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Seasons of Solitude

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My mother had me taking piano lessons when I was 5. I kept going until I turned 17 and broke my arm in a car wreck. In all that time, I never played anything but what was written on the page. In fact, if I misplayed a single note, my piano teacher would correct me.

Perhaps her voice in my head, telling me to play it exactly as it was written, was part of the reason I never cut lose and tried to create anything on my own. I knew I didn’t have much of an ear and didn’t believe I had the creativity to write anything myself.

About three years ago, I studied up on chords and began embellishing a little with hymns. I wrote a couple hymn arrangements. But still I wasn’t willing to try to play anything out of my own head (or heart).

In the last few months something’s shifted, and I enjoy just sitting down without any music in front of me and making up whatever comes.

Tonight I turned on the recorder and played. This is what came. It’s not polished and I’m sure a professional would laugh at the immaturity of the composition, but for me it was a breakthrough to trust myself enough to just play, record it and put it out there.

I set the music with some photos I’ve taken over the last year around Northwest Georgia, most of them in Catoosa County. I call it “Seasons of Solitude.”

What have you always wanted to do but didn’t have the guts to try? Your turn! :)

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Angels We Have Heard on High Sing-Along

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If you’re following my Crazy Christmas Challenge, you’ve heard me sing (on my blog) and seen me dance (on FaceBook). Today I’m going to play and let YOU sing along… Take a Crazy Christmas break and join me for 1 minute of festive fun!

Check out my Crazy Christmas Blowout before it all ends December 21, 2013

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12 Days of Christmas Creativity: Ode to Laura West

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Not only am I waxing generous with my Crazy Christmas Blowout, but the Spirit of Christmas has made me a little silly and creative. Here’s my project for today… an ode to my buddy, the creative thought leader, Laura West. It’s sung to the tune of the “12 Days of Christmas.” Enjoy!

If you really want a laugh, listen to me sing it…

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On the first day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

artsuppliesA box of colored Post-it Notes

On the second day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the third day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the fourth day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the fifth day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the sixth day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

SIX Neo-Color Crayons FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the seventh day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

SEVEN Acrylic Paints SIX Neo-Color Crayons FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

Laura West, Creative Thought Leader

On the eighth day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

EIGHT Sticks of Glue SEVEN Acrylic Paints SIX Neo-Color Crayons FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the ninth day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

NINE Distress Stains EIGHT Sticks of Glue SEVEN Acrylic Paints SIX Neo-Color Crayons FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the tenth day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

TEN Box of Crayons NINE Distress Stains EIGHT Sticks of Glue SEVEN Acrylic Paints SIX Neo-Color Crayons FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the eleventh day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

ELEVEN Ephermera (aka Bling) TEN Box of Crayons NINE Distress Stains EIGHT Sticks of Glue SEVEN Acrylic Paints SIX Neo-Color Crayons FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

On the twelfth day of Christmas my friend Laura gave to me

TWELVE Magazines ELEVEN Ephermera TEN Box of Crayons NINE Distress Stains EIGHT Sticks of Glue SEVEN Acrylic Paints SIX Neo-Color Crayons FIVE Vision Maps FOUR Calendars THREE Joy Journals TWO Sharpie Markers And a box of colored Post-it Notes

Want to see Laura’s Art Supplies? Here’s Laura talking about creating a Joy Journal:

Visit Laura’s Business Fusion Studio to unleash your business creative genius and find out what to do with all this fun stuff! www.businessfusionstudio.com

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Quantum Collaboration at Its Finest: Sweet Lorraine

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I’m sitting here with tears streaming down my face for three reasons:

1) this is such a touching story

2) This is the embodiment of EXACTLY what I mean by Quantum Collaboration and

3) This is what I want to do for Light Bearers. I want to come alongside them and help them make their dreams come true, help them express those deepest messages of their hearts and get them out there blessing others.

I hope it blesses you as much as it has me.

 

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Write What You Want to Read

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My nephew Noah Collins is a singer/songwriter. Years ago, he told me the reason he started writing music was because he wanted to write songs he liked to listen to.

Many authors write books for the same reason. At the risk of sounding a bit narcissistic, I enjoy reading my own books, especially the fiction ones. By the time I finish writing the book, the characters have become my friends. They are real to me. Who doesn’t love visiting old friends every now and again? For me there’s a double reward because most of the novels I write are based on family history stories so these characters are real people — my family!

A few years ago, I was in a slump. I’d learned the rules of good writing through some editor friends. While learning the rules was extremely beneficial and improved my writing exponentially, it also cramped my style a bit. I couldn’t seem to relax and write without editing as I went.

My author friend, Marcia Lynn McClure suggested I write a novel just for me — as if no one else would read it. That’s when I wrote the short novel, Binding Ties. It’s one of my all-time favorites. No family characters. It’s modern, yet brings in the flavor of the South and the rich history that surrounds us wherever we go here. Ironically, it’s also a reader favorite as well.

What types of books do you enjoy reading? Have you ever considered writing something you’d love to read? Something just for you? As author, Toni Morrison, said: “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

Is there a book in you? Get it out with my Create a WOW Book Mentoring & Accountability System .

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I Get Misty

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When I was growing up, we’d spend the summers poolside in the mornings. My mom would take us to the community pool and we’d swim a while, then we’d come home and there would usually be afternoon thunderstorms. During those storms, we’d curl up and take naps. My mom would put on some old 50′s music and those old songs became the soundtrack of my life — Johnny Mathis, Percy Faith.

When I was a teenager, my mom got me the sheet music for “Misty,” and I mastered it. It was the perfect music to relax to and forget whatever was on my mind. About a dozen years ago, I packed up all my sheet music and we moved to Georgia. For whatever reason, I never resurrected those two boxes of sheet music. Life was too hectic with business and raising 6 children to take to the piano much.

But lately, I’ve been back on my piano, trying to rebuild an old talent. It’s been fun, but frustrating at times because my skill just isn’t where it used to be. Then a couple weeks ago I was cleaning out a closet and found two boxes of sheet music. Inside was my copy of “Misty” with Johnny Mathis on the cover.

I immediately went to the piano with the music in front of me. I was amazed at how well I could play it. I made very few mistakes on the first try and within a week of practice, I could play it like I used to. It’s amazing how some things stay with you. I’ve picked up other pieces of old music and not had the same experience. I wonder if there’s something about Emotion + Memorization that puts things into Permanent Storage in our minds.

What do you think? Have you had a similar experience with old skills coming back to you when you least expected it? Where they tied to an emotion?

This video is a combination of me playing Misty along with photos I took at Seacrest Beach, Florida this summer.

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The Synergy of Collaboration

Have you ever wished you had a talent possessed by another? Maybe you've longed to decorate as well as Jennifer or wanted to know how to sing as well as Celine. I think if we're honest with ourselves, we'll all admit we have looked at someone's talent or gift and wished we were as accomplished. What if I told you, that through collaboration, you can possess any gift you want? You can! All you need are the four rules of talent . . . Read the rest of this entry »

Composing Music

After re-arranging a couple hymns, I decided to try composing something new. It's not a long piece, but I had fun with it. I have no idea whether anyone else will like it, but I do, and I suppose that's all that matters. ;) I call it "Epiphany." Read the rest of this entry »

Arranging Music

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m learning how to compose my own music by learning chords and rhythmic patterns.  In the Play Piano Today course, he shows you how to play the piano to accompany vocals — meaning the piano is accompaniment and the vocalist carries the melody.

Since I’m interested in playing different arrangements of hymns for prelude music in church, I’m taking what I’ve learned from the course and adapting it a bit. I created my own arrangement of one of my favorite hymns.

First, I went through the piece and identified all the chords, then I used some of the patterns and my own creativity to write my own arrangement. My version of “Know This That Every Soul Is Free” still carries the melody.

Since it would probably take a year to memorize all the patterns, I’ve used them to create my own sheet music, which I can then read and play. Can you tell I’ve never been incredibly patient? :)

Here’s my version of the sheet music — I don’t imagine it’s perfectly written or timed, but it should be close.

And here’s me playing it a couple times through on my old upright (circa 1910):

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