Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Bollywood
“Bollywood” by McGlamorous

Dance has been a journey for me, a great one at that. I have experienced life as a bunhead, an intense ballroom diva and an attempt at being middle-eastern. Being able to become any character you want is gratifying, and slightly different than being a straight forward “actor”. We are all actors in this life, but dancers get to feel physical movement with their character, something that feels refreshing and promotes an open spirit. We also have one of the greatest things ever created – music – to accompany us on the journey.

Rainbow Print Sarong
Geometric Rainbow Print Sarong

Rhythms are intoxicating to the body especially in the genres of salsa, samba, and bossa nova. Drums gracefully entrance us in styles of Latin or Middle-Eastern dance and music, and musicians can go happily crazy crossing in between these worlds.

I discovered jazz music in the driver’s seat of my car. It really is the best place to turn up the sound and absorb ever piece of note you can. It inspires creativity, creations in choreography and beautiful imagery of the moving body on the dance floor. Melody Gardot’s interpretation of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was quite moving to me. I hit the repeat button numerous times and decided test it at the restaurant where I worked as a cabaret dancer, trying my skills at improv.

The result was as follows. Forgive the video quality.

I can suggest her albums and a few other favorites  like Your Heart is as Black as Night. If you enjoy a twist on old standards try checking her out. And if you want to learn more about dance, costumes, music and design…well. You are home at McGlamorous!

Thanks for reading.

 

~ McGlamorous

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} Mansion 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