Tag Archives: Music

Talents and distractions

I’ve been hit with a cold virus or something (cold, sore throat, low energy and feeling all-over blah) so haven’t got my blog caught up yet.

In lieu of a book review today I want to share this –> clip from Britain’s Got Talent in case you hadn’t seen it. 

Sometimes I am so blown away by the talent of some people, especially the ones who are so very humble about it.

Do you ever watch these shows? Do you ever think about trying out?

And look at this! A butterfly lands on flutist’s face during a competition!

Distracting or what?!  :) Could you have continued on?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

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Bless your soul today

I don’t know about you, but I am consistently brought into places of need for my soul, places where I need encouragement, restoration of my peace, reconnection with God on a deeper level again. It is at those times I often soak in His blessing of sweet ministering music.

I don’t usually share openly about my faith here, but today I will just say this … without Him I am nothing. He is the Meaning to my life.  Oh, that everyone would know Him that way.

Here is a beautiful collection by Hillsong. I hope you enjoy it and have a blessed day.

For who in heaven can be compared unto the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? – Psalm 89:6

Praise the LORD oh my soul! Do not forget all His kind deeds. – Psalm 103:2

Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced; my body also will live in hope,  – Acts 2:26

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

 

Hillsong

Hillsong music, and Helping one another

A rambling post …

Here it is Sunday again. Weather-wise it has been like a late summer day – but it is supposed to warm again this coming week. I appreciate the summer so much; it’s far too short for me.

My spirit longs for particular music sometimes, right now being one of those times. Here is a link to Hillsong so you can enjoy the music I’m listening to as I’m writing this post.

Life continues on with its caregiving challenges (almost 3 1/2 years now!) – some days make me appreciate the good ones so much more. If it weren’t for the help we are getting my sister and I could not have managed all this as long as we have.

As you know, one of my goals is to write children’s books, or even any writing for myself would be good right now! Last month a friend and I were discussing our mutual desire to write, and I suggested a challenge. From that conversation we are now both writing – actually, we are writing together although long distance – one writes, the other adds to it and sends it back … and so on and so on. This effort is challenging us and helping to release our creative (writing) energy. Have you tried anything like that?

Now for the burning question:
How are you enjoying my blog; is it helpful to you?

I’ve been looking into ways I can help you more. Since I’m interested in helping promote your books (the ones I agree to read and review) and others I think you might like or should know about, you know I have a new page for that purpose: BUY THE BOOK!  On that page I’m in the process of adding a few more things – both for writers and for readers.

As you can imagine, I spend a lot of my available time reading books, updating my blog and writing posts. (and I enjoy it all!) When I upgraded my blog to better suit my needs it meant I’d have to pay for its hosting. (WordPress is very reasonable or I wouldn’t have done it.) After much consideration, I recently decided to look into affiliation which will bring in a very small percentage for any sales made through your clicks from the links I have here on my site. It will help me pay for my blog as it is, so is a way you can help me, too, if you want to.

The affiliations I chose are ones I think are of the most benefit to you as writers and readers. Once all the techie stuff is worked out you will be able to click to great things not only at Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, and WritersDigestShop, but also at Christianbook, Chapters.indigo, CafePress, and Vista Print. When I get them all set up you will find them through BUY THE BOOK! and on my Writers’ Helps page. Exciting!

Now I must grab some time to read more of the book I am going to review soon. So many books — so little time!  :)

Please tell me what you think of what I’m doing here on my blog. I appreciate hearing from you.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

 

 

 

Does music inspire you? (very funny videos)

My topic for today is music.

cool cat!(photo is of our white, blue-eyed cat, Scamper, whom we had for seventeen years.)

I enjoy music. Not all music, but likely most. When there is music playing I have a very hard time staying still. Music seems to speak to the depths of me.

Classical music is supposed to be good for the brain, especially good for the development of babies’ brains. I read that studies have found classical music is helpful during studying, doing homework, as background sound when doing other things. I find that particular music genre can simply be enjoyed without the listener being really intruded upon by it.

I came across this video that I think is one of the most hilarious things I have watched lately. Every time I view it – and yes, I like it so much I have viewed it multiple times, and will again – I either snicker or laugh out loud. It’s not only the involvement of the players but the audience reactions that get me every time. Take a look at this classical interlude and let me know what you think, but please remember to come back to see the next one I am including. Better yet, make it easier for yourself and just right-click so you don’t leave my blog entirely. :)

I understand not everyone appreciates music. There was a time it was considered to be evil-inspired on every level. But then on the other extreme there are those who enjoy not only listening to music, but playing an instrument AND singing along. That leads me into this funny clip which I think you will agree proves my point.

How does music affect you? Does it make you want to dance? Does it help your thought processes when you write?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  :)

Do you enjoy the quiet … or are you afraid of it?

Today has been very quiet here.  Because my husband had to work all weekend – not his usual – and I had no way to church today, I sat at home and read my Bible for four hours in a quiet house.  No radio, no TV, no music playing — only quiet.  Delectable!  :)

It is my habit to have the radio turned on most of the day – to listen to interviews and such once in a while, but mostly I listen to teachings and music on the Christian station.  Once today I turned it on, but only for a few minutes while I cooked and ate my breakfast, then off it went again.  And no TV at all today.  Not even set on a music station for ‘background’.  I didn’t even turn on my computer until the afternoon!  Now that is a biggie!

Do you know how tempting it was to turn on the radio while I was doing the dishes?  or later while having lunch or supper?  I resisted.  Why?  You know, I’m not even sure why I did that today.  It just was so peaceful here when I got up this morning, and since it is Sunday I decided to read for a few hours with no distractions.  Well, none except the little dog needing to go outside a couple of times, and wind and hail beating on the windows – which is a wholly different distraction.   Nothing major or constant, though.   Then I was enjoying the tranquility so much I stuck with it.  All day.
ALL DAY!

Have you ever done that?  Have you ever lived in a day of ‘quiet’ by choice?

I wonder why we think we have to always have noise going on around us – music, or constant talking, or something mindless .. as if we can’t stand our own company.  Are we afraid of the ‘aloneness’?  Do we avoid the quiet?  How does God get through to us when we aren’t allowing ourselves to listen?  And what about our own thoughts?  Do we even have any quality thinking time of our own?

Maybe reading is much the same thing except it is not coming at us in the form of noise from the outside.  But reading expands our minds, doesn’t it?  We do have to form our own images, they aren’t coming at us ready-made.  Hopefully we’re choosing good things to store in our brains because I believe it all blends together in there and comes out somehow sometime.  Maybe in the form of a bestseller!  ;)

So, what do you think about all of the above?  And do you enjoy the quiet … or are you afraid of it?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings.  :)

PS – at the time of writing this it was still Sunday but it will be just past midnight, so into Monday at time of posting.