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Pure Imagination,#1256

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Every once in a blue moon, you encounter a soul so purely creative and innovative that just being in their very presence is inspiring.  I don’t just mean the kind of inspiring that gets your thoughts spinning and taps into your imagination.  Instead, this sort of once-in-a-lifetime earth shattering force gets your creative juices flowing and doesn’t stop there.  They inspire action.  They inspire the fire that lights your pants and gets you up and going.  They inspire you to share your efforts and to stand up and be noticed.

That was the kind of person my Uncle Irving was.  His creativity was absolutely limitless, and watching him work was mind boggling.

One time I ran into him at the local library with a stack of books in his hands as he was leaving and walking to his car.  His short explanation to me as we crossed paths was “I couldn’t figure out how to do something.”  What a statement!  Uncle Irving simply was not the type of person to give up and under no circumstances would accept defeat.

There are so many funny stories I could share about my uncle, but when I really think about writing this blog, it’s not the stories that I really want to pass along.  I know that my family and friends will read this, and I think what I most want them to take away when they remember Irving Olson is this:

Absolutely anything that you dream of achieving is possible.  Go give it your all and don’t let anybody tell you how to do it.  It’s your dream, and you are its inventor.

He never said those words to me, but just being in his presence made me believe them.  He didn’t have to say those words to me, because Irving Olson led by example.

The last time I used the song “Pure Imagination” for a blog post, it was a blog about Steve Jobs.  Yes, my Uncle Irving was an elite innovator of the highest ranks.. He was Steve Jobs creative, and so…it is time to use this song again.  I’ll give it a bit of a different twist though.  Maroon 5 did a cover of “Pure Imagination” when Gene Wilder passed away a few weeks ago.  It’s a well done cover, and AdamaLevine’s voice is perfect for it.  So, here it is a new spin on a classic…enjoy!

 

End Note:

I wonder if I’ll ever use “Pure Imagination” again.  Perhaps not, because this type of innovation only comes around once in blue moon.  Uncle Irving passed away just shy of his 103rd birthday.  I hope in the next century, we’ll encounter this rare breed again.  One can only hope.

 

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DIY – How to Make a Desk Troll

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My daughter is so creative.  Last night she started experimenting with duck tape, and she came up with her own adorable creation.  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to all of you – the desk troll.

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According to her, this very unique “stuffed animal” is supposed to sit on your desk and give you smiles all day long. Today, she is teaching us how to make one.

To do so, you will need:

Materials

–Duct Tape (Two assorted colors/patterns)
–Scissors
–1 Pipe cleaner
–Stuffing (She’s using tulle, because it’s what we had in the house)

Step 1

Grab a big handful of stuffing.

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Step 2

Completely cover the stuffing with your choice of duct tape.

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Step 3

Take a pipe cleaner and cut it into 4 pieces to be used for the arms and legs.

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Step 4

Tape two pipe cleaner legs to the bottom of the body, and one pipe cleaner on each of the sides for the arms.

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Step 5

Use your second colored tape to make eyes and a mouth.

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And there you have it…your own adorable desk troll.  My daughter made a whole desk troll family.  Check it out!

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My song of the day for my baby girl and her creativity is “Pure Imagination” from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” because she is an innovator.  Love this kid and hope you love her “desk trolls” as much as I do!

Musical Instrument Recognition for Young Children

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Happy Tuesday, blog readers!  It is time for another music activity for you to share with your children at home.  Today, we will be helping young children recognize the names and sounds of a variety of instruments.  You can try this activity with any instruments you have lying around, but please keep in mind that most children already can identify simple instruments like bells, drums and shakers.

From the Top 10 Tuesday list of instruments under $40 that can help promote music education at home (click HERE to see the complete list), I recommend the following instruments:

(1) Rhythm Sticks ..  Available through Amazon.com… Click HERE

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(2) The Triangle .. Available through Amazon.com…Click HERE

Triangle

(3) The Recorder .. Available through Amazon.com…Click HERE

Recorder

(4) The Guiro.. Available through Amazon.com…Click HERE

Guiro

(5) The Rain Stick…Available through Amazon.com…Click HERE

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The Activity

Once you’ve put together several various instruments, set them out and instruct you child to explore them:  play them, feel them and listen to them.  Once your child is done checking them out, take one instrument at a time, show it to your child and tell them the name of the instrument.  Play the sound for the instrument when you tell them its name, too.

When you have completed this with each of the instruments sitting out, instruct your child to close their eyes.  Play an instrument and see if they can name it with their eyes closed.  No peeking! If they cannot, don’t get frustrated.  Just tell them the name and move on to the next instrument.  Continue the activity until they can name them all.  If they are getting fidgety, stop and come back to it another time.

With your child’s eyes open, lay the instruments out in front of them.  Tell them an instrument name and see if they can point to it.  If they are struggling, try to verbally make the sound of the instrument to see if they can identify the sound.

By the time you are done with these simple steps, they are for sure to know the names and sounds of every instrument you share with them all while having a good time.  You should feel good that you have shared music with your child!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Tucson Songstress website to help instill a love of music in your child.  Don’t forget to to stop by every Tuesday for more musical fun, and click HERE for an archive for previous activities.  Until next week, play on!

When I Write the Book, #639

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My daughter seems to have a real knack for writing, and I’ve been witness to her talent on a few occasions over the last year.  It’s hard to gauge creativity though, as even though I know how amazingly unique and special she is, I also know that my opinion is biased.  Over this last year, however, she has shown her awesome skills at school.

The first time I saw her writing skills being recognized was when I received a phone call from her teacher to tell me that her story had been chosen out of every first grader at their annual “teacher’s theatre.”  I blogged about it at the time, so click HERE to hear all about that very special day and to hear her story.

About a month ago, my daughter was recognized again….this time in a poetry contest.  She won first prize in her class.  Here’s the award-winning poem:

 

Dogs and Cats

Thunder, thunder everywhere,

Sharpei in the room right there.

Beagles in the room right here,

Oh no! Cats chasing dogs!

 

Short, sweet, detailed, descriptive and to the point….oozing with creativity.  Do I sound like a proud Mommy or what?

Finally, yesterday her second grade class presented their “digital readings” to their parents.  Digital readings are when the children write a story, illustrate it, and then record their voices telling the story over a slide show of their illustrations.  It was fabulous.  Again, my daughter’s story was imaginative and clever.  Her teacher even told me in a conference that she had been considering it for the teacher’s theatre and was disappointed to learn that she had received the honor last year.  A child cannot be chosen two years in a row.

Everybody has a talent, and I think my little girl may be a true writer.  She loves to read, and I am learning that her imagination is endless.  That is why my song of the day is “When I Write a Book” by late ’70’s British pop band, Rockpile.  The song was really written by Nick Lowe, vocalist and bass guitarist for the band, and today, he performs the song solo.  Click HERE to go to Youtube to hear it, and as you listen, know that it was meant for my extraordinary daughter today.  She is well on her way to fine-tuning her natural talent and I couldn’t be more proud.

 

Fame, #326

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This is my daughter. She is a famous author. Yesterday, she was surprised in front of her school that a story she had written had been chosen out of all the first graders to be performed by her teachers. It was a very proud moment in the eyes of a Mama, and I am so impressed with her creativity.

Because being a Mom gives me a certain amount of bragging rights, I thought I’d share her awesome award-winning story with all of you today. As far as I know, there is no title, so to move thing along, here is her story about finding a spaceship in her back yard:

One day, I found a ship in my back yard.  It looked very old and very dusty.

 “I should invite my friends, Molly and Mallika, over and show them the ship,” I thought.  They came over right away.

“Look,” I shouted!  “It’s a ship,” Mallika said.  Molly said “Let’s take a ride.”  Mallika is very scared.  She has never been on a space adventure.  Molly and I haven’t either, but we are brave.  We went inside the ship.  We saw spider webs and bones.  We spent the day cleaning up the ship.  Soon it was as good as new.

Molly said, “Let’s start the ship up.”  I said, “Where should we go?”  Mallika said, “A cloudy planet.”  Molly said, “A hot planet!”  I said, “A planet with volcanos!  Hey!  I know a planet with all of those!”

It took all night to get there.  We flew past beautiful stars and planets. 

When we arrived, we put on our fancy space suits to explore Venus!

While exploring, we suddenly heard a loud, “POP!”  When we turned around, we suddenly saw a loud volcano.

It was big with red spots inside.  “It think that’s hot lava!,” I shouted.  Molly and Mallika agreed.  We really wanted to collect Venus rocks to bring home, but the volcano scared us.  We tried finding a new spot to search for Venus rocks, but everywhere we went, there were more volcanos.

We tried hiding in a crater to get away from the lava, but we couldn’t find a crater because of all the thick clouds.  “The volcanos are going to explode soon,” said Mallika.  “It’s no use, we can’t find cool rocks.  These clouds make it so blurry,” Molly said.

I said, “Maybe it’s time to go home.  Our spaceship is about to burn up anyways.  It’s so hot and bright this close to the sun.  I don’t want to get a bad tan.”  We ran to our spaceship, jumped in and flew home.

We arrived safely back home just in time for dinner.  Our Moms and Dads were very scared.  We had been gone the whole day.  But they were also glad we were back home and safe! 

We told them about our day on Venus, but no one believed us!

And then the narrator (her teacher) proudly declared, “The End.” 

Everyone loved the story, and the teachers’ performance of it.  My daughter was even invited to take a bow with the cast of her special show.

She had no idea we came to watch her surprise until we met her outside.  She was glowing with pride, and I am thrilled beyond words she got some recognition for her creativity.  My song of the day is David Bowie’s “Fame,” because I can only hope that this little taste of fame among her peers gives her the confidence to continue to write, be expressive and continue to use her beautiful imagination.

Unfortunately, my video site is still working out its kinks, so to watch the song “Fame,” click on this Youtube link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-_30HA7rec

I hope my daughter’s story reminds us all that the power of creative expression should be commended!   Way to go baby girl!  I am so proud of you!

 

  

Steve Jobs’s “Pure Imagination,” Day #116

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Creativity is a gift from G-d, in my opinion. When inspiration strikes me, I recognize it as something holy and take it very seriously.

Creativity mixed with knowledge and education and pure smarts leads to innovation. To those people who are able to embody those traits, the sky is the limit. I have always been in awe of those people.

Steve Jobs was a true innovator. Yesterday, in learning of his death, I turned to Facebook. In a time of tragedy, Facebook becomes an open discussion forum. It is a place where we mourn losses as a community. In this case, the loss of Steve Jobs needed to be mourned in a wide scale global community. This one man was able to strike a chord in absolutely everyone.

How is it that one person can dream so big, and those dreams can affect an entire world? Truth is, I don’t own one Apple product. It doesn’t really matter though, because you’d have to be dead to not recognize the impact Steve Jobs has had on our world. It is why everyone is so crushed by his passing.

My brother called Jobs, “the Oprah for men.” I loved this comparison. If we think about what Oprah does for women (examine our flaws, read and educate ourselves with literature, become inspired, feel good inside), it really is true that Jobs has done the same for men. But truly, dear brother, Jobs was not a Lifetime original movie. He was more of an A&E documentary. He was someone we all could enjoy and appreciate.

Enough said….I could go on for hours about the awesomeness of Steve Jobs. It was hard to choose a song that captured his spirit, but the more I thought about it, I realized that to me, Steve Jobs was like a real life Willy Wonka. If we could peer into his brain, I am certain we would fine candy wallpaper and chocolate rivers and everlasting gobstoppers. The song, “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory suits him perfectly.

As I end this blog today, I leave you all with this master innovator’s quote from his 1995 Stanford University Commencement speech. It is a Willy Wonka quote and one that we can all learn from.

‎”You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” — Steve Jobs
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Rain and Inspiration with Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Day #66

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I have always been a craftsy kind of a gal. I love to make homemade cards, scrapbook, decoupage. Really, I like all arts and crafts and anything that brings out the creativity in me.

Yesterday, my daughter and I went to one of my favorite stores in the world: Michael’s. It is impossible for me to be in a bad mood in that store as I walk around and oohh and aahh over the countless possibilities .

When I walked in yesterday, there was a table set up with the most gorgeous glittery cards and lacy punch outs I had ever laid my eyes on. There was a photo album with pockets made from grocery store bags. It was amazing! I was inspired and so excited. The table was set up to promote this particular crafter’s classes. The classes even work with my schedule…in the evenings late enough so my husband could watch the kids for an hour. A class like that would be good for my soul. I am in! Going back tomorrow to sign up.

When I lived in Santa Monica, I lived in an amazing 3-level condominium. The top level was a loft which I had set up as an office and crafting studio. My favorite time in the loft was when it rained. The rain would pound on the windowed ceiling, and I would put on Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” It was my favorite music to listen to in the rain as I was crafting. So, as an ode to creativity and inspiration….here’s a little classical music for your Sunday. Turn up your speakers loud and listen to it especially if it rains today. Maybe it will inspire you, too.
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