Nothing #thesistershood likes more than dressing up for a night on the town. When there is music and women in splendid ballgowns who sing like angels while being accompanied by a genius with a violin – perfection. Sisters from Another Mister was thrilled to be #sponsored to attend the World Tour of Andre Rieu and The Johann Strauss Orchestra. The orchestra began back in 1987 by the man now nicknamed the King of the Waltz and first performed on January 1st, 1988 – they truly make the world a happier place.
Andre Rieu brings magic to the stage with his engaging sense of humor, reeling in his audience with his stories, the occasional slapstick comedy, snowflake and balloon drops, and copious amounts of champagne amongst his orchestra – yes, real champagne. Married to his high school sweetheart, Marjorie, and living in a castle built back in 1452 seems fitting for a man who creates dazzling stages and owns an atelier for the production of the lavish dresses for which the ladies in his ensemble are well known. Rieu often wonders what Strauss, one of the people he most admires and considers his idol, would have thought of him – we think he would give him a high five or perhaps take a bow … just look at this spectacle of gorgeousness.
Photo credit: The Johann Strauss Orchestra
There is something about bringing people together from across the globe to rest in the beauty of music that reminded us of our own sistershood. We believe that no matter where in the world you may be, we can be of one mind, and one heart just as World Moms Network brings together women around the globe to share their journey of motherhood. Music can be the language of lovers, the soother of babes in arms, the passion of the theater and the joy of gatherings from young to old. We should mention that Rieu even has a Kindergarten in his 27 roomed abode for members of his orchestra’s children – as world moms, we approve of this message.
And in bringing together hearts and minds, these words resonate …
I make music to touch the souls of people as it’s a language we all can speak. Andre Rieu
Music can break through barriers both linguistically and culturally, across borders and demographics, uniting old and young and captivating audiences when in the presence of a master like Andre Rieu. His boyish charm and delightful stage antics have warmed the world to classical music with unprecedented popularity. The attention to detail in lavish events, ballgowns to the tune of $3,ooo a piece and the grandiose of the sets for his performances have elevated his concerts to an art form. In fact, back in 2015, Rieu took more than $1M in one day at the box office when his annual Summer concert from Maastricht was broadcast live
The waltz can be sad and at the same time uplifting. You have to see life from both sides, and the waltz encapsulates that. If you’re in my audience you give yourself to me and the waltz will grab you. Andre Rieu
Rieu has also been quoted as saying that he would like to be the first musician to play on the moon – it goes without saying that he has already reached for the stars! So are we fans? Absolutely. And because we totally have a crush at this point, and were so dazzled by the glam and the opulent drama unfolding before our eyes – we invite you to feast on this beautiful video. Then head on over and click on this amazing link which will connect you to your local tv station to bring you more delicious goodness packaged as a 10-part series on Ovation TV, America’s only ART network.
For your further listening pleasure, you can always order from general retail or Target has an exclusive version of the CD with two bonus tracks which happen to be our favs too – Music of the Night, from Phantom of the Opera, and, Lara’s Theme, from Dr Zhivago. There is something about music that can take you back in time by a memory stirred that simply makes your heart smile.
So with that in mind, take a look through the tracklist to Shall We Dance;
- Second Waltz
- The Blue Danube
- And The Waltz Goes On
- Godfather ( Main Theme)
- Strauss & Co Medley
- Love In Venice
- Radetzky March
- A Time For Us ( Romeo & Juliet)
- Zorba’s Dance
- Carnival Of Venice
- My Heart Will Go On
- Time To Say Goodbye
- Music Of The Night ( From Phantom Of The Opera) (Target Exclusive)
- Lara’s Theme ( From Dr. Zhivago) (Target Exclusive)
See any old favorites? You will LOVE that Rieu and his talented orchestra have taken them to new heights!
In closing on things loved and this fairy tale evening, I bring the King and Queen of my life, my mom and dad, who were thrilled to be guests of this auspicious event – how cute are they?
You can get a little lost in this life journey when all around you people are featured on sites and being published in real books – even publishing books of their own. Perfect families seem to smile at you every day from your screen as touched up shots appear of beaming children, and moms are coiffed and styled while you clutch your third cup of coffee in the pajamas you have been wearing since yesterday.
I find myself falling down rabbit holes of reading as I meander, clicking from one page to another, finding beautiful words and photographs from writers in nearby states or far flung places. Here and there I subscribe to voices that are new to me, writers I have never met whose words and hearts touch mine or educate, amuse and inspire.
Oftentimes I make the terrible mistake of judging the low points in my life by the highlights showcased by others around me. The perfection featured on Facebook pages can unravel you … when in all honesty, you should rather consider them like Pinterest pages … works of art that may not really work out to such perfection in real life.
I wonder where it all fits together.
I think it through some more and realize that too often returning from blog conferences I feel overwhelmed and unaccomplished. Yet when I return from a social good conference, I feel as though I added a little goodness into the world. I feel motivated to be a voice for change – inspired to feel that I can be heard and make a difference.
Every little action begins a ripple … just one small voice.
And that voice can be heard from in my home, where I can share in my two day old pajamas without anyone knowing I should really be emptying my dishwasher or folding laundry – or taking a shower.
Social good has helped me find my way in recent years, because there is much truth in finding perspective while helping those who need it more. Maybe it is not so much finding your voice, but maybe your voice lies in your heart … and all you should do is listen closely. When I listen – my heart smiles.
Hugs and kisses – Nicole.
This is an original Post for World Moms Blog by Post by Nicole of Sisters From Another Mister in Florida, USA. She can also be found on twitter @thesistershood.
Photo credit to the author.
I love this quote … “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead
In fact, I like it so much that I made you a pin.
We get so very caught up in the busyness of life, that it is easy to say – oh what can I do? Where will my voice be heard? How could just one person make a difference? And if everyone felt that way, then truly, nothing at all would be done and life would simply stagnate or deteriorate into some awful quagmire of miserable fate … or something equally dramatic.
But if you speak up, even just a little and find a cause that speaks to your heart – you will actually be heard. I know this for sure, and not only has my voice been heard, but my life has been enriched by the relationships forged with those who want to make a difference. Doors have opened and led me down new paths, and it is as though bright windows of light have reached deep into my soul for how very blessed I have been. (more…)
Small acts of kindness, a word or a gesture, making a difference … or simply connecting with others. Do you keep your eyes averted when walking down a street? Or do you smile at the people you pass by? Do you avoid contact with strangers, or do you catch their eye and hand out random compliments? My girls roll their eyes sometimes when I compliment a passerby on their sweater, or a nice hair cut. “That color looks lovely on you” never fails to give someone a smile. A little feel good moment. (more…)
The next twitter party will take place today Tuesday, November 12th
from 1-2pm EST, and later in the day,
another one at 9-10pm EST to accommodate time zones on MDG4!
The hashtag is #Moms4MDGs,
and we encourage all moms around the world to join in the discussion!
This month’s topic is child survival!
There are many bright spots in my life for which I am very thankful and writing for World Moms Blog is definitely a highlight. The lovely Jennifer being a close friend is another. World Moms Blog, a group of writers spread across the globe – are near and dear to me and thanks to Jenn, I was asked to be a Champion for Shot@Life which brought another group of ladies into my life that have blessed me beyond measure.
Hang on a second … here we go … an impromptu gathering on the streets of NYC!
Social Good Summit NYC
I would go anywhere in the world with these ladies!
And just what can all this goodness get together and do?
We can use our voices for change, we can use our voices for good, and together we can make a difference. Thanks to shot@life I step out of my comfort zone from time to time, earlier this year I interviewed a radio personality – on air. Yes – LIVE! For their Get a Shot/Give a shot campaign with Walgreens. Then at the Social Good Summit – I spoke on stage, well, I possibly shook more than I spoke … baby steps indeed compared to the hugeness of acts of others, but I am feeling my way, trying to make a mark in the world, and hoping to teach my children that we have a responsibility to those less fortunate along the way.
November 12th is World Pneumonia Day, I have had pneumonia twice in the last year and a half. It was not pretty. I was told that the lungs are our grief organ, so perhaps while I wanted everyone to believe on the outside that I was doing just fine, my body called my bluff. But here in the US, I had breathing treatments, steroids, medical attention and the option to have the vaccine the minute my body was ready for it. Elsewhere in the world, under different circumstances – my future may have hung in the balance.
Did you know that …
Pneumonia is the #1 killer of children under age 5 worldwide. 99% of all childhood deaths from pneumonia occur in the developing world.
Pneumonia is solvable Pneumonia is one of the most solvable problems in global health. We have the safe, effective and affordable tools necessary to help prevent children from contracting pneumonia and to treat those suffering with this illness. We can win the fight To advance progress, we must continue to scale up interventions that we know will save children’s lives, including continued access to vaccines, proper antibiotic treatment, improved sanitation, as well as the promotion of practices such as breastfeeding, frequent hand washing, care seeking, and the use of clean cookstoves to reduce indoor air pollution.
shot@life and The UN Foundation have opened my eyes to the plight of so many worldwide. I hope that you can join us and use your voice … there are children the world over counting on you.
Mark your calendars … make a difference!
P.S. Never been to a twitter party before? Go to www.tweetchat.com and put in the hashtag: “#Moms4MDGs during the party times. From there you can retweet and tweet and the hashtag will automatically be added to your tweets. And, from there you can also view all of the party tweets!
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by contributor Nicole M. whose writing can also be found at SistersFromAnotherMister