Join us at Caffe' Colla'ge in Estes Park, CO for an Empty Bowls Fundraising event and a live piano performance by myself. Caffe' Colla'ge is located in Estes Park and they are remaking the old Creation Station Coffee shop into a new coffee shop that will be a place for the arts, community service, ministry, and of course - coffee! The event is this Friday, March 23rd at 6:00pm with live piano music beginning at 7:00pm. For more information, contact Rachel Hartman at 970-691-1339. Find Caffe' Colla'ge At the Courtyard Shops: 165 Virginia Dr. Unit 7 Estes Park, Co 80517.
Gigmaster's is hosting a contest to win $200 towards a Valentine's Day performance from a Gigmaster's musician like myself. If you win and choose solo flute and/or solo piano from me, this means a nice long free performance! Enter before February 6th: Win a Serenade for Valentine's Day
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and spring weddings drawing near, it’s time to start thinking about romantic music to complete the occasion. With the help of friends, I’ve compiled a list of romantic songs, and I hope you enjoy listening to them. What makes a song romantic? Romantic music mirrors four aspects of romance in life – intimacy, time, conversation, and passion. But just as we all experience intimacy in different ways, we all have our personal preferences in romantic music. Intimacy
Every romantic song has some level of intimacy. Intimate songs tend to be personal and not showy or performance oriented. They frequently have sweeping strings or soulful guitar or piano in the background. Also, most romantic songs fall between the pulse of 60 -100 beats per minute which also happens to be the average heartbeat of a human being. Coincidence? I think not. This gentle pulse is often done with soft percussion, or naturally emphasized in the music. Over this pulse is usually a warm and tender voice or instrumental lead.
Romance flourishes when you give another person your full attention and time. The following songs are all about the element of time and they do this by drawing out words and spacing phrases:
This is an easy one, because words of love and devotion can be translated directly into music as in the following examples:
Passionate songs have energy, intensity, perhaps a faster pulse than the typical heart rate, and often the element of the unexpected. Some of the most passionate songs are classical, particularly from the aptly named “Romantic Period” of music. Following is a wide range of passionate songs:
For fun I looked for a song from above that, in my opinion best blends all four categories. The result was a tie between “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers and “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” by Elvis. "Unchained Melody" frequently uses the word “time” which enhances its slow development, then crescendos with passion towards the end. “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” brilliantly combines all the elements of intimacy, along with slow romantic words.
I recently had a conversation with someone about music, and when I told her I play flute for weddings and events, she asked if I play with other musicians. I told her I do, but she was surprised when I told her that I also perform frequently as a soloist. Contrary to what many people assume, the flute sounds full and complete on its own, and is a beautiful and popular choice for wedding and event music. Solo flute can stand on its own, and here are the reasons why:
It’s Simple - When you listen to music, you probably focus on the melody, and might even hum along with the song, but you probably don’t pay much attention to the harmony beneath the melody. Solo flute gives you a pure and clean melody, and every nuance and expression in the music is highlighted in its simplicity.
It’s Unique - After playing solo flute for weddings, it is common for me to hear people say that they had never heard a flute soloist before and were impressed with its beauty and unique sound. Any time two instruments are played together they blend to create a different sound that is a little like each of the instruments played, but a bit different from both. When the flute is played apart from other instruments, it provides a unique sound that few people have heard.
It’s Affordable – When hiring musicians, it’s important to consider your budget, and solo flute is very budget friendly. With each extra musician you hire, your rates can double, so if you are on a budget, a soloist is the perfect choice.
It’s Versatile - Short on space? A soloist on the flute doesn’t take up much space, and certainly takes up less space than most other musicians
Have an echo? Some venues, particularly churches, have impressive echoes. Locations like Beaver Creek Chapel and Evans Memorial Chapel in Denver are perfect examples. Larger groups may sound muddled if there is too much of an echo, but solo flute has a full and clear sound, that is quite remarkable in these types of buildings.
Outdoor wedding? Flute is an excellent choice for the outdoors because its sound carries better than that of a string instrument. Also, unlike a guitar or keyboard, the flute does not need to be plugged in.
Too many stairs? A flute player has excellent mobility. We are not limited by stairs, grassy lawns, or mountain locations.
Next time you are planning a wedding or event, consider the clear melodies, unique sound, affordability, and versatility of the solo flute.
Listen to Solo Flute Music Samples