Sunday Session – Paul Simon Edition

Yay! Time for another Sunday Session. Perhaps one day I will post on a Sunday.

Paul Simon would have to be another all time favourite artist. He also has chooses the most amazing musoes to play with him. The particular beat that drummer Steve Gadd plays in this classic song is one that many drummers attempt to master. Steve Gad has that ability to make it flow and make it look so effortless. You can see why he is one of the most admired drummers in the world.

Finally a classic from the 80′s. Very appropriate considering it’s one of my nicknames. This video always gives me the giggles.

So which grooves have been getting your feet moving, or giving you the giggles?

Come and share it with us over at Thea’s blog!

Sunday Session – Cheeseburger and Samulnori

This week I have two totally unrelated pieces of music, just because!

During last week I was in the car with the kids A LOT! Whenever this song came up on the cd all four of us sang our hearts out. We all had a blast, and it was much nicer than having the kids squabbling with each other!

His Cheeseburger – Veggie Tales

http://youtu.be/0XFNtXbkelM

Finally, on the weekend I played with an orchestra which played some traditional Korean music, and Western classical music. One of the pieces was the orchestral piece featured in Sunday Session – B. Another involved a quartet (four players, just in case you’re wondering) of traditional percussion instruments, also known as Samulnori, much like this group here. In English Samul means “four objects”, and nori means “play”. Thanks Mr. Wikipedia! The name of the wind instrument is a “taepyongso”. Such a distinctive sound, don’t you think?

Traditional Korean music

So what’s been making you sing your heart out, or ringing in your ears lately? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Sunday Session – Jeff Buckley

Last week I dug out a cd that I hadn’t heard for a while. WH and I were introduced to Jamie Cullum when my sister gave us a cd of his many years ago. On the cd he did a cover version of another favourite artist of mine. I really like this live, jazz version of Jeff Buckley’s song…

Second song for this week is the man himself, Jeff Buckley. I’ve been fascinated by his voice since the very first time I heard this particular song on Triple J many years ago. The night that he played a concert in Perth I remember thinking ” I’ll definitely have to catch him the next time he’s in town! ” Unfortunately that opportunity never came. So sad that he passed away at such a young age. With his insightful lyrics, versatile voice,  unusual chords and guitar riffs, and the amazing grooves set by the drummer, I’d have to say that Jeff Buckley is one of my all-time favourite artists.

Want to share some tunes that are significant to you? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Sunday Session – Lego Boy’s Birthday Edition

Last Friday was Lego Boy’s 9th birthday. Our eldest, our one and only boy…OUR BABY boy is 9! I know it’s a cliché, but I keep asking myself, “Where has the time gone?”

Here are two tunes that he absolutely LOVES!

First up, the amazing Stevie Wonder. You can’t keep still to this tune can you? How about that catchy brass lick? Just humming it can change the way you’re feeling. Not to mention giving you a quick lesson in jazz history. Take it away Stevie!

Finally, whichever mood Lego Boy is in, he perks up when he hears this tune, and happily sings along.

Want to share some tunes that are significant to you? Feel free to link up with us over at Thea’s blog.

Just Ask…

Whatever’s wrong with me won’t go “just like that”

There’ll be no dramatic change after a simple chat.

A while ago I hit a wall

Instead of running, I could barely crawl.

I’d seen, I’d heard,

“Pick yourself up, you’ll be just FINE!”

But……

FINE didn’t come.

What I’ve needed is TIME.

TIME to walk down different tracks…

TIME to get the old me back.

Praise God for family and friends: old, new, near and far

You have NO IDEA how precious you are!

The haze of despair is gradually being transformed.

What has been my “usual” is no longer my norm.

That’s not to say that I don’t still have days

when I find myself amidst the haze.

Perhaps then you don’t know

…what to do?

…what to say?

Just be my friend, lend an ear and ask…

R U OK?

MANY THANKS to Gemma for hosting this bloghop of very real, open and honest posts. Click around and let people know that you care.


Also linking up with Multiple Mum’s Weekend Rewind – A little burst of Spring

Sunday Session – My Dad and Spring

Thanks to Thea for hosting another Sunday session. With my last session being dedicated to my hubby, I thought I’d make the Father’s Day part (mainly) about my Dad.

First up a beautiful song that communicates how blessed I am to have such a wonderful father here on Earth (can’t wait to see you at Christmas Dad!), that my kids are blessed to have such a fantastic father in Wonderful Husband (WH), and that I have an amazing Heavenly Father as well. It’s the hope and prayer of hubby and I that our kids will experience this for themselves some day.

Father’s Love

I remember my Dad playing this song a lot on record…record you say. What is that? While searching for this I found out that there’s also a German version of the song…wunderbar!

Tina Rainford – Silverbird

This song is a traditional song from the region in Indonesia where my dad comes from, Minahasa in North Sulawesi. I have visited once, and hope to return with my own family some day. It would be great for them to meet the extended family. With my paternal grandmother being one of eight, and my paternal grandfather coming from a slightly larger family there is no end of relatives to catch up with!!

The xylophone-type instruments played in the video are called “kolintang”. I have many great memories of watching my Dad playing guitar, and both parents singing along at Indonesian gatherings, after my mum had cooked up a storm. Food and music make for good times don’t they?

Esa Mokan – Traditional song from Manado, North Sulawesi
(Translation from regional dialect, with many thanks to Audry)
You are the only one in my mind
Let there be no other
Keep believing in God
And we all will live long and happily
Keep believing in God
And we all will live long and happily

Finally a song for this time of year, a beautiful jazz waltz written by trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, which I first came across at uni.

Up Jumped Spring

Which tunes have sprung your ears wide open lately?

Sunday Session – B

I know that Thea has said that there are no rules, but I think some kind of focus for me is a good thing. Somehow B seemed  appropriate. You’ll get my drift before the end of it.

I’ve just started playing with a reggae band, so I’ve been listening to the tunes of this amazing musician for inspiration. After all, Bob Marley IS REGGAE, right?

Bob Marley – Them Belly Full

Over the weekend I listened to Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 (his last) played by the Australian World Orchestra. This amazing orchestra is made up of professional Australian musicians, all of whom travelled from around the world, and around Australia, to take part.  The broadcast on ABC Classic FM was almost as good as being at the Sydney Opera House ;) It’s such an uplifting piece of music, and quite something to see it performed live. What beats it? Actually performing it as part of the orchestra or choir. Enjoy this performance (0ver two videos) by the NAFA Orchestra from Singapore.

Beethoven – Symphony No.9, 4th movement (in 2 parts).

http://youtu.be/k81Lt-qAv7A

http://youtu.be/GWSqNTSN9iU

I was introduced to Beady Belle a few years ago by some friends at our church in Perth. This particular tune is good late-night-winding-down music. So sit back, relax, and enjoy it, if you’re in that kind of mood.

Beady Belle – Closer

What have you been listening to lately? Feel free to share it with us over at Thea’s blog.

Cherish Your Cherubs – In the Now

When I came across Naomi’s six-week Cherish Your Cherubs project, I got excited and wanted to be a part of it! I have sooo many photos of mine that all I needed to do was write some reflections down. For this first week, Naomi has asked us to Record whatever comes to mind about our loved ones.

WONDERFUL HUSBAND

Romantic. Intelligent. Funny.

Fantastic Father. Amazing Husband.

Self-confessed Coffee-Geek.

Gifted Communicator (except for those Dad jokes ;) )

Enjoys cycling and country driving.

Loves listening to music, playing bass guitar and dark chocolate.

LEGO BOY (9)

Inquisitive. On or off.  Early riser.

Fan of Lego and Star Wars Clone Wars.

Loves sport, piano, chess.

Enjoys reading non-fiction, adventure and bad joke books ;)

Has the knack of turning most things into Maths problems.

PRINCESS (6)

Girly-girl. Loves reading. Petite.

Thoughtful. Caring. Knows when Mama needs a big hug. Softly spoken, except when, like… EXCITED!

Persistent.

Has some wobbly teeth.

Misses the family in Perth.

Enjoys helping in the kitchen.

Loves to sing, dance and make things.

MISS CHATTY (3)

Comedic timing. Handful of curls after her Papa.

Very sociable. Loves giving huggles.

Determined. Ready for Kindy.

Can squeal with the best of them.

Chubby cheeks. Loves Bear-Bear.

Loves to dance and make up her own songs.

Loves eating “Roly-Poly” (Nashi) Pears.

So what comes to mind about your loved ones right now? Care to share the love with all the other beautiful families joining in here? I sure hope so!

Sunday Session – Hubby’s Birthday Edition

Last week was a significant birthday for WH (Wonderful Husband) so it got me thinking about some of his fave music. As it turns out Thea handed the reins over to her Hubba this time round…not quite snap, but almost! It was hard to keep to two tracks, so I chose five, and still it was hard. Here we go…

Thought it would be good to get two-for-the-price-of-one here…nice to have Neil Finn joining in with Paul Kelly. WH is also a big cricket fan, so this song is very appropriate. I guess it’s actually like getting four runs, isn’t it?

WH played in a blues band before I met him. This tune features three of his all-time faves BB King, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan…in the same room.

WH met this guy through a bass players forum while we were living in Europe, and we had the pleasure of meeting him in Frankfurt. Norm is a great guy, with a beautiful family, and as you’ll find in this video, an extremely talented bass player. The title of his cd is pretty cool too…”Pondering the Sushi”.Take it away Norm!

We’ve been fortunate to have caught Niels Henning Orsted-Pedersen live on both sides of the world. With his own group (including guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who is also featured here) at the Festival of Perth many years ago , and with pianist Mulgrew Miller at the North Sea Jazz Festival when it was in Den Haag, not as many years ago. Such sweet sounds that they get out of their instruments in this tune. Shame that Niels no longer with us.

This track reminds me of cruising around The Netherlands on weekends. WH must have listened to it a lot when he had to drive to work, because he learnt the words to all the tracks on the cd fairly quickly. This guy from Steely Dan sure has a way with chords and words!

This is someone that WH has been listening to lately. Thanks for introducing me to her Bub!

What’s been exciting your ears lately? Want to share it? Check out what others have been listening to over at Thea’s Sunday Session.

Sunday session – Inspired

YAY! It’s time for another (belated) Sunday Session with Thea :)

I’ve just been away on an inspiring weekend…with other mums like me from all over Queensland. The organisation that we’re all a part of is called MOPS, and it is an organisation that encourages me to be the best “me” that I can be, with all the different hats that a mother has to wear! If you want to find out more, head on over to the website…http://mops.org.au/

I was very fortunate to be part of the music team that played for the weekend, so the music from the weekend is still playing in my head. Despite having practically no voice, the lovely Cath (http://squigglemum.com/) did a great job leading out team (among other things) as best as she could, and I met some new friends. When I first heard this song a few years back I was in tears, and playing it over the weekend has been a great encouragement for me. I love Brooke Fraser‘s music and lyrics.

While away I found out that Alison, our amazing keyboard player, will also be playing in a concert with me in a few weeks. We’ll be playing with the Queensland Philanthropic Orchestra. It’s a great way to combine our professional experiences with music, and supporting a good cause. One of the pieces on the programme is Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances from Westside Story”, which I have fond memories playing at my very first National Music Camp. Enjoy the choreography in this snippet from the Westside Story movie…

So what have you been listening to this week? Feel free to link up with Thea if you’d like to share it with us :)

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