Tag: videos

A Shortie By Little Steps

No, I’m not talking about me.  I’m talking about a recent video I re-edited into a short film, hence, the word “shortie”, although to be fair you can call me that too.  I don’t mind really.

If you’ve been following my little online space regularly you might recognise some of the clips used in this little shortie from a post I wrote in the late summer of this year which I called “What was your Sunday like?”  It was a beautiful late summer day, when the day was long and the sun was glorious.  It was a lovely lazy day etched in my memory, where I actually relaxed while my husband cooked (he loves cooking on a Sunday), in between doing chores (changing sheets for me, mowing the lawn for him) and T doing her homework, and the Doc being a dog, and Boots, napping as always, basking in the sunshine streaming from the window.

When the weather is grim and I’m feeling a bit sad, I think about that particular perfect summer day.  I’m glad I have it in film, when memory fails, I will always have this.

If you have time, do have a little peek and tell me what you think.

Thank you!

Shabby Blogs Link Party: Top Ten Favourite Musicians

It’s Link Party time once again and this week’s topic is all about music: Top Ten Favourite Musicians.  When I was single, I couldn’t do anything without music.  I worked with headphones on beating deadlines, something was always playing in the background.  I grew up listening to the Beatles, Paul Simon and the like, so I’m starting my list also with someone whose voice was a familiar sound in my childhood:

1.  Joni Mitchell:

2.  Edie Brickell – And then thanks to my brother, I discovered Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians.  Her songs from the band’s first-third albums, Shooting stars with Rubber Bands, Ghost of a Dog and Picture Perfect mornings, were a permanent fixture in my playlist.  I’m not sure when they disbanded, all I know is that ended up marrying Paul Simon.

3.  Indigo Girls – In their 2009 UK tour, I got the chance to watch them live when they played in Bristol.  It was one of the happiest days of my life.  I can’t even begin to explain how much this group meant to me in the 90s, so I won’t even begin.  Let’s just say, I love their songwriting.  The words are just so beautiful and sometimes painful.

4.  Glenn Hansard:  Numbers 4-5.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for male musicians who can play the guitar and sing as if their very hearts are bleeding.  Yes, I’m a sucker for sad songs.  Oh dear indeed.

5.  Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan

6.  Counting Crowes:  See number 2 & 3.

7.  Eddie Vedder:  See number 2 & 3.

8.  Angus & Julia Stone:  This is probably the only newish group included in my list.  Sadly, I’m not so much into music nowadays.  Being a mother keeps me busy and when we do have music playing in the background, it’s either T’s music or classical music which is what my husband prefers and which I also like anyway.

9.  REM:  See number 2 & 3.

10.  Cynthia Alexander is a very talented Filipino musician who deserves more for her talent both as a musician and a songwriter.

Yes, I know.  The ones on my list are not the latest, I’m not even familiar with the latest bands/music anymore.  When I choose music, I listen to the words, just like when I choose a book, I read a few pages and if the words speak to me and or I like the style, then I buy it.  I do miss listening to music.  But ever since I became a mother, the rare moments I have of some peace or time for myself, I would always choose silence.