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.

Art For Love’s Sake

And Then…along with the music

I used other creative arts and crafts as well-and still do. For me, creativity is a strength and this is the way I keep things fresh in my relationships. (It was how I kept teaching my children values and life lessons too. I taught them how to see things differently and look deeper.)

I took lots of photos of Larrie and I together because these were what sustained me whilst we were apart. Often whilst we were together, I didn’t get time to view them or do anything with them, but when I went home- I did. ( hence the video above)

Tip #2 ( #1 in earlier post) 
Keep the memories tangible. Make an album of photos, or “A Little Book Of Memories”- in this way, you are reliving it and fanning the flame till you meet again. Send it to your love.
Or share what is happening in YOUR world, so that they can be part of it too. This is good for keeping a healthy balance in your present life as well. Compile a visual album of the songs you shared. 

And NOW…

Here’s the latest ‘little book’ I made for Larrie.
We couldn’t be together for Valentine’s Day, and as he had just come out to Australia, the Nov/Dec before, I used those experiences and made a special album of highlights.
Did I mention how much I love making books!
Come on, now.. share your story 🙂

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. ❤

 

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! 🙂