Daily Prompt: Strike a Chord

Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.

As those of you visiting won’t know, I am a music student. I play the Cello, Piano and a bit of Bass Guitar. For content purposes, I won’t go on about them, but another instrument that has captured my heart of late – the French Horn.

The French horn is a beautiful instrument. Not only can is sound brassy, and perform a number of fanfares including the brilliant off-stage fanfare in Strauss’ ‘Alpine Symphony‘, but can produce the most sweet, lulling tones which carry you away in the stuff of dreams. It can blend very well with other sections of the orchestra – a particular favourite combination of mine is horn and strings – as well as come out of the texture. I have a few horn players a friends (they’re handy to have around for non-horn-playing horn-lovers like myself), and I’ve played in orchestras with them several times.

I’m always amazed at what horn players are put through in an orchestra – we played a new piece of music in an orchestra recently where the horn section screamed at the top of their range for extensive amounts of time (the composer clearly had no idea what these poor people had to go through) – since then, we have been reissued parts where the string section now plays their parts following many complaints about exhausted lips. God damn brass players…

This is the horn solo from Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, 3rd Movement. This particular recording, done by the legendary Berlin Philharmonic, showcases the extraordinary range of tones that the horn can have.

Next is this extract of the Berlin Phil. performing Dvorak Symphony No. 8 with conductor, Claudio Abbado. This is a showcase for horns cutting through the texture of the orchestra, in this case with crazy trills that you can see as the horn players lift up their instruments!

So yes, the horn is a favourite of mine at the moment, I hope you see why.

On another matter, I am attending sixteen concerts in August as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, where I will be hearing outstanding ensembles such as The Sixteen and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform in the Usher Hall. Since I’m going to so many concerts it was suggested to me that I write a review on them. So that’s what I plan to do during August – and they will all be posted up here on the blog!

Other chords a-striking:

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Daily Prompt: Born to Be With You

Got a soul-mate and/or a best friend? What is it about that person that you love best? Describe them in great detail — leave no important quality out.

Hello everyone! I apologise for not blogging in over a week, however I was caught up in a flurry of concerts, workshops and work – all of which are finished for the time being as term has ended now!

I know this may sound cheesy, but I was thinking a lot about music today and I realised how my cello is one of my best friends, and how music is my soul-mate. Right now, I have been going through a lot of stress for multiple reasons, and where some people have a partner/significant other, I have music to hold on to.

Having been thinking a lot (I do this well – I am over-analytical of myself and everything) about, yes, everything, I have found myself undergoing yet another process of change. In life it is important to change, despite it being utterly terrifying – I should know. That being said, everyone needs ‘a constant’ in their lives. This last week started with me feeling refreshed and awake, ready to do everything I needed to do (late night rehearsals, the biggest concert of the term, etc.), yet through the week things changed – I had restlessness nights, moments of extreme panic and worry, emotional challenges.

Going through life you must realise that changes in yourself and everything is natural, however something that I have been questioning is whether you can change back into someone you were. I was at a concert on Thursday night at the Usher Hall (that’s in Edinburgh, if you don’t know). My favourite living cellist, Steven Isserlis (amazing hair, amazing talent), was playing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto, my favourite cello concerto, with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. My teacher has known him for years, however I only just met him earlier this week. I only made the second half of the concert (the Dvorak was in the second half), and sat with three friends in the Upper Circle where we had a great view and great place for hearing Isserlis and the orchestra.

It was stunning. I can say to you now that I have never been to a better concert in my life, and that I was incredibly moved by his playing. I had heard this recording on YouTube before, however even though this recording is outstanding the concert was inhuman. We all faced each other after about six minutes of the concerto and were all starstruck. His technique and musicianship are flawless and absolutely incredible. There were moments in the second movement where I wanted to cry it was so beautiful. Everything about it was perfect. The piece itself is incredible, however I never knew music could be that perfect – and that’s saying something.

I think that it’s ironic how I describe music as ‘the constant’ in my life, however so much changes within the course of, say, a piece like the Dvorak Cello Concerto. I now appreciate how much music reflects our own humanity – it changes like a person would change, yet you still feel as if you can depend on it. Like some people, music can tie together a community, a group of friends. I was in a relationship with someone at the beginning of the year whom I had grown close to very quickly. She is a clarinettist, a fabulous one at that. Music brings people together like that, yet music changes people too. What do you think of that?

Other soul-mates:

  1. Thirteen Time Zones Away and Still Side by Side | Kosher Adobo
  2. Neurosis From A to Z | The Jittery Goat
  3. From My Heart, with Love | From Hiding to Blogging
  4. Born to be With You – Bess you is my woman now. (Daily Prompt) | Roving Bess
  5. Bitten by the Love Bug!! [Wish Come True] | She Writes
  6. Daily Prompt: Born To be With You -Psychology Behind Choosing To Like People We Met | Journeyman
  7. EMILY AND JUSTIN: THE PROPOSAL | She Writes
  8. Daily Prompt: Born to Be With You | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  9. Born To Be With You | The Magic Black Book
  10. DP Daily Prompt: Born to Be With You | Sabethville
  11. Born to be With You | Faith, Life and Compassion
  12. Be the Edward to my Vivian | Expressions
  13. Daily Prompt: Born to Be With You | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  14. About a Panda | jigokucho
  15. Drama queen | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  16. Layers | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  17. Love, Life and Loss | MC’s Whispers
  18. My Soul Mate: Daily Prompt | ALIEN AURA’S BLOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  19. I’m On Riot ! | Life Confusions
  20. Yearning for The One : a misguided human quest? Daily Prompt | ALIEN AURA’S BLOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  21. She Loves Me | My Author-itis
  22. The one I love… | Life Sans God
  23. Born To Be With You (Daily Prompt) | Wordy Wings
  24. Recharging the Cell Phone | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  25. people let me tell you about my best friend | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  26. Born To Be With You | The Giardino Journey
  27. Opposites Attract! | meanderedwanderings
  28. An ode to a soul mate who doesn’t exist | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  29. He is the soul-mate because…. | The Gilded Lotus
  30. Cradle « Averil Dean
  31. My Sun, My Life | Flowers and Breezes
  32. In Step with an Angel | Speculative Paradigm Shifts
  33. The Rainbow Of My Life | The Insight of a young soul
  34. Welcome Back! | Views Splash!
  35. Born to be with You: Daily Post | Destino
  36. This Kid I Know: Michelle | Never Stationary
  37. How To Be A Best Friend | Never Stationary
  38. Zip you lips because loose lips sink ships | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  39. “Give her the truth serum, NOW!” | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  40. Daily Prompt: Born to Be With You | My Atheist Blog
  41. Soul Mates | Kate Murray
  42. Born to be with you | Asianchemnerd
  43. Let Me Tell You a Secret | Out From Under the Umbrella
  44. Every Fiber of my Being | The Ravenously Disappearing Woman
  45. My ‘virtual’ best friend | Prompt Me Please
  46. Born to be with you? | An adventure? Alpaca my bags.
  47. An Open Letter To My Person | Sloppy Etymology
  48. Love Crime, Acts of Love, and wacky love bits: this week’s weird news « psychologistmimi
  49. we go together like a bird and a feather | the REmissionary
  50. Mr.Know-It-All | bratz626
  51. Dear Stephen, | 1+1-1=0
  52. The swale and the swirl of now. | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  53. Daily Prompt: Born to Be With you | daniellemcfarlane
  54. Soulmate: BornToBeWithYou Daily Prompt | Starting Write Now
  55. Daily Prompt: Born to Be With You | Basically Beyond Basic
  56. How I Met My Beast, My Love, My Christopher | My Renaissance Blog
  57. My Person | Yellow Brick Road

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

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

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

Daily Prompt: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

What is the best dream you’ve ever had? Recount it for us in all its ethereal glory. If no dream stands out in your memory, recount your worst nightmare. Leave no frightening detail out.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us IMAGINARY.

Oh the world of dreams! I love dreams, although I tend not to have them so regularly anymore; however this means that I appreciate them even more when I do have them!

Often people’s moods are affected by how they sleep; restless, relaxed, filled with vibrant imagery, filled with terrible imagery. For me as a musician and writer I can pour these experiences into what I do. Recently, you may or may not recall, I had a particularly bad dream, although it wasn’t terrifying in the sense of gory and blood-filled. It put me on-edge for the entire week. This shows how influential dreams, and indeed nightmares, can be.

My favourite dreams are the ones in which I am travelling. I love travelling; however, again, I don’t do it nearly as often as I used to. Recently I had a dream about going on a ferry to France, as I have done before. This was probably sparked from listening to La Mer by Debussy, which I talked about in my DP post yesterday. I love France, and I have gone there on holiday seven times. My dream started off on the ferry, and was accompanied by Debussy’s La Mer, starting at dawn and going right into a storm – in the same way as the piece progresses. It was quite overwhelming actually – the inspiring imagery and the inspiring music made it pull at my heart-strings in the same way as in a nightmare, when you are terrified because you can’t move.

When I arrived at the port, somewhere near the border with Belgium probably, I experienced that well-known sensation of all the blurred images and a headache, being pushed along the “storyline”, until I gained some kind of control and found myself under the centre of the Eiffel Tower. When I visited the Eiffel Tower for the first time, when I was a kid of about 5 or something, I always went underneath the centre and dizzied myself. because of the sheer size of it. Like I would have done in real life, I went to a café and ordered coffee.

And that, folks, was more or less the dream, one of my favourites. It’s funny that your dreams, despite being imaginary, can also be quite realistic. The human imagination certainly is an art form.

Other imaginary people:

  1. Back In Bug and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  2. Daily Prompt: Sweet Dreams- The Psychology of Dreaming | Journeyman
  3. Deliverance | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  4. Fairy Wings- Non Fiction | Rose-tinted Rambles
  5. Sky on floor level | Le Drake Noir
  6. Until then… | Daily Prompt: Sweet Dreams | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  7. I Dreamed About Avril Lavigne | THE BLACK SPAGHETTI CHRONICLES