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#VJWC 52 – The Anomaly of a Singing Banana and Collapsible Rainbow

Entry for VJWC: Anomaly

Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Electronic circuit of rainbow lights
Courtesy of TenBitWorks
Gave a gift of a fun journal to a friend
Weirdoff for John – Just when you think you’ve seen it all….

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Freedom of Expression – Melody


“Wake up, live your life and sing the melody of your soul.” 
― Amit Ray, Enlightenment Step by Step

Richa over at iScriblr has picked “Melody” as this week’s prompt word for her challenge “Freedom of Expression“. This is a feel-good prompt for me as melodies bring back all sorts of memories.

“From the glow of enthusiasm I let the melody escape. I pursue it. Breathless I catch up with it. It flies again; it disappears; it plunges into a chaos of diverse emotions. I catch it again; I seize it; I embrace it with delight.”

Ludwig van Beethoven
Video Game Melody’s Escape: “Run, jump and slide to the rhythm of your own music library! In Melody’s Escape, advanced audio detection algorithms transcribe the energy that you feel when listening to music into a synchronized gameplay experience, with a captivating and dynamic obstacle course.” – Steam

One summer day when I was a young girl, I sang a short random tune in front of my friends as we hung outside the porch. “Another, another!” my friends exclaimed. They knew me to be rather shy and quiet, so they wanted me to sing another tune shortly thereafter! There was a rush of excitement as I was creating and sharing a melody from my heart. My feelings were just free to wander in the stream of notes, and my friends could float along the current with me. It was a time where I felt like communicated what was going on with ease turning my thoughts to music.

Melody is a form of remembrance. It must have a quality of inevitability in our ears.”

Gian Carlo Menotti

Once a song hits my ears, I begin to remember all the things that the song makes me feel and think. When I create a melody of my own, it’s almost like I want to keep my own story alive. I think many musicians feel that way as well, and when their song resonates with their fans, it becomes a legend.

“If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.” 

Robert Schumann
Jacob’s Piano – an original piece “A Simple Melody”

I first learned about melody from my piano teacher. I remember practicing various assigned songs after school. Occasionally I’ll have a little fun with a piece and add my own original personal flair to it. My dad would walk in the house after work and smile at my little experiments. I would play my version for my teacher, and she would tell me, “Sa, that’s wonderful, but I need to know that you can read the music as it is!” Learning how to read other’s music is part of the experience, but I should have said, “Learning how to make my own music helps test me on my knowledge of music theory and develop my overall comprehension.” 🙂

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 30

Who am I right now? That’s a good question!

So the finale of this challenge is a song that reminds me of myself! Of course, it just can’t be one! I’m a multi-faceted person! 😀 There are times when I wonder if that’s difficult to do since I sometimes find myself trying to be like someone else. It’s fun to imagine as if you’re someone else for a day, but not at the expense of losing yourself!

This past month I’ve shared with you music from a variety of artists who’ve impacted my life. I wondered where I would exactly fall by the end of this challenge. So, without further ado, here are a few songs that remind me of myself!

All my life, I’ve been motivated to help the unfortunate and suffering. I also strive to help make this world a better place. My goals and actions have been oriented towards leaving a positive impact and caring for others. I think Beyonce captures my purpose in life, many of my life experiences, and my feelings as she sings “I Was Here” during United Nations World Humanitarian Day in 2012.

My spirit takes flight with loved ones encouragement and surrounding yourselves with the right people can make you feel alive!

Tim McGraw expresses what I want to live by for the rest of my life in his song “Humble and Kind” because I never know what every person that I meet may be going through right now.

I feel like the rest of my life is unwritten and undefined. I’m the author of my own story, and no one else can feel what I’m feeling.

Show the room what you can do. Meghan Trainor’s song expresses my love for dance and everything I feel while I’m dancing! I also love to help people have fun when they’re in a slump. 🙂

What does it mean to give faith a fighting chance? When one door closes, another opens. I try hard not to take my only life for granted.

I wanna go wherever you want to go.” I think Yuna represents my artsy, carefree side, filled with beauty, flowers, travel, and companionship as she sings in a soft spoken voice. Hanging out in a coffee shop, riding a skateboard around town, painting outside in a park, taking photos in black and white, and long walks on the beach is something I would totally do on my days off when I’m not trying to save the world. 😉 I think this is the side of me that you see me share most often on my blog.

When I was 14, I created a marble maze for an science experiment. The end goal was to create a maze that would take a long time for the marble to go through. I was pretty excited and worked on it for weeks. I asked the pizza place if they could give me an empty pizza box for a school project. I used a deck of cards to create various walls and I took a huge poster board, cut some conic shapes, and created a huge funnel.

When I first watched this video of Wintergatan’s marble machine instrument, it brought back those wonderful memories. It reminds me of myself because of the gears that are always turning and the curiosity I have with all the various pieces of life. I love to think and tinker with things and create some magic in the process.

Marble Machine – Wintergaten

Alright guys! I’m going to wrap this challenge up! I may have over done it, but it was a lot of fun as I relax from school and work! I never thought I would be able to keep a 30 day streak! Thank you again for joining me on this journey! I’ve also enjoyed listening to the music that has meant so much to all of you. I hope I can catch up reading your posts soon when the craziness of the holidays winds down. 🙂

I’m going to wish you all an early happy new year! ❤

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 28

Hello and good morning! Hope you enjoyed your holiday so far! Today’s challenge is an artist whose voice you love. I love Jackie Evancho’s angelic soprano voice! I can listen to her all day. Perhaps, it’s because I wish I had a soprano voice to be with the rest of the girls in my choir group, but I’m a mezzo-soprano. 😉 Anyway, enjoy! ❤

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 27

This song challenge is quite the emotional roller coaster! Next up is a song that is detrimental to your heart if you understand the context. I will keep this to a bare minimum because I need to go yet again for more festivities! My relaxation for the day is in enjoying the wonderful food and activities with family. 🙂

The soundtrack from the movie, Schindler’s List, will always break my heart. I watched it in my first year of college and cried on the bus ride home visiting my family for Christmas. ❤

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 26

There are many songs that make me want to fall in love. A lot of country songs have beautiful love lyrics. Living in the lone star state all my life, I’ve had my fair share of western dances to country songs. Before I sound too sappy and cheesy, I’ll just share four country songs and two idealistic movie scenes from my love list today! 😀

Lonestar – Amazed
Easton Corbin – Lovin’ You is Fun
Luke Bryan – I Don’t Want This Night to End
Faith Hill – Breathe

“A Walk to Remember” is a romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks. What was compelling was that Nicholas based Jamie Sullivan’s character on his sister. While they won’t admit it, some of the guys I knew cried while watching this movie. It made them want to be a better man. This scene between Mandy Moore and Shane West from a Walk to Remember makes me want to fall in love again and again. They have wonderful chemistry. Mandy gives me goosebumps as she sings the song “Only Hope”!

Moulin Rouge is a feast for your eyes! Another song that makes me want to fall in love is “Your Song”. McGregor, you are so so romantic here!

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 25

“There’s always haters, no matter what you’re doing. Whether they’re complaining that everything you do sounds the same, or it’s too different. I love DJing, I do. I love everything that comes with it; it’s fun and it’s kind of glamorous. I’m a DJ. I get the party started.”

Avicii

Merry Christmas to my blogging family! Hope you are enjoying your day! Thank you for joining me on my blogging journey! Taking a breath of air before I return to more festivities with family and friends! Nothing like the gift of the present! Today’s challenge is to post a song you like by an artist no longer living! I think about how the love of Jesus Christ has influenced many musicians in unexpected ways.

Photo Credit: art-soulworks.com
Akiane Kramarik’s painting of Jesus Christ, “Prince of Peace

Clifford Stumme, the Pop Song Professor, explores more about the meaning and background behind the song I’m about to share, “Sunset Jesus”:

“…he [Avicii] meets “Sunset Jesus,” an interesting character dressed as Jesus who spends his time on Sunset Blvd with street performers and tourists…. the fact that Jesus came to him could also be a “sign”–a mystical symbol that Avicii’s in the right place. He decides that it’s a good thing he met Sunset Jesus.”

Clifford Stumme, The Pop Song Professor

I LOVE YOU AVICII (Tim Bergling)!!! 😀 I danced to your music at pool parties while hanging out with friends. You left a legacy in the EDM music industry. I will miss your incredible spirit and will continue to love your inspirational melodies and beats! You were an awesome DJ! The crowds you draw at every concert is a formidable accomplishment. Rest in peace! ❤

Photo Credit: Brandnite – Avicii at Ushuaia Ibiza 2016
Avicii – Sunset Jesus
Enjoyed the lighted visual Mashup Tribute Ananta!

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 24

When we suffer a loss, a break up, a painful change in our lives, we need to remember to take all the time we need to heal emotionally. Moving forward and getting back on track with our lives doesn’t take a day. It takes a lot of small steps to allow us to break free from our broken self and move on.

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Good morning everyone! For those of you who celebrate Christmas, hope you are enjoying Christmas Eve! For those of you who don’t, hope you are enjoying the season! I’m about to head out for more festivities, but before I go, today’s musical challenge is a song by a band that I wish would stay together!

There’s a few that I grew up with. When these bands broke up, I wondered how each of the members would grow from the experience. I also wondered what that would mean for me as an active listener. It might be a bit of a stretch to think a band’s breakup would hit me hard, and yet part of my identity is found in the music I listen to. As a group, they empowered me. Going solo, what does that mean? In a way, it meant that I was growing along with them and transitioning to a new stage in my life.

Nsync- Tearin’ Up My Heart
Backstreet Boys – Chances
They were broken up, but I think they’re back together again? I love their new song!
Spice Girls – 2 Become 1
Oasis – Wonder Wall
Destiny’s Child – Stand Up For Love
One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 23

Today’s challenge is a song I think everyone should hear at least once. What a challenge since everyone has such different tastes! So keep that in mind as I share my humble collection. Enjoy! 🙂

A beautiful moment in animation! The soothing voice of a sweet child in Saoirse Song…

Saoirse Song

A soft lullaby to help you sleep and take you to magical places by the sea…

Song of the Sea

The soft tunes of the Orient…

Healing Chinese Zen Music

Mandisa’s inspirational & motivational music- Whatever difficulty you’re going through right now, you can get through it!

Mandisa – Overcomer

Amadeus Electric Quartet is a blessing in the instrumental world. Hope you enjoy the majestic scenery they take you through as you listen to their wonderful melodies!

Earth Song – Amadeus Electric Quartet