Music Is The Gateway To Your Soul. Listen, Often!

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I worked on a few songs yesterday. I recorded them on SoundCloud, here are the links.

Guitar Man
Could It Be Magic

I wrote a fan letter to the band the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. I got this email back, which I thought was very nice…
Tyna,

Thanks for the honor of a Daredevils song by your version on Youtube. We sent it on to Larry Lee, the song writer and singer of the original. It would be great if the band could get a show in Phoenix. Not real likely as they seem to be staying closer to home these days. It really takes an interested venue owner or promoter to want to book the band, and that is done through an agency. We haven’t much control over the booking.

If you want to see the band in concert the best way to do that is purchase the reunion DVD set that we have. It’s a great production and you can see them right in your own living room.

Check it out when you have time. Merchandise

Thanks again and best wishes,

New Era Productions for The OMDs
http://www.ozarkdaredevils.com

In a message dated 9/7/2014 10:08:58 A.M. Central Daylight Time, tynajoy.metzner@gmail.com writes:
Hi, my name is Tyna. Just wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your music throughout the years! I have a real appreciation for your collaborative efforts. Thanks for the wonderful music!
I cover one of your songs, ” You Know Like I Know “. I do this from my spare room, not making money! Just appreciate this beautiful song. Here is the link to my cover…
http://youtu.be/nN4lOSQVXI4. This is my interpretation, I don’t read music so I learned this by ear many years ago. The original of this song is beautiful!
Any chance of seeing you in Phoenix, AZ? Wild Horse Pass is a popular venue bands from your era play at…just saw Roger Hodgson there.
Hope to see you live one day.

With warm regards and great appreciation,
Tyna J. Metzner
Sent from my iPad
=Here is the link to the original song by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils…You Know Like I Know
I hope on this day, September 11, 2014 not only do we reminisce about the history but look to the future for hope. Take some time to listen to some music that you love and just reflect . I promise, you will feel better!

Music is the gateway to your soul…

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Hurricane Norbert Catches Phoenix Unaware And Unprepared, Record Breaking Rainfall!

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Well we were told to expect some rain but what we got was a record breaking, crazy amount! I live in an area of the Phoenix Valley named Ahwatukee. We got almost 5 inches of rain in about 5 hours. The governor issued a state of emergency… When it pours in AZ watch out! The soil has baked for months and is beyond hard so water can’t be absorbed. Add the run off from South Mountain and you have this mess!IMG_5652.JPG
This is a wash that is usually dry as a bone on my walking route. Today it looks like a river with falls! Amazing. This is what I saw today on my morning walk through my neighboorhood. It was very dramatic weather with a lot of thunder and lightning. We are all tired as we didn’t sleep much with all of the noise and lightning. Not to mention our dog who hates storms making a ruckus! Hope this area dries out ok…

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Fall Ambience, It’s An Illusion For Now In Phoenix, AZ…

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As you can see, I love fall. The weather here feels nothing like fall it’s still HOT! I live in Phoenix, AZ. I grew up back east and have wonderful memories of what fall really does feel like. I do however enjoy trying to inspire that fall feeling with fall decor and the flavors of fall. Along with dragging out the fall decor, I made a pumpkin pie. My family doesn’t enjoy pumpkin pie . I do however lol. The house smelled like fall as I was baking the pie. The following pic is my favorite fall cake to bake…

Just as with spring cleaning, I do fall cleaning. Here in AZ we get terrible dust storms in the summer. After the monsoon season is over, everything needs a good cleaning. So I will be cleaning and reorganizing things for awhile. We are hoping to get the tail end of hurricane Norbert from Mexico, today. We have garage clean up on the agenda for today. Not my favorite way to spend a Sunday but needed!

As you can see, I haven’t much to write about today, it’s an action day. If you saw my garage you would think us hoarders. Maybe we are closet hoarders… Between his tools and my seasonal stuff, quite possible! Hopefully I can end my day feeling like I accomplished some organization!
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Dream’s Must Be Realized In Your Head…

I just realized that I have had my YouTube channel for a year now. In this year I have spent a lot of my energy and time trying to learn, produce and execute solid pieces to post on my channel. It’s been a lot of fun, mostly personally rewarding. I have also spent a great deal of time trying to learn how to use social media. The etiquette and learning involved is a whole world within itself. I’m ashamed to admit that it took me a while to realize that I had been tweeting my YouTube links to myself rather than to whomever I was trying to tweet. Lol. I have put a lot of energy into trying to navigate through… to…??? My hope was to try to be discovered. You would think that by this time in life, I would have given that dream up long ago!

Not me, I wanted to prove somehow that I was good enough to get paid. I suppose you can call me a dreamer… I thought maybe now that I have time, I could get back to where I left off before I raised my kids. I have had fun revisiting that part of me that just wants to play. I will continue onward.
My husband has been very vocal, ( pardon the pun), about my music. He told me that he doesn’t ” get ” my music. He doesn’t like it. It isn’t funky or trendy enough. He’s always telling me that I need to play current stuff. Imitate what is popular. I tried as a test. I learned and posted All Of Me, a John Legend cover. Everybody that does covers, covered that song! To this day it is my least viewed YouTube song! It was buried in the sea of All Of Me covers…

I decided that my music is just that… mine. I haven’t even figured out what classification/ genre I am! It is however an expression of what comes from my heart and soul. If it is never realized by anyone else as special, it is to me.
I have enjoyed the gift of being able to play without having to read music. It flows through me. It’s an intensely personal treasure. There it seems, it will stay…just for me to appreciate. In this past year I have come to know that I can write songs! This I hadn’t tried when I was young. I have enjoyed the process of doing that and have written three original songs so far. Here are the links…

Lost In The Game
Shiny New View
Something More Than Nothing
Something More Than Nothing (violin piece)

Over the past year, these two songs are my most viewed songs.
Tender Years
Downstream

Here is a complete list of the rest…
Color My World
Till We Meet Again
Do You Dream Of Me
You Know Like I Know
Saturday In The Park
Nous Vivons Ensemble
Drive
House
The Christmas Song
Critic’s Choice
All Of Me
Songs I Could Just Play As A Kid
Alma Mater
Could It Be Magic
Casual Conversation
Win
Us And Them

Fool’s Overture even though this is a SoundCloud link I am including it in my cover list.

I have had very little feedback on any of this. The silence has been deafening. I ‘m sure I should be glad that I haven’t had to endure negative, critical and nasty comments! I did have a few comments on the Terry Kath covers that I do. The comments were from his loyal fans thanking me for doing the songs. They would also tell me how sad they are that he is gone. He died 35 years ago and is still revered. *Terry Kath was the husky voiced guitarist from the band Chicago.

I guess every hope and dream I have of doing this can be played out in my head. Next best thing to actually being there doing it! “Dreams must be realized, in your head!” A line from my most recent original, Lost In The Game.

Lost In The Game

What do I have to do to get through here? I want so much to be heard. I have so much that I want to say now, the words are falling into place. I’m reaching far beyond what’s comfortable, I’m hoping to catch my big break-

I don’t understand why it’s so difficult, to find my niche and stake my place. It’s harder than I thought to impress you, I find I’m lost in the game! Maybe- It’s too late for me, I missed my chance long ago. I was busy, with life you know- Please tell me how to play the game.

Lately, I’ve come to see, dreams must be realized in your head. I want this so much, I need some help and luck- To help me find my way through this maze. I want to play but I’m lost in the game.

Keeping Casual, Comfortable Company With Adored Ones…

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I spent my day yesterday with kids and dogs. Can’t think of a better way to spend time! I really enjoyed my time with both.

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Our dog Coco Rose had a toenail injury so I spent the morning at the vet with her. She is on the mend and back home with me as you can see. Bless her heart, so traumatic for her I’m sure. She is the sweetest little dog and so calm.

Daughter Britt had things to do and dropped the kids off with me in the afternoon. We had dinner and dessert together. I really enjoyed hanging out with them. I feel really blessed to have time with them.

I plan on spending some time today recording ” Lost In The Game ” for my YouTube channel. My hope is to get it together for view. Detest my iPad video camera. The sound quality isn’t good and I swear the camera adds 10 pounds to ya! Something to aspire to, not complaining, just acknowledging that I know and am aware. I have fun doing it.

Looking forward to fall so I’m switching around the home decor to my fall goodies… All is quiet as I post this. I will leave you with my latest affirmation.
Whatever I touch, there I will prosper- Whatever touches me, I will make better…

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* I was able to finish and upload to my YouTube channel…
Lost In The Game

Our Terrific Evening With Jimmy Tran @ Pho Van

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We were invited to a special, traditional Vietnamese dinner courtesy of Jimmy Tran, owner of Pho Van Restaurant. He has come to be our good friend throughout our years of visiting his establishment.

He has the best Vietnamese cuisine in the Phoenix area. He prides himself on being a saucier and truly is gifted at replicating the flavors of vietnamese cooking. We frequent his establishment on average bi- weekly and it’s always consistently delicious! Jimmy Tran is a wonderful host. He makes sure that each customer has a pleasurable eating experience. We think the world of Jimmy and the way he conducts business.

The following pics are of our special dinner. On this evening, Jimmy prepared ” Hot Pot ” for us. It’s like fondue, with a wonderfully seasoned broth.

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We were also celebrating my brother in-law, Hilton’s B-Day. I made and took to the dinner a homemade New York Style Cheesecake.

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What a wonderful evening we all had. Thank You Jimmy Tran!
Pho Van is located at…
2095 North Dobson Rd. #3
In Chandler, AZ
85224
Tele: (480) 857-8130
Tell him Tyna sent you!

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The Observer’s Writings…

Watching you from a distance, the injustices soon unfold.
As if watching in slow motion the moments that are told…
The pain and suffering of a child I love dearly breaks my heart.
I watch you my dear daughter as you completely fall apart.
Big dreams come rushing to a halt as you focus on each minute.
You wonder how you’ll get through this nightmare but yet, you’re still in it.

I hear the screams from down the hall while treatment is being rendered.
Fury blinds me when I think of why we are here and I surrender-
To the depths of anguish and despair seeking justice and some solace.
Understanding that the man responsible is a druggy and is lawless .
I vow to myself to stand vigilant, strong and true-
In overseeing and making sure that justice comes to you.

I wrote this after Liz was injured…

This I wrote after recalling my long ago PhD experience in hard knocks…
(This was from another lifetime lol…)

For Every Bruise That Comes To Me

For every bruise that comes to me, I hope that God will punish thee-
For having been such a brute, God knows my mind just can’t compute-
For every tear that I have shed , May God bring your heart to dread-
For every insult you’ve thrown at me, may God avenge and punish thee-
For all the cruelty beyond measure, may God take away all your pleasure-

May God give me the strength to endure and show me that his love is pure-
May I be reminded of my worth, and that I’m treasured on this earth-
For surely this to will end, and I will be free of you and then…
I will be at peace myself, and I can regain my mental health!
Their will be no stopping me, my mind and spirit will finally be free!
To live and love as I see fit, without the fear of getting hit…
Amen!

I have been working on lyrics for two more original songs that I have written this week. Here is the first entitled, “Lost In The Game”

What do I have to do to get through here? I want so much to be heard- I have so much that I want to say now- The words are falling into place.
I’m reaching far beyond what’s comfortable- I’m hoping to catch my big break. I don’t understand why it’s so difficult, to find my niche and stake my place. It’s harder than I thought to impress you, I find I’m lost in the game-

Maybe, it’s too late for me- I missed my chance long ago. I was busy living life, you know? Just show me how to play this game.

Lately, I’ve come to see, dreams must be realized in your head. I want this so much, I need some help and luck, to find my way through this maze! I want to play, but I’m lost in the game…Lost In The Game
* I finished Lost In The Game. it’s posted on SoundCloud. Here ya go…
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Shiny New View

Lost In The Game