Music is like medicine for me. Sometimes I forget to get my required dose and I forget what an uplifting experience it is. I have recently gotten my surround sound going and I have a MacMini hooked up to my receiver.
While I usually use the MacMini for watching movies from Amazon, this morning I signed on to Spotify. Sometimes I like Spotify better than Pandora because I can put on a complete album and listen to it from beginning to end.
This morning’s selection was “The Spanish Guitar – 60 Favorite Songs”. Absolutely beautiful!
I was immersed in music that I know and love, but all of the selections had been arranged for the Spanish guitar. It is strictly an instrumental album and while it was playing I was absolutely lost in music.
If you want to get a taste of the music that captured me this morning, you can go HERE and sample some of the selections.
I am having a great day and hope you are too. If your day is not quite up to par, then maybe you are missing some music too. If you have Spotify, listen along with me.
UPDATE August 22: Note the date change in the post.
I just learned that Mary Binder is going to have a performance in Boquete on August 26 27. I posted the her performance (including some videos) that I attended HERE. Mark your calendar.
If you like music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s then you shouldn’t miss seeing her. A little Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and Elvis. What more could you ask for.
Mary will be performing at the Bistro from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. I feel certain that with the proper encouragement, she might perform a little longer. I suggest getting there early to stake out a good seat.
I finally started listening to Spotify. It has a feature I like and that is that I can play a complete album of an artist I like. Pandora is good if you like to listen to various artists from the same period and with the same style. However, if you are in the mood to listen to Peter, Paul and Mary, you can’t listen to just them on Pandora.
Actually, it would be more accurate to ask what Lilliam’s grand-kids did on their summer vacation. From the first of the year until Sunday, Isabella and Lucca have been visiting Lilliam and I in David. It has been an experience for both age groups.
It has not been all fun and games, but there was a fair amount of that as well. Both Lucca and Isabella attended a summer session at USMA. Monday through Friday, they were delivered to USMA at 9:00 in the morning and picked up at noon. They learned a lot making crafts and they got to meet a lot of their peers that live in Chiriquí. I think they both enjoyed the session.
Isabella also had violin lessons every week. Her music instructor from Panama City also teaches in David. Last Wednesday, she was part of a music recital at UNACHI and Lilliam and I attended and I captured the concert on video.
I am going to post the videos below. I put up three videos. I should mention that this program was put together in about a months time, so I think that they deserve a lot of credit for the making this concert happen in such a short time.
The first video is a is a group of singers. I thought they were very good. It is about 9 minutes in length and depending on the speed of your connection it may take a while to download.
This morning as I was listening to Pandora. “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” came on sung by Israel Kamakawiwo.
Israel was an artist that was loved by all of Hawaii and mourned by the world when he died. His memory lives on through his music and his music seems to always fit the world as I see it looking out of my window in Panama.
Lilliam’s grandchildren have been staying with us since just before Carnival. I think they have enjoyed being in David and away from Panama City, but most of all being with their grandmother. Continue reading Violin Lesson→
I received the following announcement from Antonio Singh pertaining to the Amigos de la Música Coral, which I have heard. They performed in our church and I can’t recommend them high enough. This may be the best $2.00 you will have the opportunity to spend in a long time to come. If you can make it, don’t miss it.
HERE is the post I did, when they performed at out church. I have a few videos that will give you a taste of the up coming event.
It has been a while since I have written about the Internet music sites. I had recorded a link a long time ago and have finally gotten around to using it. I used to listen to Pandora.com, but they shut off service to everyone outside of the US. One day when I was searching for Internet stations, I found a site called Global Pandora.
The site has some suggestions that may make it possible to access Pandora outside the US, but it also has a nice list of alternative sites. Try them out. You might like one of them. I know I always feel better when I have a little music in my life.