Christmas has come and gone... What a hectic time! Being so busy at work in the lead-up, then trying to get things ready for the day in pretty short order, and then poof! All done. It's only my family of four plus the dog here, so I try to make everything as traditional and satisfying … Continue reading Christmas 2018
I stumbled across a newish musical group that I really like. I'm with Her has been called a folk supergroup, with three female singer-songwriter-instrumentalists getting together in gorgeous harmony with bluegrass and roots stylings. (They remind me a bit of the more bluegrassy Dixie Chicks songs.) Before you ask, I'm with Her had their name … Continue reading Stress Relief – A Concert – I’m with Her
Yesterday, before my flight home to Vancouver, I woke up thinking of a song that hadn't entered my mind in many years. Even though I am not particularly religious, I love good country gospel music, where passionate belief has sparked such creative beauty. "When I Sing for Him" is a song by Porter Wagoner, sung … Continue reading Coming Home
Last glimpse of the mountains on the flight out of Vancouver: The song I sang in my head during the turbulence, telling myself "Everything's Alright": https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ugYB3VxpivU The first glimpse of Toronto through the window: The song I sang in my head as we began our descent: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iTfB8Q6DpZ0
In a moment of spontaneity, on Saturday night I bought a ticket to the Juno Awards show, the annual celebration of Canadian music. It's not quite my bucket-list event... that would be The Oscars, but that is unfortunately a members-only event. The only way I could go is if a certain actor were invited to … Continue reading I Went to the Junos!
I was in the coffee shop the other day when this plaintively sad song sung with a haunting falsetto came on. "Sounds so familiar," I thought. Much to my surprise, I realized that it was one of my favourite songs from the '80's, but done in a completely different way. Whitney Houston came from a … Continue reading Surprising Songs Sung: Sam Smith / How Will I Know
My dad came from a small town in Quebec, with Irish and French ancestry going back for centuries. As a kid, I used to love sitting in the living room with my family and singing along to my dad's favourite records of The Clancy Brothers, sometimes with Tommy Makem. The group sang rousing Irish folk … Continue reading Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I've been telling my dog all day, "This is it! It's your year! It's the Year of the Dog!" He just stares at me... In fact, I call him my watch dog, because his favourite pastime seems to be watching me! No matter where I am, no matter what I'm doing, he's just -- watching … Continue reading The Year of the Dog
On the weekend, we decorated the house for the holidays. It's a family affair, complete with traditional snacks and drinks and Christmas music playing in the background. We pour the Kahlúa and eggnog over ice into crystal glasses and sprinkle nutmeg on top. Then we choose our favourite Quality Street chocolates to munch. This year, … Continue reading Holiday Decorating
No, you are not experiencing déjà vu... I had previously participated in the Mystery Blogger Award about a month ago. However, Luscinnia kindly nominated me again earlier this month and her questions are so interesting that I decided to give them a go. I won't repeat the technical details of the award here, but please … Continue reading Mystery Blogger Award – Revisited!