ON MEDIA…please comment!

When you walk into our home, sometimes you might be greeted with the sound of dialogue accompanying moving pictures on a large, flat screen to a score…sometimes you might hear music echoing from a speaker…sometimes you might hear a computer (or two) with game music on continuous play…and sometimes you might hear the latest cooking video from Cakes By ChoppA or Rosanna Pansino playing on YouTube for my little people.

Other days, when you walk into my home, you might hear a child practicing on the piano a theme to Harry Potter or James Bond…sometimes you might hear a child reading aloud from her latest book…sometimes you might hear dishes clinking as they move from a sink into a dishwasher, a broom moving across the kitchen tile, or the simmering of sauce on the stove.

Some days you might even find us in the kitchen, having an impromptu dance party.

What I’ve been thinking about lately, though, is the media-saturated society (and even media-dependant society) in which we live.  I am guilty myself of allowing this guest, in its multitudinous forms, often into my home.  My wonderings have led me to consider (though I cannot know the future) what this bombardment and obsession with media will bring about in our lives, in future generations’ lives, and in society as a whole.

While I find myself abundantly grateful for my phone allowing me to Google information for my child’s homework question at the swipe of a finger or send a friendly text message across miles in mere seconds, I continue to find my dependence on it (and my children’s, as well) somewhat exasperating.

I’m guessing the answer to my dilemma comes through my all-encompassing quest for BALANCE. And, I’m glad to know that many of you (including Jasmine–since we talked about the topic last week) are right there with me!

So, my question, which I would love to turn into a discussion (because I am really interested in your thoughts) here is this:

What do you think the effects of the current media accessibility and even dependence in society will have one, two, and three generations from now? Please share your thoughts!

A few thoughts….

Monday’s post brought out a little bit of impromptu fiction…and I feared to post it for sounding sacriligious…or something.  Not sure what my hesitation was.

Still–it’s TUESDAY–and I’ve been thinking about songs, and words, and lines….(and, before I forget, the new iTunes now lets you copy links to songs…and here is the free one this week: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/twinkling-lights-feat.-syd/id583601337 …which I actually really like).

Since December began, I could probably sum up most of my month’s activities in two words–baking and cleaning.  Baking because, well, it’s Christmas!!!! And I did little baking during November (mainly because I was writing a NOVEL for NaNoWriMo)…and, as a good friend once said accurately, baking is my therapy.  And cleaning because, well, my house really needed a good scrubbing (did you notice the mopping story yesterday?–well, that’s because cleaning has been on the brain and in my bones for the last several days) since I spent several hours of last month taking care of sick people and WRITING!!!!! Huzzah!!!! 🙂

So, when I clean, (and sometimes when I bake, too), I often turn on iTunes, or Spotify, or Pandora to enjoy some flavorful music (the real truth is so I can dance) and give me some motivation to keep moving.  On my cleaning spree last week, I recalled some of my favorite one-liners from songs that I love.  Here are a few I jotted down for fun:

“Who knows how long I’ve loved you?”

“I felt so symbolic yesterday.”

“Letters that you never meant to send get lost and thrown away.”

“Worlds without end couldn’t hold her.”

Are any of those familiar to you?  Care to guess?  I’ll post the answers in a few days. 🙂

And, who has been following the free music on iTunes?  You can get free Christmas songs–a new one each Tuesday–if you care to head on over there (see the link above for the new one for this week)…or you could just enjoy Spotify‘s library and make your own Christmas music playlist…or you can add a holiday station on Pandora…or you could be like me and do all three.  Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it, too?!?!?!?! Certainly not my preschooler…he’s been asking for cake again…and we all know what that means, right?  More baking.  More baking=more cleaning.  More cleaning=more music.  December is looking promising already!

Hugs!

Single of the Week?

Is Tuesday here already–again?  I’ve been wrapped up in Thanksgiving prep (can anyone say “pies?”) and trying to catch up on my writing (and ultimately get ahead–since I know that Thanksgiving is going to probably be a wash as far as NaNoWriMo–and did I tell you that I wrote over 4K words on Friday alone?!?!?!–probably a personal record).

So, what’s the iTunes Single of the Week?  iTunes is joining the rest of America (though, with a free single, one wonders what the push is) in celebrating Christmas even before Thanksgiving has arrived.  The tune is Norah Jones’ rendition of “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”  I happen to (along with many) adore Norah Jones’ voice and music.  I have yet to download this song, though, as iTunes appears to be having some sort of silencing technical difficulties.  Maybe later…as in after Thursday…I will download it.  🙂  (For the record, though, I have started my Christmas playlist on Spotify…but just compiling, not listening to regularly as yet.  I love the Christmas season, but I LOVE Thanksgiving, as well, and wish the joy of gratitude didn’t get lost in the hustle and bustle of Christmas.)

Hugs!

Flavors, Scents and Sounds – III

Ever hear a song or a sound and just simply the act of hearing it brings you to another place or time or experience?

I knew a woman once that was injured in a snow plow accident.  She couldn’t drive after that, being bothered by the sound of a motor–and even when she walked places or took a form of public transportation, she would go into some sort of shock or fear mode when she would hear the sound of the plow coming across the road.  She had been traumatized by the experience.

I have not had a traumatic experience with sound, thankfully; most of my sound flashbacks make their connections through music.  Music especially has the power to bring me back to a place or time or feeling.  When I listen to almost anything by the Cure, I am back in high school or early college, wondering who I am and wishing all my troubles would go away somehow.  When I hear happy, funky dance music–especially from the 80’s-90’s, I am back in elementary, middle, or high school, dancing with my friends in my room or back yard or at other dances.  Sometimes I can even see their faces or expressions as we all danced together.  I miss those moments.

I also make a playlist of love songs for my husband each year on our anniversary (which is coming up soon…someone keep reminding me…I have a playlist to finish).  I love listening to it throughout my days–sometimes while I’m cooking dinner for our family or getting ready for a night out with him.  Love songs remind me why I’m married and that all the work really is worth it in the end.

One night recently, I must have dreamed about a song because I couldn’t get it out of my head through the night and into this morning.  When I put it on during my morning run, it had a new power (makes me wish I could remember my dream), and I felt stronger while running to it.  I was grateful for that moment.

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What sounds or music bring you to remember moments of happiness, sadness, joy, or love?  I wonder if we would feel happier and more productive if we surrounded ourselves with music which reminded us of happy moments or even produced new happy moments which will be the memories we draw upon in our future moments (especially when we will need strength).

One of my happiest song moments right now, which I hope to remember in the future, is seeing all my children crowded around the kitchen dancing with vigor to tunes such as “Gangnam Style,” “Ghostbusters,” and “Call Me Maybe.”  Seeing them move their bodies with the freedom and confidence of children is a scene I hope to long remember.  Even after a song may lose its popularity or place on a chart, it will continue to bring those memories back to me and help me feel connected to my children as they grow and learn.

🙂

New Music…Wednesday?

Well, I shared my Sunday night dream in yesterday’s post, so I’m busting into Wednesday with a new music post for the week….

The song this week on iTunes for FREE is called “San Francisco” by a band called The Mowgli’s. It sounds a little (heavier) 60’s with lots of guitar. Haven’t downloaded it yet, but if your from Sanfran, you might like it enough to go with it. Just my take….

And while we are talking about popular music…PSY (pronounced “sigh”) is rocking almost all the US charts with “Gangnam Style.” Little ones and seniors alike are flooding dance floors to pony dance, and teenagers are dressing up like PSY for Halloween.

If you haven’t heard it, you can SPOTIFY or search it on YouTube…and since it’s Halloween, a little mash-up action in with “Ghostbusters & Gangnam Style” shared with me by a dear friend (thanks, Jessica!) just might be in order….

(I happen to prefer listening over watching, as I find the video a little on the offensive side…just FYI.)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!

You Are BEAUTIFUL!

So, I have a friend (actually, I like to think that I have a few), and I have sisters…and daughters…and many of them feel (as I do) that we are anything but beautiful on any given day.  We get overwhelmed with feelings of inadequacy about our accomplishments, our figures, our blemishes (that oft-times only we see), our shortcomings…the list could go on and on and on…but what I want to say (and literally yell from my little window in cyberspace) is that

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!

(And, guys, you are not off the hook.  If you have women in your life–you know, mothers, sisters, friends, wives, daughters–they need to hear that from you.  Your words have POWER.  Please tell someone they are beautiful today!)

So, back to my friend (who is completely beautiful and wise and amazing and fantastic and talented and gorgeous inside and out)…she and I try to build each other, and I’m so grateful that she will send a text or email at just the right moment to help me feel like the beautiful person that I am (yet rarely acknowledge).

So–here are my “I Feel Pretty” songs for your enjoyment (and some are on the Spotify playlist on the sidebar, too, if you’d rather listen than watch):

I got this one from my sister when I was having a terrible time recently…and it’s still my go-to happy/pretty song:

Keri Hilson – Pretty Girl Rock

And, of course, I love this one:

Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are

This list wouldn’t be complete without a little 1D:

One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful

And for just a little overall empowerment/you are amazingly powerful songs, I love:

Defying Gravity (from Wicked) (this performance is from the Tony Awards)

And the lovely Natasha Bedingfield has two I adore:

Unwritten

&

Strip Me

I hope you feel a little bit more of who you are today–amazing, beloved, dear, wonderful, powerful…& BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

🙂

 

Tuesday, Again?

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Since I have recently been exploring (& frankly fairly enamoured of) Spotify–I totally spaced the Single of the Week on iTunes (& I am all over free music…thus my current infatuation with Spotify)–even though I’ve been up for about eight hours of my day already!

So, here’s the scoop–the free song this week is from Bridgit Mendler (think Lemonade Mouth soundtrack, if you saw that). The song is okay…kinda pop/rap/hip hop? (Again, it’s FREE…so download or not, but please don’t complain.) I did download it because the sound clip sounded clean enough for my tweenagers, and, if I ever get to hit the pavement again running (which I would have been out this morning until I heard the weather), it’s peppy enough to add to that playlist.

And while we are talking about music again, any of you out there who are more experienced with Spotify, please let me know if/how I can play my playlist (not the radio setting) on my mobile!!!!! I do have internet access always on my phone, but the app just goes to radio when I hit a song on the playlist. WHY??????? I have no idea. I’m not as impressed with the app as I am with the desktop program and the lovely playlist on my sidebar (which, by the way, makes me happier than I can say). 🙂

Happy Tuesday!