Sunday, September 2, 2012

On a Musical Note...


Here are this week's...
Random Facts and Tidbits.

Random Courting the Flame Fact:

Since I seem to have landed on a ‘musical note’ this week (you’ll understand when you read my tidbit below) I figured I'd share this little fact.

Without giving too much away, there’s a really fun scene in Courting the Flame where Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet makes an appearance. If you’ve been following along you already know that, very much like myself, Gracie loves to listen to music, but she’s all about alternative rock. Classical music has never been on her radar. However, there is one part in the book where Gracie’s feeling all…well actually, it happens right at the moment when she and—Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Okay. Seems I can’t tell you without blowing the scene. Never fear, though, I can still share the interesting fact…which is actually more of a tidbit now that I think about it. (Drops shoulders) Oh, just follow along and you’ll understand in a minute.

Long after I finished writing Courting the Flame I decided to visit the Museum of Fine Arts website. Seeing as though it is home to Renoir’s Dance at Bougival (which just so happens to be very important to Courting the Flame), visiting the site was something I liked to do from time to time. For whatever reason on this particular day, however, I decided to skip the galleries and visit MFA’s online gift shop. I’d never been there before and thought it might be interesting to see what they had for sale. Imagine my shock when I found this gem staring back at me. I read the description and was like….Noooooo way! You have got to be kidding. But it was no joke.

For a mere $98.00, you can purchase this beautiful fine Italian music box adorned with none other than Pierre Auguste Renoir’s Dance at Bougival which just so happens to play…you guessed it,  "Romeo and Juliet" by Tchaikovsky. I can’t make this stuff up, folks. 

   
Diana DeCameron Tidbit:

So I was driving in my car today, radio blaring, when this song…this absolutely amazing song came on Alt Nation. The moment I heard the opening strains I felt connected to it. The melody rocked me so violently that it literally made my heart skip beats. Instantly, I felt short of breath, my palms grew sweaty, and chills ran up and down the length of my spine. All of which happened within the span of a nano-second.

Ohhhhhh my God! I have to—No! I need to find out who is responsible for this musical magnum opus, I thought as I raced into my driveway, slammed my car into park, and laid my head against the headrest, the tempo, harmonies, and lyrics all conspiring to take over my body, giving my soul permission to dance freely. One segment of the song had such killer harmonies that for one fleeting moment I actually felt as if I had glimpsed heaven. I'm being one-hundred percent serious here, folks.

Sigh. Music. It’s such a powerful medium, at least for me. As a teenager, I remember wanting nothing more than to disappear into my room—not to smoke, not to do drugs—but to listen to my favorite songs over and over and over again! Uninterrupted. Music has always had a powerful hold on me. I come from a musical family, so I suppose that’s par for the course, but the hold music has had on me has always seemed so extreme.

And as a once-upon-a-time semi-professional singer, I can also tell you that when you cross that invisible line between listening and performing a song, the affect intensifies seven-fold. No longer are you merely ‘taking it all in’, but you become a part of the tones, the melody, and the energy given off by other people listening along. If all goes well, it’s a truly euphoric feeling. Truly.

In my opinion, it all goes back to the power of positive energy. I know, I know. Everything always goes back to energy for me, but I do believe the world is filled with it, some good, some bad, and some musical. Apparently, I exist on some sort of  ‘musical’ energy field, a place where songs like Trembling Hands grab a hold of your soul and won’t let go, an invisible field where emotions dance and mingle freely with the tones, the tempo, and the unforgettable tunes created by bands like...The Temper Trap.

—Enjoy




More Random Facts and Tidbits to come. Oh…and while I have your attention, I’m once again reiterating this statement from my past posts. Reader reviews for Courting the Flame are starting to roll in. If you’ve read Courting the Flame and are willing to share your thoughts, I’d love to hear from you, as well. Feel free to leave your reviews at  Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, or Goodreads.com.

As always...
Until we meet again, make it a great week!
Oh...and more Facts and Tidbits to come.