Tag: Music Notes


I reread a few poems
by different poets,
and remember
when I read them before

or listen to a few songs
from different albums
and artists, and remember
when I listened before

and new meaning today

haiku and photos

morning music
bird songs more present
than sounds from the highway

July 2017
Ellen Grace Olinger

Karl took the photos of the poppies and peonies in July 2011.

Silence and Music

Silence: I hear the wind, water, and the life of the seasons. Sound of a snow shovel, people mowing lawns in summer, tree work in the neighborhood, and the music young people are playing these days.

of summers gone by
voices on the breeze

Music: Good to honor all who have inspired me and helped me through the day. This winter I am listening to CDs I have not heard for a time. So many wonderful artists and genres of music. As I type, I think of Amy Grant – original songs, Christmas songs, hymns. I have also listened to Emmylou Harris a lot over the years.

I remember driving to my mother’s home and hearing the voices of Celine Dion and Josh Groban on the radio. When I hear certain songs now, I can picture where I was on my route. I bought a few CDs.

Not possible now for me to ever really comprehend all that artists and authors achieve. Or read every blog post, however worthy. So I enjoy listening, viewing, and reading what I can. All works together in the long-run. Thank you for your visits, according to your schedules.

These past years, I like silence when I drive. In the spring, along a country road, I may hear the red-wings sing before I see them.

Creative chapters vary, as life changes. Sometimes I think a chapter is over, and then the work returns in a new way. Something was happening as I took time away to rest, reflect, renew. Always more to learn.


Ellen Grace Olinger

Creative and Music Notes

I am interested in the creative process in general.

Many books have helped me over the years, and some examples of authors are Madeleine L’Engle, Luci Shaw, and Julia Cameron.

In November 2013, I posted a quote from the back cover of THE ARTIST’S WAY EVERY DAY: A Year of Creative Living, by Julia Cameron (Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin; 2009 author copyright).

“Creativity is God’s will for us and should be practiced like any other spiritual practice – a day at a time.”

When I was young, we bought records – albums – and the covers were larger than CDs and also works of art. I remember Joni Mitchell’s paintings. Health is a part of her story and art.

I am also interested to see how artists I have followed for years are offering CDs with remastered recordings and demos. Fleetwood Mac and the solo work of Stevie Nicks are two examples. Sometimes I may like a demo version better, and then the beauty of how the music is produced. Harmony.

When I look back, I see that poetry and music began for me in the Lutheran Church with the liturgy, hymns, and Psalms. Then the contemporary music of my generation, and all that continues to grow. During my first recovery from a major health condition, in the 1990s, all the great literature of poetry was waiting to be discovered. What I did not have time for before, when working full-time outside the home, was there for me at just the right time. And I began with haiku then. I write from my heart, and gradually learn about craft through reading a lot. Thank you.

And we all work in many ways. Many chapters over the course of my life, including my mother’s home years ago, and volunteer work in different places. These years I am grateful to be home! People don’t have to ask if I am a senior citizen before offering a discount.

So much to reflect upon. Another poet is Emily Dickinson – took a long time for her work to be published as she wrote it.

I am not an editor or critic – these are simply personal reflections from over many years. One day at a time.

And I continue to pray the Psalms.


Ellen Grace Olinger