Summer’s Near: Let’s Get Down to Music

Hello everyone – apologies for being so late. This is my first post in around 57 days! I’ve been very busy with school work etc., however now that things have died down I can write a bit and share some more of my favourite music and talk about some things that I’ve been getting up to.

So this is Beethoven’s A Major Sonata for Cello and Piano, performed by no other than Jacqueline Du Pre and Daniel Barenboim. It’s a piece that I’m working on over the summer, along with the 1st movement of Prokofiev’s Cello Sonata. I hope you enjoy it – I’m not going to write anything on this piece yet until I’ve played it more and understand it more – and enjoy the calmness of the opening!

It’s June – nearly the end of term for us – and summer is tantalizingly close. My friends and I are feeling trapped in our claustrophobic society of musicians, and our even smaller friend group. What do we feel is the cure? *HOLIDAYS* Usually I feel like planning holidays kind of defeats the purpose – they’re supposed to be stress free and easy-going – however this time, I have pretty much booked out my holidays, promising myself that I will do certain things.

Thing number one is a family holiday to Paris. Family holidays, to me, have bad connotations; when I think of family holidays, I remember the many years where my mother, brother and I would travel around Europe and Scandinavia, and my brother would then act-up and make the holiday an absolute misery. Now, seven or eight years later, my mother and I can speak far more French than back then; however my brother, fifteen months my junior, I feel will act-up still. Maybe it’s just an association I make with my brother, and it’s unfair to expect that kind of childish behaviour from him, yet I cannot imagine family holidays going smoothly at all!

Number two thing to do is the second of two orchestral courses I’m doing with the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland (NYOS). I love orchestral courses – orchestral playing is invaluable, and you get to play some amazing music. That being said, these courses are a big commitment financially and physically, and a whole week of intense music-making takes its toll on your other work.

Thing number three is composition I must do over the summer for when I get back at school in September. Next year, we have to write several pieces that get recorded and sent away for examination. I set my marker high as I felt like my teacher expects me to produce increasingly good work. After conversing with my friend who studies composition more seriously than I, and who is a fellow cellist, he challenged my to writing a concerto-form piece for solo instrument and chamber orchestra, as he had done the year before. Of course, I had to take up the opportunity; however, we write in completely different styles – I write in a traditional, Romantic style and he writes in a contemporary, boundary-pushing style. As he suggested that I do this I thought that maybe I could combine the two and do a kind of Neo-Romantic concerto (abomination). I think that it will be a good exercise at the very least, and I look forward to doing it!

Number four thing to do is the general music making and practising I must do. During the holidays I hope to do some concerts with my friend, who is a flautist, up north near where she lives. Hopefully this will helped quench my thirst for travelling and freedom – it was the French composer Debussy who thought that inspiration could not come without travelling to different places regularly (I’m pretty sure I read that in an essay recently). In addition to this, I have new repertoire to learn over summer, including the Beethoven I shared, and my teacher is certainly keeping me busy.

I think that I’ve been in Edinburgh for too long – although it’s a bright, bubbly and interesting place I feel bored and restricted by it. Perhaps I need to travel a bit and spend time in a new place: it can only be good for me.

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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

Debussy Spraff

Hello again everyone! Recently I have rediscovered my love of Debussy, the 19th/20th Century French Composer. His work has always inspired me, however I thought I should write a bit about it!

To begin I present to you La Mer by Debussy:

La Mer is, arguably, Debussy’s version of a symphony, despite him famously (and openly) antagonising the genre. I borrowed a collection of essays on Debussy and his works from the Edinburgh Central Music Library, and one essay was on La Mer and what Debussy thought of the symphony. It’s regarded with different views, as Debussy has cleverly positioned La Mer between being a symphony and a message-symphony (a symphony whereby there is a greater picture or idea that the composer puts across), and hence why it is very hard to pin-point where exactly La Mer comes. The description to the video above says this about the piece:

La Mer” L.109, (The Sea), is an orchestral composition by Claude Debussy. It was started in 1903 in France and completed in 1905 on the English Channel coast in Eastbourne. The premiere was given by the Lamoureux Orchestra under the direction of Camille Chevillard on 15 October 1905 in Paris. “La Mer” is a composition of huge suggestion and subtlety in its rich depiction of the ocean, which combines unusual orchestration with daring impressionistic harmonies. The work has proven very influential, and its use of sensuous tonal colours and its orchestration methods have influenced many later film scores. While the structure of the work places it outside of both absolute music and programme music as those terms were understood in the early 20th century, it obviously uses descriptive devices to suggest wind, waves and the ambience of the sea. But structuring a piece around a nature subject without any literary or human element to it – neither people, nor mythology, nor ships are suggested in the piece – also was highly unusual at the time.
Debussy called his work “three symphonic sketches,” avoiding the loaded term symphony; yet the work is sometimes called a symphony; it consists of two powerful outer movements framing a lighter, faster piece which acts as a type of scherzo.
La Mer” is divided inot three movements:
1. “De l’aube à midi sur la mer” (from dawn to midday on the sea);
2. “Jeux de vagues” (Play of the Waves);
3. “Dialogue du vent et de la mer” (Dialogue of the wind and the sea).

I think that the piece is wonderful. I have listened to it many a time, and love it more and more each time I do. The sea is a very calming picture I think, but something so vast and powerful can also be quite intimidating. Such a thing that can manipulate emotion so incredibly will always be a great idea to put across in a piece – I love sailing and the water, yet even Debussy puts in a storm at the end of La Mer showing the pure, raw power of nature. Indeed he believed that music should be taken from nature, and more specifically the invisible components of nature.

Another piece by Debussy which I adore is Reflets dans l’eau, which is for solo piano:

 

This piece is once again about the water, and images on the water. The piano is also perfectly suited for a piece about water, because of its natural articulation as well as potential for big, sweeping arpeggios that Debussy, and later Ravel, loved to use.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy these two pieces, and please share your opinions on here!

Daily Prompt Catch-up: Walking on the Moon

What giant step did you take where you hoped your leg wouldn’t break? Was it worth it, were you successful in walking on the moon, or did your leg break?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us RISK.

This is my first catch-up for now. I was in the Edinburgh Central Library, Reference Library (gorgeous building, must visit if you’re in Edinburgh – it’s on the top floor), on a computer for two hours doing some work due to my infamous craptop failures, and I decided to attempt at doing some writing on the blog. However the computer did this funny thing that meant that all the text on the screen of the “New Post” page was invisible! So apologies for that, however that frustration has led me to doing this prompt which I meant to do on Saturday!

It has to be said, I am not one for taking risks – at least not anymore. I play it safe in most cases, often going out of my way to do so. However the only exception to this is when I’m playing music. A musical “risk” can be a lot of things, but what I mean by it is something that you do that might go against the grain; something unconventional. As a musician I think it’s important to put in a couple of quirks when you feel like doing so. In a performance, for example, I might do something spontaneous stylistically (obviously not completely crazy: subtlety works best!); something that I haven’t practised doing for that piece yet which will work nicely. Risks in music is what brought us Debussy, Shostakovich – in fact you can go right back to Medieval/Renaissance music whereby one composer wrote a Mass setting based on a particularly dodgy, secular song!

Indeed, in a lot of situations, in science for example, you must take risks to progress! I know that my risks in music lead to enjoyment, and that can be progress too.

Risks of other natures:

  1. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Basically Beyond Basic
  2. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | a Portia Adams adventure
  3. My Giant Step – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  4. Four Things I Learned About Freedom From an Uber-Strict Prep School | Kosher Adobo
  5. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon- Being Independent | Journeyman
  6. I Think My Leg Is Broken | Musings | WANGSGARD.COM
  7. Rocket To The Moon . | Crossroads
  8. A Rainy Day At Home (short story) and The Daily Prompt | The Jittery Goat
  9. One Crazy Mom » Taking the Next Step
  10. I’m Michael Jackson | Knowledge Addiction
  11. I Will Weather | Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | likereadingontrains
  12. DP Daily Prompt: Walking On The Moon | Sabethville
  13. Walking On The Moon – You Kidding! | Views Splash!
  14. Daily Prompt: The Giant Step — A Haiku: Sunday, February 23, 2014 | LisaRosier.com
  15. It’s All About Trying… | Life Confusions
  16. S. Thomas Summers: Writing with Some Ink and a Hammer | A Violin on Baker Street
  17. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Here I am !!
  18. Extinction | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  19. Hunters – reloaded | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  20. Inappropriate love | shame
  21. We Ought to Obey God Rather Than Men | Among the Whispers
  22. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  23. If You Lose Your Head While Cooking, It Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  24. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon « Mama Bear Musings
  25. A giant step | Sue’s Trifles
  26. Have Faith In God | Flowers and Breezes
  27. I liked the place so much I bought more than the t-shirt! | thoughtsofrkh
  28. DAILY PROMPT: Risk | cockatooscreeching
  29. Dare To Dream | My Little Avalon
  30. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon – LOVING THE ALIEN | Phoenix Fights
  31. Three Firsts In A Day | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  32. Daily Prompt: Being Intrepid! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  33. Craters in my heart. | Your Best Friend from the DMV
  34. Risky Business for this Girl Born in the Year of the Rat « psychologistmimi
  35. here’s to evolution | y
  36. milking the way | peacefulblessedstar
  37. What giant step did you take where you hoped your leg wouldn’t break? | askgrampa
  38. Walking on the Moon | I Write Therefore I Am
  39. Leap and the Net will Appear | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  40. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  41. Tiny Pieces | Barefoot on Rainy Days
  42. Losing Blood | The Land Slide Photography
  43. Daily Prompt: A Leap of Faith | Wright Outta Nowhere
  44. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Delicious Ambiguity
  45. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Infinitefreetime
  46. I’m Not Afraid of Lunar Monsters
  47. Some may say I’m wishing my days away… | An Upturned Soul
  48. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | The Wandering Poet
  49. I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  50. Dream awake | mnemosynesandlethe
  51. Igmutaka’s Blessing | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  52. Two Years Later | Recovery Miles
  53. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  54. Where’s the Function Key for “Risk?” | by LRose
  55. A plea on behalf of all of us who self-publish. Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  56. for a pigeon | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  57. DP_Walking on the Moon…or should I say – Gliding in the Sky! | Essence of Del
  58. Risk: Daily Post | Destino
  59. Haiku: Walking on the Moon | Mirth and Motivation
  60. My First Step Out of Rock Bottom to Start My Walk on the Moon | Ever Upward
  61. I did not break a leg | mombox
  62. Defying Gravity | Retrofocus
  63. My Disney College Program (A quick summary of why) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  64. Hall of Shame | Exploratorius
  65. Moon Walking For Dummies | Overcoming Bloglessness
  66. Risk- The fear and excitement of taking that important first step | A picture is worth 1000 words
  67. Risk: Walking on the Moon | Yowza, Here We Go!
  68. My brief American dream | Life is great
  69. Risk | Focal Breeze
  70. Risk Taking… Beware! | The Christian Gazette
  71. Walking on the Moon | Alexia Jones
  72. Giant Step: Kelly’s Cheesecakes and Cookies | 365 Days of Thank You
  73. Daily Prompt: Risk | That Montreal Girl
  74. Daily promp: Weighing it up | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  75. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Lady K’s Lounge
  76. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Lady K’s Lounge
  77. Daily Prompt: Risk | Morrighan’s Muse
  78. Sunday Snapshot: Walking on the Moon | Tommia’s Tablet
  79. JUMPING SHIP | SERENDIPITY
  80. Life – risks = boring | Willow’s Corner
  81. The Art of Doing a Header | Awkward Laughter
  82. Care to Dare | Rima Hassan
  83. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  84. Daily Prompt: Walking on the Moon | bardalacray
  85. Recipe: Giant Chocolate WTFs | Be Less Amazing
  86. THE RISK TAKER | DANDELION’S DEN

Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation

If you could have a guarantee that one, specific person was reading your blog, who would you want that person to be? Why? What do you want to say to them?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us ONE.

 There are so many people who I would love to read my blog. I have so many influences, and for different things too. For example, when I have written stories my biggest influences have been the fantasy giants – Tolkien, Le Guin, Gaiman and Pratchett are just some of these. Since I write on this blog, I suppose I would have to choose one of these people, however I think some mentions of my other influences in art and music composition would also be appropriate – you never know, I might choose one of them!

I have been composing music since I was eight years old, usually on a piano. The kinds of pieces I would write would often last no longer than three minutes, and would never be written down – all of it would be kept in my head. Growing up, I started to listen to some of the composer who today make up my favourites  – Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Bach, Schubert and Prokofiev are a select few of these. All these people I would love to read my blog for sure, but for their sakes I’m not going to say I want one of these to be the one person who reads this blog – it wouldn’t be very interesting for them I don’t think.

Art-wise, René Lalique, Gaudi, Shaun Leane and Picasso are some of the artists whose work I adore. All of them are Art Nouveau-period onwards. Shaun Leane and René Lalique are/were both jewellery designers influenced by natural forms, even though their work differs greatly. Gaudi of course was the famous architect – Sagrada Familia is perhaps one of my favourite architectural designs in the world. I find Picasso’s Cubist work extremely interesting – the ‘broken mirror’ effect is one of my favourite ideas in art, and I’ve painted a lot using Cubist techniques. However, all of these people would also not be interested in my blog I don’t think.

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Cover art from the Earthsea books

Now, in true Spraffing style, who out of my extremely wacky and imaginative head would I have read this blog?

Five year old me? One of the characters in one of my stories or tales? I genuinely can’t decide – my blog seems so inferior to all the famous people, and it’s impossible for something that no longer exists or that has never existed to read it! Come on, think!

I’m going to have to say Sparrowhawk.

Archmage Ged, or Sparrowhawk as he is called most of the time, is more of a philosopher than a wizard – all he talks about throughout the books he belongs to (‘Tales from Earthsea’ by Le Guin) is ‘when it is right to use magic’, and ‘maintaining the balance of the world’. For me, out of the three wizards, he is the most wise. Indeed a wizard is a figure of power, but power

Ged
A picture of Sparrowhawk from the movie

through intellect, through wisdom. Perhaps then Archmage Ged is also the most powerful. He is a character who has experienced more than the average person – death, fear, pain, redemption, companionship, power, imprisonment, exile, and he becomes all the wiser for it. He, like me, strives to experience as much as possible throughout his life, by travelling further than any man has done, travelling back from the world of Death, even facing and levelling with dragons (who in the books are pretty much omnipotent).

Sparrowhawk is one of the three wizards, all of which are very different and conjure different types of magic. These three wizards are Gandalf, Sparrowhawk, and Dumbledore. These three wizards are so different, yet so wonderful in all their own rights. All of them are wise, all of them would make me feel safe if I was to encounter them. Yet, I think Sparrowhawk would have to be the one to read my blog.

This is art from the movie of the last Earthsea book
This is art from the movie of the last Earthsea book

Other singular sensations:

  1. Soviet Pupil | Vintage Photography
  2. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation « cognitive reflection
  3. DP Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Sabethville
  4. One | Active Army Wife
  5. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Under the Monkey Tree
  6. Pain in the Back? Exercise May help you not to feel it. | The Jittery Goat
  7. The One | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  8. AS I PLEASE
  9. Why bother | AS I PLEASE
  10. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Thoughts of an INFP
  11. Sir Terry Pratchett: Daily prompt | alienorajt
  12. The Interview: My Favorite Fictional Character | A Teacher’s Blog
  13. Singular Sensation – Terry Pratchett | L5GN
  14. Shoulder Space Available: Inquire Here | THE OVERCOMING
  15. Craving Appreciation | A mom’s blog
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: One | LenzExperiments
  17. For her | not4faintheartsblog
  18. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Your Daily Dose
  19. Behind the Curtain « Mon Cache
  20. A Mother’s Grief | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  21. The ONE & only… | LenzExperiments
  22. One | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  23. If I Could Guarantee These People Read My Blog
  24. Singular Sensation | Geek Ergo Sum
  25. “A fool such as I” | Hope* the happy hugger
  26. One | Purple Rosemary
  27. WHO IS FOLLOWING ME NOW? | SERENDIPITY
  28. 251. That One Reader | Barely Right of Center
  29. That One Person | Raspberry’s Daydreams
  30. Daily Prompt : Singular Sensation | Nicole Sloan’s Writing
  31. Waking | johnny ojanpera
  32. Daily Prompt: One | Life With Mike and Lindy
  33. To the Puppy Mill Man… | Haiku By Ku
  34. One surfer’s soliloquy | Rob’s Surf Report
  35. Daily Prompt: One | Lux
  36. Singular Sensation | Living Through My Music
  37. Singular Sensation | Saying Everything
  38. Choosing One | Flowers and Breezes
  39. of disloyal stalkers « Anawnimiss
  40. The perfect blog reader | Blog of Marvelous Things
  41. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Basically Beyond Basic
  42. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Ellie’s Random Blog (<3)
  43. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  44. Singular Sensation: Tom Cruise,Will you be my Cousin? | Miss Spicy
  45. Hat N’ Sugar Socks
  46. Thoughts of a wandering drunk
  47. Singular Sensation | The Nameless One
  48. Daily Prompt: A Bathing Beauty | Daily Prompt & Blogging Progress
  49. Are You Being Stalked by a Celebrity? | An Upturned Soul
  50. Open letter | Life is great
  51. Take Me To Your Leader | Just Visiting This Planet
  52. daily prompt: singular sensatiom | aimanss…
  53. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  54. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | medicinalmeadows
  55. Thank you for pissing off my teenage daughter… | Vampire Maman
  56. I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  57. Singular Sensation: The Chosen One | Khana’s Web
  58. The One Reader/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  59. Found out that I was sought out | heathervoid
  60. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Finding Life
  61. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | life n me!
  62. Who would you want to read your blog? « Dancing with Fireflies
  63. A Bird in the sky | Processing the life
  64. Reaching Out – Connecting | Shrine of Hecate – Ramblings of a New Age Witch
  65. A Stitch in Time | The Silver Leaf Journal
  66. Not quite a flashy show tunes tambourine kind of evening, but could be worse… | thoughtsofrkh
  67. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | What a beautiful mess I’m in
  68. Insomnia equals 134 | field of thorns
  69. Daily post prompt – Singular sensation | The Wandering Poet
  70. After all you are the one…and only you | Emovere
  71. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Occasional Stuff
  72. Just One | A Sober Head Full Of Confusion
  73. Daily Promp: Singular Sensation – Humble Hitchhiker | Mishe en Place
  74. S. Thomas Summers | A Novel: Sentence One
  75. Daily Prompt: Being Sensational! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  76. Diane Young. The World’s Greatest Grandmother | Gradual Thought
  77. One | Exploratorius | Photo Hack & Curious Wanderer
  78. I love Franco Fontana’s abstract colour landscapes | Laura’s Little Things
  79. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | niennie
  80. Público deste blogue | Sonhos desencontrados
  81. Day 14…Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Dear Blog ’14
  82. One plus One | Wicked Words
  83. Torn Between Titles | My Author-itis
  84. “Every Beginning Is Only a Sequel…” | Kosher Adobo
  85. Just One- You! | Short Story Sally
  86. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | welcome to my blog
  87. Daily Prompt: One | Chronicles of a Public Transit User
  88. Welcome to the Curtails of the North | Kimberly M. Ringer
  89. Joan Didion and I could totally be pals… | VernetteOutLoud
  90. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation |
  91. Let me be a Lantern of Love | Wiley’s Wisdom
  92. One GOD | The Christian Gazette
  93. Dear Fellow WordPresser | Chunky Brain
  94. Mind Over Matter | Wiley’s Wisdom
  95. Daily Prompt: Singular | Polyprotic Amory
  96. The Wonder. | Forlorn Hope: A Diary Of A Broken Heart
  97. Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation | Petite Powerhouse
  98. Singular Sensation: A Reader for my Blog | At the Pianist’s Bench
  99. Read On . . . One and All | meanderedwanderings
  100. One Raven | Overcoming Bloglessness

Daily Prompt: Happy Happy Joy Joy

Piano Playing

Picture Source

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/daily-prompt-happy/

What does “happiness” look like to you?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us HAPPY.

 This will be short and sweet.

I love the feeling of absolute elation! The buzz, the exhilaration! Often when I go to see friends who live in Glasgow, and who I don’t usually get to see, I get really excited over the course of the journey there. Once I was going to a party that one of these friends was holding. It was around Hallowe’en so it was a Hallowe’en-themed party, however I obviously wasn’t going to take the train in full costume. This was a shame however – there was a surprising amount of people in costume the same night who were also going to Hallowe’en parties. There was a very good Edward Scissor-hands, and there was a couple of zombies too.

Despite not knowing anyone other than the guy holding the party and his girlfriend, my costume went down a hit. I went as a 70s rock star, however I was repeatedly called to as the ‘stoner’. I was quite pleased with the costume, complete with a massive, curly, black wig and an unmatching ginger moustache (the one that’s now attached to my lamp). It reminded me how much joy it gives me to entertain people – my friend asked me to play piano to entertain his guests so, reluctantly, I played a piece that he knew how to play too – ‘Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum‘ by Debussy, which is a gorgeous piece it has to be said. Unfortunately this guy’s piano dates back to 1787, so he has to get it tuned lower to save the strings from breaking. This gave the piece a slightly darker feeling, but it was very enjoyable to play on still and I seemed to be entertaining all these people I had never met before.

Music, I have to say, probably gives me the most satisfaction, relief and happiness out of my ‘unholy trinity of creative output’. I once said in an audition after they had asked me “What is music to you?” that music is an emotional language, the only emotional language, and that gives me peace of mind at the worst and best of times. Nothing equates to the feeling of when I listen or play music when I’m feeling down – it’s utterly moving, often uplifting, and that makes me, to the uttermost extent, happy.