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The Magic of Music via Maria Chivu

I’m really enjoying private ‘concerts’ via YouTube lately. I just click on one of my favorite artists and then am taken back to wonderful memories and good feelings as I do the things I need to do for the day.

I find it amazing how I am suddenly 14 again, dancing on a patio with a bunch of friends from school, swaying to a favorite song while I’m overwhelmed with feelings. I hope that senior centers, nursing homes, retirement places, and other facilities are using this as a way to make people happier.

Excuse me. I’m dancing with one of the first boys I ever thought I loved right now…

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Thoughts on a Friday – 12-20-2019

Kanno Hisao

Yesterday I had a wonderful massage, exchanging gifts with my massage therapist and friend, Lynn. It was special for a THIRD reason – she had a CD of Christmas music playing.

I have discovered that I have a HUGE pet peeve – jazzed up (screwed up) Christmas music. I want people to just play or sing it the way it was written. I guess that’s limiting for the artists, but it’s my opinion they should be singing for the listeners, not for their own amusement or amazement. The really beautiful thing was that the CD she played was a series of instrumentals, with different instruments used for different verses of the songs, but played straightforwardly, purely, BEAUTIFULLY.

Lynn and I shared that one of our gifts to each other was that we were singing along MENTALLY, rather than aloud. :0)

I enjoyed every minute of the massage – as I always do – but this time was truly special with the absolutely lovely traditional Christmas music. I felt joy in my heart along with the easing in soreness. Those are true gifts.

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Don’t Miss Dana Winner!


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If You are Not Familiar with Stjepan Hauser…

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Can You FEEL It?

Zen to Zany via Contemplative Monk


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email from Marsha Koenig

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Fats and I are “Walkin’ to New Orleans…”

This time I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I’m gonna need two pair of shoes
When I get through walkin’ these blues
When I get back to New Orleans
I’ve got my suitcase in my hand
Now ain’t that a shame?
I’m leavin’ here today
Yes, I’m goin’ back home to stay
Yes, I’m walkin to New Orleans
You used to be my honey
Till you spent all my money
No use for you to cry
I’ll see you by and by
‘Cause I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I’ve got no time for talkin’
I’ve go to keep a-walkin’
New Orleans is my home
That’s the reason why I’m goin’
Yes, I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I’m walkin’ to New Orleans
I love Fats Domino, and this song runs through my head from time to time, particularly when I’m on the elliptical trainer in my garage, even though I’m listening to other tunes via my MP3 player.

I’m doing 30 minutes on my elliptical every other day now, doing yoga stretches on the alternate days. I like this machine because it’s low impact and doesn’t make my knees, back, or hips hurt – a HUGE help in my efforts to keep moving. I’m now doing a bit over half a mile each session. I don’t push myself to walk faster, though I do have the resistance set to 20, the highest level. I push the User 1 button, get my MP3 player going, and zone out, keeping time to the tunes.

I’m “Walkin’ to New Orleans…..

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Our Son’s Music Room

Our son’s music room in Thailand is coming together nicely. He says he’ll probably get a keyboard and guitar next. He has to keep buying, selling and changing his stuff because he needs to travel light in his lifestyle. I’m glad that he can play with his goodies now.


I have no idea what the stuff is in the ‘magic box,’ but he sent us a short video of him playing with things, learning some of the wonderful sounds, rhythms, and tunes he can create (if not distracted by all the blinking lights!) I loved watching his head bob in time with his music. :0)

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“Forever Country”

“Forever Country”

“In honor of the 50th annual CMA Awards, the CMA Country Music Association released one amazing video. They brought together 30 most famous and award winning superstars to sing a mashup of country music classics.”  It’s called “Forever Country.”

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Source: via Carla Morton on Facebook

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Feeling It!

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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“You Take a Little Bird….”

17 best Secret Garden – Pinterest


“If  you catch a little bird
And you put it in a cage, feed it every day
Open the door, it’ll fly away
It’ll be gone, it’ll be gone

20 best watercolor birds – pinterest


On the wings of the wind
Fly on the wings of the wind

Acuarela Original Painting

Once I catch a little bird
And I taught her a song it was a silver song
Open the door and she was gone
She was gone, she was gone

Small Bird Tattoo on Belly

On the wings of the wind
Through on the wings of the wind

And she flew so high
Through alone in the sky
And was gone

European Robin – Wildlife Art by Jacqueline Tribble


Our freedom is like a bird
You can put it in a cage, it will fly away
Every time it flies away

High Heels and Diet Dr. Pepper

And it will fly so high
Through alone in the sky
And be gone”

Oriole – Mike Mitchell


Freedom Bird – song by The Cats

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Music Magic

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

To my way of thinking, music is magic.

If I’m in the shop working on something and one of our long time favorite songs starts, I’m instantly transported – 14 again and dancing at a party or remembering something I thought I had long forgotten. The years fall off. If the music is slow, I may hum along. If it’s fast, I jump up and shake my parts in time with it, feeling just as I did umpteen years ago, pain gone, creakiness gone, a smile on my face. Isn’t that amazing?

It’s been found that playing favorite music in hospitals makes patients happier and heal more quickly. Music from the big band era played in nursing homes brings smiles, tapping feet, happy memories.

I don’t understand it, but it’s a miracle we should take advantage of whenever possible. Bop to the beat in your heart to get an instant burst of energy!


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“Sittin’ on the Dock of A Bay” Video


“Sittin’ on the Dock of A Bay” Video

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“Song Of Yesterday”

My husband asked me to listen to his ‘new favorite song’ last night.

It’s called, “Song of Yesterday”

The band’s name is Black Country Communion.

I love it, too, and wanted to share it with you.

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“Hallelujah” in Russian!

I just heard the most beautiful version of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.

The website is Newsner.

“Not anyone can properly interpret Leonard Cohen’s immortal masterpiece “Hallelujah”. That’s what makes this next piece so fascinating. Four children somehow manage to not just do the song justice, but elevate it to a level I’d never heard before. The four children, named Artem, Julia, Marsel and Xenia, appeared on the Russian version of popular TV show The Voice and wowed the audience with a spectacular performance. As soon as the little girl standing on the far right opens her mouth, the crowd goes silent. Her angelic voice gives instant goose bumps. Then, just when you think it can’t get better, one after the other, the children prove that they are even stronger as four than they are independently. United in perfect harmony, the children truly enchant. Despite their young ages, they show talent and skills that seem way beyond their years. But that’s enough from me now.”

I saved the bookmark of the page, too. I don’t want to lose it.

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A Really Special Treat for Us

This Stunning Rendition Of ‘Hallelujah’ Has Been Released By A Cappella Group Pentatonix.

By Emily Davis of

Pentatonix, an American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, have just released their unique rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and it’s absolutely wonderful.


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Music – Play on, Play on, Play on….

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

Zen to Zany via Cathy Ruggiero

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