I have to share with you. We are doing a bunch of cool music at choral arts this fall. However, two of the pieces really stand out to me. One is Gloria composed by Randol Alan Bass. There are several links on YouTube of groups performing the piece. Here is a link to Randol Bass Music:

The second piece of music that I really like is a newly composed work. It is titled In Dulci Jubilo. This piece is written by Matthew Culloton. Ideally, it is to be performed a cappella. We have been working on this piece a lot so I suspect we just may do that. Here is a link to the publisher’s website. Be sure to listen to the piece. It is incredible! I love the way it builds, the feeling of singing in a round, and the inclusion of Latin. Just perfect for Christmas.

Thirteen Thursday

So for #ThirteenThursday, I’ve chosen the 13 songs on my workout playlist. Yes, I know that some of them may be a bit dated, but for now, they work for me! Maybe I’ve included some of your favorites?

  1. Pumped up Kicks – Foster the People
  2. The Edge of Glory – Lady GaGa
  3. Just Can’t Get Enough – The Black Eyed Peas
  4. Firework – Katy Perry
  5. It’s Your Life – Francesca Battistelli
  6. Save Me, San Francisco – Train
  7. Born this Way – Lady GaGa
  8. Grenade – Bruno Mars
  9. King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
  10. Stay the Night – James Blunt
  11. Just the Way you are – Bruno Mars
  12. Brighter than the Sun – Colbie Caillat
  13. Faster – Matt Nathanson

No Lazy Sunday Today!

There’s no denying the holidays are here again! This weekend is just the beginning of craziness that will follow until we reach Christmas. It started Friday night with dress rehearsal for my choral concert. Yesterday was the concert. I hoped the audience enjoyed our selections. I certainly had fun performing. It was, in fact, my first time singing with such a large group. Today, we have another concert. I’ve got my feet up and am relaxing until the very last-minute! Note to self: don’t wear heels when having to stand for a long period of time while singing!

I have managed to do some reading. I made it through both The Good Thief by James Buchanan and Aidan and Ethan by Cameron Dane. I really liked The Good Thief – Caesar and Nate were awesome. He did an excellent job of overcoming the impossibility of a felon (burglaries among other crimes) falling in love with a LAPD officer. Plus, how could you not love the little terrier (“rat dog” in Nate’s words) Ponchito? The book was an excellent balance of action, steamy scenes, and an intriguing plot (what did Caesar find when he burglarized a LAPD officer’s home??). I am looking forward to reading more from James Buchanan.

Cameron Dane is one of my favorite m-m authors. However, Aidan and Ethan didn’t resonate with me. It opened well, setting up the lust and feelings between two high school guys. Mysteriously and without warning, Aidan took off and didn’t return for over twelve years, leaving Ethan stewing and filled with resentment. That anger carried very far into the story – yes, we got the point already – and when we finally learn the reason why, I was a bit disappointed. It wasn’t nearly as serious or significant as what I thought. The book did have a strong ending, and the author wrapped up the loose ends, but this wasn’t a favorite read for me.

Monday, Monday…

Sorry, I’m a bit late with my follow-up post to Catchy First Lines. The line I quoted was from Dark Need by Lynn Viehl. It’s a novel in her Darkyn series. Personally, I liked the opening. Finding something to hook the reader quickly is often a struggle for me. I tend to read (a lot!) and take note of what seems to work for other authors.

Not much else to update. I’m feeling much better, thanks to rest and antibiotics! My throat is still a bit sore; I do hope that it will be better for Choral Arts rehearsal tomorrow.

Ok, back to books – I couldn’t stay away long! I started reading Bloodlines by Richelle Mead today. It is off to an great start! For those of you who enjoyed the Vampire Academy series, I think you will like the fact that several of our favorite characters are back (besides Sydney and Jill – Adrian, Abe, Rose, Eddie – no Dmitri yet). Whoo hoo!!

Almost bedtime

I wanted to do a quick update before I crawl under the covers to read The Cove by Catherine Coulter.

Had a productive voice lesson tonight. I’m trying to cram as much as possible into two lessons before my audition. I was hoping to do more voice lessons over the summer. but playing the piano got in the way! LOL As long as I don’t make a fool out of myself at the audition, I will be fine – even if I don’t make the cut this time around.

Got some more feedback on my Tumbling Forward in Time story. It is really coming along nicely. I’m very happy with my characters – Tasha, a human, Arikk, a wizard, and Rafe, a fallen angel. With any luck it will be published in an anthology in time for Christmas.

I finished the first book in the Mercedes Thompson series today. It is Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. I really liked Mercy. She ranks up there with Kate Daniels. I was impressed with how Mercy stuck by her friends despite the danger to herself. It was nice that the book included all kinds of supernatural creatures. I can’t wait to read more of her adventures. I am hoping that Adam, Samuel, and Zee will be included as well.

On that note, good night! I hope to get up and run in the morning. Cross your fingers for me, please.

Successful Day

So I have to admit…my duet went awesome today at church! Of course, I kept telling myself that it was all about Bob since he was singing. No one was going to listen to me playing (say it enough, and the brain will buy it!). I only made one mistake in the 10 page piece and that was near the end when I took the time to think about the fact that I hadn’t made a mistake. Note to self: Lapses in concentration are never good.

Overall, it has been a very positive past couple of days. I found out that the sequel to An Intoxicating Interlude will be featured on on September 16th. It is titled Stars and Sparks and is about Channing and Nicca’s first date. You won’t want to miss it! My friends have convinced me to make this a trilogy so I am currently seeking inspiration for the third piece…could get interesting, just don’t want it to be a cliché.

Last but not least, I finished an incredible book yesterday. It is titled Cold Touch. It is the second book in the Extrasensory Agents series by Leslie Parrish. Talk about a romantic thriller. The book rocked in every area! Plus, how could you not love Gabe and Liv?? Oh, and don’t let me forget Ty (especially at the end). The chemistry between Det. Gabe Cooper and Olivia was incredible – right from the start when he saves her from being struck by a car. Olivia had such a bad experience when she was  teenager, but she was able to overcome it and grow from it. And Gabe was right there with her. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the series.