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Are You More Vulnerable Than You Think?

Courtesy of Flicker/Michael Cramer

Courtesy of Flicker/Michael Cramer

So your friend just talked you into watching this movie you really didn’t want to see.  Maybe it’s “not your style” or, maybe, you heard that the plot line wasn’t that great.  Either way, you’d rather not be there….

But then it happens.  Just a few minutes into the movie you find yourself relating with the main characters.  When they are happy, you’re happy.  When they are sad, you might even shed a tear with them.  Sure, the story isn’t your cup of tea, but no matter how much you convinced yourself you wouldn’t like it, you can’t help being drawn in…

Why?

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A Blast from the Past

One of the most special moments during the concert was hearing The Awakening being played again.  This piece is especially meaningful to me as it was the first song I ever wrote on paper now almost six years ago.  Tenor James Phillipps, who had originally recorded the piece with the orchestra, came back six years later to perform the piece during the concert.

James Phillipps singing The Awakening

This song still remains one of my most famous pieces as it really was the piece that helped me decide that I could actually be a composer (I was going to be a kindergarten teacher!)  James did a fabulous job with the solo and the song really took on a life of its own!

Here’s the original recording from six years ago.

I’m still amazed at what an amazing journey this has been and thankful for everyone who has taken part in making it all possible.

A Piratey Preview

Rehearsals have been going so well for the upcoming concert in just 8 days!  I’m looking forward to another great rehearsal with my orchestra family tonight, but in the meantime, here is a fun peek into last rehearsal.  Enjoy!