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My Grace Notes.

~ IN MEMORY~

December 18, 2012

A  fun challenge was put to me by my good friend who was the original writer challenged by this prompt. The concept is easy, to express your life in 4 to 5 m music choices, preferably posting the challenge with the ability to hear the music such as videos. Music videos were used by my friend, and this is to be my medium as well.

Could you do this? Could you find 4 to 5 songs to describe or be reflective of your life? This challenge is extended to all of you.

Go ahead, and take a risk and try it. I dare you!

Beginning:

Growing up I was a faith filled resilient & self-reliant young child. Music was a large part of my life and my families, with both parents being involved and was a daily asset to my soul. Feeling the love of family, consistency, and spirit was all that I needed,  but this all changed when I was 9 yrs old. by my parents separation, Losing my faith in something powerful also happened at this time. This took me on a long self discovery journey from knowing that the loss of something more powerful than myself had to be found again. I searched, and I studied, and at the age  of 15 or 16 my spiritual epiphany came to be. This song  has sustained me and my way of living always since then. Both Eric Clapton & Stevie Winwood’s music individually, and together again, as they were in a reunion performance as Blind Faith was also very much part of this time in my life. If you want you know something about me you will find that I am a life long Eric (Epic ) Clapton fan. I have been impressed by not only by his music but the way he has grown into his own authentic life over the many years.

 

  From my young adult years until I was 38 yrs old I spent as an active full-time parent and foster parent. My life with children, who I surrounded myself with was and still is a passion I hold close to my heart.  This song is representative of  all the wishes & hopes I held for them. Although Rod Stewart was not an artist that I listened to much when this song was released I made sure immediately I dedicated this to the young daughters in my world; my own two daughters,, my niece, and the 3 foster girls I had in my heart & home during my daughters tween & teen years. I love being involved with children, and  even before I had my own daughters in 1972 I had 5th grade Campfire Girls. All 10 of them. Raising my children has been my most gratifying contribution to this world.

Finding  a point in my life when I realized that no matter how much  I wished for my life and world  to feed me,  sometimes they just did not. When I realized that there was an emptiness of my soul and spirit that was  needing to be fed,  my spirit roared right back. Finding ways to feed  my soul in ways I had not seen,, nor  ever known before. This song is about  coming out on the other side of that journey.

I’m Okay by Lissa Shaw~

 

With my faith comes making my life right. Though this will assuredly be raw feelings I am expressing with this The Rascal Flatt’s choice I am including it for what I would call my declaration song today. It is in keeping with my journey for living an authentic life, remaining honest, & true no matter how painful or vulnerable it might feel.

I am adding an extra sing/video because as regular readers of this blog know I have 3 lifelong friends I have known since birth. The Dirty Mothers. We four ladies had seen our selves in this movie in many ways. In particular my friend Lynn & I. This challenge could not be complete without this song being included. Crystal Vision by Stevie Nicks has also been a mainstay in my world since 1972 and still  is fitting well into my life at this moment in ways that never resonated with me before. I will add this song and its magical message as my way of saying out loud that I do believe in dreams, hopes as well as  life’s most-perfect & practical magic.

From The soundtrack of the motion picture Practical Magic the song Crystal Vision; written and performed by By Stevie Nicks

May wishing on a falling star bring all the practical magic necessary for a life full of truth & wisdom that feeds  your spirit and soul.

Note~ A Grace Note is a kind of music notation used to note several kinds of musical embellishment or flourishes within a piece of music.

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©tjhelser2012

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“Wish You were Here” Acoustic Style….

WHEN YOU ARE IN NEED OF A LITTLE EXPRESSION WHAT DOES IT FOR YOU?

I have to say that when I’m in a mood, and I get in moods. Just ask anyone, there is nothing that works better for me than listening to some beautiful guitar music. Turn up the volume ans let it envelop me. Using the breaks with the amazing riffs help work the cobwebs of life out of my head every time.

On Saturdays I will typically listen to the guitar God him self EPIC CLAPTON in particular. We have had a regular Saturday date for most of my adult life.  He plays while I work, and I turn it up the audio LOUD.

But today it’s David Gilmore and his acoustic folksy version of “Wish You Were Herekind of mood. It’s his acoustic version of his Pink Floyd’s tune by the same title. It is the medicine I need right now. No offense Clapton. There is something about the clustering of these of chords, and the way that Gilmore plays off of them into his improv riffs that rips into the soul.  Some days its just best to sit down and let yourself be taken away by the music, the playing. Let it do its thing.

Did I say that I am a big fan of guitar music? Anything with strings actually. Love violin music too. But I have definite tastes and that tend to run acoustic. But I love some good electric riffs to as I said…. Eric Clapton is Epic Clapton and what is not to love about him? But there are times when something else was needed. Music tends to be like that, Very emotional based are music choices made I believe.

I am blessed that I have a great collection of music. I have been collecting it for 45 yrs. I also am very lucky that I have a great Music Maestro in my life who is constantly teaching me new things. i  am not sure he will agree with my choice for today but that is what teaching involves. New music. And continually building my collection. thank you

©tjhelser2012