|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 post a lot of different things here on DA - check out the various folders in my gallery! So, you might see song lyrics, poetry, drawings (both traditional and digital), sculpture, crafts like crochet or knitting, dumb pictures of me, etc.|
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!!