Tuesday, August 4, 2015

My Love of Music

In the past, I've used this blog as a place to share my random thoughts, feelings, poetry, and short stories.  Occasionally, I've reviewed music and musicians on here.

I think though, I'd like to do more reviews of music from around the world, any genre, and any language. Basically, whatever catches my attention or someone recommends that I check out will make it's way on here.  It could be mainstream, could be local. I love my writing life and the fact that I get to work with some really talented authors, but I want to do something completely unrelated to my work life here. So music it is.

Keep in mind, my reviews are based on my own personal experience as I listen to the music and check out the band/musician associated with it.  I am also partially deaf- so what I will write is what I feel resonates (or doesn't) with me.  I'm not necessarily looking for perfect- I'm looking for emotive and engaging.

With that said, I'd like to do a short review now.

Bleachers.

I bought the entire album, Strange Desire, just after hearing one song on it because the feel was so unlike whats out there now in mainstream, and I was intrigued.

Like A River Runs was playing on my daughter's Pandora when I asked her, "What band is that?" She didn't know so I memorized a few of the lines to google it later.  That's when I discovered this band. Reminscent of the 80's feel and yet, lyrically impressive and smart, I found myself interested in what the entire album might sound like so I downloaded the whole thing onto my iTunes. (Incidentally, for those who don't know, Jack Antonoff of Bleachers was a former bandmate of the highly successful but now disbanded band, Fun.)

Wow, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Bleachers managed to make an entire album that you can listen to from start to finish.  I found myself asking, "When was the last time I was compelled to listen to the whole album because it flowed so well together?"  Certainly it's different, but also refreshing.

Anthemic sounding and yet very personal, Antonoff has some pretty interesting insights to offer to the world through his music. If there's one thing I like, it's when a person's voice has something to say that's worth hearing. And Jack's words are worth absorbing. I'm not neccessarily talking about the music here- but the message in it.   His song, Shadow, has one line that made me stop and pause because of it's authenticity, which was simply, "how love dies is a place that I'm not going".



check out Jack's interview with Rolling Stone and you'll begin to see what I mean...



and the song that got me started on it all....


I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of Bleachers in the days to come :)

Have a great week all!

April aka WingSeeker

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Waves Within My Heart

The waves within my heart,
a photo I took nearby
the local coffee house

they beat.

Life,
the way it
gets into my soul
and bleeds.

Such beauty,
these waves...
beating and beating.

these are the waves
of dreams,
of being.

The waves within my heart,
they beat.



Thought I'd try my hand at a little poetry again.  Obviously, I'm a bit rusty. But mostly, I just wanted to say thank you all for being so patient with me as I try my best to get back into the blogging mode.  My head thinks of so many things that I want to share on here, but always at the wrong times- like when I'm driving somewhere, or in the middle of meeting.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who experiences those little "ah ha" moments at the most inopportune times.

Anyway, I hope that you all forgive me for the inconsistency of posts, but I do intend to blog as much as I'm able throughout this year.  My work life often gets the majority of my attention outside of my family, and if anyone is truly interested in knowing who are the authors I manage, you are more than welcome to visit my website and browse around.

Have a great start to your week and hope the waves of life make you smile!

April



Monday, April 13, 2015

Seed of Passion

I'm not one to get overly emotional about things, or maybe I should say that its not very apparent to others when I am feeling emotional. Lately in my own self reflections I find myself being thankful for so many things, but also deeply moved about life itself.

I don't know how else to explain, but it has been such a busy week for me that it got me to thinking.  A few of my authors are getting ready for their first launches, others we have repubs in the works, several workshops and websites are in the process of being planned out, and I find there is a sense of accomplishment within me that is different than what I've known in my prior professional experience.

I very much enjoy what I do, which gives me an immense sense of gratitude, but I also sense how unworldly this life I now have as a business owner must seem to others.  How many of us struggled with the day in day out drudgery of working because we needed the paycheck and not because we wanted to do it?

It reminds me of a seed, having to go through all its changes of near destruction in order to flourish into something much grander than it could ever anticipate.  Yet it had faith enough in the soil to plant itself and let nature run its course.  Passion is the seed that allows a business to grow its fruit I guess is what I'm saying.  I wonder just how many people out there are willing to get their feet wet and let their flowers grow?

daffodil, picture taken by me nearby a local park





Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thinking...

I'm considering doing some vlogging on here.  One, because I've never tried it and two, I'm curious how the response will be. I don't know that I'll do them often or when I'll be able to post the first one, but until then I'll continue to post my usual thoughts or whatever comes to mind.

Today, I'm feeling the words of these two images:



Monday, March 30, 2015

World within Worlds


Bit of a short post here today but I saw this image floating around the internet (I do not know who owns it) and it reminded me of my daily habit of having a hot cup of Chai as I start my work day to keep my creativity flowing. There's something inherently calming about it as I work on marketing plans for each of the authors I manage. 

Plus, the implied imagery is just too cool not to share.

It seems to say to me that there is a whole world of possibilities hidden in a person's imagination as they sit, relax, and drink tea or coffee.  If more of us were able to fully relax our brains and let our thoughts wander, I wonder just what world of possibilities and new things developed would begin to occur as a result.

Just some of my thoughts is all, Have a great evening!

April aka WingSeeker

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The World is Vast and Filled with Possibility

It's technically springtime around here- except  the few inches of snow that decided to make an appearance yesterday was trying to make us all forget that.  It didn't work on me Mr. Winter, I'm still anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring blossoms, lol.

I'm not an avid fan of snow as you can see, but I'm learning to appreciate it.  Cold weather is the only time I really enjoy a good hot soup or hot cup of tea.  It also reminds me of how many possibilities exist in the world- like snow in spring time.  That used to only happen in our imaginations. Now, its a real possible occurrence in our weather patterns.

It's those possibilities out there, those changes that occur whether we will them or not that I'd like to encourage you to take a closer look at today.  What if instead of looking at the snow and thinking, "ugh, another day of cold misery" I chose to think, "well what can I enjoy or focus on because there is snow here".  What if we chose to use those unexpected changes and make them become something that's positive and advantageous to our growth as humans trying to become better than we were yesterday?  I'd like to think it is those simple thought changes that lead to big outwardly amazing changes within our world today.

The world is a vast place, with many equally horrific and wondrous things occurring in it.  I think ultimately though, it's up to us to decide just how much of what is happening out there in the big wide world gets to be the things we smile about.  And that, is where all the possibilities worth pursuing are waiting for us to find I think.

So with that thought, I'll leave you all with this quote as you pursue your goals and dreams:



Have a great day everyone!

April aka WingSeeker




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

It's Been Awhile....

Wow.  It's been over two years since you all have seen or heard a peep from me on this here blog.

I feel I owe a deep apology to my faithful readers- you all supported me in some very challenging times of my life.  I appreciated that more than you could know.

If any of you are still hanging around...I hope you join me in this next adventure of writing I'm about to embark on.  So the answer is Yes, I'm back at blogging!

But, where did I go?  What will I be doing with my blog now?

Well for the first, Life just sorta happened. I was heavily involved in finance and foreclosure counseling/prevention roles which left no time for anything else but saving the next family from home loss. Quite frankly I wasn't feeling so much that I wanted to write or wasn't feeling that I wanted to share online any writing. I was exhausted. Plus, I didn't prioritize it into my daily schedule as I used to do.

I never gave up on the novel writing thing- which brings me to where I'm at now.

A lot has changed in my personal life and professional life.

My 3 kids and I are doing wonderful and able to spend more time together.  My oldest is no longer fighting for her life or receiving chemo treatments. She's the normal average teenager, who is about to turn 16 and drive me crazy as a mother lol. But she also seems to possess a much wiser sense of how life works than kids her age- which I attribute to the fact that she has learned the value of having the gift of life in a way I've never experienced.

I now own my own business and I work as a Book Manager with to help authors get the word out that they have something to offer to the world. Whether its fiction, literary, non-fiction, or funny- I help them find solid footing with their dreams transitioning into reality.

I do miss the non profit world, but not enough to entice me to re-think my career choice. Plus, we all know I love books, I love the creative flow and the idea that conversation can be held through books- creating meaningful ideas and thoughts within the minds of readers across time and space.

As for what I'll do with this blog of mine?  Well, I'll probably share upcoming novels from my authors that I work with on occasion, but mostly I'll just write on what I'm thinking that day.  Hopefully my posts become more consistent. Maybe you'll want to read them, maybe you won't.

I hope you do.  I hope that somehow what I have to say might make a difference for someone else, in a positive way.


Have a great day,

April aka WingSeeker

P.S. you'll probably see some structural/visual changes on here as well.  I figure if I haven't posted in 2 years, then the blog probably is in need of a much needed makeover :)