With different instruments….still as beautiful

One of my friends shared this clip with me yesterday

And I’d like to share it with you.

I love this cover!  

In addition to being played in a beautiful traditional Japanese way……do those instruments ever sound amazing!!…….BUT also being one of my most FAVIEST of songs!! And it wasn’t because of its popularity that I’ve always loved the Zeppelin version, but that there’s always something about it that seems to strongly resonate with me in the musicality of the song.

These Japanese players have given it a similar feel – I had goosebumps!!

I searched on youtube for this clip, as the original came from another source….and the BONUS part is at the very beginning they have added in some educational information on this unique instrument….the Nijugen-Koto.  And there’s the other quite similar instrument….the Jushichigen-Koto.  The flutes are called Shakuhachi.

Always something new to learn!

 

An Unusual Singer

Yesterday I found heart-warming inspiration from an unexpected source.

I happened to glance at the activities of some of my Facebook friends and stopped at one where I read that one of my friends had liked a particular video post…..about a deaf singer performing at a talent show.

One other time I had come across a Ted Talk in which a woman was talking about her experience about being deaf and being involved in music, and she had been deaf at a young age.  She had overcome various challenges in her life and had fulfilled her dream of being a professional musician, or more precisely, a percussionist.

So, with that in mind, I was especially intrigued with this new post.

What increased the intrigue was that this other young woman – singer/songwriter – was appearing on the show, “America’s Got Talent,” which I generally don’t watch.  But now being somewhat savvy  that deafness doesn’t mean that a person can’t achieve their musicianship dreams,  I had a hunch this would be a ground-breaking experience.  Ever since Susan Doyle wowed the judges on the British equivalent show – where she overcame her hurdle of no formal training and wavering self-confidence – I keep a keen eye and ear open to those more “unique” aspiring singers.

Well.

What an incredibly momentous experience for this young lady!

Mandy Harvey – inspiring and amazing – how she handled overcoming her biggest obstacle….herself.

No spoilers from me, but I encourage you to watch this clip.

 

 

The Art of Falling

 

I just came across this gem via one of my girlfriend’s posts.

It gave me goosebumps.

I found it impactful and beautifully done.

It has a profound message.

The Facebook page Access Oneness posted this clip with this lead-in comment:

“So, you lose balance and you fall … but, what do you do next? Stop? Or go on? Make art out of falling …”

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P.S. Re-watching it…..I just noticed something else. Look at the colouring of the trees from the aerial view.

 

First Flowers of Spring!

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Popped up from the ground,

Tiny green stems holding up

White flower greetings!

 

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The start of every new spring season I always keenly await those first brave little bulb flowers who cheerily greet me with their delicate white faces.

Such a joyful sight to behold amid the backdrop of last year’s brown and dried vegetation.

Just now I went outside to capture some of their beauty to share with you.

I hope you like them!

The flower in the photo above is a snowdrop.

 

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These next ones are called “Glory in the Snow” and also “Striped Squill.”

(….the names I found as I was googling…..  🙂 )

 

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For me it’s an endless pleasure to gaze at these tiny white spring flowers.

Here are more snowdrops…..

 

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A Burst of Orange!

Cactus Bloom; Dec. 12, 2012

 

Arching cactus arms;

Noduled stems of deepest green –

Flower flames at tip.

 

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Such a welcome warm colour at my windowsill.

Christmas Cacti (Schlumbergera) can be so generous with their blooms.

(Archived:  photo taken in December of 2012)

 

A Study in White

White Rose taken May 13, 2012

 

Snugly curly whorls,

Outer petals yaw open;

Purity revealed.

 

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Note:  Dug this one from my archives….in May of 2012 I was having some fun with my camera and this single white rose.  I tried different placements and angles and finally lucked into this one using a black background, thereby having the rose’s creamy whiteness jump out even more.

I was pleased with the effect!

Always learning.   😀

 

 

 

 

 

Tree Capillaries

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Tiny, thin branches,

Splay outwards….intertwining;

Life force transporters.

 

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I was immediately entranced with this image of the black trees and the lighter background.  The silhouette effect seemed to enhance the delicateness and intricate meshing of all those tiny branches on the trees.

It reminded me of our lungs.

The two tree trunks are the bronchi.  They branch into smaller, thinner tubes called the bronchioles.  In this photo, those are the next smaller branches coming from the main trunk stems.

In lungs, the bronchioles end in air sacs called alveoli, which are covered in a mesh of tiny blood vessels…..the capillaries.

See how those smaller tree branches continue into a myriad of even tinier branches….and they appear to mesh into a splayed outward pattern.

And the thought occurred to me that as our lungs bring in life-giving air into our bodies, so do the tree’s branches that in spring and summer are covered in leaves.  Aside from the food absorbed by the roots, the leaves and branches are a tree’s other means of keeping its life force going.  The bareness of winter shows this resemblance to the blood vessels in lungs more clearly.

In my imagination I see two tree “lungs” with their capillaries.

Aren’t they beautiful?