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Christmas is in the Air

It may still be November but Christmas is now in the air and it seems officially so in our home as well 🙂  My husband, Daryl, has in fact put up white Christmas lights outside our house 🙂  And here I am beginning to think and hum along some Christmas tunes 🙂

Here is a Christmas collection from the Filipino composer and singer Jose Mari Chan. Perhaps like me, you are up now to singing along some Christmas songs and filled with gratitude that a Savior to us all has been given.

The Banjo: Then and Now

Do you know that the banjo also known as banjar is of African origin?

The 4 string banjo became extremely popular in the US in the early part of the 20th century. It was also at this time when it became greatly associated with jazz music.  It is interesting to note that in South America, particularly in Brazil, it is an essential instrument especially associated with Brazil’s samba music.

In my part of the world, the banjo is something I associate with the Christmas season. My childhood is rich with memories of carolers playing banjo music as they visit our home.

I guess the banjo has crossed cultures and seasons and is here to stay, giving us its own kind of music.

The Gift That December Brings

For a child is born to us,
    a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
    And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
    will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
    for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
    will make this happen!

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NLT)

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Sound Quality Matters

Do you enjoy going to concerts? Does it matter to you how clear the sound, the music is during such an event?

Well, as for me and my husband, we are really particular with the quality of the sound during a musical event or for any event for that matter. After all, how will you appreciate the music, the event if the sound quality is poor. And if you are paying to be there in that event, it can be a miserable experience when the sound surrounding is something you have to bear with, rather than enjoy. The kind of sound equipment available, even the small subwoofer used does matter.

Now, if you are the one performing at concerts or organizing one, please be fair and merciful to your audience. Give them the best sound, give them the best experience of their life. Do it well.