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 71: The Way I Am

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. ❤️

https://youtu.be/bmHHGFAOxFQ

Tuneful Tuesday Week 70: Everything Changes

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.

https://youtu.be/iWhJ36RCiFw