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Writing and Music Are But Two

“It’s interesting how we can connect so deeply with friends so different from ourselves. In fact, perhaps it’s these differences ultimately bonding us the most. The opportunity to expand our horizons.”
Brownell Landrum

When one is curious, doors open to worlds that would have remained unknown. This is not a bad thing for those who are content in their own little rented space and have no desire to expand their horizons. I am not one such person. As a matter of fact, I am far removed from that type of person. As a matter of more fact, I am easily bored by those contented persons. I know, this is not a nice thing to say. I choose to surround myself, either physically or virtually, with people who have something to teach me – even if they have no clue that they do.

I never considered myself a writer.  Sure, I kept a diary on and off over the years. Then a diary became a journal, also kept on and off (I can’t tell you how many “theme journals” are lined up with but a few pages scribbled upon).  Still, I would never have used that term until quite recently.  After certain new writer friends told me to stop.  I’m not fighing it any more. I am a writer.

Like my diary/journal days, I started and stopped a few times. I’ve used Blogger, https://dalesdelectables.blogspot.com/ and Tumblr (discovering to my shock as I searched for my account that I had not one but two different blogs here!) https://dalesstuff.tumblr.com/ and https://dalesdelectables.tumblr.com/.

How I ended up in the blogosphere is beyond me. I cannot say how I discovered Blogger, Tumblr or even WordPress. Yet here I am.  I think I truly became a blogger/writer here at WP on August 12, 2013, when I wrote my first post.  Preparing for this post, I got lost in the dark hole that is the internet only this time it was my own stuff!

“The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.”
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

My curiosity with writing led me to “meet” unbelievable numbers of talented writers of all genres. Writers who don’t realise how much they challenge me to do better, to try new things. Things like different styles of poetry: haiku, double etheree, cleave, etc. Heck, I didn’t know there WERE styles of poetry beyond the twelve-syllable rhyming doohickies (OK, I jest, I know this one is an Alexandrine).  Trying to find my voice in short stories, keeping my personality involved. How cool is it that in these new writer friends, I have been asked to beta read their works?

“A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

I landed on my post I’m Inspired which truly sums up what makes me tick.  I am a Life Enthusiast who is always on the quest to move forward and learn.

“One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Speaking of song, I am no musician but I love music.  My curiosity has led me to go see bands I’ve never heard of in all sorts of genres. I won’t lie – there is stuff I really can’t get into like Hardcore Punk or Black Metal. I just sit there in a daze wondering when my hell will end. But that’s me. If you love it, then by all means, ignore me!  Thanks to friends, I have discovered wonderful music like Manu Katché or the band we saw last Friday called Snarky Puppy. To think when my friend Dany suggested it, I thought it was something like black metal – well, wouldn’t you with a name like that?  How wrong I was. A funky, jazzy, world music, rock mélange of music that I would have missed out on, had I been the sort to not want to go outside of her box.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
Victor hugo

 

I have promised myself to go to an opera. At least once in my life. I know I am being influenced by the movies but if Ronny can bring Loretta to the Metropolitain Opera House (Moonstruck) Edward can bring Vivian to the San Francisco Opera House (Pretty Woman) and both those women  be moved to tears, maybe I can, too!

 

 

89 thoughts on “Writing and Music Are But Two

  1. Let’s get some things straight here:
    1. You are a writer. Blogger, whatever. It’s writing. You write. Pretty much daily. Others read your work, pretty much daily. That’d be a writer. Writer, by Merriam Webster, is defines as “one who writes.”
    Yep. Is you.
    2. You ain’t boring. (Nothing more needs to be said about that, so there it is)
    3. I’m glad you write, and I’m glad you follow really interesting people who write well because I just stalk you all over WP and find good bloggers. (Not because I’m lazy, but because you have good taste, so why invent the wheel?.. 😉 )
    4. “Life Enthusiast” is a perfect description for you.
    5. New York has an opera. I hear it is pretty good, too. …
    🙂
    XOXO, your bloggy-dventerous writer friend.
    Na’ama

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    • Yes Ma’am! X 5 …

      Well, I never thought I was boring…

      And stalk away. How do you think I got to know these fab writers?

      I love that term and was chuffed when I found my old piece.

      I know it does – Moonstruck, remember? 😉

      And so, are we gonna go see an opera when I get to New Yawk?

      You are a wonderful bloggy-dventerous writer friend!
      Dale xoxo

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      • 🙂 We could! Can’t say I’ve been to too many of those (yeah, even living in NYC – been to my good share of B’way and off-B’way and some off-off-B’way shows, some concerts — classical and otherwise — and a handful of operas. So, I have some free fingers left to count on. 😉
        Here’s to bloggy-dventours! 🙂 XOXO

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  2. Your curiosity is one of a lot of wonderful things about you :-). And I understand what you were saying. I seem to be going through a shift where I am much more easily bored by people who are not seeking something bigger than themselves in life. And it’s making personal relationships really hard :-). But I guess that’s what we signed up for, right? Know that you are loved and we are blessed to have you write in this space.

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  3. No wonder you are such a good writer, Dale. You have all the right qualities i.e. you are curious about everything, you are delightfully inquisitive and you refuse to let any idea go without giving it a fair chance. Throw in your passion for language, excellent storytelling and above all your consistently amiable welcome to your readers. You are the polar opposite of the dreary navel gazer. On you go, girl!

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  4. If you were not a writer, I would not look forward to reading your thoughts, experiences, fantasies on a daily basis. You are a great writer, blogger, whatever. Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way is a quote I’ve used for years. You lead. As for music……that’s my great love. My sons introduced me to many different styles and genres, thus getting me out of my comfortable box. Many times I thank music for being there when no one else was. My fantasy would be to play music and travel the world and experience all the differences that inspire us. Unfortunately. I am not a writer and have to live vicariously through others when it comes to that. Fortunately, I am surrounded by wonderful writers such as you and my extremely talented wife, Rochelle. I do get somewhat jealous of all the talent around me. See? You got me going here. Now, let me get back to my coffee and days preparations.

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    • Well I am very glad that you do, Jan,
      That is a great quote!
      Being open to the possibilities is the only way to be. My son introduces me to his stuff all the time, too.
      You would play music around the world and I would love to travel write 😉 Who knows? Maybe it will happen one day!
      Your wife is amazingly talented and I am honoured to call her friend! Plus, I got a bonus with you!

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    • Thank you so much, Andrea. Having found myself in this blogosphere and meeting people like you has inspired me greatly. I never realised how much I do enjoy the whole writing thing until fairly recently (when you consider I’ve been doing this “officially” since 2013, which isn’t all that long ago, is it.
      I love that you see this about me!

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  5. Dear Dale,

    You are a prime example of a natural writer who touches the reader to the core. And we do all have to start somewhere. I’m glad you did. I know you haven’t been doing FF as long as some, but to me it seems you’ve been with us forever. I’ve enjoyed the friendship that’s formed between us as women, mothers and writers.
    Here’s a link to one of my very first blogs. http://rochelle-wisoff.blogspot.com/2012/01/shoppers-head-back-to-bakery-for-great.html#comment-form Not exactly a post gone viral. 😉
    Thank you for being part of my blog challenge and my life.

    Shalom and lotsa hugs,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Now that is a comment to warm the cockles of the heart (what a weird expression). We can thank Sarah for the introduction to FF and you but never would I have expected such a friendship to blossom. I am blessed big time.
      I, of course, had to comment 😉
      Thank you for being in my circle and one of my influencers!

      Shalom and lotsa love,

      Dale

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    • Thank you my fellow writer friend. I shall. I don’t think I can stop, now.

      Oh, do enjoy. Lemme know what you think! I can’t believe they are 13 albums in and I just learned about them…

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  6. I’m with you! I am always curious and always getting lost in rabbit holes because something has caught my attention – whether it’s music or words or nature or movement. I can’t help myself. It’s also a bitch when I need to finish a project but my head is already moving on to the next.

    I’m glad I’m not alone in this and that my companions are just as awesome as you are. 💖😘

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  7. Like you, I never considered myself a writer and yet, through blogging, I came to discover I had ‘something to say.’ The blogging world opened up such an amazing horizon where I (at least digitally) found such inspirational peeps like yourself, for which I shall always be grateful. xo

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  8. Q,

    Firstly, this literary proclamation . . while beautifully penned, is unnecessary. You understand it, you know it . . that you are a writer. Because it’s the truth and it speaks to you as simply and plainly as sunshine. It’s your voice that has been fashioned from heartache and despair, love and joy. From there to here you came, each piece of this writer that you most certainly are was whittled into being by the moments, the passions and the remarkable need to document it.

    As is often true, writers have many loves- not to mention quirks, addictions, dark fantasies and love affairs with adult tonics- and this is how they are able to make a simple thing fantastic sounding.

    I’ve been more than just a little blessed to have experienced all of the possibilities the blogosphere possesses. It’s why I can’t imagine NOT blogging on some level or other. And I am more than a little thankful that it brought me a friend such as yourself. Beautiful and true, honest, smart assy and brilliant.

    And oh yeah, a writer. That too. 🙂

    Blessings, love and peace to you Dale and Q . . .

    Both

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  9. I’m not there yet, but one of my goals is to become such an amazing author that people are still reading my books 100 years from now.
    As soon as I’m finished with recovering from Adrenalin Fatigue, I’m hitting the road and will have a lot of exciting adventures.
    As for opera, not interested. I know, those who love it will never understand, but I bet they never saw a superhero movie.
    I figure we’re even. ;0)

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    • I sure hope it happens for you, Phyllis!
      Do share your road trip with us!
      Opera might turn out to be meh for me but I figure I can’t judge ’til I’ve sat through one!
      And you’d be surprised..re opera and super hero movie 😉

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  10. I see myself in much of what you write. I definitely want to surround myself with those who have something to offer – of themselves. And I would love to be able to hear a little song, see a little picture and speak a few reasonable words every day.

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