Performance from Harmony Project to Aurora


You can help by donating a dollar for the recording!

A way you can help a little is to share this post! We’re trying to spread the good will around!

Another plea to any of my followers to repost this or share it! We really want to collect some more money for the families in Colorado. If you watched Anderson Cooper you will know how high-quality the people were who got killed. It’s just so unfair and sad. I guess people who go to midnight movies and like Batman are pretty cool people. So sad!

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Harmony Project Helps Aurora Victims: Another Harmony Project Post


 

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release:

7/23/12

COLUMBUS TO SHOW AURORA “HOW WE LOVE”

Harmony Project Quickly Schedules Monday Recording Session

Song & Online Contributions to Offer Aurora Community Help with Healing

PROCEEDS FROM NEW SINGLE DOWNLOAD TO BENEFIT FAMILIES OF VICTIMS

Royalty Rights Waived by Songwriter; Production & Location Donated

(COLUMBUS, Ohio): Technical logistics and over 100 members of the Harmony Project choir were being quickly coordinated last night and this morning to arrange for the choir to assemble later this afternoon to record the single, “How We Love,” and make it available online for a $1 contribution to show Columbus’ and the country’s support for our neighbors in Aurora.

All proceeds will benefit the families of victims in the Aurora tragedy and serve as one community’s way to help another with the healing process.

The Harmony Project will work to turn the Columbus Firefighters Local 67 banquet hall at 379 W. Broad into a recording studio from 4 pm to 5:30 pm this afternoon. Choir members are being asked to assemble at 5:30 pm and be prepared to record the song starting at 6 pm.

“We will record the track, “How We Love,” written by acclaimed song writer Beth Nielsen Chapman,” explained David Brown, director of The Harmony Project. “Chapman has agreed to waive the royalty rights to the song for this purpose. The goal is to record, mix and then upload the track to http://www.HarmonyProject.com two to three hours later. Our web site will link to http://www.GivingFirst.org, a not-for-profit organization which was designated by the City of Aurora, to direct and distribute financial contributions to help families of victims of this terrible tragedy.”

“It’s amazing, but not surprising, how Columbus has come together in the last 24 hours to do what we do best: help our fellow neighbors, whether that is across the street or across the country,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman. “Let’s do what we can to help the families of Aurora begin their healing process.”

“The hope is to demonstrate the “US” in ColumbUS also stands for the greater country, and that in times like these, we are reminded that we are all neighbors,” said Columbus City Council President Andrew Ginther. “We want to reach across the country, albeit digitally, and help heal the heartache that we can only imagine.”

“Almost every conversation since the incident happened always seemed to end with ‘I wish there was something we could do,’” said Franklin County Commission President Paula Brooks. “Everyone is expressing their desire to help, and all of the services needed to make this happen this afternoon have been donated in-kind. That’s what central Ohio is all about.”

Brown said much of the inspiration for the idea of how central Ohio could help came from hearing President Obama’s comments shortly after the tragedy. “His comments echoed the lyrics to the song, “How We Love” that we had just performed last week.”

The Harmony Project presented “How We Love” at its Bicentennial concerts this past week. The melody is haunting and beautiful, the lyrics powerful and healing. The song’s composer, Beth Nielsen Chapman, is a well-known songwriter in Nashville who writes for Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Elton John and many others. (Lyrics to song follow below.)

The Harmony Project invites you to go to http://www.HarmonyProject.com to download the song later tonight and contribute to this cause.

For Press Inquires Contact:

Kristen Foley, Griffin Communications 614-477-4445 Kristen@griffingps.com

Lisa Griffin, Griffin Communications 614-302-2135 Lisa@griffingps.com

How We Love

Written by Beth Nielsen Chapman

Life has taught me this
Everyday is new
And if anything is true
All that matters when we’re through is how we love Faced with what we lack
Some things fall apart
From the ashes new dreams start
All that matters to the heart is how we love How we love, how we love
From the smallest act of kindness
In a word, a smile, a touch
In spite of our mistakes
Chances come again
If we lose or if we win
All that matters in the end is how we love How we love, how we love
I will not forget your kindness
When I needed it so much
Sometimes we forget
Try to be so strong
In this world of right and wrong
All that matters when we’re gone
All that mattered all along

All we have that carries on…is how we love

 

Why did this happen to the victims in Aurora, Colorado? Will we ever know?


Joker (comics)

Joker (comics) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What happened to the quiet guy from Colorado. Was he evil, or sick? Will we ever know? Is there such a thing as evil? Where does it lurk?

The shooter, James Holmes, apparently broke with reality. Did he think he was “The Joker” from Batman? What would cause someone to be filled with such rage? What should happen to people like this?

Now there’s a lot of speculation that he was suffering from schizophrenia. It makes sense. Why else would anyone do something like that? He is the right age, and  maybe he got stressed during his PhD program. Nobody’s talking. He doesn’t sound like the typical mass murderer type. Except that he tended to be quiet. Why was he studying neuroscience? Was he trying to figure himself out? Shouldn’t he have realized he needed help?

isn’t it sad that there is a profile of a mass murderer we’re all familiar with?

He even worked with Big Brothers and Sisters when he was a teenager.

But what good is this guy’s life? Look at the horrible thing he did.

He’ll probably spend the rest of his life languishing in a mental institution.

It’s enough to make you believe in the death penalty.

But, I can’t help feeling a little sorry for him. He couldn’t have been in his right mind. What about his parents? Their lives are destroyed.

It’s too bad all those nasty weapons are legal. Aren’t we all responsible for letting this go on? Anyone can get those assault weapons.

How about all the violence on TV, movies and in Video games. Who is responsible for that?

PS: After watching CNN’s Anderson Cooper who focused on the victims, I don’t feel sorry for the shooter. He’s done too much destruction and yes, evil.

What do you think?

What does it take to get gun control?


Hill Staffer Pens Get Well Wish To Giffords

Hill Staffer Pens Get Well Wish To Giffords (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his &qu...

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Español: Dr. Martin Luther King dando su discurso “Yo tengo un sueño” durante la Marcha sobre Washington por el trabajo y la libertad en Washington, D.C., 28 de agosto de 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember back when Kennedy was assassinated : that’s when I first heard about gun control. That was when I was 13.

Before that time, life didn’t seem to be as violent. Maybe it was, and I just didn’t know it because I lived a sheltered life in the suburbs.

Then Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were killed. I was 17, and in my senior year of high school.

The next assassination attempt was Ronald Reagan, and Brady was injured. I was 31 and pregnant with my last child who is now 30 years old.

And so it goes. The Columbine teenagers, Gifford shooting, and on and on. I just read the book “Gabby” that her husband wrote. She’s gone through Hell and back to get back some semblance of functioning. You know, she’s never going to be the same.

Now, all those innocent people killed by a 24-year-old guy who is apparently mentally ill. He’ll probably live because he’s deranged. Who else would commit such a horrendous act. It’s a good thing his apartment didn’t explode.

He meets the classic profile: quiet and keeping to himself. This one is even a brilliant student, (a PhD candidate who recently left the university),  but he used his brilliance for evil purposes. You have to know something happened to him. But it doesn’t matter now because he’s committed unpardonable acts.

Once a gun goes off, there’s nothing you can do to stop the bullet.

One argument is we need guns to protect us against the government taking over. The opposing argument is that guns can’t compete against nuclear

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr....

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 22 June 1963, Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

weapons and chemical weapons. Look at what Syria is doing to their citizens?

What do you think? Convince me gun control isn’t a good idea.

It’s Great to Call Columbus, Ohio, Home: Another Harmony Project post


]I am fortunate to live in Columbus. Why, because I am in a group called the Harmony Project.

Today, we gave a concert that we’ve been practicing for since February. It’s now July 18.

With a group of 200, we sounded really good. It was just fantastic. I’ve been in the group for 2 years, and this particular concert was the best ever.

Nobody in the group has to audition. I’ve listened to a lot of people in the group sing, and I haven’t heard anyone who can’t at least carry a tune. Some of the people in the group are musicians, and naturally some are better than others. Others are just ordinary people like me.

The director of the group, David Brown, is the secret ingredient. I don’t know how he does it, but this guy is loaded with charisma. Not only does he have charisma, but he has the largest heart in the world.  He knows how to motivate others, and let me tell you, he does it. You can attend a rehearsal feeling horrible, but by the time you leave you feel optimistic again. It’s like having a little shot of positivity.

He started the choir because he wants to help other people. There’s nothing more to it. He wants to raise money to help people and the city of Columbus, Ohio.  He uses the choir as a vehicle to do this. We sell tickets to the concert, but in the meantime we all have to do some kind of “sharing” project. Some people share more than others.

There are other fundraising projects and big sponsorships that are now in the mix.

One of the things, we as a group, want to do is end homelessness. We raise money for the Columbus Shelter Board, and we’re doing it. Not only that, we’re  including people who are getting second chances into the choir.

You know, all of them are really talented in their own ways. Most of the ones in this particular group, the Unison Project, had responsible jobs before they were down on their luck. You can see all their leadership skills and creative talents blossoming again. It’s a great thing to watch.

Anyway, we had a concert tonight, and it was beautiful. The crowd loved it. We loved the crowd. It was great!

It doesn’t hurt that there are some professional musicians in town who are in the band that accompanies us. They are all fantastic!

There’s one more concert on Thursday. Then it will be over, but only for a little while. We’ll have another concert in September.

I’m glad David Brown decided to make Columbus his home.

Addition: Tonight there was another concert! I had the most fun I’ve ever had. What an enthusiastic audience. It was great!

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this was too cute, but there’s no sound!


And if you like owls (or even if you don’t) and you missed the prior Video postWhat happens next?…it’s worth a look…


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Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition…Nyla’s Story


Nyla

I  like the “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition.  Chris Powell,  the trainer, actually seems interested in making transformations among people.

But, there is something nosy and wrong  about watching extremely obese people begin to work out. They sweat, pant, grown, and look like they’re about to die.

But, it is great to watch them make progress, and “transform.”

Nyla, the recent episode struck a chord with me. I like watching strong women succeed.

This woman started out at 438 pounds. There is no doubt that she got this big because she has emotional problems.

It all stems from the fact that she was abandoned by her father when she was very little. Now, she can’t remember him, and he doesn’t really know her. Somehow, she’s found his loss so hurtful that she’s eaten to make up for it. ( It seemed hard to believe that missing someone you never really knew would upset you, but who’s to say what hurts other people. )

At first, she is really happy that Chris is going to help her. But what she finds out how hard it’s going to be, she gives up. More than once. She seems to be afraid to face her fears. She gets to a point, then gives up. She is afraid of failure.

One of the things Chris has her do to face her fears is to move the opposite way up a down escalator. To me, this seems a little, well….extreme.

She refuses to do it.

More than one time they butt heads. I like Nyla because she is a strong-minded woman. She’s not a mealy-mouthed type.

Everything is going up and down, until Chris hires a private investigator to find her family. Although her father is dead, she gets to meet the rest of his family. This closes the chapter on her feeling awful about the whole thing, and she gets a new family.

My favorite part is when she gets a dance lesson from one of the instructors from “Dancing With the Stars.” Being able to move rhythmically has nothing to do with being overweight!

Without ruining the whole show, let’s just say that she looks pretty good at the end although she can stand to lose some more weight.

Somehow, you’re pretty sure she’s going to succeed.