Musical Whirlwind!

Everywhere I go, I run into musical people!  I'm just coming home from a lovely family getaway celebrating the marriage of my sister-in-law.  We were up in the mountains at a beautiful location and stayed at the incredibly historic, Hotel Colorado.  The hot springs were lovely amidst the rain that fell and I had a great time visiting with family and making up water dance routines with the kids.

As luck would have it, there was a grand piano in the hotel's lobby.  The children played all the songs their amazing brains could remember and I sang and played for an hour or so.   Hotel guests started gathering around and pretty soon we had a nice little choir going.  As we sang, WE SING, the song for World Singing Day, I could hear a soulful voice from across the room.   In the lobby was Tami Hall. She was visiting Colorado with her husband from Iowa, (my home state!)  After visiting for a bit, I got her to come up to the piano with me and she wowed the crowd with Paty's Cline's 'Crazy.'  As I looked down at the keys, I truly felt like Patsy was right there beside me.  I'm not sure of the name of Tami's current band, but I hope to be hearing more music from her soon!

I spoke with Mary Rudeen who was visiting from Longmont, Colorado with her mother and daughter.  She taught me about Hawaiian music and a slack key guitar.

Sharon, from Denver, taught me about  KEZW,a radio station out of Denver, that plays music from Broadway to Hollywood from 1940's and on!   I'm so excited to learn about this.  (I'm listening to Doris Dae singing "Que Sera Sera" at the moment.)  I'm so excited to expose our children to this music with this radio station.
She was also passionate about the Colorado Freedom Memorial.  Check it out!

And to top it off, I spoke with Heather McClane from Northern Colorado.  She is a singer/actress who will be playing Rita in West Side Story, at the Candlelight Dinner Theater on October 17 and 18!  She was such a good sport to jump in and sing acapella with me to a group of French tourists who were all smiles during our song, "Goodnight Sweetheart."

The next morning we hiked to an incredible place called Hanging Lake!  Well worth the 1.5 mile and 1,000 feet elevation gain hike!
At breakfast, the owner of the restaurant grabbed his Alpine horn and played Amazing Grace for us before he headed off to his gig.  Super fun!

When we got back home from the mountains, our family went to a block party and the evening ended around the campfire singing with neighborhood kids and talking with adults who want to get back to music and pick up instruments they've let sit for too long!  What a joy it was to sing songs together this weekend.  

This weekend filled up my musical cup!
What are you doing to fill yours?

Heather Stenner

Heather Stenner has a passion for life! Her passions play out with music and children of all ages. Heather grew up in the Midwest and realized the importance of each day from a very young age. Her mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor when Heather was only 5. The doctors gave her mother 6 months to live. It was during the next 15 years that Heather developed her charismatic and joyful course for her own life! Her mother showed her strength and courage and an intense compassion for others and their suffering. Her mother passed away when Heather was 20 years old. Heather vowed she would continue to live each day as if it were her last. To treat people with compassion and believe in the love we all share for one another. At the age of 37, she became an orphan. Her father passed away from pancreatic cancer. Through it all, Heather realized that MUSIC was one of her coping mechanisms to deal with all the stress that cancer brought into their families lives. She vowed to share her love of music with children, so that it might also be a positive force in their lives! To this day, Heather creates music that has soul and passion. She hopes everyone will remember with the dawning of each day; we are all musical. Feel it in your soul. Keep it to yourself... or give it away.