To start the day …. Surrender!!


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~~August 17, 2014~~ 

“Surrender is faith that the power of Love can accomplish anything even when you can not foresee the outcome”.

~~Deepak Chopra~~

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Omar Akram is a Grammy Award-winning Afghan-American recording artist, composer and pianist.

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Omar Akram: Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist, Pianist, Cultural Diplomat

The piano-driven, instrumental music of Omar Akram elegantly defies borders and has played a crucial role in defining modern New Age and World music.  His songs have millions of plays on YouTube from fans across the globe, and his first two albums, Opal Fire (2002) and Free As a Bird (2004), hit the Top 15 on Billboard’s New Age chart.  He became the first Afghan-American to win a Grammy award with Echoes of Love (2012), and his most recent album, Daytime Dreamer (2013), presents an enchanting blend of World, New Age and electronica music that lures listeners with masterful musicianship and his well-traveled wisdom.

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Born in New York, Omar grew up the son of a United Nations diplomat living everywhere from France to Prague, Cuba and his ancestral home of Afghanistan.  He details his multi-cultural upbringing and his youthful brush with Fidel Castro in his op-ed for the Huffington Post, “Can Music Promote Cultures and Bridge Peace?

With powerful supporters like Paulo Coelho and Deepak Chopra, and diehard fans around the world, Omar is more than a world-class musician – he is an internationally recognized cultural figure who has been featured on BBC, Origin Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine.

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In Omar’s interview with Origin Magazine, he concludes that his music is popular largely due to an absence of spoken language, and his openness to travel and world cultures,

“I create instrumental music because it is the most borderless form of expression I know.  Since there are no words, it is not confined by any one language.  This gives the power of interpretation to the listener, and my life’s work is connecting cultures and people through the universal expression of music.”

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~~SOURCES~~

http://omarmusic.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omar_Akram

https://www.facebook.com/oakrammusic

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~~Surrender~~

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~~Uploaded on Feb 14, 2009~~

Video edited by Andreea Petcu (oceanflower1)

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We ALL are connected through MUSIC!! 

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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“Landslide” Cover …. Luis Jorge Rexach!!


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~~August 2, 2014~~ 

Singer, musician, composer, producer ……

Born in San Juan and raised in the town of Fajardo, Puerto Rico. Currently living in the city of Orlando, Florida.

In this cookie cutter world, few artists dare to venture out of their comfort zone or so-called markets to try something new, something bold, something honest.

Luis Rexach has taken the leap of faith and landed safely.

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~~RELATED~~

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/luis-jorge-rexach-a-very-talented-local-musician/

https://www.bandpage.com/LuisRexach

https://twitter.com/LuisRexach

https://www.facebook.com/LuisRexach

https://www.youtube.com/user/LuisJRexach

https://plus.google.com/104646493038578787518/posts/L1yofxyCzco

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He has a new cover …. “Landslide” 

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I took my love and took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too

Well, I’ve been afraid of changing
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I’m getting older too
Oh, I’m getting older too

I take my love, take it down
I climb a mountain and turn around
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down
And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Will the landslide bring you down, oh, oh
The landslide bring you down

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~~Landslide cover~~

~~Published on Aug 1, 2014~~

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We ALL are connected through HUMANITY!! 

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We ALL are ONE!!

Yanni and Linda Evans …. where are they now?


~~July 14, 2014~~ 

To this day, I very vividly remember when I first heard about Yanni, the new age musician. It was sometime in 1990 when Linda Evans appeared in the Oprah Winfrey talk show. Linda went through the interview process and eventually Yanni came on the set and both declared their lovely openly to the many followers of the show. While I watched, I had no inkling that I would find this awesome musician who would become one of my favorites.

Yiannis Chryssomallis, known professionally as Yanni, is a Greek pianistkeyboardistcomposer, and music producer who has spent his adult life in the United States.

During the interview with Oprah, they described how they met and how their life’s path crossed. They remained together for 9 years and love seemed to exude from both of them as a warm, bright, shinning light.

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Interview with Linda Evans and Yanni. Yanni’s music plays throughout the interview. Evening Magazine KING 5 TV Seattle 1990 (Linda Evans & Yanni)

 

However, love can be fleeting. In spite of their love, they went their separate ways. The reasons are only for them to know.

Why do I bring this up today? 

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Because last night I saw an installment of Oprah’s show “Where are they now“. She had Yanni as a guest and this marked the 25th anniversary of that show where they professed and showed their love for each other.

Yanni explained that that was the first time that he was on stage, in his professional career, talking for such a large audience.

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~~Yanni Reveals the Rarity of His Relationship with Linda Evans~~

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~~Published on Jul 13, 2014~~

Before he made international headlines as an award-winning pianist, Yanni was most known for his nine-year relationship with Dynasty actress Linda Evans in the ’90s. Though they broke up in 1998, Yanni still holds Linda in high regard.

Watch as he shares an intimate rarity about their time as a couple and why she is one of the “most amazing human beings” he’s ever met.

 

We ALL are ONE!! 

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Barbra Streisand …. timeless!!


~~April 24, 2014~~

Happy birthday to one of the most pivotal figures in music, Barbra Streisand!

On April 24, 1942, Barbra Joan Streisand was born in Brooklyn, New York to Diana Rosen, and Emanuel Streisand. When she was only 15 months old, her father, a high school English teacher, passed away from complications of an epileptic seizure. He left Barbra’s mother, a secretary at a New York City public school, to raise Barbra and her older brother, Sheldon, on her own. “When I was maybe 5 or 6 years old, the neighborhood girls would sit on the stoop and sing. I was known as the kid who had a good voice and no father,” Streisand later told Oprah Winfrey.

Barbra Streisand wasn’t conventionally beautiful, but her talent made up for all that.

In the 1960’s, she went against what most people advised and refused to get a nose job. Her stepfather told her she wasn’t pretty enough to be a star, but Streisand ignored all that. And her look became her asset. (One contemporary fan is Lady Gaga, who remarks, “She’s such a pivotal figure in music. As a performer, she’s always been so different from everybody else around.”)

Barbra Streisand became an actress, singer, director, writer, composer, producer. designer, author, photographer, and activist. She is the only artist ever to receive Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards, and France’s Légion d’honneur, as well as the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.

The three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations. She has sold 72.5 million albums and is an eight-time Grammy Award winner.

But, as she told Oprah, “I think of myself as a girl from Brooklyn.”

I can’t remember how old I was when I became aware of this incredibly, amazing singer from Brooklyn. I don’t think that I was older than 10-12 years. I do remember listening to her singing through one of my cousins. We were visiting my family and he was playing and LP record and this wonderful singing was coming through the speakers.

Music has always been a very important part of my life. 

And there began my strong admiration of Ms. Barbra.

I followed her every move. I bought all of her music records. I loved all her movies. My favorites where the ones where her incredible humor was featured. (Remember when she was in the musical review and when she turned she showed a pregnant abdomen? Remember the movie “The Owl and the Pussycat” with George Seagel? Or “The Main Event” with Ryan O’Neal?)

Memories indeed! 

Barbra Joan Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand, April 24, 1942) is an American singer-songwriterauthor, actress, writer, film producer, and director. She has won two Academy Awards, eight Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors award, a Peabody Award and is one of the few entertainers who have won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award.

She is one of the best selling female artists of all time, with more than 71.5 million albums in the United States and 245 million records sold worldwide. She is the best-selling female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America‘s (RIAA) Top Selling Album Artists list, the only female recording artist in the top ten, and the only artist outside of the rock and roll genre.

After beginning a successful recording career in the 1960’s, by the end of the decade, Streisand ventured into film starring in the critically acclaimed Funny Girl, for which she won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Other notable films include The Owl and the PussycatThe Way We Were and A Star Is Born for which she received her second Academy Award for composing the music to the picture’s main song, “Evergreen“. By the 1980s, Streisand established herself as one of the film industry’s most notable figures by becoming the first woman to direct, produce, script and star in her own picture.

According to the RIAA, Streisand holds the record for the most top ten albums of any female recording artist – a total of 32 since 1963. Streisand has the widest span (48 years) between first and latest top ten albums of any female recording artist. With her 2009 album, Love Is the Answer, she became one of the rare artists to achieve number one albums in five consecutive decades.

According to the RIAA, she has released 51 Gold albums, 30 Platinum albums, and 13 Multi-Platinum albums in the United States.

~~SOURCES~~

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbra_Streisand

http://www.barbrastreisand.com/us/home

http://parade.condenast.com/283429/jerylbrunner/happy-birthday-barbra-streisand-we-look-back-at-her-career-milestones/

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~~Barbra Streisand – People – Live 2006~~

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Barbra Streisand singing ‘People’ at her 30th October 2006 Florida Concert. This is her last song before intermission, and what a way to end the first half! Taken from the forthcoming DVD Box Set ‘Barbra Streisand: The Concerts’ to be released in North America on 28th April 2009. Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill.

~~THIS IS THE FIRST SONG I HEARD HER SING~~

We ALL are ONE!!