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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….

1988

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…

1995

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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The album can be bought here:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sun/id914202953
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sun-Thomas-Bergersen/dp/B00MXBIPQK
CDbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/thomasbergersen2

Miracles – Two Steps from Hell

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My favourite group ‘Two Steps from Hell’

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has released its fifth public album with the appropriate title

Miracles

It is a miracle what beautiful music they produce!

Miracles is the counterpart to our epic releases, focusing primarily on our emotional, beautiful and tender songs.”

 – 2 Steps from Hell quote

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A beautiful, soft and gentle mix of known and new tracks;  beautifully crafted melodies,  romantic with amazing voices like Merethe Soltvedt .   It is a more dreamy, emotional  album a step away from the blasting epic trailer music with amazing orchestral arrangements.  Some invite for romantic evenings, some are ideal for meditating. Definitely another musical gem from Thomas Bergersen – Two steps from Hell.

Thank you Thomas you never disappoint your fans!

You have excelled again in music making!

Eyes closing, I love you forever, Science and Lost in Las Vegas are from the album ‘Illumina’.  Lux Aeterna, Sungazer, Eria, Colour the Sky,Forever in my dreams and Northern Pastures are from ‘Dreams and Imagination’ which were not released to the public. There are also tracks from other albums which you can see below.  All are composed by Thomas Bergersen.

It also features “Heart” which was composed for the victims of the Earthquake in Japan 2011, all proceeds went to the Red Cross.

The great track ‘Lost in Las Vegas’ was written some years ago. Thomas was a DJ before he got into orchestral music. Back then he produced a lot of trance music.

My favourite track is Compass, no Forever in my Dreams, no Sun Gazer, no Eria, no….. well I can’t decide…. They are all amazing.

Here is the listing of Miracles:

1. Miracles – later released in Amaria

2. Eria – from Dreams & Imaginations

3. Compass – later released in Amaria

4. Sun Gazer – from Dreams & Imaginations

5. Eyes closing – Illumina

6. Fountain of Life – from Nemesis

7. Stay – later released in Amaria

8 Men of honour – from Two steps from Heaven

9. My freedom – from Nero

10. Perfect Love – from Dreams & Imaginations

11. Lux Aeterna – from Dreams & Imaginations

12. I love you forever – Illumina

13. Colour the sky – from Dreams & Imaginations

14. Forever in my Dreams – from Dreams & Imaginations

15. Breath of Cold Air – from Volume One

16. Heart – from Two steps from Heaven

17. Wind Queen – from Volume One

18. Northern Pastures – from Dreams & Imaginations

19. Science – Illumina

20. Lost in Las Vegas – Illumina

21. Compass Bonus track with vocals

Tracks 4, 5, 9, 10,and 17 are new versions

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taken from Two steps of Hell’s facebook

Some are on their You tube channel to listen to.

Little taster here with Eria

 

You can download Miracles from

Download Miracles:
iTunes: http://tiny.cc/bh3tgx
Amazon: http://tiny.cc/4ytxgx
Google play: http://goo.gl/K0p4EG
CDbaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/twostepsfromhell18

 Enjoy the beauty of this music!

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Rainbow – scones – music

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“Around us, life bursts with miracles–a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere. Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles. Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings. When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

Nancy from Strawberryindigo posted this this morning on Facebook and I love it so I like to share it with you all.

I saw some buds on a tree outside and had already a little Spring feeling.

and it is weekend hurray…..

Sunshine when I got up so I decided to do the shopping,

Reached the shop, it was pouring with rain, and terribly windy and cold

Got the shopping in,

totally dark outside now,

so I decide to dance to some music. Made me warm and happy. Music is magic!

Sunshine back out,

do some washing, have a cappuccino,

and the next downpour is here.

Exercise on my exercise bicycle and see the beautiful rainbow.

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Sun back out….. for how long…… ???

I say thank you for the rain, thank you for the sunshine, thank you for the music, thank you for the rainbow.

Thank you for all the miracles I have around me.

“Each morning when you open your eyes, think only three things: Thank you, Thank you, Thank you”

I bought some scones , jam and double cream for a cream tea later….

why don’t you join me?

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Enjoy and relax with me!

with an old song I always loved….The Riddle, different version….

Two Steps From Hell – T Shirt

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Yay

I got it!

I finally received my T-Shirt!

It did come from the USA and my first one I ordered got lost in the post….

So with patience I am now a proud owner of a

Two Steps from Hell T-Shirt.

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You all know how much I love them, so here another wonderful track called

“Undying Love”

Wishing you all a wonderful love filled day!

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.”

 Nicholas Sparks

Dancing

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I am so happy and I need to share my happiness!

As you all know I love dancing and I do take tap dance lessons.

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But…. with these……

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Our next venture is exam time again for Gold bar 2 this time.

Did I really make it that far, I ask myself.

The best thing is…..

we do 3 dances for the exam and we have learnt 2 of them so far….

a Tango

and

wait for it…

a Charleston.

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The 3rd one…. I don’t know, and I don’t mind as I am so in love with the first 2.

Every time we have an exam I think it can’t get better and every time it does get better.

I love the steps and I love the music.

Our teacher is the best.

He is so much fun, is patient, is funny and believes in us!

*****

Here are my two tap heroes: (apart from my teacher)

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, my two tap heroes

Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, my two tap heroes

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I love it and I will practice as much as possible!

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Two Steps from Hell Update!

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You know that I am a huge fan of Two Steps from Hell. They rock! I so love their music!

Their first concert was on 14th June 2013 in California in the Disney Hall as I informed you in a previous post.

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I was sad I couldn’t go, but hoped that it will be a success so they might do more.

…..and it was……. I gathered all the information about their concert, as I am so excited.

At rehearsal, with Thomas Bergersen, Nick Phoenix and Merethe Solvedt:

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Thomas Bergersen says:

Wow!! What a night! And what an AUDIENCE! You were amazing!!! We were blown away by the response, and absolutely honored to perform for all of you. Thanks soooo much to all of our fans for coming! Now the question is not if we will do another one, but when and where…

Merethe Solvedt says:

It was SUCH an honor being part of this concert. The audience blew us away over and over!! Thank you!
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Here another reaction – taken from facebook site!

Last night I saw two “clients” that originally started out as internet friends, and became actual friends put on a concert at a little place called Disney Hall. It was humbling seeing two truly talented people be backed by millennia of talent on stage, and in turn seeing them humbled by the response from their fans who flew from around the world to see them. I was also at once proud for them, proud to know them, and proud to work with them. There probably were less than 10 of us that started out as the core group of orchestral sample/Midi-mockupers over a decade or so ago. To see so many grow into such amazing places, and still feel as much a part of it as ever, was healing. Two steps from hell, has enough heat to burn away the darkest clouds. Thanks Thomas Bergersen and Nick Phoenix for a great show, and being such great friends!

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TWO LEGENDS
P.S.: The concert was AMAZING. Goosebumps all over, and to see the entire Trailer Music community come together like that cannot be described in words. — with Thomas Bergersen and Jo Blankenburg at The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.

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And last but not least a great article already from the concert to read!

Well there is a chance they come to London one day

….that will be MY Day.

A taster here :

You are wonderful TWO STEPS FROM HELL

you are my Two Steps from Heaven.