Music that heals

Glorious Chopin music 🎶

Last night my husband and I were treated to some beautiful music played by a friend of ours, Ben Marti.

He is a fantastic musician and the son of the owners of Morgan Creek vineyards. He performs each Friday night there.

Wine down Fridays

https://www.morgancreekvineyards.com/staff

Sadly, while he played these glorious tones on the Steinway upright, people yacked loudly, eating, drinking, texting and all I could think was, “Pearls before swine.” Perhaps a bit harsh. Nice atmosphere, nevertheless. Ben says it’s a salon-style vibe.

Nevertheless, after what happened recently in Texas, the horrible elementary school massacre, and the shootings in Buffalo at the grocery store, the music came to me as a balm, and a healing. I so wished many others could be so comforted by it.

The Debussy pieces he played were especially touching and lyrical evoking a feeling of bliss and tranquility. It felt like you were out taking a walk in nature.

Natural beauty in the countryside
Hubby quaffing his Schell’s beer
Classical and Jazz piano played live
I love a glass of Bison Blu wine and heavenly music 🎶
Never stop caring ❤

Songs that come my way: “Nuages.”

I have decided to dedicate each Friday blog post to songs that come my way.

Whenever I discover a new song or remember a good song to share, I will post it here on Fridays.

Today we are going to feature a song that I had not heard before, or did not know much about.

A song called Clouds or “Nuages”

It was dedicated to me by a jazz trio because I was wearing my beret at a jazz night last Saturday night.

Me in my beret looking French with wine!

The band leader said, “Here is a Django Reinhardt song for you called, “Nuages,” a French word for clouds. ☁️

Here is the illustrious Monsieur Reinhardt on the guitar performing, “Nuages.”

https://youtu.be/DY0FF4iR9Cw

Jim McGuire trio played it for me

To find out more about Django Reinhardt you can click here.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Django_Reinhardt

Watch Django Reinhardt play incredible music with just 2 fingers on the fretboard.

https://youtu.be/ANArGmr74u4

Time has come today

Starting 11 days ago, I began counting my calories.

True, I took an hiatus from the scale all winter long.

https://zentsmusicstudio.com/2022/04/28/less-self-loathing/

To quote the song by the Chamber Brothers, “Time has Come Today.”

https://youtu.be/hIqwzQ7g-Cc

The time has come to quit too much unlimited fun eating and boozing. Mind you, I do allow for a few treats each day, but they are planned and oh so appreciated!

It seems restrictions heighten enjoyments.

I use my smartphone app, Samsung Health, to track my physical progress, including steps, food, sleep and weight.

Now I do not avoid the scale. I get on that sucker every morning and follow my calorie budget of 1450 a day.

I will stick to the plan for I heartily believe that a diet is like a marriage, it doesn’t work if you cheat.

Printing classes

Welcome friends!
Pressing times

We went to the open house.

The local arts center offers to teach the public the fine art of printing!

https://www.thegrandnewulm.com/cellar-press

The patience of these artists is amazing!

Fine artists
A display of beautuful prints

Benjamin Franklin was a printer.

You can be one too!

Change of scenery

The sun peeking through the trees

There is so much to enjoy when the weather turns warmer.

Walks up the street enjoying the blue sky, the trees, and homes brings fun and a bit of stress relief from the crazy news.

To feel better, take time to take in nature.

Lush trees

On the tube: “The Green Hornet.”

Van Williams and Bruce Lee

Each Monday I will show you what I’ve been watching in a new feature I have decided to call, “On the tube.”

Today I’m watching, “The Green Hornet.”

Campy fun.

Fun locator gadgets
Crime fighting fun

Sadly, it only went for one season on ABC, but such a lark.

Longer days

Hubby at Morgan Creek Vineyards

Yesterday was a very long day.

Nevertheless, it was time to get out of Dodge.

Hubby and I decided to let someone else entertain us with food and music for a change!

So we drove to Morgan Creek Vineyards on a chilly night.

https://www.morgancreekvineyards.com/

It was so pretty outside in the country, but we were able to sit indoors to enjoy the warmth of food, drinks & music!

Amy Zents by a blooming crab tree

We went to hear my former college guitar teacher, James McGuire play with his combo.

My former college instructor
Live music and fresh wine

Longer daylight seems to provide more energy for the soul!

Jazz trio

Saturday Sunshine

Yesterday was crazy.

Mopping slop

What’s a nightmare?

Water in the basement. That’s what.

I went in the laundry room the day before wondering why there was so much water on the floor.

It was running through a wall.

I went to the back room to discover the water in the laundry room was nothing compared to the water on the floor in the back basement room, where the Internet modem is, along with numerous boxes and bins, old computer modems and old electronics. What a pain!

All those boxes and bins standing in 2 to three inches of water.

I mopped and mopped.

I finally had hubby turn off the water to see if it was leaky walls or a leaking pipe.

I phoned the plumber to see if they could squeeze me in on Friday.

They could not.

I spent hours and hours with hubby clearing out that wet storage room.

In desperation, I called the plumber again for a referral. He graciously obliged me with a referral.

A freelance plumber came out

He spotted the problem after awhile.

It turns the problem was pipe in the wall, where we had installed an outdoor faucet for the garden hose, had burst in winter. Never leave the water hose on in the freezing weather!

He replaced the pipe and so far all is well.

A replacement pipe.

Hopefully the problem is solved now.

It looks that way.

I’m very grateful for our local plumber’s referral, and the freelance plumber who was available yesterday to come over, spot and solve our problem!

Like Shakespeare says, “All’s well that ends well!

Marlene and Me

Dietrich’s Star

I am a big fan of German-French-American star Marlene Dietrich.

I like the song “Falling in love again,” so I did a video with hubby here.

https://youtu.be/kGMNiAPg02M

One of the most popular motion picture stars of the thirties and forties, Marlene even has her own museum.

https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/en/collections-archives/digital-collection/marlene-dietrich-collection-berlin

Music and Pasta Fazool

Molly and Sonny Boy

Today my post is about music and food, two of life’s greatest blessings!

Today my little music duo, Molly and Sonny Boy ( hubby Jim and I,) did a nice little number for you, “That’s Amore.” Just guitar, tambourine and 2 vocals.

https://youtu.be/uk7FCTmL2p0

It’s a song that mentions Pasta Fazool.

Hubby cooks it often from a recipe he got from his Italian ex-girlfriend’s mother. It contains ditalini pasta, Great Northern beans, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes dried Romano cheese chunks, black pepper, red pepper, rosemary, garlic and olive oil.

Musician couple