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Vacation Prep and Various Thoughts

I leave for vacation on Tuesday and I'm finally starting to get a bit excited about going back to Milwaukee and seeing my beading and writing friends once more. I'm reviewing what I want to pack, and it is an indication of how sick I am (LOL) that the first things I am deciding is whether to bring colored pencils or only my graphite ones on the trip, and how I hope I can access WiFi in a variety of locations while out there so that I can continue to write and download my next two class assignments while I'm out there. There should be a business area somewhere that I can print my class assignments out from...right? LOL. OK, I know I'm sick, but it's really a good sick. And I have story deadlines that I have to meet....

Love these singing birds painted by Brian Barber.

One of the articles that I referenced in a second post yesterday mentioned several things that allow an author to clear their mental space and allow themes, characters, and other things such as story lines to enter into the brain. Silence was golden to this blogger, and although I can't disagree on principle, I can disagree in my own personal life. More often than not I prefer some noise around me. I get a bit antsy just listening to Mother Nature, although I admit it can be soothing. But when I'm writing I don't want soothing, I want edgy to keep me moving along. Soothing would just send me to sleep over my keyboard, and I've done that. It wasn't fun and I accomplished nothing by doing it.

Apocalyptica is a Finnish group of heavy metal cellists. I'm in love!

No, I want noise, whether it be the TV or music. I am starting to get more into music again lately, after several years of pushing it behind me. I suppose because my little Apple Nano is so easy to use, but also because I have f-list friends who are far more savvy about music than I and who keep putting up links to videos by their current favorites. So my repertoire of music has been shifting to include more popular tunes such as "Florence and the Machine" and "Apocalyptica" instead of concentrating on JS Bach, Beethoven and Mahler. This can't be a bad thing, because I love music and for many years was going to make my career in it. So keep those recommendations coming f-list friends. I'm picking up a lot of great tunes and it's making my writing come easier, which is allowing me to write better, etc. All good!
Love the link, even though I've never been high on the folk music style. I like Celtic music, but I've never been really fond of American folk music or Bob Dylan or Joan Baez or, or, or... But Vassar Clements - I adored his music. Such a talent!

I guess I'm always a bit more instrumental at heart :-)

Here's a link to one of my favorites for you...

- Erulisse (one L)

Edited at 2012-06-02 02:24 pm (UTC)
Oh off course I know Vassar Clements! Great music. ::happy sigh:: (Something else to go on my iTunes 'replace' list as well.)
I love those happy birds!

allow an author to clear their mental space and allow themes, characters, and other things such as story lines to enter into the brain.

That's the only way I can write. I need time, silence, and no interruptions.
I almost always need music to write. I need music in general. If I don't have my MP3 player (well, mobile with MP3 player capacity), laptop, or radio playing music, I inevitably end up singing if no one's around to annoy with it.

Second reference to Florence and the Machine on my f-list so far today. I absolutely love them. =]
They are relatively new to my stable of musical groups, but I enjoy them. Do you have a favorite album or song of theirs? I do need to make sure that I load my Nano with fun things before I leave, although I can reload via my laptop while on my trip if necessary. When I'm working, though, I don't want words in my music (the words get in the way of character dialog to me) so I'll listen to jazz or Santana or classical by choice.

- Erulisse (one L)
Thus far, their only two albums are Lungs and Ceremonials. I think the latter has more songs I'd consider my favorites, but both are good.

My very favorite song of theirs is 'Spectrum,' which has come to be sort of an anthem for my interpretation of the Tolkienverse. A more 'fun' song in terms of upbeat is 'Stragneness and Charm.' 'Cosmic Love' is another favorite of mine.
I have Lungs and still need to pick up Ceremonials. The coffin song on Lungs is one of my favorites though :-)

Maybe I'll treat myself to Ceremonials when I get back from vacation in a week or two.

- Erulisse (one L)
Re: Music enabling
Oh, that was very nice, Miz Mik. She quite obviously has some serious ballet training in her background and even in the parts where she wasn't directly playing she still kept her bowing and basic string positions intact. I loved the locale too. Very nice and I thank you for passing on such a nice gift for my day :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Oh, and she is VERY different from Apocalyptca :-)

Edited at 2012-06-02 11:33 pm (UTC)