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December 5, 2014 - 4:55 am
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The story of the Blue Danube Waltz.  

My mother in law "raised" me since I was 17.  She is the one who fixed my husband and I up originally on our first date.  She lives in Oklahoma and so the last time I got to see her was 3 years ago at my husband's funeral.  I miss her terribly and she has not been in good health for years.  But she always calls at least a couple of times a week.  She sends me and my kids birthday cards and Christmas presents.  She is the one who taught me how to be a mother.

Here a while back, while I was telling her about something I was playing, she told me that her favorite song was Blue Danube Waltz.  I told her I would try to learn it for her.  Then I kind of put that on the back burner since it is pretty far away from the normal music I play . Then my instructor started talking about coming up with a theme for our next recital.  I said, "Oh, I have to play the Blue Danube Waltz for the recital.  Can you come up with a theme that I can fit that in?"  So she came up with the theme "Wear Your Song".  It could be the color, the outfit, what ever, very open to each individual's interpretation.

The next day, my mother in law was hospitalized.  She had pneumonia.  They gave her a breathing treatment and she had a reaction to the abuterol.  Her heart stopped.  They broke two ribs doing cpr before they used the defibrillator and shocked her back to life.  The prognosis was not very good.  According to my brother in law, she would have to be in the hospital for a very long time.  They moved her to a "facility" so she could remain on the ventilator.  My heart started to break.  I started having flashbacks to my husband on the ventilator.  I was not ready to lose her too.  

But miracles do happen and she came home two days ago.  I haven't gotten to talk to her yet as she is still very weak.  But my brother in law lives with her and is there giving me updates.  

The original idea I had was to go civil war era, hoops and petticoats and all, it didn't quite work out that way though. 

When was the last time you had an excuse to wear blue eyeshadow?  Lol.  I had to borrow the blue nail polish from my 13 year old daughter.

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Anyways, the top that came with it had spaghetti straps and at the last moment I decided I did not want to be cold.  My hands shake and knees knock as it is in front of people.  So I stopped at the store and the only thing I could find was a sweater.  Oh well, it's and Alaskan evening gown lol.  At least it didn't have dog hair on it hahahha.  

 I messed up plenty and really only felt in the groove towards the last part but eh, it's a student recital and most of us made a mistake or two.  At least it's over!  So does this mean I get a live performance badge @Fiddlerman?


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Alaska, the Madness; Bloggity Stories of the North Country

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December 5, 2014 - 5:44 am
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Wow, what a touching story. I hope she does well.

As for your recital,,, excellent job and if it was up to me, you'd definitely get a "Live" badge.


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December 5, 2014 - 5:59 am
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Congrats on your live performance.!!! Thanks for the story.  I loved the blue.  Your were on Street Jellly to...  Live badge is definitely for you.  I am glad you had your recital.  Good job!!!! I hope to learn that song someday. 

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December 5, 2014 - 6:17 am
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Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on your recital! I loved the "wear your song" idea. 
I wish her a fast recovery and all the best for you. smile

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December 5, 2014 - 9:34 am
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Good done! Thanks for sharing!

You seem pretty calm on the stage - it's very cool!

Poulsbo, Washington
December 5, 2014 - 10:14 am
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What a great recital theme idea!  You looked great in the "blue" too.  :)     The back story behind your choice of music was particularly sweet and made the actual performance all that more poignant.   Nicely done with the recital and thank you for sharing it with us.

Brora, North-east Scotland
December 5, 2014 - 10:24 am
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Well done !  clapclapclapthumbs-up 

Q: What was wrong?  

A: The vid should have continued a few seconds longer to let us hear more of the applause !

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)


December 5, 2014 - 10:58 am
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Nice story - thanks for sharing ... love that tune - well done!christmascandlesemiquaver-1214

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December 5, 2014 - 1:52 pm
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Bill said
Well done !  clapclapclapthumbs-up 

Q: What was wrong?  

A: The vid should have continued a few seconds longer to let us hear more of the applause !

Recorded by my 13 year old daughter.  


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December 5, 2014 - 10:46 pm
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Well played, you did look calm on stage keep it up:) And thank you I never knew what the name of that song was.

Will be remembering your mother in-law. I to have great parents an inlaw s who are starting to fail health wise. Look forward to more videos.



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December 6, 2014 - 9:58 pm
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Great story and a great recital. Things can always be better but you should be proud. Of course you get the badge and any other badge that I may have left off. I'm relying on all of you guys to keep me up to date. :)

You also played live on StreetJelly.com :)

That definitely applies for the live badge as well.

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but the one who needs the least."

Pullman,WA, USA

December 6, 2014 - 10:12 pm
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nicely done!  gws

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December 6, 2014 - 11:02 pm
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VERY nice!!  It reminded me of when I was younger and attempting to play the organ!  The first piece of music I found was the Blue Danube!  I played it so much that my parents grew sick of it and actually told me that I needed to spend more time outside playing! LOL 

.....I promptly grabbed my guitar and ran outside.  I'm not sure if that's the type of playing they had in mind! tongue

You really came into your own comfort level toward the end!  I always tense up before a performance. I'm even worse in front of a camera!  I'll usually run through a few scales or blast through a quick song, mistakes and all, just to calm myself before playing "for real."  

My favorite thing to do when I make a mistake is to turn around and pretend that it was someone else.  It usually gets a good laugh from my audiences! ...not to mention, it calms me down! ;-)

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin



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