"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Friday, March 19, 2010

The cycle of creativity

It's no secret I love music. I joined a facebook page of the radio show my brother and I used to listen to when we were teenagers. The DJ played at several clubs, and I only attended one of them, Ibiza, when I was 15. The fans of the page post videos and clips of the music we used to listen to and my mind travels to those years, so long ago (well, not too long really). When I'm writing/thinking/plotting/editing my stories, I listen to different kinds of music to inspire me. Today, at another facebook page I follow (I know, I know!) I read this amazing book review by Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley. He finds the inspiration for the songs he writes when he reads books! So musicians and writers inspire each other with the music they write with words or notes. Who would have thought! That's a cycle, not vicious, but of creativity.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pearls of wisdom

This morning during my scripture study, I found a wonderful gem that was like a ray of light in my mind.
"He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap."
Ecc. 11:4
I know I haven't been the most diligent blog poster, but I've been busy, busy, I tell you. I want this novel to be finished. Writing it was so easy, I'm staggered by the amount of work editing is. At the same time, working on something that was born in my mind, polishing it until I'm not embarrassed to show it to my awesome critique group partners, brings me such joy, that I keep going. Even when it's 2 in the morning and I have to get up four hours later. All day I think about the plot, the characters, the sentence structure. I read my favorite books to study what the author did to draw me into the story, and I get lost in the story (The Hunger Games is as riveting or more the fourth time as is the first). I'm loving every minute of the revision process, even though sometimes I wish I could blink and see it finished.
The wind is tempting, the clouds, pretty to look at. But my work is in the words.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Music doesn't speak a language. It is The universal language.

Music is such an important part of my life I can't live without it. I like everything, from El Concierto de Aranjuez, to reaggeaton, to Coldplay, to Luis Miguel. Arabic instrumental music, Irish reels, African lullabies. They all speak to me and paint images in my mind.
Unless you were living under a rock twenty-five years ago (or you weren't even born and then stayed isolated from civilization), you might know the song We Are The World immortalized by Michael Jackson. There are two amazing new versions going around in youtube and being played in radio stations. The English version is almost perfection because Enrique Iglesias sings a line...swoon...
But here it is, judge for yourself and then please continue to the end of the post:





But the other version tugs at my heart even though Enrique doesn't sing in it. A lot of Spanish speaking artists from all over the world got together to record the Spanish version of We Are The World. My favorite part is the end. I'm not a Pitbull fan, but his part in the song is very poignant and emotive. And Daddy Yankee? No words can describe what that man can do with his music.
Pitbull:
Latinos Unidos pero más que nada somos humanos
Latinos United, but more than anything we're brothers and sisters
Cuando uno esta paabajo eso es cuando das la mano
When you're brother is down, that's when you reach out your hand
Eso es un hermano
That's a brother
Dios Bendiga los haitianos
May God bless the Haitian people
Sak Pase Nap Bule
Ya tú sabes estamos claros
Now you know, we're all clear

Daddy Yankee:
Este es un grito mundial
This is a worldwide cry
Que retumba en tu nación
that reverberates in your nation
Somos El Mundo
we are the world
Una Raza Pa
We are one race
Un Solo Corazón
An only heart
Somos Latinos Unidos en una canción
We are Latinos united in a song
Con una poderosa misión
With a powerful mission
Contigo lleva la bendición por fe!
Take with you the blessing of the faith!
Haití renacerá del polvo Y las cenizas
Haiti will be reborn from dust and ashes
Cada niño tiene el derecho de llevar una sonrisa
Each child has the right to wear a smile
Dale la mano a tu hermano
Give your brother your hand
Sirve de consuelo
Be a comfort
Siembra en la tierra = Taboo (Black Eye Peas)
Sow on Earth
Y recibe el tesoro de los cielos
Receive a treasure in heaven
Come On

Even f you don't speak/understand Spanish, I hope you can feel the message of hope that these artists are trying to convey.