Just A Common Soldier Poem

Hi everyone. It’s important to remember how much our military veterans sacrifice for our freedoms. Veteran’s Day, Remembrance Day, and a variety of other tribute days are upcoming. I believe it is worth sharing a timely poem titled “Just A Common Soldier”. It is written by A. Lawrence Vaincourt.

I am sharing this as a way to pay tribute to a trombone-playing friend of mine who served in WWII and another one who served in Viet Nam. My Viet Nam veteran played a mean Jew’s Harp. 🙂

Let us never forget…

He was getting old and paunchy
And his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion,
Telling stories of the past.

Of a war that he once fought in
And the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies;
They were heroes, every one.

And ‘tho sometimes to his neighbors
His tales became a joke,
All his buddies listened quietly
For they knew where of he spoke.

But we’ll hear his tales no longer,
For ol’ Joe has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer
For a Soldier died today.

He won’t be mourned by many,
Just his children and his wife.
For he lived an ordinary,
Very quiet sort of life.

He held a job and raised a family,
Going quietly on his way;
And the world won’t note his passing,
‘Tho a Soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth,
Their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing,
And proclaim that they were great.

Papers tell of their life stories
From the time that they were young
But the passing of a Soldier
Goes unnoticed, and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution
To the welfare of our land,
Some jerk who breaks his promise
And cons his fellow man?

Or the ordinary fellow
Who in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his country
And offers up his life?

The politician’s stipend
And the style in which he lives,
Are often disproportionate,
To the service that he gives.

While the ordinary Soldier,
Who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal
And perhaps a pension, small.

It is not the politicians
With their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom
That our country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger,
With your enemies at hand,
Would you really want some cop-out,
With his ever waffling stand?

Or would you want a Soldier–
His home, his country, his kin,
Just a common Soldier,
Who would fight until the end.

He was just a common Soldier,
And his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us
We may need his likes again.

For when countries are in conflict,
We find the Soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles
That the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor
While he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage
At the ending of his days.

Perhaps just a simple headline
In the paper that might say:
“OUR COUNTRY IS IN MOURNING,
A SOLDIER DIED TODAY.”

Pass On This Tribute to as many as possible. We must never forget…
YOU can make a difference!

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Why Play Classical Music?

Hi everyone. Some of you have been contacting me asking why classical music is even necessary. Since my musical background began with playing this genre, I thought it appropriate to discuss why playing this centuries-old genre is important. So, here goes…

Improves Focus

Musicians must stay focused when playing classical music. With all the factors involved in successfully playing this genre, it is far too easy to miss things. To say classical composers are focused, is an understatement.

Treble Clef Clipart

Improves Counting Skills
As frustrating as it may be, classical composers are forever and a day challenging musician’s counting abilities. Musicians must keep track of extensive measures of rest, how many beats are in a measure, and start all over if need be.

If you don’t believe me, next orchestral performance you attend – look at how discreetly some of the musicians will be counting on their fingers. That’s why their expressions are so blank. They are concentrating and counting.

Teaches Honing Abilities
Many classical composers “stole” from each other. Only this was done in a non-threatening, sharing manner. Throughout pieces, listeners will catch a “clip” that sounds familiar. It increases listener’s attention while also stirring “where do I know that from” thoughts. Fun and challenging…

Improves Listening Skills
Classical music develops, and improves, listening skills. Different instruments come into play, either individually or collaborately. Listeners will start to recognize how a violin differs from a viola, cello from a bass, and flute from a piccolo.

Enhances Musical Appreciation
Once a musician plays a classical music composition, thoughts of “how”, “why”, and “what about” come into play. Suddenly, different parts of music start to make sense. It’s a very interesting area – in my opinion.

Improves Technical Ability
This goes without saying. Classical compositions are known for fast trills, sixteenth notes, and other similar notations that keep a musician’s fingers and embouchure moving.

Puts To Life Practice Sessions

So many times when learning to play an instrument, practice sessions seem mind-bogging, frustrating, and boring. Thoughts of “why bother?” come to mind. Playing scales was the foundation for learning to play my flute. Why? These delights are found throughout all musical compositions.

Practicing scales pays off in so many ways.

Well, that’s about it for now. Hope this has been an insightful piece for you from someone who is a classically-trained musician.

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Memorable Tom Petty Quotes To Pay Tribute

Hi everyone. As many of you are, I am heartbroken by the death of Tom Petty. He has always been one of my favorites, both music-wise and personality-wise. He was a man of principles, who stood up to the music industry. I believe it is appropriate to share some Tom Petty quotes to pay tribute. Enjoy…

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Music is probably the only real magic I have encountered in my life. There’s not some trick involved with it. It’s pure and it’s real. It moves, it heals, it communicates and does all these incredible things. – Tom Petty

Do something you really like, and hopefully it pays the rent. As far as I’m concerned, that’s success.

Most things I worry about never happen anyway.

When I decided to be a musician I reckoned that that was going to be the way of less profit, less money. I was sort of giving up the idea of making a lot of money. It was what I loved to do. I would have done it anyway. If I’d had to work at Taco Bell I’d have still been out at night trying to play music.

I developed a problem with authority. Any time that authority was what I interpreted as being unjust, I stood up to it, and that became my personality.

It’s funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can’t afford the music.

I would never put my songs in a commercial.

I’ve never had any idea that what I like would resonate with the audience, and I’m pleasantly surprised when it does.
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His live performances were vibrant, interactive, and mesmerizing. I am very grateful for having witnessed this remarkable performer in action. He was rock and roll at its best. Memorable…

My mere words do not do him justice. Thank you, Tom Petty. Rest In Peace..

For poignant tributes to this phenomenal, one-of-a-kind human being who has touched so many…please visit his website at
Tom Petty website

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NOTE: Marie’s Flute is maintained/updated by Marie Buckner, a flutist. She enjoys combining writing and music to help enlighten others. Contact her if you are ever interested in impressing your guests with live entertainment at weddings, children parties, teas, private celebrations, and/or other events.







Wedding Music Playlist

Hi everyone. Some of you have contacted me requesting more information about my classical wedding music playlist and/or library. If you have a favorite, just let me know and we can work something out. My repertoire is far more diverse than what is listed in this post.

Compositions I have played include some of the most requested pieces of all time. These are as follows:

March of Priests – Mozart
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart
Ava Maria – Schubert
Rondeau – Mouret
Nocture Op. 2 No.2 – Chopin
Dance of Swans – Tchiakovsky
Trumpet Voluntary – Clarke
Air on G String – Bach
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire – Bach
Brandenburg Concerto 3 – Bach
Canon in D Major – Pachelbel
Always – Irving Berlin
Sleeping Beauty – Tchiakovsky
Four Seasons, Spring – Vivaldi
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
Others…

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Proudly Sharing A Recent Review…

Proudly sharing a recent review from a wedding performance I was honored to participate in:

I really wanted a solo flutist for our ceremony and was very happy to find Marie with all her experience. We had multiple phone calls in the months before to finalize the music pieces- we wanted all classical. Marie arrived early, was dressed appropriately and played beautifully! She is a friendly professional musician and we are so appreciate her being part of our day.
Emily N.

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How Cartoons and Media Increase Classical Music Exposure

With so many genres of music available, there is always something for everyone’s tastes. To some, however, classical music is a mystery. Let’s see how cartoons and media increase classical music exposure. This entertainment form, known for bringing laughs, offers so much more….

Do you enjoy watching classic cartoons like Looney Tunes and Disney? You likely heard some classical music. These two companies were responsible for bringing this genre to a younger generation back in the 40’s. How’s that you say?

Classical music was reaching a point of dwindling interest during this period. Cartoons, on the other hand, were increasing in popularity. Combining the two was the perfect solution. Case in point…

RABBIT OF SEVILLE
Have you seen the Rabbit Of Seville? This delightfully entertaining cartoon uses Gioachino Antonio Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’ operatic music masterpiece as the theme throughout the entire feature. Lyrics are synchronized to the music and sung throughout the cartoon.

Remember the barbershop scene? No singing occurs, just the perfect blend of music and cartoon animation. Perfect. Listen carefully to the music playing when Bugs is the barber and Elmer is his customer. Bugs is “shampooing” Elmer’s head. The music adds excitement, mood changes, and ambiance all at once. How can anyone not enjoy classical music after watching/hearing that?!

FIGARO
There is another Looney Tunes favorite featuring an opera singer performing with Bugs as the conductor. The longer the singer belts out the note, his face turns red and his necktie bursts. Of course, Bugs encourages it. The music being performed is the classical piece composed by Mozart titled ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. Fantastic!

LONE RANGER
“HI HO SILVER AWAAAY!” That well-known tune is actually taken from a classical music masterpiece known as ‘The William Tell Overture’ composed by Gioachino Antonio Rossini. As any classically-trained musician knows, this lively piece is played after a long drawn-out “calm before the storm” segment.

There are plenty of other examples where classical music entertains us without us ever having to sit in a symphony chair. Enjoy!

More upcoming….

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Canon In D: Another Wedding Music Clip

Hi everyone. I thought it would be fun to share another music clip I just finished. This classical composition – titled ‘Canon In D’ is a very popular wedding choice, dating back to the 1800’s. Composer is Johann Pachelbel.

Here is only a small bit of this beautiful tune played on my silver flute:

Enjoy My New Brahms Audio Clip

Hi everyone. While I am still figuring out how all this digital technology works on a new computer….please enjoy this audio clip I just finished. Johannes Brahms is the composer. ‘Blessed Are They’ is the composition.

Brahms has always been one of my favorite classical composers. His music is soothing, intricate, and brings out the best in a flute. I only use my musical ability to bring life to his magic.

Hope you find it equally soothing and insightful…

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Musician Stretching Exercises

Hi everyone. Well, the July 4th festivities are over and it’s time to start practicing for upcoming gigs. It’s also time to remember the importance of taking care of our livelihood – our hands. Here are some stretching exercises that I find helpful. See if they help you…

Prayer stretch.
Simply place your hands together as if you’re praying.
Gently press your right hand toward the left, stretching out your left tendons. Hold for five seconds. Gently return to original position.

Repeat this exercise by pressing your left hand toward the right, stretching out your right-hand/arm tendons.

Finger stretches.
Gently stretch each finger individually until you feel a noticeable stretch. Do this by taking the opposite hand fingers to pull back on the finger tip(s). Hold for five seconds.

Also try doing all fingers at once. Put the fingers of your one hand over the tips of your opposite hand. Gently apply pressure, pulling your opposite-hand fingers towards you. Do this until you feel a stretch in your wrist area.

Prevent carpal tunnel syndrome by keeping your fingers, wrists, palms, and lower arms fluid. It only takes a few minutes and will do wonders.

Contracting/Expanding
This involves simply tightening your hands into a fist.
Then, open your hands and stretch your fingers as far as possible.
Do this five times.

More upcoming….

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Happy Hour Fun

Hi everyone. Today is another exciting day where I get a chance to perform live. For the past six years, I provide live entertainment for a private venue’s Happy Hour crowd.

Since today is pre-July 4th, our theme will be patriotic tunes. The flute fits in so perfectly for this genre.

Will go for now and provide an update later.

UPDATE:
I’m back! The holiday musical event ended with a marvelous rendering of “God Bless America”, complete with a touching sing-a-long. This patriotic tune touches people at a deep level.

After the performance, I was invited to stay and enjoy their Ice Cream Social gathering. Who can pass that up?! Fresh blueberries, cherries, and vanilla ice cream all made for a beautiful and tasty treat.

Enjoy your day! Thanks for visiting…

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