Daily Prompt: Papa Love Mambo

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?

Well, apologies for another couple of days without a post, however I’m still hoping to get some emails from people who would like to do some guest blogging! Once again, if you’re interested in doing some writing on this blog, have a look at my Guest Blogging page – I’d love to hear from you!

Perhaps to many of my followers’ surprise, I hardly ever listened to classical music when I was small. Being brought up by my mother, we always used to listen to Simon and Garfunkel in the car, country music was also another favourite of mine. My taste in classical and indeed heavier alternative rock (something I haven’t really discussed on my blog) developed in my later years at primary school.

At home I still listen to a lot of this older music that I listened to in my early years, much of which I can play now that I’ve had extensive musical training. It influences a lot of stuff that I do. I’m in a band with three others – I play bass guitar – and when we’re writing songs my influences within them are very distinctly “country” sounds.

It was my birthday yesterday (whoop!) so I have to depart for a birthday meal at a restaurant with family. I hope you have a nice evening!

Other memories of music:

  1. Moon-rock | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  2. Rhythm | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Music, Food and a Dash of Wild | Rose-tinted Rambles
  4. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo- How a Song Could Brings Back Beautiful Memories | Journeyman
  5. Hey, Hey Good Lookin’ & Divine Providence | The Jittery Goat
  6. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  7. A Whole Other Selection | Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | likereadingontrains
  8. Great Music Never Dies | Musings | WANGSGARD
  9. My Musical Memory Set List (Volume Two) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  10. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves… | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  11. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves KISS | My Outlook on the World
  12. punk | yi-ching lin photography
  13. A Taste Of Honey | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  14. Sabbatical Songs: growing up in Oxford | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  15. One Crazy Mom » Growing Up With Music
  16. Papa Loves Dylan | The Magic Black Book
  17. To Run in a Dream | The Nameless One
  18. Hats, spurs and belts | Kate Murray
  19. The One That Could Have Been [Ndifreke’s Story] | She Writes
  20. Songs Of Yesterday | Awake & Dreaming
  21. Wednesday’s Run | Oldman
  22. A Dream: An Open Letter to Air Supply | Kosher Adobo
  23. Punk | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  24. Will The Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?! | Life Confusions
  25. 281. Hee Haw and Soap Bubbles | Barely Right of Center
  26. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Basically Beyond Basic
  27. Do The Diversity Dance. | Asta’s Space
  28. The Greatest Generation Had The Best Music | Just Visiting This Planet
  29. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | A Mixed Bag
  30. Minutely Infinite | Rewinding the mixtape
  31. Let’s Not Go to the Beach | Green Embers
  32. My Score ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
  33. DP: TRIOS | DANDELION’S DEN
  34. The Origin of My Musical Taste | wisskko’s blog
  35. Girls’ Studies: Oh, How I Miss the Mix Tape | The Bookshelf of Emily J.
  36. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | MythRider
  37. “Papa Loves Mambo” | Relax
  38. the music man | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  39. Daily Prompt:Papa Loves Mambo | Love your dog
  40. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo « cognitive reflection
  41. Music – A Flash Fiction | My Little Avalon
  42. “My generation”…when did I grow up? | Brandtastic’s daily ramblings
  43. Forgotten Music | Flowers and Breezes
  44. We Forgot How To Music | Knowledge Addiction
  45. Daily Prompt: The Music of Yesteryear | Rolbos ©
  46. DP Daily Prompt : PAPA LOVES MAMBO | Sabethville
  47. Momma loved country! | Active Army Wife
  48. Songs of the Heart | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  49. From Classical to Pop, 20.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  50. Ain’t nothing but a Hound | Secrets from the Hound Cave!
  51. Mama Loves Mambo: Daily Post | Destino
  52. Daily Prompt: Music became my coping mechanism. | Willow Blackbird
  53. I Love A Little Bit Of Mambo | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  54. Life is Hard
  55. Among the Whispers
  56. Mama Can’t Rap | (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish
  57. Growing up to Moms Music | mskirian
  58. Music in the house | Emovere
  59. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Daily Prompt: Linger

Tell us about times in which you linger — when you don’t want an event, or a day to end. What is it you love about these times? Why do you wish you could linger forever?

What a wonderfully relevant DP today! I was talking with the 1st Violinist in our Schubert Quintet today and our tutor had told him that we were to leave the first movement of the Schubert String Quintet and move onto the second movement which we want to also perform, rather daringly, from memory.

The second movement has possibly has the highest moment of harmonic and emotional ecstasy in the entire piece – quite amazing writing just as we already expect from playing the third and first movements. So here it is, or at least a part of it as the video does not cover all of the movement (if you’d like to listen to the rest either follow the instructions on the video or listen to other recordings):

In the second movement there is a moment of stillness, chords lingering in the air, creating atmosphere and tension. In music, atmosphere can often be created by lingering in still moments of the music. For example, in Jan Sandström’s ‘Det är en ros utsprungen‘, which I’ve shared on the blog before as it is one of my all time favourite pieces, the original music by Praetorius has been slowed down – it now lingers – and the soloists singing the words are accompanied by a humming chorus which, even when the chords of the soloists change, do not alter their chord for ages. This adds to all the atmosphere, and that’s why I really like the piece:

Sometimes there is a chord, or chord progression, with specific arrangements of parts and notes that make such moments utterly beautiful, creating a perfect atmosphere. Sometimes even the deathly silence that lingers after a huge, loud section of music is the most atmospheric. ‘Lingering’ in music is so important, especially for manipulating emotions of players and the audience. When there are such moments that you love you do wish that you could stay there forever, never running out of breath or bow, until the moment whereby it becomes too painful to carry on. It really shows how amazing music is in truth.

Before I end, I would just like to invite anyone interested in guest blogging on the blog to have a look at my Guest Blogging page – I would be very interested to hear from you! Thanks!

Other lingering people:

  1. A Night At Billy Bronco’s | The Jittery Goat
  2. Daily Prompt: Linger- What Makes a Life Worth Living For | Journeyman
  3. The Last | Kate Murray
  4. A Monday free of an alarm call is wonderful, isn’t it? | thoughtsofrkh
  5. DP Daily Prompt: Linger | Sabethville
  6. Daily Prompt: Linger | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  7. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | There Be Leprechauns
  8. Shared Lullabies: An Adult Who Wants to Stay Just a Little Bit Longer in Her Parents’ Bed | Kosher Adobo
  9. linger | yi-ching lin photography
  10. after that first bite, | y
  11. When Do I Stay Awhile? | Cass’s Useless Opinions
  12. Daily Prompt: Linger | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  13. Hardships will not deter me from getting closer to my love | Outreach
  14. My pre-game Pre-Game | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  15. Daily prompt: Linger | The Wandering Poet
  16. A Love Affair With Southern Italy | AS I PLEASE
  17. Home Sweet Home | Views Splash!
  18. Step by step | Le Drake Noir
  19. Daily Prompt: Linger | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  20. Linger Longer… | Hope* the happy hugger
  21. Never fly solo | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  22. If ever | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  23. Love for lingering, drumming | Journey of a Culture Carrier
  24. Lingering longer | Sue’s Trifles
  25. The Trouble with Lingering | Wise Woman in Training
  26. Daily Prompt: Linger « cognitive reflection
  27. I see stars | littlegirlstory
  28. Linger At The Beach | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  29. Lingering, all day today | sixty, single and surviving
  30. Linger | forgottenmeadows

Some promises to be kept: Guest Bloggers

Hello everyone! Following some feedback I received I have changed my theme to start off a series of modifications I’m going to be making to my blog – starting with COLOUR!

It’s kind of annoying because at home I have one of these internet “dongles” because I find them handy and easy to use with the laptop around the flat. However the package I’m on only allows for a few MB download/upload so I am unable to change anything until I get onto another computer. However, I will be putting in a lot more pictures from now on, just as I did when I started up the blog! I must apologise for the lack of posts also – seems they have gone along with blog maintenance!

I promised also to see about getting some guest bloggers to write some very interesting stuff and to help with filling in the gaps I’ve created between posts! So as promised I am going to give you the opportunity to become a guest blogger on my blog.

What I’d really like is if any interested people could send me an email to dysfunctionalspraffer@gmail.com stating a little bit about:

  • who you are
  • what you do
  • why you think you would be suited to write on the blog
  • what your interests are
  • what days in the week are you able to write

My ideal people to have on as guests would be people who are interested in music – people who could be knowledgable in music or just interested to learn more about music – and who are generally motivated in life, as well as being congenial people and, ideally, already writing stuff so they know what they’re doing.

If you’re interested please send an email consisting of no more than 1000 words to me at dysfunctionalspraffer@gmail.com by 9pm (G.M.T), 23rd March 2014 (next Sunday). I’m really looking forward to hopefully getting some interested parties!

In the spirit of today I’m going to share with you a lovely piece of music by Franz Liszt which a friend of mine is playing right now – Gnomenreigen, performed by legendary pianist Sviatoslav Richter:

Schubert Sick Leave – Competition Adventures

Lo – I have returned! Apologies for the absence of posts in the last couple of weeks. I always forget how busy March is every year. My excuse for not blogging is that I have had lots of concerts and rehearsals in the last fortnight. The only reason that I am blogging today is that I am at home, off sick, exhausted. Though all the concerts to do have not been done yet, I have until Monday until rehearsals get back into full swing, so this seemed like a good opportunity to catch up on rest and cure illnesses.

Last night our Schubert Quintet competed in a Chamber Music competition. We did the 3rd movement of the Schubert String Quintet in C Major – the Scherzo -, just a few hours after a few of us had competed in a Solo recital class. The leader of our Quintet won the recital class – he certainly deserved it as his musicality is fantastic and his technique is exquisite – and we all were very proud of him as we walked to the next competition venue. We grabbed some food on the way, ate, and then started rehearsing (again) – two whole hours before the competition started!

We practised in a small chapel, did plenty of intonation exercises, and went over beginnings and endings of sections of the piece. Before long, the competition started, and we went into the main hall of the church – a grand, ornamented, wonderous place in all honesty. After the first group performed we grabbed our instruments, which we had perfectly tuned beforehand, handed the score of the Schubert to the Adjudicators, and set up.

Doing chamber music from memory is unconventional to say the least, and when we placed our stands to the sides of the stage we got some chuckles from the audience. There was only one piano stool (cellists tend to prefer sitting on an adjustible piano stool as opposed to a chair) so I had to sit on a chair which, in truth, was far too low for me to sit on. We checked our strings for tuning. We were all out of tune ever so slightly. This really took us by surprise, however we tuned fairly quickly, checked everyone was okay and calm, then played.

The performance was a bit shaky, even though everyone said it was a fantastic performance, and there were a couple of memory slips from a couple of us; however the music went on regardless and seemingly these mistakes were undetectable. We received enough applause for three bows, and then the Adjudicators came up to our group and said “We’re speechless”. It was very exciting – we really didn’t think that we were that good!

After they had asked us a few questions, such as “Where do you study?”, “How long have you been playing together?” and “Will you be doing all fifty-five minutes of the piece by memory?”, we sat down and watched the last group (there were only three groups as the other six had withdrawn!) perform. In all honesty, this trio of musicians were outstanding. They played this practically unknown “Fantasy Trio” for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. They were all post-grad music students, and their performance was very refined indeed.

In the end, the trio and our Quintet were both given an “Outstanding” mark by the Adjudicators, however the trio received the medal. We all agreed that our performance was far from perfect. In truth, little things can throw you off your game. In this case, the surprise of our instruments being out of tune after we had tuned them was probably the thing was distracted us. That being said, my advice to all musicians performing chamber music is this:

Always remember that you are playing music.

Music is expressive art at the height of its glory.

In the end, everyone has to express themselves when playing music.

Feel the connection with your fellow musicians.

There is a known phenomenon amongst musicians:

When you cut out all your visual senses,

(Which take a lot of energy from the brain),

Your other senses take over, and are heightened,

If you can feel this all the time you have entered a whole different realm of music-making,

And I assure you that you will never feel the same about music again.

Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me

A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place. Which song(s) bring back memories for you and why? Be sure to mention the song, and describe the memory it evokes.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PAST.

Behold: Dvořák Symphony No.5 (renumbered, a.k.a “Not from the New World”)

This is the most nostaglic piece I know, as it was the first piece in which I played in an orchestra. Takes me back to when I was…11! Enjoy everyone!

All of the past:

  1. 1936 – Bentley Drophead | Crazy Markovich
  2. A beat is missing | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Tana deem, ta nana, na na, na na, tana deem (sparks) | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. The Mirror: Tanka | 365 days of defiance
  5. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me -Psychologycal Side of Recalling Memories | Journeyman
  6. Craters of the Moon | Exploratorius
  7. Dr Martens! An update! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  8. Daily Prompt: Past « Vicariously Poetic
  9. The past was once the future | The Ambitious Drifter
  10. The Idyllic Place & The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  11. November Rain | Knowledge Addiction
  12. A Barenaked Summer | Musings | WANGSGARD
  13. Music is all around us, all you have to do is listen. | A Voice for Science.
  14. DP Daily Prompt: Always something there to remind Me | Sabethville
  15. (Almost) A Song for Everything | Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | likereadingontrains
  16. That moment | Kate Murray
  17. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Awl and Scribe
  18. IT TAKES ME BACK. | Dreams to Reality !
  19. Musical Memories – Boy’s of Summer | Unload and Unwind
  20. This is always my go to place when I’m in a mood. Which is often. | thoughtsofrkh
  21. The River of Life. | Whispered Words
  22. Always something there to remind me | Sue’s Trifles
  23. Cretan Folk Music and Ali’s fall! | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  24. Oscar Songs on my Female Mind: I’ve had the time of my life and Let it go « psychologistmimi
  25. I Won’t Give Up | Flowers and Breezes
  26. Don’t Panic – It’s Only Love | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  27. Daily Prompt: Songs and memories | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  28. Still searching…! | juimkul
  29. Memories | A mom’s blog
  30. Always Something There To Remind Me | Trailer Trash Design | U.S.A.
  31. Daily Prompt: High Water Everywhere | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  32. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | snippets and words
  33. classic blotto | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  34. When People Randomly Break Into Song « Scraps, Drafts and Fragments
  35. We Weren’t Lovers, Just Brave Strangers (B. Seger) | meanderedwanderings
  36. A Dream Chaser, A Love “Echo” | From Hiding to Blogging
  37. Today sparrows | shame
  38. Valentine’s Challenge | Mila’s Misadventures
  39. Daily Prompt: Always Something There To Remind Me « Mama Bear Musings
  40. Back to the Mystic | the TEMENOS JOURNAL
  41. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | The Paperback Chronicles
  42. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Of Glass & Paper
  43. Daily Prompt: Always something there to remind me | The River Mom
  44. Musical memories – Cassandra Wilson´s Time After Time | mamangerie
  45. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Basically Beyond Basic
  46. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  47. The ‘Super’ 70′s. That kind of music just soothes the soul. | A Wiser Fella Than Myself Once Said…
  48. Daily Prompt: Past | The Wandering Poet
  49. in you (the past lingers in the lyrics) | peacefulblessedstar
  50. Thank God For The Radio | Goodnight Hestia
  51. Playing The Role of Someone In Control | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  52. The Surfs of Yesteryear | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  53. The Surfs of Yesteryear | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  54. Kolejny, drugi post | Lepsze Katowice
  55. That song on the radio | THECHOCOLATEYDAYS
  56. Drops of Sorrow | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  57. DP: THAT SONG! | Scorched Ice
  58. “Always something there to remind me” | Relax
  59. Remembering You… | Life Confusions
  60. Daily Prompt: Past – Glimpse of the 60′s | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  61. Daily Prompt: Songs « My journey to qualify for the Boston Marathon…and everything in between…
  62. Life Will Be As It Should….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  63. Song of India | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  64. You’re my An, an, an angel | JED’s Playhouse
  65. My musical memory set list (Volume one) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  66. San Jacinto | My Days In A Song
  67. Mulligan Stew | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  68. This Used To Be My Playground… | Steve Says…
  69. Torturing the Underclassmen (Daily Prompt) | Thinking Diagonally
  70. Daily Prompt: Tonight Is The Night…And I’m Feeling Alright | Morrighan’s Muse
  71. That Reminds Me of a Song | My Author-itis
  72. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Diary of Dennis
  73. Always Something There to Remind Me – The First Lady in Red | Cancer Isn’t Pink
  74. Heading Back from the House in New Orleans | Touching the Mirage
  75. Bridge Over Troubled Water | Mindful Digressions
  76. “Always Something There to Remind Me” | Quando Porci Volare
  77. Daily Prompt: Being Reminded! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  78. Disturbed – Deify | Views Splash!
  79. The Carpenters | Emovere
  80. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Loin de zanzibar
  81. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | Life After 50
  82. She fainted in “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams” | So Not Simple
  83. Into the Woods | Love in the Spaces
  84. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me | A Simple, Summer Afternoon | undefined by design
  85. Round Round Get Around I Get Around | Piping Up
  86. Music Memories: Something There To Remind Me… | Mirth and Motivation
  87. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me – Dirty Old Town, the Pogues | Just Be V
  88. Bluer Than Blue | THE MARRIED MAN WHO LOVES HIS X
  89. Memory Remix | djgarcia94
  90. Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me – Katie Melua – The Closest Thing to Crazy/Tiger in the Night | Just Be V

End-of-week Music-making

Hello everyone! Today I have had a really amazing day, possibly the best I’ve had all year. I had a Schubert String Quintet rehearsal from 12.30-7.30pm today. By the end, we said that we could have gone on for twice that.

It was really sunny today in Edinburgh – quite extraordinarily so actually. We were slow to start the rehearsal, so we properly started at about 1pm in the Chapel which is amazing to play chamber music in. Because we knew we had ages to rehearse, we decided to take loads of time to do intonation warm-ups as a group, and we did scales in C and Db Major (the two main key signatures of the Schubert String Quintet), whole tones scales in both of those keys, and then chordal whole tone scales (which are fantastic to warm up with).

We rehearsed mainly the 3rd movement, as we have a lunchtime concert and a competition in which we are playing the 3rd movement; however we did also play the 1st movement (ah, the joys). Anyways, we had plenty of breaks, lots of fun, and it was generally amazing!

The part I must tell you about is what happened in the final two hours of the rehearsal. We were doing the 3rd movement – the Scherzo (lively, fast and upbeat) and the Trio (slower, relaxed, sad but utterly gorgeous) – and a friend of ours who is doing the 1st movement came in to listen to our rehearsal. We decided to do both the lunchtime concert and the competition by memory, which is quite unconventional for chamber music; however this gives us an even better connection with each other which is ultimately what chamber music is all about.

When our friend had left we asked her to switch the lights off, and we played in total darkness, starting with the gorgeous Trio. We were so in our own world. With our eyes closed, we felt this “sixth sense” that is, in truth, possibly the most phenomenal thing about playing chamber music in the dark, and all of our entries that we would have usually looked at each other for were perfectly together! We were so into the music, we ended up going onto the Scherzo for the second time (it comes back to it after the Trio) and finished the piece, with only a few memory slips.

All in all, it was fantastic, and these “Schubert Saturdays” will certainly be happening again soon.

Daily Prompt: Twilight Zone

Ever have an experience that felt surreal, as though you’d been suddenly transported into the twilight zone, where time seemed to warp, perhaps slowing down or speeding up? Tell us all about it. If you haven’t had an experience in real life that you can draw from, write a fictional account of a surreal experience.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SURREAL.

Today I had my recital assessment like I told you about last night. It went really, really well! To be honest, I was really glad that I had written a blog post as preparation for the questions as well, because I think I impressed them with my knowledge of the pieces and their composers. Funnily enough, I felt so ‘at home’ when I was playing. The surreal properties of it make it an ample story to tell today.

So, I started with the Prokofiev Cello Sonata, 2nd Movement, and it went really well. My accompanist actually came and got me to rehearse with me this morning unexpectedly. In the assessment, Prokofiev was better in areas than I had rehearsed, and likewise there were also some mistakes. However, and this is where the surreal part comes in, I did experience during playing both my pieces this feeling whereby time did actually seem to warp.  When you are so enclosed within your own world I think time can go at different speeds at different times. I felt so at peace and at war, the emotions I felt reflecting similar moments in the pieces.

I would love to hear about other peoples experiences of performing, not just music, but anything – poetry, juggling – ANYTHING.

Sorry it has to be a shorter post today, however I am really busy. Sayounara!

P.S – here are some other surreal posts:

  1. Karma For a Lapsed Veggie | AS I PLEASE
  2. Mad Hatter and I | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Ecclesiastical rocket | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Lime Plant in White | Exploratorius