YouTube Awesomeness with Peter Hollens and Lindsey Stirling

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Today, I heard a few things while working on my synopsis that I just HAD to share.

How’s the synopsis going?‘ you ask.  Awww, thanks for asking!  Actually, it’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever done.  I thought that writing a book was tough!  Writing a synopsis is super tough.  I think it would be easier to write it before you even start writing the book.  One of the keys is to step back from the book to write a general overview of the book which is NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE when you’ve become so involved with the characters and their world that it’s like they are best friends.  (Actually, it’s almost like they are family.)  You know what they think and it’s hard to step back and look at them like strangers… or, gasp, like characters in  book.  Anyhow, it’s crazy.  I have a more profound respect for authors and the work they put into a book.  It doesn’t just stop with the writing of the book.  There’s so much more!  Authors, I applaud you!  You are simply amazing.

So, that’s why I’ve been away for so long.  My brain just can’t wrap around a million things plus one.  🙂

Today, I gave myself permission to listen to some music while I worked.  I wasn’t super productive… but I found a few awesome things on YouTube I wanted to share because they are just way too awesome to not share!

First of all, if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that the story I am working on has a strong and brave heroine in it that I’ve determined is an awesome match for amazing violinist, Lindsey Stirling.  Well, Lindsey just release this awesome video today that I wanted to share!  Not only is she wonderful (as always) but John Legend sings a fantastic song.  I love the lyrics!

“Cause all of me loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me, I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose, I’m winning
Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you.”

The other amazing artist that I want to share with you is Peter Hollens.  Some of you may remember the short blog I did on him a while back.  Well, I’m going to talk about him again.  Peter is AMAZING!  Just when you think he can’t get any better, he blows a song out of the water!  He does A cappella, and no one does it like him!  Peter has an amazing voice!  If I had money to give to artists, I would totally be throwing some at him and begging him to put out more music!  I’m not even sure how I stumbled upon him, but am I ever glad I did!  I’m going to post two of his songs here and hope that you get so hooked you listen to his other stuff too!    The first will be Shenandoah.  This is one of the best showcases of his amazing voice and I love listening to it.

The next is one of my favourites because it is just so fun!  I intend to feature Peter and his lovely wife Evynne (who is also super talented) on a blog post soon.  Maybe I can even convince them to answer a few questions for me… Either way, I’m just trying to decide which of their songs to include!

He’s crazy talented, right??  I know.  Now, you’ll get just as hooked as me.  I’m a Peter Hollens addict.  🙂  I won’t judge you if you hit repeat a few times!

The amazing Lindsey Stirling’s: website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channel.

Want more Peter Hollens?  Check out his website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube channel as well.

Have you heard Peter and Lindsey before?  What are your favourites?

~Sarah

‘Keening for the Dawn’ by Steve Bell ~ Beauty and Longing

When I first popped this CD into my stereo, I knew I was in for a treat.  I have enjoyed Steve Bell’s music since I met him as a child.

I enjoyed the first song and then as the CD played on I realized that although I know Steve quite well, this is not the album I expected.  Steve’s albums are comfort food for my spirit and this album stirred my soul with a rawness… a keening for the reason for the season.  Not the baby in the manger reason but the longing of the world for the arrival of the Saviour, both then and now.

This album takes us on a journey, musically and lyrically.  Steve and his guitar, as always, are wonderful.  In addition, there are striking moments with mandolin, harmonica, violin, viola, cello and bass.  All combined with thought-provoking lyrics.

Beginning with Advent, ‘The Coming’, with expectant waiting and preparation for the arrival of the Lord.  ‘Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel‘ is infused with beautiful spoken words by Malcolm Guite and gives a whole new sound to a traditional song.  We also get a wonderful classic from Steve in ‘Fashion For Me‘.

Into the Nativity, where we feast on the beautiful ‘While Shepherds Watched‘ and some beautifully poetic songs to make the heart sigh and soar.

Lastly, the Epiphany, the ‘revealing’ of Jesus.  As I write this review, I’ve been trying to figure out which section touches me most.  The whole CD is wonderful, but I think that the songs contained in this section are the ones that ring the most in me.  While we celebrate with joy the arrival of the Saviour, we are reminded that His was not an easy life but He came anyway.  That He knows that ours is not an easy life and walks with us.  He calls to us.

This beautiful, poignant album has caused me to long more for Him and not the ‘Christmas’ that I am accustomed to.  Not the hustle and the bustle.  Not the gifts, and not even the family-time.  (Though I still look forward to those things.)  I am reminded of my longing for the Lord… and even more touching… of His longing for me.

Thank-you Steve and Malcolm.  I will treasure this CD and it will be listened to year-round.

~Sarah

Please visit Steve’s website (where you can get this fantastic CD): http://stevebell.com/music-video/discography/

Also, here is Malcolm’s blog: http://malcolmguite.wordpress.com/blog/