Nov 292013

SnowflakebluePerhaps you’ve seen some of the macro pictures of snowflakes that float around the internet. (Like these… taken with a DIY camera setup.) The beauty and variety are amazing. They also look a bit unreal, don’t they? Like something you’d find made of acrylic hanging on a Christmas tree.

Jamie WilliamsI think the beauty and variety found in the human voice is equally amazing. No matter how many voices you hear, no two are the same–each has its own unique characteristics and expression.

I’m lucky–I get to hear quite a lot of beautiful voices. Here’s an example… a solo version of “There Within a Stable,” sung by Jamie Williams of Mesa, Arizona, USA. She’s a mom with 6 kids, and a fellow music-lover with a gorgeous voice. I hope you enjoy her rendition. (The accompaniment has been updated for the solo version, and is available on the song page.)

Nov 222013
Choir directors… in case you didn’t get the message, the annual Jackman Music buy-one-get-one-free sale happens on December 12. (And no, I’m not on commission… just don’t want you miss a good deal. 😉 ) All the details are in the graphic below.

Jackman Ad 2013

Happy shopping!

Nov 212013

Yesterday my web host had a server outage of epic proportions. 24 hours later, someone apparently waved a wand and said “bibbity bobbity boo” and my website has magically reappeared. I think that’s how it’s done. The internet is all just magic anyway.

Two takeaways from the outage: 1) Get what you need in advance if you can, so such an outage doesn’t cause you too much grief; and 2) I need to find some additional place to store all my PDFs so I have an option for such emergencies. Strange to think that “emergency preparedness” should need to include my website!

Anyway, it’s back… full steam ahead… and sorry for the inconvenience. 🙂

Nov 182013
Awhile back my husband came home at lunch time and casually asked me, “So, what have you been up to this morning? Anything interesting?”

“No,” I said, “Same old same old.”

And then I started thinking about what I actually had been doing that morning. I had listened from my cozy little computer room in Colorado (via Skype) to the wonderful Mr. James Loynes 5,000 miles away in England as he sang through a new song I was working on (spoiled rotten, I am!); I had looked through a whole new set of digital pictures (uploaded to Facebook) of my grandbabies in California; I had uploaded a new score to my website which was promptly downloaded by fine musicians in any number of countries I have never seen; and I had had a lovely chat with a new friend–a choir director in Poland.

No, nothing interesting at all. Same old same old. It’s an amazing and awe-inspiring world we live in, isn’t it?

Here’s what prompted the reminiscence of that particular day. This week, Piotr Sikora (the previously-mentioned choir director in Poland) sent me this lovely recording of “When the Son of God was Born” (in Polish), from an album he and his choir (Wyższobramski Chór Kameralny) are just finishing up:

I just had to share… what a gorgeous sound this choir has! They are producing the album to raise funds for the restoration of the beautiful old organ there in the Kościół Jezusowy (Jesus Church) in Cieszyn. (You can read more about it here.)

If you’re interested in listening to more from this wonderful choir, here’s their YouTube channel.

Happy Monday!