Thursday, March 30, 2006
What's really extra special is seeing Ross up on that stage living his dream. Ross was one of my buds in music school. He was always the class clown, the fun guy, the guy who knew how to make light of any serious moment. He was there through it all, cracking jokes in 1st year musicianship, making us die of laughter in harmony and counterpoint and constantly playing practical jokes on Virginia:) It was always nice to pass Ross in the hallway, cause he'd always give the most encouraging smile, and some days after sitting in a practice room for hours on end that was all I needed to brighten my day. As big of a ham as Ross was he loved his music and took learning seriously. He was always so talented and explored all the different music styles. At the time he never really had a vision for his music, he just knew that he loved it and wanted to pursue some kind of music career. I don't know if he ever saw himself where he is today, but now everytime I see him on stage performing with CADENCE it's so apparent that he has found his niche in acapella vocal jazz. He has even managed to incorporate his "class clown" personality as part of the show:) I just can't help but feel so proud of him. I see how far Ross has come and it gives me a bit of hope! It's cool to see that some people from those crazy undergrad days are actually making a living at the music thang, and now even being nominated for Juno's. Wow!! Very Inspiring.
Monday, March 27, 2006
So often, worship songs speak for me the words that my heart is longing to express to my lord yet can't. This one from the downpour CD couldn't be a better prayer for me right now. I don't know who wrote the words or even who is singing the song on the CD, but they are an exact expression of my soul right now, a soul that so desperately needs and longs to be restored.
Refresh my heart,
Renew my life in every part.
Reveal to me what sin remains
then lead me to the cross again.
Relight the fire
that burned so strong.
Reminding me what you have done
My one request is to be changed
so lead me to the cross again.
And at the cross I'll find a way
So find me there lord, then help me stay
Friday, March 24, 2006
Diva McNeil-Coloratura Soprano
Now that has a nice ring to it :)
hmmmmmm. . . . . I wonder where one would go to officially change her name?
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
There’s real beauty in being able to digitally manipulate the balance, acoustic and a few vocal issues in a piece. I am just so amazed at how much can be done in the studio. I'm even more amazed at how much Jack can do. I've always been wowed by what a super talented musician Jack is, but really it's insane how at home he is with all those buttons, cables and computers. You've got to know so much about music in order to edit like that. It really requires such attention to detail. It can be a lot of fun too. I'm really excited about the final product. I was concerned about doing any editing because I didn't want to lose the integrity or natural sound of my voice. The edit decisions that we made really just enhanced what was there, (or not there in a few cases :) Now I know why it's so hard to live up to the standards of some of the recordings that are out there, in the studio perfection can be attained, on stage it's impossible to attain perfection, even for a diva :) That's why I've concluded that they are two very different art forms -same talent- completely different executions.
Jack successfully gives birth to a super F:)
The best part of last night was just being able to spend time with Jack. Jack has always been such a blessing to me. He's always encouraging, last night being no exception. And even though he's never studied opera, he gets the struggles of being a musician which is really special just knowing that someone else gets it, especially another Christian. Jack has some great advice to give and I so value his experience and his complete willingness to help in whatever way he can. Jack is a man who truly models humility. With all his talent and musical knowledge he could just turn around and laugh in my face, but he has never made me feel inferior. He's a man who strives for excellence in all that He does and inspires the rest of us to do the same. Jack is such a blessing to me and to so many others. This week in particular as we've planned the recording session, God has used Jack to remind me of Christ's love. Jack's willingness to help me,to serve me and to encourage me with a joyful heart (even with my diva communication issues:) is just so incredible to me. I've been a little down lately, discouraged and just feeling really spiritually worn out. I praise God for the way in which He has revealed His love to me through Jack. This is why we need our brothers and sisters. God used Jack to make it so clear. I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving and praise, for how my Lord uses others to reveal Christ's unending Love for me. I can truly do nothing but praise God for Jack !
What an uplifting recording session. Soli Deo Gloria!
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
the Sun is warm
as I strive to reach the top.
as I wait for the joy that comes from being up so high.
Arriving at the top of the hill,
the Sun is radiant
as I dwell at the highest height.
as I find the joy that comes from being so near to the Sun.
Descending the hill,
the Sun is strong
even as I wander away.
as I grasp for the joy that was experienced at the top.
The Sun will always be shining even when I am descending.
no matter where I am on the hill.
Friday, March 17, 2006
I still wear green on Mar 17. Yea I've got some Irish blood in me, but the real reason I'll always wear green is because it was Tutty's favorite colour. Tutty used to always smile when I told him that I was wearing green for his birthday. I miss that smile, especially today.