Friday, April 25, 2008

A New Guitar for Tess

Tess with her new guitar. A beautiful Taylor Big Baby Acoustic.
Lovely sound and fits her like a glove.
Tess with New Guitar

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Naperville Municipal Band Concert

Bill, Mollie, Tess, Robin, Denise and I attended a fabulous concert this past Sunday featuring the Naperville Municipal Band.
Naperville Concert Goers

The music was wonderful as led by conductor Ron Keller......
Naperville Community Band

Guest conductor Col. Arnald Gabriel, a retired Air Force conductor....
Air Force Band Guest Conductor

And from our own Arlington Heights Community Concert Band, conductor Adam LaSpata, leading the band in his beautiful "Rejouissance"...go Adam!!!
Adam-Guest Conductor

Also featured was an incredible trumpet soloist, Dan Moore, playing a tribute to Harry James....
Fabulous Trumpet Player

The Naperville Big Band will play a concert in July featuring big band and jazz sounds. This is definitely on our list of summer excursions. Great music provided by Naperville, and all at no cost. Life is good.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

An Amazing Gesture From Melissa.....

Recently, after dinner we were discussing our Internet pursuits. I said that I wished that I had a laptop to use in the living room or kitchen. I don't like feeling isolated while on the computer in my office when things are going on downstairs. I like being in the midst of our family life.

Little did I know that this innocent, offhanded comment would, within hours, lead to this.....
New Laptop

Melissa was at the front door bearing the above.....a laptop for me to use while away from my upstairs office. She said that she thought about what I had said after dinner, went home, packed up one of her laptops...including a new digital mouse...and presented it to me.

Shocked...I didn't know what to say...I still don't. Her gesture was wonderful, amazing and generous. Words truly fail. I have been enjoying using this great laptop in just about every room of the house.

That first day, Christopher and I were able to find a recipe for Orange Vinaigrette that I needed for dinner. Rather than run upstairs, do a Google search, print out the recipe, etc. I was able to gather the information when and where I needed it. It was just great.

So, I sit here, again without words, to say thank you my dear for this amazing treat. You are wonderful. Again, this is why I like having this capture, in print and in picture, moments such as this.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Switch Time Jazz Concert

Today Bill, Mollie, Tess, Robin, neighbors Roger and Florie, and I were lucky enough to attend the Palatine Park District's "Senior Matinee", featuring the amazing Big Band sounds of Switch Time Jazz.
Switchtime Jazz
Switchtime Jazz Band

Bill, the girls and I found this terrific concert by chance last April, and this year we brought along our friends to share in the music.
Bill with Roger and Florie

One of the highlights of the concert was a vocalist who might have rivaled Frank Sinatra playing the Sands in Las Vegas! She is just wonderful.
Singer of the Band

This was a beautiful way to spend a rainy afternoon...great music, dear friends...who could ask for anything more?
Happy Concert Goers

Well....I could have asked for a clear group photo, but a crazy guy jumped into the photo frame just as I was snapping this group shot and threw me off balance....still a nice memory to hold on to...

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Bill - A Member of the Band.............

On Wednesday night Bill officially became a member of the Arlington Heights Community Concert Band.
Bill with Bass Clarinet

He will be playing Bass Clarinet and, if last night's rehearsal was any indication, he loves it.
First Night with Band

He will play, along with Tess, Mollie and Robin, in the upcoming May 4th concert. You never quite know where life will take you next......

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Movies with Grandma Joy - I Dare You Not To Smile!

I recently happened upon this site via one of my favorite blogs Pink of Perfection. The story of Shauna McGarry and Grandma Joy makes me wish that I too had a Grandma like Joy!

Watch their Music Video, and read their Interview on Pink of Perfection. See if you don't fall in love with them too.