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Colleen’s 2018 Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge Dance & Command

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 79, Dance & Command #SynonymsOnly

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.

In this Didactic Cinquain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinquain I use Waltz for Dance and Tugs for Command.

Waltz

Elegant, graceful

Gliding, twirling, floating

Gentle tugs synchronize steps

Music

♪♫♥♫♪

Life is likea cup of tea

Colleen’s 2018 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge, No. 79 Dance & Command #SynonymsOnly

Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be…

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.

Weekly Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be…

Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

A word and photo prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. The prompt is “Christmas.” – Sammi Cox

“Silent Night” (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas Carol. The lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr in Salzburg, Austria. The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf.

Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment. The first performance of the carol was on December 24, 1818, in the Christmas Eve mass.

Over the years, because the original manuscript had been lost, Mohr’s name was forgotten and although Gruber was known to be the composer, many people assumed the melody was composed by a famous composer, and it was variously attributed to Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven. However, a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr’s handwriting and dated by researchers as c. 1820. It states that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr’s handwriting.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Night

I selected this version of the Silent Night sung by Plácido Domingo. He has been the hero of my music endeavor.

By January 21, 2018, Domingo will be 77 years old. His singing and conducting performances are all scheduled for 2018. His motto, he claimed, was “If I rest, I rust.”

Domingo has been described in the international press as “the King of Opera.”  He is well known for his versatility, regularly performing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, English, and Russian in the most prestigious opera houses in the world.

Domingo served as the artistic director (1996–2011) and general director (2003–11) of the Washington D. C. Opera, and from 2000 he was the general director of the Los Angeles Opera. In the early 2010s, he transitioned from the tenor repertory into almost exclusively baritone parts. He has sung – as of 2015 – over 3,800 performances of 147 roles.

Wow, at 70s years old, he continues to memorize singing in new roles!

 Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt #34: Christmas – Silent Night

Life’s Symphony

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Life is a continuum of the Great Symphony

Adagio expresses soothing melody with sweet love

Melancholy inner sorrow of the soul

Maestoso pitches the triumph of the Great Spirit

The victory of a long and hard won battle

Fortissimo frees the shout from the depth of the heart

Proclaims the greatest joy ever told

Pianissimo whispers to your ears the faintest sob

Breathes the darkest secret only to you

Every now and then, comes the rest, and rest

Silence! What tranquility it is in our Life’s Symphony

♪♫♥♫♪

Daily Prompt: Symphony

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music

Frank’s theme for Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is “Music.” Wow! “Where Do I Begin?” I started learning music as a teenager. I took music theory, piano, and voice lessons. I have been singing most part of my life.

A picture is worth a thousand words. The photos show a few of my performances, my favorite classical composers and their music, a few of the operas seen many times, the two ballet performances I’ve seen the most, and my hero Plácido Domingo. He started performing and conducting as a teenager. At 76 years old, he continues to be the Director of LA Opera, conductor and performer in operas. He has a golden voice of tenor. In 2013, he took on the baritone role. He is a major influence in my life to continue singing!

I have written several poems about music. I re-post one of them here!

Music 1

Music 2

music-tunnel

Tunnel of music, my great hideout

Surrounded by musical sounds

Utters the unspoken language

Sounds out the unspeakable profound

Carries me to cloud nine

Wings my spirit high

Laments the deep sorrow

Echoes in my heart’s hollow

Speaks for my heartbreak

Clashes my entangled struggle

Dances for the joyous chance

Drums the rhythmic victory

Waves my fantasy dream

Serenate my romantic love

My symphony

My empathy

My company

~

Frank at Dutch Goes the Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music
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