Kristy Landgren

How Will It End?

 

When I was in college, my roommate’s sister discovered the Moody Blues, and turned us onto the music. They quickly became our favorite band of all our “favorite” bands back then.  Then I discovered Fleetwood Mac and they soon became a close 2nd favorite band.  And they still are.  Over the years, we expect things to inevitably change (they always do) but a favorite band should not ever change, right?  

Welcome!

 

Welcome to the newly redesigned website, highlighting the “Heal Heals“ CD and the engaging new book of the same name.  To give a little background, this book is the culmination of a year‘s work and the CD contains music which has inspired the book:  A cozy little pair, these two are!  The motivation for the book stems from a life-long enjoyment and desire to learn about religions.  I love to hear others’ explanations about their religious practices and traditions, which often provides validations of or insights into my own religion. For example,  

 

Inspirational Read

 

Michael Phelps "return"; article by Eric Metaxas

Happy Fourth of July!

 

Tonight was an evening of parades, salutaions, music, and fireworks - a celebration of America's independence 235 years ago. The Original Founders were not stodgy, old Englishmen (as some have alleged) but were well-educated, community leaders, who were among the most brilliant thinkers of all time. They studied governments and societies, financial structures, political systems, and human nature. They proclaimed a Declaration of Independence, participated in an American Revolution, and constructed a Constitution, the supreme framework for the organization of the U.S. government. The Constitution defines the relationship government has with the states, it's citizens, and all people living within the United States. 

Noble Profession

 

It's been said that playing live is a noble profession for a musician. I think it's true. There are a few who do it exceptionally well and I have always stood in tremendous awe of their professionalism. It is such a wonderful gift to be able to make a living doing what one loves most - music. I wish I could say I were in that League. My little league is the one that works by day to pay the bills and lives by night to make the music. Nevertheless, whether it is from the fifth row of an intimate theater or the pigeon rafters of an enormous auditorium, I find it remarkably rewarding to observe the great ones and try to take away some morsel of craft that I can use to help improve my performance skills. One of the covers I always enjoyed doing was

Go, Blackhawks!

 

Congratulations, Chicago Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Champions!

Kris' iPod

 

What a month it has been - two Chicago trips, a convention, and a graduation. I still feel my head spinning but after three days back to work, I’m finally settling into “normal,” whatever that is! Anyway, if my little iPod hadn’t gotten me through so many long flights, I would have lost my mind! I’d been hauling around my Bose and headphones forever. My sister had been telling me for years that I needed something tiny for travel but I couldn’t justify replacing a perfectly good Bose, albeit a little clumsy. So she gave me an iPod back in March. I have been having so much fun going through all my old CDs and pulling out favorite songs. Some CDs are worthy of complete importation and I do have my favorite albums. Of course the early Beatles qualify, as well as, Moody Blues,

The Legend

 

Nothing is as uplifting, inspiring and powerful as great music. I believe music is the gift of all gifts. That would make the musician gifted among all the gifted. Some musicians are more gifted than others and among the most gifted is the legend. Take me, for example. I love music. I enjoy all aspects of it: singing, listening, playing, writing, arranging, and accompanying. Music gives my life such purpose and delight. It has also provided immeasurable therapy during the most difficult and troublesome times. As grateful as I am for my musical talents, they dwarf in comparison to the truly legendary musician.

Something to Sing About

 

Christmas is almost here and it has been a tough year. Instead of racking up debt and purchasing unaffordable items, how about writing a song for a friend or loved one - something simple and unique about the person. I always wished I had the technical skills to write and produce a sophisticated song but, rather, mine tend to be simple songs. In this particular case, maybe simple is better. It is less costly, it is less time-consuming, and, most of all, it is humble. It could be touching, energetic, light-hearted, melancholy, humorous or whatever you want it to be. But, most importantly, it is from your own heart's creativity. Aren't those usually the best gifts anyway? This year, give yourself and someone else something to sing about. Give the gift of music - isn't it everyone's favorite?

Hubble

 

Oh, my goodness! The Imax Theater’s 3D movie production of the Hubble Telescope is beyond unbelievable. The images from the telescope and the scientific discoveries which have occurred as a result are blowing my mind. I probably need to return to the movie about 10 more times just to begin to absorb such monumental significance. Remember how much fun it used to be to go to an observatory and look through telescopes? Not anymore! Earth’s atmosphere distorts even the most sophisticated telescope’s photographs so they seem primitive and inadequate. The Hubble orbit’s the entire earth

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