Piano ~ Music

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Being musicians we hold a great attachment and appreciation for good music as it is  daily a part of our lives.   Coming from a family of musicians and having a mother that was/is a  pianist  I am especially drawn to piano composers.   I get so many emails asking about the music....             So, I would like to share another piano composer (besides my mommy ;) I love.   His name is Yiruma, and you are listening to his delicious music right now.    The delicate caress of Yiruma's fingers on the keys  bring out emotions of the heart that are endearing to the soul.   Thirty year old Yiruma, from South Korea, was raised in England and began playing when he was 5 years old.   In one article he told the reporter  “I’m Christian, and I am not a New-age artist. Most people misunderstand me.”   All I know is that his music just may be a taste of  heaven here on earth.  

 I have several pianist I really enjoy  listening  to regularly.   Yiruma,  David Nevue (whom I have written about here)  and Makoto Ozone   being two of them.

From my mother's womb, music has always been a part of my everyday life.   Daily she filled our home and many other places with the pleasant sounds of  her fingers brushing the keys.   Now I pass that on to my children.   I only hope you are blessed by the music here.... What is your favorite music? 

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Sage

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Piper and the littlest violinst Willow

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 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.  Psalm 81:2


Appalachian Music..

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The Appalachian mountains encompass some of the oldest settlements in the US; remains of which can still be seen today.  Blackened hand hewn log cabins, hand dug root cellars and small smoke houses are just a few pieces of history we see everyday up here.  Daniel Boone is just one of the many pioneer folk  heroes in these mountains.... we enjoy eating at his restaurant ;).    The Blue Ridge Parkway alone supplies an abundance of luscious scenery ~ a pure feast to the soul and eyes.  Old homesteads and log cabins dot the landscape along this vast expanse of road which was carved and blasted out of the mountains years ago.  Pioneers from this area hunted their own food , had gardens, made their clothes from wool and flax, and built their own cabins  out of  trees they themselves felled.  Life was  plain hard.  God was an integral part of their exsistence  bringing purpose and comfort to their difficult lives.   Much like the pioneers who settled here music played and instrumental part (no pun intended;) of their daily lives.   Songs were passed down from generation to generation and the music was as diverse as the people who were mostly  Scottish ( my people ;), Irish and German descent (along with the Native Americans who were the authentic people of these hills).   Some where called song catchers.  Instruments like the fiddle, mountain dulcimer ( honey I want one for Christmas - a hammered dulcimer please), psaltery, harps, pipes and gourd pianos where just some created and played by these mountain folk. 

Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.  2 Samuel 6:5

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All  the b/w  photographs were taken in the Blue Ridge Mountain region
of western North Carolina between 1984 and 1995 by Spencer B. Ainsley

As we gathered together on this rainy overcast morning  in the mist covered mountains I could only think how much effort it took the folks in these here mountains to visit for a day.  Life was hard indeed but I wonder if they realized how hard it was.  Work and hardships were all they knew... unlike us with our luxurious comforts of the modern day.   A get together was undoubtedly a fun time for all with plenty of food, music, children, spinning, and quilting.   Dr. C  along with his wife  and two beautiful daughters graciously opened their home  to us this misty day in the Appalachian mountains.  This talented family impressed me with their talents and kindness!  Have you ever met a family you admire?    This is truly a  family to emulate.  With dancing and the sound of violins resonating through out the hills... it was a splendid time. 

You shall have a song as in the night when a holy festival is kept, And gladness of heart as when one goes with a flute, To come into the mountain of the Lord, To the Mighty One of Israel. Isaiah 30:29

So, please come with us as we enjoy an Appalachian get together...

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Dr. C showing us how to make a "can-jo"    heh

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Sisters in bonnets

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helping each other

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Getting out the fiddles

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tuning up....

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 The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments. Habakkuk 2:19

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Let's play...

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a little Angus Campbell!

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it takes concentration to play the washboard...

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Canjo player

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You can't play Appalachian music with out spoons!

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These kids are really good... that's how they raisem' in da holler

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Even the littlest ones joined in...

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there's something for everyone to play

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this little lassie is multi talented... love it

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Are ya feelin' it?

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Let's dance the Virginia Reel!

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Das Frau

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Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!  Psalm 140:3-4

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Isn't this little girl beautiful... she reminds me of an olde world child from Europe

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this picture just speaks to me...

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 Indeed you are to them as a very lovely song of one who has a pleasant voice and can play well on an instrument.... Ezekiel 33:32

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I bet you were wondering where my girls had gotten off to...

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yep, the chickens... they won't lay for a month now

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Most girls want a rabbit... or a puppy.  Sage wants a  chicken ...

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my little chicken lover.....

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getting tired...

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Praise the Lord with the harp;

Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Psalm 33:2

 

 


Music , Music, Music

Happy Birthday Mom! ~ thank you for teaching me about music and filling my life with song.  You are my most favorite Pianist, French hornist and ukulele player!

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Happy Birthday  Daddy! ~ thanks for teaching me the ways of the Lord.... even though I have fallen often He and you have always been there to pick me back up.  I adore you. 

I have not been able to post for a while.  Little Empress Willow has an ear infection ~ bless her wee little heart and my back is still hurt from the fall ~ bless my wee heart.  But I just wanted to post a short entry.  Many, many, many of you have asked about the music on my blog.  Many, many, many have asked why I don't put my music on my blog!  I have listened to David Nevue's for years.  He is a Christian pianist with a beautiful, passionate style.  My mother is a pianist so I have a fondness for the keys.  His music is the way my life feels.  I love... love his music.  It makes you feel warm, mellow and safe.  It makes you want to cry and dance all at the same time.  The spirit moves me when I hear him play...  Now, even though people may say my music moves them to tears (hopefully not tears of pain :)  My music does not sound like my life.  (Yehhhs, I am a contradiction.)   It is not soft, but soulful and smokey..... like my cooking. lol  I will try and make a link to some of my music but I think I will keep David Nevue on my blog. :) for now.  I never listen to the radio (if you did it for a living you wouldn't either) so don't really know what is out there.  I enjoy instrumental music   

like Sleepless Nights... there are several of these CD's available.  I prefer the piano and acoustic arrangements.... very worshipful and comforting.

et me pay too dada  ~ I love when Mountain Man plays for his little girls.... sigh. 

 

eehhhh , I've heard better  :0)

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practicing variations

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Piper the pipest

Mountain Man's grandfather and uncle.... love their attire ~ the above antique Gibson Steel guitar adorns the wall of my home as well as his grandfather's Mandolin and a fox hide.... (Mountain Man is half Native American)

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Jenna playing.... huh??? silly

All right...

  I know this has nothing to do with music but, I just love Mountain Man from the back.  Especially when he's holding two of our babies.

May the grace of our Lord been upon you through this weekend!