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Dancing feet

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I saw those dancing feet…..

 

 

Have a guess in what….

I had the right skirt too….

 

 

 

Yes,

in 42nd Street!

 

 

What a fantastic show!

I saw it 1988 the first time with Catherine Zeta Jones and loved it…

Now 2017 again, this time with Sheena Easton, amazing again.

Just listen to those taps…  ♥♥♥♥♥

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Smile #50

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As you all know I love my dancing.

we are preparing for an Exam in March,

and I am learning 3 Tap dances for that.

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On our last session this week I got my second dance mistake free.

Yes, I nailed that one.

Yay

That made me smile and soooo happy!

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…and there is always a lot to smile!

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This was brought through Trent‘s blog

Weekly Smile #39

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In choir yesterday we started a new song:

Guess what….

One of my favourite musicals

Singing in the Rain

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It is not that easy as we sing harmonies

but it is great fun.

The lyrics say:

‘Let the stormy clouds chase everyone from the place

Come on with the rain, I’ve a smile on my face…..’

and there it was:

my smile got bigger

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Sing along

and smile with me!

This is part of Trent’s weekly smile.

Join the smiles and click to view and add/link your smiles here.

It’s fun!

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Weekly Smile #38

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This week my dancing lessons started again

that really made my smile bigger.

You all know how I love my dancing!

In Freestyle we dance to this catchy song

We are learning 3 tap routines and

4 freestyle routines for next year’s exam.

Tough but so enjoyable.

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and smile along!

 

This is part of Trent’s weekly smile.

Join the smiles and click to view and add/link your smiles here.

It’s fun!

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How to prepare for a James Bond Night

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James Bond Night

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how exciting,

a local event in aid of Amnesty International.

 I had to think….

how do I prepare for a James Bond night.

Homework….

3 basic ideas came to mind:

Going as a Bond girl I needed to think of

What to wear: – a glamorous  sparkly dress

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Diamonds are forever : – a diamond bracelet/ brooch

What does Mr Bond drink….

research: Martini – shaken not stirred

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“Bond also drinks gin, beer and champagne in the books and films, and in Casino Royale orders a drink he names a Vesper: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, shake it over ice, and then add a thin slice of lemon peel.”

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Luckily I just found a Ball room gown my mum wore about 45 years ago.

I tried and it fitted.

Diamonds- nobody knows if they are real as long as they are sparkly

So off I went.

Result:

Dress sorted

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Diamonds sorted

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Martini sipped

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We had a wonderful evening

and and enjoyed the James Bond music.

 

Wonder what I find next….

IL DIVO night

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I was fortunate to get tickets for an Il Divo concert in the London O2 Arena yesterday.

 

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Il Divo are 4 young men with amazing voices, they have been created 12 years ago and go from strength to strength.  I have followed them for at least 9 years now. They do sing pop opera or as it is called popera.

 

They are David Miller ( American) Tenor, Sebastian Izambard (French) Tenor, Urs Buehler (Swiss) Tenor and Carlos Marin (Spanish) Bariton.

 

I got tickets for their tour called Amor et pasion which goes up to November and they are visiting all different cities all over the world.

 

 

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In this tour they added solos, dancing and playing instruments themselves to their amazing singing.

 

They also added dancers to some of their latin american songs.

 

It was a feast for ears and eyes.

 

There were 7000 people there and we didn’t want to let Il Divo go home, demanding more songs which they gave us. ❤

 

 

 

It was a totally enjoyable and amazing evening and I can only recommend that if they are near you, go and see them.

 

This was after the final good bye song!

 

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Here another beautiful track.

 

 

 

Still smiling?

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Good Morning my friends.

It has been a while

since I had enough time to sit and compose something

and visit all your blogs regularly.

Even though holidays I have been away and had visitors,

which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Finding new places in London to show my visitors I stumbled on some

yet fairly unknown places.

One of them is Crossrail place.

This is a new development, not even finished,

but the beautiful roof garden is finished.

It looks rather futuristic.

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It features plants from East and West, meeting in the middle. A calm garden on top of a new railway station which is being build in Canary Wharf. It was calm and quiet in the middle of a concrete world. We had a lovely walk and enjoyed the amazing plants and trees there. Have a look for yourself!

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There was a piano in the middle of the building so I couldn’t resist to do a fun bit on it which my aunt taught me.

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It was great fun and a great place to visit!

More discoveries in the next post!

Keep smiling and enjoy the warmer weather!

Battlecry – Two Steps from Hell

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Two Steps from Hell have done it again –  more tracks released – hurray!

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Even if you don’t know about them you surely have heard some tracks not knowingly – on TV or in films as trailer music.

 

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A new album with 26 tracks is out – Battlecry from Two steps from Hell

” The eight studio album under the Two Steps from Hell banner to be made public by project composers NP and TB the aptly named “Battlecry” offers 26 new movie trailer , war documentary and death defying gymnastic routine-ready of expertly crafted, epically resented audio melodrama. As per usual most of the tracks are instrumental but guest vocalist Merethe Soltvedt and Felicia Farerre lend their voices to a pair of songs.”  – Excerpt from their website.

 

For me this is another amazing collection of epic music of my favourite musicians.

Some tracks remind me of other music composed by Thomas and Nick.

This collection is more epic, dramatic and monumental and the name “Battlecry” does its justice.

Movie trailers perfect for war documentaries and film – you can let your imagination go.

For me the full orchestral tracks are the best.

My favourites are Victory, Never back down, Cannon in D-Minor – an orchestral masterpiece, Release me, Last of the light, No honour in Blood and Star Sky.

The best classical music of our time.  This is real music!

Epicness at its best.

Thomas and Nick never disappoint instead they get better and better.

Looking forward to many more amazing new tracks……. or even a concert in Europe one day????

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1.None Shall Live

2.Stormkeeper

3.Victory

4. Wolf King

5. Rise Above

6. Spellcaster

7.Never Back Down

8.Red Tower

9.Cannon In D Minor

10.Blackout

11.Stronger Faster Braver

12.Battleborne

13.Last of the Light

14.Ultraground

15.Release Me

16.Freedom Ship

17.Amaria

18.Flight of the Silverbird

19.Outpost

20.Unforgiven

21.Across the Blood Water

22.No Honor In Blood

23.Sariel

24.Star Sky

25.Battleborne – Instrumental

26.Star Sky – Instrumental

Listen for yourself to  Never Back Down and Star Sky

 

 

Looking forward to Classics Volume 2 which is in the making!

Live today / The sun always shines – Udo Juergens

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 May I quote some sentences taken from songs,

written and performed by Udo Juergens,

an Austrian Singer and songwriter, whose music

I grew up with. He sadly passed away unexpectedly on 21.12.2014.

May he rest in peace, he will always be remembered.

His songs are famous, he wrote many songs to give hope, and make you think about life!

I chose 3 which I love and their message is important! ( I have translated these important verses)

Hast du heute schon gelebt….

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Hast du die Sonne auf der Haut gespürt?

Hast du heute schon den Menschen, der dich liebt berührt?

Hast du schon gestaunt heut?

Hast du schon gelacht?

Hast du heut schon nach dem unmöglichen Traum gestrebt?

Hast du heute schon, heute schon gelebt?

Have you lived today?

Have you felt the sun on your skin?

Have you touched the person who loves you ?

Have you been amazed today?

Have you laughed already? 

Have you reached out to the impossible dream?

Have you already lived today!


Heute beginnt der Rest deines Lebens…

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Jetzt oder nie – und nicht irgendwann!
Schau’ auf dein Ziel – kein Traum ist vergebens.
Heut’ fängt die Zukunft an!

Today is the beginning of the rest of your life….

now or never – not anytime,

look at your goal –  no dream is in vain,

today the future starts.

Immer, immer wieder geht die Sonne auf

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Wenn ein Traum, irgendein Traum sich nicht erfüllt,

wenn die Liebe zu Ende geht,
wenn selbst die Hoffnung nicht mehr besteht,
nur Einsamkeit,
wenn ein Blatt, Irgendein Blatt vom Baume fällt,
weil der Herbstwind es so bestimmt,
wenn das Schicksal uns etwas nimmt,
vertraue der Zeit.
Denn:

Immer, immer wieder geht die Sonne auf
und wieder bringt ein Tag für uns ein Licht,
Ja, immer, immer wieder geht die Sonne auf,
denn Dunkelheit für immer gibt es nicht,
die gibt es nicht, die gibt es nicht.

The sun rises again and again

If a dream is not fulfilled,

when love comes to an end,

when hope no longer exists

only loneliness,

when a leaf, any leaf falls from the tree as the Autumn wind determines,

when fate takes something from us,

trust time, because

The sun rises again and again

and again the day brings us some light,

yes the sun rises again and again,

because forever darkness does not exist, does not exist!

 

Have you lived today?

The sun shines for you every day.

May the sun shine in your heart everyday!

Wishing you a wonderful end to this year and let us welcome the new one soon!

♫☼♥ Hugs ♥ ☼♫

Sun – Thomas Bergersen – Review

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My favourite composer “Thomas Bergersen” did it again, he released a stunning new album called “Sun“.

…and I am in love with it…. a masterpiece, an amazing collection of dramatic, epic, and emotional tracks beautifully composed. If you love big orchestras and you are in for a big treat here.  Thomas Bergersen brings love and beauty with his music. He is a musical genius and one of the best composers at this time as he shows again with this new album.

I have to admit that I listened a lot to the 30 seconds you get on Amazon on each track, before it was released officially. Already then I fell in love with some tracks straight away and could hardly wait for the release day!

The album is like a musical journey full of love and excitement.  Every single track a stunning piece of music in its own way. A mix of calm, epicness, musical beauty and full of love. The orchestra is amazing and I can only imagine it was a real joy to perform for this album, singing in the choir and playing in the orchestra.

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Exerpt from the website:

Thomas’ follow up album to “Illusions” – “Sun” took him almost 4 years to complete and features his best, most heartfelt, virtuosic and powerful music to date.  It features a giant orchestra ( over 200 musicians contributed) choir, Bulgarian choir, famous world class instrumentalists and a wide range of styles, emotions and colours.  Recorded around the world, with contributing artists form all over the world including Bulgaria, Romania, Norway, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Italy.  “Sun” is without doubt Thomas Bergersen’s finest work to date , and the natural continiuation of “Illusions”.  The Orchestra, world famous “Capellen Orchestra” was recorded in Czech Republic and conducted by Maestro Petr Pololanik.  Using dynamic overdubbing (shuffling players around between each take) we achieved an absolutely massive string orchestra sound (168 payers in total, with 20 all stars first chair violinists), and a humongous brass ensemble sets the tone if the album.  Tracks such as Final Frontier feature 18 French Horns in unison!

This is what is says on the Two Steps from Hell web site, and I totally agree with it.

Track Listing

  1. Before Time
  2. Creation of Earth
  3. Sun
  4. Cry
  5. Our Destiny
  6. New Life
  7. Final Frontier
  8. Starchild
  9. Colours of Love
  10. Cassandra
  11. Always mine
  12. Dragonland
  13. Fearless
  14. Empire of Angels
  15. Two Hearts
  16. In Paradisum

The album starts off with a short, slow and calm track ‘Before time’  very melodic with a great cello followed by the first real dramatic track ‘Creation of Earth’.  ‘Sun’ already known to us before, it was on the you tube channel featuring Thomas’s girlfriend Cassandra, a romantic track with much orchestral beauty.  ‘Cry’ one of my very favourites is melodic and I so love the full orchestra in this piece, I cannot get enough of it.  ‘Our Destiny’ another dramatic track, amazing piano piece at the beginning, the choir, the fast and furious strings gives it this classical feeling like a  piece of Beethoven, very monumental and then it goes to pure epicness, an amazing piece to combine both types, ending in pure classical delight.  ‘NewLife’ brings a calm, soft, emotional side to life, a musical gem whereas  ‘Final Frontier’ is again an epic track . It features in the Trailer of the film “Interstellar” Sci-Fi Movie.  ‘Starchild’ is epic and fast and I could imagine it being music for a trailer again as you can imagine stories going along wiht it, it let’s your imagination run wild.  ‘Colours of Love’ – the title reminds me of ‘The Magic of Love’ ( from the album Archangel) which is pure musical love. The ‘Colours of love’ is the longest track of the album with 6.29 minutes and again you can feel the love and happiness. It is a very happy and cheerful track which could go on for even longer for me.  ‘Cassandra’ was dedicated to Thomas’s girlfriend, composed and shared some time ago it is a beautiful love song.  With ‘Always mine’ the love story continues, a melodic, happy and loving track, a great one to walk to as it gives you a real swing into your steps.  ‘Dragonland’ and ‘Fearless’ are real epic tracks again great trailer music for me.  ‘Empire of Angels’ starts slowly building up to the bigger orchestra with beautiful violin highlights then ending quietly again. ‘Two hearts’  an emotional track with chimes, a beautiful voice and violins, full of love.  The album ends with ‘In Paradisum’ a slow and calm track with choir (more like his ‘Hymn to life’). For me it could be the background for a meditation session.

Some tracks give you goosebumps, some make you smile,  some make you sing or hum to them, some inspire, they make you happy, they make you feel the love and  they let you gasp because of their musical awesomeness.

They certainly will be on my journeys along with his other albums whilst driving, walking and relaxing.

A musical sensation to be listened to with an open heart and full attention to every instrument playing –

a musical feast.

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