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.”
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.
This song is so adorable and is the perfect addition to my wedding countdown…. we’re almost there. 🙂
I adore the Weepies. They are by far my favorite group to listen to no matter what mood I’m in.
Thanks Brighton for turning me into somebody loved. ❤️
Fitness Friday Week 42: Guided Savasana Meditation
I’m still dreaming of teaching yoga on the beautiful Mendocino Headlands. Enjoy this guided Savasana with the sound of waves lapping on the shore and birds chirping in the skies.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 66: Colby Caillat cover “I Do”
Well, we’re officially 1 month away from Brighton and my wedding! Except silly love songs for the new few weeks. 😝
This piece has ALWAYS been one of my favorites to sing. I first performed it in High School at a pep rally and definitely didn’t do it justice vocally, but my heart was in the right place. I’m finally feeling like the voice I have in my head is the voice that is coming out of my mouth… and that’s a great feeling. 🙂
Follow the directions on the video for this great postural alignment pose.
Tuneful Tuesday Week 61: WunderKeys Preschool Piano Songs
This Sunday is my annual Bloom Studio Recital where I get to sing along with my little preschool students as they show off their finger strength and dexterity….. and awesome dance moves. Here’s a preview of the silly songs we are going to perform together. ❤️