Come Sail Away…

Come Sail Away

Come Sail Away

“I’m sailing away, set an open course for the virgin sea
I’ve got to be free, free to face the life that’s ahead of me
On board, I’m the captain, so climb aboard
We’ll search for tomorrow on every shore
And I’ll try, oh Lord, I’ll try to carry on
I look to the sea, reflections in the waves spark my memory
Some happy, some sad
I think of childhood friends and the dreams we had
We live happily forever, so the story goes
But somehow we missed out on that pot of gold
But we’ll try best that we can to carry on
A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope, and this is what they said
They said come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me
Come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me”

by Styx

It’s been 20 years since I saw Styx live in concert…oh the memories music can conjure.

To listen to “Come Sail Away” you can visit this Youtube link.

He Still Plays

A Sunday Afternoon Concert

A Sunday Afternoon Concert

The Observer

The Observer

He Plays On

He Plays On

It Isn't Easy Anymore

It Isn’t Easy Anymore

The Sax

The Sax

Tattered and Worn

Tattered and Worn

More from the Weekend of Sax….

More images from a “Weekend of Saxophone”.  It was truly a pleasure to meet and spend time with all of these gentlemen who love music and graciously share their talents and gifts.

The Delaware Valley Saxophone Quartet with the Washington Saxophone Quartet

The Delaware Valley Saxophone Quartet

 

To learn more about the event “A Weekend of Sax” or the organizations the event raised money to help support please visit: http://www.weekendofsax.org/.

Wordless Wednesday

The Old Forgotten Piano

In Black and White

Washington Saxophone Quartet

The Washington Saxophone Quartet recently visited Doylestown for a “Weekend of Saxophone”.  I had the honor of attending and photographing three events at which they played beautiful, fun, inspiring music for various audiences.  This is ONE of my favorite images of the quartet taken Saturday evening at the Mercer Museum.  The quartet played in front of a crowd of approximately 80 people attending a fundraiser for two music programs in Buck’s County.  More images will follow later in the week.

To learn more about the Washington Saxophone Quartet please visit their website at: http://www.wsaxq.com/.

To learn more about the Mercer Museum, please visit: http://www.mercermuseum.org/.

To learn more about the “Weekend of Saxophone”, it’s sponsor, and the organizations benefiting from it, please visit: http://www.weekendofsax.org/.

The Washington Saxophone Quartet – A casual pose, relaxed and having fun in front of the camera after posing for MANY photos.

And in Color…..

A Man and His Cello in Central Park

There is a woman on Facebook who posts daily, if not multiple times a day, that I love to follow.  Her page is titled “Humans of New York”.  Her photos are fantastic and they totally capture the diversity and uniqueness of humans living in New York City and the surrounding area.

During a recent trip into the city we strolled through Central Park.  This is just one of many fascinating sights and it reminded me so much of “Humans of New York.”

Oscar Hammerstein II Sing-a-Long with Jessie Barth at Highland Farm

Jessie Barth visited Highland Farm this weekend to conduct a sing-a-long and celebrate the life of Oscar Hammerstein II.  It is always a pleasure to see Jessie and her accompanist, Gordon Porth, as well as the ever so kind Christine Cole, owner and Inn Keeper of Highland Farm.  Approximately 25 people were in attendance to sing, share experiences, and enjoy a magical evening of music. It was fascinating to listen to all of the stories about, and connections to, Oscar Hammerstein II as attendees shared their personal “Oscar” favorites.  The music was fabulous and the warm glow of the fire added a special ambiance, which made the cold rainy night almost disappear and transport the attendees to another place in time.

To learn more about Jessie and her passion for Oscar Hammerstein II visit: http://www.jessiebarth.com.

To purchase “At Home with Oscar – A Hundred Million Miracles” – a musical tribute to Oscar Hammerstein II recorded by Jessie and Gordon at Highland Farm, visit: http://www.jessiebarth.com/oscarcd.html.  Jessie commissioned me for much of the photography work included on the CD cover and in the booklet accompanying the CD.

To learn more about Highland Farm or to make reservations for a relaxing get away weekend in beautiful Buck’s County visit: http://www.highlandfarmbb.com.

The Ambiance

Some of the Male Attendees Preparing to Sing

The Female Attendees Singing - Some even had a Solo Part

Jessie

Gordon

Music Runs in the Family - Jessie's Brother

The Crowd

Telling Personal "Oscar" Stories

Sharing a Love of Music

The Pianist

One of Several Songs Enjoyed

The Finale

Tonight I leave you with a couple of quotes from Oscar Hammerstein II.

“A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it. A song’s not a song ’til you sing it. Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!” – Oscar Hammerstein II

“I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.” – Oscar Hammerstein II

Tribute to Music

At the close of a weekend rich with music history; the death of Whitney Houston and the Grammy Awards,  I had to post images of musical instruments.  After all, music is what feelings sound like, isn’t it?  Whitney Houston’s music did indeed touch the emotions.  Rest in peace Whitney.  Your music touched the world.

The Grand Piano

The Sax

The Sax II