Friday, July 2, 2010

X-traordinary, X-traspecial...

...gift of music.

For this post, I really wanted to share some of our son's music that he has created...

First a little background info:
My mom had a beautiful singing voice.
My hubby's Uncles, Great-Uncles, and Great-grandfather all played instruments and sang. (Our son is blessed with the beautiful guitars that belonged to some of them).
My hubby has a beautiful singing voice and has been blessed with an ear for music, he plays the ukelele (And he can tell you, that I LOVE when he "drums" on his djembe or anything actually...even the steering wheel along with a song on the radio! haha)

I am so thankful that our children have inherited these musical genes and are able to sing and play music. (somehow, it skipped over me from my mom and I didnt get any of this talent to rub off from my husband, even after 30+ years!.... let's just say...I like to "make a joyful noise" and I often have to get back in beat, cuz my clapping with a song...well, my rhythm sometimes gets off the beaten path...)

Here is our son when he was 7 months old, with my hubby's Kamaka ukelele.
--Hawaii, 1990--

Heartbreaker and Dad "jammin"
--Tulsa, Oklahoma 1993--

When he was about 14 years old, 
he taught himself how to play the guitar.
--at the beach on Tybee Island, Georgia--
2004
...he still was wearing the hospital I.D. band on his wrist
& the bandage on his neck from where the lymph nodes
were taken from the 2nd biopsy.

We are so thankful and blessed that this challenge is in the past. And Heartbreaker, with the love and heart for Jesus, has been a wonderful witness for what the Lord has done in his life.

Well, he has been playing ever since, and writing his own music. I would love to have all his music on a CD to listen to.  He made the following video and put his song titled: "A Reason for Traveling" on it for me recently, so this post was perfect timing.


(On YouTube, Heartbreaker had captioned...
"This is my Family. I guess we laugh a lot.")
The Christmas "slow clap" was actually from one of our daughter's (theLuckiestMrs.) past commentor's family traditions, which we thought was awesome and hilarious, so we thought we would try it out last Christmas. I wish that I could remember who it was! If any of you have seen this on another blogger's post, please let me know.

The last wrapped gift was for Malone, our older daughter and her Mr's pup. (**added note** LV, I have to admit that I wrapped Malone's gift over and over and over :o)  I do love that he really was attentive to the unwrapping of his gift!  heehee

When he was the 2007 Georgia Child Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network, he was asked to be one of the performers before a 2000+ audience, which had two of CMN's co-founders there-Marie Osmond & John Schneider, other celebrities like Lavar Burton, MaryLou Rhetton, Jonas Brothers. It was an amazing Xperience to hear him sing at the telethon being filmed in Orlando. (I'll save this & other photos for another future post).

--Photo for this magazine article was taken on the stage during rehearsal--
Orlando, Florida 2007
--he grew out his hair to donate it to Locks of Love.--

While in high school, he was part of some church dramas, like the lead actor/singer for the 2007 Savannah Christian Church's musical "Joseph & The Technicolor Dreamcoat".  He had gone to the tryouts with friends, actually as support.
1. from the posters/flyers of an Easter play (that's his image too)
2. the poster/flyer for the musical & closeup shot

For this post, I want to share two more of the (truly) countless songs that our son has written, played and sung.  These are playing on the following two video slideshows of past July 4th celebrations... The first song is titled : "you can find me Going Out Dancing"


&
This one is titled: "CANVAS"


Happy July 4th
to everyone! :o)

Our son just posted these 3 of his songs at this site, that can be downloaded for free.
(I'd love to know if you get a chance to go there :o)

I'm joining in with:

Jenny's

&
the ABC Wednesday Team's 
ABC Wednesday Rounds,
Please let me know from where you are hopping over from :o)

&
Alicia's 
Friday Photo Flashback,
&
I do like to meet new bloggers, so I am joining this week with
Jenilee's
Wednesday's Walk 
Down Memory Lane.


*********
Here are a few music inspired drawing orders.





Blessings & Aloha!


(& this post is #97! For some reason, I was thinking that I had several weeks to go! 
*EDITED note here: I saw on my dashboard that it said 97, but I just realized that it also counts any old draft posts too! So, I was right...I am still a ways away from 100...This post is only #89! Sorry about that! I am learning something new all the time!*

Please check back on my 100th post for the giveaways. 
Thank you for each of your comments.)

55 comments:

Roger Owen Green said...

this is an xcellent story about a young man with xtraordinary talent.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Valerie said...

Maria -

That song is fabulous. What a blessing he has. I hope he continues to share his music and his voice with the world!

I love the flashbacks you share in your photos! Such great pictures.

Enjoy the 4th of July weekend. We are off to a baseball tournament. Should be fun.

Valerie

PS - I am having a giveaway at Intelligent Expressions. You may want to check it out!

Bacardi Mama said...

What a handsome, talented young man your son is. I'm heading over to the other sitte now. Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Limberella said...

your son is an amazing artist. i can see how proud you are..thanks for dropping by my blog.hope to hear more from you..=)

Karen Mortensen said...

Wow. What a wonderful son you have. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.
http://fullymutated.blogspot.com

Jenilee said...

wow what an amazing story! I have enjoyed looking around your blog and even hopped over to download his free songs! I love it! thanks for joining in!!

theluckiestmrs said...

Those are awesome! :) I love that he learned to play the guitar, it was always nice to hear him strumming away, singing and playing in the living room! So soothing! ;) I LOVE the canvas song & those july 4th pics are cute...some of them Hilarious!!! haha!

Anyway, love you! Wish we were all down there for the 4th at the G's again! LOVE that low country boil & fireworks on the water!

Robyn said...

What a handsome, talented young man your son is.

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

another wonderful post getting to know your awesome family :-) Such a talented one!

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Pondside said...

Beautiful, just beautiful.
There is nothing in the world like family love - and there's nothing better for happy families than knowing that there are other loving families!

Diana said...

Hi Maria!

Your son has such a blessing from the Lord, what an amazing young man! Adorable photo of him when he was so little. Thank you for sharing his growing-up and music with us!

Have been looking at your sketches -- they are AMAZING! You have such a talent yourself that the Lord has blessed YOU with! That totally makes up for the clapping off-beat, LOL!

Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier today, too! It's always such fun meeting new people!

{hugz} from Kansas! =)

Miss Sweet Tea said...

Hi Maria,

Your Heartbreaker truly is just that...seriously, how cute is he?! And his songs are amazing! I watched the first video of your family Christmas and got goose bumps! You have such a wonderful family.

I hope you have a happy 4th!

xoxo
Angela

LAnderson (Southern Stitches) said...

Wow - handsome and talented - what an amazing young man! Going to check out his music.....thanks for sharing!

The Muse said...

Talented family all!
It is simply a blessing to dream and envision...to inspire and then to create. I am sure they see you as a role model :)

LV said...

I have always enjoyed you family post, but this one was super good. Your son has a great voice and I hope he does very well with it. We need more families like yours. There are so many families that need more love in their homes and church. I think that was tacky of whoever wrapped that present in so much paper.

LDH said...

How talented he is! I enjoyed each video and could listen to the music all day! Such a sweet family full of love for one another! I loved stopping by!

Alicia said...

Maria! This is one of my favorite posts so far!!! I love your sons voice! He is so blessed!!!!!

I was smiling the entire time I watched the Christmas video! And I love how your son was videotaping in the car too! LOL

Xmas Dolly said...

Totally awesome post! Thanks for sharing! You have an absolutely wonderful family, and your son has so much talent. I can see why you're so proud. Being married to a musician I totally understand. Have a wonderful weekend. Following you from Friday Photo Flashback.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful story and awesome post!

Linda said...

Thank you for the sweet comments on my blog. I enjoyed reading yours too. You have a nice family...and you and your hubby make a lovely couple.

God bless you and yours!

Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

Veronica Lee said...

Your son is awesome - talented and handsome.

Happy 4th July!

KateB said...

at 3:30 am with insomnia and yeah, Your B made me cry...his voice is awesome! Loved this :)

Cheryl said...

He certainly is an extraordinary young man.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Such beautiful music composed and song by your son! You must be so proud and well you should be!!!
Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

Clean Mama said...

Wow! Your son is so talented. Thanks for sharing - I enjoyed listening to his beautiful music and reading about him!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Happy 4th of July!

What a joy to hear your son's music! And also to see your wonderful sketches! Talented family!

Thanks so much for stopping by last week! Always good to 'see' you.

Christy said...

What a talented young man! His voice is amazing. What a great Joseph he makes - I love that play.

The Paint Splash said...

Really enjoyed visiting your site! Your sons music is beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend. Debbie

Dani Joy said...

I really like the Canvas song! I like his sound. What a special talent!!

Love your music art too! Beautiful slide shows too!

Thanks for coming by today.

Happy 4th of July!!

Dani JOy

Muthering Heights said...

How wonderful that they inherited musical talent! I hope my kids do as well. :)

Heather said...

Great photos and sketches! Your son truly does have a talent- amazing!

xinex said...

Your son's voice is amazing, Maria. He should try out for American Idol. How talented!..Christine

Lynn @ Painting Thyme Needfuls said...

Such talent Maria your son has! You may not be able to sing but you sure can sketch! I loved this post.....So fun watching Malone be patient as you opened his gift........you tease!
Hugs,
Lynn

vivek said...

Hi MAria,
How you doing?

Aww that such a Beautiful song , and your Son's voice is truly amazing ..

He is blessed with this divine ..power to express his inner feeling in a such a wonderful medium ..

He also write and compose music that talent is extraordinary ..

I wish ..N Hope he will reach to graters heights ..in life ..

All the best..for him

Take care ,

God Bless..

KS :)

vivek said...

Hi Maria ,

Thanks for coming across over my sphere..You are truly correct Mom are the world to us ..their absence makes us ..sad ...but Mom always wants her child's to be happy so God always ..gives us some thing to look into ....you are blessed with Such a gr8 Family where life looks so live n vibrants ...

take care..
ks :)

Kel said...

Your son is so talented! Music is such a great gift. I am so happy that he won his fight against cancer. That awful disease has effected so many families. I pray that the cancer research will soon stumbled on a cure. From the photos, it looks like your kids grew up a lot like I did. My family is from Hawaii (Mililani Town)and when I was three my dad joined the Air Force and we began see a lot of the world. Some of my cousins in Hawaii have never left home, so I am thankful to have been able too see so much.
Have a safe and happy 4th!

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Enjoy the fun!
Smiles!

cuej said...

hi there..this is jacque a.k.a cuej.. thank you for visiting my blog.

you do have a greet memories with your love-ones. i appreciate you being a mom because i know you had a greet time with them, and those videos? I love it specially the Christmas video. wish i had my Christmas with my family together, we haven't tried it yet (sad thing).
i really love your family. God bless you and your family more.

truly i am blessed at your blog.
i pray others will bless to.

GrandmaK said...

How very lovely! I'm glad I visited you lovely post! So you lived in Tulsa. We lived in a very small town of Eufaula, OK in 1976. It's a lovely part of the world. Cathy

Debbie said...

He is incredible in so many ways! Thank you for sharing him with us.

Jules said...

What a talented young man..

Just Writing said...

I love how you have stories tied to the pictures. That's an awesome memory you got there, :)

Thanks for visiting my blog. Blessings!

zandra said...

How wonderful! Hi, from New Jersey. Glad to meet another sister.
Hugz,
Zandra

H said...

I went over to the other site. Your son has a lovely voice and writes interesting songs :) I particularly enjoyed 'You can find me going out Dancing'. :)

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Wonderful photos and how cool to find out about your son!

Jenny said...

Maria, I'm actually glad my first post here didn't show up.

I'm so enjoying listening to your son singing to your Christmas video. That touched me so much the first time I heard and watched it...and it's doing it again!

Please tell me how to do that Christmas tradition! I looks wonderful! I love how exciting it makes every gift and let's everyone have a special moment!

Please encourage your son to do something with his music. His voice is wonderful and his lyrics are really poignant. I would totally buy a CD of his! Maybe American Idol perhaps? I would love to hear him sing Alleluiah and Over the Rainbow!

Your family is lovely.

This post touched my hurt in such a profound way.

The smiles of pure love between you all!

Thank you for letting us sharing these blessed times with you.

An Xcellent and Xstra special stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "X".

A+

Favorite lyric so far: What if music was the language of our souls?

Jingle said...

Happy Wednesday...
lovely post!

The Everett Family said...

What a wonderful post and a beautiful family!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the sweet comments. We love living in Taiwan and we love visiting Yangmingshan--we're only about 30 minutes from there and have friends living up there. It's so beautiful!

I saw on your "About Me" that you've lived in NM, which is where I grew up. Fun! I'm a Christian too--it's always great to meet a fellow sister in the blog-world. :)

Morgan

chubskulit said...

I beg your pardon (pasensya ka na) for the late visit, I am so busy teaching my daughter in preparation for her kindergarte school this fall.

I so enjoy the videos. You have such a loving family, talented kids and all I can say in one word is perfect! I like heartbreaker's songs!

Mo said...

wooops, i commented on the christmas video on that later post! hope i didn't confuse you! ha ha. i'm so happy i visited. i love how you document your life with so many pics and videos. my memory is so bad, i need to start taking videos! it really is fun to watch you and your family. there's so much love...you can feel it just by watching. i will be checking out heartbreakers music! have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
mo

Mo said...

i'm back...just listened....he's amazing! i love his music! and it's really inspirational scrap music!!! ha ha! wow!

Mumsy said...

eXceptionally special post! You must be so proud of him, and I wish his all the best in the future..

Mary Anne Gruen said...

I love your son's music, especially "Canvas!" They work beautiful with all the family videos. I hope you're making a collection of them.

Mamarazzi said...

fantastic!! i love a family that laughs a lot. heartbreaker has some serious talent too!!

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