Song Spotlight: “If You’ve Got The Money, I’ve Got The Time”

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Mood: Humorous, Spunky Theme: Dating, Enjoying Each Other’s Company, Questionable Motives Tempo: Upbeat Genre/Style: Country Several months ago, when I was visiting my grandfather in the hospital in western Oklahoma, I made a delightful discovery. In this particular moment, Grandpa was in and out of sleep, but Grandma was there, too, along with my mom…

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Why Funerals Matter: A Personal Story

I am writing this post from the Oklahoma Panhandle, after a very long drive from my home in Kansas City. Our family is gathering to celebrate the life of my grandmother, who died early Sunday morning. We last made this trip just a few short months ago, following the death of my grandfather – her…

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Song Spotlight: “Hound Dog”

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Mood: Upbeat, full of attitude Theme: Dogs and/or freeloading gigolos Tempo: Moderate Genre/style: Rhythm and blues/Rock and roll We have a new family member in our house! This one gets around on four legs and has very long, droopy ears. His name is Duke, and he’s the adorable basset hound pictured above. I alluded to the inevitable canine addition…

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Song Spotlight: “Amahl and the Night Visitors”

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Mood: Ranges from sad/anxious to joyous Themes: Christmas, visiting the Christ child, miracles Tempo: Varies Genre/Style: Opera (English) Here it is, December 22nd, and I have spent the last month singing tons of holiday songs. Any of them would be worthy of a song spotlight here, but today, I just want to share my personal…

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My #1 Musical Resource for Christmas

If you are someone who wants to start singing again, who wants to make music together with family and friends, or who just wants a ready reference for lyrics to some of those old Christmas favorites, I have got the perfect resource for you. It’s The Easy Christmas Fake Book. I picked this book up…

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Five Songs for Waking Up Fresh

I am a bit tired today, because my family just started a new schedule that involves all of us waking up earlier in the morning. I am definitely not a morning person and would sleep until the sun woke me up if I had my preference, so I can use a little musical assistance to…

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