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thoughts on my 30-day music challenge this fine june sunday...

Sunday, June 05, 2011

this has GOT to be, i THINK, one of the best challenges ever--certainly one of my FAVORITE. you know why? cuz everyone but zombies and anti-socials LOVE music! it is a uniting, community-building medium that is typically a force for good with VERY few exceptions. it's one of the few things i believe has the ability to change the world.

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Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. - Charlie Parker

I think that music has an endless life. - Anne Dudl

I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings. Deep songs don't come from the surface; they come from the deep down. The poetry and the songs that you are suppose to write, I believe are in your heart.
- Judy Collins

Even if you can't sing well, sing. Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home. But sing. - Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

The gods who have been appointed to be our companions in the dance, have given us the pleasurable sense of harmony and rhythm; and so they stir us to life, and we follow them, joining together in dances and songs. - Plato

Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter -- to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.
- Albert Schweitzer

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. - Henry David Thoreau

Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. - Percy Bysshe Shelley

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. - Albert Einstein

Music is what feelings sound like. - Author Unknown

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. - Albert Schweitzer

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Berthold Auerbach

All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls! - Thomas Carlyle

Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water bath is to the body. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass? - Michael Torke

And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs
And as silently steal away. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Day Is Done

He who sings scares away his woes. - Cervantes

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. - Maya Angelou, Gather Together in My Name

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. - William P. Merrill

If in the after life there is not music, we will have to import it. - Doménico Cieri Estrada

Men profess to be lovers of music, but for the most part they give no evidence in their opinions and lives that they have heard it. - Henry David Thoreau

Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life. - Ludwig van Beethoven

I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality. - H.A. Overstreet

Were it not for music, we might in these days say, the Beautiful is dead. - Benjamin Disraeli

Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself. - Henry Ward Beecher

Music's the medicine of the mind. - John A. Logan

You are the music while the music lasts. - T.S. Eliot

Music is the universal language of mankind. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Outre-Mer
It is incontestable that music induces in us a sense of the infinite and the contemplation of the invisible. - Victor de LaPrade

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. - Jean Paul Richter

Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker. - William Green

Country music is three chords and the truth. - Harlan Howard

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. - Aldous Huxley, Music at Night and Other Essays

Are we not formed, as notes of music are,
For one another, though dissimilar? - Percy Bysshe Shelley

Jazz will endure just as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains. - John Philip Sousa

Without music life would be a mistake. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


30-day music challenge--day 01 - your favorite song

Sunday, June 05, 2011

day 01 - your favorite song:
The Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods

day 02 - your least favorite song:
day 03 - a song that makes you happy:
day 04 - a song that makes you sad:
day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone:
day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere:
day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event:
day 08 - a song that you know all the words to:
day 09 - a song that you can dance to:
day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep:
day 11 - a song from your favorite band:
day 12 - a song from a band you hate:
day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure:
day 14 - a song that no one would expect you to love:
day 15 - a song that describes you:
day 16 - a song that you used to love but now hate:
day 17 - a song that you hear often on the radio:
day 18 - a song that you wish you heard on the radio:
day 19 - a song from your favorite album:
day 20 - a song that you listen to when you’re angry:
day 21 - a song that you listen to when you’re happy:
day 22 - a song that you listen to when you’re sad:
day 23 - a song that you want to play at your wedding:
day 24 - a song that you want to play at your funeral:
day 25 - a song that makes you laugh:
day 26 - a song that you can play on an instrument:
day 27 - a song that you wish you could play:
day 28 - a song that makes you feel guilty:
day 29 - a song from your childhood:
day 30 - your favorite song at this time last year:


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ZURDTA- 6/7/2011 9:23AM

    Oooh I will do this too!

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Trying to save $$$? This idea seems VERY doable solution..

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

if you're ANYthing like me, this is one of those areas of life, kinda like weight loss, that demands a LOT of disciple. i found this article and thought, hmm, even I could do this.


make it a great day--today and EVERY day after!
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BOOKSCATSTEA 9/5/2011 5:31PM

    Great ideas here!

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AARONSGIRL420 6/1/2011 12:47PM

    Good luck if you are going to try it, I know being on a tight budget is hard (very tight here). emoticon

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A Little About Moi :-D

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Copy and paste and fill it out on your own blog.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 9:30

2. How do you like your steak? med. well

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? tron in 3D

4. What is your favorite TV show? bill mahr's real time, the ricky gervais show, flight of the conchords, reruns of charmed, jersey shore (my guilty pleasure du jour), biggest loser, jeopardy (it reminds me of how brilliant i am), the simpsons (reminds me of what a DORK i am) re-runs of a different world and in living color (in case you haven't figured it out yet, i AM the queen of nostalgia) and old episodes of soul train, the monkees and gidget

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? the lbc, laguna beach, hawaii, the mexican riviera or peninsula, greece, spain

6. What did you have for breakfast? carnation instant breakfast with skim milk and toast w/smart balance buttery spread and strawberry jam

7. What is your favorite cuisine? mexicana

8. What foods do you dislike? okra, beets, onion most ways, chitlins

9. Favorite Place to Eat? rivera's mexican restaurant

10. Favorite dressing? umm, not a big fan of dressing

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? hyundai sante fe

12. What are your favorite clothes? capri pants, sweaters, my keen tennis shoes, flannel pj bottoms, standard men's white v-neck tshirts, yoga pants

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? cubam, most of europe, australia, hawaii, alaska and most of the united states

14. Where would you want to retire? laguna beach, hawaii mexican coast on the gulf side

15. Favorite time of day? 4:30pm (when i leave work)

16. Where were you born? shreveport, louisiana

17. What is your favorite sport to watch? soccer, volleyball (beach & 6-man), the summer olympics, boxing, ufc and roller derby

19. How many siblings? 2 sisters

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? reading, hiking, playing at the beach, hanging out with my man, friends and family, listening to music, dancing, roller skating, going to the movies

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? EVERYONE's

22. Bird watcher? yep and hanging out at duck ponds feeding local water fowl and wetland/marsh birds

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? both but i'm working on getting regular sleep--like 7 hours a night

24. Do you have any pets? nope, not anymore but if i did it would have to be a pug

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? uh, no...i'd LOVE to be able to report i got a new job or won some $$$ but can't report what ain't happened so i guess i'll shut up now... emoticon

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A vet...and then a marine biologist, and THEN a clinical psychologist or counselor (which i became by default ANYway by virtue of my current job position)

27. What is your best childhood memory? winters in MA building snow forts, summers in long beach playing with our cousins and 4th of july fireworks, summers in socal in general and playing ding-dong ditcherman, going to the library and checking out as many books as my hands could carry, going back to louisiana w/out the parent units when i as 13, spending the nights chillin' with the brazilian community in orange co. drinking colombian coffee and listening and dance to samba, my first REAL crush age 14, being 15 and going to the brazilian carnival at the hollywood paladium and being out til 6AM with said crush--he was a total gentleman

28. Are you a cat or dog person? cats are nice but dogs are forever

29. Are you married? nope, but i am happily with the same person for the last 15 years this summer

30. Always wear your seat belt? 'course

31. Been in a car accident? been hydroplaning once but my friend was driving, rear-ended once and a bus once took off my side-view mirror while driving a trolley full of japanese tourists back from disneyland for the anaheim marriott

32. Any pet peeves? liars, people that talk or bring crying babies to movies, ppl being inconsiderate with their cellphones in the public sphere (i.e. restaurants, movies, restrooms, elevators, in line at the post office, i think you get the idea...), cruelty for its own sake, bullying and scapegoating

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? mushrooms, pepperoni, sausage, hawaiian, basil,

34. Favorite Flower? california poppy

35. Favorite ice cream? chocolate chip, mint chip, chocolate malted crunch

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? del taco, panda express, togo's, chipotle's and carl's jr. however, i don't eat at any of them often

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? which one--i failed both my regular class c AND class b commercial road tests each once.

38. From whom did you get your last email? best buy

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Target or Bose

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? nawww, getting too old for that

41. Like your job? mostly

42. Broccoli? yep

43. What was your favorite vacation? um, i haven't had a "vacation" for quite sometime. i would like to go to the grand canyon before it gets hades-hot in the AZ.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? myself

45. What are you listening to right now? my windchimes

46. What is your favorite color? black, gray and most earth tones

47. How many tattoos do you have? none

49. What time did you finish this quiz? Um who cares? lol 1:13pm

50. Coffee Drinker? holiday season primarily and when we spend weekends at my boyfriend's parents' house--his mom is of polish, romanian and german descent--they drink coffee after dinner and with dessert

Post here if you are going to copy this and fill it out I would love to read about you. emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 1/25/2011 12:21AM

    Thanks for sharing --I answered it in my blog, because who needs sleep? emoticon

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TAYGRL 1/24/2011 11:35PM

    emoticon for stopping by!

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MUTANTQUEEN 1/24/2011 11:07AM

    Very interesting. I don't know that I would have the patience for this, but it's nice to know more about you.

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GOODGETNBETR 1/24/2011 1:59AM

    Good stuff but hope you left some juicy bits for your autobiography (everyone should write one and leave it for family/friends to read upon their death, or before if you're brave.)

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My 2011 Quest for Inner Peace and Other "Bright" Ideas...

Saturday, January 01, 2011

well, i was feeling a little zen emoticon when i found this article completely by accident. first it made me giggle and THEN it made me think, deSPITE the congratulatory glass of champagne i was enjoying at the time.

therefore, i thought i would take a moment to post my recent discovery here. i mean if ANYone could use the ability to harness the ultimate power of "inner peace", we could right? i don't believe it is quite the equivalent of george lucas's "force" so while we may not learn any "jedi mind tricks", i found this gem both entertaining and thought provoking. may it help YOU start the new year with a little zen as well and when all else fails--"use the force".



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ZANNACHAN 1/5/2011 11:05AM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing.

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DEELYNNE1 1/3/2011 8:38PM

    I may have to break down and buy a copy of that poster to share with friends and fam. Thanks for this post.

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BOOKSCATSTEA 1/2/2011 1:33PM

    I enjoyed that - thanks for sharing it!

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ZURDTA- 1/2/2011 10:42AM

    emoticon very good... and yep, making ME think too...!!

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