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I realize that  it’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything.  Life just got extremely busy, and something had to go on hiatus else I totally lose it.  After reading a blogpost from the Mayo Clinic,  though, I knew I had to take time to share this.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is world-renown for its medical expertise and care.  I found it interesting to note that they have a grand piano in the atrium of the Gonda building that is used frequently by individuals who want to share the gift of music.

Watch this video of a delightful, older couple and the joy and laughter they bring to the patients and families passing through the atrium this particular day.

Then read these words by a loving daughter who gives you a much deeper insight into the powerful gift that music provides there at the Mayo Clinic, and view this video of Jodi Hume with her mother, Sharon, as they talk about that day at the clinic and the joy that they found in the sunny atrium, watching and listening to Fran and Marlo Cowan, married 62 years, as they gave an impromptu performance.

Jodi wrote:

And then we heard the piano and the laughter. From the balcony we could see an older couple sitting side by side at the piano playing together and entertaining a host of people. Some were in wheelchairs, others were sitting with canes beside them or standing. Everyone was smiling with all burdens forgotten for the moment. The joy was absolutely indescribable. When we asked them to play one more for us, Fran and Marlow Cowan, who have been married for more than 62 years, treated us to an exceptional performance that is now a “youtube” sensation.

And watch this video of Jodi and her mom,  Sharon, as they sit in a porch swing and talk about that day at the Mayo.

To read Jodi’s post in its entirety, please visit the Mayo Blog here.

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I know that I’m most likely in the minority here, but I’ve never really been a fan of American Idol.  (Yes, yes, I know – please don’t flame me.)  However, I do enjoy the British version, “Britain’s Got Talent,” for the main reason that they seek out everyday, ordinary people who otherwise would never have a chance to share their special talent.  These folks, for the most part, are there to audition because they love doing whatever their gift is.  They’re not hyped or groomed or merchandised as in AI.

I especially enjoy seeing someone come onstage and totally blowing the judges away, with their cynical smiles and condescension as if they are the know-all’s and be-all’s of judging of talent.

This year’s season is already looking to be an exciting one to follow.  Click on the picture below to follow the link to the Youtube video (embedding disabled) to watch an amazing seven-minute audition of one 47-year-old woman named Susan Boyle who states quite candidly that she’s never been married or even kissed.   She’s *cheeky* (translate that to “sassy” here in the States) and not afraid to stand her ground on stage.

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Watch as all three judges (Simon, Amanda, & Piers) and the entire audience are brought to their feet by this delightful, talented woman who is courageous enough to stand there and sing her heart out in the face of cynicism, ridicule and mockery from the judges and audience alike.   Brava, Susan!

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there were the Ross Sisters,  Aggie, Maggie, and Elmira.  In this classic footage from the movie “Broadway Rhythm” (1944), the Ross sisters, Aggie, Maggie and Elmira, sing and move in ways that don’t look humanly possible. Yoga anyone? Movie buffs will recognize the tune as one of the background instrumentals from “The Godfather.”   Be sure to watch past the first 50 seconds.  You will truly be amazed!  Enjoy!


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A friend and colleague of mine, Beth Magill,  posted this video on her Facebook page, and I couldn’t resist sharing it here.  Miri Ben-Ari is one talented artist!  It gives a whole new twist to the capabilities of the violin.  Enjoy!  😀

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Today’s glorious weather is balm to this blogger’s spirit.  A good Kindermusik colleague, Christa Sigman, shared this with me, and I wanted to pass it along.  Enjoy!

Thanks, Christa!

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Nothing needs to be said here.  Simply enjoy it!

Then check out why it was created here.

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While you may or may not agree with Barack Obama’s politics, there is no denying that today is the dawn of a new day in the history of the United States of America.  As a child of the 50’s and 60’s, I grew up here in Atlanta, seeing racial discrimination as an accepted, though not acceptable, way of life.   If it had not been for my father who worked daily alongside men of all colors in the streets of Atlanta for the Atlanta Gas Light Company, I think I would not be the person I am today.

In listening to this song, given as a free download from Oprah.com through today until 5PM EST, and viewing the video available on her website, I find myself hopeful – hopeful that we, as Americans, can put the polarizing election behind us and come together as “one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”   Enjoy!

America’s Song


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Every year the Christmas Spirit seems to strike me at some point in time for no particular rhyme or reason.  This past week has been so full of activities that were holiday-related that I guess I shouldn’t be surprised it’s struck tonight. 

Whatever the reason, I share this video with you of one of my all-time favorites, Nat King Cole, singing “The Christmas Song” written by Mel Torme and Bob Wells on a hot July afternoon in 1945.  While the audio of this clip is not the best reproduction, I love being able to actually watch Nat King Cole sing as well as hear his wonderful voice.  It brings back many warm, beautiful memories of my childhood.  I hope you enjoy it. 

Merry Christmas!

 

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A seemingly innocuous instrument in the hands of an artist can produce something that is truly magical.  James Hill performs Ave Maria by Franz Schubert on ukelele.

Enjoy!

Thanks, Fran!

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After viewing the women’s gymnastics portion of the Olympics Games (my favorite of them all), I have developed a grudging respect for the Chinese gymnastics even while totally disbelieving the supposed totally reliable documentation of their ages.  (I’m the mother of three girls.  I know the timetable of when little girls’ bodies develop, and these girls are just that – girls – and definitely not 16-year-olds, despite what the powers-that-be may claim. And, yes, I do know what over-exercising can do to the female cycle.)

So, while I have watched the gymnastics competition with interest, it has not been with the fascination that I find watching this video of the Chinese State Circus.  I thought, at first, it was a newly choreographed version of Swan Lake, only to realize with a jolt, that it is a combination of ballet and gymnastics that I’ve never seen before.  An arabesque atop the male lead’s arm – no, his shoulder – no, his hand – no!  His head!

Enjoy! 😀

h/t to Tabby and Jeanne

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