERFUL GROUP THAT FEEDS AND CLOTHES THE HOMELESS IN DOWNTOWN EDMONTON, MADONNA HOUSE.