Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy March!

My first order of business today should be this little man.

Happy fourth Birthday Nathaniel!  

I love you so very much, and wish a happy and healthy year to you :)
We'll be celebrating his birthday tomorrow with our extended families and friends, 
but today it's just us for a small family dinner and cake.  

I'd also like to thank everyone who visited yesterday for the Challenge of Music Blog HopErin, as always, was a fantastic host, and I really enjoyed visiting everyone's blogs to hear what they listen to, and see what they created.  One thing I didn't mention in the post yesterday was that the song I ended up choosing, Courage Is..., I'd found quite by accident on Sunday.  Night.  At about 11:00 p.m.  Just before bed.  And that song just called out so loudly to be part of this challenge that I couldn't resist.  Which meant I'd only one day to put together something and blog about it.  So yeah, pressure.  No doubt.  But it all ended up okay in the end!

However, I did want to share the song that I was originally going to use for the challenge.  Mika is another artist who I've just recently come across and fell in love with.  His music is quite different from The Strange Familiar, and has a completely different pull and drive to it.  He's a singer-songwriter from England with a phenomenal vocal range, as is evident by his songs.  Please take a listen.


This particular song was my original choice for this challenge.  It's emotional and a bit dark.  But it has moments of, well, not quite lightness, but perhaps sort of, at the end.  For me, it a reminder.  No, not of past romantic entanglements.  But rather of a particular darkness that my family has had to endure.  A darkness no family should have to work through.  It's okay though, that darkness is a part of our lives, and we've dealt with it.  And are stronger as a result.  The lyrics?  These:

This is the hardest story that I've ever told
No hope, or love, or glory
Happy endings gone forever more

If you'd like to hear more of Mika, YouTube has a few of his videos up - check out Grace Kelly, Relax Take it Easy, and Rain for a start.  But be aware that some people just don't get his vocal range.  It's quite high.  (He's a countertenor - like Chris Colfer, aka Kurt from Glee.)    My husband was quite startled when I had it blaring from the speakers the first time ;) 

I've been wanting to participate in a Photo of the Day type of challenge for a while now, and have finally decided to throw my hat in the ring.  Here's hoping I'll be able to do it every. single. day!  LOL  Hosted by The Maternal Lens, here's the challenge I'm going to participate in!  Do you want to do it with me?  Please do, and let me know!  And check out my photos on FB, Twitter and Instagram...

1 comment:

Bonhomie Jewelry said...

the challenge of music blog hop sounds like it was really cool! music is so inspirational :-)

you're right - mika isn't for everyone. sad to say that i'm not a huge fan of that range but the lower tones he adds breaks it up and i like this song!



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