Art of any sort is intensely personal, but I think of all the arts… music  holds the most passion for the majority of people.

Nov. 05: Music #MusWidNov2015 Ironic that this photo prompt comes the day after CMAs…

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Music is such a HUGE topic to try to capture in a photo, much less to then talk about… But I’ve written about it many times in this blog so I’ll give it another shot. Heck, its my life, when you get right down to it.

Music is intensely personal, and we all have different tastes and expectations of our music.

For me, I’ve always been a country music fan. A HUGE country music fan. And, as such, I have my expectations of what is and isn’t “good” country music. The biggest thing that I always felt that set country apart from other popular genres was the fact that what you heard on the album could be replicated live — with or without electricity. Past that, it was more about the lyrics than anything else.

Over the last 15 years or so, the use of tracks has become more accepted in the country genre. (What you hear on the album may be replicated in concert, sure, but its not happening LIVE in front of you. Its been pre-recorded or created totally digitally.) As has auto tune, and heavy use of post production to slick up the sound. Steering it in a more pop direction (and don’t get me wrong, I LIKE pop music… on pop radio stations), only making sure to mention trucks, beer, bonfires, girls and throw in a banjo or steel guitar here and there.

Over the last, ohhhh… three to five years? I’ve grown to, frankly, despise 85% of what hits radio. And I’m being generous implying I’ve liked 15%. It has not been, by MY definition, country music.  I’ve jokingly said I was going to put a bullet in my radio some day if I heard one more drum loop.

But here’s the thing. Its on radio because there are people who like it. There are people buying those albums and making requests to radio stations. Its what record executives have determined people buying records want. It’s what those music fans are passionate about.

And you know what? THAT’S OKAY. But its also equally okay for me to be royally pissed off about it.  (And yes, yes I did flip out over Chris Stapleton winning and that incredible performance last night.)

Music means something to each individual. And it doesn’t have to mean the same thing to all of us. That, my dear friends, is exactly what makes it so special, and exactly why its something I love so much.


Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
Berthold Auerbach


Time for the prompt of “Here” for #MusWidNov2015.

I had a photoshoot today. First one in a long time, so I was a little nervous. Especially fighting against the waning daylight, and trying to work in Manual mode to use my external flash. But I think it came out okay. It was comforting to be working with friends.

When I’m doing something I love its when I feel the most present. I am truly HERE.

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
Dr. Seuss


Taking a break

Think taking a break is wasting time? Not necessarily…

This year I’ve taken the time to breathe a little bit more than I have in the past few years. Responsibilities to work, organizations, and projects take so much attention and often feel like the most important thing at any given time.  I can’t let anyone down!

But, while am I so worried about letting others down, I end up letting the most important people down. Namely taking one-on-one time to reconnect with my husband when he’s actually home. Or what about just taking care of myself?

Sometimes you HAVE to take a break to realize doing so isn’t “wasting time.” It can be, instead, the most precious and important time you spend all week. (Cue “Cat’s In The Cradle” right about now?)

I would not deny that my husband and I probably eat out way more than we should. We could save money eating at home, sure. But its when we go out to eat that we sit across from each other and talk. If I cook at home, we inevitably sit in front of the TV and watch it instead. Then we clear the plates away and dive into our computers. Are we getting things done? Yes. Is it important stuff? Yes. Are we connecting? Not really.

So I’d rather “waste money” and “waste time” traveling to and from a restaurant to sit for an hour to talk without interruption. To catch up. The check in with each other.

We all have responsibilities. Work makes sure the bills are paid. Organizations are so important to so many of us. We need to finish this next big project. But its okay to take a moment, look around, and remember WHY you do everything you do. Don’t forget to take a break for a few minutes today. You just might end up feeling more motivated.

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Bertrand Russell

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…

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