Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Appalachian Dulcimer music

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I was looking for some good music on You Tube this evening. I started off with some kletzmer; there are some fantastic clarinet and tuba solos out there, as part of the dance music. Then I got to hankerin’ for something Celtic, and listened to some fiddle and guitar artists for a while. Then I got to thinkin’ what I really was craving was some good, old-fashioned dulcimer music. That did indeed prove to be the best of all. Come to find out that a wonderful dulcimer artist and teacher, Robert Force, lives near here, and used to teach at Western Washington University, where two of our children are currently studying. Ladies and gentlemen, please meet Robert Force:

Hey There, Khalilah

Monday, February 11th, 2008

My friend, Marmee, pointed out this fun parody of Hey There, Delilah on You Tube. Enjoy. 🙂

Jr. Solo and Ensemble Contest

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Rick, my husband, and Seth, our youngest son, left a few minutes ago for Anacortes, WA where the Jr. Solo and Ensemble Contest is being held this year. Some students, like Seth, will be singing. Others will be playing musical instruments, solo or in small groups.

This past Thursday evening I attended the dress rehearsal for the students from our school district who will be performing in this year’s contest. Without exception, the students did beautifully! Participation in this event is voluntary. In fact, a small fee is charged to enter the competition. It was evident from the quality of the musical performances that these students love music, and have really worked to prepare for the event.

Originally, Seth planned only to sing Hey There, Delilah by the Plain White Ts, but the school’s piano accompanist couldn’t locate piano music for the song. Seth has been learning to play guitar in an enrichment class that is offered three mornings a week at the middle school, so he asked his choir teacher if he could accompany himself. She agreed that he could try, so Seth searched online for the guitar tablature to this song, learned how to play it, memorized it, and now plays it fluently while singing.

Seth has loved to sing since he was a wee little dude. Music is one of the loves of his life. His worry last night was that he has a couple blisters on his fingers. I hope he will be able to relax and do his best. It would be neat if he can go further in the competition, perhaps to the state level.

Here are the lyrics to the song that Seth will be performing:

Plain White Ts
Hey There Delilah
(These lyrics are from

hey there delilah
what’s it like in new york city
I’m a thousand miles away
but girl tonight you look so pretty
yes you do
time square cant shine as bright as you
i swear its true

hey there delilah
don’t you worry about the distance
I’m right there if you get lonely
give this song another listen
close your eyes
listen to my voice it’s my disguise
I’m by your side

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
what you do to me

hey there delilah
i know times are gettin’ hard
but just believe me girl
someday I’ll pay the bills with this guitar
we’ll have it good
we’ll have the life we knew we would
my word is good

hey there delilah
I’ve got so much left to say
if every simple song I wrote to you
would take your breath away
I’d write it all
even more in love with me you’d fall
we’d have it all

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me

a thousand miles seems pretty far
but they’ve got planes and trains and cars
I’d walk to you if I had no other way
our friends would all make fun of us
and we’ll just laugh along because we know
that none of them have felt this way
delilah I can promise you
that by the time that we get through
the world will never ever be the same
and you’re to blame

hey there delilah
you be good and don’t you miss me
two more years and you’ll be done with school
and I’ll be makin’ history like I do
you know it’s all because of you
we can do whatever we want to
hey there delilah here’s to you
this one’s for you

oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
oh it’s what you do to me
what you do to me

Because I’m feeling sad . . .

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Psalm 42:6 – 11, Scottish Metrical Version

6 My God, my soul’s cast down in me; thee therefore mind I will

From Jordan’s land, the Hermonites, and ev’n from Mizar hill.

7 At the noise of thy water-spouts deep unto deep doth call;

Thy breaking waves pass over me, yea, and thy billows all.

8 His loving-kindness yet the Lord command will in the day,

His song’s with me by night; to God, by whom I live, I’ll pray:

9 And I will say to God my rock, Why me forgett’st thou so?

Why, for my foes’ oppression, thus mourning do I go?

10 ‘Tis as a sword within my bones, when my foes me upbraid;

Ev’n when by them, Where is thy God? ’tis daily to me said.

11 O why art thou cast down, my soul? Why, thus with grief opprest,

Art thou disquieted in me? In God still hope and rest:

For yet I know I shall him praise, who graciously to me

The health is of my countenance, yea, mine own God is he.

Amazing Grace and Wentley Phipps

Saturday, January 12th, 2008

This morning I received a link to this amazing video from my friend Kathy in Arizona (We were in sixth grade together, lost touch because my family moved a lot, and then rediscovered one another in the past couple years through Yay!).

Anyhow, I was so moved by the amazing voice, and heart of love, of the speaker/singer, Mr. Wentley Phipps, and want to share this with you.

Did you know (I sure didn’t!) that ALL Negro spirituals are based on the pentatonic scale, the five black notes on the piano keyboard (The same five notes repeat over and over, from lower to higher.) And, the very famous “white” spiritual, Amazing Grace, is based on this “slave scale” as well.

Guess where John Newton heard this melody? From the poor Negro men and women he was transporting from their homes in Africa, to lives of slavery in other lands. But that’s not the end of the story, for John Newton was transformed by God’s grace, and learned to love those whom he once oppressed.

Please enjoy.

Just Something I’m Thinkin’ About

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Artist : Jack Greene –Song Title: Try A Little Kindness
(These lyrics are from

If you see your brother standin’ by the road
With a heavy load from the seeds he sowed
And if you see your sister fallin’ by the way
Just stop and say you’re goin’ the wrong way

You’ve got to try a little kindness yes show a little kindness
Shine your light for everyone to see
And if you’ll try a little kindness then you’ll overlook the blindness
Of the narrow minded people on the narrow minded streets
[ ac.guitar ]
Don’t walk around the down and out lend a helping hand instead of doubt
And the kindness that you show every day will help someone along their way
You’ve got to try a little kindness…
[ ac.guitar ]
You’ve got to try a little kindness…

A song remembered

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Rick started singing a line from a song that brought back lots of memories. Does anyone else remember this song? You realize, of course, that this will date you? Let’s see; I was 19 when this was popular. 😛

Nice To Be With You

– Artist: Gallery as sung on “Super Hits Of the 70’s-Have a Nice Day-Vol. 8”
Rhino R4 709218
– peak Billboard position # 4 in 1972
– Words and Music by Jim Gold


Oh, it’s so nice to be with you
I love all the things ya say and do
And it’s so nice to hear you say
You’re gonna please me in every way
Honey, I got the notion
You’re causin’ commotion in my soul

Baby, you and me have got somethin’ that’s real
I know it’s gonna last a lifetime
Aww, ya better believe it, girl
At night I call your name
Darkness fills my room, I’m only dreamin’
About the time I’m gonna be with you


When I’m feelin’ down
You’re there to pick me up and help me to carry on
Aww, little things mean a lot
When you need a shoulder to cry on
I’m there to ease the pain and chase away the rain
Aww, darlin’, I just gotta say

Oh, it’s so nice to be with you
I love all the things ya say and do
And it’s so nice to hear you say
You’re gonna please me in every way

Oh, it’s so nice to be with you
I love all the things ya say and do
And it’s so nice to hear you say
You’re gonna please me

Transcribed by Robin Hood

These lyrics were transcribed from the specific recording mentioned above
and do not necessarily correspond with lyrics from other recordings, sheet
music, songbooks or lyrics printed on album jackets

Psalms on YouTube!

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

This is from the Scottish Metrical Psalter, that we have used for many years in our time of family worship.

The psalm sung in Hebrew, accompanied by instruments approximately the same as those used in Temple worship. This one gave me the shivers, it was so majestic.

A young homeschooled girl sings the Psalms.

Wow! This is the most heart-felt singing from God’s songbook that I have yet to hear! This boys choir is wonderful.

Nine Million Bicycles – Katie Melua

Friday, December 14th, 2007

When the children were little, we tried to expose them to many styles of music. They learned many traditional folk songs; they learned to sing the metrical Psalms; they learned to love the rock bands of our youth, such as The Moody Blues. Now, it is the children who clue me in to wonderful new artists. Just tonight Kayla said to me, “Mom, I think there is a singer you are going to love.” And, oh, is she right. Just listen to this: