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~

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

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https://thepianoguys.com/

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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‘First Amendment Defense Act’ …. “FADA …. be informed …. it’s coming …. “!!


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~~December 23, 2016~~ 

‘FADA’

Would Be ‘Devastating’ for LGBTQ Americans

Yes, it would be devastating!

After all the work, advances and attained goals, with this simple bill, the beginning of discrimination against a group of the American fabric would be openly and brazenly attacked and stripped of their human rights.

We must stand up and fight!

HortyRex©

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by MARY EMILY O’HARA

Earlier this month, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Mike Lee of Utah, through his spokesperson, told Buzzfeed they plan to reintroduce an embattled bill that barely gained a House hearing in 2015. But this time around, they said, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) was likely to succeed due to a Republican-controlled House and the backing of President-elect Donald Trump.

FADA would prohibit the federal government from taking “discriminatory action” against any business or person that discriminates against LGBTQ people. The act distinctly aims to protect the right of all entities to refuse service to LGBTQ people based on two sets of beliefs:

“(1) marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman,

or (2) sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”

Ironically, the language of the bill positions the right to discriminate against one class of Americans as a “first amendment” right, and bans the government from taking any form of action to curb such discrimination – including withholding federal funds from institutions that discriminate.

FADA allows individuals and businesses to sue the federal government for interfering in their right to discriminate against LGBTQ people and would mandate the Attorney General defend the businesses.

~LGBT COMMUNITY … READ FULL ARTICLE HERE~

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

http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/first-amendment-defense-act-would-be-devastating-lgbtq-americans-n698416

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John Fugelsang Twitter Feed 

https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang

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~~RELATED~~ 

Why does being legally married matter so much to the LGBT community?

https://hrexach.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/why-does-being-legally-married-matter-so-much-to-the-lgbt-community/

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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Keith Olberman …. Director Comey, Sen. Chaffetz …. and the emails …. this is important and infuriating …. “!!


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~~October 31, 2016~~ 

EMAIL DEBACLE AT THE 11TH HOUR

Like so many others, you may be concerned at the state of affairs at this time.

A ‘bombshell’ fell into the American political process Friday, October 21.

I am a fan of Keith Olberman.

Let Keith explain this himself.

HortyRex©

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Trump is Right

This Email Debacle is Worse than Watergate

Donald Trump said that the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s emails, specifically the recent revelation that a State Department staffer asked to change the classification level of an email from her private server, is “worse than Watergate.”

But not for the reasons he claims.

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~~GRAPHIC SOURCE~~ 

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No intention of taking credit.

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

HortyRex©

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#Keith Olberman #FBI #DirectorComey #SenatorJasonChaffetz #TheEmails  #Important #Infuriating #PoliticalStunt #ViolationHatchAct #DepartmentOfJustice #UnitedStates #EmailDebacle #WorseThanWatergate #TheCloser #DonaldTrump #Controversy #HillaryClintonsEmails #Scandal

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #HortyRex #hrexachwordpress

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~~Trump is Right~~

This Email Debacle is Worse than Watergate

The Closer with Keith Olbermann  

~~Published on Oct 31, 2016~~

But not for the reasons he claims.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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


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~~September 20, 2016~~ 

OKAY

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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~~GRAPHICS SOURCE~~ 

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I do not own these images.

No intention of taking credit.

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

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

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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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~~GALLERY~~ 

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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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We ALL are ONE!! 

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LINDSEY STIRLING …. First Single New Album …. “The ARENA” …. “!!


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~~June 30, 2016~~

THE ARENA

Drops the first single

MATTHEW MEADOW

JUNE 28, 2016

American violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer Lindsey Stirling is ready to start the promotion of her third studio album “Brave Enough“, due out on August 19th via her own imprint Lindseystomp Records.

The first official single is the song “The Arena“, which was released along the pre-order of the album on iTunes on June 28th.

The same day, the singer also premiered the music video to support this new single and first taste of this new era.

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

http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/lindsey-stirling-the-arena/

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After teasing the release of her forthcoming third studio album, Lindsey Stirling has dropped the first single in June 28, titled “The Arena.”

The music is noticeably more powerful and poignant than a lot of her previous work, making use of strong drum work and more electronic influence in the bassline and backing synths.

The music video also works to present a stronger Lindsey Stirling herself, as the concept of an “arena” and the motif of a post-apocalyptic wasteland battleground are surely settings in which only the strong survive.

The album: Brave Enough.

We ALL are connected through MUSIC!!

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Lindsey’s dance partner in the video is also a professional dancer and has appeared on Dancing With The Stars, Derek Hough.

The album, entitled Brave Enough, is now available for pre-order and will release on August 19.

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

Lindsey Stirling Drops The First Single To Her New Album

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~~GRAPHICS SOURCE~~

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No intention of taking credit.

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

HortyRex©

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~~GALLERY~~

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~~The Arena~~

Lindsey Stirling

~~Published on Jun 28, 2016~~

Pre-order #BraveEnough on iTunes in the US for an instant download of “The Arena.” Album out worldwide 8/19!

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We ALL are ONE!!

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At the end of the day …. “Oldtown Funk”!!


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~~March 2, 2015~~ 

Forget Mark Ronson’s ‘Uptown Funk‘ – It’s All About ‘Oldtown Funk‘ Now!

Seeing the ‘Uptown Funk‘ video recreated by some SERIOUSLY cool old people will make your day.

THIS IS FOR FUN 

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Just when you thought ‘Uptown Funk’ couldn’t get ANY better … someone got a bunch of AMAZING seniors to recreate the now iconic music video by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, and there aren’t enough words to describe how good it is.

Everything from the outfits to the locations have been painstakingly recreated, as the seniors dance and jive their way through the Vodafone Big Top 40 number one hit. 

Made up of the Genesis Band and the Dancing Grandmas from Utah, who’s ages range from 65 to 92, things have been taken SERIOUSLY old school with this one.

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Extra points go to the ninety plus year-old woman who drops down to do the splits halfway through.

We salute you!

“As it appears in …. “

http://www.capitalfm.com/artists/mark-ronson/news/bruno-mars-uptown-funk-parody/

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~~GALLERY~~ 

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~~Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars~~

Uptown Funk “Oldtown Cover” ft. Alex Boye’, & The Dancing Grannies

~~Published on Feb 24, 2015~~

Many Thanks to my funky seniors!

All the Grandmas and Grandpas in this video did their own stunts.
They range in age from 65-92! Between them, they have raised 500 children, 1,200 grandchildren, and 250 great grandchildren!!

~Genesis Band~

Dennis Pegues
Don Harwell
James Shepphard
Natalie Shepphard
Eddie Gist

Featuring : Jean Elliots “Golden Girls” (The Dancing Grandmas)
These beautiful ladies are well known in the Utah area for performing popular dance routines at Half-time Basketball games.

Thanks so much for everybody involved in this video, even those who came to just hang out and give moral support …. I had SO much fun doing this one.

Don’t believe me?

JUST WATCH!!!

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Courtesy Mr. Militant Negro

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#AtTheEndOfTheDay #OldtownFunk #AlexBoyé #Fun #MarkRonson #Uptown Funk #SeriouslyCoolOldPeople #SeniorCitizens #BrunoMars #GenesisBand #DancingGrandmas #Golden Girls #Utah #Grandmas #Grandpas

#WeAllAreOne #ItIsWhatItIs #DrRex #hrexachwordpress

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~~Uptown Funk~~

Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s version

~~Published on Nov 19, 2014~~

Music video by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars performing Uptown Funk.

(C) 2014 Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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To start the day …. Going home!!


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~~August 15, 2014~~

Today is that day of the week when all has been done. For many, it’s a day to go home. Even though today is just beginning, soon it will be that time to go home.

Enjoy the day, do your best and get ready for the journey back home.

JS

Jon Schmidt (born 1966) is an American pianist currently residing in Bountiful, Utah. He describes his style as “new-age classical.” He was born to German immigrants who acquainted him with the works of such composers as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. He began songwriting at age 11. To date, he has released eight albums and seven piano books containing transcriptions of original arrangements.

He currently works with Steven Sharp Nelson on a project called The Piano Guys, which has proven over and over to be more than quite popular.

His work is often described as New Age music with pop elements of hook and melody. His works were also featured on sample discs for the Iomega Hipzip Digital Audio Player with the pieces “Sacred Ground“, “All of Me“, and “Waterfall“. His influences include Mannheim Steamroller, Billy Joel, and Beethoven.

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~~Going Home~~

~~Published on Mar 25, 2012~~

From the album “A Day in the Sunset” (1994)

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We ALL are ONE!! 

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