Musicianship or techniques, which one’s more important?

Pure Musician

When we start to learn an instrument, we have to learn many different skills and techniques. It’s a challenging experience, sometimes it’s fun but sometimes it could be frustrating. But it’s a long journey that can help us discover more about ourselves and the world around us, in a way quite different from any other journey.

Learning an instrument can teach us to be more patient, persistent, and hardworking – and also help us express ourselves better. Performing music can teach us to ignore some mistakes, to stay in the moment, to look forward, to listen to ourselves, to learn from mistakes and more… it can also change our feelings and emotions or mood, shape our thoughts and ultimately behavior for better or worse, based on the music that we listen to or play.

As we are trying to learn about the instrument, chords, scales and other techniques – we…

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Author Interview Eva Blaskovic

Author Mandy Eve-Barnett interviewed me on her blog. Be sure to check out the other author interviews as well.

Mandy Eve-Barnett's Official Blog

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  1. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Traditionally, it energizes me, but not because it’s easy. Transcribing from images and feelings to the right words takes blood and sweat, no matter how well I know my story.

I’ve worked under schedules that have exhausted me, though.

  1. What is your writing Kryptonite?

Kryptonite weakens Superman, brings him to his knees, makes him unable to go on. For me, that has always been my work hours, which have not only been odd, keeping me out of writing groups and events, but also long. Determined to find a way to improve my writing skills and become part of a writing community, I connected with writing instructors and industry experts through international online courses since 2006. It was a community I could interact with by leaving messages in the middle of the night when no sane local person was awake. It has taken superhuman effort…

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2016 and 2017 Countdown to Christmas Playlists

Another Christmas season is upon us. I will not be doing daily Countdown to Christmas: Today’s Christmas Song posts this year, but here are the complete lists of songs from 2017 and 2016. Enjoy!

Countdown to Christmas
2017 and 2016 Playlists

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A to Z Reflections Post | #AtoZChallenge

Congratulations on another 26 A-to-Z Challenge blog posts (Blogging from A to Z, April 2018).

May 7th is the date of the Reflections Post. I’ve included mine below.

From April 1-30, 2018, I participated in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge for my second year in a row.

My theme this year was Haiku Poetry about Life and Nature (includes all the post links). It was a good decision to write meaningful but very short posts this year, since last year I spent a huge number of hours on most of the posts, lost a lot of sleep, and spent too much time sitting on my butt instead of being active (my work is a sitting job as well). The 2018 haiku poems received a positive response.

The master sign-up list and the daily letter lists were a good idea. They made it easier to search other people’s blogs for themes and letter of the day. I also filled out the survey on May 3rd.

Coming up in the second part of May and in June is the Road Trip. Read about it here. Included is the link to the Reflections Posts.

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Z is for Zamboni and Zebra Zone | #AtoZChallenge

Zamboni

Zamboni zipping
Clearing, scraping, soaking ice
New surface, fresh game

Zebra Zone

A zone of zebras
Black and white on white with black
Warm, moving bodies

Theme: haiku poetry on life and nature

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Y is for Yonder | #AtoZChallenge

Yonder

Storm on horizon
Yonder, two hills poke the sky
Tear clouds till rain falls

Theme: haiku poetry about life and nature

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X is for Xylem | #AtoZChallenge

Xylem

Xylem in a plant
Woody vascular tissue
Takes water upwards

Theme: haiku poetry about life and nature

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W is for Wet Commute | #AtoZChallenge

Wet Commute

Spectator watching
A black-and-white world slides by
Rivulets on glass

Theme: haiku poetry about life and nature

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V is for Violin | #AtoZChallenge

Violin

Notes of violin
Gritty texture, woven silk
Flute smooths out the snags

Theme: haiku poetry about life and nature

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U is for Underdog | #AtoZChallenge

Underdog

There’s no need to fear
Sweet Polly Purebred’s hero
Underdog is here

Theme: haiku poetry about life and nature

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