Music Monday Review :: His Hand In Mine ::  Elvis Presley

Music Monday Review :: His Hand In Mine :: Elvis Presley

His Hand in Mine

 

I have been daydreaming about posting music reviews because I love music so much, but did not know what to begin with. That choice has come, and happily, it is a gospel cd by none other than Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll. Best of all, he sings to THE King of all Kings on this short and sweet gem with the Jordanaires as backup.

This is a fresh review for a cd I can truly recommend. It was also a bargain at five dollars, and the best five spent this month. There is not much to say about Elvis himself here. We all know his sound, so I’ll move to the lyrics and composers on the album, and perhaps mention some faves :

{1} Track one begins with a Mosie Lister (Georgia born, BTW) piece called His Hand in Mine. Elvis PresleyThis is a sweet intro with beautiful lyrics that speak of God’s love. If you’ve had “one of those weeks” or longer, then you will find comfort in this one. I particularly love the line,

Till the day He tells me why He loves me so (He loves me so)
I can feel His hand in mine
That’s all I need to know

 

Like clockwork, this came at a time of great need and perhaps I can pass the epiphany along. Nothing could be more true in the saying :

 

Where words fail, music speaks.

~Hans Christian Andersen

 

{2} Secondly we have I’m Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs. Cully Holt / The Jordanaires.

This one is very jumpy and fun. A foot tapper that takes you back to Andy Griffith type singing scenes. Totally happy.

 

{3} In My Father’s House. Sings of the truth of our eternal home . Shoots straight with a bow of beautiful lyrics from the good book :

 

In my father’s house are many mansions
If it were not true he would have told me so

 

{4} Milky White Way. One of the Personal Faves Alert. The best space song out there so far. It just has that blues rock swagger that makes you want to move. Very Elvis-y. Repeat button ready. Favorite part :

I’m gonna sit down and tell Him my troubles
About the world that I just came from

~Traditional

 

{5} It’s a Secret Known Only to Him. (Stuart Hamblen) Love the background on this one from Stuart Hamblen, one of radio’s first singing cowboys. Also the composer of favorite of my Mom’s, “It is No Secret”. This has the same trustworthy feel. A comfort piece for sure.

 

{6} I Believe in the Man in the Sky. Super favorite, and the reason for the purchase. Favorite line is about sparrows. Don’t know why I love to sing with it, but :

 

Though a sparrow is all I may be (Is all I may be)

On me He will still keep an eye

 

{7} Joshua Fit The Battle. I wish every story in the Bible were told like this. Self-explanitory.

 

{8} He Knows Just What I Need. Another beautiful composition by Mosie Lister. The title alone is of great comfort. A must listen when you need to know He is there and that you can trust and believe. Top of the list. He knew I needed this album!

 

{9} Swing Down Sweet Chariot. Hand clapping, foot stomping.Tambourine required. Reminds me of childhood and family gatherings. Has a really cool Rock Me Lord, Rock Me Lord lyric.

 

{10} Mountain Over The Hilltop. Another peaceful description of heaven and our / your home there.

 

{11} If We Never Meet Again. Love the rhythm here and mostly the comfort of seeing those that we have to be separated from until the time comes.

 

Where the charming roses bloom forever
And where separation comes no more
If we never meet again this side of heaven
I will meet you on that beautiful shore

 

{12} Working On The Building. A very fun beat and cheerful approach to our work for God. I can see workers moving around and hammering, nailing, or whatever!

 

Last but not least Bonus Tracks include the wonderful There’ll Be Peace (In The Valley) It is No Secret (What God Can Do), I Believe, and Take My Hand , Precious Lord. All of these are worthy of review as well. Perhaps a future post. 

 

Elvis PresleySo I’ll end here with a link to the album, and a link to the album on YouTube here.

 

Thanks for sticking with me on this first music loving post. Enjoy!

 

~ McGlamorous

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Bandy Twist

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Bandy Twist

The Bandy Twist

 

Here we go with another Crazy Socks post. Moving into the B’s with the Bandy Twist. This clip shows parts A and B together. C contains an added shuffle can be found here on my channel The AMcGlamorous and in this post.

This is the second post from a previous video on the Abe Kabbible.

For all posts you can visit the Tutorials page here.

 

 

Bandy Twist : A basic movement originated by Jim Bandy, a dancer of the vaudeville days.

With Counts:

Part A. (Basic)

1-Step R (XF of L)

and -Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

2-Step L

3-) Repeat A and-)

4-)

 

With Counts:

Part B. (With Ball Change)

and 1-Ball change L-R

and – Pivot on R for 1/2 turn R

2-Step L and

3-) Reverse B

and-)

4-)

Song: Rhumboogie by the Andrews Sisters

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Hope you enjoy playing along, and thanks for tapping with me!

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~McGlamorous

Tales From the Garden :: An Acrobatic Dragonfly

Tales From the Garden :: An Acrobatic Dragonfly

 

Tales From the Garden :: An Acrobatic Dragonfly

 

 

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy soaking in the sun and sharing the love of the garden with our friends, the dragonflies! As I was enjoying the beautiful weather the other day I came across this guy and just had to grab my camera. AcrobatIt was not an easy task getting him to be still for the shot. He humorously kept flitting about and posing in this gymnastic position as if doing a handstand. This got me to thinking how I could attract more, or provide a playground for them. DIY methods on Pinterest led me to create a homemade trellisDIY Trellis out of an old tree, and sharing that pic focused on a question from a friend ; Which plants do these guys like? So I began another journey to find out. Turns out that the love a boggy area, ponds, and also heights for their safety from predators. This would explain their exploration of our tall hollyhocks, trellises, and tomato cages. Best of all, on a side note, these guys are great mosquito police. Anything mystical and water-like would appeal to them, I suppose. As far as flowers go, I saw a few attention getters during my research. Bamboo for perching was on the list, Blackeyed Susan, Bee Balm, and Echinacea. These are familiars to our garden, and there are lots more varieties to choose from. For in depth knowledge of gardening and info such as this check out the site Gardening Know How. It’s a massive amount of info on gardening and such. In the meantime, please enjoy the dragonflies, and dragonfly safely.

 

Happy Summer,

~ McGlamorous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tales from the Garden :: A New Love Featuring Iris

Tales from the Garden :: A New Love Featuring Iris

Tales from the Garden :: A New Love Featuring Iris

 

A newly found love. Gardening! Here are some pics from our garden this Spring. I’ll start with Irises and pleasant thoughts of a ballet instructor with such a name. I don’t have much to say so I’ll let them speak for themselves.

 

 

~McGlamorous

 

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Abe Kabbible

How to Tap Dance :: Crazy Socks Tap ™ :: The Abe Kabbible

 

The Abe Kabbible

 

Part of being healthy is in the exercise, and what a great way to achieve this through dance. That is why I have begun to re-post some older ideas here using basic tap moves for beginners through advanced. The idea of this is to get those people inspired to learn to tap, or for those who always wanted to learn how to dance. The rhythm in this art form is hard to resist and loads of fun for the heart and soul. No impressive moves here, just the basics based on a great tap dictionary book that I have had for years, as well as a funky pair of socks (just for fun).

Here is an interesting article on the author Glenn Shipley, and a link to the book The Complete Tap Dictionary.

I have not included everything in the book, mainly exercises. There is a load of interesting information in it about the art form, including definitions from his extensive background in so many styles of dance. If you are partial to the old days as we are then you will really enjoy the read.

First exercise is below with a description. I hope to keep them coming.

Please enjoy.

 

 

Published on May 1, 2014 (Theatrical Term) – A commonly used movement in tap and jazz dancing.

With counts:

Part A

1-Step L (to L side)

2-Step R (XF of L)

3-Step L (to L side)

4-Heel tap R (to R side)

Reverse

Part B :

With the And Count Added

And-Step L (to L side)

1-Step R (XF of L) And-Step L (to L side)

2-Heel tap R fwd (to R side)

Reverse

Part C :

With the Leap

And-Leap fwd to L ft (to L side)

1-Step R (XF of L) And-Leap fwd to L ft (to L side)

2-Heel tap R fwd (to R side)

Reverse

 

Song : Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar by the Andrews Sisters

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Hope you enjoy playing along, and thanks for tapping with me!

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~McGlamorous

I Love Color

I Love Color

I Love Color

 

A cool photo that requires a little rhyme…

 

I Love Color

 

I love color.

And wonder how it can be,

That a never ending blue sky

Can bring such joy to me.

 

A flame above a candlestick,

That flickers blue and red.

Colors in my garden.

Colors in my head.

 

A name for every color,

Time held, tried, and true.

A gift to every one of us,

Especially for you.

 

~Alison McGlamry

 

How to Make a Magic Fairy Dust Bottle Necklace

How to Make a Magic Fairy Dust Bottle Necklace

 

Holidays make us all sparkle, even into the New Year, and this year was no exception but instead a reminder of past sparkles in my history. Being a performing artist for so many years had quite its fair share of the wonderful invention we call G l i t t e r. Glitter on the eyes, chest, hair, body, and eyelashes was just a regular routine for a dancer and her friends. And as the B52’s sing….on the mattress and the highway too!

I was taken back to the old days of high school and ballet classes circa 1990’s lately, and remembered a wonderful and fun gift exchanged during performances. The Fairy dust package, or bottle. To some it was simply enchanting. Mysterious and fun. Maybe just a mess to parents, but we ballerinas and dreamers loved it.

I decided to bring the enchantment back to life this Christmas in the form of a gift for my five year old cousin. While making it again this inspired me to do a tutorial which I will complete below. Hope you love it a much as we do.

Long live the glitter!

Here is what we will be making:

 

Fairy Dust Bottle Necklace

 

Materials used:

 

Fairy Dust Bottle Supplies

Fairy Dust Bottle Supplies

 

  • One glass bottle pendant from your local Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or online bead shop. Some have cork tops like this one shown, others may be screw on or pop top.
  • Some sort of stringing material. I used ribbon but substitutes may include leather, silk, rayon, waxed linen, strung beads or even chain.
  • Finely dusted glitter. The finer the better since it is a magic dust, but once again anything may do.
  • Charm, crystal, or other embellishment. I’ve used a Swarovski glass crystal as a choice in this tutorial.
  • Jump Rings, Spring Rings, Wire.
  • Jewelry tools. Scissors.
  • Small piece of folded paper for transferring glitter.
  • Fray Check.

 

Fairy Dust Bottle Supplies

 

Step One:

You are not restricted to any order here, so have fun. I started with the bottle because I looked forward to filling it with glitter.

Take the folded paper piece and pour a liberal amount of dust / glitter into the crease and into the bottle. Make it as full as you want, or whatever is pleasing to the eye. You have the option of either leaving the bottle open if it is a cork or removable top, or gluing the top securely.

 

Pour

 

Step Two:

Next we want to embellish the bottle with either a jump ring, spring ring, or simply wire some sort of looped piece that we can run the ribbon, cord, or leather through. If you use a flat or thin ribbon, be warned that it will slip through the ring. In one completed versions I chose a larger jump ring. This also gives the advantage of adding other components or charms later. In another I tried a spring ring, which works like a keychain. You may also want to experiment with wire for a more organic look.

 

Opening

 

Open the jumpring with jewelry pliers, either round nose or flat nose. There are many tutorials on techniques, but most importantly, you do not want to separate the ring by pulling the ends away from each other. This will ruin the natural shape of the ring. Instead you want to pull each end away from the other. For the spring ring I use something to create enough opening that will allow the ribbon or cord to pass through, like loading a keychain.

 

To find lessons on technique and beginner tutorials and supplies, I am supplying a link to Fusion Beads. Love their service and site.

 

Opening

 

Step Three:

Now it ‘s time for the Swarovski heart to be added. Here I have used a sterling silver wire here, 22 gauge. Openings in glass charms can break easily with force, so I carefully run the wire through and create a twist of of two or three swirls, clipping the tail end off with my wire cutters. This dabs into wire twisting technique a little bit. You could double the wire here, even cage the heart with a wire wrap.

 

Wire Twist One

 

Wire Twist Two

 

I want to attach this wire to the jump ring, so I run it through and secure another twist.

 

Step Four:

Lastly, we string the ribbon through the loop and secure the ends with a knot. I then add some fray check to the tips to prevent stray hairs. You could go with a clasp or anything on the ends. This was an easy solution for the wearer, who puts everything over her head.

 

Strung

 

Voila! You’re done. Now enjoy your little morsel of magic, and don’t hesitate to put your own twist on this. Ideas are endless when you think of all the colors of glitter and ribbon, leather, clasps, and more. Please check back to my site for added information and links to additional resources. And just in case you would like to purchase a pre-made creation, please link to the store and original product here.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

~McGlamorous

 

Birds of Paradise

Birds of Paradise

 

RainbowbirdIf you asked most artists what inspires them to draw, or create anything, what would you figure to be the most popular subjects? After shyly joining a pastel artist Facebook group last week, I have been pleasantly surprised at the knowledge gained in such a short period of time. One post addressed the question of what three subjects you like to paint the most. There were several replies, animals being very popular, probably to no one’s surprise. Flowers were the list as well as portraits, and of course one of my favorites……birds.

Indian Plum Headed Parakeet

It seems as though the beauty of the feathers and color variations create a great challenge for the artist. A very large artist create them in the first place. I guess we just like to see if we can come close to interpreting that! Overall, it’s fun.

Male Indigo BuntingWhat do you like to draw and why? I am posting a few of my favorite pieces that have been exciting challenges to work on, with a little caption info about each bird. Leave your comments below if you like. Love to hear from you!

~Alison