Thanks to all the wonderful students who performed at my home studio recital last Sunday afternoon, December 4th!
With singers of all ages singing in sweet harmonies on “Silent Night”- led by young singer “Fiona” including a feature instrumental section with Jason Daniel and I playing the melody in harmony on guitars.
Lynne Santos Serenaded us with her rich versions of “Mary Did You Know” and Adell’s “Make You Feel My Love.”
Sarah Daniel maintained her marvelous reputation singing “Christmas in My Heart” backed up by 5 young singers and by singing and playing guitar on “Never Let Go.”
New Guitarists Cheyenne Banks and Ana Marie Sogade played on Debussy’s “Au Claire De le Luna” and “The Little Drummer Boy”
Speaking of the Little Drummer Boy- It was my 7 year old son, Caleb. What a cutie-pie! But I guess he thought it was too easy- so he acted cool and put the drum sticks in his sleeves for a section! He has been given the challenge to prove his seriousness on the drums at our upcoming BLT Student recital on December 12th… Before he will be the Little Drummer Boy at the big church Christmas service for 500 people at the Lawrence High School on December 18th! Then he will have 50 kids singing with him instead of the 6 we had last week (who were wonderful BTW!)
Continuing with my children- my sweet Hannah sang “Away in the Manger” – she is so precious- I had to follow her song with my song “Precious” from my Grace With Jazz on Top CD!
Other highlights of the performance were Jason playing the “Star Spangled Banner” and a solo on “the Blues” accompanied by Ana Marie Sogade; Rachel Mathew and the Girls on “The First Noel” and “You Are My All In All”; Kylie Cadet leading “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and singing Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World”; Jessica Lewis on “O Holy Night”; Lydia Colon on “Last Christmas” and the sweet Emma Miller singing “When Will My Life Begin” from Tangled!
We did have some technical difficulties… My keyboard didn’t want to work when it was time to play Fiona’s “Love the Lord”- and the track was breaking up on “Joy to the World”- so both songs got pushed to the second act. During the intermission (and feast!) we figured out that the polarity had gotten reversed on the power chord to the keyboard (Ralph is a genius!)- so we were able to do Fiona’s song in the second set. I played piano on it (I was nervous- but proud that I figured out this beautiful song- I am not accustomed to performing on piano- I play guitar and sing!)- but I guess it was a bit different than the track and it through Fiona off a bit- but she sounded lovely as always.
Will Cox- my marvelous sound guy and previous voice student figured out how to get my tracks working again with my iPhone and we were able to rock the house with “Joy to the World” funky Hillsong style and the Go Fish song “Christmas With a Capitol C” also in the second set! On both songs I had Melanie Singh, Jessica Lewis and Lynne Santos backing me up! They were awesome! The Go Fish song is rather ‘In your face’ about why it is Christmas and not just the Holiday season. I LOVE it!
The night ended with me awarding special honor to the Daniel family for studying with me for 4 years now and referring so many students to me!
Thanks also to Ralph for doing the video- And Nicole Roscoe for the pictures – and for all the folks who stayed to clean up and the Gert and Terry of the Bennett Library Association for providing such a lovely venue for our shows!