>When I was cycling home from work today and saw the dark clouds in the sky and felt the cool wind blowing, this sad bluesy feeling gripped me and I thought I should write a dark clouds blues.
Key will be B flat – because B alone is sad enough, for in a scale it would deserve to stand before C but actually it’s only No. 7 and flat is always sounding so sad and lost and blue….
From far away you hear this piano chords – very gentle – very few – very soft and – instantly – together with the steady bass – everything feels quiet. Time out. Caught in the moment.
You start to feel the wind the very moment the drums start to play. It’s a changing wind, that drags at your hair and then stops at the next moment, leaving you startled about the abrupt silence. The moment it stops, the Sax steps in – not wild and sharp but thoughtful, mourning – singing of beach crimson clover, blue skies and purling rivers. It tells the story of a long time waiting for barefoot children playing in the streets, dry flowers in the midday heat and the babble of voices when you walk past a public pool.
Let it drag you to a blue sky place – and – do you hear it? Our blues is not denying the “now” but it’s painting the “to come” before our eyes…
>Photo challenge on “Home is where you start from”
I never ever took part in a photo challenge – BUT – when I read the topic – instantly this little mermaid my daughter Miriam has made came into my mind – and I saw her before my mind’s eye on the beach, head in her hands – reading and forgetting the world and the waves and the seals….
So here we go – that’s my mermaid – reading Spurgeon – and enjoying her day on the beach ;=)
This is how you look when you work with a photoprogram -> photobooth in that case….and have no idea what you are doing….
I was just pressing every button I could find to get myself acquainted with this program – don’t blame me but I do that quite often (I hate to read instructions….)
And then a countdown started – WHAT????
And bling – bling – bling – four pictures were taken – VERY fast
After the first picture (H O R R O R) I was getting what’s going on – and tried to look nice – for the next pics – but did not manage that fast and you see – in the end I could laugh about myself – and had a good deal of fun ;=)
We have a pear tree in our garden – and since we moved into the house, this pear tree was ill. Every year it had brown spots on the leaves and did look very unhealthy.
A few years ago we went to visit a beautiful rose garden and brought back a rambler rose. To pimp up the tree, we planted the rose next to it and it grew and is now filling the whole tree – BEAUTIFUL.
But you know what? Since we have planted this rose next to the pear tree, it’s leaves are all healthy – it has recovered and grows and looks fantastic now.
They seam to enjoy each other and take advantage of each other. The rose is happy to climb on the tree’s branches and the tree enjoys the beautiful rose, giving it some color and snuggle against it’s leaves.
So they are both happy and have the perfect relationship although they are soooo different.
And I enjoy looking at them – so proud, bringing that perfect couple together and thinking about how uneven relationships can turn out so well!
Don’t they look
I just love my daughter for doing creative things like this
Back from the Saxophone workshop I decided I need a metal mouthpiece for my Sax because with my Ebonite Otto Link 6* I sound too tame – in my eyes – for some songs…
Finding a mouthpiece is not an easy task – because it has to sound right – it has to feel right – it has to look right (I’m a woman…)
So I went to my favorite Musicshop in Riehen and Nicole Irman, the owner gave me some to test ‘em at home.
Different Brancher mouthpieces, some Otto Link, Meyer and Berg Larsen.
After hours of testing, recording, hearing, feeling – the die is cast – alea iacta est – for the Berg Larsen.
It looks right – stainless steel, sounds right, feels right – and I’m happy :=)
When I went to pay it today, Nicole said it may be not my last one – she has 20 different mouthpieces…..
I love to have quiet places in my daily routine.
Not long ago I was doing a test and one question was if I get my energy from being with people or from being alone. I know lots of people who get their energy from meeting, discussing and seeing other people. It inspires them and their energy level is getting higher and higher.
I think it’s nice if you are knitted this way. It’s like putting an i-pod into a docking station to load it and at the same time listen to the music.
But (unfortunately) that’s not the way I am.
I need quiet places, time on my own, times just with myself and God. Time to think about the big and small things in my life. Time to walk around on my own, reflecting and considering various aspects and different conditions, facts, people, data, circumstances…
Don’t get me wrong - I love people and I enjoy to meet people – in my job for example I meet lots of people from different nations and cultures – and I really like it VERY much and enjoy it a lot – but then I need my island again for a while…
What’s your island, where do you get your energy from? I would be really very, very interested in your feedback.
By the way – I took this pic today on my daughter’s balcony – she loves to be creative and painted the chair. I think it looks very idyllic.
We had a very different pentecost church service this year….
Off we went into the forest - unravelling some riddles on the way to a barbecue – singing songs and hearing about what happened on pentecost 2000 years ago.
It’s about bringing something to an end and start something new.
For Jesus disciples it was a big shock when Jesus finally left on ascension day – and they felt a bit uneasy, not really knowing what to do and where to go.
But then came pentecost and with it the holy spirit - and with it power and boldness.
So now it was their time to think about what they have learned during the last 3 years and start to do the work they were prepared for.
And as we all know – off they went into all the world - audacious – lion-hearted – preaching the good news followed by signs and wonders.
On the pic, you can see Eugen, our pastor preaching – NOT to the trees, but to us….
After attending a Sax workshop with Bastian Fiebig last week, I was so glad I had a one week vacation afterwards to put into practice lots of the things, Bastian was teaching us.
We were working on rhythm, timing, sound, scales, bending, growling and had lots of fun, improvising and trying to find the right tones, the right scales, the right groove – yeah!
It was a valuable time with a group of friendly and interesting people and Bastian as a teacher, musician, entertainer and wine expert…
And somehow, I think what Bastian was teaching us, will take me to the next level.
So I was practicing for hours and hours, always his remarks in my ear, always checking the timing with my metronome and the tones with my tuner – working hard on different scales, but had also lots and lots of exciting times, improvising and forgetting the world around me while playing.
>This is a post, I wanted to write for a while – namely when I changed my blog layout :=)
To do this, I had to copy some hieroglyphic looking signs and characters into a box at my dashboard.
VERY easy to just copy it – but must be a big challenge to write it … and I look up to everyone who is a capable IT guy!
So this few symbols changed EVERYTHING! My beige dotted blog layout mutated to a most beautiful watercolor layout with the nicest colors and flowers I can imagine – and it left me speechless.
I looked at my new blog and I looked at the html code and I think it’s just amazing.
So Brian – you are my hero!
Master of the hieroglyphs!
Most creative software engineer!
Thank you so much for this amazing theme!