Long lost songs

You know when you hear a song a song a couple times, you like it, want to know more about it, then forget to research it?  Of course you do.  It happens to everybody.  It is one of the most annoying things to happen in life.  It happens to me all the damn time.  I’ll be listening to the radio in my car, hear a song and go, ‘yeah, I like this’.  Then get home and not remember the song or anything about it.  Then I’ll hear it again and think to myself, ‘remember this when you get home’.  Of course I never do.

So I’m getting in my car a couple days ago and I fire it up and boom, the song is playing.  This time I whipped my phone out and put it in a note so not to forget again.  I wasn’t sure of the name of the song and had no idea who sang it, but I knew some of the freaking words.  Luckily through the powers of the internet(youtube mostly) I have my song.

Don’t you hate when that happens?  There have been songs that I won’t hear for years, then out of the blue it’s playing somewhere and I’m like oh my goodness I need to have this song.  But get caught up with life and the song is once again gone forever.  I’m actually kind of happy now that I have a cell phone.  Thanks dad, for making me get one. 🙂  Now I have the power of making notations at my fingertips.

I’ve actually made it a project for myself.  To go through all the musical resources I can find and collect all the songs I loved in the past, but don’t have now.  To be honest I got the idea from my dad.  While on vacation to see him I got a hold of his laptop and loaded up a flash drive with music he had.  There were so many songs he had that I absolutely love and couldn’t believe I didn’t have them.  I’m sure this is going to take months for me to find every single song I’ve ever heard and liked.  Could be years, but I’m gonna have fun trying.  I just hope I don’t get too distracted with the new discoveries I find along the way.

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Dreams can come true

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve written.  But you knew that already. I got back from my vacation a few days ago and boy was it a needed one.  I feel so renewed and refreshed.  Good thing too because as soon as I got back I had to get back to the grind with an addition.  I’m finally in culinary school to carry out my dream of becoming a world renown pastry chef.

So I’m super happy at this moment in time.  The happy music in my ear and by that I mean my head has been a few songs. One of the song being “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang.  I have been waiting for this moment for a very long time.  Those who know me very well know how passionate I am about baking and learning more about the craft of creating pastries and sweets.  So to finally be on the road to carry out my dream has been a means for celebration.  And I have been, well, in my own way.

Another happy happy joy joy song(no not that one) I’ve had in my mind is the song “Dreams Can Come True” by Gabrielle.  Sure her song is about her feelings for some guy.  For me I’ve taken it and applied it to my feelings and passion for my dream and for my future.  She says ‘you’ve got to have hope’ in there somewhere and I look back on a few times where I had completely lost that.  It is not a place in my life I enjoyed.  Not a feeling I ever want to feel again.  When you don’t have hopes and dreams you really don’t have anything.

And a completely cheesy yet appropriate song that has been springing to my mind is the song from “Karate Kid”.  Joe Esposito’s “You’re the Best Around” is totally going to be my theme song throughout school.  I told the entire class and all my teachers that my goal was to be the best.  I am dead serious about it too.  I don’t care how many hours I have to put in, how many seemingly stupid questions I’ll have to ask or how long I have to keep both myself and my instructors around the campus until I get what I want out of us both.  I will be the best pastry chef ever.  Book it.  I have.

I’m gonna do my best to maintain my schedule of posting as I go through school.  Though being a chef is my dream, I love writing too.  So I’ll see how I feel once I really get going.  I may have to put this on hiatus if things get to hectic.  Hope those of you who actually read this can forgive me for that.  But the dream comes first.

PSA Away

Due to the fact that I will be gone for a while on an actual vacation, there will be no Musical Mashup post til I get back.  Not sure what the internet situation will look like otherwise I would have still attempted to post.  Until then go out there and continue observing how music impacts your life and how much you love it.

When You Believe

Yesterday was one of the greatest days of my life.  I finally swallowed my fear and quieted my doubts long enough to trust God and get into the culinary school I’ve been dreaming about going to for the past 2 years.  It feels so amazing.  I feel amazing.  The thing(meaning money or lack thereof) that stopped me last time and every other time afterwards didn’t stop me this time.  Sure I have to come up with $5k somehow.  But stressing over it and pulling back is like playing Russian roulette with my future.

I’m writing this post at 4:30 in the morning because I was awoken by an inspiring song that captures my situation almost perfectly.  I don’t remember too much about the movie “The Prince of Egypt”, but I know very well one of the songs on the soundtrack.  Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey singing the song “When You Believe” is an appropriate tune to describe how I’m feeling right now.

I have been so blindsided by lack of cash that it has controlled all my thoughts and dictated all my actions.  This has caused me to waste a lot of years by doing absolutely nothing.  As a woman of faith it has gotten all the easier to quiet my thoughts and trust in the higher power and not hinder what He’s trying to do for me.  Before I didn’t allow myself to believe such things.  But as I’ve discovered it makes things so much easier and helps me be a lot more decisive a lot sooner.  And make those decisions without fear.

So yes, I now have another $5k worth of debt.  But I believe that I will get done what I need to do to obtain it.  There are too many resources out there, too many people that I know that believe in me and my dream that I can make it.  And with the Lord on my side all those things will come together for me.  It’s not going to be immediate and it’s not going to be easy.  But it’s not supposed to be.  Like with anything it’s going to take a lot of hard work from me.  Which I know I have the skill and the ability to do.  What’s different now is that I have the right mindset which has given me the drive and the determination.

I am bent on making my dream come true.  I am now comfortable with exercising my faith to do it.  It has proven to work.  I’ve seen it.  I’m not going to allow anyone, especially myself. to sway me from this truth.  Things happen if you pray on it, work on it, and believe in it.  As long as I hold on to this nothing is going to stop me from achieving the greatness I know I was meant to show the world.

Hit ’em with the Kenny G

I was going through some of my youtube playlist and came across some commercials that I really liked and I came across the Audi commercial that had Kenny G in it.  That one cracks me up so much.  It made me think though on my childhood.  When I was a kid, my parents listened to Kenny G all the time.  I don’t remember if it was something that I appreciated back then or not, but I do remember that it made me sleepy.

So I’ve been listening to Kenny G today, for the most part.  I like listening to him.  His music is calming to me.  And I am in awe of his saxophone playing skills.  As a girl who really digs true musicians, he is a breath of fresh air.  Makes me wish I really took my own musical talent to another level.  Alas, I’ve the curse of perpetually unmotivated.

Lots of people I’ve noticed tend to hate on the guy.  I don’t know, I guess it’s trendy right now, but I don’t understand why.  Has current music trends de-evolved to the point that instrumental music is unworthy of being appreciated?  To me that is a grotesque train of thought.  And depressing.  I really wish that there were more artists like him out there.  I don’t know off the top of my head anyone else that does what he does.

The man is a true maestro.  I love that he writes music and plays multiple instruments.  I didn’t realize that he was still making new music.  I am tempted to buy a lot of his stuff right now, but priorities.  So far, I’m really liking his earlier works.  Thanks to the Audi commercial, I started with “Songbird” and worked my way back from that.  I still have a lot of music to listen to so I can’t say an opinion on his progression.

I am impressed that he has been around for as long as he has.  Been making music professionally since the 70s.  So he’s seen a lot of music trends.  I’m glad that in a constantly changing industry he has found a nice niche for himself that makes him unique and interesting.  He’s one of the few music acts around now days that I would love to go see in concert.  This is coming from a person that has only been to one concert ever(hate going to concerts).  I’m that impressed with him.

My search for the gospel

So I didn’t do a post last Thursday.  To be quite honest I was just too darn preoccupied to think about writing about anything.  For future reference There may not be too many posts this month as I will be gone on vacation and won’t have the ability to write or post anything.

Now that that announcement is made on with the post.  I’ve been feeling really down lately.  Like really down.  To the point where I feel like I’m self destructing.  I have been talking with a lot of the new people that I’ve met since I’ve started going to church.  And they suggested of course to read my Bible, but also to listen to more spiritual music.

I have absolutely no idea about spiritual music.  I listen to gospel music very rarely so I wouldn’t even know where to begin.  I know growing up I was surrounded by it.  My grandfather always listened to it and so did my father.  But as I was uninterested in I didn’t pay attention to any of it.  Quite honestly this is something I’m gonna need some help with.

I don’t know where to begin.  I’m aware that a new genre of hip hop type gospel has surfaced in recent years.  I don’t know if I want to go with this new modern stuff or grand epic depressing Catholic or old school.  The closest thing I have to anything even remotely gospel message like is MC Hammer doing “Pray” and “Do Not Pass Me By”.

There are so many different artists and styles I don’t know who to listen to.  I’m seriously overwhelmed with this.  At this rate I may have to call in the big guns and speak to my grandfather.  I could have asked the people I go to church with, but I haven’t been there in a week and a half.  I’ll continue this when I find something.

Grim Grinning Ghosts

I’m not sure where this sudden Disney phase is coming from.  Maybe I need to go rent a few movies or something.  I don’t know.  But fate is playing its hand in favor of the house of mouse.  My Ipod strikes again as always as I will now discuss the latest random find.

So I was attempting to sleep and had my music playing when “Grim Grinning Ghosts” comes on.  For those who don’t know this song is played somewhere during the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disney Land/World.  I don’t know if the song has changed or  been updated over the years, but I have the version that was obviously used in the very beginning.  Listening to the song proves how dated it is.  It’s so 1950s.  Which is what I find most charming about it.  The music, the way it’s arranged, the way the song is sang, it’s so campy.

I think I picked this up from the library at some point.  I can’t imagine where else I could have gotten this.  It had a story attached to it.  It basically tells about all the things you’ll see inside the attraction and wove an actual plot around them.  It’s short.  About 24 minutes long.  It’s actually pretty funny.  I’m glad I have it.  It’s like my own personal story time.

I don’t recall ever being creeped out by the Haunted Mansion.  After listening to the story and the song, it’ll be even harder as I’ll always have something to refer back to if I ever wind up at Disney ever again.  I always look forward to the hitchhikers at the end.

If you would like to join our jamboree,
There’s a simple rule that’s compulsory.
Mortals pay a token fee.
Rest in peace, the haunting’s free.
So hurry back, we would like your company.

Lyrics owned by DisneyCorp.