The day sheep learned to fly

This is exactly what happened last week when I needed a written press release fast and I have a (brilliant)grade 12 student in need of money because he is done with exams and on his way to Plett Rage… 20 minutes later… a masterpiece. I really hope this happens more often…

“When thinking about South Africa it is hard to ignore that with our amazing warm weather comes the opportunity for drought. We in the Western Cape are far too familiar with drought and how it can affect our communities after the Day Zero scare of 2018 but the people of Sutherland in the Northern Cape could only have hoped their drought only lasted a year. The track “Smeek vir Reën” aims to raise awareness about the drought that has plagued the sheep farmers of Sutherland for the past 7 years and ultimately forms a way for those affected to try and express the hardships they face on a day to day basis through the medium of music. The song’s origin stems from a farmer’s wife in Sutherland, who wishes to remain anonymous, who came forward with lyrics that I was asked to put to music for this awareness campaign. The track is a call for unity within the Western Cape and within the greater South Africa to stand by the people of Sutherland and to support them in any way they can through : raising awareness and letting them know that they are heard and not forgotten or through graciously making monetary contributions to provide relief to the farmers in need. All proceeds are used to fund feeding schemes carried out every 2-3 weeks for the sheep of Sutherland but without the help of donations these schemes cannot take place. For any inquiries regarding those wanting to make the track available to their local radio stations in order to raise awareness and show your support please contact Marthie at Marthie@marthienel.com or 0837672701

If one wishes to make a contribution they can do so through the fund Save the Sheep NPC which has been set up for relief with details as follows:

Standard Bank
Account Number: 082956693
Branch Code:05008
Branch name : Beaufort-West
Cheque Account
SWIFT code : sbzazajj”

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
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>#SaveTheSheep is going places. Another stunning design by Marthinusss thank you! ‘Smeek vir Reën’ is available savethesheep.co.za/donate or my personal favourite: download the music(amongst other farm noises)as a ringtone here savethesheep.bandcamp.com/track/smeek-vir-re-n . Why I like bandcamp? You can donate your own amount and you skip all the steep international banking fees… It is a great Christmas Gift idea for people who live far away or if you want to travel light. Bram Potgieter did his magic with the musical arrangement and De Wet van der Spuy the mixing and mastering. I am always humbled by their genius. Thank you. REQUEST RADIO AIRPLAY PLEASE 🙂
>In photo: Wellington is getting hotter and jazzier: ‘Gin & Jazz’ at Die Bôrdienghuis, Wellington on 13th of December 18-21:00. Marthie & Bram(he is bringing his band to add more magic) Hope to see you there! Booking Button Below. They say you have to play with your gin before you drink it… mmm let’s see!
>’Let’s Talk Foot care’ is a series of two talks that will be offered by me in collaboration with Dr Ilse Joubert at her Stellenbosch Square. Tuesday 10&17 Dec 2019 8-9am. ‘Tis the season for cracked heals… Seniors and Diabetics also welcome. Limited seating. Bookings Button Below.
>The song of the week is the Liberace-song(he is the guy who flew across the stage with a fur coat) Ppl seem to like my version. youtu.be/6Lg9mzHHAb8
My Baby just cares for me…

Baby, my baby don’t care for shows
And he don’t even care for clothes
He cares for me
My baby don’t care
For cars and races
Baby don’t care for
He don’t care for high-tone places

Liz Taylor is not his style
And even Liberace’s smile
Is something he can’t see
Is something he can’t see
I wonder what’s wrong with baby
My baby just cares for
My baby just cares for
My baby just cares for me

Stumbling into an art gallery

Last week I found two men in the Stellenbosch University Museum Art Gallery who were very interested in the Jazz show. “Can’t I sing Queen of the Night opera? How about Afrikaans? Or Original music? … in Namibia?” Yessss… but not all on one night and I am worried about the wine glasses shattering(besides I am afraid of heights for the high Opera notes- I will have to get a stunt double …) The music I sing best is a soft landing on your ear: almost like soft velvet or dark chocolate, it has been said/I have been told.

I have been studying The Great Songwriters of Songs which became jazz standards on my song-list. Masters who were responsible of shaping 100 years of music that made me laugh and cry. It has been such a life changing experience: learning how the masters lived the music and become stories nestled into more stories. I would like to share a little of what I learned…

“Summertime” – the song covered 250 0001 times-was written for an opera called Porgy and Bess(The novel ‘Porgy’ was authored by Dubose Heyward- about a homeless man taking in a woman who were fleeing from her boyfriend who made her addicted to drugs), composed by George Gershwin- a Jewish Russian immigrant living in America. It was 1934 and the first Theatre production of that time with an all black cast moving social boundaries. It was written to mimic folk songs of the time.

George was so brilliant that when he applied to study under masters like Raven in Paris he was refused: “Why be a half-good Raven when you can be a first Class George? You should be teaching me!” Besides they did not want classical music muddle his natural jazz style. His songs became the example others used to create their own music to e.g. chord structures and progressions.
When he fell ill with a brain tumor they phoned the White House to fetch the best retired brain surgeon off his boat on the ocean to fly in for the surgery but he was too late. George was only 38 when he died. In 1985 his ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ was played by 84 male pianists on 84 grand pianos simultaneously at the colosseum.

What a legacy!

Point is: be your own kind of George. You never know how far your legacy of what you do best, will outlive you!

So Jazz?- It is not a stiff affair- you can relax, put your feet up or sit on the cobbles outside. If I wanted it to be formal I would have picked a place with ushers and soft seats. This time it is a courtyard where you can see the trees and hear the birds chirp in the background. And that is what a Friday should feel and sound like… and tonight is the last jazz opportunity.

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc
>LAST CHANCE: When a Friday like this needs Jazz like that…Join us for an hour of #JazzFridays in November featuring Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch & Winston Siljeur band. 5-6pm, Tonight 22 Nov., 52 Ryneveld str(Ou Bloemhof), Stellenbosch. Bring your own wine. Book Early Bird R120/Groups R100/Student/Seniors Tickets R75.
>Footcare as usual. On leave 20 Dec- 12 Jan.
>The SheepSong is ready with a grand front-cover design(Thank you Marthinusss): check it out and request it on your local radio station. They really need the help and word of mouth support #SaveTheSheep. open.spotify.com/track/4xKcW3XdXGjrAnOS6Uo7Cc?si=8TVNfzQKRhiA7vaya8x2BA
>In the picture is me with the HUGE banners I had made: thank you to SilkScreen in helping me put it together and the staff of US museum to put it up every week. Because good stuff should not stay a secret…
>Keep the date: 14 Dec, Wellington: Afrikaans #Sonder Grense with Bram Potgieter
>Song of the week is ‘Bringing you sunshine’ -Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch-Woman On Fire youtu.be/EIk5ryElXO8
This is a song I was commissioned to write for a disabled school choir of Mpumalanga. Maybe I should call it the ‘George-song’: you do you- so do it, do it well… It is still in bicycle format but as one mystro said: never be ashamed of a tune that somebody can whistle and hum afterwards.

SUNSHINE
I am bringing you sunshine
On top of the World
Sunshine
On top of your smile
Sunshine
Because God’s been good to me

He made the itty-bitty little worm(Doo-waa)
He made the trees that you can see (Doo-waa)
He made the cats and the dogs
And all of that
And He made you and me.

I’m bringing you sunshine
On top of the World
Sunshine
On top of your smile
Sunshine
Because God’s been good to me

So why do you keep complaining
About the things you do not have
So why can’t you stop your worries
About the things cannot do

Oh I’m bringing you sunshine…

Yessss! It’s Friday! #JazzFriday

Failing Forward: I recently made a study of how failing can become part of your success(Will Smith is an expert on failing ‘I work the hardest’). Then I realized failing is what raises you up to the higher level you need to become successful. If you haven’t failed enough, you haven’t earned your way to the top yet… so you can stand on top of it and own the mountain space of try-try-agains.

Denzel Washington puts it this way: one day you are going to be on your deathbed and there are going to be ghosts next to your bed: all the ghosts of things you should have done and did not pay attention to and bring into being.

So fail enough, fail forward, learn a lot, chase your dreams and give no ghost a turn to hang around your final bed.

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc
> When a Friday like this needs Jazz like that…
Join us TODAY for an hour of #JazzFridays in November featuring Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch & Winston Siljeur band.

5-6pm, 1,8,15,22 Nov., 52 Ryneveld str(Ou Bloemhof), Stellenbosch. Bring your own wine, preorder picnic boxes optional.
Book Early Bird R120/Groups R100/Student/Seniors Tickets R75.
TO BOOK click below. Tickets also sold at door.
TO LISTEN Summertime-Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch-Woman On Fire youtu.be/ka2oebIfcgU
>Footcare as usual: weekdays, school-hours. On leave 20 Dec to 12 January. Heading to Vancouver, Canada to say hello to people we have known for ten years but have not seen for 9.
>KEEP THE DATE: performing at the Bôrdienghuis, Wellington 14 Dec with ‘Afrikaans #Sonder Grense’ with Bram Potgieter. Click button below to book. You can listen to the playlist here
Afrikaans #Sonder Grense www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLnyzCv3b2jMSgoyld9gpUK4kOOoI739n
>I am one step away from releasing a new single for #SaveTheSheepSutherland struggling with the drought. Fingers crossed for the weekend for the successful release! Here is the heart touching lyrics by a warmer’s wife who wanted to stay anonymous. (Banking info is in video description if you want to contribute to this cause.)
Mag ek smeek vir reën o Heer youtu.be/q99hUV-4-pc
Sutherland Anoniem

Die son kom op, steeds op sy plek
Die maan ook, elke keer
Die voëltjies praat nog, weemoed gerek…
Die stiltes raak al meer…

‘n Steenbok langs die pad verwese
Sy veglus daarmee heen
Ons staar hom aan, deel in sy vrese
Wens ons kon druppels leen..

Koor: Mag ek smeek vir reën o Heer
Ekskuus dat ek weer vra
Wat ons kan offer raak min nou Heer
Dis net U wat ons kan dra

Ons hoop is al so dun geskuur
Ons soebat al so lank
Hoe lank gaan hierdie smart nog duur
Ons siele loop al mank

Van oraloor kom hulp o Heer
‘n Smeekroep weer gehoor
Ons moet U wil nog leer o Heer
Ons twyfel nog verloor

Koor: Mag ek smeek vir reën o Heer
Ekskuus dat ek weer vra
Wat ons kan offer raak min nou Heer
Dis net U wat ons kan dra

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Mozart

Eine Kleine Nachtmuzik… ring a bell? then you know what I am talking about. His music will forever live on. Even though his grave is unmarked and he died rich in music, poor in money…

I recently attended a House Concert “Mozart Piano Trios”: what a treat! Cupcakes and High Tea sandwiches done right. No alcohol in the punch and you can bring your own champagne. Mozart always calls for champagne! Especially when you have a flute, a cello and a piano managed by maestro’s. Their pages don’t make a noise… the pianist just ‘swipes left’ on his ipad. Bravo! And encore…

Friday’s first #JazzFridays was super-exciting. I’ve been doing some research on all the standards and came to the conclusion: if you want to become a standard jazz song one day- you have to ✔️make sure you are written for an opera(like Summertime) or musical- ✔️make sure you grab all the attention- ✔️ be one of the 600+ songs the composer created and then ✔️250 000 people will cover you (and you maybe get your own wikipedia page…) Many law suits, movie titles and social revolutions have been started in the name of(and in the lyrics of) songs like ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’! #DareToDream

Who knows maybe you will also be played in orbit of the first moon landing and at the astronaut’s funeral like ‘Fly me to the moon’…

And the chances are most of this will happen tomorrow… when the creator is not around anymore. But it is all build on yesterday and todays hard work!

I think sometimes one has to dream bigger than your lifetime- like a Walt Disney(movies) or an Arthur Guinness(draught beer). Or be proud to carry on with what is worth a legacy- like music masterpieces… or Rugby World Cup wins.

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc

>Footcare as usual: Yes! ‘Are you ready for Christmas’ songs? I will be on holiday 20 Dec 2019 to 10 Jan 2020.
>In the action-photo is The Trio de Music: Albert Combrink, Thomas de Bruin and Ariella Cairo with their Cottage Concert performance. You can follow their shows here www.facebook.com/capetownflutetrio/ or catering www.facebook.com/sweetpetalscapetown/
>Afrikaans #Sonder Grense, with Bram Potgieter, Die Bôrdienghuis, Wellington concert is Sat 14 December.
>Showtime at Lucit Restaurant and Theatre, Pretoria, Sunday 24 November
>And When a Friday like this needs Jazz like that…Join us for an hour of #JazzFridays in November featuring Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch & Winston Siljeur band.
5-6pm, 1,8,15,22 Nov., 52 Ryneveld str(Ou Bloemhof), Stellenbosch. Bring your own wine, preorder picnic boxes optional.
Book Early Bird R120/Groups R100/Student/Seniors Tickets R75. marthienel.com/bookings/
>Song Of the week is a Standard… Summertime composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the opera Porgy and Bess in the style of a folk song “Summertime”. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward. Sung to Clara’s now-orphaned baby after both its parents died in the storm (in the Opera)
🎶Listen to my cover version Summertime-Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch-Woman On Fire youtu.be/ka2oebIfcgU%F0%9F%8E%B6

Summertime
Summertime, an’ the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ an’ the cotton is high.
Oh, yo’ daddy’s rich and yo’ ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’ you cry.

One of these mornin’s you goin’ to rise up singin’
Then you’ll spread yo’ wings an’ you’ll take the sky.
But till that mornin’, there’s a nothin’ can harm you
With Daddy an’ Mammy standin’ by.

Thank you for letting me inspire you!

Last Thursday was special. It started on Wednesday when I had to kill a phone call in the last 5 minutes of my last psychology class: it was Danie Keet from the Eikestadnuus Newspaper
“Marthie what are you doing tomorrow? Because we are having an Inspiration women’s day event and from the nominations your name came up a couple of times and we decided to give you the award for Inspirational woman of the year. You will be sharing it with another lady who is not from the Stellenbosch community.”
Wow…really?
Thank you so much for allowing me to inspire you. You know God gave us all our unique purpose and inspiration is at the top of my list… so this is so spot on!

So Thursday was a dream filled with beautiful women(lipstick and high heels) and amazing speakers from the Master of ceremonies Elsabé Daneel to Alicia Buckle telling her how to look good with a R23 budget, Leah who sang songs from her new album(B.com Law, Theatre art school and she can song?!), Helen van Wyk with healthy food lifestyle options and Yolande Swanepoel from Isa Carsten with tips on how to spend time on your most important piece of clothing: your skin…

I also met THE woman who sounds just as crazy as me(yes, she also studied psychology- no surprise!) Wait for it: she makes school shirts for kids out of tossed out Hotel linen… how cool is that?! And that all because a young boy’s tears touched her heart… and of course it evolved and she now has a factory of women working for her: creating amazing who-knows-what-next behind their sewing machines…

You can follow her and support her cause here www.facebook.com/royalkidsnpc/
My words to her was: my job is not to start another Non Profit Organization but to be the flashlight casting a light on what other amazing people are doing already! People like you…That way the resources are not diluted but instead supported by more people who become aware of how they can get involved.
I want to be the Signpost that points people to…
the next resource they need
for their next step to
get to the other side of their impossibility.

And like Audrey Hepburn said: the word itself says “I’m Possible”.

I am actually thinking of ideas for a pilot program(video/tv/who knows). If you have suggestions let me know! I think showcasing NPO’s in Stellenbosch would be cool start and keep me busy for a while!

So get your Eikestadnuus tomorrow: they really are in the business of news- good news- that will inspire you too… who knows you could be next…???

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc

>Foot Care as Usual: no Psychology… just jazz!
>In the picture is Danolene Johanessen with me on the Woman’s Inspiration day.
>This is where you can read the Eikestadnuus online news www.facebook.com/Eikestadnuus/
When a Friday like this needs Jazz like that…
>Join us for an hour of #JazzFridays in November featuring Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch & Winston Siljeur band.
5-6pm, 1,8,15,22 Nov., 52 Ryneveld str(Ou Bloemhof), Stellenbosch. Bring your own wine, preorder picnic boxes optional.
Book Early Bird R120/Groups R100/Student/Seniors Tickets R75. Link below.
>Look out for #Afrikaans #Sonder Grense in Wellington, Pretoria, Durbanville and Stellenbosch(info-button below)
>The song of the week is: Who is the woman in the mirror?
youtu.be/_IMNnIB5hic

This was a request by me to my sister-in-law Madrè Nel- when she just finished her cancer treatment for breast cancer: To put in words her experience so that she could be the inspiration for others to follow. It is the story of stepping into the unkown and scary into a new view on life and gaining a new family. She has been so brave and her perspective on life is quite life-changing!

P1. First the mamo…Then the biopsy aaahaa (BA)
You must be kidding! Look the big needle! Aahaa (DE)
Then the surgery….first scar, 3rd scar….Aahaa(BA)
Come join our family at oncology -we are family! (DE)

P2. It’s not working guys…I’m not feeling better. aaahaa (BA)
I look around, get the pamflets, get the hugs… Aahaa (DE)
do the chemo’s, the radiations, more pills… (BA)
Come join our family at oncology -we are family!(DE

P3. The Red devil…the red death…. Chemo! (aaahaa) (BA)
First you pray to live, then you pray to die, then live again. (DE)
How’s this suppose to make me feel!? Aahaa (BA)
Come join our family at oncology -we are family! (DE)
Join our family at oncology -we are family!we are family

Chorus: Who is the woman in the mirror?
She’s strong, courageous and she’s brave
Changed on the inside- a survivor
Cancer brings blessings in disguise
You learn to look beyong reality
And what this life seems to be
Relationships and not the money
Finding new friends, a family.

V1: Everyone tells you they’re sorry
But can’t you see- I’m happy?
Happy to be a survivor.
Happy to be alive.

V2: Stop your rushing, stop your fighting
Stop lying to yourself.
Take your life, take your friendships
Sit in your garden and say thanks

V3. As the weeks pass you see faces
Some with fear and some with joy
We’re all brave and courageous
One thing we share is HOPE

Bridge: Quick, quick…get the wig!
Wigs all colours, wigs all sizes
Quick, quick, get the wig!
Its so funny drying hair, flying hair… none!

Chorus: Who is the woman in the mirror?
I ask as my journey ends
Changed on the outside but on the inside
It’s always been …me!

(modulate) I am the woman in the mirror.
I’m strong, courageous and I’m brave
Changed on the inside- a survivor
Cancer brings blessings in disguise
I learned to look beyong reality
And what this life seems to be
Relationships and not the money
Finding new friends, a family.
Come join our family at oncology -we are family! (DE)
Join our family at oncology -we are family!
We are family…

When a Friday like this

needs Jazz like that…
Join us for an hour of #JazzFridays in November featuring Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch & Winston Siljeur band.

5-6pm, 1,8,15,22 Nov., 52 Ryneveld str(Ou Bloemhof), Stellenbosch. Bring your own wine, picnic boxes can be preordered. Early Bird/Groups/Student/Seniors Tickets.
marthienel.com/bookings/

I recently put to music a couple of Tao Te Ching Verses. Verse 17 reminds me of a crochet hook: it works hard and when you are done with the piece you have created, it seems like the pen did not do anything yet it was instrumental in pulling the wool together into a creation that would otherwise not exist.
I sometimes feel people are like that: they enter your life- get’s you to the other side of impossibilities and then leaves without leaving a trace. Yet you find yourself on the other side of the river you needed to cross.
Almost like stepping stones to the Big One.

“The great ruler speaks little
And his words are priceless
He works without self-interest
And leaves no trace
When all is finished, the people say,
“It happened by itself”
Tao Te Ching, from Verse 17
(🎶youtu.be/xpf_VXYLw3E)

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc

>The picture is rehearsals and what happens when you make a selfie-video on somebody else’s phone and you can’t find the ‘STOP’ button but instead take a lot of silly pictures… Winston Siljeur in action.
>Take me to the videoclip of Misty… Misty- Marthie & Winston-#JazzFridays youtu.be/-JZM7e8OXA8
>Footcare as usual: reaching the end of community psychology: may all the problems AND solutions multiply.
>Song of the week is the closest to jazz chords I’ll probably get in songwriting ii7,V7; iii7,vi7… I wrote it with my first Songwriters Session I ever did and it ended up not being a crowded room but it did inspire a great song… Waiting for You-Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch-Woman On Fire youtu.be/J0OyzcQtMqU

Waiting for you
V1. I’m waiting for you
But you’re not here
Some-one moved the piano
I’m not surprised
The tea is cold
Waiting, waiting, waiting waiting

Chorus: There’s just no magic
I can’t feel it on my own
There’s just no magic when you’re not here
Please come
Please come

V2. I’m waiting for you
But you’re not here
Some-one moved the furniture
I’m not surprised
The tea is cold
Waiting, waiting, waiting waiting

Bridge: I blame it on the weather
And how it’s the rainy outside
Is there something I could have said?
Or done or tried?

Chorus

There’s a new generation

Of South Africans emerging from the ashes of negativity and airplane-tickets bought to promised lands. It is people who are not ‘left behind’ but who ‘choose to stay’.
This takes elbow grease and a loose tongue: telling stories and learning each other’s culture and language.

Pam was the young women with the friendly smile at Engen. She died of pneumonia after several hospital visits in Tygerberg Hospital. The sadness in my daily grocery stop-shop was palpable last week…

She represents the people of the Eastern Cape migrating to the Western Cape for greener pastures and jobs living in poor conditions- like my mother said recently “Look at the small houses they have to live in…” and I know in a different time and place she would be the one holding the hammer and collecting building material. But she is older now with much wisdom and the young ones are eager to embrace their futures. We are the ones now.

I started lots of people/projects, thinking, thinking, thinking…but I realize my models are bottom-up: that is where we sit around the table and look at the SWOT (Strenghts, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats)of your/our community- brain storm many ideas and you continue your journey with trial and erring some solutions that could work for your situation. I’m good with that: strategic planning. When we meet again we’ll share experiences, drop jaw about new amazing events and miracles and re-invent and engineer the future turning the negatives around and underlining the positives. It takes time and people with grit.

One of the things that has been growing organically is “Speak Afrikaans Easily”- one of my suggestions to Kayamandi(informal settlement: this means many small one-room houses) was to focus on the business of Real Estate and Xhosa Lessons. This made me think maybe people would like to speak Afrikaans too? And seeing that I have a bunch of folk songs recorded this created a great opportunity to learn to speak Afrikaans by using music, I proceeded to evolve #MondaysWithMarthie. Baby-steps.

My dream is that Afrikaans would become a much loved language all over the World because it is so easy to learn and has such diverse roots pulling from global cultures. It is a conversation piece and peace tool: to bring people together in a safe place beyond English.

So yes to my amazement: people want to learn Afrikaans- I hope to one day, when I am focused, to put together more exciting content and roll with it. And hey! Even if you just learn one new word(I would suggest ‘Lekker’ or ‘Braai’) it is a way for me to share my culture with you and at the same time learn more about your culture. We can figure out why 🎶Jan Pierrewiet brings his wife coffee in bed, 🎶Pollie wants to travel to Paarl and why 🎶the Babboons love climbing Stellenbosch Mountain.

And this is what happens at the Engen: I learn my daily new Xhosa words having lots of fun with the clicks and take the ladies’ favorite songs home.

I am the promised land- I don’t have to move there. And you can help me be better- by being part of my 150 friends. #ImStaying

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc
>Pamela Rangayi(R.I.P.) is the lady in the picture I had the honor of knowing for the last few years shopping at Engen Garage, Stellenbosch. 15 May 1988-7 Oct 2019
>#FootCare as usual. 29 October is The Last Psychology Exam: ask me how communities take back their children from addictions by going back to old school parenting methods in Iceland…
>KEEP THE DATES for #Jazz Fridays Stellenbosch in November 5-6pm- (bring your own wine) and #Afrikaans #SonderGrense in Wellington 7 Dec “Bôrdienghuis”. To Book click the button below or visit www.marthienel.com/bookings
>the #HoogliedBokkie production from 50 songs in 90 days songwriting challenge that ended 1 October)is taking shape and the theme is: God is madly in love with you. It’s in Afrikaans(quickest way to learn a new language is with lovely music) Hooglied Bokkie www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLnyzCv3b2jM6vWjluf_3lZVW0mVj8ysi
>The song of the week is ‘Kerkstraat’ a song I composed for The Mystros: a street musician group frequenting Stellenbosch. It ended up being a diverse collaboration of South African talent and sounds. I would call it ‘ghoema’: it’s about the one street you will find in every local town: church street! I hope you like it…

Kerkstraat

1. Ken jy Johannes Neethling
Wat daar langs die kerkhof staan?
Hy kyk vir al die mense,
wat kom en gaan.
Sak die son vanaand weg
Agter Stellenbosch se berg
Dan kom die moë reisigers
Hul worries net hier los

Koor: Hier moet jy Mooi loop, Reg loop,
versigtig loop, koes-koes loop, lekker loop,
Want dit is Kerkstraat!
Hier moet jy Mooi loop, Reg loop,
versigtig loop, koes-koes loop, lekker loop,
Want dit is Kerkstraat!

2. Hier’s spoke wat hier rondloop
En vir jou koekeloer
Die kinders eet hule roomys
Die pa’s gaan wynproei
Terwyl die watervore
die hele dorp natlei?
Koop mammies volstruisvere
En alles wat jy kry.

Koor: Hier moet jy Mooi loop, Reg loop,
versigtig loop, koes-koes loop, lekker loop,
Want dit is Kerkstraat!
Hier moet jy Mooi loop, Reg loop,
versigtig loop, koes-koes loop, lekker loop,
Want dit is Kerkstraat!

Brug: Oppas vir die akkertjie
wat op jou kop kom val
Oppas vir die akkertjie hy
maak jou lekker mal! ||X2

Koor:….ja als gebeur in Kerkstraat!
Kerkstraat – Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch youtu.be/HvHMw0-4-bc

Are you ready to dress up?

There is a moment in-between wearing your new clothes, and leaving your old clothes on the floor, where you are naked. It is a good thing because you don’t want to ruin the celebration that’s coming!

Recently I’ve had the 99 block of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ in my head: you know the one with the snake that strips you of your height and brings you back to block 2.

Now I have tried to figure out how #2 is a good thing/situation to be in… I think it’s because you get rid of all the excess and don’t collect as much stuff around you that you don’t need on your second rise to the top. To be mindful, smell the roses, appreciate people, stop and listen to the “I’m well, thank you”-answer…

I think that #99/#2 block combination gives you a second chance to do it all over again but more mindful, in the moment and balanced. What’s the rush for 100 anyway because then it’s game over while all the good people are still playing the game?

It is a second breath to check if ‘I’m okay’ for the race and doing what I’m supposed to be doing and not just carrying the load to 99…

So I think stripped is ok if you don’t buy real estate there and keep rolling for the future you are ready to dress for.

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc

>#JazzFridays is on! Some people said they’ll be there every four of the Fridays 5-6pm in November. Well don’t let me stop you- it’s good music! Winston Siljeur is bringing his band. The reason I chose the Old Bloemhof School is because they’s always had a vibe at the Woordfees(also known as the Plataankafee) Tickets at marthienel.com/bookings
>The picture is Marthinusss’ version of a summer jazz vibe(tip: you can share it… somebody said”There must be a vibe…” well – YOU are the vibe… I’m going to be singing…)
>Footcare as usual. Expect some conversations on the ‘Friendship bench’ run by grannies and ‘Save the World’ stuff: one community at a time and of course some Jazz tunes…
>KEEP THE DATE 7 Dec: #Afrikaans #SonderGrense, Die Bôrdienghuis, Wellington with Bram Potgieter. Of all the muso’s in the World he knows me the best: he has seen it all: the craziest, saddest, happiest days of them all. Love playing with the master! Bookings marthienel.com/bookings
>KEEP THE DATE 24 Nov Lucit Restaurant & Theatre, Pretoria, Gauteng(It’s lunch with music: who knows what could happen behind a grand piano like that!)
>Suzette Kruger- my WordPress guru- says you should check out my website and give us recommendations. Trying to make it clutter free and user-friendly but I don’t know- I’m a Gemini…
> The Song of the week is the first song Tony(Australia)and I co-wrote.

The Secret of my Success
lyrics @coolparadiso

V I might not be the best there is
Nor every skill possess
But I’m sure don’t lack the confidence
Thats the secret of my success

V They tell me what i cant do
I leave them all to guess
Ill do it my way anyway
Thats the secret of my success

C I wont ever let them get me down
I’ll continue to progress
Im bold and strong and confident
Thats the secret of my success

V if i believed all that i read
Or even acquiesce
But i believe in my own strength
Thats the secret of my success

Instrumental

V Im self contained and confident
All issues i’ll address
I take all problems head on
Thats the secret of my success

C I wont ever let them get me down
I’ll continue to progress
Im bold and strong and confident
Thats the secret of my success

V I don’t keep things inside of me
My feeling i Express
I tell people how i feel
Thats the secret of my success

V Im happy being who i am
I better not digress
Im i want to fight the good fight
Thats the secret of my success

The Secret of my success -Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch-Woman On Fire youtu.be/cqnfzPuG8Xc

It takes a village, Domino

But how big is the village?
5…10…150…?
I recently stumbled across the Dunbar Rule of 150. I was trying to visualize how big a crowd of 150 would look like(the number of people I want to attend the Jazz Fridays: first four Fridays in November 5-6pm is showtime- now you know)
So I googled it: what does 150 people look like?… to discover it’s a RULE?!

Robin Dunbar is a British anthropologist and he did some research and figured it out: an effective village/social sizable network is limited to 150 members!
He refers to it as how many people you will be comfortable to spend time with and narrows it down to:

5 people you spend 40% of your time with,
10 people you spend 20% of your time with and
135 people you spend 40% of your time with.

This to me was eye opening?! This means you inner core of 5+10 people are pretty important. And my hope is that they would be a positive influence…

Friends came over recently with their younger children and seeing that I have given away all the good toys we were left with dominoes… did they ever have fun! Building a line-up and to great delight knocking over the first dominoe for the rest to krrrrrrrrr…follow…

But see- that’s the problem. If you have everybody in the village building a line-up of resources and positive energy you just need(don’t need)one person with an overactive finger to make it tumble and then you have to start all over again.

To me this means deep breathing and listening to myself and the 150 I allow around me: to make sure we are in the ‘building’ team and not the ‘tumbling’ team.
In South Africa people are our biggest resource- best to be aware of that and support the efforts to create the village you want to live in.

So my question to you is: are you one of the 150×4 JAZZ Friday’s villagers who are KEEPING THE DATE to join us in November? We are starting something culturally amazing in Stellenbosch: I hope it becomes so inspirational that you will see more music, more culture at your next favorite venue/restaurant/home celebration.

Music will remind you of the days you were…>insert important emotion here

Sincerely

Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc
>Foot Care as usual: you’ll hear about some interesting ways how seniors can solve depression through friendship benches in Zimbabwe. Love your neighbor- and listen to them too…
>In the picture is Spike, our Hungarian Viszla attending a #Tiny #HouseConcert held by myself and Winston Siljeur. BUY tickets for our Jazz show by clicking on link below(or I can deliver it to your front door- 150 ppl can’t live very far, eh?) Picnic Boxes are also available- bring your own wine…
>Finished with FiftyNinety(songwriting challenge). You can view the playlist of bicycle zongs here=> www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLnyzCv3b2jNo66cysMxaF92xGZ3LZ0BC *I have decided to shift my focus from songwriting now to singing/performing.
>Our family will be visiting Vancouver, Canada 20 Dec ’19 to 10 Jan ‘20. I am planning/open to #HouseConcerts. Admin will happen once I finish my final Psychology exam 29 October. jean finished matric exams 6 November.
>Thank You Marthinusss for the great Jazz Friday poster design.
>The song of the week is something very contagious. Starts with an L… I wrote it for my husband while waiting for him to join us on holiday.

The Dance youtu.be/Hpru0K1IdTo

V1: I thought you’d never ask me XX
I thought you’d never tell me
I thought you’d never love me
But here you are!

V2: So come a little closer XX
Is this just an emotion? XX
Oh show me your devotion XX
Yes, here you are!

Chorus: We can dance until the moonlight catch our hair
and set the night on fire
We can dance until the stars are in your eyes
And I can see I am your true desire

Bridge: You, my love, you’re the fire
that I keep deep inside
You’re the whisper I hear late at night
will you always be mine?
Let’s dance, my love
Until the fire that we keep deep inside
Becomes the passion of one night’s desire
Will you please just be mine?

The ohdannyboy-factor

Music etches your life like streetlamps next to the road. It lights up your past in moments and guides you along just far enough for now. You cannot listen to music in future tense. It is only now.

I have recently been asked by a friend -how long have you been doing music, I was looking for you on Spotify and I got lost in the list…?
I know… my brother says I’ve maxed out iTunes. So I thought I would clarify my highway of songs and music productions.

It’s easy.
My grandmother Ouma Marthie raised me on Afrikaans folk songs, my dad continued the tradition and here I am chipping away at it too(I am just leaving a trail of song crumbs behind! It started because I could not remember the words to my favorite songs…and started recording them to remember)(Sing Afrikaans 1-7)

I started songwriting on my Ouma Marthie’s piano(it is featured in many songs including the first false about the piano that developed from overuse). My roads crossed Heilbron, Newcastle, London, Oxford, Stellenbosch, Paris, Canada(Saskatchewan, British Columbia)… I became quite a traveller with a suitcase stuffed with songs.(Stoot die blêddie bus/London, A South African woman in Saskatchewan, One Sky- a year of living in British Columbia, Twee tasse en n Paspoort, Drink hulle tee in Kanada?)

In-between the meandering miles my heart was broken, love found many times in fellow-travelers strangers, friends, family. Life is all about relationships right?! Hello-and-goodbye stuff.

I don’t really like writing songs just about romantic love- what else can be added? But if you insist: Wag vir Reën.

Then came the let’s-solve-the-problem phase: it started with my first song about germs in my first year nursing and evolved into a mountain of music: HIV, TB, Cancer, Diabetes, Women and children, migration, bullying, road safety, addictions, lice… I think the only thing I haven’t written a song about yet is Hypertension…#ItWontBeLong. (Life is a Gift- the Neal Stacey TB story, Kommagas se mense/Namakwaland- for Danneline Ramsden, Agterossies in die kraal-Voortrekkers)

Then came the Erik Erikson’s development stages: a production for every age group… because I hang out in many senior’s homes I wanted to sing the songs they would enjoy and this lead to senior’s shows and senior productions: from ‘Trein na Pretoria’ to ‘Oh Danny Boy’ songs squeezed in with jazz in-between. (#Afrikaans #Sonder Grense, Blessed Assurance, Jazz)

For the children I systematically paged through their challenges to come up with educational stories and music(Ek is Spesiaal, Boelie… most songs have only been heard sporadically to light up the need and moment of the day)

Christmas? Covered that too…(Geseënde Kersfees/Somer Kersfees, busy working on Are you ready for Christmas?)

I did some trophy-hunting with productions meant for certain purposes like ‘Verweerskrif’ to get in for the Woordfees, ‘Godsbesluit’ for RSG- not all my attempts were as successful…

I did collaborations in singing we are still having fun and evolving it(Think Music, Born in Africa, Boelie)

The big whistle production for me was ‘Woman on Fire’: I like to use Bible stories as backdrops to many songs but this one was just plain Christian religious songs.

All of my music has not been released yet. I collaborate with songwriters across the World and they have become my best friends in music. Together we have combed through the landscape of life and emotions with a tweezer, weighed the tears and celebrated the odd days.
The rest of it is thematically productions as life grows you lemons(Hy Leef Paasfees, ‘Babylon the end of the World as we know it, I will always be you hot/fat wife baby, Knock! knock the skeleton’s journey back to life, Inspekteur Koekemoer en die Pampoetertjie, Hitman, Hooglied Bokkie, Tao Te Ching, Songs for Sutherland, Book Ninja, Mathematics, Telling Time, Abnormal Psychology…) you can never be done when you are a songwriter!

Now I am scratching in the attic to dust off Ouma Marthie and Oupa Louis songs to tell their love story and how growing up bare foot and free has molded me and my life’s journey. I like ‘Katjiepiering en Anys’ because it features real life heroes like my granddad.

So I invite you to get lost in my forest of zongs(new baby songs- I call them ‘bicycle songs’), songs(the rolls royce songs with musical arrangements that will take you to Disney World) or just me walking down the road, crossing your path and leaving you with a hook: these days it is ‘Summertime’ because I am working on my November Jazz Friday Shows with Winston Siljeur- just cover songs(you have to learn from the best trailblazers of the past #ClimEveryMountain)

Sincerely
Your fellow-time-traveler
Sr. Marthie Nel Hauptfleisch
Singer-Songwriter, Professional Nurse, Inspirational Speaker
“Find Your Purpose And Run With It”
Marthie@MarthieNel.com
083 767 2701
Womanonfire_1 instagram
#MondaysWithMarthie: goo.gl/9vbmfc

>In the picture is the youth who can light up your future with musical moments at the Endler this Saturday. Bring your goosebumps and a big exhale- it will be a streetlight to remember.
>Jazz Fridays! First 4 Fridays in November in Stellenbosch(US Museum- the Red building in Van Ryneveld str- you can’t miss it!). Tickets available at quicket- link below.
>People have been asking: yes we do small and big gigs for your special event or normal Saturday. Yes, you can come surprise us with your talent: we will do open mic opportunities at the end of the show. The venue is available beyond 5-6pm. If there is people, there is a party. You can preorder your ‘Picnic in a Box’ via the link too. Wine? It’s Stellenbosch- bring your own(no corkage)
>Thank you Marthinusss for the poster design for Jazz Fridays- you have captured summer beautifully!
>I will leave you with my Spotify-get-lost-successfully-link…
open.spotify.com/artist/5MmggKpJnYa72Uk577aoIo?si=4E2yUBtsQEaq-32xAuS_Ig