Stop Following The Stream

As human beings mature, their tastes change.  Fashion trends aren’t as important as they were in school.  Hair styles become more practical.  Musical preferences change.  And so on.

On several occasions, a friend has told me that’s it’s next to impossible to make it big in the entertainment industry – unless you sell your soul to them, creating material that appeals to the masses.  As Daniel Howell (YouTube personality) puts it, “Give the people what they want”.  But he’s referring mainly to tweens, teens, and twenty somethings.

At around age 21, I noticed my tastes and interests greatly changing and broadening.  I basically became my own person.  I was no longer concerned with conformity.

This was especially true where fashion and music were concerned.  In my opinion, a person shouldn’t be afraid to open their car window when listening to amazing, unique artists like this.

He’s an American born harp guitarist who has made a life for himself in Japan 30+ years ago after graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music.  Check him out on YouTube. He has uploaded many mind blowing tracks – music which is performed mainly on his self crafted harp guitar.  There are a few videos featuring a drummer as well.

In my opinion, people are so caught up in mainstream music, that the true talent out there is often overlooked.

Don’t be afraid to find a different stream in life.  There’s more to music and clothing than than Justin Beiber and Lularoe.  Get out there and find out what YOU like!  Not what someone else likes.

Appreciation

In light of something somewhat traumatizing that happened yesterday, I am sitting here listening to some of my favorite music as I have a couple of beverages.

Anyone who truly knows me, knows my beverage(s) of choice, and knows my music of choice.  When I combine the two, I get carried away, slightly inebriated, and acutely impassioned.

Since discovering this young man in May 2012 (I think it was around that time! I know it was 2012!), I just cannot get enough.  Any true David Garrett fan will say it is never enough.  The avid fans in Germany have been to countless shows.  Some have traveled around the world to see his shows.

Given that I do not work, and have a limited budget, I’ve had the privilege of seeing him a total of three times.  Health issues have also put the kibosh on any international travel for me.

That in mind, I’ve come to truly appreciate his music even more than in the past.  Especially since seeing him in Toronto last year.  When I first discovered him, I was completely head over heels star struck.  HOLY COW, was I star struck, to the point that I just about stuttered when I met him.  It’s like a freight train hit me full speed.  WHAM!!!  Emotions overload.  Yes, I cried when I met him – both times.

But now I’m really listening to the music.  I allow it to take me places I’ve never imagined.  Music is my escape.  I think I may have stated this before, but it literally occupies a quarter of my soul.  My husband and children occupy one half, and my two favorite artists own the fourth quadrant.

One of these days I’ll write an entry about that second artist – maybe.  But most people who truly know me might guess.

For now, as I patiently wait for the next time I see David Garrett, I’ll continue to enjoy videos from around the world, along with a beverage or two.

 

 

 

On A Happier Note

Now that I’ve dried my tears (again), after viewing over an hour’s worth of George Michael videos, I need something which will make me cry happy tears.

I can never say enough about this man.  I used to say ‘there are no words‘.  But now I say ‘there aren’t enough words’.  There just aren’t.  His talent just ‘does it’ for me.  I’ve tried repeatedly to find distractions, to keep my mind off of him.  I’m still trying.  I think I’m making a bit of progress.  I’ve almost stopped crying over the fact that he probably isn’t coming back to my country to perform.

I leave with this – my favorite.

Shared with permission from the person who uploaded it to YouTube.

Mending A Broken Heart

I’m just now able to blog about this.  So bear with me.  It’s very difficult.

For the past ten or so years, Christmas has always been a weird holiday for me.  It just brings on an entire range of emotions for me, and I don’t know why.  But this past Christmas delivered a gigantic spike through what little Christmas spirit I have left.

When my daughter came to me saying “Mom, don’t look at social media.  Someone died.  Someone big” with huge sad eyes, almost afraid to tell me, of course I had to find out.  But before I could look, I just asked her.

I cannot tell you how broken my heart was, or how many tears spilled from my eyes when she said “George Michael” … my all time favorite male singer … since forever.

Now, as a tribute, in memory, I post this short but sweet entry, and my top three favorite George Michael songs.

 

 

 

 

George, you will be missed. 😥 ♥

City Of Stars

For those who have frequent ear worms, this is mine – since I saw La La Land, the multiple 2017 Golden Globe and Oscar award winning film.  Too bad about the best picture ‘mix up’.

This is not a movie critique, or a music critique.  I’m just sharing what I’ve recently been listening to.  I don’t purchase many CDs, and even less frequently do I purchase soundtracks.  But I just could not resist this.  I literally bought the CD before I even saw the film.

So, here you go.  You are welcome.