The Piano Guys …. “Our Statement on our Inauguration Performance …. “!!


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~~January 17, 2017~~ 

THE PIANO GUYS AND ME

Those who have followed this blog must be aware that I have always been an ardent fan of The Piano Guys and their awesome music.

I have blogged plenty about them.

I have all their CDs. I have their sheet music.

I have some of their merchandise.

‘We haven’t changed who we are, what we stand for, or what our music means and why we write it.’

Yes, you have changed!

You have normalized something that is totally and completely wrong!

I’ve read your full statement. I respect your reasons and your decision. However, I can no longer follow you. I’ve enjoyed your music! I’ve been thrilled by your videos. I have shared all knowledge I posses about you. I’ve been on of your most ardent fans. In spite of your reasons, I’m very disappointed that you have decided to participate. It’s a real sad decision for me to ‘disconnect’ from you and your music.
Your music, your beliefs … are so elevated.

I really am very saddened by your decision.

“It brought tears to my eyes.”

Therefore, we part ways today!

HortyRex©

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(January 15, 2017)

The Piano Guys
Last night as I was kissing my daughter good night she asked me in an innocent, but tentative tone, “Daddy, why are people mad at you?

It brought tears to my eyes.

I told her that I wish I could gather up everyone angry with the Piano Guys one by one and talk with them face to face. Hear their story. Empathize with their concerns, and mourn together so we could comfort each other. We, too, are distraught and despondent over how divisive this chapter in our nation’s politics has been. We, too, want what’s best for everyone in this country. Those of you who know us, know we grew up as “nerdy” musicians and we experienced bullying firsthand.

We abhor and decry bullying.

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You know that we honor our relationships with our spouses more than anything else. You know we believe women are Divinely appointed to not only equality, but also respect and chivalrous deference. You know that in our history our ancestors were refugees, driven from their homes in fear for their lives. We emphatically embrace those now in the same situation. You know we believe in loving all people, regardless of gender, race, political affiliation, country of origin, or religious background.

You know we believe that differences are meant to be celebrated, not calculated.

If you know our music, you know that we painstakingly, prayerfully write and perform it with the intention to give it the greatest potential to lift others and break down barriers, not build them.

Many have asked why we are performing at the Inauguration.

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To our friends who have felt disturbed by our involvement, we want you to know that this doesn’t lessen our gratitude for what you have done for us. Not one bit. We still feel indebted to you. We love you. You give our music wings! We sincerely hope and pray for your understanding. We don’t feel right limiting our positive message only to people that believe or act the same way we do. We haven’t changed our message. We haven’t changed who we are, what we stand for, or what our music means and why we write it. We’re still doing what we’ve always done – playing for anyone who will hear our musical message with the hope that it persuades its listeners to love others.

~The Piano Guys~

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~FOR THEIR FULL STATEMENT~

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://thepianoguys.com/statement-inauguration-performance/#.WH5Fxl4hx9Q.facebook

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Happy Three Kings Day …. Feliz Día de Reyes …. “Tradition …. “!!


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~~January 6, 2017~~ 

WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE

The Three Kings (Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar) represented Europe, Arabia and Africa respectively.

They came from afar, searching for Baby Jesus and brought them presents: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.

These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil.

~~SOURCE~~ 

http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/

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HortyRex©

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~~We Three Kings Of Orient Are~~

Christmas Carols

~~Published on Dec 10, 2015~~

Geethanjali Kids – Rhymes and Stories
Enjoy We Three Kings of Orient Are – Traditional Christmas Song with Lyrics for Kids by Geethanjali Videos.

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~~We Three Kings~~

(Piano/Cello)

~~Published on Dec 13, 2012~~

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Story behind the song
There is so much mystery surrounding the story of the Three Kings. Who were they? Where did they come from? What relation did they have to each other? We only really know what (or Who) they were after.

Their only guides were ancient scripture and a bright star. They would not give up until they found the Savior of the world, no matter the cost.

Our arrangement of this traditional Christmas song “We Three Kings” is a tribute to them, their tenacity, and their Noble Purpose.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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IOTD …. Image of the day, #583 …. “It’s gonna be, gonna be, OKAY! …. “!!


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~~October 3, 2016~~ 

OKAY

“Doubt is a broken record that play inside my head.
I try to turn it down, but I can’t quite drown it out.
I’m tortured everyday, these never ending worries, Pulling on my sleeves.

So many times now I was supposed to tap out.
All the walls would fall around me.
All anybody would tell me, Is all that bad news how it’s gonna fall through.
But no matter what they say or what they say,
It’s gonna be, gonna be, OKAY! …. “

The Piano Guys – Okay Partial Lyrics

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We at Rainbow Families would like to be here to help the coming out LGBTQ person remain close with their family.

We believe that being Gay is like handedness.

We are born right or left handed and we are born straight or gay (or sometimes in
need of a little extra flair).

God made each and everyone of us individually and God does not make mistakes.

We are all God’s
miracles just as he made us, individual, beautiful and loving.

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Listen to the complete song and watch the music video

At the end of the day …. “OKAY …. By The Piano Guys …. “!!

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IOTD …. Image of the day, #582 …. “Tasty Piano …. Chocolate Sweets …. “!!


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~~October 2, 2016~~ 

TASTY SWEETNESS 

Too pretty to eat?

“Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.”

~Dave Barry~

http://www.goodreads.com

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At the end of the day …. “OKAY …. By The Piano Guys …. “!!


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~~September 20, 2016~~ 

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This Is Exactly What You Need to Hear Today

I follow The Piano Guys faithfully.

I’ve even seen them perform live.

It was an amazing experience.

Scrolling through the pages of my ‘internet’,

I noticed some incredibly awesome news.

They have a new CD on the way.

Yesterday, they posted a new video.

I hope you enjoy it!

HortyRex©

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HortyRex©

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Story behind the song

We’ve all had that phone call. That email or that message. That conversation.

Bad news.

We’re all struggling with something – a debilitating weakness or illness. Or someone we love is barely holding on. We watch the news. We see the tweets, the Facebook posts. The YouTube comments!

We hear about hate, terror, and despair. But just because what sells, what goes “viral,” or what gets attention may try to drown out the good in the world, it doesn’t mean that goodness is gone. Just because choruses of controversy and scandal shout louder than quiet symphonies of service, it doesn’t mean that inside most of us still genuinely want happiness not only for ourselves, but also our family, our friends, and our fellow human beings.

Media can make the world look bleak.

They’ve given themselves this job description, in part because there’s a darker side on the surface of human nature that feeds on fear and cynicism. But deep down, we are beings of light. And in the end, since darkness is merely the absence of light, light will inevitably overcome dark.

This is the essence of hope. And the essence of this song.

“No matter what you’ve been through, no matter if you think you’re falling apart, it’s gonna be okay.”

Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. But we believe that someday, somehow, all things will be made right.

And as the Psalm says, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

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In the meantime, there are so many more things to hope for and to work at while we yearn for the outcome we want so badly – more gratitude for what we have, more love for those we’ve taken for granted, more faith in ourselves and those we hold dear, and more confidence in a Divine purpose.

We felt like the best way to spread the message of this song was to supplement our standard classically-influenced instrumental niche with a more pop-driven tune featuring Al’s superb vocal skills.

As Oscar Hammerstein once said:

“It is a modern tragedy that despair has so many spokesmen, and hope so few.”

Please share this song with someone you think might need it today.

Thank you!

The Piano Guys

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

This Is Exactly What You Need to Hear Today – OKAY

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~MEMBERS~

Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek

http://www.ThePianoGuys.com

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~~OKAY~~

This Is Exactly What You Need to Hear Today

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CREDITS

“Okay” written by Andy Grammar and Dave Bassett
The Piano Guys Arrangement produced and written by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Performed by The Piano Guys:
Al: Vocals
Jon Schmidt: Piano
Steven Sharp Nelson: Cello, cello percussion

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IOTD …. Image of the day, #527 …. “MAYA Cello …. The Piano Guys ….”!!


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~~May 27, 2016~~

THE MAYA CELLO 

We wanted to give another shout out to Juleez for painting this incredible cello.

She does amazing work!

“Prolific” “Amazing Color” “Truly Unique” “Mesmerizing and Compelling”

These words and phrases that are often heard describing Borden’s work. A master of color and creating astounding combinations using them, is one of Borden’s trademarks of her artwork.

Julie Borden earned her BFA from the renowned, The Rochester Institute of Technology. To date, Julie has completed more than 700 commissioned works of art.

This artist is truly a testament to the statement, “Art has no boundaries”.

Check out more of her work here: https://www.juleez.com

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“The Piano Guys …. Jungle Book/Sarabande …. “!!

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A dear blogger friend taught me this concept.

You can find Michelle here: http://mchelsmusings.wordpress.com/

~IN HER OWN WORDS~

IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”

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At the end of the day …. “The Piano Guys …. Jungle Book/Sarabande …. “!!


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~~May 4, 2016~~ 

MAYAN STYLE

Chichén Itzá is a world-famous complex of Mayan ruins on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

A massive step pyramid known as El Castillo dominates the 6.5-sq.-km. ancient city, which thrived from around 600 A.D. to the 1200s. Graphic stone carvings survive at structures like the ball court, Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of the Skulls.

Nightly sound-and-light shows illuminate the buildings’ sophisticated geometry.
Address: Yucatan, Mexico
Culture: Maya civilization

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichen_Itza

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If anyone knows the owner of any, please advise and it will be corrected immediately.

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Story behind the song
Spanish Translation here: http://goo.gl/kHdgTE

The quest to serenade the Seven Wonders continues …

A few years back we set what seemed at the time an impossible goal: to film music videos on all Seven Wonders of the World.

Now we are nearly half-way there. We started by scaling the Great Wall of China, performing in feng shui fashion “Kung Fu Panda” in harmony with Chopin. Next we paid homage to the Christ Redeemer Statue in Rio, Brazil, dedicating “Gabriel’s Oboe” (from “The Mission” soundtrack) coupled with the beloved hymn “How Great Thou Art.

And now we present the third Wonder, Chichén Itzá.

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The Jungle Book/Sarabande~~

Mayan Style

~~Published on May 3, 2016~~

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Thus far our tradition has been to mix timeless classical music with contemporary film scores. We also love infusing local and historical culture in our arrangements. For this Wonder we wanted to stay true to this tradition while simultaneously nailing “jungle harmony,” as a famous cartoon bear once coined in Disney’s Jungle Book!

But in this decision we were confronted with an entangling challenge — to effectively blend the cacophony of Disney Jazz, classical music, Mayan heritage, all while making it epic enough to be filmed in front of a massively-historic, world-renowned stone temple!

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First, it was vital that we carefully, thoughtfully pay proper respect to the “wonder” of “El Castillo,” its surrounding artifacts, and the Mayan spirit that pervades Chichén Itzá.

The Mayans were an incredible people — adept astronomers, unprecedented builders, and incomparable artisans. Their ability to use architecture in an acoustic way especially impresses us. For instance, you can stand upon a step at one end of the plaza and be heard clearly on a step at the opposite end. 

Filming it in just the right vein was just as challenging. We wish to sincerely express our deepest gratitude to the National Archeology and History Institute Cultur Yucatan for allowing us the profound privilege of filming at Chichén Itzá. Were it not for them and their warm hospitality this video shoot would not have been possible.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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