The prompt words for Colleen’s Weekly Poetry challenge #129 are Hobby and Play: Synonyms Only.
Love of Music
I loved music, photography, and drawing as a kid. If I had a choice of a different career, I would prefer to do something with music. The popular vocations for girls were being teachers or nurses at that time. For the practical reason, I chose to be a teacher and took part in music as an enjoyment at leisure. I have had fun singing all my life. My two sisters, Yolanda and Queenie, and I sang in Mercy’s wedding in 2011. I sing in chorale groups and Messiah concert on a ongoing basis.
Amy’s theme for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week is Celebration.
December is a month of celebration for me and my family. We observe the advent which is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas–the birth of Christ. It begins four weeks and Sundays before Christmas and continues until Christmas. The preparation includes lighting an Advent wreath, setting up a Christmas tree and decorations.
I am learning how to use the new editor. In my Lens-Artists Photo Challenge post, I tried to upload a video, even though it looked fine in the editing but didn’t play when I published it. The following video is from YouTube. I just wanted to see if it works to post YouTube video and chose this touching story about Martin Hurkens.
Martin Hurkens always had a dream of being an opera singer, but he did not have the money to stay in music school. Instead, became a baker to make a living and for 32 years he baked, and his singing was mostly reserved for when he was home with his family.
When he lost his job, the Dutch baker’s daughters wanted to help him realize his lifelong dream and entered him in the reality TV talent show “Holland Got Talent” back in 2010. The 58-year-old “Pavarotti” won legions of fans and the competition!
In the video below, Martin takes to the streets of Holland like a simple busker would, places down his hat, and sings “You Raise Me Up”. Soon a crowd gathers round to listen to the humble baker with the incredible voice!
Colleen’s Weekly Tanka Poetry Challenge this week, the prompt words are sad & write, # SynonymsOnly.
blood dripping of a torn heart
Carved in memory
gift of the angelic child
terra firma she departs
When I first listened to this music, I felt hearing someone crying. Studying the background confirmed that the sounds were the composer’s cry.
The Concierto de Aranjuez composed by Joaquin Rodrigo was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez. The composer attempts to transport the listeners to another place and time through the sounds of nature.
Rodrigo and his wife Victoria stayed silent about the real inspiration of the music. Victoria eventually revealed it was a response to Rodrigo’s devastation and grief at the miscarriage of their first child. The music was composed in 1939 in Paris.
As soon as I saw the words for Colleen’s Poetry Challenge this week, the image of Waltz showed up in an instance. My sister was a Ballroom Dance instructor before she retired. She regularly posts her own dance or other dance demonstration videos on her social media. When she and her dance friends have birthdays, with no exception, they have dance parties.
I enjoy doing a lot of things. I’m doing things that I couldn’t be doing when I was working such as taking poetry and choral classes. I love doing counseling to help people. There is one thing I can relax and enjoy without preparation. That is going to concerts, operas or ballets. We purchased season tickets for Broadway shows for three years. Later, we switched to getting season tickets for operas. We also saw seasonal ballet show such as Nutcracker, Swan Lake, or Sleeping Beauty.
I think among everything I’m doing, I’d rather be going to a musical show. Right now, I’m thinking of Swan Lake.