Category: Music

Friday afternoon

I listen to quiet music and read some poems aloud by different poets. Many voices and ways to write.

Sometimes I like to hear all the words, even as thoughts of the poets are sometimes too complex for me now.

My love of language is at least in part a gift from my mother. This week is fifteen years since she was called Home. She stayed as long as she could. My thoughts are peaceful now. My mother was with us when we first saw our home, which we had to rebuild from the inside out.

The sky is so blue and the light falls upon evergreen branches with snow. Then the sky is another shade of blue. All the change within the simple routines of my days. So time does go by. And some moments seem eternal.

Reading is a good way to improve our writing skills. With the short forms, every word is so important. Reading a lot, perhaps new words and old words will be more available to me as I write.

The beautiful CD I am listening to is Allure of Sanctuary (2005), by Karen Marie Garrett.

Creative and Music Notes

Winter so far is not as severe as some years, though yesterday was a grey and cold day. We walked around Veterans Park in town, stopped at Mentink’s Piggly Wiggly, and then enjoyed a simple lunch at home.

In the afternoon,
I listened to It’s About Love,
a beautiful CD by Karen Marie Garrett
“Award-Winning Pianist and Composer.”
I ordered the CD from Karen Marie Garrett’s store.

And I learned of Karen’s art from Pandora, and then bought a CD from Amazon. So all seems to work together. So wonderful that there are so many ways to share our creative work. On Sunday, I bought two books at Goodwill in Sheboygan. I looked at every book shelf, and perhaps other areas of the store next time!

Last week, I received a letter to remind me to schedule a follow-up medical appointment, and I called on Monday. Grateful for the care.

We bought tulips at Walmart.
These pictures are courtesy of wpclipart.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Rest and Renewal

snow rests
on birch tree branches
that will grow new leaves

and also
on evergreen branches

the yard asks little now

some light seems to rest
with the clouds

I listen to music without
words and then practice
new poems

last year I read many books

mystery of rest and renewal

I am working with some of the ideas I shared in the view has changed.

Today I am listening to music by Helen Jane Long.

And I remember a haiku:

January thaw . . .
letting go
of old heartaches

“January thaw” was published in A Splash of Water: Haiku Society of America 2015 Members’ Anthology, edited by Catherine J.S. Lee.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative Notes: Posts

These are a few posts from the past that readers found, and that I then rediscovered from the stats for this site. I also use the Top Posts & Pages widget (filed under Menu), which provides information and may help new readers get an overview of the content here.

Yesterday, I mentioned a few pages from this site.

Photo of the Moon Shining on Lake Michigan, Recalling a Joni Mitchell song, is a post from May 2010. There is a photo by Karl and a quote from a song by Joni Mitchell.

Acrostic for WIND was also inspired by music. I was listening to a CD by Sarah McLachlan – please see the post for the poem and more information. Sarah covered a song by Susan Enan, “Bring On The Wonder.”

Over the years, I have received good feedback about this poem:

IT IS IMPORTANT

To have a vision
to sustain the effort
to see it all the way
through – –

Even when it seems
to leave you

It Is Important was published first in Time Of Singing.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Photo by Karl
Community Path
July 2, 2018

Music and other thoughts

Music is a part of our daily lives.  What a gift.  

I grew up in a Lutheran church and remember singing in church – words I could not truly understand as a child.  “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (from Psalm 51).  The poetry inspired me always.

I began Quiet Christmas Poetry with “In the beginning was the Word . . .” from John 1: 1.  

More recently, I discovered Helen Jane Long and her beautiful compositions without words.  Yet her titles of CDs and songs seem so right, and I hope to learn more.  For example, “Porcelain.”  Perfect for a CD and the song.

Working with visual art more, with blog posts, I also look anew at the album and CD covers.  For example, I remember seeing Joni Mitchell’s paintings all those years ago.  I begin to see different languages of expression, and how artists put their work together for others to enjoy.  Sustain others in difficult times.

And I continue to enjoy Wendy Brightbill’s art.  Her site is a girl and her brush, gathering beauty in the every day.  I buy her calendars, and certain paintings are associated with certain times.  Her style is varied, and includes mixed-media art.  I think, “I could do that too!”  She is a teacher.

Life changes, and it is good to have our sources of inspiration that can travel with us as we learn new times.  One song can recall a lifetime of work.  One painting can fill a room.  I have my Bible with the Psalms taped together now, as they have held me together.  When I was not well enough to read, my heart was full.

Blessings,
Ellen

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