Work continues to be insanely busy. Any spare time I have is spent trying to relax.
I’ve posted some of her music before, but here is another one that I love. Her voice is soothing and sweet and it’s so easy to get lost in her music. Her rendition of this classic Chinese song is wonderful.
A quick painting I did not long ago. Having fun with the colours.
Mischa Maisky is one of my favourite cellists, and I absolutely adore his version of Bach’s Cello Suites. Definitely worth having a CD copy of it. You can find the full playlist on youtube, as well. An older recording, I believe, but a marvellous one. I love the deep, rich cello tones, and the feeling he puts into his music.
Also I promise to reply to your comments soon! I have been rather overwhelmed with work these days. My apologies!
“Yes, you may play.” She watched her daughter run off. “But be careful, okay?” She called the words to ears that would hear, but could not yet truly comprehend. So she spoke them like a blessing. A prayer.
First of all, I want to say a great big thank you to everyone who gave me music recommendations! I really appreciate all of your help! I’m slowly working my way towards rebuilding my music library! I look forward to going through all of the artists and songs you posted!
This is a piece that I always go back to in my youtube playlist. A phenomenal cellist, and phenomenal piece. Simply gorgeous.
She saw it in her dreams. Only the stars provided life to the shadows that clung to its form. It was staring out over the lands like a king. But no howl would it answer. Instead it lowered its ears and slinked away as if chastised.
How she wished it would revert, back to its proud stance, beautiful even in its solitude. But it withdrew in exile, never to join in the calls of the others.
She longed to feel its fur bristle beneath her fingers. See its eyes sharpen upon her, perhaps seeing her as prey, or perhaps, though she knew it to be impossible, seeing her as a familiar presence.
Over forests she reached, but it remained just beyond her fingertips, no matter how hard she strained.
And she would wake, tears in her eyes, as it turned from her and faded away. Just a dream, tangible only in her heart.
Very loosely based on a dream I had.
So normally on Mondays I share music that I’ve been listening to throughout the week.
But my external hard drive, where I stored all my music, completely died. And of course, being very smart, I did not back it up anywhere else.
So I lost basically all of my music.
Since I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had the time to rip any CDs or find any new music.
So today, instead of sharing music with you all, I was hoping I could get music recommendations!
My iTunes is empty, and I would love to listen to what you all like! I’m taking this chance to cleanse and revamp my music selection.
Songs, artists, massive lists, I’ll take it all!
I’m not picky about genre or style, so please don’t hold back.
Your recommendations are much appreciated!
Enamoured by the muted colours from the mountain top.
The calming end to a vivid day. My heartbeat slows to the soothing of my soul as the sun sets with a mother’s smile.
I really was not expecting to work quite so much this summer. Before I received my work schedule, I envisioned myself spending at least half the day writing or painting or both. Instead, I ended up working most of the day, and getting home completely exhausted and unable to do much. I did manage to do some writing while on the go, but most of it is sleeping in my notebook, unedited. Eventually, I’m sure, the stories will make their way onto my blog, when they wake up and kick me in the brain.
That’s not to say I’ve been having a bad summer. Far from it. The weather has been amazing, my cousin visited for a month, and I’ve done some excellent reading.
I have also been enjoying the absolutely amazing fruits from the interior. They are, I have to say, the best I’ve ever had. The flavour is unbeatable.
I had to take a break from blogging, and from any form of work beyond teaching for the last month. I was overwhelmed and was getting sick and anxious from all the stress. Luckily I now have a short break before the fall semester starts, and will take the time to recharge. Hopefully I will get back to my regular blogging routine.
I hope everyone has been having an amazing summer! I feel like I’m rather out of touch with everyone, since I have not been active in almost a month. Here’s to a few more weeks of nice weather before the coziness of autumn arrives.
It’s not quite writing music for me, but it’s wonderfully upbeat and perfect for some light sketching or painting. It has been on repeat all summer. Always nice to go back to music I grew up listening to.
It takes all the colours of your emotions to create the black of ink upon the page.
You embrace, as if the word has never done you harm. Your heart remains open even when faced with iron walls.
Your warmth seeps from you to the ungrateful. You shiver, and they turn away, and you smile in understanding.
It is your kind of love that keeps the world spinning.
Reflections on some of the amazing women in my family.
Dvorak is one of the big names in classical music, and I love his work. It is full of energy and vitality. Inspiring, and uplifting. The Slavonic Dances are always wonderful to listen to, and this is one of my favourites.
Came across this bird on the internet. Fell in love with its beautiful plumage. Such gorgeous tail feathers. So I did a really quick sketch, and brief watercolour overtop.
On sketchbook paper, about five minutes.
Now I don’t normally listen to pop music. I enjoy it, since it’s catchy and fun. But it’s not my usual genre. However, this song, and especially the video, are wonderful. It’s such an important message. It’s powerful because of the sheer number of people who can relate to the video. It’s something we often forget, or do automatically. But we need to remind ourselves that we have to love ourselves for who we are. Our imperfections included.
I love John Legend’s music, for his voice, his lyrics, and his pure talent.
So here’s the video and song that has been on repeat all weekend.