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Monday Musings

Friends, it’s been a while!  Outside it’s sunny and white (we enjoy 4 seasons up here!) and it’s been a great day so far.

I’m in the middle of several projects but don’t have a lot of finished pieces to post just yet.  Instead today I thought I’d share 3 things about me.

1- I LOVE nutella.  I eat it by the spoonful, with a banana, on bread (my favorite!) or on icecream.  I think it’s more than the flavor that gets me- it’s a very nostalgic treat.  Before you could even buy it in the United States, my cousins who lived in Europe sent it to our family for Christmas.  I can remember eating nutella on bread with my little brother in the kitchen and it brings back fond memories.

2- I am taking voice lessons!  I have quite a bit of experience with singing, including voice lessons in college, but there are some technique issues that have always haunted me and I knew once all my kids were in school that I wanted to work on my voice again.  Mostly I wanted to have a healthy voice that wouldn’t go hoarse after singing for 5 minutes (aka figure out how to do it right!).  I’m really enjoying learning and am making a lot of progress!

3- I have recently shifted my focus from primarily song-writing to doing some orchestrating work.  (That basically means writing for orchestra instruments – so several different instruments on a particular work rather than just piano or piano and voice.)  I have enjoyed some sample lessons from Berklee Online and instructional podcasts and articles from artofcomposing.com which have been an essential part of teaching myself how to do these new skills!  It’s been a fun adventure so far!

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The Breeze

This morning I started my day with Adriene (are you familiar with Yoga with Adriene?).  She is currently doing a free 30 days of yoga program entitled “Dedicate.”  At the end of the session today, she shared this quote.  I loved it and wanted to share:

“The breeze of grace is always blowing.  Set your sail to catch that breeze.”

~Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

So good!

Have a great day, friends!

~Laura

PS- If you’re interested in joining “Dedicate” here is the website: https://yogawithadriene.com/dedicate-a-30-day-yoga-journey/

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You are a Child of God

Today I’m working on sorting through my digital clutter.  I’m making progress!  I love the feeling of cleaning out and getting rid of things I don’t need- especially at the beginning of a fresh, new year.  As I was looking through files in my google drive, I came across this beautiful piece of writing again and reading it was an enjoyable break.  Maybe you’ll enjoy it too!

~Laura

Our Deepest Fear
By Marianne Williamson

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.

We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.

Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

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One Ring to Rule Them All

Another composer hero of mine is Howard Shore.  I am completely in awe with the music of “The Lord of the Rings” (he is the masterful composer that wrote the score).  I was watching an interesting spotlight on him this week and I thought this quote was especially worth writing down:

“Most of everything I write is a learning process.  I want to try something, express some idea…There’s not a real comfortable nature to it.  There has to be some struggle, I think, to create something of value, so there’s always that searching inwards.  As difficult as it is, it’s a wonderful journey.”

Knowing that the process is challenging even for the brilliant composers makes me feel like I’m on the right track when things are tough!

Also- doesn’t it make you want to go back and watch Froto?  Here’s a youtube clip I just pulled up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjAAC13al9s

~Laura