Plato’s Symposium (Anselm Feuerbach, 1873) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’m big on using music when I’m…actually, pretty much all the time. There’s a soundtrack to my life, and at any given moment smart odds are I’ve got a song in my head. It is essential to my whole creative process…thing. Whether it is writing, painting…refinishing furniture (that’s this weekend’s project), music just gets me in the right head-space, and keeps me going.
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”― Plato
Exercising, don’t forget it then. It is definitely a requirement then. (Oh, I started training for a 5K…day one there was running, at least. It was a decent start. Okay, fine it was a start, anyway.) I need it when I’m cleaning too. Dancing and cleaning can go well together…just watch out for the breakables and that duster…there have been…incidents. Cooking and music are a perfect combination. (Yes, I may have been caught dancing in the kitchen while cooking breakfast…it was a good song!) Don’t try to tell me you’ve never used a spoon as a microphone…actually, please tell me I’m not the only one that does that…please.
I’m always on the lookout for artists I’ve never heard before. My current playlist is filled with musicians I’d never really listened to before last year. A lot of them aren’t even new, just new to me. Help me fill my playlist with more new-to-me music! Who do you like right now? Do you use music to get moving, creating…cleaning? (Seriously, if there’s a secret to making cleaning enjoyable, I’d love to hear it.)
‘Til next time,
I had no idea how much I could love a radio program before last year. The BBC Radio 4 did a production of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, which led me to Cabin Pressure. John Finnemore writes the show and it stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Martin Crieff), Roger Alum (Douglas Richardson), John Finnemore (Arthur Shappey), and Stephanie Cole (Carolyn Knapp-Shappey). Anthony Head (Hercules) also makes an appearance starting with Season 3 and going forward.
When I came across this article about Cabin Pressure winning this award for Best Radio Sitcom 2013, I had to share. It is just brilliant. I read that there was a final episode with Gertie’s crew, and that would be…well, it would just be brilliant, wouldn’t it? It is set to be recorded early this year. How exciting!
Carolyn Knapp-Shappey receives the plane in her divorce and creates MJN (My Jet Now) Air. Carolyn turns the 16 seat jet (Gertie) into a chartered…airline. Carolyn along with an oddball crew comprised of Pilot Martin Crieff, First Officer Douglas Richardson, and flight attendant Arthur Shappey (Carolyn’s son). This is some seriously funny stuff. Go listen, immediately. I know you can purchase all four seasons on iTunes (because I have). Based on my experiences, I’ve made a list of helpful hints for you.
- Do not listen while driving.
- Do not listen at work.
- Do listen often.
- Do share with friends.
The hints are based on listening to a couple of episodes (for the third time) while on a road trip, and temporarily losing control of my vehicle in a fit of laughter. (Fortunately, no wrecks for me.). I also listened to the show for the first time while I was at work. Apparently, uncontrollable laughter is not a sign of a productive employee. (I still have my job, thankfully). The episodes never get old. This is something worth sharing, so share and share often. You’ll need someone to get the inside jokes. Other people are just confused when you start saying things like “Fizz, Buzz, have a banana”. It just isn’t as funny without someone to share it with. No one else would understand why you know that 20 cigarettes will fit on a fish cake either, trust me…so…go out and take a trip with MJN Air.
‘Til next time,
I like pitching in money for cool crowdfunding…things. This is the third project to be completed, and so far nothing has sucked. I am so excited to watch this! You can pre-order Little Favour on iTunes now.
Here’s the synopsis from the Indiegogo campaign.
LITTLE FAVOUR follows the story of WALLACE (Benedict Cumberbatch) when he is contacted by a former colleague to help him out with a deal gone wrong.
“Its been 7 years since he left Her Majesty’s service and 10 years since the American Counter part who became his friend, saved his life on a joint mission in Iraq. He’s migrated his skill set into a lucrative business while managing to keep his secret battle with PTSD under wraps. One day, while finally deciding to try his hand at a functional relationship, his old friend JAMES cashes in his chip and asks a LITTLE FAVOUR. How could he refuse when he owes the man his life?
It also stars Nick Moran from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2…and so many other things, Amazing Grace…okay, I’m stopping now.
Also, if you don’t know who Benedict Cumberbatch is…I…he…really? I’ve lost track of how many movies this man has coming out just between October and the end of the year. I’m not counting Sherlock because only God knows when we’ll actually get to see it. (Thank you Mr. Cumberbatch for trying to get it shown in the US and the UK at the same time!)
Exciting, action filled plot…check. Talented cast…check. From what I can see so far, excellent cinematography…check…Ummm….what else do you need to know? Officially, it comes out November 5th.
Do you know what that means? Happy birthday to me. (Sing it with me!) Happy birthday to me. Happy birthday to meeeeeeeee….Happy birthday to me. (Okay it is six days before my birthday, but I’m counting it anyway.) That is not the point. The point is….Well, I don’t remember, but now, you know you want to watch it too. (and this, ladies and gentlemen, is why you don’t give Jessica caffeine in the afternoon…)
‘Til next time,