Music Mondays: [ENP] Reflections AMV

AM2“Is it only when you’re in love with another person, that you see them as they really are? And in the ordinary way, when you’re not in love with people, you see only a fragmented version of that being? Because when you’re in love with someone, you do indeed see them as a divine being…and suppose that’s what they are truly? Your eyes have, by your beloved, been opened.”

These are just some of the words that echo across a landscape of imagery and music after the 1 minute point of this touching AMV. Winner at MTAC’s 2014 AMV Contest for Judges Best Artistic, this is one of only a handful of AMVs I’ve watched without connection to the series used, but have enjoyed immensely and repetitiously (ad infinitum up to this point).

There’s something in the distantly retro broadcast voice. Something in every word spoken and in every highlighted, fevered motion framed in vivid color. Something cushioned perfectly between saccharine sweet piano keys and the heartbeat-like, tiptoes-at-the-edge-before-jumping rhythm…that really captures the essence and anxiety and excitement of new love.

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If it’s only when we’re in love with another person that we see people as they truly are…I want to be in love with everyone all the time. Especially if the new vision granted by emotion is as gorgeous and full of feels as this video.

“We don’t say ‘rising in love’. There is in it the idea of the fall.”

Wow. Just wow. And much applause.

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Things You See at AnachroCon: Veronique Chevalier

veroniqueThe day was ending, but the concerts were just beginning. We all clip-clopped our corseted way to the main hall to revel in some amazing music…and were in for quite the treat when we arrived!

Veronique Chevalier combines Parisian showmanship, a sharp accent, and a wicked sense of humor into one dynamite act. For those who weren’t able to roll in the aisles in person, check out her stellar performance of “Garlic with a G” below!

I know, I know…you want more, right? Well here you go! Check out more from Veronique at Weird Val’s Homepage  and Veronique’s Facebook !

Grateful 365 #29 – Simple Strumming

guitar3When Rockband first hit the scene, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’d always enjoyed rhythm games and the idea of pantomime playing to my favorite rock anthems was too awesome an idea to not powerslide right into it. It wasn’t long before I had a plastic neck in my hand and my fingers poised over multicolored buttons. Surprisingly though, it wasn’t long before I put the controller down and solemnly walked away.

The game was fun, sure. But that…noise. That terrible, horrible missed chord noise that punished you for missing a beat… I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t stand it messing up songs that I loved. It scared me away from taking anything other than drums or microphone for years!

Maybe it’s that same aversion to dischord that makes getting a few chords on an actual instrument so damn rewarding.

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Recently a friend of mine gave me a guitar– one with history and character. That in and of itself is something to be extremely grateful for and adds an extra layer of pleasant feeling every time I open the case. Since then I’ve been practicing.

Not a lot– in fact, I probably don’t have more than a couple of hours under my belt. My novice fingers still suffer dents and soreness afterwards, but, wonder-of-wonders, I’ve gotten to the point where I can clumsily strum my way through a song or two.

It’s a great feeling– strumming and humming a little “Mad World Here” or a little “Zombie” there.

The best reward though?

It’s not hearing that awful noise from Rockband. Or at least not hearing them as often.

I’m grateful for the ability to make music in a new way, with a new instrument…and for all the joy and pleasure a little simple strumming can bring.guitar

~all the love~