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Music: Dark Nights & Morning Lights…

“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.” Lord Byron

Music: Dark Nights & Morning Lights... We need both.

DEVIn The Dark

Truman / David Falzone – Morning Light

Music fills many gaps and spaces in our hearts; from our lonely nights to our glorious moments in day light. We reach for music to set the mood or heal our wounds. What most of us appreciate about music is that it rises above our ways of expressing emotion and carries us directly to the source. Music soothes on a lonely night and in the solitude of an early morning.

“Language… has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.” Paul Tillich

Music: Dark Nights & Morning Lights... misty mornings too

Blind Willie JohnsonDark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

The song above is a haunting one that speaks to the deep longing one has for the divine; especially when alone in the darkest hour of our lives. According to Wikipedia, it is “one of 27 samples of music included on the Voyager Golden Record, launched into space in 1977 to represent the diversity of life on Earth. “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground” was chosen as the human expression of loneliness.” More below ;-)

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The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston…

“God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?” Whitney Houston

The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston... R.I.P.

The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston... R.I.P. Whitney August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston- I Didn’t Know My Own Strength (digital hi-fi)

Whitney Houston – Arista Special – Greatest Love Of All

Whitney Houston Grammys 2012 Yes Jesus Loves Me (Whitney’s Final Performance)


msnbc.com link above Funeral service for Whitney Houston

R.I.P. Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012). I am still in a state of shock over the sad, sad news of the sudden death of our beloved Whitney Houston; mother, daughter, sister, phenomenal singer, friend, and a super-talented musical icon. Whitney was a mezzo-soprano variously known as The Voice, Queen of Pop, Diva and more. She began singing in her New Jersey church’s junior gospel choir at age 11, and was influenced and inspired by the great soul singers in her family; from Cissy Houston, (her mom) to cousins Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Warwick, and Aretha Franklin (her godmother). It is poignant that in one of the last videos of her, she sings a few lines of a favorite hymn: Yes, Jesus Loves Me. I remember the first time I heard Whitney sing in the 1980s; her voice was so captivating, powerful, and rich that I had to stop what I was doing and just listen… She was beautiful and stylish too. I was sold. Whitney passed away at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, on Saturday afternoon; the cause of death is unknown. I will miss her. Rest In Peace Whitney.

“Growing around [great musicians], you just can’t help it. I identified with it immediately. It was something that was so natural to me that when I started singing, it was almost like speaking.”  Whitney Houston

The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston...

The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston...

Whitney Houston Grammys 2012 Yes Jesus Loves Me (Whitney’s Final Performance)

Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You Official Music Video

At the height of her music career in the 1980s and ’90s, Whitney was a prolific performer with a fantastic voice, and one of the world’s best-selling artists in the music industry. Everyone was dancing and singing along. I loved her songs and her personal style. She was a hit for me and my friends. Among her many hits were fan favorites (mine too); “Greatest Love of All,” How Will I Know,” ”Saving All My Love for You” and “I Will Always Love You.” I remember going to NYC clubs where aspiring singers sang versions of Whitney’s popular songs, a capella, as they  competed against each other, hoping to win the attention of a record producer.  Throughout her career, Whitney won multiple Grammys including album and record of the year. It is with great sadness that we have to say goodbye one of the greatest voices of all time. My deepest condolences go to her daughter, Bobbi Kristina, mom, Cissy,  ex hubby, Bobby Brown, and to her extended family and friends.

“I was aware of people staring at me. No one moved. They seemed almost in trance. I just stared at the clock in the center of the church. When I finished, everyone clapped and started crying.” Whitney Houston

The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston...

The Voice Dies: In Memory of Whitney Houston...

Whitney Houston – Yes Jesus Loves Me

Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You

Whitney’s body of work covered both music and film. From the time she made her first album in 1985 through to her last movie, Sparkle, in 2011 (to be screened posthumously), Whitney had accumulated an impressive list of award wining albums and critically acclaimed roles in film. It is apropos that the Grammys on Sunday evening will include a celebration of her work and life. Back in the day, I bought Whitney’s albums and listened to them a lot; always marveling at the range and ease of her vocals. I watched The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale so many times I could repeat lines from them. Her work includes the following:
Whitney Houston (1985)
Whitney (1987)
I’m Your Baby Tonight (1990)
My Love Is Your Love (1998)
Just Whitney (2002)
One Wish: The Holiday Album (2003)
I Look to You (2009)
1992 The Bodyguard
1995 Waiting to Exhale
1996 The Preacher’s Wife
2012 Sparkle

Whitney won many awards during her career and even made The Guinness Book of Records for receiving the most awards. When you think about it, it was quite a feat for a young artist to accumulate so many while so young. Whitney’s list of awards includes 2 Emmys, 6 Grammys, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, adding up to a grand total of 415 career awards to date. Whitney was also one of the world’s best-selling music artists; she sold over 200 million albums and singles worldwide, and was ranked 4th best-selling female artist in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America; Whitney sold 55 million certified albums just in the US. With tremendous success came struggle, and Whitney battled drug and alcohol abuse on and off for years… She was a beautiful, gifted soul and her musical legacy will live on. Whitney had so much to live for and my heart goes out to her family. More below. :-(

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Musings: The Beauty Of Nature…

“I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.” Vincent Van Gogh

Musings: The Beauty In Nature... A sunset in Knysna, South Africa

Musings: The Beauty In Nature... Sunset on Mars

What is the most beautiful thing you have ever seen and why? Yesterday, I posted some pictures I took of the setting sun and it got me thinking about all the beautiful things we see in nature; the beauty in the world around us – sunset,  dawn, dusk, northern lights, the ocean, flora and fauna. I thought I’d share a few I found. Just pictures and accompanying quotes.

“It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.” Henry David Thoreau

Musings: The Beauty In Nature... Dawn

Musings: The Beauty In Nature... Dusk

Dawn and dusk are magical times… We are drawn to their magic; some say they offer us the perfect balance of time for creative endeavors. What lies ahead?

“The only words that ever satisfied me as describing Nature are the terms used in fairy books, charm, spell, enchantment. They express the arbitrariness of the fact and its mystery.” G. K. Chesterton

Musings: The Beauty In Nature... Northern lights... aurora borealis

Musings: The Beauty In Nature... aurora borealis

Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are one of Nature’s exquisite gifts of color. The mystical, swirling, changing colors beckon us to stop and reflect on the ever changing seasons of life. On a side note, PostaDay2012/PostaWeek2012 are here. WooHoo! More below. ;-)

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