This was actually supposed to be posted a few days ago, but due to my slow-ass writing skills (and an under-achieving local power supply company that can’t seem to keep us on the grid), this has obviously been delayed, so we now return to our movie already in progress:
This is my 43rd post for the 2011 year and I wanted to make it something a bit special, so I thought long and hard about how I might accomplish this, and came up with the following:
‘Ru ~ dig deeper’ is one of the original “superstars” of 43 Things (although I have a strong feeling she wouldn’t agree with that term, necessarily), and I have been reading her entries since I first joined here in December of 2007. In fact, I enjoyed them so much I subscribed (my first on 43 Things) only a few weeks later.
Ru ~ always has a very playful way of spinning her tales, making even the most mundane of tasks seem almost like an adventure from ‘Alice in Wonderland’, but at the same time she makes it seem like it’s just an ordinary day, yet one more slice of life for her.
She always seems to take things in without judging or analyzing, but rather just accepting that it is, and that’s the way it is. This is something that I have always wished for myself, as well.
My favorite story I’ve come across so far here, in all of ‘43 Things Land’, is her tale of “The Hunt For The Jones’ Soda Bottles”. Many times it has popped into my head over the years, and has helped to keep me motivated and moving toward my own goals, and I have even shared it with a few ‘outsiders’ when trying to impart a life lesson using the story as an analogy.
When I first sat down at my keyboard to ask Ru ~ for permission to use one of her photos of the Jones’ Soda bottles for my entry today, I felt a spark of excitement crawl from my fingers through to the email, and apparently my excitement had been enough to be infectious. In her quick reply she was both very surprised and thankful that I would even ask, and I couldn’t have been happier.
Rather than copy every post of her story here, it would be much easier to point everyone to her original threads (there are actually 2 parts to her story). Also, please remember that newer entries are always shown first, so you might want to scroll down to the bottom and then work your way upwards so you can follow along in chronological order.
In all this is, for me, a huge thank you to the people here like Ru ~ that inspire others by sharing of themselves and their lives, and allowing us to participate via proxy, and also a thank you to 43 Things, itself, for creating, sharing and inspiring all of us over the years.
And another great thank you to all of you, readers and authors, for inspiring me and many others along the way with your own unique brands of heroic, and somehow always familiar, journeys through your own personal Wonder- and Never-Never Lands.
For today’s musical selection, I asked Ru ~ to suggest something she liked that was of a more ‘obscure’ nature (for lack of a better word), because I enjoy hearing new music and styles from all over the globe. I also made a promise not to watch the video until I posted it here first, so I can watch it with everyone else at the same time.
And so ladies and gentlemen, as suggested by Miss Ru ~ dig deeper herself, for our listening pleasure we proudly present “Sanvean (I Am Your Shadow)” by ‘Dead Can Dance’ singer Lisa Gerrard:
[EDIT] Watched the video and it was very nice. In fact, I had never heard of Dead Can Dance before, so I found another song of their’s called “The Carnival Is Over”. Interestingly, both the music and the video reminded me very much of Cirque du Soleil, one of my favorite things ever.