Walking in the Air

Peggy de Azevedo has organized The Salt Lake Avenues Community Choir which is a nondenominational, volunteer choir inviting singers 18 years and older to join.  The first performance will be in The Libby Gardner Hall on the University of Utah Campus on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:30pm.  I joined the choir and it has been so fun to sing a variety of holiday songs with others who love to sing, just as I do.  I guess I am out of the loop but I had never heard about the animated show called, The Snowman.  We will be singing the song from the film called, Walking in the Air.  It is a beautiful song and one that is fun to sing.

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We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly

I’m holding very tight
I’m riding in the midnight blue
I’m finding I can fly so high above with you

Far across the world
The villages go by like dreams
The rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams

Children gaze open mouthed
Taken by surprise
Nobody down below believes their eyes

We’re surfing in the air
We’re swimming in the frozen sky
We’re drifting over icy mountains floating by

Suddenly swooping low
On an ocean deep
Rousing up a mighty monster from his sleep

And walking in the air
We’re dancing in the midnight sky
And everyone who sees us greets us as we fly

We’re walking in the air
We’re walking in the air

Singing really does make me happy.  I remember last year when I lost my voice and couldn’t literally speak for about 3 weeks.  I remember it was around the holidays and I couldn’t sing any of my favorite songs.  The holidays just weren’t the same when I couldn’t sing. Yes singing really does make me happy  So, I did some research about singing.  Part of the article is below and a link to the article is here:  Does singing make you happy?

“In this article, we’ll find out what effect singing has on mood, outlook and general psychological health. We’ll look specifically at choral singing, which is where the most recent and surprising research has been done. Apparently, choral singing, whether with a church, city or private group, really does make people happy.

The physiological effects of singing are fairly well-documented. For those who doubt its power, just look at songbirds: When male songbirds sing to female songbirds, it activates the pleasure center of the male’s brain. In fact, scientists have discovered that the effect of singing on the birds’ brains is similar to the effect of addictive drugs on human brains.

 But there’s a caveat. That effect doesn’t happen when the birds are singing alone.
As it turns out, singing’s effect on humans has a similar caveat.”

Here is another quote about why singing makes one happy:

“Singing releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in the brain. Because the deep breathing needed to sing draws more oxygen into the blood and causes better circulation, it’s also an aerobic activity and a natural stress-reducer. Plus, people who sing in choral groups might feel a lift from their social connection and working in unison.”

I am so thankful to be in the choir and meet with neighbors who share the same joy that singing brings me.  When I sing, I feel inner peace and absolute glee in my heart.

 

Harvest Time!

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We took a drive along the Alpine loop, the leaves were blazing with vibrant colors of golden, gleaming aspens, green pine trees and the brilliant hues of orange-rust scrub oak foliole. The Alpine Loop scenic backway is on SR-92 American Fork Canyon, Utah.  We had a picnic with Kaylin, Jade and Emmett in the back of the car.  The kids thought that it was the best idea ever.  Emmett wouldn’t get on the tractor at the pumpkin patch and gave me a serious “crusty” when I took his picture.  We affectionately call Emmett, “Our little grump!”

Alec didn’t go to the pumpkin patch because he was at school.  He loves his school.  Don’t feel too sorry for Alec because he is going to have 5 Halloween parties this year. LOL!

Kaylin and Jade had a great 2 days of cousin time.  The girls don’t get to see each other very often due to proximity challenges and school conflicts.  The fall weather has been beautiful this year.  The temperature has been in the mid 70’s which is very unusual for Utah.  I feel very blessed to live in such a beautiful world.

Fall Fun!

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This page was made in just a few minutes with the new Project Life app which was just released.  These are photos that were taken on my phone and voila! and instant memory has been documented.  I love it!

Glorious by David Archuleta is Glorious!

There is a new song that David Archuleta has released that will be the theme song for a new movie which will be released on October 10, 2014 called, “Meet the Mormons.”  David has such a beautiful, crisp and clear voice.  I love his music and have bought everything he has released.  He is a Salt Lake home grown boy who is very genuine and humble.  I hope you enjoy this new beautiful song from David because indeed it is “GLORIOUS.”

(Verse)
There are times when you might feel aimless
You can’t see the places where you belong
But you will find that there is a purpose
It’s been there within you all along and when you’re near it
You can almost hear it…

(Chorus)
It’s like a symphony just keep listenin’
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out yo part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious

(Verse 2)
You will know how to let it ring out as you discover who you are
Others around you will start to wake up
To the sounds that are in their hearts
It’s so amazin’, what we’re all creatin’

(Chorus)
It’s like a symphony just keep listenin’
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out yo part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious

(Bridge)
And as you feel the notes build
You will see

(Chorus)
It’s like a symphony just keep listenin’
And pretty soon you’ll start to figure out yo part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us, oh, it’s glorious

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My Patriotic Toes and a Very Happy Birthday to Alec!

I got my fingernails and toenails done on Thursday.  I decided to go with a patriotic theme.  They turned out very well.web patriotic toesIMG_2657

In Utah we get to celebrate 2 patriotic holidays in the month of July.  First we celebrate America’s independence from England and on the 24th we celebrate the arrival of the Mormon Pioneers into the barren Salt Lake Valley.

On July 5th we celebrated Alec’s 5th birthday.  He is full of non-stop energy, a very busy and active mind and the softest heart for animals.  He is autistic and very hyper but we have found that he will calm down for hours if he can hold our miniature pinscher named David.  David is 14 years old.  She too is full of boundless energy just like Alec. (Yes, David is a girl because we had a full size Doberman Pinscher who was male and named, Goliath.  Our girl Min Pin had to receive the name David. LOL!}  Now that she is aging and has lots of gray hair she has slowed down quite a bit.  Alec loves to come to our house and “cuddle” with his “Gr-irly” by watching Nick Jr. and playing games on the iPad.

3webAlec 5th birthday-ProjectLifeTemplate2014Alec is super smart and has been reading since he was 2 and a half.  We are working on his aggressive behavior and learning to speak clearer.  We love Alec so much.  It truly is never a dull moment with Alec around.  A great big love to our big 5 year old Alec!

I Love My Land America!!!

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As I drove by the Utah State Capitol last evening I was able to capture a stunning sunset on my iPhone.  I sat there until the sun subsided and felt an overwhelming love for the beautiful setting I was witnessing and our freedom which we are celebrating this week. I am most grateful for the land of liberty and those who fought to keep America free.  I was born patriotic and love America the beautiful. I am so happy to honor those who love America so much that they were willing to fight for our freedom today and in the past.

I taught singing to children from age 18 months to 12 years  in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for more than 15 years.  I loved teaching the children patriotic songs.  We would march around the room with vim and vigor as we sang at the tops of lungs as we would wave American flags.  One of the songs we would sing was “I Love My Land America,” author unknown, arranged by Hillary Abplanalp.  The lyrics are below.

I love my land America with blue skies big and wide;
I love my land America with seas on either side
The prairie corn grows tall and green,
The wheat is amber gold:
The rivers run from mountain peaks where the stars and stripes unfold.
I love my land America, and as long as we are good,
The Lord will bless America in love and brotherhood.

Can’t you picture the scenes of America as they are described in the song?

One of my favorite patriotic songs is The Battle Hymn of the Republic which was written as a poem by Julia Ward Howe in February 1862.

Below is an excerpt from the webpage where I found some information for this post:

Here is “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as written by Julia Ward Howe when she published it in February, 1862, in the Atlantic Monthly:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

I was in the Jay Welch Chorale in the mid 1970’s.  I always got emotional when we sang, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”  Next Sunday our ward choir will be singing this beloved song.  Enjoy the beautiful rendition of the song by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and have a blessed and safe fourth of July 2014.

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