I love the feeling at Christmas time. Getting ready for the 2017 Montgomery Interfaith Nativity has really put me in the Christmas music mood that I have been playing some clips and past television programs.
The MoTab always has a variety of musical talent every year. Usually they focus on classical singers one year and then more contemporary/broadway artists the next. Richard Elliot at the organ is absolutely fascinating to watch and listen to in this clip as he interacts with Count von Count from Sesame Street:
Perry Como specials were always fun to watch back in the day.
And of course Andy Williams always had a marvelous program too.
One of my favorite memories is the story of The Christmas Truce, featuring the hymn Silent Night:
On that note, enjoy The Story of Silent Night here.
I am pretty nervous and excited about the opportunity to sing on Thursday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. for the 2017 Montgomery Interfaith Nativity in Montgomery, Alabama. My friend, Tina Gann, has graciously agreed to accompany me. She is a fabulous accompanist and quite the accomplished pianist. We will be getting together this week to talk about our twenty minute musical lineup.
One of my favorite songs we are definitely performing is Gesu Bambino, text by Frederick Herman Martens, music by Piertro Alessandro Yon, and edited by Charles J. Cardin.
Another song I want to sing is Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabelle however I would love to learn it in French as originally published, Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle.
Today I have been listening to two different YouTube versions of the song in order to translate the French phonetically so I can learn the pronunciation. Then, I will have my French-American CrossFit Coach Charles help me make any final corrections to my pronunciation before I commit it all to memory.
Pretty amazing technology. And how cool is that to have a native French speaking CrossFit Coach to help me in the middle of Alabama?
Awesome I tell ya! Simply Awesome.
And it will truly be Christmas miracle awesome if I can learn it in French over the next few weeks!
259/365 …. argh… missed posting this by a minute or two… oh well. The new norm.
Not being a superstitious person, I claim Friday the 13th as my lucky day. Nevermind I forgot to post about it in my 365 writing challenge yesterday.
My lucky day included:
- Some extra free time to run a couple of errands.
- My PIANO GUYS order came!
- My charming, little Charlie R. and I got to have lunch and spend the afternoon together.
It was a great morning to get several things done, a delicious lunch and a fantastic afternoon with my Little Guy, and an evening filled with uplifting music, music that I have imported to make playlists for rowing and jump roping and crossfiting.
It was more than okay on the lucky-me day.
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Love Sir Cliff Richards! He sounds fabulous! The cd version is the second video below.
Just when I was ready to cancel my Feeln subscription due to an excess of not good shows, it becomes Hallmark Movies Now. Finally, the line up of programming is dramatically improved! There are a lot of updated made for television movies, more quality Hallmark shows versus the too many sappy Lifetime-like movies.
To celebrate the big switch I am watching The Irresistible Blueberry Farm starring the charming Alison Sweeny and the dishy Marc Blucas.
It looks like there are some mysteries added too! Yep. Feeling much happier with the new and improved line up for sure.
Stopping at Walmart on the way home to purchase some bleach, I spied the Snuggle fabric softener across the aisle. My favorite is the Lavender & Sandalwood scent. But I have not been able to find any in Montgomery. All I have seen here is Lavendar & White Orchid and it was the same at the Walmart tonight.
Yeah. That was a bummer. Sandalwood is my thing.
The other day I came across a show on Feeln. It is a series titled LEGACY staring Brett Cullen so I had to check it out. The series, apparently, was not picked up. It ends a bit abruptly at the end of Season 1.
Yeah. That was a bummer. Unresolved issues are so irritating.
Below is the theme song, by Loreena McKennitt, that is now stuck in my brain.
Yeah. That is a bummer when only a section of the song, the theme of the unfinished saga, plays repeatedly as a reminder you are left hanging.
Other than that my day has been pretty great. It started off with me pushing my little Wall Ball, Charlie R., in his stroller for a 1.4 mile walk/Granny Shuffle run. I walked 500 meters to warm-up then shuffled 100m then walked 100m cycles until the last 90m when I walked it out.
Yeah baby. Granny’s got a great pair of shoes. Missing my Brooks but loving my Altras.
My Congressman seems to be pretty set on a path of what he claims a Libertarian bent so I thought it wise to post his Scorecards, the ones that matter most to me, here:
- Conservative Review: BILL POSEY in office since 2009
- Heritage Action: Bill Posey, Florida, District 8
Who is even worse is Sweet Ol’ Bill Nelson, my misguided F-rated senator. Do not even get me started. Facts speak for themselves:
- Conservative Review: Bill Nelson in office since 2001
- Heritage Action: Bill Nelson, Florida
I have been following Conservative Partnership Institute. They send me a list of “top stories Conservatives are following” for the week:
Just makes me want to shake my head and roll my eyes. Not at Conservatives but at the state of the nation in my lifetime. In my teens I could never have imagined things would be such a mess, so turned inside out.
The Senate, for years has been a problem when it comes to the watchcare needed to preserve the Constitution. I am so sick of the liars in the Senate. I am sick of them attacking honorable men like Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.
That leads me to share the following serials with you from GlennBeck.com, as a measuring stick for the politicians in your neck of the woods:
- Progressive Liars Part I: Fear and Hope
- Progressive Liars Part II: German Roots
- Progressive Liars Part III: Margaret Sanger
- Progressive Liars Part IV: Woodrow Wilson
- Progressive Liars Part V: Prohibition
- Progressive Liars Part VI: FDR Part I
- Progressive Liars Part VII: FDR Part II
- Progressive Liars Part VIII: FDR Part III
That takes me to Jenny Beth Martin and the Tea Party Patriots. I really like how the TPPatrios have never lost vision. Jenny Beth is still out there fighting the good fight. Be sure to check out her Journal.
Listening to Diamond and Silk on Facebook Live talking about a lot of different things. Love those Ladies. They preach it and teach it and they live it. They are all about having the conversation. Catch them on Facebook and Twitter and everywhere! Be sure to check out their merchandise too.
Great news about the fence, icymi the before story:
Take a look at the after story as of today, thank you Officer Bret for finding the right fencing team for our adjoining fences! You are the best neighbor!
Excellent work by Professional Grade Fence on a very hot day!
Getting excited for the new CrossRope #ZenDudeFitness Challenge. You can join me and my Guns Out CrossFit teammate, Lance Winstein, by signing up here and tagging me or Lance with #TeamBooGah #GunsOutCrossFit in the CrossRope Jump Rope Community page on Facebook. All you need is a JUMP ROPE!
And yes, I love CrossRope. I love their jumping program so much that I joined the ZDF just so I could order smaller sized ropes with ZDF colored handles. By the way, my jump roping is just about as good as my CrossFit but at least I am still working at it.
Another tidbit of good news. My niece was crowned a runner up for Ms. Veteran America 2017.
And that is it for today. Pip-pip. Cheerio!