Back to my personal “second-time around” A - Z Blog Challenge! For those of you who have visited my page, and the other one it is linked to, will know of some of my favorite things. The three people I want to introduce, certainly fit in one of my favorite categories.
Janet Paschal is most often considered to be an inspirational and southern gospel singer, and has become a regular on the Gaither Homecoming Concert Series. For years, I have been a fan of Bill Gaither, and when the southern gospel concert came to our city, we attended with friends, and sang along with many of the songs. Even though we had heard Janet sing in videos and CDs, it was the first time we heard her sing in person, and I loved her music. There are many videos of her music on YouTube, and this is one of my favorite videos…
John Rutter, as reported by a BBC Music magazine, is the most successful and well-known composer of choral music in recent British history. Having studied classical music for piano and organ, and sang in a church choir during my teen and early twenties, I developed a love of classical music. Rutter’s music is frequently performed around the world, and widely recorded under various labels. The Cambridge Singers have performed many of his compositions, and his setting of Psalm 150, commissioned for the Queen's Golden Jubilee, was performed at the Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul's Cathedral, London. As for classical music, he’s #1 in my opinion.
I recently learned that Rutter’s long-awaited new major work The Gift of Life has been released, and available on Amazon. I hope to soon add it to my collection. As described online, it “is a six-movement choral celebration of the living earth, of creation, and of life itself, offering a kaleidoscope of moods from contemplative and prayerful to majestic and inspirational. Seven more recordings of recent pieces by him complete the disc.
Here is a sample of his music performed for for the Royal family.
José Montserrate Feliciano García, better known simply as José Feliciano, is a Puerto Rican virtuoso guitarist, singer, and composer known for many international hits. I have listened to his guitar music since the ‘60s, and he’s still going strong. Latin music has again been introduced to us this past year, since we have a boarder who is from South America. The rhythm of the guitar, brass, and drums is almost addictive. Song like California Dreaming, and Light My Fire are still favorites, but here is a more recent YouTube, recorded in 2012 that still has appeal to me.
With the variety of music styles in my musical library (gospel, classical, Latin, jazz, country), the very best that remains, is the music in my heart that continues every day even if I can’t hold a tune well now. Music is the expression in my heart of the joy I receive from my Lord and Saviour, JESUS!
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