Monday, June 5, 2017

Garth Brook's The Dance Performed by Rylie on Piano

2017 is our daughter's  4th year of  playing piano.  Their recital was held on June 4th at Weirton Memorial Baptist  Church.  She was  put into the second group of performers this year .  On her first three years, she  always performed during the first group so it was a bit different this year.  I also miss our son participating into the recital.  He stopped taking piano lessons when he started playing football.  
The founder of Torrence music asked her if she would play two songs since the performers on the second group  was  short and she practiced  for a second song but for some reason, when the audience  applauded for her first performance, she decided not to play the second song.  
Here is the video of her performance.   She played the song by Garth Brooks, "The Dance".  She dedicated this song to her Dad since it is one of  my husband's  favorite  country song.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thursday Music Club Honors Recital

Before April come to a close, let me share our daughter's performance during the Thursday Music Club's 66th Young Musician Honors Recital on April the 13th at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church in Wheeling West Virginia.
 We  always admire this church  whenever we would pass by it  last year when our kids would play tennis match and we never imagined that we would one day  get to see  the interior part of it.  This church was the venue of the  recital set by  the Thursday Music Club, the  group that  held the audition at  West Liberty University where our daughter performed two songs and  got  a superior rating.

All the  students that received superior and superior with honors were invited to a recital.  This was  our daughter's  second time auditioning and getting invited but it's her first  attendance to the recital.  Last year's recital was postponed due to there were not many students who got the  superior rating.  
Rylie was very anxious coming to this recital.  She told me a couple of times while waiting for her turn to play that she couldn't remember the notes.  I calmed her down by telling her that she will be fine.  She was so nervous that she  was sweating bullets and her palms were cold as ice.  We prayed for her and she  did really well and didn't mess up.  She was relieved!  
They served refreshments and cookies after r= the recital but we didn't wait since we still have to go back to Weirton.  Below is the video I took of her performance of Seafoam, one of the songs that she performed in West Liberty University during the audition.  Enjoy.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Young Musicians Audition at West Liberty University 2017

The Thursday Music Club of Wheeling, hosted the annual Young Musician Audition at West Liberty University.  It was held last March 31st.  This was our daughter's second year of participating.  
Her schedule to play was 8:34 pm, I thought that was late but it was okay.  We went earlier anyway and the ladies at the registration were very thankful that we came early.  They said that they have been there   all day and  were already exhausted.  
This is what she wore on her audition.    The navy blue dress  was a gift I gave her for Christmas and she bought  this  leather jacket with her won money that  she earned for dog sitting.
We didn't buy anything from http://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibraltar/ but if you want to look at a great selection of accessories for your music needs, they have a huge selection.
She did  some last minute practice before we left.
The required composition that she played was the Sonatina Op. No. 3 by Clementi.  It's a long piece and she did really well.  The comment she got from the judge was "Bright, Sunny,  clean, clear sound, perfect for this  classical style.  Excellent temper control and balance; I admire your focus and concentration.  Very good technical execution and preparation".
Her second piece, the second choice composition was  the Seafoam by Helen Boykin.  The judge  comments was "Beautiful tone quality and atmosphere.  Regarding balance, the running six tenths are fine but the left hand melody just needs to sing out more.   Generally good, even sixtenth; Good feeling for the condenza in the middle"
This years judge was Dr. Gerald Lee, he was a Chinese American.  He gave her a superior rating.  The highest is Superior with honors.
Last year, not many participants   received a superior  rating so the Annual TMC Young Musician's Audition Honor Recital was cancelled.  This year, it will be pushed through because more participants received the  superior ratings my daughter included.  The event will be held on April 23rd at Vance Presbyterian Church Sanctuary.
Here's the video I recorded of her performance.  Hope you enjoy.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Joey and Rory Feek: This Life I Live

The very first song I have heard about  this  lovely couple was the  "Jesus Loves Me" which truly  left an imprint  to me.  I didn't know that they have so many songs and that they  had their own  show called The Joey and Rory Show.  Later last week, I was browsing on youtube about songs about  losing someone as I was missing someone and I was feeling  emotional.  I  found their  music video of "When I am Gone" then I went on and read some comments and learned that  Joey passed away.  It made me cry and I don't even know them but  it made me very sad because they just had their first  baby together and it is sad to think that their daughter Indiana will grow up without her.  The great thing about it is that Indi can watch all these videos and know her Mom through their music.    I am glad to find this  compilation of their song.  I also signed up to Rory's blog, This Life I Live.  Their story  really captivated me, if you  get a chance to watch the video below, you too will fall inlove with them.  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

When I'm Gone


During my father-in-law's wake, there are songs being played that makes me really weep. I still remember those songs when my kids were still babies and my FIL would sing those beautiful songs to them on the swing and my kids would fall asleep in his arms. It's hard to think that he is gone now but I am glad that we have so many great memories to look back to. I was browsing through music videos on Youtube and found this one that really touched me and made me think of my FIL, my own father, and my brother. Sometimes, when I think of them, I can't help but wish that they are still here. This song "When I'm Gone" by Joey and Rory is a perfect song in this moment, check it out!
When Joey and Rory recorded this song, they have no idea what's in store for them. Few years later, she died of cancer and this video just made me cry hard because I just started loving this duo's music and to learn that she passed is very sad. I also love this song that their family's friend have written and sung for the Feek family.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Music and Arts Supplies for 2017

I saw my daughter's wish list for Christmas  so that's what we got for her.  I am glad that "Santa " is no longer a secret  now, they can tell exactly what they want for gifts.  Along with other gifts, Rye Bean has a new set of  colored pencil.  She go through this  very fast so we got her a new set.
She also wanted  a Doodle  Chaos coloring book.  She have so much fun coloring very little character in this book.  One page takes a long time to finish that's why she loves it because it keeps her  mind  occupied.  
She  is very inspired by the creator of this  doodle chaos, he is a young Filipino.  She wishes she could create something like this.
She love to read so I got her some new books .  This is a series so  it would take time before she could finish it.
She love to read  before she sleeps so I thought this Kandle flex  was a great accessory for the books sh e has,  This way, she can read her books in bed without the  bright light in the room.
According to her, the best gift that she received is the violin.  She has been planning to take  a violin lesson so we got her one.  Unlike trx cymbals, the violin and piano will not give me a migraine as the sound very soothing.  We are still looking for a  violin teacher in the area so  she could start taking lessons.  Meanwhile, I told her to  watch some YouTube videos maybe she can pick something to start  with.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Music Recital

One of the many things I look forward to during Summer is the music recital. Torrance Music only has one recital every year so we always look forward to it. Whenever  my daughter need  something for her music, I always check http://www.musiciansfriend.com/  first because they usualy have what I am looking for.  They provide a lot of music  accessories and instruments at their website so it is kind of my go-to shopping  store online.  I am not sure what  song  my daughter is playing  for the recital this year but I can't wwait.  Below is the video of her recital performance last year.    

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