Play Me a Song

The only instrument that I ever learned to play with some proficiency is the guitar. (I ♥ guitar!) When I was a teen I really really wanted to be in a band and I was – technically. When I was 18 I was a part of the vocals for a new band called Lethal 7. We only had one practice and parted ways due to the driving distance between band members… lol! I wasn’t too heartbroken since I was starting college and didn’t have the time. But way before the short lived band, back when I first started my private guitar lessons with Dave at Marshall Music, my goal was to learn how to play Follow Me by John Denver for my parents anniversary. Due to the difficulty of the chords, they had to be simplified for me and every week I practiced different parts of the song with Dave.

When my parent’s anniversary came around, I’m not sure what exactly happened, but I didn’t perform it.  :(( Once private lessons ended I moved into group guitar lessons which I stupidly blew off due to my social life. Not long after that I got involved in music ministry at youth group where I would assist in leading worship songs. After graduation I laid down my pick and really haven’t touched guitar since.

Until now that is! Introducing my new electric guitar Sakura! (I just call it Blossom. ;))

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Despite playing for over a year, I never owned my own guitar so this is my first one! 😀 😀 😀 I’ve always wanted an electric guitar (’cause they’re cool!) – specifically the Warlock Black Agathis with Silver Bevels and the Widow Head-stock. I drooled over that pretty piece in the Guitar Center catalog for ages and had that description memorized! Lol! In college I had tried one out (without silver bevels) and was turned off by how heavy it was! D:< That desire was no longer existent when I purchased Blossom. 🙂

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So as a part of my Golden Year Project I decided that I wanted to finally play Follow Me for my parents anniversary. 🙂

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And with decisions come sacrifices…

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My long nails had to go. 😥 (I know how to grow them out if I really want them back)

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I was really stoked when I found someone on YouTube who simplified the chords for the song into D, G, C, A which I was able to start recalling pretty quickly. So after two weeks of practice…

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I did it! 😀 So many things could’ve went better with my first performance in 10 years, but I had a very forgiving audience.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Golden Year Project status: 7/28

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/20/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes
  3. 2/28/2015: Facing the Rockwall
  4. 3/10-12/2015: The Amazing Chi-Town!
  5. 3/18/2015: On Target… or Not.
  6. 4/11/2015: The Tridge
  7. 4/17/2015: Play Me a Song
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2015 Anthem :3

Right before new years I came across the cute AMV below featuring this awesome tune by Mindy Gledhill. The song resonated with me and I feel that it really captures the essence of where I am right now in my life journey. Whole Wide World has been dubbed my personal anthem for 2015 and I have it on my MP3 player to listen to during my workouts. :3

“Whole Wide World”

I’m gonna walk a hundred miles
I’m gonna whistle all the while
If that’s what it takes to make me smile
I’m gonna walk a hundred miles

I’m gonna run right up this hill
Summer sky or winter chill
If I gotta take a break I will
But I’m gonna run right up this hill

I wanna hold the whole wide world
Right here in my open hands
Maybe I’m just a little girl
A little girl with great big plans

I’m gonna go and take a chance
I’m gonna learn to ballet dance
Learn a little something ‘bout romance
I’m gonna go and take a chance

I’m gonna live a crazy dream
Impossible as it may seem
Doesn’t matter what the future brings
I’m gonna live a crazy dream

[Chorus]

You tell me, “don’t try it”
I’m warning you that I won’t buy it
All failure is fleeting
I trust it always has its meaning

Do you have a personal anthem?

Thanks for reading!

-AnnaSan

It Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas…

Today we had our very first snow of the season!  I don’t know about you but snow has a way of making me think of Christmas …and holiday food. Mmm… Doesn’t bread pudding sound really good right now? So while I was driving home I switched over to 100.3 (who is already playing Christmas music) and… immediately changed the station! XD Apparently I’m not quite ready for the holiday. 🙂

On the topic of music, I was going through my playlists and was rediscovering some of my old favorite “Anime tunes.” Some are from Anime and others… I’m not really sure.

  • Douten – Naruto Shippuden
  • Beautiful Amulet – Yukari Tamura
  • Flame – Witch Hunter Robin
  • Run Rabbit Junk – Ghost in the Shell OST 1
  • Obsession -.hack//sign OST
  • Egg of the Dream – Rahexephon OST 1
  • Secret Ambition – Mizuki Nana
  • You – Kazami
  • White Destiny – Pretear opening
  • Animato – Utada Hikaru

It is just so weird! I used to listen to these (and more) all the time! I wonder why I ever stopped… hmm. 

Do you have any favorite anime tunes?

Arrietty’s Song

Not too long ago I picked up The Borrower Arrietty and forced my older brother to watch it. (bwahahaha) Surprisingly he enjoyed it the most out of all the Ghibli films I’ve made him sit through!

There really isn’t much to the story line though the music and visuals are fantastic! One of the best characters would have to be the obsessed house keeper Hara and my least favorite would be Spiller. He is one of the most cobbled together characters ever. Think Markl’s (Howl’s Moving Castle) face on an adult body and give him a black wig. Ehhh… :< If anything it is an interesting watch so if you have the opportunity give it a go. 🙂