Will this video shatter you, too?

 

You may have seen this video, since it released in 2014, but I only ran across it a couple of days ago. I love its visuals, the music, the concept…

Lindsey Stirling is an amazing violinist, composer and dancer, and performance artist. So creative!

Combined with Lzzy Hale’s powerful vocals—best known in her lead singing/rhythm guitar role for the hard rock band Halestorm—’tis, well… shattering!

Can you suggest another cool video to share with us?

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The song our world needs to embrace today…

My friends, this is one of the most beautiful, and recent, renditions of a song I think our world needs to take to heart right now:  “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

I urge you to take these lyrics to heart and work to realize this philosophy in your “sphere of influence.” Kinder reactions. More compliments. Longer hugs. Random acts of goodness… Sharing Love in all the ways you can, will help all of us.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another mountain,
There are mountains and hillsides enough to climb
There are oceans and rivers enough to cross,
Enough to last till the end of time.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

Lord, we don’t need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheat fields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh listen, lord, if you want to know.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.

No, not just for some, oh, but just for everyone.

Some background: The 1965 song—with its brilliant, simple lyrics by Hal David and music composed by one of my all-time favorite composers, Burt Bacharach— was first recorded and made popular by Jackie DeShannon. It peaked at number seven on the US Hot 100 charts in July of 1965, and reached number one in Canada.

If you’re of a certain age, you may be familiar with the original, or the version done by Dione Warwick in 1966, or maybe one of the other one hundred recordings by other artists.

How do you plan to share Love today?

Ann


Write on!
Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
Write • Edit • Publish • Word-of-mouth strategy

 

Real deaf hero inspires a story hero

Learning to re-sing after going deaf…
What Mandy Harvey went through to earn Simon Cowell’s heartfelt response in the video below, is exactly what my character Lark will be dealing with in Beat of the Pakiri, book 2-in-progress of my Delfaerune Rhapsody series.
How can Lark be “The Maestra” and write musical spells for the realm, when she’s deaf?
If you have suggestions, processes, or resources to help me make Lark’s experience feel authentic to readers, please comment.

“Crescent Kingdom” video world debut on #FirstDraftSeries

 

“Crescent Kingdom.” The title is cool. The lyrics are heartfelt. The music is fresh and unusual, with hints of the post-rock genre. Plus, the performance is in my home, and my son wrote and performed it all.

This is the first performance of Cutter Videan’s original composition, as videotaped by Natasia Hanratty in her #FirstDraftSeries. You’ll find Cutter’s band, The Darling Sounds featured there, too.

Listen to more of Cutter’s music on Bandcamp.

I have so many talented family members and friends I like to brag about. You must, too. Tell us about them… 🙂

Cryptid, heartfelt music debuts from The Darling Sounds

The Darling Sounds "Haunt"
The Darling Sounds’ “Haunt” debuts Nov. 11, 2016.
The content may deal with creatures of dubious existence,
but the band’s video gets real with a sense of humor about it.

 

Tomorrow is the day! The Darling Sounds release their album “Haunt,” an indie pop rock collection of nine songs, on Bandcamp and Spotify. Woot!

Grace, Zach, and Cutter put their hearts and souls into these casually spooky, yet playful, tunes. Each track investigates cryptids—yeah, I had to look it up, too: aliens, werewolves, The Invisible Man, and lots of ghosts.

Don’t be scared, you’re gonna love it… not to mention these liner notes!

Liner notes may also give you a giggle.

 

 

Toe-tapping first-track release of The Darling Sounds’ indie surf rock music

The Darling Sounds will release their new album Haunt on 11/11, and they just released the first track, “Domestic Sounds,” on Bandcamp. You’ll find yourself tapping your toe and singing along to this Phoenix-based indie surf rock band’s music—featuring my son Cutter Videan as lead guitarist, vocalist, and music mixer. Grace Bolyard’s lyrics shine with her vocals and rhythm guitar, and Zach Nelson will make your heart pound with his percussion.

“Domestic Sounds” is definitely worth a listen and, if you like it, you can pay whatever you want for it on Bandcamp. Sweet options.

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