Greg Howlett’s New Cd Seasonal Spice

20 12 2010

Dear Reader,

I have a wonderful Christmas cd to recommend to all of you. I know it is late in the season but this cd is absolutely amazing. I’m going to walk through each song and talk about what I like and dislike about each one. A link to the cd is provided.

This cd is full of surprises. I did not know what to expect the first time I put it in but I was very pleased with what I heard. He opens the cd with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This beautiful rendition features a saxophone playing. Maybe a little cliche but it still sounds really good. One thing coursing through this cd is the unusal chords he uses. Greg Howlett uses chords that keep the listener guessing. The second song on the bullet is Sleigh Ride. This is one of my favorites of all Christmas songs. He takes the traditional Sleigh Ride gives it a swing some different chords and voila you have a great rendition of Sleigh Ride. Good Christian Men rejoice is a good one if you need energy during Christmas time. It gets you tapping your foot and enjoying some good music. I’ll Be Home for Christmas is played so well by Greg and a cellist. This beautiful arrangement makes me melt. A perfect song for reflecting on family. Winter Wonderland throws me back into reality as I sit there thinking about snow. I love the chords in this song. Away in a Manger features a penny whistle or a similar instrument. This one I love to relax to. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is a song that I is one of my favorites on the cd. It is a very catchy piece. I love the motiff that flows throughout the piece. Go Tell It On the Mountain is a great song too. It is catchy and the different chords give it a different feel. The final song is Silent Night. Silent Night is a good Christmas carol that was well interepreted by Mr. Howlett. I love this for it’s wonderful chord progressions. Maybe it’s just me but these new sounds to these old songs make it come alive in a new way for me.

I highly recommend this cd to everyone. This cd is worth the money spent on it. What I love most is that it includes Christmas songs with Christmas carols. This brings together everything I love about Christmas music.





The Gift of Music

12 01 2010

God has given me such an amazing gift. He has blessed my friends as well with many musical abilities. He gave my best friend John and creative ability. He came up with the title and wants to work on a piano composition for it. Can’t wait to design the cover. It’s going to be amazing.





CD!

22 07 2009

Finally! I can’t believe it. It’s been almost year and I have finally finished my cd. I can’t believe it….made the cover and put it on cd all that is needed is mass distribution. 😉 Yeah right. Here’s a link to see the pictures of the case…if you really want to see…I just can’t believe that I’ve finished. Amazing.

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2011912&id=1319742991&l=5ccfa7dd43





Replacing Songs

18 04 2009

College is only 140 days away! Ahhh! I still need to finish that recording. I have Moonlight Sonata done I’m just a little too lazy to record it. Also to record it I would have to go over to a friend’s house. About the title now. I am considering using a duet my friend and I played for church once. I’ll just have to get permission to use it…if I don’t I’ll ask her to record something with me…it would be so much fun, I guess…that’s if it’s not to stressful. We’ll see  I guess. Although I’ve listened back on the track and some of them I absolutely hate I’m going to publish it. I’ve heard that most people don’t listen to their first cd because of how it sounds. Well the quality isn’t that great, I left the mistakes in intentionally, and of course the most obvious reason: it’s me playing. It always astounds me when people send me private messages or comment on my videos and say they love my playing. I’m sometimes absolutely annoyed with it…I’ll tell myself after I’ve recorded it…that was horrible or that wasn’t my best and I’m feeling lazy today. I think it’s a complex…I’m really unsatisfied with my level of playing…I always hear other people play and say that I wish I could play like that…we’ll see when I finish my first year of college, I want to put out a sampler cd of improvement from just one year at college, but then again there might not be any improvement. Wow, this has gone on way to long let’s just call this a post and get out of here.

Days Until College: 140





Music Music Music

29 01 2009

Well let’s see, isn’t that how I start most of my blog posts. Let’s start with what I’m working on. My piano teacher is giving me a couple week break, thankfully.

Classical Pieces:

Moonlight Sonata, all movements

Mozart, Turkish March (Still trying to finish that)

 

Hymns:

At the Cross, arranged in the key of C# minor

 

Scales: All the scales listed are for the Natural and Harmonic

F# Minor 

C# Minor

G# Minor/Ab Minor

B Minor

Bb Minor/A# Minor

Eb Minor
WOW! Busy!

 

I recieved the primamusic.com order. Perfect! I guess my piano teacher will have to approve. We have no choice now since I can’t return it without it costing to much. It looks ok but slightly different the version my piano teacher has and even the one I had.

 

The cd came today as well! Beautiful. Julia Fischer interpreted Bach’s concertos really really well. I have just started listening to it not to far into it but I love it.

I hope that you all enjoy reading my blog and that you would keep reading. Please post comments and let me know how I’m doing.





LUCKY!

21 01 2009

I did it! I finally won! On the site violinist.com, whenever the Laurie Niles interviews a violinist, she always gets some cds to give away. I have tried about 10 previous times(two cds) to win but I finally won one! A Julia Fischer cd, the cd is of Bach’s Concertos. I’m so excited to get this. I can’t wait until it comes in the mail. I know it’s coming from California, I just don’t know when she’ll be sending it out. YAY! I’m so excited. I’ll tell you all how the cd turns out. 😀





A New Day

5 11 2008

Well it’s the start of a new day and probably a new way of life. As many of you know Barrak Obama won by a lot. This is a sad day for many Republicans. I remember in the hours after that many of my friends on facebook were very sad and worried. Who wouldn’t be. Any president that comes in I’m worried about. You never know what will happen, but God is in control. All I can do is trust him.

If you haven’t noticed there is a new page on my blog. I am going to start working on a piano cd hopefully soon. You can see the list of songs that might be included. Hopefully it’ll all work. I was going to work on a Cd of flute Christmas music but I couldn’t get the audio quality correct. It made me really frustrated. If you have any suggestions for songs or anything like that I’ll take suggestions.