I participated in the Challenge of Music last year and loved it. In fact - I submitted the earrings I made last year for publication in an upcoming bead book and they were accepted....the earrings are en route to the publisher on this very day! So THANK YOU Erin for hosting this great challenge that pushed me to use the muse of music, and create something I was proud enough to send in for consideration!
For this year's challenge, I was all set to start rocking out some jewelry inspired by Pink's song, "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", when Erin threw a twist in the challenge - choose an instrumental piece.
Okay! I can do that. I have a go-to mix on my iTunes that is instrumental that just makes me feel good when I listen to it. Sometimes you don't need the words. The hard part was selecting which of the songs in my instrumental mix I would select....
But then, it wasn't really that hard. "Waltz for Julia," by Suzanne Ciani has been one of my favorite instrumental pieces for as long as I can remember. It's frequently listed as meditation music, but it feels so much more hopeful to me. Not that meditation can't be hopeful....it's just that when I hear this song, it makes me feel like I'm moving around in the movie of my life and this is the soundtrack...and something wonderful is about to happen or has just happened!
When I sat down to bead, I was drawn to the pearls. And apparently, this movie I am in, while listening to this music, is set in an era gone by....my necklace turned out, in my opinion to have a real Victorian or early 20th century feel (...come to think of it, I did sit down and work on this piece a few times while catching up on Downton Abbey.)
My piece...inspired by "Waltz for Julia":
Here is a list of everyone else participating. Check it out. I'm sure you will see some beautiful pieces and maybe even hear some new music, I know I did last year! Thanks again to Erin for hosting this great challenge!
Evie and Beth McCord
Malin de Koning
Mary K McGraw