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andrew martyn sugars's blog

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maybe 2003--2017

this blog post is part of me working through the loss of our family dog, maybe.  

now i've sat to write something i'm a little lost for words.  for several days i've wanted to write something somewhere and i knew today this blog is the place to write this. however what do i now write ?

i have to pause to collect my thoughts and manage my feelings.

 

a derby food fuddle

we met once more last night, one of our group needed to make up hours after a missed session.  it became a rather lovely reflective process as we met with food to share, it was to be my first derby food fuddle.

as we sat and chatted, listened and ate it struck me how far as a group we'd come.  brought together to explore music for well being we had become a supportive cohesive little group.  this was further reinforced when the local bluesky project co-ordinator joined us to hear for herself our stories and experiences.

six six six : how the storey is different

my partner has told me the storey of the huffington duck - it's april fools day and still before midday.  we chuckle and read about the national trust finding a sword in a lake.  

i'd sat down to write about my sixth session, the humour of the day has rather infiltrated my intention.

at the last session we completed our data gathering exercise. slightly longer than before so it made the session a little disjointed.  i've been reflecting about where i am now, having completed six sessions.

andrew's fifth

 

the sky outside my window is mostly blue, there are moments of cloud that dull down the blueness.  in my headphones the tune from the above video provides a soundtrack to this post, made early on the morning after the fifth session.

i've been reflecting about the progress - my progress - since week one.

fab four

happy international day of happiness everyone.  yes today is this amazing day and i wanted to mark it here on my blog before reflecting on my fab fourth session.  this morning i've been a volunteer in a local park where we've been coppicing hazel.  the particular bush had been left for so long it had become several small trees around 6 metres in height.  this morning was made more challenging by continuous rain.

third session thoughts

now well into the pattern of arriving and beginning the session, our third week began unlike the previous 2.  several interesting conversations and i arrived at a conversation with the tutor.

we had a really informative conversation about soundscapes and how in his opinion this is something i might well enjoy exploring and investigating.  i liked hearing his encouragement.  

encouragement it's something that i sometimes yern for but am unable to vocalise this need.

concertina time

i've been reflecting today about my concertina time at home.  i was lent the concertina by another member of the group after i felt at home with it in the session.

i've picked it up this week and made sounds with it, however it is nowhere like the experience with the group last week.  in the group i was able to experiment with the sounds it made within an improvised composition being created by the group.  i don't have any real understadning of the formal language of music, i simply respond to what i hear.

beautful musical scenes

i find myself sitting again at this time of the afternoon and my thoughts turning to the what to choose for thursday.  in my browser window i currently have 14 tabs open with music of some form or another slected in you tube.

in considering writing a blog post i review more thoughts and conclude that a considered post is going to be more appealing than lots and lots of you tube clips all in one post.  i am in effect realising the need to edit what i'm listening to.

how i feel today has influenced my choice of three scenes and for me they combine well.

mindfulness and music

in my reflection about week 2 i noted that i felt i needed some help to arrive at a strategy for when i'm on my own and my mind starts to race.  i also spoke of how we'd arrived at a task to do at home in preparation for the next session.

i spent sometime yesterday on you tube listening to possible candidates to share with  the group.  i reflect today that in so doing i ventured into informal mindfulness.  

sharing week 2

in a facebook chat with a male friend recently i said 

i have homework from a night school course i'm doing at the moment. find a peice of a film with musical score that you really like or moves you

 he replied

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