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Well, Google‘s done it again. And this time, it has nothing to with search - at least not directly.

Doodle for Google is a competition that, according to Google, is open to K-12 students of U.S. schools to create their own Google doodle inspired by the theme, "What I'd like to do someday..."

10862983855?profile=originalSerious art students may put down doodling as a non-productive art form, but not New Age piano teacher Edward Weiss.

Mr. Weiss, is the creator of an online piano course that teaches adults how to play New Age piano. He's been teaching online for over 10 years so when he saw all the coverage the 'Doodle for Google' competition was generating, he got inspired.

Here's what Mr. Weiss has to say about it:

"A lot of people see New Age piano playing as doodling without really creating anything. But I see absolutely nothing wrong with that. In fact, I encourage students to just have fun and play around with chords and piano keys. This 'musical doodling' has a high value in that as long as students are enjoying the process, they've succeeded.

The course Weiss teaches takes complete beginners from not knowing anything about how to play piano to being able to just sit down and play using a chord-based approach.

New Age pianist Weiss says:

"So many adults would just love to be able to play what they feel without having to read sheet music. My approach allows them to do this quickly and easily using something called open position chords. If people want to call it doodling, so be it."

When asked how doodling and New Age piano go together, Weiss responds:

"The beauty of the New Age piano style is that it's very reflective. Many people draw and doodle to get away from the worries and hassles of the day. New Age music is really no different in that students are able to just relax and play whatever's on their minds."

A free piano lesson ‘Summer Morning' and a free book ‘Free to be Creative at the Piano are currently being offered at Weiss's website at
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10862983453?profile=originalIt's been a long time coming but everything is now organised to release my new album next month on the 25th June. "Flood" is an ultra relaxing ambient release inspired by the flooding I witnessed in Wagga Wagga last year.

This release will be available from my website for $AU5 or more (you name the price) as a digital download only via the popular BandCamp distribution service. You will be able to listen to the entire album before you purchase.

If you're on Facebook please add this event to your calendar and help spread the word.
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Dear Friends,

With delight I can report that as of Friday, the manufacturers in both the USA and Australia, have been sent the master album and artwork files for Crystal Keys – Songs to Awaken and Heal! So, if you've ordered a copy already, not long to wait now! The Australian shipment is scheduled to arrive with me on June 6th, just a few days before I leave for the US. The envelopes will be pre-addressed and ready, so all going according to plan, your album will be in the mailbox and on its way to you, by June 7th,, well before the official launch of the album in early July.

Crystal Keys has received a couple of lovely international reviews already. One is from Judy Hall, the UK author of the bestselling 'Crystal Bible' – Vol 1 & 2. The other is from in Europe.


"A superb and breakthrough album from Lia Scallon. Each note of 'Crystal Keys' flies, reaching the ears to caress the senses and seduce the soul. The mystical and powerful voice of this great singer carries the listener into a experience of comfort and inner peace. A deep listening of this album is highly recommended."
Alejandro Clavijo - – Europe read full review...

"Lia's beautiful vocals immerse you in the language of the crystal oversouls. Her haunting music takes you into an ever-deepening meditative state, for an all-encompassing crystal experience. This is the perfect tool for expanding crystal consciousness. I highly recommend it."
Judy Hall - Author of 'The Crystal Bible' volumes 1 and 2 - UK


Advance Orders – Special Offer
Recommended Retail: $29.95
Pre-Release Special: $24.95
order here...

I really hope that you'll find this album to be all that you expect. I've poured my heart, soul and every ounce of available energy, into every aspect of the production. I will admit to being a bit of a perfectionist at the best of times, but this project seemed to bring out that quality in an almost obcessive way - near enough, simply not being good enough! The need for perfection carried through to the packaging. Somehow, the normal jewel case didn't seem sufficient, so the Crystal Keys CD will sit, like a jewel itself, inside a very beautifully designed 6-panel digipak casing, with a separate booklet insert. There have been several moments of sheer panic at the amount of financial resources this production has been devouring, but each time one of those occurred, a voice in my head said loudly, "Spare no expense". Although my mental reply was, "All very well for you to say", I just chuckled wryly to myself, took out my credit card again, and did what I was told!


The music of each track on Crystal Keys carries within it, vibrational messages from the Master Deva of that particular crystal. From the inception of this project, I felt that I wanted to provide the listener with pertinent and tangible information about the crystals, to help them connect with, and tune into these crystal key frequencies. I found exactly what I was looking for in the channelled messages of the crystals masters, brought through by Justin Moikeha of 'The Liquid Crystals'. Having heard one of the near final mixes of the album, Justin has kindly given me permission to share these messages within the CD booklet. I think you will find that the words from each of the Master Devas, will give you a powerful insight into their character and qualities, and will prepare you in a most beautiful way, to receive their crystal keys with an open heart.


USA Events

On June 10th, I fly to the US to do some media and special events, in the lead up to the launch of Crystal Keys there in July. I will do three events in Northern California, and then in Devner, I'll appear at the International New Age Trade Show (INATS West). If any of you reading this live near Sacramento, Lake Tahoe or Mt Shasta or if you are a retailer living near Denver, I'd love to see you there!

With the help of two wonderful friends in California, I have found some very special venues in which to hold the events.


centerpositiveliving.jpgThe Spiritual Centre for Positive Living founded in 1999, is a beautiful centre which includes a sanctuary, ministerial offices, classrooms, gift store and Bistro. Their Mission Statement is... "To teach the interconnectedness of all things. To help seekers of Truth discover the magnificence of their own being. To know the Infinite Power of Love within - Knowing that Infinite Love leads the way to empowerment, peace, joy, beauty and living spirituality."







Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge Nestled in the trees above Lake Tahoe with its unparalleled natural beauty, and just steps from Tahoe City, this is a magnificent resort is set in 74 secluded acres of pristine forest. As this event is on a Saturday night, some attendees might like to stay the night. I'll be staying there myself and I've made an arrangement with the Lodge that anyone attending the Crystal Keys event, will receive the special room rate of $99 per night!




ShambhalaLogo276.jpgThe Shambhala Centre in Mt Shasta is the home of Susan Isabelle and her very special 13th crystal skull, given to her by the Mayan people. Mt Shasta has been calling me strongly for some time now, so I'm really excited about getting to that powerful Lemurian, crystal gateway for the first time. I'm also looking forward with tremendous anticipation, to meeting Susan Isabelle and having my own crystal skulls meet with hers. And with beauteous synchronicity of Divine planning, my event in Mt Shatsta not only happens to fall on the evening of the Summer Solstice, but it also coincides with the visit of the ancient skull Max to the Shasta area. Meeting Max has been on my wish list for some time also!

You will find two links attached to each of the venues below:-

1) A link which will take you direct to book and pay for your ticket online

2) A link to an actual Event Flyer, which you can print off and share with your local community.
As each of the venues in question has limited seating, it would be very advisable to book your seat in advance, online. Alternatively, if credit card payment is difficult for you, you can call the relevant contact person for each venue and book your ticket through them.

Event details

Spiritual Centre for Positive Living
Limited seating available – Book your ticket here
3294 Royal Drive #101
Cameron Park (near Sacremento)
California, CA 95682

Wednesday, 15th June 2011
Time: 7pm
Cost: $25.00
Information: Claudia - 916 293 3806
Download Flyer

Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge
Limited seating available – Book your ticket here
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Saturday 18th June, 2011
Time: 7pm
Cost 25.00
Information: Jill - 530.414.5142
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Shambhala Center and Store
Limited seating available – Book your ticket here
101 West Lake Street and Mt Shasta Blvd
Mt Shasta, California, Ca 96067

Tuesday, June 21st 2011
Time: 7pm
Cost: $25
Information: Jill - 530 414 5142
Download Flyer


International New Age Trade Show (INATS WEST)

Denver Merchandise Mart
451 East 58th Street
Colorado CO 80216

Dates: June 25-27, 2011

The Buyer's Lounge
Sunday, June 26th - Time: 11am - 12noon

Show Hours:
Saturday, June 25:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday, June 26:
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday, June 27:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration closes at 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday
and at 3:30 pm on Monday.


I know it's probable that like me, you will be finding life to be on 'fast track' at the moment. Time just seems to evaporate! This certainly is serving to make us live more in the present moment. Nothing seems to be a certainty….to survive, one must learn to roll with the punches….ride the wave! Change has become a constant, so we may as well just embrace it!

It's my sincere hope that 'Crystal Keys – Songs to Awaken and Heal' will help you to surf that wave, and that these songs will bring you moments of great inner peace and a deep remembrance of the 'YOU' you really are….

Much Love and many Blessings,


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Twisting, stretching, and holding a pose … that’s what yoga students do to tone and relax the body at the same time.

But piano teacher Edward Weiss doesn’t want all those benefits to go just to yoga students.

10862983252?profile=originalWeiss, a pianist, composer, and teacher has developed an online piano course where students can learn how to play something called ‘new age’ piano.

The ‘new age’ genre has been around since the early 1980’s and remains a legitimate style of music. Even the Grammy awards recognize it. So it’s no surprise that someone somewhere would create a place where those wanting to learn this style of music can go.

Weiss explains…

“I’ve always loved the sound of New Age piano and wanted to bring the benefits of playing in this style to as many people as possible. The great thing about this genre of music is that no note-reading is required and students can simply sit down at the piano, relax, and play what they feel at the same time.”

The course now has over 100 lessons and 1000 members. Students have access to videos, audio, and personal instruction from Weiss who charges a small monthly fee for access to everything on the site.

When asked what his ultimate goal is for students, Weiss responds:

“If someone can just walk over to their piano or keyboard, sit down, and just play what they are feeling, then I feel I’ve accomplished what I set out to do which is give people a way to relax, unwind, and get creative at the piano.”

A free piano lesson ‘Summer Morning’ and book ‘Free to be Creative at the Piano’ are available at Weiss’s website at

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Music … it has so many therapeutic uses. From a soothing background in hospitals to a relaxing ambiance in restaurants.

But the use of music as a healing agent isn’t anything new. It’s been around since people started making music thousands of years ago.

10862985257?profile=originalAnd now, pianist and teacher Edward Weiss wants to spread that message.

Weiss owns and operates a website that teaches beginning adults how to play New Age piano music. The site now boasts over 1000 subscribers and offers over 100 lessons teaching students from all over the world how to create their own healing sounds on the piano.

Weiss remarks:

“Many adults just want to be able to sit down at the piano and connect with music on a personal level. The great thing about my method is no note reading or experience is required. Anyone who wants to play piano can do so. All that’s required is knowledge of a few chords and the willingness to try.”

Traditionally, piano lessons consist of a live teacher, a method book, and weekly visits that include back and forth trips on the highway. The Internet is changing all this as more and more are searching for what they want online.

Weiss, who also teaches privately has this to say…

“The Yellow Pages used to be the first thing prospective students reached for when thinking about taking piano lessons. Not anymore. Thanks to the Internet, anyone can find what they’re looking for. They can also find many non-traditional types of instruction that simply don’t exist in the brick and mortar world.”

Weiss is offering a free piano lesson ‘Summer Morning’ and a free book ‘Free to be Creative at the Piano’ on his website at
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Hoyland... Quartier23 and what we are about..

Hello there!!


Well here is my first blog.. I never know what to say in these things.. hehe


My name is Marc. i am an english man but I now like in Norway... I like to write and perform music..


My project that i am working on at the moment is called Hoyland and I class it as ethereal ambient music, with some neo-classical and even some new age influences also. I have released 1 album so far with the next release lined up for September on a label called Quartier23..


Quartier23 is a german label on which you will find some great artists of varying styles, although pre-dominantly darker stuff. But maybe there are some things there that will appeal to some people?? I don't know..


You can check out the label at and if you really want to (I would be grateful also) add yourself to the mailing list here: It is totally free of charge and you don't have to buy anything.. There is no catch at all...

Well at the moment that's it from me. I wish you all well..



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