Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Boys Bedtime Music

One of the most soothing sessions on Music 2 Work 2.com is Boys' Bedtime Music. It is a piece done solely on the piano at a rhythmic, moderately fast tempo. Listening to this piece, you can almost feel yourself relaxing and the stress melting away.

The image that comes to mind while listening to this music is that of a flower, perhaps a rose – first, as a bud, it’s petals wrapped tightly. But, with time, the petals begin to unfold. The bud becomes looser, more relaxed; individual petals become apparent, spreading out until the full beauty of the flower is revealed.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Music does help

Still not quite back up to par from dental surgery last week, but I wanted to report that listening to Music 2 Work 2 sessions following the surgery did seem to help me feel better. It didn't stop the pain......oh, how I wish it had.......but the music helped me to relax; it was soothing and calming.

Prior to putting up the Music 2 Work 2 web site, we did research about the benefits of music in various areas of human beings' lives. There were many articles that we sited attesting to ways music helps people; many studies were being done at that time. Today, about one year later, there are even more articles and studies concerning the relationship of music to health, stress, concentration, etc. You might want to check out some of the articles we have listed - - we will be adding more.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Life does get hard at times. I've got to have some oral surgery this morning and I'm dreading it like the dickens! Similar past experiences have never gone very well.......but it's one of those things that can't be avoided.

I'm sure I won't be writing anything from my "fog" after the surgery today, although it might be much more interesting than anything I write with a "clear head." I plan to try listening to Music 2 Work 2 to see if it helps with the pain that will inevitably be associated. I'll let you know the results when I'm able.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I have always liked music and enjoyed listening to it, but it has only been since becoming involved with Music 2 Work 2 that I have become aware of the extent of the power of music. One of the wonderful things about Music 2 Work 2 sessions is their versatility – they can be used in different ways........as background music to help you concentrate, music to help you relax, music to inspire you, music to make you feel good, music to help you heal.

After losing my dear dog, Cassie, listening to the music composed for her helped ease the pain and sadness I was feeling from her loss. The music changed the “video” that played in my mind when I thought of her. The image of her suffering and of her departing this life was replaced by one of her playing, enjoying life, bouncing along on her three legs as she did, as if the fourth one was never even needed. Andrew was able to capture this image of her by working whatever magic he does using significant numbers for whomever the session is composed. This is a unique gift that he possesses.

I’ve just been listening again to the music that I watched Andrew compose and play when I was in LA. A couple of pieces were themes that have been in the works for a while, that he has been developing over time. The first tracks of several brand new sessions were also recorded. Composing music seems to come as naturally to him as breathing does to me. I am grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of such great talent and powerful music, and to be able to play a part in sharing it with the rest of the world.

Monday, February 19, 2007

A different kind of music

You may have noticed one of the links on this blog - Kelli. This is a totally different type of music from Music 2 Work 2, sort of country rock, but if you like to explore different types of music, I would certainly recommend checking out this band. As a matter of fact, the composer of Music 2 Work 2 is also one of the songwriters, musicians and vocalists in this group - - what a versatile talent he is!

Kelli and her Shadowmen are preparing to begin touring soon. Listening to their music you know the live shows have got to be a blast! Just wanted to pass this bit of info on - - check them out and then watch for that Big Black Bus to come to your town!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Feeling Miserable

I think I must have picked up a “bug” on the airplane coming back from Los Angeles on Monday – sore throat, achy, headache, fever, - so I’m feeling pretty miserable today. Even though my intention was to add to the Music 2 Work 2 blog, I really don’t feel up to doing that. In stead, I’m going back to bed, armed with Music 2 Work 2 sessions to listen to, to help soothe my misery, and make me feel better. Hopefully I will have kicked this by Monday and can be back at it again then. Have a good weekend.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

In the near future, we plan to make some changes to the Music 2 Work 2 web site, make purchasing a download easier and most likely add some photographs so you will know who the human being is composing this beautiful music. We are very excited about what lies ahead for Music 2 Work 2.com.

Our first anniversary is coming up and with it the launch of a newsletter for all of you who have registered on the site. We have some fun, extra features planned, as well. The number of individuals registering on the site continues to increase almost daily. And, the new music being posted is better than ever before.

Tell all your friends and family about Music 2 Work 2 – background music that can help. We’ve tried it; we work to it and find that it helps us to focus and makes the task we are involved in more pleasant. We can’t promise it will do the same for you, although we feel confident it will, but we can assure you that it is beautiful music wherever it is listened to or however it is used.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

New Music Session Available

One of the new music sessions composed while I was with Andrew in LA is now available on the Music 2 Work 2 web site. Charlotte, is of course, special to me in that it bears my name. It is a beautiful melody consisting of piano and strings.

Listening to this piece, many thoughts go through my mind:

I remember my amazement at watching the piece be composed.

I think about how wonderful it is to have a friendship you know will last because it is based on mutual respect, understanding, and shared basic beliefs about life.

I also think about the way things work out, whether by accident or as part of some grand scheme - - how an extremely talented musician from Scotland, and a woman from NC with only an appreciation for good music, could possibly end up working together on a project they both believe in, Music2Work2.com, an online music distribution site.

And, I think about how it is the unlikely events, the unlikely friendships that make life exciting and interesting. I am honored to have this session bear my name.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Visit to LA

In conjunction with attending a meeting in Los Angeles last week, I was able to fly out a few days early and visit with my partner in Music 2 Work 2.com and his wonderful family. Although we have frequent communication, it was good to be able to discuss plans and ideas for Music 2 Work 2.com in person. I love going to LA - life there is such a drastic change from life in rural NC.
One of the most enjoyable and very special parts of this visit was being present while Andrew composed some new music sessions. I have always been in awe of the fact that he can sit down at the piano or keyboard and an original composition just flows from his fingertips. Actually watching this take place - hearing the clicking of the metronome guiding the tempo to which he plays, watching his fingers move across the keys producing beautiful chords and melodies - was amazing! I am even more in awe of the talent and creativity he possesses to be able to compose in this way.

The first tracks of several really wonderful new sessions were recorded that night. I can hardly wait to hear the finished products and have them available on the web site for Music 2 Work 2 fans to hear also. The music just continues to get better and better!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Late 791

Late 791 is a session on Music 2 Work 2.com that consists solely of piano tones. It is a dramatic musical piece, full of changes in tempo and mood. It begins at a slow tempo with an almost solemn sound. Further into the piece, the rhythm changes to a faster tempo and the mood becomes livelier. A dramatic change in tempo about half way through leads into a section reminiscent of Moonlight Sonata. The ending has a happy, more upbeat tempo giving it a hopeful feel.

For me this piece speaks of change - whether changes in life, changes in attitude, changes in feelings and moods. It has slow, solemn parts, sections where it is more mellow and more cheerful, one part where it is even dark and sad. But, Late 791 ends with a rhythmic, cheerful sound indicating to me that whatever the changes are about, there is hope and a possibility for peace and contentment.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Ex Er Cise clip

I suppose it is because of my appreciation of nature, and the awesomeness and majestic beauty I find in creation’s scenery, that it is those types of imagery many of the Music 2 Work 2 sessions produce for me. The Ex Er Cise clip (Sexercise) on Music 2 Work 2.com is one such piece. It is a mix of strings and piano in a slow, rhythmic tempo. It is calming and relaxing.

Listening to this session, the imagery it elicits for me is of the ocean – its vastness, the waves breaking against the shore, the water flowing across the sand and slowly receding back into the ocean........... for the action to be repeated again and again. The soothing calmness I feel when listening to the beautiful Ex Er Cise clip is the same feeling I experience when watching the ebb and flow of the water of the ocean.