All posts tagged: Music

Weekly Small Pleasures (#7)

What a lovely week it’s been and now, in the final hours, I’m grateful I vowed to break from my normal routine and get out. Beautifully woven things. I have a thing about hand-woven items and this week, I found a plethora of locally-made treasures. On the left, fine weave lauhala (pandanus) bracelets that can be found at Hana Hou and made right here in Hilo by the talented Hawaiian artisan and furniture designer, ʻIliahi Anthony. On the right, handwoven boxes found at Makuʻu Farmers Market for housing beautiful things. Cold and rainy weather. Believe it or not, it gets chilly here in Hilo. It never dips below 50-degrees in Hilo, but when it gets in the 60’s, Hilo people bust out their sweaters, scarves, and boots. This was one of those weeks. I love cold weather, especially since it feels like I’m somewhere other than Hawaiʻi. Not that I don’t love it here, it’s just that it reminds me of being in a different city, even if for a little while. Okonomiyaki and Taiko. I saw a flyer for a fundraising event …

HAPPY! Daily Prompt: Musical Marker

We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014? I don’t know how many times I’ve heard Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy” in the past 6 months, but I can tell you that I don’t know if I’ll ever get tired of it. For my birthday this year, Carolina created a photo montage with “Happy” as the soundtrack and last week, someone shared the video, “Happy from Kamakura, Japan,” where I had just visited. The infectious tune and uplifting lyrics can chase away all the gloom in a matter of seconds, which makes it my anthem of 2014. Daily Prompt: Musical Marker | http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/musical-marker/

U is for Ukulele

The State of Hawai’i was just about to pass a bill to name the ukulele as the state instrument.  But, fans of other instruments spoke up to request that their musical instrument such as the ‘ipu gourd and steel guitar also be considered.  I wish I was gifted in playing the ukulele, but unfortunately, even after several attempts, my fingers hurt from strumming the nylon string and gripping the neck of the instrument. This week here in Hilo nei we are in the midst of the Merrie Monarch hula festivities.  On stage while the hula dancers are performing a hula ‘auana (modern hula), the back up singers will be accompanied by musicians or they themselves will readily be playing a ukulele.  It is one of those instruments that is small enough to be easily transported and available during an impromptu back yard jam.   Several intermediate schools here in Hawai’i offer ukulele classes in school.  They even have marching ukulele bands that perform at various events in the community.   I wish they offered this …

Clarity, courtesy of Dave Matthews

Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place. Which song(s) bring back memories for you and why? Be sure to mention the song, and describe the memory it evokes. I bought Crash by the Dave Matthews Band for the “Crash into Me” single, but the fifth song, #41, ended up on my life’s soundtrack. I was knee deep in transition when I added it to my list of all-time favorite songs. I was recently graduated, gainfully employed, and poorly transitioning out of a relationship. I had also moved from my quaint college town to the big city. It was not a graceful time in my life. I made a lot of mistakes and it was like real life was kicking my ass on the daily. I remember sitting in the middle of traffic one day, trying desperately to get back home. It had been an especially trying day and I just needed to retreat. The AC in my car was on the …

Share Your World – 2014 Week 2

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? Since I still have family in Peru, I would opt to live there. I love the people and the food. I do not like Lima for all the congestion, so I would want to live outside of Lima. The northern coast of Peru is lovely and the weather is great. I would not be able to swim in the cool water, but will be able to eat lots of seafood. Music or silence while working? I love music, especially when having to work out. It keeps me pushing it and finishing a workout. But when I have to sit behind the computer and work silence is better. Otherwise I may start daydreaming to the lyrics of the song. What is your favorite color? I love hues of orange and red. Best color to describe it would be coral. Do you have a bucket list? What are your three items? A bucket list are things …

Weekly Writing Challenge: Moved by Music

“Music is powerful: it conjures memories, emotions, and people and things of the past. It’s not only a trigger, but an outlet to express who we are. For this challenge, pick one song and write about it — or use it as inspiration for a post.” It was my first year of boarding school and the neighboring (boy’s) dorm was hosting a dance in their lounge, the first of the season, and I was looking forward to it. Boarding school was a new beginning. To be 14 and moderately independent was liberating. I had moved from Kaua’i, where back then, like Cheers, everybody knew your name, but they also knew your family, acquaintances, recent whereabouts, and if applicable, criminal records. It was a beautifully warm night so I threw on a cute top and shorts and headed out to meet my new classmates and dorm sisters in the lounge before heading over. I caught a glimpse of my reflection in one of the windows and sighed. Gangly, long-limbed, and battling frizzy hair, it would likely not be a night of …

My Life’s Mix Tape

I finished today’s post about music at midnight and The Daily Post revealed today’s prompt shortly thereafter. It was too closely related and too fun of a post not to take part, so here it is: Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song. Ode to my Family – The Cranberries Bravado – Lorde So Young – The Corrs Push It – Salt -N- Pepa Under Pressure – Queen Turn Your Lights Down Low – Bob Marley Don’t Speak – No Doubt Ho Hey – The Lumineers #41 – Dave Matthews Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac By Your Side – Sade It’s Good to Be in Love – Frou Frou Titanium – David Guetta/Sia The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – Prince What songs would appear on your life’s soundtrack? Daily Prompt: Mix Tape Masterpiece | http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/06/daily-prompt-music-2/

Music in my Veins

Music has been a gift passed down through the generations and continues to influence my life. I’m not a professional musician, nor have I been classically trained in any one instrument or in voice, but to some degree, music is in my DNA.  My paternal grandmother grew up singing with her brothers and sisters, entertaining families in the sugar plantation camp in which they once lived. The boys taught themselves to play instruments, while the sisters sang. I can only imagine what they might have looked and sounded like back then. Growing up, my grandma and her siblings always got up to sing songs at family parties. I never understood why they felt compelled to get up and sing until I learned of their past as semi-professional musicians. For as long as I can remember, music was always on in the house. My dad’s eclectic taste in music would always be on: Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, ELO, Hall and Oates, mainly American rock bands and some local artists. On the other end of the spectrum, my …