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.

The second “Coffeebooksong Inspiration of the year” award goes to…

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Hello dear all,

We have something incredible coming up, we’re asking for just a little more patience, to offer you the most inspiring materials we have Ever created and steal your hearts to join us in the most exciting, memorable and life-changing events we have ever presented.

In the mean time, we have just found this incredible artist, and after watching her performance three times in a row, we were just stunned…

Almost impossible to make such an impression on our “Mark Knopfler” studio team, for a 11-year-old child.

We still can’t believe it… and we thought we cut down right down to chase here and present you the new inspiration of the year 2013.

For her stunning confidence in her talent, for her “unreal” stage presence, for making the beautiful “Diamond” song Her Own! , for the courage to follow her heart and for all the hard work to achieve her dream, the Coffeebooksong Studios is proud to offer Miss Asanda Jazile, the “Coffeebooksong Inspiration of the year award”, the second most valuable award our studio has to offer.

Wrapping everything up in our Studio’s traditional colors, light blue, golden ribbon, small brown gift card, we are offering this incredible story to our dear readers with the deepest respect and sympathy, hoping it will inspire you to take action and change everything for the better as Asanda did.

You got everything to do this, and more.

Please do watch all the video, we didn’t shrink it for a good reason. Actually for many good reasons.

Love,
Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: Video material and picture property of BBC.

Eurovision 2013 through Coffeebooksong eyes

Hello our darlings, how are you ?

We’re talking about a huge event in every nation’s history for many years now. The Eurovison !

With huge projects raising for and after the show, like ABBA for instance, it was one of the finest shows we had ever saw, much like The Voice in our modern days.

After a few years we realized that the winning songs were becoming more and more commercial, with less and less substance, stunning talent, and that warm deep joy that can reach all the way down to every molecule of your body and get you off your chair and dance.
Even more horrible, the neighbor countries were giving the 12 points to one another, or to countries that were once in the same area of influence as they were.
And so many of us stopped supporting such a defiance of common sense and respect for beauty, challenge and positive, meaningful messages.

As my aunt came this weekend, she insisted to see the final of Eurovision with my parents, and as the room where I gathered my artists to talk about this week’s post was close to the loud TV, we could hear some of the songs which made us deeply think about rewriting the post we had in mind for today.

After some debates, we decided to review and display five performances that can raise up to the Coffeebooksong Studios standards: a deep song, with a positive meaningful message, full of passion, delivered through a captivating, confident tone, completed by an amazing stage presence. And this is just the top of the list.

First, is our county’s participant, Cezar Oatu.

The amazing Romanian artist gave a smashing performance and yet again showcased a perfect example of pure talent, stage presence and acting, singing both as a tenor and a counter-tenor while his passion and dedication added even more charm to the song and to the overall performance.

And so, Coffeebooksong Studios would like to congratulate our artist for making us extremely proud of being Romanians and would like to offer him the “Coffeebooksong Studios Inspiring Person of the Year” award for exceptional displaying of Romanian talent, values and honor.

For all of you who don’t know Cezar Oatu’s insanely great work, we have the video for you from last night and we hope you love it, as much as we do:

The winner of this year’s competition, is a different story, and was called by our studio’s artists, the Beauty of Denmark.

Indeed Emmelie de Forest’s loveliness reminded us, of the kind of beauty, that would cause nations to go to war against one another for the Right to ask for her hand in marriage, her innocence would tame the most terrifying of the lost barbarian kings, and her voice could make the roses blossom in the hardest of winters.

In our opinion, however, the song choice was week, very “cold”, totally not suited for a girl who appeared so sensible, the act as a performer was almost non-existent, the message was simple and obvious, the song line was very predictable, we felt that she could have put more passion into the song, and that she could have given a lot more if she had a song that would have challenged more in terms of vocal technique and song line creativity.

So clearly we don’t agree at with the Eurovision fans and judges in making her the winner of this year’s competition, but we congratulate her for officially winning such an important competition so early in her career and for passing every obstacle this competition implied.

Going to the podium now, sparkling on our golden #3 place, it’s a song from a neighbor country of Romania, it’s … all in our next post.

See you real soon and don’t forget to rate, comment, share our work with your friends and family, and subscribe to our site to be notified when a new amazing story is uploaded !

As always, we kindly ask you to mail us at nmerrynote@gmail.com if you have a great collaboration in mind that would benefit both parties, tell us about an inspiring person that you know, or make a story request. We always reply back.

Love,
Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: All the videos in this blog post are property of Eurovision TV.

Classic. Iconic. Brand new

For short, we have our hands so tight with different problems, that’s harder and harder to write the stories as good as we want them to be, and that implies a lot of time, that we just don’t have available now for this amazing project, and as honesty and close contact with our dear reads will always be part of the Coffeebooksong Studios values, we regret to inform you that our future stories will be as short as this, until things will be back on track for us.

Of all the things this incredible studio can produce, we decided to stick to music, as it is the thing we couldn’t live without, and apparently literature also, right ?
So beware of the insanely great tunes that are about to come up, as soon as we have a spare moment.
As always we would really appreciate a sincere, critique comment about our thoughts on it and if you loved the song.

The tune we have for today is so good, so different and so full of passion that even we had a hard time deciding if it actually comes from a person, let alone a beautiful child.

In just two minutes, she brought us joy, peace, hope and made the moments spent listening to her again and again, a blessing.

Be ready to rock your boots off as miss Harriet Whitehead will remake, a classic.

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Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: Video material property of BBC.

Coffeebooksong Inspiration of the Year Award. 1st winner!

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Hello there, how are you ?

Did you realize that the world stopped for nearly two minutes in late March this year?

Well it did, because Ash Morgan, the singer in the picture above, offered perhaps one of the greatest covers of “Never tear us apart” of all time, making live musical history!

And because it’s insanely great that someone with no musical training can make us burst into tears, noticing all his passion, energy, dedication to music and marvelous unique voice, we are honored to offer him the first Coffeebooksong Inspiration of the Year Award! Congratulations Ash! We can’t wait for the next performance and for your first album!

Wrapping everything up in our Studio’s traditional colors, light blue, golden ribbon, small brown gift card, we are offering this incredible story to our dear readers with the deepest respect and sympathy, hoping it will inspire you to take action and change everything for the better as Ash did.

You have plenty of potential to do this.

Love,
Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: Video material property of BBC, picture property of digplanet.com.

The N.Merrynote 4A competition. Be an inspiration.

Hello there.

Boy do we have some news!

Still working on the incredible story we promised, we wanted to show you a video that we think it can change the world for the better, and the song couldn’t be a perfect fit for everything we belive in this world.

After watching this video, we realized that stories like this need to be even more promoted and so we thought of a great idea.

How about having a competition of inspiring true stories you where the people of your community, including you, stood up for a neighbour, and helped this sir or madam to overcome his or her struggle!

No talent is required to submit a story for this competition, as we will transform your work into a one of a kind Coffeebooksong masterpiece!

So, the rules for the N.Merrynote 4A competition are the following:

1. The story’s text has to be in English or Romanian, so that we can perfectly understand what happened.

2. You have to send us at least a page of text, including the facts and figures as best you can.

3. At least a picture taken during the event to prove it really happened.

4. A few song suggestions would make us realize what you felt during this process, and as usual we want them to be happy and with a positive message. In the end we will pick just one song.

5. The email address where you can send us your work is nmerrynote@gmail.com , thus making me the owner of the content you sent.

6. The story with the most potential will be declared the winner in a special post that will explain the reasons behind our decision.

7. When we would have a final form of the story we will sent you a copy of it, so that it will be as close as what happened and what you felt. In case you are not happy with the result we will edit the story again, going again through this loop no more than three times.

At each iteration, we will wait three days your written approval to publish the story. If we don’t get a reply during this time frame, we will publish it.

8. At the end of this great collaboration you will :

a. receive a special gift from us.

b. you will me mentioned in the contributor’s list to the story.

c. we will display a link to a project you are supporting, for a week. The link will be displayed next to your name in the above mentioned list.

Of course the project has to be something that the Coffeebooksong Studios can relate to in terms of values and goals.

9. Same rules as above are applied if you send us a video, but since we can’t edit it, you will have to get it right the first time, and we are offering a two-week link display of the project you want to support.

We are so excited about this competition and we can’t wait to read your stories and work together on the next big thing that will inspire many people!

Last but not least, our values are stated right here and we thank you in advance for helping us show the world that together, united and compassionate we can accomplish so much more.

Kindest regards,
Nicholas Merrynote
Founder and CEO of Coffeebooksong Studios
Email: nmerrynote@gmail.com

Disclaimer: TA series of video clips taken from various sources to depict Noah and the Whale’s “Give a Little Love.”.

The song that could not be silenced

Hello there, how are you ?

We just stopped a second to say hi, thank you for the insanely great feedback we got for our last post and to inspire you again through a breath-taking performance of a song that requires the computer shut down to stop listening to it.

More than sure, you will not get enough of it too and other songs, this incredible band has to offer.

Please give a warm welcome to Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the stars of Tedeschi Trucks band !

“Darling be home soon” and keep inspiring other people.

Love,
Coffeebooksong Studios

Disclaimer: Music video by Tedeschi Trucks Band performing Darling Be Home Soon. (C) 2012 Sony Music Entertainment.

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