Lovers Down Under

Hi Everyone!!

Well, It hasn’t been easy trying to find a moment to get some of our time together in Oz into blog form.

I did catch a few photos of some moments, but also was often busy enjoying the moments and forgot to take any!!

Nonetheless, Larrie and I arrived in Oz the eve of Sept 6 and were collected by daughter, Rachel, and granddaughter, Pearl ( 9 mths ). We stayed with them for 5 nights before flying to Sydney.

We had a wonderful time at the baby dedication for Pearl, out in a lovely park on the Sunday afternoon of the 9th.

It was a lovely afternoon!
Here’s the little family…The cute family

That night , Our Fireside Romance performed at Spaghetti & Jazz…but still trying to get some visuals of that.
Soon after, we flew to Sydney, and my son, Paul picked us up and took us to my mum’s, then after a GRAET night reuniting with my 2 brothers and 3 sons and sharing some music, we went up into the Blue Mountains.. Woodford , where we stayed a while with my little brother, Jamie.

The airbridge to Woodford station, coz we did take a train ride into Parramatta so Larrie could meet one of my friends, Andrew, with whom he had connected on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

I enjoyed being with my family so much and Larrie had a chance to meet a few more and deepen some relationships with others he already knew.

we enjoyed a breakfast in Burleigh, a lunch at Green Day cafe ( I think) and did an impromptu gig in Coolangatta, after attending A friend’s CD launch

Some video of the impromtu Sunhouse gig in Coolangatta…
sorry the first one is sideways… sound is clear tho 🙂

 

And finally… some fun with Pearl. I thought I haad some of her with Poppa Larrie too… but…maybe next time.

 

 

Six Years And Counting…

SO! Next month, Larrie and I will be commemorating our six year milestone from that fateful night back in July, 2012. You can read all about that here.
https://ourfiresideromance.com/about-us/

Just to build another layer on our romantic story and gather the little community that were there that first night, as well as draw in all the newcomers  of The Fireside Lounge Open Mic phenomenon, we are going to have a theme night on our July hosting. On the last Wednesday, July 25, we are going to have a Favourite Duo night. Dress up as and/or do a duo tribute  to your favourites.

This ought to be a fun night.
Some of the duos that have been a part of our relationship and regular set list are, Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack,  James Ingram and Patti Austin, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell-plus, we have made duets out of songs by Al Green, Smokey Robinson , Outkast and our original songs.

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Captivating Duos


I’m not gonna say who we’re going to pay tribute to-it’s a surprise, but I am looking forward to it!

And so, just as a sample of what we do sometimes, here is our take on Prototype, which we learnt so we could sing it as some friends, an Ozzie and an American, could walk down the aisle to it.

It was their request and just one of the ways we can use our music to benefit others’ in their relationships as well.

Music To Fan the LDR Fire Part II

And Then…
 To pick up where I left off last week…

Larrie and I used music in so many ways to connect with each other, even over the thousands of miles/kilometres of oceans.

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Singing our love over the cyber seas

For example, we gave each other private concerts! 🙂 -as you can see in this photo. Couldn’t work in harmonies due to the delays, but we had fun trying sometimes.

So, in the video above, in order to capture and highlight a visit to Australia by Larrie, I compiled our moments into a video slideshow and added the track of a song that we now do together. Ordinary Miracle by Sarah McLaughlan. Originally, rather ethereal and light, and part of the soundtrack for Charlotte’s Web, I made it a more syncopated and upbeat song of joy for the miracle of every day. Then, when Larrie heard it, he added what he calls the Oakland Stroke and that took the form of a gospel style praise ending-which suited me perfectly!

The song, itself, served as part of the memory of our creative time together, but even if you have a special song between you and someone you love, you can do this, or something like it. This was recorded several years back and I think we have developed it greatly since then, but it’s still part of our journey, just like this.

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It was a miracle to me that Larrie came to visit me In Oz ( Australia)

We took this photo the day we recorded this song, a day before I left for home and some other photos are included to give our friend, Jonny Otis some credit!
And the rest were taken whilst sharing our adventures in Oz, when Larrie came to see me, in Sept/Oct 2013 and met family and friends. It became a special kind of album that we could relive our ‘holiday’ through, even though once again so far apart.

But you can use all  the arts to keep the fires burning!!
Even though this was a digital delivery, it was a timely investment, made up of countless moments.

In my next blog, I’ll show you some other ways 🙂
But in case you missed the download from last week… here it is.

Music To Fan The Fire
Drop us a line and tell us about your special moments. ❤

 

How You Can Use Music To Keep Your Long Distance Relationship Burning.

In The Beginning…

From that very first night, when Larrie and I met, music was everywhere!
It drew us both to The Fireside Lounge.
It created an immediate bond between us that was deep.
Making music together that first evening, tied us together in some very unique kind of way.
It was intimate and personal, even as it was public and universal.
We have been ‘together’ ever since, even across the thousands of miles of long distance and months, and years, of waiting.

Now, maybe not everyone has it quite like we did, but I’m sure all can testify to the special associations music creates for us and how it so profoundly impacts our memories.  Memories that Larrie and I chose to live and re-live often and over again, constantly fanning the flame.

When our souls are moved, music provides an avenue unlike any other, to express it.
And we all  speak this language to some degree or another.

And so it began.

And then…

Even on that first night, apart from playing and singing together, music was playing an more extensive role. Larrie asked me if I knew certain songs, and insisted I listen to them, because they described his feelings from that night. The first one was by Tuck and Patti called You Take My Breath Away.
So, of course, he was sweeping me off my feet before I ever got a chance to catch my breath!
You can hear it here,

Almost instantly, he was telling me song after song and it continued when I went all the way across the Pacific Ocean and back home to Australia, and in this way, he remained present with me. I could play these songs and felt him singing them to me. He was on fire and captivated and I was open to the romance of it all, having never encountered anything quite like it before. We both were. We had a repertoire building from that initial encounter and we kept adding more, and still do 🙂
It’s high time we added this ‘first’ love note by Tuck and Patti.

Larrie, who had given up any interest in singing love songs, felt the desire to sing them out from his heart again and more than that, he had a new song! Inspiration hit him and he came up with Lover From DownUnder which is currently freely available for anyone who would like to have it. Just click here. 

You can also see the first time he played it for me, right here.

Tip #1: Create/Select/Highlight a special song that commemorates precious moments for you and breathe fresh life into the memories repeatedly by singing it over again and re-live the treasure of the story by telling it again this way.

My turn was coming… 🙂

And Then…

But it didn’t stop there! Yes, I wrote a song for us and about my feelings, which we now sing as a duet called The Rest of My Days –hence the video above.
For me, it isn’t just about music…it’s about making beautiful memories.

So maybe you’re not a songwriter (yet!),  You can still use the songs of others, just like we did.

And NOW…

I would love to hear about your creative ways to keep relationships alive and full of vital connection. It doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship. I have to do it with all my babies, friends, siblings and mum, now…coz they are all so far away…

I have added a little something here to help you come up with a fun way to connect with someone you hold dear and near, but wish they were not so far away. Please share how you use the inspiration, or any of your own creative ideas.
I hope these simple ideas give you some food for thought and some cool playful inspirations of your own!
LET ME KNOW!!! I love feedback.
Music To Fan The Fire

Sharing Noble Thoughts

Well hello!
This is sooooooo exciting!
Our first blog for OFR ( Our Fireside Romance)-!!

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Singing together at Cafe Pascal, Richmond, California

As we get set up and rolling here, you can expect to find access to our music and information about performances, whether local or live streaming.
But this is no ordinary musical couple music site, because aside from great love songs and duets, we want to share so much with you and give you a whole lot of added value! So, of course there will be plenty of music for lovers from your favourite romantic duo, but so much more as well!

Larrie and I have a lot of skills we can share when it comes to music and singing, unique arranging and performing, equipment reviews, songwriting tips, creativity, inspiration and creative thinking, related artwork, chordal knowledge and voicing…just a bunch of great content! So get ready to grab some quality free information that is practical and helpful for developing your own creative and musical abilities.

But not just music…after all, we specialise in music for …lovers, right?

So why put all the focus on the music and not add great content for creative ways to develop your romance as well!?

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Taken when recording in Jon Otis’ home studio in Emeryville, Ca

We want to share some thoughts on our experiences throughout our long distance love affair -from finding each other to staying together for years, even across an ocean, and moving forward as a couple, finally living in the same place. All of these stages of our experiences brought so many challenges on multiple fronts ( step families, hurts and fears from previous marriages, insecurities and separation anxiety, building one life across two countries) and if sharing from our story can bring hope to others, we would love to participate in that! Even if you don’t need this encouragement, maybe you know someone with a cross-country love ( or cross -ocean romance) who does, and wants to know if their long distance relationship ( LDR) has a real and lasting hope.

And who doesn’t love a good love story?- Especially when it’s a musical! lol

That’s us! Our Fireside Romance-Music For Lovers-and all who wanna be! 😉

So…just for making it all the way to the end, we want to give you a special ‘welcome to our site’ gift!’

And we would also like to hear your long distance relationship stories (whether yours or someone you know-just leave out their names!) Tell us about your experiences, challenges, successes, hopes and fears…maybe we can help! 🙂