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Love is Christmas .mp3

December 18, 2013


I have to admit that for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been caught in the frenzy of last-minute Christmas shopping trying to find the “perfect” gifts for family and friends. It’s funny how we get stressed out over buying the right things, when the best presents are those that can never be put in a box, right?

Sara Bareilles wrote a song a few years back that is a beautiful expression of this sentiment. I sat down at the piano and recorded my own version for you as a small holiday gift.

Click below image to download.
Love is Christmas.mp3

Love is Christmas by Sara Bareilles
I don’t care if the house is packed, or the strings of light are broken.
I don’t care if the gifts are wrapped, or there’s nothing here to open.
Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it.
Love is simply joy that I’m home.

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained, we’ve got food upon the table.
I don’t care if it’s gonna rain. Our little room is warm & stable.
Love is who we are, and no season can contain it.
Love would never fall for that.

We sing…. oooooh….oooooh….oooooh….
Let love lead us. Love is Christmas.

Why so scared that you’ll mess it up, when perfection keeps you haunted.
All we need is your best, my love. That’s all anyone ever wanted.
Love is how we do…let no judgment overrule it.
Love I look to you, and I sing….

Ooooooh. Oooooh. Ahhh. Ahhhh. Ooooh.
Let love lead us. Love is Christmas.

May this holiday season surround you with those you hold dear and may it bring you friendship, joy, laughter and most of all …. may you feel love.

Merry Christmas,

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Glory of Love mp3

March 3, 2013


So it’s been a while since I’ve sat down at the piano, pulled out my microphone, and recorded a tune. A couple of evenings ago, the urge overtook me after watching the 80’s movie

If you haven’t watched it, you’re missing out. I highly recommend the film, but make sure you have a box of tissues handy ’cause you’ll need them. It’s basically the story of two women (played by Bette Middler & Barbara Hershey) who meet as children and have a lifetime friendship with all its ups and downs.

One of the songs Bette Middler performs both at the beginning and end of the film is an old classic called “Glory of Love” (nope, not the Peter Cetera song… but the one written by Billy Hill that was a smash hit in 1936). I downloaded a jazzy arrangement to play on my piano & sang my interpretation. I hope you like it!

You can download a copy HERE.

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Sara Bareilles cover – Gravity

June 20, 2010


Greetings! Taking a lil’ break from the Africa stories to share a new music recording with you.

I’m a big fan of Sara Bareilles’ album Little Voice. Most folks have probably heard the tune “Love Song” on the radio, but there are a few other gems on the album that didn’t get as much exposure like Gravity, One Sweet Love, City, & Many the Miles.

I recorded my own arrangement of Gravity for piano and voice this afternoon. Take a listen to the mp3 and let me know what you think!

p.s. If you listen closely, there’s an impromptu sound effect at the very end of the song. Can you hear it?

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Hey Jupiter

December 17, 2008

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For some reason tonight, this song came into my head & decided not to budge until I recorded my version of it. It resonates with me right now…a beautiful, sad melody written by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. The lyrics are below. CLICK HERE or on the below image to listen to the MP3 performed on my piano.

“Hey Jupiter” music & lyrics by Tori Amos (from Boys for Pele)
Arranged & performed by Laura Griffin

no one’s picking up the phone
guess it’s me… and me
and this little masochist
she’s ready to confess
all the things that I never thought
that she could feel

hey Jupiter
nothing’s been the same
so are you gay… are you blue
thought we both could use a friend to run to
and I thought I wouldn’t have to be
with you… something new

sometimes I breathe you in
and I know you know
and sometimes you take a swim
found your writing on my wall
if my heart’s soaking wet
boy your boots can leave a mess

hey Jupiter
nothing’s been the same
so are you gay… are you blue
thought we both could use a friend to run to
and I thought you wouldn’t have to keep
with me …hiding

thought I knew myself so well
all the dolls I had
took my leather off the shelf
your apocalypse was fab
for a girl who couldn’t choose between the shower or the bath
and I thought I wouldn’t have to be
with you… a magazine

no one’s picking up the phone
guess it’s clear he’s gone
and this little masochist
is lifting up her dress
guess I thought I could never feel the things I feel and

hey Jupiter
nothing’s been the same
so are you gay… are you blue
thought we both could use a friend to run to

hey Jupiter nothing’s been the same
so are you safe… now we’re through
thought we both could use a friend to run to
hey Jupiter

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Verdi Cries

September 6, 2008


Click to listen to my version of Verdi CriesI’ve been a big fan of Natalie Merchant’s work for years (ever since Steve introduced me to her – thanks Steve!). Her songs are often filled with socially conscious lyrics matched with great melodies, and she is a tremendous performer live. I’ve seen her about 4 times in concert, and she is always having so much fun performing on stage that you just want to get up there with her. *LOL*

Natalie got her start over 25 years ago when she became the lead singer of a band called 10,000 Maniacs. One of my favorite tunes she wrote for them is called Verdi Cries. It’s a simple one for piano & voice. I picked out the rudimentary chords on my piano & recorded my own version for you tonight. You can click on the picture or on THIS LINK to listen to the short MP3 of my interpretation. Hope you like it!

P.S. For those of you that follow my papercrafting designs, I’ll have more cards coming soon – I’ve just been having a lot of fun creating music this month! 🙂

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