Samuel Barber: Agnus Dei (tune ‘Adagio for Strings’) #Musical Monday

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.On December 15th, 1999, my mother passed away without warning. She’d been battling cancer but had been given a good prognosis a week before. Then, on that afternoon, she lay down to take a nap and never woke up.

Mother had been involved with the local arts council in Sheridan, Wyoming. One of the performances this organization brought to town on a regular basis was a symphony orchestra from Billings, Montana, about 150 miles north of Sheridan. A month after she passed, when the orchestra came to town for their annual concert, in my mother’s memory, they started the program by playing an instrumental version of the choral piece I’m featuring today.

According to Wikipedia, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings was arranged for a string orchestra from the second movement of his String Quartet, Op. 11. Barber finished the arrangement in 1936, the same year he wrote the quartet. The Adagio for Strings was performed in November of 1938 during a radio broadcast by Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra also played the piece on its South American tour in 1940. It’s the setting of Barber’s 1967 choral arrangement of Agnus Dei, which I’m featuring today. Click here to learn more.

Although I like the string version, when a friend sent me this video containing the choral version, that moved me to tears more than any string orchestra version. So, I’m sharing it today in loving memory of my mother.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Staying Home #TMI Tuesday

This week’s questions aren’t nearly as raunchy. So, I’m giving them a shot and encouraging you to do the same.

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Favorite form of adult pajamas: Kimono, soft pant, romper or Winnie-the-pooh style?

 

When I was single, I had several pairs of pajamas I loved, some silk, others flannel, most of which my paternal grandmother gave me. When I got married, though, my late husband Bill didn’t want me wearing pajamas or socks to bed because he liked the feel of my bare legs and feet next to him in bed. His tune changed quickly when winter set in, and he felt my cold extremities against his warm ones. By that time, I’d given away all my pajamas, and the only pair I could find at Walmart was a pink print with a picture of Betty Boop on the top. But they were soft, warm, and comfortable, and that was all I needed. You can read more about Bill and me in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

What time do you wake-up in the morning?

 

My Amazon Echo smart speaker in the bedroom is set to start playing classical music at six thirty. So, I’m usually up no later than that. I’m often awake by five thirty and ready to go.

 

Your favorite chore to do is _____ .

Writing. I don’t consider it a chore at all. I love developing ideas in my head and putting them on paper, or, in my case, on a computer screen.

 

Least favorite chore to do is _____ . Why?

 

Cleaning. I hate it with a passion. I don’t know why. Fortunately, I can use the local senior center’s Help at Home program, which provides cleaning and other services that are subsidized according to income.

 

Tell us about a home-cooked meal that you cannot forget.

 

One night, I made enchilada casserole, one of Bill’s favorites. But somehow, while it was in the oven, the glass lid on the dish broke, embedding shards into the food. I didn’t realize this until I removed the casserole from the oven. I had to throw the whole mess out.

Then, there was a knock on the front door, and it was a pizza delivery that we hadn’t ordered. As my mother would have said, in gest, of course, if I’d been using my head, we would have had pizza for supper instead. Again, you can read more about our life together in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.

 

Bonus: Is tired the new norm?

 

For me, absolutely not! I sleep well most nights, and in the morning, I hit the bedroom floor running.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Autumn Leaves #Musical Monday

This song is one of the first old standards I learned to play after we moved here to Sheridan, Wyoming, when I was twelve. This was before I started playing the piano and singing. I’d been taking lessons in Arizona for years. Mother wanted me to continue learning classical music, but after we moved to Wyoming, the teacher Dad found, who played with my grandfather in his big band years earlier, specialized in jazz, which I liked. So, what could Mother say? “Autumn Leaves” was one of the easiest songs I’d played.

According to Wikipedia, this song was written in 1945 by Joseph Kosma with lyrics in French by Jacques Prévert and in English by Johnny Mercer. An instrumental version by pianist Roger Williams was the number 1 best-seller on the U.S. Billboard charts in 1955. As a jazz standard, it accumulated more than a thousand commercial recordings from such performers as Jo Stafford, Miles Davis, and Nat King Cole. As autumn leaves start falling, I hope you enjoy my piano and vocal rendition.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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The Trout #Monday Musical Memories

When I was little, my parents played recordings of classical music to help me fall asleep. One selection was Schubert’s Trout quintet. I especially liked one of the movements, which you’ll hear today.

When I took a music history class in college, I learned that this movement was originally a German art song about a trout being caught by a fisherman, sung from the viewpoint of the poor trout. If I’d known this as a child, the lovely melody would probably not have lulled me to sleep. I also wouldn’t have tried my hand at fishing the few times my family ventured to a lake or stream to partake of this activity.

I’m doing something a little different with today’s song. Instead of a video or recording of me singing the song, I’m providing a link to a lovely rendition of this movement from Schubert’s Trout quintet played by Dr. Crystal Grimes on the zither. Enjoy!

 

Via “Die Forelle” by Schubert #Music #Mp3

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Re-Blog: My Happy Place

Image contains: Abbie, smiling.When I worked as a registered music therapist, my singing often took people’s minds off their pain. Now, it appears that one of my blog posts, along with a piece of music, had the same effect. Please check out Lynda’s post and re-read mine.

 

Via My Happy Place

 

New! The Red Dress: A Novel

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

 

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