Music


In case case you missed the performance last night on PBS, it was fabulous!  These guys are a pretty amazing a cappella group.  Thought I’d share two of my favorite songs they performed.

http://www.sncmusic.com/ Here is their website where you can read more, and purchase music!  Enjoy

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Even though it’s off my usual topic, I have to rave…I really enjoyed the recent concert series on VH1 Classic! It was “Bad Company”.  If you love classic rock, make sure you find the time to check it out!  Paul Rodgers does an amazing job in the singing,  Lynn Sorenson is awesome with the bass and vocals  as well!  I’ve seen Lynn perform locally with Spike & the Impalers,  his  passion and talent always rock!  What a way to enjoy a Friday evening!

Rodgers recently performed in concert with the original Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke, who continued the group with other singers after Rodgers left the band in 1982.  Lynn Sorenson from Rodgers’ solo band took the place of late bassist Boz Burrell, who died in 2006.

Paul Rodgers who has a passion for writing music and performing,  has an interesting bio, which you can read about here:

http://www.paulrodgers.com/fact.htm

Recent Bad Company news is here:

http://www.badcompany.com/news.html

I found the billboard article below interesting, it points to the hard core reality of life.

When  the good guys end up having to defend themselves against those who wants to grab on to your success by being bogus and pretenders, it stinks!

I guess the billboard story struck me because it’s the same thing that is happening to the flower business as well.   Brittany Flowers™ , it’s  just a name, but I won it.

It’s a brand that is trusted in my “small” circle and it’s annoying when people use it for their own gain. Many of my friends in the flower business, have spent thousands of dollars trying to protect their name & reputation..all I can say is “Good for Bad Company”  for making the time to take a stand against the misuse of their name.

Of course on the brighter side, the concert was a great example of the kind of things that are possible when you put your creative energies to use for a good cause! I really loved it!

http://www.billboard.com/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003823194#/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003823194

On a happier note… Check out Jeff Kathan, an amazing drummer.. one of my favs!

http://jeffkathan.com/biotext1.htm

And another Rock Star that makes me smile every morning on the Bob Rivers show is Spike! Check out Spike and the Impaler’s here if you love classic rock music.

http://www.facebook.com/spikeandtheimpalers

I keep telling my daughter that some day she will be talking to her kids about her classic bands and how much she loves them too! (Dave Matthews,  her generation)  She called me last week so very excited that she won tickets to DAVE!  I’m pretty sure that will become a classic story some time in the future for her!

I’ve yet to convince her to attend a classic rock concert..I’m working on her though! Then again….hmmm..I’m glad she hasn’t asked me to go to a rap concert…. :0)

I have plans to go see this, if I can find the time this weekend. If it comes to your town and you are interested in the environment and our connections to it, I would suggest attending this production!  The concept is amazing!

Imagine being a creative dancer, spending time in the forest canopy of Costa Rica and in the wilds of the great NW,  experiencing the sights, sounds, and smells, of the forest, while practicing and performing the art of dance and learning how you can connect with the environment and learn something from each other.  That is the simple premise.

Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, world-renowned canopy tree ecologist and author, led a group of artists call Capacitor  from San Francisco, into the tree forested canopy of old growth Douglas Fir forests in Washington state and into the Monteverde Cloud Forest of Costa Rica to give the performers an opportunity to interact with their complex surroundings, she brought to their attention things like, fragile ecosystems, embracing wild spaces, & conservation of untouched biomes.  This production encourages conservation. Go see it, if you can!   Amazing!

Flying Penguins…Are you sure about that?  These guys were so cute, I really thought they might be able to fly. My favorite radio station played the flying penguins video, and I found this BBC video which shows how they made it…nice try Bob Rivers! Thanks for the humor today, the penguins along with the legendary Seattle landmark, the PI globe floating in the sound, ya had me going for a minute.  🙂    Thank goodness it’s still on top of the building. I’d really miss that bit of Seattle history! I miss the Seattle PI newspaper,  the new online version is here http://www.seattlepi.com/

Bob Rivers April Fools joke

Bob Rivers April Fools joke

The flour leaf clover, was a symbol of good luck and according to the early Celts it was also an important item to keep you safe from evil spirits. The four leaves symbolized faith, hope, love and luck.  This pagan tradition was continued by early Christian leaders and the three leaf clover eventually became a symbol of the Holy Trinity for the Irish people.

In 1620 according to the University of Illinois, Sir John Melton wrote, ” if a man walking in the fields find any four leaved grass, he shall while after find some good thing.”   It’s estimated that there are 10,000 three leaf clovers for every one four leaf clover. I used to spend hours lying in the grass looking for a four leaf clover, and once in my life I found one! I’m not sure that it brought me any luck, but who’s to say what might have happened if I hadn’t found it! 🙂

Words & Music by Mort Dixon & Harry Woods, 1927
Recorded by Art Mooney, 1948

“I’m looking over a four-leaf clover, that I overlooked before. One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain, Third is the roses that grow in the lane. No need explaining the one remaining is somebody I adore. I’m looking over a four-leaf clover, that I overlooked before.”

I think this was the catchy song for Merrie Melodies cartoons by Warner Brothers,  it’s what I used to hum while looking for the lucky clover.  Thanks to Forest  &  Kim Starr for the use of the photograph! Can you find a four leaf clover in this picture? That is what I used to do as a kid, hours looking in the clover for the one lucky clover!

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Gr   Growing up Irish, I remember many an Irish tale told in my family.. I’m still afraid to put a hat on the bed..I have no idea why? I still look for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, although I never wanted to meet one of those Leprechauns because I was always told that they were mean spirited fairies who would trick you.  As a kid I always figured if I was given the chance to grab the pot of gold, I could outsmart the Leprechaun, but in all my years I have never been able to get to the end of the rainbow! Have you ever tried that? It’s impossible.  I did like Darby O’Gill and the little people that Disney released when I was 5 years old.

M    My father had a lucky Shillelagh Stick attached to the front of our house, I used to be afraid he might kill himself one day falling off the ladder to retrieve it on St. Patrick’s Day. Little did I know as a child that the Shillelagh Stick was actually a weighted weapon disguised as a walking stick. The skilled use of these hardwood clubs by the people of Shillelagh led to the clubs being called Shillelagh’s by Richard II in 1395.  I’m glad I just thought it was a lucky stick!

th   I think the story about St Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland, might have a different meaning as well, I don’t think that Ireland had snakes. Can some one clarify that one for me? Maybe it had to do with driving the pagan beliefs out of Ireland while ushering in Christianity.

Ir    Irish Music has always been an important part of our family life, a way to pass on generations of stories and history. I spent many nights as a child singing and dancing with my father to Irish music.  Hard to believe that at one point in history, music was outlawed and that Queen Elizabeth I even decreed that all artists and pipers were to be arrested and hanged on the spot. My how times have changes, and I’m glad they have!

Just had to say……….what a show! It was a terrific entertaining event honoring some of my most amazing performers! Coming from a dance background myself,  I really loved Twyla Tharp and the tribute to her work. Of course being a designer who tends to look at everything from a different twist,  I  really love the concept of thinking outside the box and Twyla’s  amazing creative twist on music & dance and movement.

The tribute to Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend of The Who was a great reminder of an era of music that had passion.     Bettye LaVette who sang a tribute to them was R & B to the bone,  and gave everyone chills, wow what passion! 🙂 http://www.bettyelavette.com

Rob Thomas was terrific in his great performance along with the appearance of the New York Fire Department which made me weep and brought back every sorry memory of 9/11 ! But it renewed my passion and gave me promise of the possibilities that our future can hold.

The performance of BB King for the to tribute Morgan Freeman was so entertaining and really touching…awesome 🙂

Barbara Streisand was another honoree and what can you say about her “ability..sing..act..produce…and lead”..in the words of Queen Latifah.  🙂 and Beyonce has the velvet smooth  voice to carry the tribute  performance off .

If you missed this performance I hope it will replay on cable or become available on dvd..you will love it and I’m sorry if you missed it. I just hope the next  generations of musicans & performers, and ( let’s not forget the firefighters)  will give us  as much passion, heart, & soul, as these performers did!  I love passion &  the arts!

Celebrate Your Sweethert with a Wedding, Renewal or Commitment Ceremony

Tie the Knot Event: Valentines Day 2009

Event Information

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rerzriCuNew

The member businesses of Kirklandweddings.com are joining together for the fourth year to offer a special package on Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, 2009.  And this year, your ceremony can begin as early as one minute after midnight or as late as 11:00 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.  You can be part of this fun, historic, 24-hour event!

  • Your payment of only $350 gets you and your sweetheart:
    • An elegant ceremony at historic Heritage Hall in Kirkland.
    • Accommodation for up to 30 guests preset with floral arrangements and other decorations. 
    • The services of a wedding officiant for your ceremony.
    • Recorded traditional wedding music.
    • Day of, on-site professional wedding coordinator, who will assist in ensuring a memorable event.
  • The following optional extras are available for modest additional costs:
    • Fresh keepsake bouquet and boutonniere.
    • Services of a professional photographer, including one 5×7 print with the option to purchase additional prints.
    • Live music – Celtic harp or piano, subject to availability.
  • Ceremonies will be held each hour for 24 hours on Saturday, February 14, 2009 at
    Heritage Hall, 203 Market Street, Kirkland, Washington.
  • Specific times will be assigned to the parties and detailed in the registration confirmation.
  • Ceremonies may include up to 30 guests.
  • Witnesses for legal marriages can be provided if needed, at no extra cost, or couples may bring their own.
  • Legal marriage licenses must be obtained by each wedding couple from any Washington State county and provided to KirklandWeddings.com no later than February 4, 2009.

In addition to giving yourselves an unforgettable special occasion, you’ll also be helping those in need, as KirklandWeddings.com will donate proceeds after expenses to a local charitable organization. 
To make this special package possible at a low cost, the City of Kirkland is donating the use of Heritage Hall.  The officiant, wedding coordinator, musicians and other volunteers on the day of the event are all donating their services.  The florist and photographers are offering substantial discounts from their normal fees.

Refunds
Refunds prior to February 1 will be subject to an administrative fee of $50 per couple. Refunds are not offered after February 1.

Note
Because of the special nature of this event package, we can accommodate only limited modifications or upgrades, which need to be mutually agreed upon in advance. Individual wedding times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information please email: sk@skweddinganeventdesign.com or hayekservices@aol.com or call Stacy at 425-576-4259 or Carolyn at 425-822-2794

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