Best-selling author Joanne K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series have a rather lasting impact to me. Having read some of the internationally renowned novels and watched its film adaptation, I can totally imagine a world where everything can be fixed with just an immediate swish and flick of a wand. A lot of what-if’s filled in my mind. What if everything in the series is true? I would definitely book a one-way ticket to Hogwarts at this very moment.
In the series, specifically the first few scenes of the Philosopher’s stone, Hermione mended Harry’s broken glasses, uttering the spell “Oculus Reparo.” In just a flick of a wand, the glasses are good as new. Having seen this part like a million times, it occurred to me that we are so close to this kind of world. Except that we are not using wands and magic spells, but with technology.
With the recent advancement of technology, we can now easily fix almost everything. From our very own bodies to the material things. Even a scraped musical instrument can now be restored anew at musicians friend scratch and dent. Truly, we are so close to achieving perfection in the Muggle world. Now, let me end this with a question: do witches and wizards also want to dwell in the Muggle realm as much as we want to live in the wizarding world?
I am no fan of electronic dance music. I mean, who would dare listen to boring popular music with repetitive beats and synthesized backing tracks resonating from manhandled DJ controllers and interfaces? It just bangs into your eardrums and causes you a headache with those amplified meaningless beats and lack of words. Just the usual “tugs tugs tugs.” Sure it can be sort of catchy but it really does not appeal to me whatsoever.
Apparently, there are some who massively indulge in this kind of music. These people are those who are into late-night college raves– the ones who would dance wildly to the beat of EDM’s with a vodka clutched in hand. And of course, tormented the day after with a two-day long hangover. Which reminds me of a fictional character in Rainbow Rowell’s book called “Fangirl.” Her name is Reagan, she possesses a secondary role as the cynical roommate of Cath, the main character.
Reagan is a mixture of edge and sarcasm. As I have said earlier, she likes to party. Reagan reminds me that there is so much more to life, and that, young as we are, we should look forward to more adventures before our time runs out. She also changed my rather negative perception of EDM’s as well. Maybe, the music produced by various controllers and interfaces (which you can purchase at http://www.guitarcenter.com/DJ-Controllers-Interfaces.gc are still considered as art. Many just fail to appreciate it.
If you happen to follow my other blogs, I have shared there the progress of my project audio system for our home use only. I am already done installing the new set of television which I opted to mount it in the wall for a space-optimizing idea. And just very recently, I have acquired our karaoke player already. Although I do not have the speaker set and an amplifier, at least I can try this out using our old speakers.
However, I only encountered one minor problem. I do not know how to operate this microphone with a desk mic stand. So basically, I need to grab the user manual of this mic.
But good enough, I need not to because of my hubby’s help. He already reviewed the manual himself so I won’t have difficulties manipulating the mic. And so for me to use the mic with ease then.
Homeschooling has been a trend nowadays especially for parents who have ample time to attend to their kids. Most of them are home based workers and staying and teaching at home with kids is another option for them.
This is actually one idea which I am considering for my son right now that I am just at home. But I am not sure if homeschooling works for him actually. I am still trying to study homeschooling books to at least have me in mind how to manage kids in homeschooling.
But while looking for great resources online, parents’ guides for homeschooling parents, I am stuck at learning how to use a behringer s16 for the karaoke set which I am yearning to have. The day ended up having a karaoke with my son.
I am no fan of novels nor even having the interest of reading one. There are a lot of English novels at home but those never hit my interests.
However, just very recently, while sporting for kids musical books at a book shop nearby, I bumped into a novel, a musical one. It is the Guitar Notes by Mary Amato.
Here’s the summary of the novel.
On odd days, Tripp uses a school practice room to let loose on a borrowed guitar. Eyes closed, strumming that beat-up instrument, Tripp escapes to a world where only the music matters.On even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect–she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of the guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected. What starts as a series of snippy notes quickly blossoms into the sharing of interests and secrets and dreams, and the forging of a very unlikely friendship.Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.From beloved author Mary Amato comes a YA novel of wit and wisdom, both heartfelt and heartbreaking, about the power of music and the unexpected chords that draw us together.
By just merely reading the summary of the novel, one can imagine a setting where the characters fall in love by and with the music, the songs they are playing. Isn’t it great to feel like being loved and in-loved much even more when music also plays a role?
Sometimes, I also put myself in the characters’ roles and even put more spices on it like thinking that we are in a guitar center sessions attending a music class and with the one I also been longing to love and be loved. Oh well, I think I need to stop daydreaming.
Anyway, the novel seemed really great. So grab a copy of this one now and start falling in love with music.