|Based on one of my pet turtles <3|
|A poem I wrote for a college creative writing class in 2005. It still makes me giggle.|
The text is supposed to mimic the shape of a crescent moon. This poem tells the true story of an instance where I unwittingly became a voyeur (in other words, spotted a naked dude in the neighboring house)...
This actually got published in the literary journal of my alma mater What's even better is that they put a painting of a nude guy on the page opposite my poem!!
The preview image is the Caravaggio painting "Bacchus" (if you read the poem you will see the connection )
I love songwriting. My mom plays piano and guitar and wrote her own songs since she was a child, and my brother and I grew up listening to her beautiful compositions about life, love and spirituality. Very inspiring! From Mom, my brother and I learned to make our own songs from a young age as well! (But not cool ones like hers...Ours are very ridiculous!)|
My mom tried to teach me to play piano when I was little. Although I didn't take well to it (I didn't like piano practice) and so didn't get very far, I think it still gave me a great musical foundation and helped me develop musicality. She also taught me to sing, which of course further encouraged my interest in music. Thank you Mom! I can't imagine how much harder it would have been for me to learn guitar and songwriting if I didn't have that foundation (for example, knowing the notes on the piano and major triads.)
My aim in each song is to tell a compelling story. I aspire to take full advantage of the multidimensional nature of music, so that both the lyrics and the musical accompaniment enhance the story, above all else.
My musical idols: Sarah McLachlan, Elton John, Cat Stevens, Paula Cole, Boy George and the Culture Club, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Holly Cole, Neil Diamond, Bobbie Gentry...(probably a lot more that I left out)
I only have 13 of my songs available for listening right now. I only know a little piano and I just started learning guitar several months ago, so the musical accompaniment is minimal, but I as I learn more music theory and become better at these instruments I hope to develop the songs further. Here are the links to the recordings on YouTube:
Tamed - www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGXufG…
The Ocean - www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-1v2p… (piano version) and youtu.be/q3_H6H1X3-k (guitar version)
Question - youtu.be/FOYDgGzrtD4 (with a Labyrinth slideshow haha)
I Have to Know (just 1 verse so far recorded) - youtu.be/eJ8nM2J-7YE
Your Lover - youtu.be/KwPAlMgpWIA (guitar version) and youtu.be/nq_bboCtOj4 (a capella)
Your Sovereign - youtu.be/GusLPvcmWII
The Heart of Stone - youtu.be/6s64waFAJ98
The Sky - youtu.be/q_QNPnSnmZU
Words of the Lover - www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmBU13…
The Ocean's Daughter - soundcloud.com/smarty-pants-sa…
A Bird Has Caged My Heart - soundcloud.com/smarty-pants-sa…
Capricorn - soundcloud.com/smarty-pants-sa…
The Music Takes Over - soundcloud.com/smarty-pants-sa…
I also like to draw and take pictures just for fun. Sometimes I try poetry and prose, too. I joined DeviantART mainly to look at beautiful artwork and read wonderful literature. I'm never disappointed; there is a wealth of talented artists on DA. You know who y'all are---ROCK ON!!!
**Don't be creeped out if I watch you and/or fave/llama badge you without leaving a comment...I often stumble upon an awesome gallery but don't have time to write a detailed comment, so I watch/fave and run so that I have the deviant artist "saved" and I can go back and comment later when I have more time.**
Also, I often take a long time to answer comments, but I do get around to it eventually. And I don't usually thank individually for faves and watches, but every one is noted and much appreciated. Thank you all for the support and encouragement!!