Listening to the hold music while I was on the phone recently, I was pleased to hear a song by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, an American progressive rock band founded in 1996 by music producer, Paul O'Neill. Why is it called Trans-Siberian Orchestra, I wondered...you know I had to look it up!
"In the 1980's, I was fortunate enough to have visited Russia.
If anyone has ever seen Siberia, it is incredibly beautiful but incredibly harsh and unforgiving as well. The one thing that everyone who lives there has in common that runs across it in relative safety is the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Life, too, can be incredibly beautiful but also incredibly harsh and unforgiving, and the one thing that we all have in common that runs across it in relative safety is music." Paul O'Neill
You may learn much more about the history of the Trans Siberian Orchestra by clicking just here but one thing that I learned about them is that they donate to local charities in each city where they perform. I believe the figure that I saw was that 13 million has been donated over the years that they have been in existence.
I have a clip from YouTube of the song that I heard on the radio, it is "Christmas Canon" and is Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D major with lyrics and new melodies added. I think it is lovely.
"I've always believed that music has the power to transport and transform. the original concept of Trans-Siberian Orchestra was how to make music have the most emotional impact. We always try to write melodies that are so infectious they don't need lyrics and lyrics so poetic that they don’t need a melody, but when you combine the two together they create an alloy where the sum of the parts is greater than the whole."
The above is another quote from Paul O'Neill and I couldn't agree more! For me, when lyrics and music come together perfectly, it is magic.
Guess what, I just remembered that I read on the BBC today, that due to the popularity of the London Heathrow Airport TV advert, Chas and Dave will release the song "Coming Home for Christmas" as a single! Isn't that great news! (Remember me telling you about it, the one with the bears? It now has over 4 million views! Wow, my blog REALLY does influence folks, eh? HA! ) I love Chas and Dave and I am very pleased about this, I hope it will go to the top of the charts!
Just now getting Christmas cards in the mail...but I can show you some that I have received over the past few years. Want to see? Sure you do! (And these are just a few photos of my cards, I promise you I display every card I receive and cherish every one!)
As you can see, I have them all over the place! (I crocheted the snowflake!)
Now, let me tell you, sometimes you have to look very closely at a card. Look at that one above, do you see a robin inside the post box taking shelter? And how about the one on top, giving a friendly little wave? Isn't that the sweetest?
Loved these two cards and I liked them side by side with the teddy bear propped in front of them. (Bear with hearts in front of polar bear card and house with heart card...funny how my mind works, I didn't realize it, I just liked how this looked!) By the way, I got that little stuffed bear with a potholder with the same material, but the bear didn't have a face...this bothered me, so I stitched his little eyes, and nose and mouth myself! Whenever I see this little bear, it makes me smile myself, and especially so since I know I brought him to life!
My friends, I hope you are finding something to make you smile, something that will bring joy to your lives. Music, Christmas cards, one small bear with a lopsided grin...that does it for me!