Inspiration

Most of you know that I was on vacation with my family in the New England are of the USA.  We flew to Connecticut and then rented an RV, and drove 1800 miles in a loop.

I am a workaholic, and I fully expected to work while on vacation. Later, I decided to just let go and post the photos of where we were going, and not worry about the music.  When I did this, things began to line up that have myself feeling SO grateful. 

Our first stop was in Vermont at Imaginary Road Studios. We stayed at my friend's home, and the boys helped stock the wood shed, our daughter wrote, and I played the piano in the studio.  I came up with a new song called "Spirits". So much music came pouring out of me. I am always in awe when that happens because whenever I release an album, I think I don't have anymore music in me, but it is always surprising when I do write more music. The most amazing part of this trip was being with my family, the bonding, and watching each of our children AND hubs seeing the East Coast for the first time and they were WOWED.  

 

We drove to Kirtland, Ohio. We went to the Community of Christ Visitor's center that currently owns the Kirtland Temple there.  For those of you that don't know - The Kirtland Temple was built by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the early to mid 1800s.  When the Church left for Nauvoo, they left it. It came into very capable hands of the RLDS Church ( Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) They have renamed the church to the Community of Christ. Anyway, the historian there was amazing.  He loved what he was doing, and therefore made the tour of the temple very interesting.  Afterwards, we visited the store they have there where you can purchase some pretty awesome history books.  

 

Ronald E. Romig was our tour guide.  He has a book that I bought and his sweet wife came out with a Hymnal from the RLDS/Community Church of Christ and gave it to me.  The significance of this gift touched me. I will treasure this hymnal for the rest of my life.  His wife Anne told me they wished they had a CD with music from the Hymnal, or at least music they could have playing in the Visitors Center as well as the store.  It was then clear to me that I could create an album with music from the early 1800s to mid 1830s researching music from and instruments from that time period.  

World War II Memorial and Washington Memorial in the background - Hey there is a Rainbow! 

World War II Memorial and Washington Memorial in the background - Hey there is a Rainbow! 

Vermont

Vermont

Now that I am home, this is the plan:  1. Release a Christmas Single from the Hymnal I have. 2. Record and release "Rough Stone Rolling" - a new Instrumental Album comparable to "Trillium".  3. Write an Electronic Album dedicated to author Anne McCaffrey 4. Write and release a Christmas Album. I will be announcing some exciting news later on this month.  So keep an eye or two out!   More to come...

 

Kori Carothers

Kori Linae Carothers, 27758 Santa Margarita Parkway #407 , Mission Viejo, CA 92691

A musician's path to her/his muse is sometimes an easy one. Other times, it is filled with potential pitfalls or unexpected obstacles. Kori Linae Carothers faced just that when, during a kindergarten health screening at the age of 5, it was discovered she was deaf in her left ear. Her young peers found out and the teasing began. In addition, throughout elementary and high school, Kori was constantly told she would never become a musician. Undeterred, she kept learning and practicing, never surrendering her dream. Despite these discouragements, Carothers was passionate about her calling and now, years later, she is an acclaimed pianist and keyboard player with four albums to her credit. Clearly, she is an example of a person following her muse with courage, humor, and determination. - Bill Binkelman