About Me:A well-respected lyricist & composer/producer for film & TV, Vikki writes in these genres: ambient electronica, world, new age, pop-classical, dramatic orchestral works, classical, medieval, comedy, folk. A life-long fan of JRR Tolkien, she has composed dozens of songs and instrumentals inspired by the Lord of the Rings, and now is working on a series of pieces influenced by the legends of Camelot & King Arthur.
~ No in elenath hîlar nan hâd gîn (may the stars shine upon your path).
Music: Enya, Loreena McKennitt, Jamis Ian, David Foster, Barbara Streisand, Carol King, Neil Diamond, Barrage, Rankin Family, Jimmy Rankin, Terri Clark, Patsy Cline. Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Nana Mouskori, Gordon Lightfoot, Puccini, John Williams, Phil Collins, Elton John, Beatles, Alan Parsons, Electric Light Orchestra, Queen, Aerosmith, Abba, Martina McBride, Evanesence, Norah Jones, Karen Carpenter, Rita McNeil, Emmylou Harris, Wendy Carlos, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Maria Callas, Syliva & Ian Tyson, Leonard Cohen, Peter Gabriel, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Sting, Sheryl Crowe, Anita Krause, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell... so many, so many.
Movies:Lord of the Rings Triology, pretty much anything sci fi.... British comedies.... old musicals (Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Chicago, Stepping Out, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, etc etc)
TV:Coronation Street, Dr Who, Stargate, Stargate Atlantis, most of the Star Treks, Battlestar Galatica.
Books:Lord of the Rings, The Artist's Way, The New Earth, Stillness Speakes, 6 Steps to Songwriting Success, The Craft & the Business of Songwriting, You'll See It When You Believe It, Inside Songwriting
I have been too long away from this enchanted place, my friends. I had no idea it had been more than a year since I came here. I've been seeking the magic in my life and sometimes have stumbled, but I return again. Currently I am writing music and teaching singing, and I occasionally manage to find time to paint. I take note of the RenFests, LOTR-related events, and SCA activities but I have yet to join in. If there is an Enchanted Folk Worldmeet I hope I can come!!
It's easy to get overwhelmed with the dysfunction in the world. I feel the only way we can make a difference is to become consciously aware in our own lives and work to remove ego & negativity from what we do and say. If we treat the people we meet with respect, if we have integrity to look & and work on ourselves from the inside out, then we are part of a movement to become more consciously aware of life and living. If we treat each moment as precious, then the light within us is like the ripples in a pond... spreading out to others. If we work to develop our own creativity, then we are open to the flow of inspiration and that might inspire others as well. If each of us does this in our own lives, then gradually this positive energy will grow. This is what I believe.
I can't change what my government is doing, I can't change what is happening overseas. But I can make an effort to be a good mentor to my students and others, I can make an effort to see the good, and appreciate the gifts I have been given, I can work to be consciously aware in the present moment. I can try to let go of the pain of the past and the worry about tomorrow. In my own small way, living from the inside out, I hope to lift and lighten those around me.
I sit down to write this blog and I can't think of a thing to say. Funny, cause if someone was here with me I'd probably have a million things to pontificate upon. Really. But sometimes writing a blog is difficult because, while you hope you are perhaps talking to someone out there... it's kinda sort of a one way conversation with yourself.
But what's new about that? I talk to myself, don't you? I have to, because I don't listen. I have things to do, to do lists, things to remember, things to encourage myself to do... if I don't mention it to myself, who will? (Note to self - mail that letter you've been carrying around for 3 days.)
Sometimes I wonder where my mind is. I don't think of myself as perpetually foggy of brain. No, I think I am just lost in a morass of details. I will be happily doing one thing and doing it well when suddenly another thing that needs to get done materializes in my mind and I quickly switch to that. Like walking in the bedroom to get your purse so you can mail that check off and while you're in there you start organizing the top drawer in your dresser because the checkbook was mixed in with all this other junk and it took you 15 minutes to find it. Meanwhile you were dumping things on your bed, hoping you hadn't lost the damn thing and pictures of having to go to the bank and change your account number or something created a nice little horror movie in your head. (Why go to movies, I can create enough drama on my own for free. And the price of popcorn?)
As I type this I have little pieces of paper hugging my keyboard, each with a note or a list of things I need to remember to do. Invariably I don't remember that I'm supposed to do them until I see the person I was supposed to do it for. 'Sorry,' I say sheepishly. Perhaps they should send me a photo every couple of days, that might help me. See Jane's picture, see Vikki do the thing she was supposed to do last week but forgot.
I do try. I attempt to be proactive. For example, someone wanted me to email them a list of starter ideas for recording musical ideas at home. I asked, "please, if you don't hear from me over the weekend, please email me and remind me." I'm sure I've said that to several people over the past month. But I haven't heard anything. Hey, maybe that means I actually did it and can forget about trying to remember that I haven't done something. But it's more likely that those folks forgot to remind me about the to-do's.
So I go to bed worrying that I should have done something, but I can't remember what it is. There's something hovering in my brain, but it won't come into focus. Then I lie there going through the ‘most important things to do' list, like: ‘did I pay the rent, yes.' ‘Did I pay that creditor on time, yes.' ‘Did I email my students the new schedule, yes.' ‘Ohmigod. Jane needed that thingy!' ‘Dick has been waiting for that whoosit for days!' It's amazing one sleeps at all, really. Must take pen and paper to bed and write down all these things or they will keep one awake for hours, jumping around creating crisiseses. Sheesh.
Hey, this is good. As I wrote this, I remembered three things I need to do. Cool. Mind you, that means that I might actually have to do them.
Perhaps I can lose the list for awhile. Magically.