Citizens of Logan Pond Book Giveaway

Hey all,

I’ve had lots going on my life recently, foremost that my 15yo son was diagnosed with cancer. This cancer hit us from out of the blue–which I suppose cancer usually does. Luckily, he’s doing great and he has a phenomenal attitude. Plus, I love being able to spend more time with him now that he’s home for the next six months, undergoing treatment.

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His great sense of humor shining through as he contemplates baldness.

As you can imagine, this little hiccup has given me lots to think about–and do–besides books and music. And yet, strangely, it’s also given me lots to be thankful for. One thing I’ve been most thankful for is people. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, prayers, and support from friends, family, strangers, and even many of you! It’s meant so much to us–and him.

To show thanks, I’ve decided to give away some FREE signed books.

So . . .

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New Song: “Still Be My Vision”

I finally finished up the song that goes with AUGUSTINA! Better late than never, right?

This is a VOCAL DUET (Alto/Tenor), and it’s a medley of the two hymns Josh and Sadie love:

  • Be Thou My Vision
  • I Stand All Amazed

Still Be My Vision, Vocal Duet (Alto/Tenor), by Rebecca Belliston

If you’ve read Sadie or Augustina, you know both are filled with my love of music, both religious and classical. This song is a realization of a dream I’ve had since I started writing novels. Since the beginning, I wanted to combine my two passions: writing books and writing music. While I wrote some lyrics for a song in Sadie, and while Sadie plays another song for Josh that I’ve yet to finish, this song is the first time the two sides of REBECCA BELLISTON became one.

So. Much. Fun. 

The song won’t go on sale for a few more weeks, but I wanted to share it with all of you now because you’ve been extremely supportive of me! So for the next few weeks, you can view, print, and download the song for FREE at this link:

Still Be My Vision

Feel free to share.

Check out all the AUGUSTINA extra fun stuff here.

Thanks!

 

 

My Jobbies: Juggling a life of Writing, Composing, and Mothering

I just updated my quick bio blurb to read:

  • I’m REBECCA BELLISTON, author and composer. If I’m not  chasing my five kids, I’m writing fiction or music, the two best jobbies in the world. I also love to laugh, play the piano, and snuggle up with a good book (though not at the same time).  

What is a jobby, you might ask?

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Free Christmas Sheet Music

It’s that time of year again. It’s the most . . . won-der-ful time . . . of the year. I know it’s too early to think about Christmas. (Way, way too early. Seriously store people, you need to settle down. We don’t want to see Christmas trees before we put our pumpkins out!) But, this is the time of year musicians start planning carols and Christmas melodies to perform under starry lights.

So…

Like I did last year, I’m offering all my Christmas music for FREE for this week. Yep. Free.

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HERE ARE THE SONGS:

(I’m not able to offer my other Christmas number, For There’s A Savior Born for free, but you can still check it out here.)

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How to Get FREE Music: 

  1. Go here.

That’s it.

Hopefully it’s not too confusing. Getting free stuff shouldn’t be hard. If it is, leave a comment below, and I’ll figure out how to get it to you.

Thanks! Merry almost (no, not really) Christmas. 

Free Christmas Music

Interview: Good Word Podcast

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Chillin’ up north

I went out of town last weekend — an awesome girl’s weekend up in northern Michigan — so I feel like I’m still trying to catch up, but…

I was interviewed by Nick Galieti from the Good Word Podcast. You can listen or download the podcast here:

http://www.radiogoldproductions.com/thegoodword/episode-132-interview-with-rebecca-lund-belliston/#.UZuNfLXVCSo

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My first (sort of) Music Video, Plus Some Basement Photos

Hey! How’s everyone doing?

I’ve been MIA since March Book Madness. Sorry. I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I’ve been painting, mudding, taping, sanding, mudding some more, painting some more, and then touching everything up in an effort to finish our basement. We got carpet last Friday, so it’s finally done!

Our six year project is finished.

YAY!!!

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With the basement done and finished, I decided to finish another project I’ve wanted to do for many years: record my music. Sadly, I think the new carpet is what inspired me, because my living room has never looked so nice. Might as well document it before it gets trashed, right? :)

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Here are the first two videos

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My hymn arrangement of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” 

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The second is a short little etude I wrote a few years ago.

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I’ll keep posting as I have time to record.

As part of this little experiment, I’m offering my music FREE for a limited time. Just email me and let me know what you’d like. There’s only one song I can’t offer for free (For There’s A Savior Born), but all the others are up for grabs, so drop me a note here.

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Okay. Here are the pics:

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A fun way to decorate the kids’ toy room – Each kid picked a color and painted their hand prints on the wall. They kids loved doing it, and I’m sure the room will be a favorite as they outgrow their own hand prints.

 

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We only painted two of the walls in the toy room because we didn’t want it to be too busy.
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To paint the flowers, we started with the oldest kid and had them do the outside ring. After it dried, we did the ring next, slowly moving to the center. It turned out great!
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My teen son told me he wanted navy blue and neon green stripes for his room. I was skeptical, but it turned out awesome. One wall has the stripes, then one is blue, one is green, and the last is white. I’m so glad I gave into his crazy idea. :)
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This family room looks boring after the other pictures, but this is what most of the basement looks like. I’m so thrilled. You should have seen it before…
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New carpet. Yay!!!


Josh Wright Concert, Classical Pianist

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I wasn’t planning to post today, but I had to drop a quick note about the concert/fireside I went to last night by Josh Wright, classical pianist.

Wow.

I’ve been blessed to know many talented people in my life. I’ve known people who can create things out of nothing and turn the seemingly boring into a masterpiece. They’re crazy talented. And then…

There’s the next level up.

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I’ve been drawn to music since I was little

My mom is a composer and hymn arranger, as well as a piano teacher. My dad is a huge classical music fan and knows the classics better than most. Since the time I was born — in the womb even — I was exposed to all that music.

I started playing the piano before I can remember. I formally started lessons at five. I can play most songs. I sight-read fairly well. I love playing classical music best. I’ve taught piano for twenty years now. I write music, both religious and classical-style piano. I have perfect pitch and so does my husband. I feel somewhat confident in my musical abilities.

Until I go to a concert like that.

Wow.

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In an hour’s time, Josh Wright played — and this is just a guess — twenty million notes

At least it seemed like it.

He was all over that piano, but he played effortlessly. I’ve been to other classical piano concerts and was almost tensed up because I could feel their strain to get it right. But Josh’s music was peaceful and soothing. My favorites were his arrangements that combined classical songs with other familiar songs, like the hymns.

I appreciate Josh’s abilities so much more because I’ve attempted to play a few of the classical pieces he played. I get about three measures in before I’m whipped.

Kind of like when you watch the Olympic figure skaters, and you think to yourself, “Man, I haven’t been skating in a while. I should go.” And then you take that first step on the ice. That’s when you appreciate the magnitude of their talent.

Take this song…

I can play the first few measures. You know, all the easy octaves. :) But after that it’s over my head, or fingers, or whatever.

Crazy Liszt.

My kids loved the concert, too. (Hopefully I won’t have to beg them to practice this week.) My daughter nailed it when she said he plays with so much expression, but he doesn’t overplay. Their favorite song was the Water Song by Ravel.

Now we’re all jazzed and ready to up our musical abilities.

We’re ready to walk out onto that ice.

What’s even better is Josh is a super nice guy. Same with his wife, Lindsey, who is also a classical pianist and treated us with some beautiful Chopin. Both of them were down-to-earth and humble. Josh didn’t shy away from the spiritual either and spent some time talking about his LDS mission.

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Get the CD

So, although I hadn’t planned a post today, I had to tell you to get Josh Wright’s CD if you don’t have it already. It’s beautiful. It hit #1 on Billboards Classical Music chart in just two weeks. His music takes classical music and adds the religious to it, my two favorite genres. I’ll be listening to it all day as I write my novel and work on my seminary lesson.

Good stuff!

(Also, you can pre-order his next CD, My Favorite Things. You can buy his sheet music, too, if you’re feeling daring. I know I am. Check it all out here. Or find his website here.)

Thank you, Josh, for sharing your talent!!!

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Speaking of super-talented people, come back tomorrow for more MARCH BOOK MADNESS, with Whitney-Award nominee, A. L. Sowards.

See you then!

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PS) You know that little notice in the front of books about how all characters are fictional and any likeness to real people is just a crazy coincidence. Yeah. I wrote Sadie a LONG time ago. Don’t think I’m creepy. Apparently people named Josh just really love to play classical music. :)

Free Christmas Music!

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It’s that time of year again.

You know, the time that stores start selling Christmas stuff before we can get our Halloween decorations out of the basement. Drives us crazy, right? I can barely keep up with one upcoming holiday, let alone three.

But…today I’m going to be a hypocrite.

I’m a piano teacher. And a choir director. In both instances, Christmas has to start early. I give my piano students their Christmas songs around the middle of October, and my choir usually starts Christmas stuff the end of September (I say usually because this year we’re WAY behind schedule, but that’s another story). Starting this early is the only way to have perfection–or close to it–by Christmas.

Forgive me if you’re an anti-Christmas-music-in-October kinda person. Maybe you’ll forgive me if I give you something for free.

Here’s the deal. I’ve written a bunch of songs, and I’ve arranged even more than that. Several are for sale on the internet. And several happen to be Christmas-y. :)

So…

For a limited time, I’m offering my music for free. Yep. FREE!

Some is choral. Some vocal solo. Some piano. I’m even giving away my non-Christmas stuff because…well…why not?

This FREE deal will last until the end of October.

That’s October 31st. 

Halloween.

You know. The holiday we’re not ready for? 

So what exactly am I offering?

You can peruse all my available music in depth here, but for simplicity’s sake, I’ll list what’s available below. Click on the song title to go to the page with audio samples, a peek inside, and a place to buy the song. Only don’t buy the song! If you do, you missed the point of this post. Instead of buying it, send me an email (listed below) to let me know what you want.

Christmas:

>  Silent Night — SATB  and Vocal Solo​
>  Noel: a Christmas Medley – SATB and Piano Solo
>  For There’s a Savior Born —  SATB.  (This is the only one I’m unable to offer for free. Sorry. It’s on Jackmanmusic.com. But…it’s also my best-seller (and one of Jackman’s bestsellers, too), so if you or a choir you know might be interested, still check it out. )

  

Religious:

>  How Great Thou Art — Vocal Solo (Low, High)  (This is my second highest selling song)
>  A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief — Piano Solo
>  Abide With Me: ’tis Eventide — Piano Solo
>  Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning — Organ/Piano Duet
 

Classical-style Piano:

>  Sonata in A minor — Piano
       I – Allegro
       II – Adagio
       III – Moderato
>  Fugue in C minor — Piano
>  Etude in Eb minor — Piano
>  Prelude in G major — Piano

RECAP: If you want any of these songs for FREE, just email me: rebeccabelliston @ gmail (dot) com.

I’ll email the songs right out to you in .pdf form. In most cases, I can transpose them to another key if needed. Just remember to email me by Halloween.

If you know anyone who might want some free music, please share this post!

Awesome!

You guys are the best. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!–oh wait. Not yet.

Happy Halloween!

Shoot. Almost.

You know what? Just have a great day!!! :)

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