Tag: Music

Saturday Morning: Creative Notes

Saturday morning. Before sunrise – about 6:30 AM here. I am grateful that Karl bought groceries yesterday. And I am reflecting upon the year. As I have mentioned, my father was a veteran and then a history teacher. This year, I have spent much more time learning about history. There are many ways to learn – one story at a time, a chapter in history, art created during that time, a memorial service, and the letters someone wrote that were later published. Sometimes I listen to a science or history program, and I know I am barely beginning to understand. I often say, if I learn 10%, I know more than before. And as a writer, I like to hear and learn vocabulary from different fields of work.

Memoirs and letters by artists are also an encouraging way to learn about creativity over time. And when I look at dates on books and music CDs, there can also be years between creative works. Or an artist can record a song again, with the wisdom of an older voice. And I also learned, that if we cannot do one thing, there will be something else. I have been in the hospital two times since we moved here: 1993/early 1994 and 2018. That is a long time between visits. In 2018, I saw that when I could not post, or post very much, others were reading/viewing what was already here. New poems for many – many people in the world! I am so very grateful.

This year, I bought White Bird – Anthology Of Favorites by Judy Collins. My copy is from Amazon. And as I have written, I am learning from Joni Mitchell’s work with her archives.

I have seen how artists also work very hard at health, so they can keep working. Health first.

Floral Heart Bouquet is courtesy of Reusable Art.

Amazing Grace

Christmas With Judy Collins (2013, Wildflower Records) is a new CD for me this year. The last song is Amazing Grace. Her beautiful voice, and her site is Judy Collins.

Poems from my archives:

breakfast and music
when a song begins
I know the words
Amazing Grace

far from perfect
and in need of grace
we found our way
to unconditional love

cup from a thrift store
on my grandmother’s
straw chest
near the window
fills with light

For my grandmother Grace

daily grace
rice cooked
for the weekend
dishes washed
and light in my study

daily grace is a new poem at Poems From Psalms And Nature.

Poems in this post are by Ellen Grace Olinger.

Christmas Songs

Many artists record Christmas music. I have grown a small collection over time: Amy Grant, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, and others. I listen to a few songs here and there.

light shines
through one window
and falls on the wood
frame of another
the light is shared

Karen’s Whimsy

Christmas songs

Christmas songs
and memories . . .
Amy Grant’s music

I am listening to Icon Christmas by Amy Grant. Three of the songs are Jingle Bells, Breath Of Heaven (Mary’s Song), and Silent Night.

Silent Night also brings back memories of my Swedish grandmother and my mother.

Amy Grant site

Garden journal photo by Karl – Christmas 2018

new space

new space
on a few shelves
donated books

I enjoyed creating a collection of books for Goodwill. History, memoirs, letters, biography, inspirational, novels, and poetry books were included. A book may belong to more than one category (history, biography, memoir).

Reading about another person’s journey can be a great encouragement. There may be a long time between books. I may read a poet and admire craft – and then the poet shares about many revisions. And sometimes the art is simply a gift. So this is a good time of reflection as well.

Now I am thinking about music, and small press books and poetry journals. For example, I have Christmas CDs by Amy Grant – maybe I will donate one CD. And I have more than one copy of some journals – perhaps received an extra copy as payment for work or a donation – and can share with others.

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