Planting Dreams

So as if today is not magical enough already, here’s some more magic for you…enjoy our newest song!!! Planting Dreams…

Out an' About

Creativity is in the air. Can you feel it?

Plants are in the ground, seeds are being sown and a spectacular once in a lifetime lunar phenomenon has just graced our skies in Melbourne.

After a time of lull in January it feels like the energy is shifting.

This past month for me has been a gentle easing into the new year. I enjoyed catching up with a close friend who shares my creativity and I was stirred by a rousing musical (The Greatest Showman)  an amazing movie that fuelled my dreams.

I camped in nature, by the ocean and by mountain rivers, I stood under an invigorating waterfall and lay awake at night listening to the peaceful sounds of the bush. I woke to the chorus of birds.

I meditated, journalled and immersed myself in what I love, a bit like dreaming with eyes wide open. Now, though…

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Shifting thoughts: I’ve Won Today

Here’s our latest co-creation, Miri with the music and vocals, Rob mixing it up, words by me.   Another inspriational post from Miri to boot!  It doesn’t get any better than that…now get out there and win!!!

Out an' About

Do you ever have thoughts that just won’t get out of your head?  It might be from that job you’re barely tolerating as you drag yourself out of bed each morning or it could be a relationship that isn’t working out. Or maybe it’s just negative thoughts that keep creeping into your head.

And you feel like talking to yourself and saying to those pesky thoughts …

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Collaborations, Songs and Messages 

My sweet Miri has done it again….added her musical talents to one of my poems…both the melody and vocals are created by Miri.  If that’s not exciting enough, Rob, from For friends without borders gave it that magic touch of added instrumentation…listen you’ll hear the strings and that hauntingly beautiful flute….I cannot even begin to express my thanks to both Miri and Rob and I certainly cannot contain my excitement over another song!!!  We do have plans to make a CD, until then please continue to enjoy our creations here, thank you.  xo

(c) onceuponahotflash, 2017

 

Out an' About

I’m sure you’ll agree that one of the best parts of blogging (if not thebest part) are the connections we make.

In the two plus years I’ve been blogging this space has changed and it now feels so full of life, almost like a cosy cafe gathering with good friends.

I’ve met some amazing people here, a few of you have become real life friends and many more, who I’ve never met, I feel I’ve known forever.

What I do know is that, whether or not we’ve actually met, this blogging community is very real.

In the last year I’ve formed a wonderful online collaboration with the lovely Deb from Once Upon a Hot Flash who writes, aside from her daily gratitudes, beautiful poems and songs.

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I’ve now put music to more than half a dozen of her poems. Three of them have appeared on my blog. Singing ‘Frisky’…

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Miracles, Music and Meditation

Oops we did it again…we dropped another song!! But even more than that, read this beautiful, heartfelt post by Miriam Blaker of Out an’ About. I think we all can relate to her words and message. I join her in wishing you all love and light and a heart filled with music…enjoy!

Out an' About

Life is like an open Gratitude Journal, a story of abundance and hope, just waiting to be written.

This is my journal with pages still blank, dreams still unfulfilled and hopes wrapped up waiting to unfold.

It’s a beautiful, exciting, scary time.

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Music in the Outback

My dear sweet lovely friend Miri of Out an’ About  took one of my poems and added her music and her beautiful voice to it. Take a listen below.   Thank you Miri, you are one fabulous singer, xo!!   She also recently was runner-up for Most Inspirational Blog in this year’s Blogger Bash Awards…in my opinion she’s always a winner!!  You can read the words to the song here 

Out an' About

We’re leaving this Sunday for our Central Australia outback trip and packing has begun in earnest.

There’s one thing that I’d like to take but I’ll probably leave behind and that’s my trusty guitar.


She came with me to the Flinders Ranges and I enjoyed playing a few tunes around the camp fire but I’ve decided this trip she can stay at home. She’ll be waiting for me.


What is it about music that makes me feel so good?

It relaxes me when I’m stressed, inspires me when I feel flat and gives me a kick arse boost of energy at Zumba when I need it.

I’m sure I’m not alone.

Who doesn’t love a good boogie?

Music has such power to alter our moods, to raise our spirits.

As a goodbye serenade I’m going to share a song, written originally as a poem by my lovely friend and inspiring…

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~ Song A Day Challenge Day 5 ~

I’ve been tagged by sweet Rob over at For friends without borders to play a musical game.  It’s a “Song a Day” challenge.  Thanks, Rob, I’m happy to play.  Here is Day Five.

(copied from Rob’s blog):
The rules are to post the lyrics of a favorite song five days in a row, explain what they mean to you (if you like) and add the video if available. I’m supposed to nominate two other bloggers but they should not feel obligated to do this. I know we’re all busy. Today I nominate:

Anyone who would like to participate!!

This song always touches my heart and I hope it puts a smile on your face.  Wishing everyone Happiness, Joy and Love…Oh What a Wonderful World!!  Now stop what your doing, sit back and enjoy.  xo

WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD
By Louis Armstrong
YouTube video by TheCatLadyJ

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you

I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more than I’ll never know
And I think to myself what a wonderful world
Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world

~ Song A Day Challenge Day 4~

I’ve been tagged by sweet Rob over at For friends without borders to play a musical game.  It’s a “Song a Day” challenge.  Thanks, Rob, I’m happy to play.  I’ll do my best to complete the five days.  Please visit Rob, you’ll love his sites and his music.  🙂

(copied from Rob’s blog):
The rules are to post the lyrics of a favorite song five days in a row, explain what they mean to you (if you like) and add the video if available. I’m supposed to nominate two other bloggers but they should not feel obligated to do this. I know we’re all busy. Today I nominate

Yinglan over at This Is Another Story

Bella over at ThoughtsnLifeBlog

This song reminds me of my brother.  When we were kids, he had a drum set and he used to play the drum solo from this song all the time!  He was really good!!
(The drum solo starts at 6:23 in)

I’M CERTAINLY COVERING ALL REALMS OF MUSIC
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
IRON BUTTERFLY
In a gadda da vida, honey
Don’t you know that I’m lovin’ you
In a gadda da vida, baby
Don’t you know that I’ll always be true

Oh, won’t you come with me
And take my hand
Oh, won’t you come with me
And walk this land
Please take my hand

In a gadda da vida, honey
Don’t you know that I’m lovin’ you
In a gadda da vida, baby
Don’t you know that I’ll always be true

Oh, won’t you come with me
And take my hand
Oh, won’t you come with me
And walk this land
Please take my hand