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

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

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

Hello Cappuccino!

Cappuccino makes me smile! 😊

My folk duo published this song.

It was inspired by a real-life experience.

I was introduced to a new coffee drink I never heard about until I moved to the USA.

It was called the Cappuccino.

I wrote the lyrics and hubby arranged the music and tweaked the lyrics to suit.

He put the African talking drum in there as well, to mimic the sounds of cappucinno-making.

I used video and photos from the time we were in Las Vegas.

Enjoy this song for free from Sonny Boy and me!

https://youtu.be/AVFYEzeWRmU

Daily Verse and Chorus

There are over a hundred daily videos that my eclectic folk duo, Molly and Sonny Boy, made 2 years ago, shortly before the Covid pandemic.

We posted them nightly on YouTube.

We called it our Daily Verse and Chorus Project.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM1Sv8w3nV6MJ_f8dZpN0nEAnwxc_–Se

I still view them now and then to catch a glimpse of our sweet dogs Cole and Pixie who sometimes appear in them.

Pixie and Cole

I still feel so much sadness over their deaths.

Happily, they both each lived to be about 17! Pixie, the Pomeranian lived to be 16 years and 8 months and Cole the Poodle, lived to be 17 years and one month.

I wish they were still alive. Their lives were too short in my books, even though in dog years, they would each be over 100!

At Cafe Lena

In 2013, we fulfilled a lifelong dream of my husband’s, to perform at Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY.

https://www.caffelena.org/

Now that hubby is retired, we continue to practice daily, dreaming of stardom, or at least steady gigs!

The most used app on my phone is the Voice app, so we can record inventive guitar riffs and pin down lyrics for new songs.

We like to write songs, and we have an album out already of all original songs you can check out on Apple music.

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/molly-and-sonny-boy/259940366

Moonlight and Music

Morgan Creek Vineyards

Last night my eclectic music duo, Molly and Sonny Boy performed at Morgan Creek Vineyards.

Sonny Boy with his Ukulele

It was perfect weather.

When the sun finally set, there was a clear sky and a beautiful moon.

Lovely moonlight

The food they provided after our gig was from an outdoor pizza oven.

Amazing stone deck oven-fired oven
Hubby and I near the fired up stone pizza oven!
Delicious meal
Vino made on site.
Hubby loved his mushroom calzone

All in all, it was a special time thanks to our generous George, Paula, Adam, Griffin, Dee and all the employees at Morgan Creek Vineyards!

https://www.morgancreekvineyards.com/

A new gig!

Tonight my music duo is going to perform here.

https://www.morgancreekvineyards.com/

We haven’t done this venue before.

They really want jazz music, but our repertoire is a mixture of jazz and blues and other kinds of songs including originals.

Hopefully we will be entertaining to the diners on jazz night!

Yesterday I went online to CD Baby regarding getting hooked up for payments from digital downloads.

I’m so glad we got that sorted because I found that our music was being hawked on so many different platforms throughout the Internet.

https://www.dodax.com/en-us/movies-music-gaming/classic-blues/molly-and-sonny-boy-rhythm-n-blues-grass-dp7B56VJSC0PO/

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/molly-and-sonny-boy/259940366

Anyways, we are very excited about performing together at Morgan Creek Vineyards this evening.

Here is a sample of our music.

https://youtu.be/XUhvm5GSq-o

Songs to sell

https://music.apple.com/ng/album/rhythm-n-blues-grass/259940350

So I still haven’t linked my checking account to collect royalties from our digital sales of songs on CD baby.

I need to do that, otherwise we will never make a penny online with the sale of our original songs.

My music duo

There is so much muck to wade through to become a paid musician

Is it worth the hassle?

Yes! It is definitely worth it.

Not only for the joy we bring with our songs, but for fun people we meet, and serve with our music!