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Whimsical Romance

Sarah Ragsdale

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Life is like one big romance. This collection of songs is about that romantic story called life, and the ups and downs that come along with it. Based on true stories, mixed with some fantastical exaggerations, this is a fun and playful album of the vast array of emotions that come along with relationships. Written at various stages throughout her life, these are raw stories that have been tried and tested at the piano, even with audience involvement – some relying on percussive snapping and clapping. Feelings range from happiness and pure bliss like in the song “This Kiss”, to a character of craziness and denial like “Next Time”, to more intimate reflections like in “Paranoia”, while others emit strength and moving on. Raw and rustic, catchy and melodic, this album has hints of blues, jazz, and even ragtime.

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  1. 1 This Kiss 03:34 Lyrics
  2. 2 Next Time 04:26 Lyrics
  3. 3 Paranoia 04:13 Lyrics
  4. 4 Ferris Wheel 02:50 Lyrics
  5. 5 Locomotion 04:12 Lyrics
  6. 6 Butterfly 04:44 Lyrics
  7. 7 Man of the Sea 03:14 Lyrics
  8. 8 Diamonds 03:07 Lyrics
  9. 9 Wedding Day 03:58 Lyrics
  10. 10 Ragstime 02:38 Lyrics


Celebrating and Remembering Music and Life Teacher Mr. Marion 

Celebrating the life of our beloved teacher of music and life, Mr. Marion , and looking toward the heavens through this tree of his favorite color. Mr. Marion was in my young adult life as youth pastor and high school chorale - which meant I was around him basically all the time!  Such a wonderful and kind man who served the community in so many ways for so many years inspiring people young and old.  I remember fun and meaningful times - trick-or-treating for UNICEF, taking Thanksgiving meals to shut-ins, Christmas caroling, prayer breakfasts, Chorale and youth group trips (Gatlinburg "Resurrection", Confirmation, etc), among so many other events - I really cannot emphasize how much this man was a huge part of my life!  I will so miss coming home and seeing him in the church, or meeting for a sound check, or just walking by his house and seeing his red truck with him out in the yard with his family.  We will all miss you more than words can say Mr. Marion.  May we follow in his example and continue to set the world on fire in beautiful shades of joy, love, and music!

Being Presidential! 

I am so very excited that Virginia's own Tim Kaine has been selected as Hillary Clinton's VP running mate!  Not too long ago I had the pleasure of meeting with both Senator Warner and Senator Kaine to receive recognition for "Sela Sela (Dance Together)" which was the Official Song of the Africa Cup 2013. Both of these gentlemen have a long history of service in politics to our state and country, but little did I know that one of them would now be a VP candidate - not that I am surprised! Here are a couple pictures, one with all smiles for the camera and one with the Senators checking out my cd! I thought it would be a fun time to share!

"Whimsical Romance" Album Mixing Complete! 

I cannot believe it, though it's definitely time! I think we completed the final mix today of the "Whimsical Romance" album! WOW! Thanks so much to the crew at Mobtown Studios for being so awesome to work with and working with me to make this vision come to life!  Thanks so much Mat, Emily, and Sean for everything you've done for this album, you are wonderful!

Still much more work to do! Mastering, artwork, printing, etc, but certainly a major milestone was met today! Thank you for being there for me and the continuous support along this musical journey. Please, keep sharing the gofundme as the project is still not complete by any means, but we are getting there! 

Sincere thanks, 

"Tolerance" New Song and Message Inspired by Recent Events 

I want to be involved in the discussion on how to increase love in the world... understanding, compassion, tolerance, and respect. We cannot permit attacks of hate on any of our brothers and sisters in the human race including, but certainly not limited to, faith, race, or sexual orientation. Divisions and misunderstandings will only encourage further hatred, while respect and understanding will allow us to conquer true hate, together with love.

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