You Tube: Broken Things (song)


Happy Veteran’s Day 2015


Nathan’s 3rd grade class, along with the rest of his school did a special program yesterday to salute vets on Veteran’s Day. They sang the song, Thank You, Soldiers.  All the kids from K-8 did a great job honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces. (Nathan is in the back row, 4th from the left.)

Every Noise At Once Website

This is an algorithmically-generated map of the musical genre-space. Genres and artists are positioned by code and data, adjusted for readability, but the underlying vectors are less interesting than the juxtapositions and clusters that they produce, so the axes have been deliberately left unlabeled and uncalibrated. You are invited to imagine your own qualities and magnitudes that the geometry might be expressing.

Beth ~ If you love music, you have to check this website out.  It has samples of every kind of music imaginable.  Find it here

Kayla Update

IMG_5418 (2)After Kayla got back from her Washington trip, she had a Jamieless bedroom to make her own.  She set herself up with quite the office cubicle and music studio.

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She’s teaching herself guitar, using Mom’s old guitar, chord sheets and youtube.  She’s doing very well too.

The Music Tag

Finally! I’ve been tagged! (by Jamie)

I’ve listed 10 musical composers I love, in no particular order. I did this before I looked at the questions below.

1.Elmer Bernstien
2. Alan Menken
3. Geoff Zanelli
4.Kurt Heinecke
5. James Horner
6. Andrea Guerra
7. Michael Card
8. Rogers and Hammerstein
9. Irving Berlin
10. Meredith Willson

Now here is the tag with my answers:

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
Well, it wasn’t a song with words, but it was music: Extraordinary Measures

What is your favorite song of 8?
This was kind of hard to pick. The music, ‘Out of my dreams’ ballet from Oklahoma!

What kind of impact has 1 left on your life?
I learned from him what great western music sounds like, and, he gave me my radio show theme song.

What is your favorite lyric of 5s?
No lyrics, but I love track one of his from ‘Beautiful Mind’.

How many times have you seen 4 live?
Never, but I’ve seen him on the computer.

What is your favorite song of 7?
I don’t think I can pick a one favorite, but I love ‘Asleep On Holy Ground’.

Is there any song of 3 that makes you sad?
Yes. I wont say what.

What is your favorite song by 9?
‘Sisters’ and ‘I love a Piano’ are equally loved!

How did you first get into 2?
Jamie’s fault. :P I’m glad she got me going!

How did you first get into 3?
Jamie again! We borrowed a CD from the library.

What is your favorite song by 4?
Certainly the opening title from ‘The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything’!

How many times have you seen 9 live?

What is a good memory concerning 10?
That mom grew up with his music.

Is there a song by 8 that makes you sad?
Yes…. The lyrics from ‘I can’t say no’, ‘Many a new day,’ and ‘I have confidence’ all make me sad, because they aren’t that good!

What is your favorite song of 1’s?
‘After the Brawl’.

How did you become a fan of 10?
I’m not exactly a fan of his, but I do enjoy his music. Mom let us hear his songs.

I’m Sixteen!


 I turned sixteen last month. We had some nice pictures, so I thought I’d post about it. ^Above I’m wearing my new T-shirt from the homeschool convention. And a pretty necklace my Aunt sent me from Alaska. :D

Notice the ‘I’ is made into a candle

 Kayla made decorations, such as the sign above. She also gave me the majority of my presents. (Kayla is a very generous person). She gave the soundtrack to 101 Dalmatians (more on soundtracks later) and it’s now one of my favorite cds. Wonderful music to listen to!


 We had these orange rolls for breakfast. They were good.

For machines, they’re pretty loud. But docile at the same time….

 I asked to go to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch. It’s been ages and ages (literally) since I last was there and it was very fun. We sat right by the elephants. We shopped in the store afterwards and I bought two things for me and Kayla. I can’t explain what they are properly without a picture, and I don’t have a picture, so maybe I’ll do a post on those things later! :D

No, I didn’t eat all the chips. I actually brought most of them home.

My lunch . . . . the burger was actually very good.  For once, I left everything on it, except the pickles (I just don’t like pickles!). I brought home all the chips. I think they’re still sitting in the pantry as we speak! :D 

I just about fainted away with glee . . . . .

We went to this huge library after lunch.  It’s about five stories tall, with glass elevators and the whole nine yards. Anyway, I love soundtracks, but I had never known you could get them at the library. So when Mom had brought four home the previous week, I wanted her to show me where they were. So when we went there, we hunted around to find where they were. We found them. They didn’t have just a shelf of soundtracks but nearly a whole book-case of them! I was so excited! I wanted to tip the case over and dump them all in my bag. Instead, Kayla and I went through them all and grabbed the ones that caught our fancy. I think I grabbed the most. I had soundtracks from the Lord of the Rings to Jurassic Park . From Batman to Star Wars (which are actually very good!). From Spider-man to The Sound of Music. From westerns to war movies to horse movies to Pride and Prejudice! I brought home about 25 cds altogether. I shall do another post about which ones I enjoyed and about my tastes in music. For now, I’ll just say that paging through soundtracks and bringing home some delicious music was probably one of the greatest highlights of my birthday!

“As you can see, we have already eaten quite a chunk of it”

 Speaking of delicious things: when I got home I made my ice cream cake (while listening to The Sound of Music!). We had already put the cake together before hand, and all I had to do was frost it. I completely forgot to take pictures till the next day…and by then we had already eaten 3rd of it by then. But I thought that was fine, because then you could see what the inside looks like. We did a chocolate cake and put strawberry ice cream in the middle.

“I’m just slobbering like a pig . . . “

I had left over chocolate cake from Kayla’s cake, and so I used that. I made some very light purple frosting for the base, and added pink for my new number.  I tried to a two-colored star around the edge, but it didn’t really turn out as I wanted. But it still tasted fine! :D 

“And, yep, it’s pretty good!”

There’s my ‘sixteen’ above. I had fun making it.  That night we watched a very crummy John Wayne movie we borrowed from the library. It was called, “The Searchers”. Don’t borrow it. It’s not that good! If you have to watch a John Wayne, find “Rio Bravo”!  Now, that one is worth your time…..but this is not a movie review. It’s about my birthday. But I’m all out of things to say.  Thanks to everyone who sent me a card (yes, Aunt Linda, I got your card! It was sooooo cute!!!!) I shall hopefully have my ‘thank you’ notes out soon. I have about half of them written. Which, maybe I should end this and finish up my last ones. So, tiddle-do! :D