June 5, 2018
There is so much to choose from that I've been pouring through favorites both on my iTunes and all over youtube, so technically I listened to quite a bit. I figured I would share a video of it for today but I wasn't sure what until, while paging through my sheet music to practice, I turned to this piece and instantly knew what I would share. This is not a recording of me playing but maybe I'll get around to it after working on it again.
This is one of the pieces I fell in love with upon playing it the very first time, the droning of the left hand, it sounds like the pulse of a heartbeat while rain patters down a window pane. The right hand creates the idea in my head of a castle with spires and many darkened windows set up on a hillside, quiet and imposing on the landscape surrounding it. It was composed by Modest Mussorgsky during the romantic period of music and was part of a series of pieces entitled Pictures At An Exhibition. He was inspired by pictures a friend of his had painted, hence the title, and each piece was meant to accompany the images seen.
I think I mentioned somewhere before that this particular piece had haunted me for YEARS after I had forced myself into a hiatus from music studies; what happened in my schooling drove me to the edge for various reasons and I let go for my sanity's sake, but this piece was itching at the back of my mind like the Tell-Tale Heart that it is, with it's incessant pulse in the left hand. I guess after so long of abandoning it my heart eventually kept calling me back and now I'm back to practicing at least 2 hours a day. This is the piece that did it, I think, the piece that had me pour through hundreds of pieces of sheet music on line, listen to cd after cd, and youtube videos to try and remember it's name or it's composer. So I give to you now...the very piece that haunted me...
June 6, 2018
I had to think this one over quite a bit before choosing just one for this prompt I wear almost all of my pieces on a regular basis. Picking out the one I wear most also changes a great deal form season to season and even year to year. If I had to choose one as of now....I suppose this one? It's probably the easiest for me to toss on when I'm being indecisive in the morning and I don't really have plans to leave my house.
There are so many cute little details in this piece, even though there are times where I really wish I had a different colorway instead of this one, that it just reminds me of when I first saw this print around when I bought my first pieces. The music notes that dance on the ribbons at the skirt hem and the instruments decorating the fabric just above, showered in daisies, really tugged at my heart strings since the beginning. There is also some excellent floral lace trims all throughout the piece, it's just all around lovely.
June 7, 2018
Today wasn't that different of a day for me when it comes to going out antiquing. I did have a friend to go exploring with today and we found some very neat little things in my favorite haunt. The only thing I suppose I can say that I did that was opposite was going the opposite route by starting from the opposite end and working our way back to where I usually start, right about here at the front area of the building next to this map stand.
Anywho, OFF TO THE WATER KETTLE! CHEERS! XOXO