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[livejournal.com profile] roho first brought this to my attention several months ago, and I'm sorry to say it fell off my radar. I've since discovered that many people have not heard of this program, and that... needs to be rectified.

Quoting from their website, the Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to connecting the world through music by providing resources to musicians and their communities around the world.

"A decade ago a small group of documentary filmmakers set out with a dream to create a film rooted in the music of the streets. Not only has that dream been realized, it has blossomed into a global sensation called Playing For Change, a project including musicians of every level of renown, that has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

While traveling the world filming and recording musicians, the crew became intimately involved with the music and people of each community they visited. Although many of these communities had limited resources and a modest standard of living, the people in them were full of generosity, warmth, and above all they were connected to each other by a common thread: music.

Out of these discoveries, the Playing For Change Foundation was born and made its mission to ensure that anyone with the desire to receive a music education would have the opportunity to do so. The Playing For Change Foundation is dedicated to the fundamental idea that peace and change are possible through the universal language of music."

Music changed my life. It changes my life every day, it makes me smile, it makes me cry... it is beautiful and terrible and I do not want to think of a life without it.

You can purchase the Playing for Change mp3s from Amazon, or if you prefer a physical cd, they have that too.

I do highly recommend at least watching/listening on Youtube. Seeing the people making the music.. that's a big part of the magic, for me. Just in one song, you see women in India playing the sitar, a girl in Sligo playing the bodhran, a young man in Isreal playing the violin, guitarists in the Congo, drummers in Nepal. I admit, I start crying when I see the gentleman playing what looks like a fishbowl in Nazereth. (and Grandpa Eliot in the French Quarter in New Orleans. I know exactly where he's sitting) It's awesome, in the truest sense of the word.

Imagine * Stand By Me * War/No More Trouble

Don't Worry * Redemption Song * One Love
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quote of the day...

“Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.” --- Charles Dickens (1812-1870); novelist

current plans & projects...

I posted some of the artwork I did at the con this morning, this week I want to get all the pencils for outstanding commissions done, I need to do some paperwork and organizing, some housework that got neglected last week for obvious reasons, I need to send out some emails, put some artwork in the mail... it's going to be a busy week.

Michelle Kali Sniperwolf

Art also posted on FurAffinity

Anthrocon went well, I had a good time. My panel was well attended, and while I feel like I stumbled alot, we had some good discussions about technique. I think it would probably be better to have a couple of different watercolor artists up there, so I'll be exploring that option for next time. I have not yet decided if I will run the panel at Midwest FurFest or not; I.. need some time to think about that.

We had a good 4th of July, attended a really stellar party, saw some lovely fireworks, it was a good time, and kept my mind occupied.

future plans...

This week, I will be working on pencils for all outstanding commissions, getting my queue updated with all the work I brought home from the convention. I think I may not be spending too much time in the Alley at MFF, or if I do, it'll only be for work I can complete at the con. I hate to lose the opportunity for making sales, but I really need to get caught up with the workload I already have. I'll see how things stand as it gets closer in.

I will be attending the LAFF Summer Picnic; I will be playing sous chef for this year's MFF Chairman, [livejournal.com profile] takaza. It should be lots of fun, if you're local, be sure to RSVP, enjoy the food (FCN vs MFF Burger Cookoff!), and say hi.

happenings elsewhere...

I really want to rename that heading, but can't think of anything other than 'links'. Blergh.

Anyway, today's edition is music. I'm really into interesting and ethnic music, and I'm really into strategy games like Civilization IV. [livejournal.com profile] tarinfirepelt gave me this awesome link to one of the expansions' theme music. You can hear the main theme (which I could listen to for hours!) on YouTube.

I believe I have [livejournal.com profile] duncandahusky to thank for my obsession with Afro Celt Sound System. Their music combines African and Celtic melodies (as the name implies) and what is described as "epic extended soundscapes". I really love it for background music. I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite piece, but I do particularly like Seed.

And that's it for me this week. Hope you guys have a great one!

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For those that were in the know, my cell phone was indeed stolen, and has been returned to me (YAY!).

Now that I have it back, I will be customizing it heavily. If you are in my phonebook and you would like a specific image or song assigned to you, please reply below!

If you're not in my phonebook and you want to be, email me your ph# and the name of the song/url of the image. ;)

Whee for technology!
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[livejournal.com profile] haikujaguar tagged me for the recent music meme, and like Roho, I think it's a fascinating peek into my psyche, rather than 'what famous character are you blah blah' silliness.

I will say that Assemblage 23's 30 Thousand Feet is on repeat right now, because, well, everyone needs to cry in the morning. It wouldn't be a favorite if [livejournal.com profile] roho hadn't posted it (Thank you, Ashi, for pointing it out to us!!), so I won't include it below.

1. Room of Angels - Silent Hill 4
2. Mike Batt - Ring of Scorpio
3. Scorpions - Winds of Change
4. The Cruxshadows - Winterborn (Subway to Sally mix)
5. Toto - Africa
6. Nightwish - Walking in the Air

Clicky for more! )
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One piece is 80% complete. And it's... gasp.. COLOR. And it has a background! I'm finding it a little frustrating to get a good solid swatch of color from colored pencils without making it look flat. I think I may try acrylic/watercolor next time.

I've got vague ideas for my next piece, as this one's a gift and not for sale. I know I want to do something snakey, because snakes aren't done nearly enough, and they're really pretty. Hopefully I can get Snark to pose for some photos for me. ;)

Hopefully too there are enough herp fans that I can sell it. :P

Yesterday we went to see Bourne Supremecy. It was... good. I haven't read the book yet, but I noticed that there were some discrepancies from the first book, Bourne Identity. I haven't seen the movie for Bourne Identity yet.. so I'm sure they took some artistic liscense and changed a few things.

Either way, very good flick, don't expect religious adherance to the novel. I really liked some of the cinematography; at first I found it jumbled and confusing, then I sat back and just... watched instead of trying to figure out what was going on, and it really drew me into the action. Very nice.

We had dinner from Baja Fresh and watched a Discovery special on Imhotep for a while before the art bug called me back to work. I love watching stuff like that. I find ancient Egyptian history utterly fascinating. And I thought it was really neat that they think that Imotep may have been performing modern medical procedures long before Hippocrates. Of course, they suspect that the Aztecs and other South American peoples may have been doing similar, so... who knows? It's fun though.

Tonight (I think) is a thing on the true identity of Christopher Columbus. So don't expect to reach me during that 2 hour time period. I'm gonna be in front of the tv. ;)

This afternoon, we're gonna mosey up to Antioch for no particular reason. We were up in Salem earlier in the week, and we really like the area. So we're gonna do a bit of exploring. We'll pass on hellos for you if we see your family, Jim. ;)

Today really promises to be a relaxing day, and God knows, I really need one. The past few weeks feel as if we haven't stopped moving, and the rest of the coming week doesn't look much better. (Bren, remind me to call Rob and tell him that we're doing Renfaire on Saturday, and to email Glenn and Joe about... the concern we had.)

So anyway. Enough gab. I have a fennec to cuddle and art to complete.

Later folks!

(and by the way. Those that haven't listened to Carbon Leaf, GO. NOW. They have samples of alot of their music available for free download on their website. If they are touring in your area, GO. I'll refund your ticket price if you don't like 'em.)
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You settle down, where you runnin to?
What else can you prove?
How many, many more until you lose?
You thought a better plan could
shake this shadow land
This frozen tundra hand...

I'm turning it from shade to light
Hold it up to candlelight, roaring into firelight,
Scorching up the charlatans until it's city wide
All the people mobilize, nothing left to polarize
And nothing left to fake

Ring around the lake. Ring around the lake.

Right on time. will you stay
throught the pouring rain?
Right on time...through the night,
your laughter is my light
Right on time, desperation song

Dear I have missed your sigh
since crystal skies moved on
Peer out through Shadow's doubt
I had no passion all along

You settle down. where you running to?
What else can you prove?
Is this all a game? Was this all a ruse?
I've waited by the phone. Cold as river stone
Anxiety. Alone...

Right on time. will you stay
throught the pouring rain?
Right on time...through the night,
your laughter is my light
Right on time, desperation song

Right on time. will you stay
through the pouring rain?
Right on time...through the night,
your laughter is my light
Right on time, desperation song
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We're leaving here tonight
There's no need to tell anyone
They'd only hold us down
So by the morning light
We'll be half way to anywhere
Where love is more than just your name

I have dreamt of a place for you and I
No one knows who we are there
All I want is to give my life only to you
I've dreamt so long I cannot dream anymore
Let's run away, I'll take you there

We're leaving here tonight
There's no need to tell anyone
They'd only hold us down
So by the mornings light
We'll be half way to anywhere
Where no one needs a reason

Forget this life
Come with me
Don't look back you're safe now
Unlock your heart
Drop your guard
No one's left to stop you now.
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Nightwish is going to be in Chicago in August.

I am sooo there.

January 2012



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