Today, July 8, 2013 we celebrated the life of my very good friend and mentor Jim Hodge. (R.I.P. May 31-1927-June 27, 2013)
The Service was held at Center For Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas. Visitation was at 12:30PM and the service began at 1PM. The church was packed wall to wall. Friends from around the globe came to celebrate Jim's life.
He entertained with everyone from Betty Grable to being in movies with Sylvester Stallone! A True ENTERTAINER! I am blessed and honored to be part of his life. Below is the video I created for the service honoring Jim's life. The music is from Jim's CD. He can really sing!
Here is the link to churches LIVEStream account. Click on the link below and it will take you
too LIVE Stream and you will be able to watch the entire Memorial Service...
The video you are about to watch features an original song I wrote and dedicate to the late great Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo.
Joaquín Rodrigo, (November 22, 1901 – July 6, 1999), was a Spanish composer and a virtuoso pianist. Rodrigo's music is among the most popular music of the twentieth century.
In particular, his Concierto de Aranjuez is considered one the most popular of the guitar concerto repertoire and among the most recognized pieces ever written.
The second movement from this concerto is hauntingly beautiful. It is from this piece of music that I created the music, "Song For Rodrigo". This is my homage to the great composer and to this great piece of work.
The video below is the first time it was played LIVE.
Las Vegas Guitarist Robby LeBlanc Performs "A Time For Everything" LIVE.
I wrote "A Time For Everything" as a solo guitar piece in 1989 and recorded it about 1 year later. It was written before I had a title. Then one WINDY and Brisk night in Branford, Connecticut, the wind blew so hard into my bedroom that things went flying! Yes, one of my windows was fully open.
The WIND woke me out of a deep sleep and as it blew it startled me. I reached for the lamp on my night stand and accidently knocked my bible off the stand. I turned on the light and as I did so, reached down for my bible and my finger landed on a SPECIFIC Passage. Ecclesiastes 3 - "A Time For Everything:" I just found the title to my new song!
Here is the complete verse "A Time For Everything" from the bible.
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.
A time to be born and a time to die,
A time to plant and a time to uproot,
A time to kill and a time to heal,
A time to tear down and a time to build,
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
A time to search and a time to give up,
A time to keep and a time to throw away,
A time to tear and a time to mend,
A time to be silent and a time to speak,
A time to love and a time to hate,
A time for war and a time for peace.
There is "A Time for Everything" and it was time to turn this song into a Latin Samba!
I will be recording this in the studio shortly. Please feel free to leave a comment.
This past weekend I played at "The Center For Spiritual Living" on North Rancho Drive. The first song I selected was called " She's Out Of My Life" by Thomas Bahler.
Most people think this song was written by Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Josh Gorban or Willie Nelson. Why, because the have all recorded this very song.
The melody is simply BEAUTIFUL. Each note is PEREFECTLY placed for the next note to arrive. I aspire to write such a melody some day.
I played this specific song on this Sunday in honor of a friend Vickie and I call Warrior. This is the anniversary of his passing. He LOVED this song and cried every time he heard it on the radio or while I was playing a gig. Warrior was a unique character. He worked special opps for the government in the 1960's. His cover was that of a film maker and actor. I'll write an entire post about him in the future.
In any case, I hope you like this song as much as I do.
If You Are in Las Vegas This Sunday, May 26, 2013 Stop In and Hear Me Play.
Las Vegas Guitarist Robby LeBlanc will be featured with the band "Odyssey" with Master Jazz Pianist Melvin Macias and Bass Maestro Justin Vogel.
I will be playing 2 songs with the band so if you are in town stop on by. Make sure to say hello!
Come in for an inspiring message and then some WONDER-Filled Music! what's better than that on a Sunday Morning?
Sunday May 26, 2013
Center for Spiritual Living Greater Las Vegas 1420 East Harmon Avenue Las Vegas, Nevada 89119 702-739-8200