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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.

Learn to Grow Learner feedback

Another positive testistment to the project in St Helens, in the learners own words

Learn to Grow - learner feedback

 

Positive feedback from one of the learners in St Helens who has successfully found employment, and has taken the time to email our project today...

 

I'd highly recommend the courses to anyone as I've really enjoyed them and they've helped me in ways I didn't realise I needed x  

 

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.

Latest update from St Helens

Hi All

Here's our latest overview for our group B project. Thoughts/ comments/ suggestions welcome.

We have lots of activity planned to keep promoting and hopefully raise the number of volunteers here...

Andrea

Learn to Grow

 

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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