An ethernal inspiration. Her Royal Highness the late Queen Marie of Romania

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Hello dear readers,

Today marks a historic day for every one of us, but especially for Romanians.

On 29 october 1875, our late HRH Queen Maria of Romania was born in Eastwell, England, as the niece of the late HRH Queen Victoria of Great Britain and HRH Emperor Alexander II of Russia, and today we are honoring her memory.

She was the absolute best you could ask in an inspiring young princess, a visionary queen in charge, a war hero, a genius diplomat, a generous and able patron of arts, an incredibly gifted prose writer and painter, a great philanthropist, but above all she cared and protected us, day and night with the love of a mother…

75 years since her loss, she is still missed, still adored, still cherished, still an eternal source of inspiration for our present and future both in our private and professional lives.

There’s a lot more to say about this icon and loved lider of the early 20th century, but as the emphasis of this post is on inspiration we leave you to discover her journal, “The story of my life” in which you will find all the strength and comfort to pass your worst and a perfect role model to look up to. The link to the book is at the end of this post.

To your satisfaction we hope, we found a video made as an audio book of Queen Marie’s journal, together with inspiring beautiful pictures of the Queen and her beloved country, Romania.

Also … we were wondering … do you have a favorite Royal Head of state from past or present ?

Please use the blog’s comment feature or email us at nmerrynote@gmail.com with your answer to our question, speak your mind about everything Coffeebooksong Studios does, order custom artwork, post cards, gift cards, etc or propose a collaboration on a project what will affect positive change.

Most importantly don’t forget to subscribe to our blog, so that you will always be the first to have a link to our latest story, by entering your email address in the text box at the top right corner of the page and clicking the black “Follow” button.

The link to buy Queen Marie’s incredible journal can be found here
http://www.amazon.com/Story-Life-Marie-Queen-Roumania/dp/B000OKI91S

Until next time,

We are sending you a lotta love from,

Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: The video on this post is property of Youtube user LauraCristina21.

iRemember …

It’s been three years since the world lost the most beloved, charismatic, and prolific geniuses of last fifty years.

With this in mind, Coffeebooksong Studios is here to present its special tribute, as we use Apple products every day :

“Thank you for making beautiful, easy-to-use and smart computers for all of us with the cost of your own job.

Thank you for making the best music players ever, and because their beauty and fine materials made them inseparable from our ears, hands, wardrobe, and heart. We know that must have costed you many nights of sleep.

Thank you for making a better phone, that was really, smart and easy to use. Every time we use it, we stop to envy the actors that were cast in Star Wars films. We know it took the effort of changing many industries and business models.

Thank you for giving the best speech we ever heard. Easy to remember, to the point, and so meaningful. We are sure the time management to make it to the event and the effort to remember you recent tragedy must have been quite a stretch.
( Google it : steve jobs commencement speech 2005 )

Thank you for showing us how to present the most complicated of ideas, business plans, and products to people who don’t work in these fields. We know it took you and your staff at least three months of very hard work to come up with the most memorable product launches. This events are always a starting point for our own presentations.

Thank you for letting us write our own software for the devices we love most so that we can always accomplish new things while using an “old” great tool. What did you have to go through to carry out this great idea ? …

Thank you for being an eternal inspiration,

Steve Jobs ”

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Next, we went out and searched the whole internet to bring you the ultimate documentary about Steve’s life, his legacy and his last wish.

Finally, we want to know, what did Steve Jobs meant to you ?

Please use the blog’s comment feature or email us at nmerrynote@gmail.com , speak your mind about everything Coffeebooksong Studios does, order custom artwork, post cards, gift cards, etc or propose a collaboration on a project what will affect positive change.

Most importantly don’t forget to subscribe to our blog, so that you will always be the first to have a link to our latest story, by entering your email address in the text box at the top right corner of the page and clicking the black “Follow” button.

See you soon,

Love,
Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: Picture property of kotaku.com. Video property of Bloomberg.

Play…until the very last note

Hello dear all,

So glad to finally get in touch, we missed you so much. How are you doing ?

Partially the delay for this post was due to the big changes we had to deal with our team, personal and professional lives, but also because of the higher purpose we wanted to serve with this new story and greater complexity of it’s art elements.

We worked hard and after a while, a good friend of ours, Anca Irimia, introduced us to an artist whose story was able to exceed all of our expectations…

We are Coffeebooksong Studios and you are reading “Play…until the very last note”.

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Take a good look at this face and remember it. You’ll see it on posters at every street corner announcing that a music genius is honoring your town with a concert tonight. Sooner than you think.

Her name is Sabina Anna Maria Manolache, she is 20 years old, and her life is music.

When we were asked to help Sabina, learning that she is a musician, the first thing we asked for was a piece of her music.

What we heard, captivated us in the first minute and the song was played over and over making us discover one of the most beautiful souls we have ever came across, full of warmth, tenderness and innocence, expressed in every music note of that fresh, clean and mature sound.

This experience came to represent one of the most beautiful moments of our lives, and we are honored to share it with you in the next four minutes.

Ladies and gentlemen we give you Sabina Manolache interpreting “A romance” written by the great Romanian composer Petre Elinescu.

…just stunned, we immediately recognized her potential as an international music superstar and asked for further details from Sabina’s best friend Maria Zdralea, who offered us her kind help as many times as we requested it.

We found out that Sabina takes her school work as seriously as her music education, thus finishing her four years of high school with 98.85% success rate.

To prove this, we have Sabina’s permission to display the official high school grade document covering all four years, and to fully understand the information displayed it’s important to know the Romanian formal education grading system : number 1 is the worst grade and 10 is the best grade.

You can also click on the image below to be taken to a new tab in the same web browser, to see the picture in full size, and by holding down the CTRL key while hitting the “+” key, you can get closer to a particular area of the image.

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Impressed, we then looked over her CV and learned that since 2006, Sabina was brave enough, exceptionally good and incredibly organized to play in all major cities of our country, three cities in Luxembourg, the city of romance, Vienna, and also at the famous George Enescu International Festival.

Along with capturing the hearts and imagination of everybody who witnessed her amazing talent she won countless prizes including 1st prize at every edition from 2006 to 2009 at the Romanian Competition of Classical Music Interpretation, 1st prize both in 2009 and 2010 for her interpretation of classical music pieces at George Georgescu International Contest, 1st prize in 2011 at Romanian Young Talents Competition, etc.

All of this success didn’t go unnoticed by the Romanian Ministry of Education who offered her a special award for great achievements in formal education and for being an excellent ambassador of Romania through her music success abroad.

This in only a few… from a long list that was written with great sacrifice, restraint, patience, insanely hard work, wisdom, careful planning, and excellent time management.

But she asked for even more. Only from herself.

While she was searching for the right teacher to work with for college, in the summer of 2012 she went to Flute Forum and Piano Diekirch Masterclass in north-eastern Luxembourg ( West Europe ), where she met the great music professor Philippe Benoit.

They worked very well together for several days and it was then, Sabina decided he was the right music guide for her, and asked for permission to study with him for the next school year (2013-2014).

Like every visionary, the teacher noticed her potential and immediately accepted Sabina in his class held at the prestigious Maastricht Conservatory in Netherlands ( West Europe ).

The difficult part was yet to come, as the young talented girl had to audition in front of the Bachelor program board of teachers, to earn her place as a student of the latter institution.

And she did audition in June this year. Big time.

Because one month later, she received a letter from Maastricht Conservatory stating that she was accepted and is to pass straight into her third year of study.

How about that ? …

We were also allowed to display this document so please click on it, to see the picture in full-scale, and hit “CTRL” and “+” keys to zoom in on a particular area you want to see better.

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However, there was no time to celebrate as our beautiful music wonder was supposed to transfer 2000 euros to the conservatory’s bank account to pay the tuition of the first year and with just one month to do this everything turned rapidly into a race against time.

She didn’t have the money, she didn’t have much time, but she did have a great ambition to be all she can be and change our lives for ever through her music.

She started to ask for a sponsorship from international companies, but as the doors were shut one by one she realized it’s time to call in support and soon all her friends were raising money in different ways for this cause.

Even Sabina’s teachers jumped in to help, and soon facebook pages were created, blog posts, interviews were taken and put online or printed in local news papers and within days a full media campaign was launched to achieve this higher purpose.

Through a collective and massive effort, Sabina did manage to raise the money to pay the first year’s tuition but as she barely recognized when we asked over and over, money must be raised still to pay for a lot of things an international music career implies.

Here’s where we saw an opportunity to make our story epic.

More than presenting a role model we wanted to raise the money she needs for her music education by creating something that would sell and after careful planning we decided on artwork.

Everybody sketched for weeks, looking for a vision of form, color and feelings that would simply inspire the best in people.

The result of this effort is the ” Change… ” art gallery , which is giving you the chance to be part of an international superstar’s journey to glory, write a few lines of music history yourself and inspire others around the globe with your kindness and visionary spirit.

Before presenting the artworks, we thought about listing some of their immediate practical uses that you will get after buying them.

For instance you could set them as your computer’s desktop background to find beauty and relaxation every time you get a glimpse of the home screen, print them and make a poster for your wall so that your room will have more personality and distinction, print them and make post cards to inspire the persons you love most, print them on T-shirts, mugs, mouse pads, book bags to be inspired as you go and change the world, use them for your music album’s cover, book cover, or other covers that you may need or use very often, and sure you can come up with many more uses, that we would like to hear about in your comments.

Next, here are the rules to buy the artwork :

Each time you want to download one of the three illustrations displayed below, we kindly ask you to give a minimum of 5 euros or a minimum of 25 Romanian RON to the bank accounts below :

RO30INGB0000999903747675 for Euro

RO47INGB0000999903747660 for Romanian RON

both from ING Bank, on behalf of Manolache Sabina, SWIFT code INGBROBU .

To download the small version of each artwork, follow these simple steps :
1. Donate a minimum of 5 euros or a minimum of 25 Romanian RON to the bank accounts above.
2. Return to the blog and take the mouse pointer over one of the three pictures below.
3. Right click on it, choose “Save as…” from the small rectangle menu that appears.
4. Choose a location on your hard drive or USB stick where you want to save the picture.
5. Click “OK”.
6. Be sure to go back to the browser tab where you left our story to download a new artwork, find out more info about Sabina, rate, comment, share our work with family and friends and follow us (there’s a big black button for this at the top of the page).
7. Please mail as at nmerrynote@gmail.com if you run into any trouble while following these instructions.

To download the FULL SCALE VERSION of each artwork follow these simple steps :
1. Donate a minimum of 5 euros or a minimum of 25 Romanian RON to the bank accounts above.
2. Return to the blog and take the mouse pointer over one of the three pictures below.
3. Click on the artwork you like and be ready to be taken to a separate tab in you browser where you will see the full-scale image.
4. Right click on it, choose “Save as…” from the small rectangle menu that appears.
5. Choose a location on your hard drive or USB stick where you want to save the picture.
6. Click “OK”.
7. Be sure to go back to the browser tab where you left our story to download a new artwork, find out more info about Sabina, rate, comment, share our work with family and friends and follow us (there’s a big black button for this at the top of the page).
8. Please mail as at nmerrynote@gmail.com if you run into any trouble while following these instructions.

And finally it’s a great pleasure to present you the “Change…” art gallery of Coffeebooksong Studios :

Picture label #1 – “Change” by Coffeebooksong Studios

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Picture label #2 – “Sending you all my love” by Coffeebooksong Studios

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Picture label #3 – “Everything” (the first logo of Coffeebooksong Studios) by Nicholas G. Merrynote

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Last but not least, based on the above mentioned knowledge base Sabina receives the Coffeebooksong Studios Eternal Inspiration Award, the highest award our studio has to offer, for her extraordinary results in formal and music education, and for inspiring us to ever be hard-working, ambitious, and fight for our dreams until the very last second.

As we leave you to admire and buy our inspiring artwork, we kindly ask you to comment, rate and share our article with your family and friends.

Please do let us know what you think about the images above and if they were good enough by your standards to buy which particular piece, through a comment or email at nmerrynote@gmail.com , speak your mind about everything Coffeebooksong Studios does, order custom artwork, post cards, gift cards, etc or propose a collaboration on a project what will affect positive change.

Most importantly don’t forget to subscribe to our blog, so that you will always be the first to have a link to our latest story, by entering your email address in the text box at the top right corner of the page and clicking the black “Follow” button.

We would like to thank you very much for your patience over this past two and a half months as we wrote this story and for joining Coffeebooksong Studios in the effort to help Sabina become the ultimate music performer.

We couldn’t forget to send our warmest thank yous to our collaborators, Anca Irimia and Maria Zdralea, who provided us with vital information for this story and inspired us with their unconditional help towards their friend’s problem.

And finally the special thanks go to Sabina Manolache who made time to answer all our questions with modesty, calm, joy and great attention to detail.

Because of this, and much more, it’s a great pleasure to offer you her contact details :

Sabina Manolache youtube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/coolspotsonthesky/videos

Sabina Manolache facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sabina-Ana-Maria-Manolache/534230269976966

Until next time, we are sending you all our love, from,

Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer :

Pictures displayed on this post are property of Coffeebooksong Studios until bought by a person who can make proof of a 5 euros or 25 Romanian RON transaction at least in one of the two bank accounts mentioned in this article.

Video material property of Sabina Manolache.

Be mine love

Hello there, how are you ?

This post was by far the most challenging one. We say we did it, but we’ll very much appreciate your comments on whether or not you felt the same way. Thank you.

At the same time, it’s the most special one, because we get to honor our very first story request! made by our dear friend Mihaela Cruceru, who trusted us to make her day and yours also, with this Saint Valentine’s post, and for pushing our imagination and team spirit to the limit.

As I gathered my incredible team around our small round studio table, we began one of the greatest brain storming sessions we have ever had, generated by a sound success, we sketched this special story as a one that has to deliver an insanely great card for this special event, a few pieces of advice gathered in years of “for better of worse”, and of course an amazing song that will lift your hearts to a better place, and dance around in each other’s arms the whole night, while great happiness and thankfulness for finding one another would put a special sparkle in your eyes.

…hmmmm…could it possibly get even better than this…we searched the answer a whole day…despite these great ideas, something was missing.

And then it struck us. How about delivering a song so great, so deep, so meaningful to your relationship, that will become your song!

Inserting this last element into our story sketch, we went straight to work. The effort was considerable.

After a wild search, we found this incredible picture in an old hard disk or ours, and we would very much like to give credit to this magnificent artist who made it, except that the picture is not signed and we have no clue where we got it from years ago.
So if you can help, please do by commenting on this post. Thank you.

So our first gift to you, our dear couple, are these fantastic necklaces with surreal colors, beautiful engravings and inspiring text.
Hope you love them.

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Next, we would like to congratulate you for finding your true love and just as a small reminder, never take each other’s trust, love and respect for granted. Earn it again and again and take each day spent with one another as if it was the last one.

Finally, the song choice was incredible hard, and it wasn’t a while ago since we find it, but we think it stands a good chance of becoming your song, the general idea of this post and a new Coffeebooksong Studios mile stone to be reached : offering the soundtrack to a love story.

It’s our honor to offer you this tune by two of the greatest song writers of all time, and one of them a living legend of folk music performing publicly for 53 years and releasing over 30 albums: Joan Baez and Mimi Baez( Joan’s sister) – Catch the wind.

Happy Valentine’s day !

from,
Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: The videos on this post are property of Joan Baez and her sister Mimì Baez. Picture property of unknown to us artist.

Sacrifice Win Violin. Back to the drawing board.

As the title says, we are taking a different approach to the story, so for the moment we are working really hard on a new version.

What happened ?

We were in a pretty big mess Friday night, and so we started doing the things we love most, like playing the guitar, taking pictures, and tried get our minds off it.

I turned my attention to a socialization platform, so to seek out new brands that we want to associate our name with, and I discovered a treasure.
Not sure about it, I read the full article and got a close attention to the picture it was about. It filled my heart with joy, pride of being a Romanian and the miracle happened. I was inspired. By whom ? Well, it’s a story of its own, but for short a wonderful child of this great country won a pretty big competition. Hope we have the chance to get her an interview and have her art displayed.

Shining even more than a diamond ring in the lights of a russian palace ballroom, I called my artists and explained them my idea.

If only you could see their faces…they were so touched by the drawing that I was referring that all of them decided to draw his own version of the image.

Normally in this case I should have look for great music to go with one or more of their drawings, but as the music they have chosen to work on was so appealing to me, their faces shined more and more touched by their passion for paper wood and color and as our nation’s child drawing kept fascinating my eyes and heart, I couldn’t resist and join them table bringing my tools for creating inspiring work.

But as we sketched for two hours in a row, we were not making any progress in terms of Coffeebooksong standards, which are higher than a fighter jet can fly.

Discouraged, we decided to take a walk, just go out and enjoy the peace. solitude and listen to the inspiring sound of night.

We returned late, but I have persuaded my wizards that their efforts were most cherished and you, our dear reader, will forgive us for not delivering on time.

Couldn’t close an eye all night, haunted by the fact we let you all down.

We expect nothing else than perfection in everything we do from concept to final version, and when you don’t have a formal training on any art subject that we do, it’s a risk that what you are trying to create may take longer than expected.

Got off from bed, went to the drawing board, and not even realizing I searched for the song that was sang on the battlefields of World War I by our musical genius who we mentioned in our last teaser. Willing to go to war with nothing but a violin to heal the inside wounds of your brothers who fight for your better tomorrow…

By instinct I started sketching a book, and what I have discovered…it shall be shared with you soon.

For now I can only say that I stayed up 5 hours that rest of the night and yesterday another 6 hours. It’s coming out pretty nice, got some amazing feedback from my wizards and from other experts, and I am sure you’ll love it.

I can’t wait to share…

As we say goodnight, we offer you one of music’s best rock-blues songs of all time, but with a new different acoustic touch.

The song title says it all,

Nicholas Merrynote
Founder of Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer : Coffeebooksong Studios is not promoting or supporting the strong language and behaviour of the band in this video. Video material property of G’N’R.

…a nation arose from the bone dust of its great heroes to become as powerful as ever …a great king erased from its family’s history for fulfilling a 300 year old dream …a genius who went to war with nothing but a violin …whispered …this Thursday night…

Picture property of Alice X. Zhang.