Tuneful Tuesday Week 80: O Holy Night

Merry Christmas everyone!

My gift to each of you is my most requested Christmas song. One year I didn’t program this on my annual Christmas concert and there was a bit of an uproar. Now I make sure to end each concert with O Holy Night.

May this holiday bring you peace, happiness, and health.

All my love to you!

https://youtu.be/1uLJY02PGt8

Tuneful Tuesday Week 78: Let It Snow

Tuneful Tuesday Week 78: Let It Snow

This happy little song will be opening 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

4:00 PM

St. Luke’s Church

5318 Palma Ave, Atascadero

$15 Suggested Donation

https://youtu.be/JZgjPwC8HNM

Tuneful Tuesday Week 77: Winter Song

I love Christmas. I really do. It gives me all the warm, fuzzy feelings. But, hidden amongst the wonderful memories of joyful Christmases spent with my loving mother are memories of fear, loneliness, and worry from Christmases that I had to spend away from her. I won’t get into the why or wherefore; but, I will say that each Christmas I had to spend away from her ripped my heart out as a child. I would stare out the window on Christmas Eve and look up at the stars and think that she might be looking at the same stars and thinking of me. (I was a big fan of the song “Somewhere out there” at the time……)

When I first heard this song by Sara Bareilles years ago, I felt like it was the song my heart was singing as I looked out that window on Christmas Eve missing my mom.

I feel that we’ve all had those special holidays where we couldn’t be with the ones we loved and this song beautifully incapsulates those mixed feelings of joy, love, and heartbreak that holidays sometimes bring.

For more holiday songs, mark your calendars now and come hear some traditional holiday standards, a few winter classical art songs, and a group sing-along at my annual holiday concert.

Merry And Bright

Sunday, December 16th

4:00 PM

St. Luke’s Church

5318 Palma Ave, Atascadero

$15 Suggested Donation

https://youtu.be/QZsoefpGfcw

Tuneful Tuesday Week 76: Lulle Lullay

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

4:00 PM

St. Luke’s Church

5318 Palma Ave, Atascadero

$15 Suggested Donation

https://youtu.be/Z0oA96ZcATE

Tuneful Tuesday Week 76: Lulle Lullay

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

4:00 PM

St. Luke’s Church

5318 Palma Ave, Atascadero

$15 Suggested Donation

https://youtu.be/Z0oA96ZcATE

Tuneful Tuesday Week 73: Allerseelen (All Souls’ Day) by Strauss

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!

Translation:

“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.”

https://youtu.be/Pt-PoJ1I9XQ

Tuneful Tuesday Week 72: Hexenlied- Mendelssohn

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!

https://youtu.be/5XAxVAPPCYA

Translation:

Witch’s Song

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!