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Amy's Whimsical Musings

#shards: listening between the lines

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I’ve been thinking about this project for a long time. I knew I wanted to capture the somewhat ephemeral words of those poet-songwriters I fill my ears with daily. I love music, but I must admit I love lyrics more. As an amateur lyricist myself, I love the the constraints of penning something to match music..the wordplay it inflicts.  Music offers up a set mood and tone, and the lyricist must try to fit his craft into that beautiful box.

Originally I was thinking about a way to use Paper 53 for iPhone when I was testing it out in beta. What could I do better with the phone app on my cracked iPhone 5 than on my luxuriously large iPad? It turns out, a lot. Nevertheless, I abandoned my #shards project for a while until I found this amazing old-school slate tablet at Target for $1! Coupled with a dollar box-o-chalk I knew I could resurrect my second grade penmanship for the new millennium.

I love the juxtaposition of the unlikely,

so I settled on using only New Wave-ish eighties songs (my go-to choice of music for sheer entertainment). Basically, the project follows my whim and my feeling of the day…whatever earworm haunts me gets translated into my now faulty cursive.

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Over time (above is the first one), the board gets scarred with the shards of the past scribblings (how meta is that?!)

I rather like that…the poem strings that haunted me  through the day as music

still haunt over time as script.

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Of course, the name “#shards” indicates these are like scattered pieces of broken pottery or glass falling haphazardly, randomly. Their sharp edges stick to my soul and colour my day’s thinking and feeling.

I think I’ll try to do one a day for a while, then open it up to requests. That is, unless I wear out my poor slate…

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Who knows? It might be a neat coffee table book if arranged thematically, or I could contextualize them to give them more depth…or even use in a keynote if I can tease a metaphor for education out of there.

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