Category Archives: Music

He Keeps Me Singing

I was a sad girl when I met Jack Pelham in November of 1998. My younger brother (and best friend) had died from cancer in July, and my grief was unbearable at times. Three months after my brother’s death, I … Continue reading

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The Case of the Awesome Sister

Some time after I had started piano lessons at age 7, my mother asked my sister Karen, five years my senior, if she wanted to take lessons. Karen responded, “Why would a lawyer need to know how to play piano?” … Continue reading

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Art and Music and a little Danke Schoen

We are away from home and on a 3 week break from lessons. So from my remote area in the Cayman Islands (joking!) I’ll do a write up about our Art and Music studies. The artist whose works we’re getting … Continue reading

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Happy

This song makes me happy. “Don’t worry that it’s not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing…Sing a song.”

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The Voice

Woke up thinking about this song this morning. Always feel sad about Karen Carpenter and what a loss to the vocal world when she died. But then again, thanks to recordings, her voice isn’t too far away. I was just … Continue reading

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What do we keep on fighting for?

James and I listened to the music of Frederic Chopin this term. We also spent these 12 weeks reading Opal Wheeler’s Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland. Through this book and reading a few other articles, we learned that Chopin loved … Continue reading

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Music, Tenacity and Life

James was having difficulty with a piece of music and told me that it was his least favorite and that he didn’t like it at all. To his chagrin, I assigned it for a third straight week. I told him … Continue reading

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Chopin and Mister Rogers

Frederick Chopin is our composer for this term. We have been enjoying this video of Andre Watts playing the Revolutionary Etude. Funny to think about a children’s program having a classical artist play an entire piece like this. It probably … Continue reading

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James loves to play piano

James finished Level 1B of the Alfred Premier Piano Course on Friday and was promoted to Level 2A as you can see from the certificate below signed by his most excellent teacher. I’m posting this here mostly for his families … Continue reading

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Lost in Promotion or For the sake of the Institution

While watching the local PBS station’s showcasing of high school choirs from across the state, I observed that the performances these kids were giving were ultimately being used to promote the schools.  Whatever may have been the motives of the … Continue reading

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