There are so many beautiful quotes about the power of music in our lives. This one, to me, fits Gabrielle, because it embraces not only music but also because as her mom says, “Gabrielle has always felt passionate that she wants to serve and help people in some capacity.” Gabrielle makes the harmonic connections with her flute and also her heart.
Such a pleasure to get to know Brett and his family. You just know when you meet “good people” and they are that for sure.
Brett’s mom chose this favorite image of him because she loves “how the photo captures a candid, natural broad smile…one of his best features.” It is no wonder that he looks so relaxed and assertive as the photo is with his “most comfortable milieu,” the piano. Sometimes props do more than add eye candy to a photo. They bring out the joy and personality of the subject. And, let me tell you, listening and watching Brett play would bring out the joy in anyone. Sooo talented.
Brett will attend Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington this fall. He will major in Music Composition with dreams of becoming a composer as “ultimately his freest and most lush expression is through music.”
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The Macks are releasing their new, all original EP today. This PDX-based trio of high school alternative rock musicians deserves a listen. The Nightcrawler single is amazing and the whole EP is GOOOOD. Go. Listen. Now.
Lucky for me I am “with the band.” As fan mom of two members (and, hey, even the third calls me “Mom” for fun), I love also playing the promo photographer for The Macks. The photo shoot with Ben Windheim, Joe Windheim and Sam Fulwiler went exactly as expected. The Macks have no problem hamming it up while looking very cool. I’m sure more images and outtakes from the shoot will pop up if you follow their Twitter account. Which you should. But, first, go listen to the Nightcrawler EP by The Macks.
And, of course, it’s a massive photo op for me. Love it.
One flute player shined extra bright the other night. Amongst so many serious and nervous faces, she seemed to actually enjoy herself up there. Nice!
LRMS parents: please be sure to go through the many, many fun photos taken both for the big portrait session and for the various concerts. You can contact me or Mr. Stai if you’ve forgotten the password.