Tuneful Tuesday Week 76: Lulle Lullay by John Jacob Niles
Thanksgiving has passed and that means I can officially start celebrating the Christmas season. This is a beautiful, lesser-known holiday song that I will be performing at my annual holiday concert. Mark your calendars now and come hear some traditional holiday standards, a few winter classical art songs, and a group sing-along.
Merry And Bright
Sunday, December 16th
St. Luke’s Church
5318 Palma Ave, Atascadero
$15 Suggested Donation
This piece just seemed like the perfect choice for Thanksgiving week.
Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t forget to walk in fields of gold this holiday.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 74: The Man That Got Away
There’s been a lot of hype about the new movie “The Star Is Born” but I’m still in love with the Judy Garland version that this powerful torch song came from.
Today is my birthday…. it also happens to be All Souls’ Day. My mom really wanted me to be born on Halloween, but I held out until All Souls’ Day: a day of remembrance when the souls of our departed loved ones are said to walk upon this earth. Maybe that’s why I’ve always been such an old soul. 😉
I’ve always had such a strong connection to this Strauss piece because every time I hear or sing it, I think “IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!” so I thought it would be fitting to share a recording of it this year as an early “Tuneful Tuesday.”
Happy All Souls’ Day and Happy Birthday To Me!
“Place on the table the fragrant mignonettes, bring here the last red asters, and let us speak again of love, as long ago in May. Give me the hand that I may secretly clasp it, and if it is observed by others, I will not mind; Give me one of your sweet glances, as long ago in May. Today each grave is flowering and fragrant, once a year is All Souls’ Day, come to my heart that I again may have you, as long ago in May.”
I performed this piece at my Jr. Recital at USC a long, long time ago. When I thought of doing a Halloween song for my Tuneful Tuesday, I instantly thought of this one, wondering if I still remembered it…. miraculously, I did! It took maybe 3 takes to make sure I could spit all those fast-paced German words out, but this piece which used to be such a challenge for me wasn’t too much for a struggle anymore. It’s amazing what decades of training and a little life perspective can do to one’s voice. 😉
Happy Halloween everyone!
The swallow flies the spring is victorious and gives us flowers for our wreaths. Soon we will scuttle softly out he door and fly to the magnificent dance. A black billy goat, a broomstick, the oven fork, the distaff, tear us along as swiftly as the lightning and wind through the roaring winds to the Brocken mountains. Around Beelzebub (the devil) we all dance and kiss his clawed hand. A swarm of ghosts takes us by the arm and swings torches in a dance. And Beelzebub promises the troupe of dancers gifts upon gifts. They will be beautiful. They will walk in silk and they dig up pots of gold. A fiery dragon flies around the roof and brings butter and eggs. The neighbors see the sparks fly and hold up a cross to ward off the fire. The swallow flies. The spring victorious. The flowers blossom on the wreath. Soon we will scuttle to the door. Hurray for the magnificent dance!
When Brighton and I got married in August, I surprised him by singing our song—“The Way I Am.” Everything kind of went wrong when I tried to sing the piece…the backing track didn’t work so I had to stall for time while my lovely helpers tried to get it to work. Then I just gave up and sang it acapella. Then I realized that it’s really difficult to sing when you’re emotional. But, even through all that, Brighton said this was one of his favorite moments from the wedding because it was raw and real.
But, here’s how it would have sounded if the backing track worked and if I weren’t holding back tears….. or, let’s face it, not holding back tears because I was blubbering like a baby. 😉
This one is for you Brighton. Our love isn’t pretty; it isn’t perfect; but, it’s real. ❤️
It’s been a long time since I’ve created a Tuneful Tuesday. I took my little hiatus to get married, travel through Europe, record my annual Christmas album, and get my life back together. But, I’m finally back…
To commemorate the return of my Tuneful Tuesday, I’m sharing my favorite moment of being a singer—getting to dance with my mom at my wedding to a recording I made of our song. This piece from “The Waitress” is so special to us both and it perfectly represents our relationship. Also, as we were dancing, my mom told me that this song came on the radio when she was making my bridal bouquet….. it doesn’t get more perfect than that.