In March, I submitted a story to an anthology and was accepted. I’m happy to announce that the anthology will be published on August 1. You can read a little more about what I have to say on my writing blog, here.
Yesterday, husband and I went to see Hillsong United in concert. It was unbelievably spectacular! I had been wanting to see them live for so long so when the opportunity came I made sure to get tickets early. We sat far up but it was because I wanted to just see the whole thing from above. This was an amazing experience because this group of singers were more geared toward rock yet it had that underlying Hillsong-ness to it. All the singers had beautiful and powerful voices that touched deep within my soul. And, the music…perfection.
The opening singer was the very talented Lauren Daigle. The funny thing is, within the last couple of weeks, I had been listening to Lauren’s music on YT. I had no idea who she was or that she was even opening for Hillsong. So, when she came out on stage and started singing, instantly I knew who she was. Her voice is so unique that you can’t miss it. You know it’s her. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears that I was actually seeing her sing live. I was wiping tears just out of pure joy of this little surprise.
In the photo is Lauren singing one of her songs.
Here’s a song that she sang called, “Trust in You.” Words cannot describe how beautiful it was to hear this song live.
Earlier this year I stumbled upon this music from Ryan Taubert and found it difficult to stop listening to it. I’ve been trying to write a fantasy novel about a type of fairy going extinct and this song playing in the background helped moved the story along. This song also got me hooked on Assassin’s Creed clips on Youtube. I’m not a gamer so I had no clue what this video game was about but I did some looking around and found that the stories to the game(s) are intriguing. Here is the song set to clips from Assassin’s Creed made by a fan. It’s a bit gory so if you can’t stomach it, don’t watch it. I like it for the art and graphics and music.
It’s New Year’s Eve and I’ll be celebrating the new year with my kids and husband. We will be toasting to the new year with bubbly grape juice and making a goal list.
Earlier today, the family took some photos. Our last photos of the year! I had my 10-year-old take photos of me and then of me and her sister and then I had her sister take some of her and I. I’m sure there’s a better to say all that…LOL. Husband also joined the photo shoot in which we took a really nice family portrait that I’ve yet to do post production on.
This last one I added a radial blur with Photoshop just because I wanted to have some fun with it. It was an awesome shot because my 10-year-old captured me talking to my 5-year-old. Btw, I look pregnant in that photo but I’m not…just wanted to say that before anyone asks. 🙂
It’s the end of the year and I have my 10 favorite vocal trance to share again. Last year I linked YouTube videos from other people of my favorites. This evening, I’ve got one that I put together. I spent time yesterday and today playing with iMovie. I got frustrated at first but then persevered and got the hang of things. It wasn’t so bad after that. I actually enjoyed it a bit.
I know when you think of trance music, you think clubbing. Loud. Thumping. Noise. Not so. Well, not my kind of trance. These are soft and most are slow. They all just have really cool beats and angelic-like vocals. Even the guys’ vocals are pretty cool. I listen to trance (including non-vocals) when I’m designing .
Btw, all the photos in the video are mine. You might have seen some of them posted here earlier in the year.
Before I end this post, I wanted to thank you (my readers) for reading my blog. I truly appreciate it.
The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival was this past weekend. The family went to see my sibling’s band, One Sun One Moon (OSOM), play and had wanted to stay longer to see the main stage performances but it was too hot for the girls. I also had serious dehydration for a couple of weeks (with heart palpitations) and had to be careful since I’ve only gotten better within the last few days while taking prescription Potassium and tons of Gatorade (thank goodness for Costco) w/water.
OSOM had the stage for a full hour so it was great! This year performances were separated to smaller stages all around the park with the main stage being the biggest for the dances.
Here is a clip of one of their songs called, SOLID.
We were only only able to watch one main stage performance, a booty-shakin’ dance, by the Pacific Pride and Island Hearts.
The food was delicious as usual. These days I find myself forgetting to take photos of food.