Overcoming Tremendous Challenges As They Pursue Their Dreams

I enjoy stories

Reading them, hearing them read out loud, listening to a storyteller.

Among my favourites are those featuring people who were faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges and with their inner strength along with the love of others at their side, they managed to climb those mountains and reach the summit.  And what a joy it is to witness them in those sweet moments of their achievement.

I give you two such stories that were shared with me a couple of weeks ago.  They feature two different young people whose big dreams – at their particular summit – were to share their love of singing.

Here are youtube links to watch, and I hope they bring you inspiration, as they did for me.

The first one features a young lady, Kechi Okwuchi…

 

 

 

And for the story featuring Christian Guardino, I couldn’t find a link that had everything combined, so the first link gives you his performance, and the second one gives you his background story.

 

 

*****

 

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Singing in Unison…But Not Together

That sounds like a bit of a paradox, right?

How can a group of people, or more precisely, over 2,000, be singing together on one song as a choir….and yet, not be in the same room at the same time.

That’s where the innovative thinking and composing skills of Eric Whitacre come in.

Come and have a look and listen to one of….’his “Virtual Choir” projects, bringing individual voices from around the globe together into an online choir.’  (Wikipedia)

Here is “Fly to Paradise”…..

The Lady with the Harp

Over 20 years ago a close friend introduced me to a Canadian musician – Loreena McKennitt – who has been a dear favourite of mine ever since.  From the first time I heard her singing and harp playing, I was entranced and enthralled and only wanted to hear more of her songs.  She is also known as a composer, accordionist, and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle Eastern themes.

Luckily, I have had the utmost pleasure in getting to see her giving a live performance at a music festival in Ottawa a few years back – at an open air festival – and even though it rained heavily that day, all of her staunch and keen fans endured the wet in order to see her show.  I was in that audience!  A cherished experience for me.

Even though in addition to her harp playing, I saw her play the keyboard and accordion, equally well, I primarily think of her as “The Lady with the Harp.”

Here is a youtube link to one of her well-known songs, The Lady of Shalott.  It’s a poignant tale within a song, taking place during the time of Camelot.

 

 

In some of her songs her singing adds a haunting quality to the lyrics.  As also in this next one, called “The Bonny Swans.”

 

 

As I was looking through more youtube links featuring her songs, I also came across this one – “Greensleeves” – which is a particular favourite of mine; firstly, because of her beautiful version of it, and secondly, it was the first full-sized classical song I learned to play on my guitar in my pre-teen years.  It’s a lovely old-English song, and here’s the link below….

 

 

 

 

A Goal for us All – let’s sing!

As I’m listening to this week’s playlist on Spotify, I come across a song I haven’t heard before.
The words and melody capture my attention – I had the music playing in the background, as I’m doing other tasks.
I stop what I’m doing and listen more intently.
It’s a hopeful song with a great message.
And I’m enjoying the singer’s voice, even though I still don’t know who it is…. ^_^
So….THEN I start doing the research.
I go searching on youtube. It’s there! With Bobby Darin as an option…..or…..cool! Kevin Spacey?
I flip back to Spotify to see who they have as the singer (it was mostly hidden before). Sure enough! Also Kevin Spacey!
SWEET!!
I am a fan of his film work…..and I’ve watched some clips where he does impressions – and he’s AMAZINGLY accurate.
I had heard somewhere that he’s musically inclined as well.
So here’s the proof.
His voice rings out true and warm – perfect for this song.

Have a listen. 😀

Note: Part of a movie from what I can gather…..according to youtube, 2004 movie entitled, “Beyond the Sea” – a biopic about Bobby Darin.