What is on your music playlist right now?
Judy Collins White Bird – Anthology Of Favorites. I learned that her new CD, Spellbound, will be released later next month.
Karen Marie Garrett Award-Winning Pianist and Composer
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.
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.
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
In the past, I’ve written “Creative Notes.” I thought I’d write short posts here and there about artists I’ve heard on Pandora, and then bought a few of their CDs. I don’t read music or sing or play an instrument. These are simply artists whose work is blessing me these days.
A few of the CDs I am listening to are: Perspective by Helen Jane Long, Piano and Night by Brian Crain, and It’s About the Rose by Karen Marie Garrett. I ponder some of the choices of titles for compositions. They seem so right for the pieces. And I like looking at the CD art and how it is designed.
Ellen Grace Olinger