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Shania Twain – Still a Superstar

“Still the One,” an iconic song written by Shania and her then husband, Mutt Lange, 21 years ago is a little bittersweet when you consider how their marriage imploded when he left her for her best friend.

In the aftermath of their breakup she and the friend’s husband consoled each other and ultimately fell in love. Her current CD was written with both the heartbreak and strength as a backdrop.

Shania hasn’t toured since 2003 but is now back on tour with a superbly choreographed show including a kickass drummer Elija Wood, a troupe of excellent dancers, and some fun special effects. None of this would matter if her voice wasn’t as beautiful as ever. If you have the chance to catch her on this tour, I highly recommend it! 🎶💗🎶

Moonrise over Coors Field, Denver

While The Eagles mesmerized the crowd at the home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, another show was happening behind home plate and the first base line. The magnificence of the full moon lit up the sky, just as American rock band the Eagles lit up the stage!

A feast for the senses!

WAVE light, water, and sound

The spectacular Mountain views of Breckenridge Colorado are enough to attract crowds no matter the season. But the first weekend of June each year brings artists from around the world to inspire and dazzle those lucky enough to visit.

The helium filled kites seen in the first several photos were illuminated with different colors and “danced” to the accompanying string musicians.

Nearby, on a tiny island in the creek we enjoyed the cello playing at dusk with swallows flying overhead and trout coming to the surface finding their bedtime snacks.

Other displays included a variety of colorful umbrella sculptures that were on bridges and other areas around town providing a wonderful backdrop for photo ops.

Angel wings that were lit up at night allowed those of us who think we’re angelic to try them on for size.

Another crowd pleaser were seesaws big enough for a whole family to enjoy that also were illuminated at night and made music as they went up and down.

Silly is best

Two days after my daughter’s wedding, I saw this quote in a book at Poets House in NYC. As a mother, I’ve always believed it’s my role to impart wisdom and advice as they pursue their dreams. This seems like something worth sharing as I have Paul McCartney’s song running through my mind.

My Wish

This song has been a favorite of mine and countless other parents since it was released 12 years ago.

While our country is in the aftermath of yet another school shooting, and parents are holding their children a little bit tighter this weekend, I am celebrating my daughter’s marriage.

I know how fortunate I am to have my children and to be here surrounded by her friends and a community of people who love her.

Coco, A Pixar Masterpiece

The latest Pixar release is truly a masterpiece for all ages. I finally saw it today, in a sold out theater full of children, parents, and grandparents. A perfect family movie!

I loved Miguel, a young boy who dreams of being a musician even though his family strictly prohibits music. The story centers on Día de los Muertos where Miguel crosses over to the Land of the Dead and meets his ancestors. The richness of the story featuring a beautifully depicted Mexican family made my heart swell with the love I have for my former students and their families.

I won’t share any spoilers here, but the magnificent colors, themes of family and following your dreams, and music are all perfecto! Below is a link to “Remember Me” a beautiful song with a lovely message. Enjoy.

Keeping the home fires burning

 

Everyone has heard the phrase “keep the home fires burning.” It was a wildly popular patriotic British song from 1914. Written by an American woman, Lena Guilbert Ford, who was living in London during World War I. The original title, “Till The Boys Come Home.” was changed to “Keep the Home Fires Burning.” She collaborated with Welshman Ivor Novello to create what has been called the greatest patriotic song to come out of England during World War I. Personally, I’m not sure what the competition for this title is, but I’m not sure it’s held up over the years.

This phrase has a different meaning for me as we get most of our heat from a wood burner stove. As the temperatures dropped recently, I’ve taken this phrase to heart as I enjoy the warmth and beauty of a nearby fire. It’s even more beautiful in juxtaposition to the view out my window.

Eastern Market Murals

I spent a lovely day being a tourist in Detroit with my daughter and her boyfriend. The market itself was full of interesting things to purchase, but the murals were definitely not to be missed.

This amazing art show is free to the public and just like a museum, it is concentrated in one small area.

If you’re visiting Detroit, Check this out on Adelaide Street, even if the markets aren’t open, the nearby stores are fun and the murals are worth viewing in person.

The fan below hangs inside one of the sheds at the market. Also, the music store provides an opportunity to jam with others every Sunday. And as the sign says, you can always be a player. 😎🎶

When She Says Baby

This is the song Jason Aldean was singing when gunshots rang out. It’s a beautiful song from the Night Train CD which is one of my favorites. This particular song holds deep meaning in our house. I’m a country music fan, as anyone who knows me already knows.

Some of my happiest memories have been at country music concerts. There is nothing like the power of a live show and the energy in the crowd. I’ve seen Jason Aldean several times and he never disappoints.

As this morning’s news unfolds the only story is of a horrific shooting at the hands of one man with more weapons than the second amendment ever intended at a concert. I’m again wondering, when will it end.

The details of motive are yet to be answered. I’m listening to interviews with other artists who were there and they are all people I’ve seen before. Just like school shootings impact me personally as a teacher, this hits my heart. It’s a sad day.

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