|2nd Annual Challenge of Music|
The rules for this challenge was:
The minute I read that the Challenge was instrumental music I knew what piece I wanted to use. Just so you know I was a band geek (marching band, instrumental band, pep band, symphonic band) and I love classical music. I have a whole slew of music that speaks to me, but the piece I wanted to use is something I have listened to since I was about 7 years old - "Music Box Dancer" by Frank Mills.
|I am the one on the right (mom says it looks like|
I am full of it and I know it)
The reason I chose "Music Box Dancer" is because I danced to this song for my one and only ballet performance in 1979 or 1980. I remember listening and practicing to this song over and over. I remember not only listening to the song for practice but for pleasure - though you would think I would be sick of listening to it from practice.
To me this song means freedom and fun. I remember having a lot of fun with ballet, tap dance and gymnastics as a child. I know I wasn't the best dancer but I just remember the joy I felt to just be free and move. I think that is what I feel when I listen to this song as an adult - it brings back the joy I felt in dancing. That joy that I wish I could capture as an adult - the freedom of dance (which I can't even dance now). When I listen to this music now, I see colors in motion - bright and happy colors - that go in time with the tapping of my feet.
So, that is what I wanted to bring to this piece - joy in motion and color. So, without further ado - our piece for the Challenge of Music.
|Poetry in Motion - name of our piece|
I wanted a pendant to show the joy a dancer finds in dancing and being in motion. I wanted to bring in the colors that I see when I listen to that song. I think mom and I did a great job trying to interpret what I see and feel when I hear "Music Box Dancer".
I love how I was able to enamel her dress the variegated colors from white, yellow, orange to red. Mom and I used the ribbons to convey motion from the dancer and the song.
The lampwork beads I made I wanted to try and show motion again. I did that by using a base bead of white, frit on top and then feathered the frit. We used accents of pearls and pink Czech beads because I wanted a little bit of pink in the piece for my tutu.
Here is a close up of the pendant - doesn't she just look so free.
So you know what the song sounds like here are two video's of "Music Box Dancer".
This second one is a longer version - a Remix of "Music Box Dancer"
Thanks for checking out our 2nd Annual Challenge of Music. Below you will find the list of other participants:
Evie and Beth McCord
Malin de Koning
Mary K McGraw