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Daydreaming

While searching for some music to listen to this afternoon, I ran across this video. The music is so beautiful; the musician is so talented in my opinion, that I wanted to share it with you.

Some soothing music to daydream by on this Valentine’s Day. Sit back, relax, close your eyes, and listen to “Daydreaming” by James Onohan.

The song is on the album “My Life, My Music Vol. 1,” which can be found here.

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For the second year in a row, I, my husband, and my mother-in-law attended the Mid-Winter Singing Festival this past weekend in East Lansing, Michigan. The theme this night was “Michigania!” The six song leaders were all folk singers from Michigan. Some of the songs chosen for this night’s sing were quite evocative for me:

    Rainbow Connection brought back memories of my childhood. I was a regular watcher of the Muppets TV show, and although I never saw The Muppet Movie I did have a cassette tape album with the songs from the movie on it. Remember cassette tapes?
    What a Wonderful World is a song I do not like. However, the memories it evoked were pleasant ones from our wedding day. As at all weddings in modern times (or so it seems), this song was played at our wedding too.
    The Flintstones Theme again evoked memories from my childhood.
    Rock that Sucker. For those not familiar, it’s a song by Claudia Schmidt and arranged by Joan Szymko. This night it was sung by Claudia Schmidt and the All Corners’ Festival Choir. This is a good song to be singing in light of the 10+ inches of snow we got just a few days earlier. However, the memory this evoked was from a week earlier when my husband backed his car into a snow pile at the end of our driveway and got stuck. Despite me telling him to “rock that sucker” (Ok, I didn’t say it quite that way), he continued to spin his car wheels while telling me that rocking the car never works to get one’s car unstuck from a snow drift. I guess my multiple first-hand experiences in the matter didn’t count. And, from what I could tell, it didn’t seem like getting angry and spinning the car wheels was doing much better. It did give the neighbors a good show though!
    You Send Me made me think of one of my long-time friends and his fiancé. He just proposed to her about 3 weeks earlier, on the second anniversary of their first meeting. I suppose, in a roundabout way, this also brought back memories of when my husband proposed to me. Different circumstances, but equally as romantic (if not more so!)
    As Time Goes By. No. No memories of Casablanca. Only warm memories of my husband and I cuddling on the couch watching episodes of the British comedy, As Time Goes By, that we periodically rent from Netflix.
    Edelweiss reminded me of my favorite movie: The Sound of Music. It also inspired me to start learning to play my keyboard again. I had to put it away quite a few years ago when I started working from home because there was no room to have it out. The last song I was learning to play was Edelweiss. Now, in our new house, there’s plenty of room to have my keyboard set up. Now I just have to make the time to practice again.

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