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Like the Sunshine (Two Year Anniversery on WordPress)

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Well now, this is special!

I’m posting tonight because I received a super special notification from the happy chappies at WordPress.com. Two years ago, I started this blog as a method of journaliing my musings and other ramblings as a way to manage stress. At the time of this blog’s creation, I had been faced with a lot of dreadful uncertainties that would leave me with knots in my tummy for nights on end. I had only just started my long distance relationship with an absolutely lovely girl and was afraid that we would never meet or be able to make it happen. My studies at both university and a community college had reduced me to a state resembling that of a nervous wreck; hair tearing and all.

The year after, my relationship had become stable. My classes had become manageable. I had begun my student work placement and had learnt more than I ever did in high school. About life, about love and about the world beyond high school. For once, my life seemed right. I was at peace.

And now, in 2016, many things have changed. My graduation, the fated meeting in Lover’s Arrival, the beginnings of my search for employment, the collapse of my relationship …

All of it proof that we are forever learning by experience. That the wildest and most unexpected things can happen, even when plans have been made and are seemingly set in stone. Life is what happens when you are busy making plans. And that, Mr. Lennon, is something that we can both agree on. Being the tired man that I am, i am not sure what I am supposed to be writing anymore here. The paragraphs that come after this were actually written first. This post is a mess, chaotic, just like life. It wasn’t planned. I had a general idea and the structure of the post all in my mind and then as I began to write it down, different thoughts flooded into my mind and altered those plans. Or took a sledgehammer to them. Completely.

This might sound awfully corny but I gotta write it …

In the past two years, I have become rather fond of moths. Now, I never liked moths as a kid. I always thought they were grotesque and wouldn’t think twice about shooing them away with a dainty wave of the hand. They were ugly to most people. Undesirable. And I often considered myself to be of a similar calibre. But all it took was one mental comparison, one alternate trail of thought, and my love for them began to blossom. There are those in the world that see beauty where others simply cannot. Those that find something beautiful where nothing of the sort can be found and observed by the average person. And I had the pleasure of meeting a few of these cherishable souls. The absolute honor of calling one my teacher, another one my friend, my lover …

Of course, you. My readers.

These people and their stories, their wisdom, their kindness and their love formed my coccoon and now I too, have become a one of these souls.

I’d like to thank you all for reading my blog over the past two years and do hope that you stick around for another.

May all the love in the world be yours. And remember, everybody’s gotta learn sometime. 

You know which song this is going to link you to … 

(It’s 3 AM and I sure could use some sleep … )

Posted in life, lyrics, Music, personal

“So I was thinking maybe we could just sit together and you know, play the keytar?”

Said no romantic and musical boyfriend to their equally music proficient and tune loving lover.

UNTIL THEY MET … THE DANDY.  *80s vocoder styled voice* 

Oho, yes. It’s true! I may or may not have asked a rather special someone in my life whether they’d like to sit on the couch one night and just jam away on the keytar. It’s a work in progress, but once the proper funding is all there, the dream shall become a very powerful reality. An emotional and bliss striking venture that will stick with me for the rest of my days. Of how I sat down with a girl who actually thought that an instrument such as the keytar was ‘cool’. Since they are a rather talented  singer in their own right, you can only imagine how giddy it made me when they even offered to sing along or just vocalise to it while we jammed out tunes straight from the Blues E Minor scale.

It’s just so darn cool!

Earlier, I wrote a post that expressed my mild resentment concerning the fact that I am indeed the only member of my family that just doesn’t give the slightest hoot about the guitar. I originally tried learning the bass but that was rather short lived. I mean, you can only make one real bass sound and slight variations of said noise with the help of techniques and effects. But with a synthesiser, you can make thousands of bass sounds! It’s this variation that keeps me interested in the instrument in the first place, and experimenting with the actual creation process of coming up with a sound makes the end result all the more personal. The style of playing and instrument itself aren’t just your signature, but the sound is too.

You could say that everything about a synthesiser can reflect the creativity of an individual in one way or another.

A lot of people would probably disagree with me. And to that I say “Well, fair enough.”.  There are plenty of people out there that would defend their intimacy with their guitars or other instruments just as much as I do with synthesisers. I guess it’s just a matter of what kind of sound inspires us while we are young or while we are delving into the growing world of music. For me, it was the fact that one instrument could make so many sounds and that it all came from your own personal tinkering. Plus, I am a sucker for ancient looking hunks of wood with keys and steel dials.

(This was the part of the writing process that I was distracted by a dental advertisement video. Who the hell makes an advertisement that goes for five minutes?)

Well, I’ve lost my trail of thought for now … but if you like to play an instrument or listen to music in general, be sure to take a moment to sit with your partner/lover/pet and just enjoy it with company. It’s certainly a simple experience that is far more powerful than anybody would reckon.

Be sure to take care of yourselves and have a lovely week!

– Dandy

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“Those are song lyrics … and you weren’t even ashamed to use them!”

I know, isn’t it crazy?

It is only fitting that I used the song title and accompanying lyrics from the theme song to my 2014 … that came straight out of 1979. The musical embodiment of my slow but sure effort to accept the endearing concept of ‘life long learning’. The song’s theme and tone is like a reflection of my soul, a shining example of what it is to be the seeker of experience that is me!

Or it’s just the song that played on the night of my most recent break up and I took it as a fated lesson to be learned in musical form. The radio sure is funny like that.

But in all seriousness, and lamely told break up stories aside, the purpose of this blog will be … well, anything I want it to be, really. I have always thrown about the idea of writing a blog, back and forth it used to go in my mind, but then I finally decided to make it a reality rather than hold it off as a distant eventuality. I must warn you though: I am quite out of practice with writing … well, anything. I won’t be crafting any masterpieces or painting majestic scenes out of diverse and elegant vocabulary. Oh no. I would like to try and keep things as simple as possible. I might throw in the obscure word every now and then but only so that you and I can sit back, have a bit of a giggle as we twirl our curly facial hair, clink our double brandy shot glasses together as we hold onto our monocles with the other hand and go back to discussing ‘the industry’.

I’ll let you pick which one. Just not music. We don’t talk about that one no more.

Hopefully I am going to be running into a lot of other bloggers who are out to take the same venture as I am. It’s always nice to meet likeminded kindred spirits out in the cold depths of technological cyberspace, isn’t it? We could even huddle together for warmth. Form a circle and hold hands. Maybe meditate or carve mala beads. All those good bonding exercises!

And that’s not sarcasm by the way. I quite enjoy all of those things above. Especially holding hands.

– Dandy