Saturday, June 18, 2016

// how can it be? //

For Kathryn's birthday, we were able to go to an open mic night at a cafe near where we live. We had a few songs prepared and did them(you can see clips on Instagram if you follow either of us there) then later on were able to each do another song.  And, since I had a track on our iPod, I chose this one.

'How Can it Be?' is just one of those songs, you know? The first time I heard it was kind of a fluke- I never listen to the radio, and if I do it's NPR for morning classical or Saturday opera. But for whatever reason I was waiting in the car and just turned to K-Love(I think) and heard this husky powerhouse voice belting this song. This was a while back so younger, music snobbier me was inclined not to like it- but it had something. The words just sort of pushed at me, and I jotted them down to look it up later. Since that day, I've come to absolutely love this song, and Lauren's voice for that matter. The words are so powerful, so personal and so true. However, in the original key I can't sing it. Recently I came across this high karaoke track and I was so thrilled!

One of my (and my sisters) dreams is to be able to perform and record CCM songs in popera style. There are so many out there that have such incredible messages, and recorded in a different style they could potentially reach even more people. Plus this is just how I was made to sing. Getting to perform this live and sort of off the bat was exhilarating, I have to say. I don't know what God has planned for me with a music career, if anything, but I was so blessed to be able to sing this amazing song, and I hope you enjoy it too!! Sorry about the poor audio quality- iPod camera, karaoke track and background noise can only be fixed so much :) Feel free to download if you should happen to want to.

So, what do you think of the popera/CCM idea? Do you know any CCM (or other songs) that you think could be covered classically? I'd love to take a listen, I love finding new music! Please let me know in the comments!!

(p.s. If they were Christians(praying- does anyone else pray for their favorite singers etc?? curious) Il Volo could cover this song and literally blow up the planet, just saying.)


  1. What a fantastic adventure!!
    Your voice is heavenly Nina! <3 <3 <3

    Does your sister have a blog? What is her Instagram? :0

  2. It was!! So fun.
    Aw thank you so much!
    She doesn't have a blog- and I think you guys just connected on Instagram?

  3. How lovely! <3 <3 How Can It Be is such a great song. I also like First and Trust in You by Lauren Daigle. :)
    I am a singer as well - our voices sound similar. :)

    golden halcyon

    1. Thank you Grace!! It really is. Yes her songs are all so powerful!!

      That is so cool! Do you have any links where you're online? I'd love to hear you! :)

    2. Hm, I think I might have a video up on Youtube somewhere singing an Italian aria at a performance - I'll have to get the link and send it to you :)

  4. Okay, so first of all OOPS: because I might have accidentally posted half of a weird partly-written comment because my computer spazzed out on me halfway through writing. . . or that comment fragment may now just be floating aimlessly through cyberspace, never again to see the light of day. Ugh. But anyway, I loved hearing you two sing! And I'd never heard that song before, but I'm really liking it. Some "modern Christian music" isn't my favorite, but when I find a song with a good message that's written and performed well, I love it-and this one definitely is! I feel like a lot of current Christian music strives to have good lyrics and messages, but doesn't focus as much on actually being beautiful and well-made, which for me is just as important. All of which is to say, I'd absolutely love more covers in your style! Do you know Brooke Fraser? She has several songs I really like, and some are based on C.S. Lewis stuff, which makes me happy :3 I like pretty much everything from her album Albertine, and I really like some of her other songs like Flags, Arithmetic, and Ice on Her Lashes.

    1. I don't see it 😂 worst feeling when that happens though. THANK YOU!! That means so, so SO much. You basically put into words my feelings on the majority of CCM! It is so important to make beauty. I get that that is beautiful to some... but not so much to others and variety is the key. It's so encouraging that you'd like to hear more- it can be hard to know if its just our own dream or if it could potentially work haha. I haven't heard of her but I must look her up! Anything C.S. Lewis <3 Thanks again so very much <3


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