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Lighting the Candles with Music

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Sweet Honey in the Rock came to my town and I found myself tapping my toes, and clapping my hands and moving my body – ENERGIZED.

I sang along with the diverse group gathered in the performing arts center to enjoy and be – ENERGIZED.

I had wanted to hear this group of musicians for nearly 30 years – Oh I have all their tapes and CDs; be alive – ENERGIZED.

The rhythms were high art and filled the space – ENERGIZED

Songs of freedom, songs of prayer, songs of birth, songs of hope, songs of the miracle of oil, songs of redemption, songs of Jesus, songs of standing and holding on, songs of the spirit, songs of the soul, songs of the heart; the songs- ENERGIZED


Wanting more? Freedom

What energizes you?   Had you heard these folks before?  Are you so moved to tap your toes, clap and dance at a concert? I would love to sing with this group – Would you?

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25 Responses to “Lighting the Candles with Music”

  1. Talon Says:

    I love the name of this group! And their music is defiinitely uplifting. I can never sit still at a concert…music is so infectious and is just such a great way of celebrating life.

    I’m so glad you had a terrific time, Patricia! And thank you for introducing me to new artists!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Starry Night =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    You are welcome Talon – these women are just fabulous and they have a dance signer too at each concert and just a few drums, no other instruments.

    There new album is called Go To Grace and I am sharing it with my daughters it is all about growing up – awesome, awesome

    I have another introduction for you on Monday the 14th…I tried to take some lovely pictures as you do….

  2. supernalsteve Says:

    I love the way that music can energise us and bring us so much joy/pleasure :)

    Patricia Reply:

    ME too! I am listening right now to the newest CD.

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. certainly not a group I’ve come across .. but wonderful to listen to .. to see their faces, to see the translator narrate with her hands .. loved it – thank you. Lighting the candles to the soul .. and I love the picture of the indigenous-style art at the top – the earthy colours ..

    Thanks Patricia .. lovely toe tapping fun .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..What makes a great villain =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    They come out of Washington DC and have a lot of political statements to make in their singing – they do variations on nearly every kind of music out there…lovely arrangements.

    All of them do other things too – one has her Doctorate in Speech Pathology – their biographies are astounding.

    Hilary Reply:

    Hi Patricia .. very interesting .. amazing what driven people can do .. be they ordinary or have some special talents .. they just keep going and get on with it. Thanks so much for sharing their music ..

    I’ve finally got a laptop up at Mum’s and I can now show her things and see if she’s interested .. for the first time in her life .. she’s just sitting there watching tv .. I’m amazed – but she must be bored. I don’t think it’s a statement on me .. it’s just the way it is ..

    Cheers and love Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Teeth – Washington- Hippopotamus- Vered- Eastern Europe- Jannie =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Oh the laptop sounds good. My mum loved her laptop and kept up with all the grandkids each Friday afternoon. But she loved watching C-Span on TV near the end of her life, seeing all the debates in the House and Senate in Washington DC.

    Kept her thinking exercised, while the body could not do

    hugs to you

    Hilary Reply:

    Hi Patricia .. unfortunately Mum can’t do any of that .. but I can show her things on it .. and it will keep us amused & me away from ‘work’ .. or I can work if she’s sleeping .. and if she’s stimulated by seeing things on the tv – then having YouTube etc .. will amuse – & can leave the tv on til she falls asleep ..

    Tricky times .. but she said it’s lovely to see me today .. as she often does – so that’s wonderful to hear!! Cheers and love Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Teeth – Washington- Hippopotamus- Vered- Eastern Europe- Jannie =-.

  4. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Music definitely energizes me. Loved it!
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..30 Fashion Lies We Tell Ourselves – Or Choose To Believe =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Vered – this music energizes and heals…my toes are tapping right now!

  5. Tony Single Says:

    Patricia, I’ve actually heard OF these guys before but never actually heard them, if you know what I mean! Great introductory clip you’ve selected. Very nice! Certainly gets you tapping along for sure!

    Thanks for the uplifting vibes today! A much needed tonic! :)

    Patricia Reply:

    I wanted to send a peaceful message with my Hanukkah thinking and thus I picked this particular piece to share.

    Thank you – glad it worked for you. I keep coming back to this good energy

  6. Chris Edgar Says:

    Hi Patricia — yes, my mother is a big fan. This isn’t the kind of music that I usually listen to — normally I am into epic, sweeping film soundtracks, typically while I am writing. But I think the feeling I’m looking for is largely the same.

    Patricia Reply:

    Yes I think we all have music that we search out for certain feelings. Earlier I was listening to Christmas music that I have not been able to play for a long time and was amazed at how my expectations had changed the sound I was looking for…I was liking the more spiritual pieces played at a faster tempo – not so formal and slow.

    One piece I listened to, I think Mozart would have liked better on the synthesizer too! more than the philharmonic

  7. Davina Haisell Says:

    Patricia, I love their harmony and rhythm. Music always gets my toes tapping and if I’m at a concert I don’t sit for too long. :)
    .-= Davina Haisell´s last blog ..Fiction- Deep Into Midnight =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Isn’t music wonder full for so many of life’s little pleasures it is the accompaniment!

    Nice to see you hear and making a comment. I was hoping you could not stay away!

  8. Jannie Funster Says:

    They are so happy, and spunky. A lot of love on that stage. Nope, I never sit still at concerts. How could I?? :) Music is meant to make us move.

    What energizes me is getting a song where I want5 to lyrically. I fly to the moon when one is put to bed.

    AWESOME you got to enjoy them in person. I bet you have a lovely performing arts center.


    Patricia Reply:

    I feel extremely fortunate to have heard these great musicians and performers in person – and it would have been impossible to sit still to their music.

    We have several very find performing arts centers and they are quite lovely for such a small city…My partner designed two of them with the best sound systems for miles and miles around He loves music and sound and it shows in his designs.

    …when are you going to be in concert here?

  9. Galen Pearl Says:

    I heard Sweet Honey in the Rock the first time in April of 1983! Yikes! Glad to hear that they are still rockin’.

    Loved your recent post with Zip! How totally adorable. And glad I found your blog (through Lance’s), although now you are going to be away for awhile. I guess that will give me a chance to go back and get acquanted through previous posts!

    Happy Holidays!

    .-= Galen Pearl´s last blog ..GLAD =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    Galen Pearl
    Welcome, welcome and I feel honored that you came over from Lance’s referral – that was such an amazing post he wrote, I feel honored to have been mentioned.

    I heard Sweet Honey sometime around 1983 too and was so happy to find they are still blessing the world with their music and ideas.

    I am going to meet my friend’s son Galen next Tuesday…I have not heard that name since I left the south! Fine name indeed.

    Thank you for your comments. Yes, I am taking a wee rest to enjoy family and get some pup training done so I can be free to get back to work in the New Year!

    thank you for wandering around.
    Happy Holidays to you

    Galen Pearl Reply:

    My dad’s middle name was Galen (everyone called him Gale), and we are a Southern family, although I now live in the Pacific Northwest. My sister’s middle name is Galen, as is my great nephew’s. I’ve always loved it, so I took it as my pen name. Yes, a fine name indeed. Thank you.

    Happy holidays–see you when you get back!
    .-= Galen Pearl´s last blog ..Turning Toward Light =-.

    Patricia Reply:

    It is a wonderful name. and your comment on Lance’s post is just inspiring and with the flow…

    Thank you for your continued comments and good words and ideas – greatly appreciated

  10. katrin5 Says:

    Sweet Honey in the Rock came to my town and I found myself tapping my toes, and clapping my hands and moving my body

    patricia Reply:

    Yep! indeed – life with these ladies is energized! Living fully.

    Welcome and thank you for your comment…it is greatly appreciated and warmed my spirits on a cold night