Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blue Skies over Coastal Georgia

Sometimes the skies where I live are just breath taking.  Yesterday was one of those days.

After my piano lessons were finished, I ran into Walmart looking for more notebooks to finish the choir's Easter music notebooks.

When I came out, I was greeted to this beautiful sky...

I've never seen clouds look quite like this before.

  Anyway - I wanted to share a small view from my part of the world - the South.
Thanks for visiting ~ Reia

Monday, February 18, 2013

Carnegie Hall, Lesson Plans and Suggestions...Please?

I love all of my students but I'm having a whale of a time playing "Tag - You're It" with one special student.  We're exploring Music History.  We started with the 1890s and made it through to the Dave Matthews Band.  Now we're just plain having fun.  This week is my turn and next week is his turn to suggest the subject and plan the lesson.

This week I chose "Carnegie Hall".  I've already learned so much about Carnegie Hall as I've worked on our lesson plan.  I thought you might enjoy what we'll be using and what I've found interesting.

This is the 4 minute assignment I gave him before we meet this week.  I hope you find it interesting also.  Carnegie Hall's Opening Night 1891

From Wikipedia - Carnegie Hall

Now my question is - any good suggestions of what we should study when "Tag - I'm It"?
Thanks for visiting and for your suggestions.  Reia

Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Coastal Georgia Sunset and Ashes

This week was my first week as the Music Director for St. Stephen Catholic Church.  I'll write more about this later.  Needless to say, my blog time has been limited getting ready to take this position.

It was a busy week as we entered the Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday.  After today's 5 PM Mass, this is what I found waiting for me as I left the church.

The perfect ending to an amazing week!

An added note:  Ash Wednesday is a special day to me.  I'm always touched as I watch the lines of people receiving a cross of ashes on their forehead while being told,

"Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return."  Genesis 3:19

My favorite Ash Wednesday song is "Ashes".
I found a beautiful 1:43 minute video of the song to share with you.  Ashes

I hope you enjoy listening and thanks for visiting!  Reia

Friday, February 8, 2013

Downton Abbey and Secrets of the Manor House

I was talking to my daughter, Traci, today about Downton Abbey.  She'd just finished Season 1 and was heading into Season 2 tonight.  As we discussed our love of all things Downton Abbey, I remembered a PBS show that just made the history of Downton Abbey so much clearer to me.

Secrets of the Manor House

I recommended watching it before she started Season 2 of Downton Abbey.  We were able to find it in 4 - 15 minute segments on YouTube.

Here are the links for each of the 4 segments in case you want to see it also.

                                 Part 1 of 4  ~  Part 2 of 4  ~  Part 3 of 4  ~  Part 4 of 4

Happy Viewing!

Thanks for visiting!  Reia