I love serendipity. Such as when I stumble upon a new blog right when I need it. Like Tara’s Periwinkles and Pine. I am incredibly art/craft challenged and kept thinking that I needed to poke around online to get some inspiration. And then Periwinkles falls into my lap with inspiration to spare. I think that we will try the crayon and hot rocks tomorrow. It looks fun and doable (seriously…homeschool math, no problem…homeschool art and crafts and I run screaming for the hills). Oh and she loves children’s lit too…looks like a lot of good finds in her reading lists.

And if the neat art ideas and books were not enough…I have absolutely fallen in love with her music choices. Because, you see, Tara has a neat plug-in that allows her to have her favorite music playlists playing. Now usually music on websites sends me running the hills…I hate it. It is one of my pet peeves actually. Please don’t subject me to your tastes in music because it most likely is the not the same as mine.

But that was not the case here! I got caught up in the first track by Amos Lee and was hooked. Soon I was clicking through her playlist and checking out artists on iTunes. I ended up discovering three new artists that I absolutely LOVE…Amos Lee, Jack Johnson and Jamie Cullum. And due to the magic that is iTunes, I am enjoying them as we speak (as I write?)

I have actually been on the search (without much luck) for new artists since I discovered Martin Sexton this summer. My friend Joanna’s husband is a musician who plays all over Ocean City in the summer and he played a wonderful cover of Sexton’s Hallelujah that I fell in love with immediately. After finding out it was by Martin Sexton, I downloaded most of his albums over the course of the summer (interesting side note…each summer seems to have its own “soundtrack” to it…last summer it was Martin Sexton, the summer before it was James Taylor (go figure and don’t ask me why…))

I am so surprised any time I find a new artist that I actually love…my music tastes are pretty heavily weighted towards music I loved growing up…Billy Joel, Chicago, Paul Simon, Simon and Garfunkel, Eric Clapton. Lots of classical (Bach, Mozart and others), and instrumentals (like Linus and Lucy and the Canadian Brass). Most of the more recent stuff I have discovered is instrumentals from movies/tv such as the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks (the boys and I both love these) and the Robin Hood soundtrack.

I don’t like much “popular” music…which is why I was amazed to find so many good tracks on Tara’s playlist. I guess that I need to do more hunting in the folk music category.

Another interesting thing is that I just realized that I am most definitely more partial to male vocalists…I had never realized that before. While I enjoyed the female vocalists on Tara’s playlist and would more than enjoy hearing them at a friend’s house, there were none that I grabbed me enough to want to purchase for myself. Not sure if that means anything…

I looked through my music list and sure enough, the only female artists (other than the Indigo Girls) I have are part of ensembles (like The Mamas and the Papas and Peter, Paul and Mary…um…did I mention that I am a bit stuck in the past musically?)

I guess that I should probably stop babbling now. I just can’t tell you how excited I have gotten over all this. (And how much time I have blown over at iTunes) Doesn’t take much, does it?

About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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5 Responses to Serendipity

  1. Tara says:

    Thanks for all the kind words and praise- my head is feeling kind of inflated now! LOL :)

    I have subscribed to your blog for some time now, and enjoy reading all about your homeschool adventures.
    I would never have found the homeschooling creatively Yahoo list if not for you!!

    I’m glad you enjoy some of my music choices- I often wonder if folks reach to turn down their speakers when visiting. Many of the artists I have to admit- I found while surfing other blogs.

    Blogging has offered me and my family so much-
    I’m so glad we all participate in sharing the wealth of ideas and information.


  2. denise says:

    I love Tara’s blog too. One of my favorites – always something interesting happening over there!

  3. Maria says:

    Another Tara fan, here. And Denise, for that matter, she’s pretty crafty herself! (And one if from WI where I grew up, one is from Maine where I am now. Small world or what?) And then I get to discover Stephanie and her blog. And now I’m gushing about the blogoshere and how neat it is…pretty soon I’ll be weeping and eating chocolate! Okay…since my security word was “hugs” maybe that’s why I’m all mushy…

    Anyway, hi, I’m Maria and before I digressed above I was going to say “Wow, I just discovered your blog! Pretty cool! Great links and resources etc, etc…” I don’t like popular music either. I feel so OLD sometimes. But it’s always great to discover new stuff, isn’t it. I didn’t mind your ‘babbling’ at all, it made perfect sense to me!

  4. kim says:

    Seems like you got a real creativity boost from Tara’s inspiring blog. Yes, time to check out some new music or else you start to get old. I admire your energy in the search. I need that plug in….

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