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AUG
06
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TIME FLIES!

So . . . it’s really hard to believe that today is the beginning of August and, once again, life seems to be moving at a record pace here in Music City. (‘Record’- what’s that??)

For most of us certain recurring summertime JOYS bring back precious memories. For me, that translates to events like celebrating my parents’ wedding anniversary each July 31st, annual trips to Niagara Falls (the Canadian side, of course), the annual conference of the Methodist Church in Findley Lake, New York) and summertime concerts at the Chautauqua Institution – a short drive from my Alma Mater: State University of New York at Fredonia. (The short list!)

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MAY
12
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THE BEST LAID PLANS . . .

I’m sure that most of you could finish this sentence!

But, if not, here goes: "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” (Poet Robert Frost)

The four-word phrase: of mice and men first appeared in John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name and beloved poet Robert Frost uses the entire sentence in one of his most well-known poems.

Simply said, it just means that, even with our best intentions (best laid plans), things don’t always go the way we plan. Not sure about the relevance of the mice, but I will investigate! (Maybe one of you can enlighten me.) :)

Anyhow, for me the month of April was a lot like the sentence from Robert Frost’s poem. No matter how much multi-tasking and plate-spinning I did, I still didn’t quite achieve my goal. However, as with life, there is always next month – right? This website remains a work in progress. (And the same is true about our FB page!)

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MAR
22
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LENTEN HYMN

When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God,
All the vain things that charm me most – I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were a present far too small.
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

 

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FEB
21
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WORSHIP ESSENTIALS

Do you remember the books you used when you were a beginning piano student? These METHOD BOOKS were always available in SERIES (Beginner through Advanced) and taught you the basic elements of music (melody, rhythm, harmony, etc.). Then, when you were finished with the 'basics', you could play some 'real songs' (in SERIES).   You know, boo...
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JAN
25
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A ‘DAY IN THE LIFE’

So you're in the music business? Yes. A song writer. Well, not exactly. But you write music. I actually write arrangements of songs that have already been written. Arrangements? Yes . . . you know how sometimes you hear a song played one way and then another? So then it's a new song – right? Well, not exactly. But you do write music? Yes. So you're...
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DEC
01
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FIVE CAROLS for CHRISTMAS

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas." So goes one of our most popular songs of the season. Actually, it began to look a lot like Christmas several weeks ago. (It seems to happen earlier each year - right?) Of course, it has begun to sound a whole lot like Christmas, too. (Just imagine setting the stage for December 25th minus any music!) F...
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NOV
06
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’Tis the SEASON . . .

It's the morning of November 1st and the leaves in my front yard now seem to outnumber the blades of grass here in Middle Tennessee. (Did this really happen overnight??) This obvious change of seasons makes it easier to focus on the coming holidays when there is a chill in the air and a even few raindrops (or snowflakes?) falling on our heads! For ...
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OCT
09
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HAPPY FALL, Y'ALL

(Nashville 'talk', of course). I'm actually here in my home office in historic Franklin TN just south of Nashville in Williamson County. Some of you may have heard about the unbelievable growth of this area in the past few years. It's exciting in many ways . . . well, except for rush hour. But thankfully I get to work at home!! In my first newslett...
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OCT
11
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Welcome to Caroltornquist.com!

Hello from Music City!! You may recognize my name from the cover of a book or two sitting on your piano or maybe in the piano bench at your church. You may know my arrangements well or not at all. Either way I am excited to share my music with you in the newest and quickest way possible: CAROL'S KEYS. You can now just PRINT and PLAY! (Go to the CAR...
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