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I felt the need for some rousing music today, to give me a bit of a pep-up because, frankly, my energy is waning this week.  As it has gone midnight as I write this, you may understand why my days feel super-long!

I also realised that yesterday was the anniversary of Beethoven’s birth (thank you Google doodle for that one…)

The two together gave me Ode to Joy, part of Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9, with words originally written by Friedrich Schiller – when this music kicks in, it makes me feel completely alive, totally absorbed and energised.  It also seems to reverberate in my chest making me feel both emotionally and physically.  It’s really quite wonderful.

I tried to find a high quality YouTube version and this, although short, is one of the best ones I found – have a dig around the internet because I’m sure there are some great versions which cover the whole symphony.  I love to have the words though; even though I don’t speak German well enough to understand the singing I feel that it’s a loss not to hear them.

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy listening,

EJ

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After a hectic weekend, I have not had time to write a blog post – sorry!

As I am not in any evening this week coming, and working all week, I may well not have a lot of time to catch up either.

So, in lieu of anything else, here’s a Christmas tune by Kylie Minogue.  When  I was small I was a massive Kylie fan – I have the badges to prove it! – so it may have influenced my choice here…:

See you as soon as I get a chance to write a proper post!

Happy writing,

EJ

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WordPress tells me this is my 500th blog post.  I feel like I should share something momentous and life-changing but what I really want to do is have a 500th post party.  It’s something to celebrate, after all – and, any excuse for a bit of fun, hey?!

It’s Party in a Post: just add drinks and nibbles!

Let’s start with the small-talk:

‘How’s the writing going?’

‘Not too bad, actually.  I managed to get a good section completed this week, and although I’m still behind where I want to be, I am bringing the timesheet in from Monday so I can make sure I get quality writing time planned.’

‘Great.  Shall we have a dance?’

‘Fabulous idea.’

Now we need the music:

Let’s make it one of my favourites, shall we?

Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

And, just to finish it off, let’s have a toast:

MonthiversariesCheers everyone!  Thank you for joining me as I’ve blethered and chattered and gabbled through 500 posts.  I hope somewhere in amongst them there’s been something fun, useful or interesting for you – and if not, keep your eyes peeled, as they say, because there’s another 500 on their way!

Happy writing,

EJ

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I am still away, and have therefore been very lazy about this post, sorry…

My intention was to find some happy summery music but I know that means different things to different people so in the end I have gone with something that makes me want to whack up the volume and have a dance around my kitchen!!

Chelsea Dagger, by The Fratellis

Back soon, and happy writing,

EJ

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As this week has been a bit rubbish writing-wise, and I will be on a desert island (ish) next week so am pre-planning a holiday blog, I thought I would have a musical interlude week.

I was going to leave my beloved 1980s aside and offer up a bit of writing music, but then my husband said something that turned into an ear worm (if you’re not sure what that is, it’s a song you can’t stop singing to yourself because it keeps wriggling back into your head…).

In other words – welcome to 1985!

The Whole of the Moon, by The Waterboys

This song, according to the writer, is about a number of inspirational people.

It makes me feel like I want to keep pushing forward.  I know it’s easy to get off the writing road, to let everyday life stop us achieving what we want to achieve, but it’s always better to aim high and keep striving than to give up, and that’s the feeling I have from this song.

Maybe things haven’t gone as planned but every day we can start anew and take a step forward.  All the time we are able to write, we are able to be writers.

So if you’re feeling a bit lost whack up the volume, sing along – then get those feelings down on paper.

Happy writing,

EJ

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It’s the end of a really long week, where I have been variously dancing, acting, working, and ill.  I have written, a little; I studied, a little; I spent time reading newspapers and researching.

I have caught up on some life things that need to be done.

But today I have very little to actually say.  Maybe I’m still a little under the weather or just tired out from a busy week but my mind is pretty empty.  Not my normal blathering-on-about-nothing empty, but actually unable-to-form-coherent-sentences empty.

So I am sharing a bit of classic 1980’s music to keep you entertained instead.  If you like, you can think of it as a stand-in for my very delayed peace post, or as a mini holiday from the vagaries of a writing life.

Either way, push up the volume and sing along if you fancy it!

John Farnham – ‘You’re The Voice’

Happy writing/listening,

EJ

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This is the final one of my honeymoon posts; I’ll be back to normal for Tuesday but for now it’s my last chance to share a little musical interlude.

For this one, imagine you’re in a backstreet club, somewhere warm, with a chunk of lime in your beer bottle and the heat of the day still warming the street…

Santana featuring Rob Thomas – Smooth

See you Tuesday!

EJ

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