The Heavens have gained another beautiful voice…

Facebook hasn’t been accessed yet, but one can only imagine that it’s filled with posts about the passing of Whitney Houston.  When I saw the Internet news on AOL about her, my heart sank.  And, you know, it was shocking to see that she was only 48 years old.

Just days before the Grammy Awards… people must be scrambling to change the flow of the show, celebrations might be quieter, lights might be dimmer…

(Sorry… I feel like I’m just rambling.  So many feelings dashing around in my heart.)

Reading one article, there was a video of her last performance… according to the article anyway.  Whitney was singing “Amazing Grace” with someone else.  A part of me was startled hearing her raspy, gravelly, almost unrecognizable voice… yet another part of me was comforted hearing that oh-so-familiar warmth and tenderness as she sang.

The first time I ever heard her voice was the duet she sang with Jermaine Jackson, “Take Good Care of My Heart”.  (Way back in 1984.)  Had bought the record and fell in love with that song AND her voice.  Then she came out with her own album the next year.

No matter how she lead her life, no matter what choices she made, we are all blessed that she shared her amazing voice and talent with us.

Ms. Houston, may you rest in peace…


The Magic of Invisible Designs Lab.

I am privileged to have the chance to sing for jobs every once in a while and am blessed to work with some very, very, VERY talented people!

One studio I work at is Invisible Designs Lab. AKA Invisi Studios.  (The period after “Lab” is part of the company name, by the way.)  They are a group of guys who create and design sounds that are simply amazing!  (Yes, I am biased… but trust me, you’ll be amazed, too!)

Their motto:  “Using all aspects of sound, we turn images of the mind into reality.”

One project they did last year was for a web ad for the Japanese mobile phone company, docomo.  The phone company came out with a new cell which was wooden.  The Invisi guys and the others (who worked on the online commercial) put their blood, sweat and tears into it.  The responses were unbelievable!  There were online interviews from The New York Times and other publications Stateside, media coverage here in Japan and the highlight had to be getting three awards from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity!!

Please judge for yourself… and if you like it, feel free to share the magic of Invisi Studios with your loved ones!  =)

Here’s “Xylophone in the Woods”…

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