This week is the third month I have been reunited with my baby flute after more than 15 years! And it has been a pleasure playing it for these past months. I will be forever thankful to that one summer lesson when I was 15 or 16. So it has been 2 decades ago.

At present, I have been doing self-study. I do not know if I will still have the time to go on formal classes.

Playing has helped me heal in my grieving process. Music has power.

So sharing with you my imperfect version of The Prayer. God bless you all!!!

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer
when we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe.

Music and the Treadmill

An hour quickly passes by with online shopping, blogging, or doing chores at home. It happens in the blink of an eye. On the other hand, one mile of running on the treadmill feels like ages to me! This simply shows how lazy I am!

One mile a day is nothing for some people but for me it is a lot of work already. Running for 18 minutes is boring. I recently tried playing music while I run. And it actually helps a lot! I searched for upbeat running music in You Tube and I found many options. At one time, I ran with Worship/Praise songs. Earlier I used classical music.

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It was not that bad at all. Hopefully I will learn to like this exercising.

For my own good : )

Playing Music

Music was a great part of my life. It was all our mother’s influence. While I was growing up, we heard her sing all the time, and we found ourselves listening to her recorded cassettes. All her life she has been singing in church choirs even when she moved here in California. In fact, she just joined this band and she is very excited about it.

My siblings and I got involved. Singing became a part of our childhood. Whenever there were family occasions, our father would make us sing. Sometimes we felt silly about it. We had to perform. Now I understand that it was just his pride and joy. He even sent us to a voice lesson class one Summer.

At home, our mother was our instructor, our teacher.  She would make us practice regularly. She would make us sing the same song until we perfect it. My first performance was when I was 8 years old in a school program. I still remember I sang “The Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston. Among us, my brother has always been the performer.  He almost made it in this reality show (singing contest) in the Philippines. But he declined before the contract signing since it was in conflict with his law schooling.

Likewise, my sister was active in Glee Club in high school and I in the school choir. We were singing too in our parish and were into composing songs too. But music was just a hobby. And we did not really pursue because of other things. When I started my life here, I rarely sing anymore and never played music.

It was World Youth Day 1995. I was part of the choir that sang in the mass presided by Pope John Paul II. I was inspired by the music. I wanted to play the flute. My father bought me one and sent me to flute classes. I had it when I was 15. I was an amateur.  I started to play in church where my mother was a soloist in the 6am mass. To cut the story short, after 6 or 7 years, I needed money so I sold my beloved flute!!!! I do not even remember why.  And recently I have been thinking about it and how my father did not find out that I sold it.  Now I am sure he knows from heaven!

So I am very thrilled now. My new baby has come. I will begin again and enjoy the music.

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Music For Kids

I just want to share this to other parents. If you have not heard of the group HI-5 yet, you can check them out. You can search them on YouTube and just key in Hi-5 songs to give you the playlists.

One of the things I enjoy doing with my kids is watching the group Hi-5. It sets an upbeat mood. I personally love the music, dancing, and singing. I am having so much fun doing their dance moves and singing their songs. Can you imagine the mom having even more fun than the kids??? You can just check it out for your children.

Here is a short information I got from Wikipedia:

“In 1998, television producer Helena Harris, creator of Bananas in Pyjamas, created “Hi-5” when her two children outgrew Bananas. She and co-producer Posie Graeme-Evans decided the new show would be aimed at children of all ages, would include educational trends as fun and games, and would feature music and movement that would attract children’s attention.”

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Original logo from Hi-5 series, from original and USA versions

Have a fun day!