Mirror, Mirror Who Is the Moodiest of Them All?

Here’s a little fun for your Friday 🙂

 

FANtastical Friday: My Favorite Bass Singers

 

Who says that bass singers can’t be successful? There are plenty of bands with bass singers; but, how many of them are the lead singers? Or better yet, soloist?

Hmm, I can only think of a few.

Eddy Vedder, Pearl Jam

 

Johnny Cash

 

Randy Travis

 

Josh Turner

 

Jim Morrison, The Doors

 

These are just a few I could think off the top of my head. Anyhoo, the reason I got on this bandwagon was because of a new song I listened to earlier today that just absolutely wowed me.  Newly released to the public (earlier today), Change On the Rise by Avi Kaplan (formerly the bass singer from Pentatonix). His voice is incredible!  I believe we are possibly looking at one of the prolific bass singers in modern time right here.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

#ThursdayThoughts: Beethoven

Ever wondered where some of the greatest musicians get ideas for their masterpieces?  Ludwig van Beethoven shed a little light on his creative process below:

 

 

Even for Beethoven, the creative process was a bit of a mystery.

Where do ideas come from?

The Divine?

From some unknown source in the deep recess of our minds?

Wherever the ideas truly come from, I welcome them!

Iconic Series: Movie-Saturday Night Fever

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We can’t visit the 1970s without looking at the movie that shaped the decade: Saturday Night Fever.

This movie did several things.  It propelled disco music and dancing to great popularity as well as made actor John Travolta a house-hold name for the upcoming decades.   The soundtrack of the movie featured several songs by the Bees Gees which quickly became one of the top soundtracks of all time.  This did wonders for their singing careers with Staying Alive as one of their most recognized songs.

(A side note: In case you didn’t know, Saturday Night Fever has a sequel, Staying Alive which interestingly enough was co-written and co-produced by none other than-Sylvester Stallone)

Abandoned Art

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I saw this quote floating around on Twitter, and it made me think on its true meaning:

“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Is there truth to this quote?  As artists (writers, poets, painters, photographers, actors, musicians, etc.), is it true that our work is never done?  Never completed?   Only abandoned?

I’m not sure how I should honestly feel about this.  Should this be a good thing?   Should I be concerned?  Sad?  Angry?

What do you think?

 

 

Dreams Don’t Die

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Life without dreaming is a life without meaning.” -Ritu Ghatourey
Dreams begin in the mind and heart of a person. They include one’s passions and desires and intense interests. They give one a glimmer of hope. As from above quote, they tend to give one meaning in life. Something worthwhile to pursue, and hopefully one day achieve.

So, in a nutshell, how can having a dream help a person?
Provides hope
A reason to get out of bed each and every day
Gives meaning to one’s life

But, what happens when a person gives up on those dreams? Or deems them unreachable because an unthinkable event occurred?

What then?
Dreams never truly die; they just change their appearances.”
This was something I penned not so long ago as I tried to convince myself that my dreams were NOT dead. When I was twenty-one years old, as I was in the middle of pursuing one of my dreams, I was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome (a degenerative eye disease that also included moderate to profound hearing loss). I felt that my life had ended; that there were no hope in heck that I would be able to continue pursuing my dreams. So, I gave up on all of them.
For the next several years, emptiness and misery became my closest friends.
So, what changed me?
Honestly, it wasn’t just one thing. It was a growing awareness of others with worse circumstances than me, but instead of wallowing in their own despairs, they marched through their challenges and met them head-on. They didn’t completely give up on their own dreams and hopes; instead they improvised and eventually realized their dreams.
Who are some of these people?
Michaela Bushey Devins-a young girl with dreams of being a singer then suffered a life changing injury that left her a quadriplegic and part of vocal chords paralyzed. She went on to graduate with a degree in music education, and is now working with others as a literacy specialist while encouraging them to never give up when life gets tough.

Joni Eareckson Tada-suffered a similar injury as Michaela and became a quadriplegic. She went on to record several music albums, penned books, and became an advocate for the those in the disability community.

Haley Moss-a contemporary American artist and author with High-Functioning Autism.

Brad Scott-even though he has Cerebral Palsy this didn’t stop him from becoming a Paralympian (middle distance runner).

Evelyn Glennie-a hearing impaired individual who became a successful classical music musician (virtuoso percussionist).

Carme Garcia-is visually impaired who went to be a para-alpine skier, blind sailor and journalist.

Brad Snyder-A Navy veteran who was wounded in the eyes due to an attack while on tour in Afghanistan and lost his sight turned Paralympian.

Rebekah Gregory-a runner who lost her leg in the 2014 Boston Marathon bombing only to return to the same race a year later and finished with a prosthetic leg.

Jack Marchetti-a software engineer, screenwriter, and film maker who has Cone-Rod Dystrophy (similar to RP).

Knowing all this gave me hope. If they could accomplish what they did even with their disabilities and diseases, then I no longer have any excuse!
This also means you no longer have any excuse to go for your dreams regardless of your disability whether they’re mental, physical or emotional. If these people above can do it, so can you!
One of the dreams I’m working on reclaiming is getting back into running and eventually racing. I’ve recently started by getting outside and walking two miles each and every day. Soon, I will pull on a pair of running shoes, and attempt a short jog and see where that leads me.

Those first steps you take are so crucial but also quite scary. What if I fail? If you do, then pick yourself back up and try again. If the way you’re doing things aren’t working out, then find another way. Remember, you no longer have any excuse to not at least try.

Also remember this: You’re not alone so find others and build your support group. I’ve been told that it can be one of the most important parts of achieving success.
So, here are my challenges to you:
1. Recognize the dreams and hopes you lost/gave up, and the reason you did.
2. Admit to yourself that you need these dreams.
3. Pick one of your dreams, and find a way to achieve it.
4. Share it with at least one person what you intend to do.
5. Put it in to action!
*There is a community where you can also look for this support group: The Lost Dreamers 

Artist: What is it?

justartWhen I post my latest poll on whether or not writers perceive actors as “artists,” I received some interesting results.  The majority of those who responded chose “Depends” or “Other.”   Unfortunately those who chose the “Other” option didn’t let me know exactly what this entails so…

Now that we’re on this topic…

What qualities does a true artist have?  What does one have to do in order to be labeled as an artist?   In the past, I’ve had conversations with individuals who believed that writers are not really artists; that they’re just that…writers.

O-okay…let’s get to the heart of this, shall we?

Art.  What is it?  According to Dictionary.com, art is “the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”

We can agree that there is a lot of art out there lacking in quality, right?  I like to focus on the “expression” part.  How do people usually express themselves?  Through pictures, words, music, movements…you get the idea.   I’m thinking by this alone would include photographers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, dancers and even actors as people creating “art” that could be perceived by others to be “beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.”

In other words, these are people using various mediums to express themselves.  Their purpose behind these expressions may or may not be readily evident to their audience, readers or listeners though; but, we can talk about that in another post 🙂

So, are writers and actors truly artists?   Given to what we talked about above, I say that answer is a yes.

Disagree?  I love to hear from you!