Friday, October 3, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
A year ago around this time, I was taking jazz classes with hopes to learn how to scat. I came across a great jazz improvisationalist named Marion Cowings and he gave me guidance on the art of jazz crooning; though I have found that jazzmusic is still one of the most difficult genres of music to grasp. After listening to his CD and heard his cover of the Flintstones, I wrote a blogpost about his song and his class, among other things.
A year ago, I was writing about songs that have been reincarnated and my blogpost started with an image of Louis Armstrong. Check out the old post here, written on September 29, 2013: The Sounds of Reincarnated Music.
To look back and see where you were is interesting when you look at the here and now at what has occurred since then. For one, I visited the home of Louis Armstrong, now a museum located in the Corona section of New York.
It was awesome to see where he lived, how he lived and to learn more about this fascinating jazz musical icon; especially about the song "What a Wonderful World."
The lyrics itself are wonderful. A truly positive message is reverberated through the words and sound. And Louis sang it so beautifully. Louis was a type of person who loved where he lived and he loved his neighbors. The children all around loved him and would call him Uncle Louis. These song was written in honor of them because he loved coming back to Corona and enjoying life and his surroundings; especially the children. Made me find a little bit more respect for the song and made me want to sing it.
And so, I did. Still trying to grasp jazz singing, I am always trying a new song. I learned the lyrics and melody to "What a Wonderful World," and sang it; live. I changed the key to Bflat but, this song has so much meaning to me now that I fell in love with it.
Please check out the live footage of my performance of the cover of "What a Wonderful World" on Youtube. The following is the link:
Thank you for reading my blog post.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
It's autumn; the perfect time to fall back into fitness.
Summer fun is over. Time to start a new way of living. Time to get inching and ready for better health and more feel great days.
Not as many barbecue grills out anymore. Kind of cold now but nice enough to take a stroll and experience the beauty of the new season. Remember; with just 30 minutes of cardio fitness a day, you can improve your heart health tremendously. Walk, run, jog, kettlebell, Wii sport or whatever; do something to give your engine a pure workout.
If you aim for fitness at all, do it for the sake of your health. And whatever you do, aim and stay on target until you reach that point. You got the strength!!!
Sunday, September 21, 2014
|With The Force MDs and DJ Denise at Six Flags Great Adventures|