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How to Make Good Music

Updated on November 18, 2014

There is So Much About Music

Sometimes a good piece of music stops me in my tracks. I often get tears in my eyes when the vocal cords of some fantastic singer vibrate with resonance on the strength of a fantastic note. Thrills run up and down my spine when a singer treats a great song with reverence and puts her or his heart into it. There are a few singers who do this to me and among them are Vera Lynne, Nat King Cole, Barbara Striesend, Mario Lanza and who can forget the unforgettable talents of Kathryn Grayson, Julie Andrews and the like.

One of my favorite songs is Blue Moon.

Well played music is also a track stopper. That of great composers like Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and of course the older ones like Strauss and Beethoven, to name but a few. So we are blessed with a wealth of music from these great creators and performers The musicians like Glen Miller, should never be forgotten either and the list goes on.

Music sings to the heart and refreshes the soul. We can think, remember, love and dream while listening to it.

Learn to Play Online

Many programs are just too easy

No longer do you have to learn as a young child because with modern technology playing an instrument is a breeze. Traditionally young children are encouraged to learn the piano or some simple instrument like the recorder. I can remember with some pain my music lessons when I was taught the violin. The worst part of that experience was the theory which involved a special class on Saturday mornings when everyone else was off playing and spending time with their friends or families. It was such a drag and most of it I could not understand.

Later on it was easier to teach myself to play the piano with the little bit of knowledge gained as a result but the whole experience of learning music was one I would rather forget.

How Much Do You LOVE Music

Those who are into it are, like most enthusiasts, always on the lookout for ideas, bargains, best help and great performers.

Take on board the ideas and enthusiastic support given by others on this site

Barbra Streisand - Memory

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New, Old, Favorites for all ages

You can't beat the relaxing power of a good tune. It eases the pain of work, it soothes the frustration of a busy day, it makes the time pass more pleasantly and it sets the mood for a party, an evening with friends or doing something alone, such as painting.

As an artist I love to put on music to paint by and often insert a disc when I am surfing the web. But it has to be the right kind of music to suit my mood and as one ages that which suits young people certainly does not suit me, unless it is along the lines of what I have described.

These Companies give some great music in all genres.

Company offers music lovers and casual music fans a more focused but authentic music experience. It provides better prices than other digital music retailers and combines award-winning editorial, a superb recommendations system, and social media features for the most musical context tto satisfy any enthusiastic music fans, record labels, and artists. Explore this music with subscription-based pricing that rewards better value than any other legal competitor.

Barbara Striesend

Duets
Duets

Any music by this artist is well worth having. Check out this one.

 

Johann Strauss - Blue Danube Waltz

This is probably the first tune that made a great impression on me. At the time I was a small child in school and we had a large collection of songs in a filing system something like a calendar that flicks over at the top. Among its many pages was the Blue Danube Waltz.

Being somewhat a good singer my imagination would roam in search of a blue colored river called the Danube and would picture the romantic attachment that the composer must have had for it. It would be many years before I fully understood the story behind this great tune but the sudden pulsing o my heart whenever I hear it reminds me of those days when we stood as a chorus and sung the words.

These are the words represented on the askville site of Amazon but they are not the ones we sang at school

The Blue Danube

Danube so blue, so bright and blue,

through vale and field you flow so calm,

our Vienna greets you, you silver stream

through all the lands you merry the heart

with your beautiful shores.

Far from the Black Forest

you hurry to the sea

giving your blessing to everything.

Eastward you flow,

welcoming your brothers,

A picture of peace for all time!

Old castles looking down from high,

greet you smiling from their steep

and craggy hilltops,

and the mountains' vistas

mirror in your dancing waves.

The mermaids from the riverbed,

whispering as you flow by,

are heard by everything

under the blue sky above.

The noise of your passing

is a song from old times

and with the brightest sounds

your song leads you ever on.

Stop your tides at Vienna,

it loves you so much!

Whenever you might look

you will find nowhere like Vienna!

Here pours a full chest

the charms of happy wishes,

and heartfelt German wishes

are flown away on your waters.

The school's version started with

Moonlight gleams, moonlight, moonlight,

Like fairy beams, . . . .

Teach Kids to Play Early

They can succeed with the right programs

Today's software is amazingly simple for kids of any age to follow. Its really as easy as 1. 2. 3. or A. B. C. Its great to see young children master the keyboard and twiddle on the fiddle. Parent who are themselves musicians can easily encourage their offspring into a musical start at a young age, so why can't any parent do the same? Its all about enthusiasm and good management and these companies can help.

This advanced piano learning game comes with a professional keyboard. Its unlimited expandability means you can learn to play the songs you like. Pack Includes 200 songs, 10 free holiday songs that are suitable for music teachers, children of ages 3+ as well as adult students.

Start with the easy mode before moving up a notch.


This Company has brought smiles to the faces of children and families since 1989. Their products are cselectively created to provide their customers with the most creative, unique, well made, well-priced personalized products available. It has sold over two million of its personalized music CDs, books, photo calendars and other made-to-order personalized items.

Children can also be encouraged with CD's that are personalised as here Barney Personalized Music Special

Kathryn Grayson - Always

In my mind she has the purest, richest voice of any female artist. Her range is incredible and from the first time I ever heard her sing, which may have been in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty, I was hooked. Many artists come close but none have ever captured the clarity of such notes as she makes light work of any tune. It was beyond me to know how anyone could have so much talent.

She was equally as skillful as an actress when she played in unforgettable roles, such as Showboat, and performed opposite to Mario Lanza in movies like Because You're Mine and so many others. In the scenes where they sing together my heart throbs to double time. It is normal for me to stop everything and watch one of their movies when it comes on television.

She was a great lady and she gave us such fabulous, unforgettable tunes.

The Desert Song [VHS]
The Desert Song [VHS]

Any of Grayson's songs are memorable and worth having and those like Showboat and others are all well known. The Desert Song, however, is one of my favorites and a real treasure from my youthful days.

 

Music Is In Our Blood

What parent doesn't sing to their infants. Rock a baby and the tune is automatic. Feel good about something and you sing out loud whatever song is on your mind.

It goes side by side with our emotions, our love, our passions and throughout all our lives it is there. We enjoy it, we love it and we embrace it.

Nat King Cole - Unforgettable

This artist has the most unique style of any that ever made a record. With ease and wonderful clarity he sings with his heart and the notes just glide off his vocal chords like a skater on ice. Seemingly without effort he has thrilled audiences around the globe and continues to do so with his legacy on records and in movies.

My brother went a tour with him once when he came to Australia and I will never forget the comment he made or the glow in his eyes when he first met him. "Today I have met a great man and I may never wash my hand again," he announced.

The world was truly robbed of a great talent when he was taken from us.

The Christmas Song
The Christmas Song

If you can sing a great tribute to Christmas then it has to come from the mouth of Nat King Cole. This is a great album and well worth having,

 

Enhance Your Creative Side

Effects and tools to help

As a web publisher there are many occasions when I need material to use on my sites that are royalty free and able to be used over and over for commercial, as well as private use. It is pleasing to find that music is available under the same type of terms and these companies provide it.

This company provides audio content with a simple general use license agreement on behalf of its participating Artists. It simply means that all files sold are licensed for commercial use by the end client. They can be used in applications for motion pictures, feature films, short films, radio advertisements, PowerPoint presentations, iPhone apps, plus personal use and any other possible legal use.

Upload content from all genres of music and audio whenever possible. The more diverse your archive, the more likely you are to receive increased royalties

Company provides over 1,500 PDF files and over 30,000 MIDI and Mp3 files. It has ways to learn to play and enjoy it. Its repertoire of several genres encourages visits to their site to check them out..

Cole Porter - Night and Day

This composer was, like many of his time, one of the greatest. Show Boat stands out but there are just so many other of his tunes that it would be hard to pick the best out of them. But Night and Day would have to be right up there as one of the greatest, but so too is Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.

Fortunately for us we have a great legacy of his work to share with our children,

Mario Lanza - I'll Walk With God

When aged 12, 13 and 14 it was my good fortune to have a part-time job at a milk-bar cafe opposite the movie theatre on Bondi Beach. That was when I first heard this magnificent voice and it was imperative that I stop and listen. After that whenever one of his movies played the effect increased until I was so in love with this voice that my enthusiasm for it drove others mad.

Night after night or day after day as the movie played on, sometimes for a week or more, my mind, heart and soul drank in the sheer beauty of it. Even today it stops me dead whenever his voice is played on the radio or television. Of course I ended up owning dozens of his records and they inspired me in my paintings and other creative endeavors.

His death hit me hard and I still cannot believe that he is dead. Well to me he never will be.

Music Fades Over Time

So how do we preserve it?

As we hear in these recordings things are not as clear as they once were. The backgrounds are scratchy, the overall performance is a bit hard to take but that is why we should buy new recordings from the companies who supply the golden oldies in as new condition. There is also a problem with storage.

My oldies are on vinyl and they require a special way of stacking them or they warp. But the problem is worse because I don't have a turntable

Glen Miller - In The Mood

This man had a dream and he fulfilled it and gave the world one of the greatest sounds that any band could achieve. His life story has recently aired on local television and I advise anyone who gets the chance to watch it to do so.

He is still an inspiration to all musicians and his tragic death, again at such a young age, affected millions. he died at the end of WWII in a plane crash somewhere between England and France on his way to a concert in Paris. There are many of his tunes which are my favorites including Little Brown Jug, Moonlight Serenade and this one.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Music touch my soul. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      for me, music is very important, and i have no doubt it has so much power. thanks for sharing a wonderful lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Absolutely lovely.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Wishing you a year of many new blessings starting with this one! Happy New Year!

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      @dellgirl: You are wonderful and so glad you like this lens. Hugs

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      When I was here before I could only SquidLike this wonderful lens. This time I bring ... ~SquidAngel Blessings~

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      Even decades after first hearing them I am uplifted by good music and song.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      The delight you feel intensely for great music is contagious. I cannot even imagine my life without music in it. I can relate to what you shared about your violin lessons as a child. Though mine were piano lessons, the theory and reasons for much of what I had to do went way over my 9 year old head. As an adult, while teaching myself, I returned to the pure joy of playing.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      @smorse28 lm: Thanks for your visit and comment. So glad you enjoyed this lens.

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      smorse28 lm 5 years ago

      This is a FANTASTIC lens. I've been learning guitar and look forward to playing every night. It's such a release.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      I love listening to live performances. Listening to a live orchestra, or choir can be almost a spiritual experience.

      Just a note....the youtube module with Music of Chopin isn't working.

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      Great read, i really enjoyed it, thanks for sharing!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love In the Mood. Great choices of wonderful music.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was brokenhearted although I have the Lord on my fab 5, The pain of watching my loved ones suffer, yet another day, has been thick and relentless. I find myself tearing up just from thinking back for mere seconds, but that first song just helped to push the focus from my happy past and sad reality, over to eagerly looking forward to Jesus's guide, and I feel like I just have met the dawn of my attitude adjustment, into positively expecting the good to come, and I pray I can stand strong when vices call to "ease the pain, when really, they just add one more day to the fall. That one sentence, I must go on now, is the one that sparked me, along with the angels. So thank you from the bottom of my empty, but thanks to you all, my slowly refilling heart. The future is all we have left! Thanks you

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Great lens. Music education has unfortunately been falling to the wayside over the last decade and it really comes at the detriment of everyone, not just the students.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Great lens. Music education has unfortunately been falling to the wayside over the last decade and it really comes at the detriment of everyone, not just the students.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for featuring some of my music lenses.

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      GreenMind 5 years ago from USA

      As the author Kurt Vonnegut said, "All music is sacred."

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for the music, the song i'm singing...ABBA. squidliked and blessed by a squidangel flying by.

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      efriedman 5 years ago

      I enjoy music, especially classical, Celtic, Cole Porter and old rock and roll. Odd mix. Also enjoy visual arts and #haitweet (new haiku for twitter). Sometimes all these art forms connect emotionally - listening to great music may make me think of particular images; poetry connects to images, too. Thanks for putting together this lens on music!

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      casquid 5 years ago

      This was well done. I love Cole Porter and Glenn Miller, as much as Motown and Adele. Moods choose for me. Your lens gave good suggestions, as well. Thank You.

      I have trouble linking, but hope to add this to a lens of mine.

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      XxSadieLadyxX 5 years ago

      As someone with the horrible mental disorder borderline personality disorder music is what keeps me alive. There are songs that will live with me forever because of the lyrics they contained. I could never imagine my life without music

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      After yet another review of this lens, I recalled the amazing Yamaha Keyboard my favorite young (developmentally challenged) friend just received from a family friend. There are songs installed in the system/keyboard, he hit's a button, then the "piano keys" light up as the song plays so he can follow along. A perfect "gift of music" for this little angel. I have never seen anyone so excited to show me anything!

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      I'm so glad I found this lens! Exquisite! Thank you for the experience and knowledge. Beautifully presented and so much information that inspired me and reminded me of my childhood. My mother loved music, I have 4 of 7 siblings that are talented musicians. My brother won, Best Local Band award in 2011 for St. Louis, Mo. WOW. He learned by ear on our piano. He now plays the "acoustic bass" . So rare.

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Music is universal language. You played the right tunes. Applause to the lensmaster!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Nice job. Thanks for featuring some of my music lenses. Happy new year!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Nice job. Thanks for featuring some of my music lenses. Happy new year!

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      pianolessongirl 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! :) Thanks!

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      Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! What a treat to see so many of my favorite singers and composers here!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A Great Musical Lens! Best wishes :)

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      mrducksmrnot 6 years ago

      Wonderful music lens and the piano is one musical instrument that is used quite often if folks just listen. Just singing is relaxing even if one can or cannot carry a tune it's still relaxing. Thanks for featuring my lens also. So many choices that I'll have music from now on.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      I adore all kinds of music and it is clear that you do too. Thanks so much for including my lens.

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      Churchmouse LM 6 years ago

      I can't imagine what a life would be like without music. Good music, that is! Thanks so much for your lens

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      Churchmouse LM 6 years ago

      A superb lense - full of goodies and thoughtful links. THank you so much!

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      An excellent resource. Squid Angel Blessings to you

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens, thank you

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      What beautiful choices of music. These classics will never grow old. I'll know where to come next time I need some uplifting music and to hear some golden voices.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      God music does not have a substitute.

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

      Music is good for mental health.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love music. Essential for my life.

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      ccorrig 6 years ago

      Interesting lens. You did a good job speaking from the heart! Everyone that reads this will know how passionate you are about music!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, very inspirational! Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend!

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      marckq 6 years ago

      Great lens. Touches the soul and whispers to the heart. Thanks for sharing.

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      A really great lens, celebrating all that music can do for the human heart and spirit.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Really loving lens as I also love music.

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      Geeve 6 years ago

      Another delightful lens that perfectly fits the quote "Any lens can catch your eye, but it takes a special lens to catch your heart."

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you for featuring my music lens "Best Songs Ever.....".

      Featured your lens on my music lens "benefit-from-relaxing-sleep-music-therapy-songs-and-meditation-music-buddhist-chant-that-acts-as-rejuvenating-and-relaxing-natur"

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      A great directory of some great music. And thanks for including my Vera Lynn Lens

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      what a splendid and delightful lens. thank you!

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      I love music..........

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      lovely as always

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      IlanaMoore LM 6 years ago

      I took piano and guitar is a child, and I wholeheartedly encourage each of my kids to explore the music of their choice. Great lens with loads of info. Thanks!

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      Khalid-Osman 6 years ago

      Thank you for the passionate hard work and nice achievement. This is a great lens. I take my hat off for you :-) I love Barbara Striesend too and I liked her most when she performed with Barry Gibb.

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      tanvii 6 years ago

      Very nice lens..

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens about a beautiful topic!

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      poppy mercer 6 years ago from London

      We got a turntable and converter to transfer all our old vinyl to cd. What joy. The sound of vinyl recordings, even with scratches, is so superior to cd.

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      fotolady49 lm 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens!!! I love music!

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      Christmas Blessings from a SquidAngel! :-)

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      Tobbie LM 6 years ago

      Thanks! for featuring my Glenn Miller lens! You have put together a great collection of artists here!

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      wondersmoke lm 6 years ago

      A great musical lens targeted for everybody! Keep up the good work!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Have to say, guite the excellent collection of great music resources! Also thanks for listing some great classics on your site!

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      MikesHowToSite 6 years ago

      Lots of great info! Thanks for creating this lens.

      play piano tonight

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      I love, love , love Barbra...she is ledgend and her voice is magical! thankyou for featuring my songs with special meaning

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      A return visit to bring an Angel Blessing!

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens. I love music.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is great at making good music. Thank you for sharing and turning us on to some pieces we may not know. I am a big fan of Barbra's voice.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The Blue Danube is a wonderful childhood memory as my Mom would often play it, it certainly does take you away....a pleasure to visit you and getting that lift I didn't know I needed//////1

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      You had me in your description of the affect music has on you in your first paragraph. Thanks for a terrific lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You have some excellent selections here. Kudos on your taste in music.

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      BelindaBlevins 7 years ago

      I had no idea you could take music lessons on line. Thanks

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      KokoTravel 7 years ago

      Excellent lens! I love it!

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Wonderful collection of songs and artists.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Music is like an ocean, the more you deep dive - the more you explore. There is so much to learn and appreciate about the music and the melodies.

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      Mart903 7 years ago

      Ah,..the beauty of art forms smoothly interacting.

      Featured it!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a great selection of pieces and resources here! Lensrolling you back and 5*!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Yes, music is just wonderful! I'm not good at playing music, but fortunately my husband and daughter are both musicians so I can listen to them.

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      dezwards 7 years ago

      Thoroughly enjoyed the lens! Learning to play a musical instrument is one of those 'must try' things in life. Stick at it and it will give you years and years of pleasure. A really useful and helpful lens, many thanks!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I'd like to learn how to play guitar. I actually have one that's sitting in my bedroom waiting for me to pick it up and use it. Thanks for the tips!

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      Sibelius 7 years ago

      Wow, lots of great info!