One thing I didn’t realise or remember about having an Alexa Echo Dot thingy, is that I can get to hear my kindle books on it, spoken aloud by Alexa herself! I am excited about that because my Kindle stopped working around two years ago I had loads of books on it, downloaded a load of free classic literature.
Today I sat through and heard the first three chapters of The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, for the first time – it’s quite a good read actually. I have wanted to read that story for years!
I can totally understand why so many classic horror novelists have owed their inspiration to it!
Because of the book and because of the music, I have found myself daydreaming about my vampires again – yes I know there are no vampires in the story, but still, the thought is there.
The music I have been listening today have been my vampire playlist, but I have started to create a new vampire playlist now, one that concentrates mostly on classical music because of the time period I am thinking about.
My music tastes are more than just a little bit eclectic; I do in fact listen to classical music about half the time actually and my paternal family has always been into classical music and that side of the family has always been musical and involved with entertainment in some manner of speaking.
I for example, was classically trained in opera as a young child, until my mum got fed up forking out the money for something she didn’t find productive, my dad and his family were very distressed at her stopping this.
I love a lot of different types of musical interests, Jazz, soul, rock and alternative with classical or classical fusion and world music. I have never been to a music concert before, unless you include local classical orchestra that is and nobody really wants to hear that I have gone to those, because they expect you to say some cooler like a rock band or something.
But I have always been a huge fan of Vivaldi, George Gershwin, Beethoven, Vaughn Williams and Tchaikovsky to name but a few. I even like modern classical from John Williams, Alan Silvestre and Brad Fiedel which are movie composers.
I am one of these strange people that when she watches a movie, she lets the whole thing consume her – the visuals, the acting, the audio – background music, it is all taken in by me. I am not happy to just watch a movie and enjoy it; I like to know where that music came from in scene whatever and well that’s just me, I am a geek, what can I say?
Since I was very small I had loads of dreams about being some kind of composer myself, lyricist, but also a director or something along those lines. But the thing is I could never narrow down what I wanted to focus on, because I like the whole caboodle.
I want to be an artist, I want to do the music, I want to design the costumes, I want to help the props, I want to write songs, I want to write the stories and for a good few years as a child I used to roleplay being a radio DJ too!
But because I can’t focus which one, I never threw myself into it, because I would literally run around trying to do the whole thing!
I have so many interests and I let a project consume me, I remember when I was in college I was part of an amateur dramatics group and I couldn’t choose my focus and my friends loved me, but found my lack of focus on one or two aspects very frustrating and distracting!
They loved my dedication but would often cry into their hands about “Tina, please just focus”!
Most of them pushed me into the acting, writing or prop making as they felt those things were my best strengths. But I wasn’t keen on the acting, though they kept trying to steer me into it as they believed I was amazing. But I didn’t want that, I knew that, I knew that I didn’t want that part of it, but I wanted everything else, lol.
In the last few weeks of being in that group, I was primarily writer and they enjoyed it – but then they started to try and shift my genre focus. “You do better horror and psychological thrillers than anything else” they said.
By that time I knew my time was up, because my mum didn’t like me doing this in my spare time after college, she wanted me home in the evenings and didn’t like how many friends I was making and didn’t like me leaving the college to go into London with my friends to do things like street miming.
I love mime artists.
Recently I have new desires and I am not taking myself seriously over it, because I am starting way too late.
This new desire is one of the reasons why I am losing weight and trying to get good fitness levels back. I want to join an adult beginner’s gymnastics class, as silly as that sounds.
Because my whole life I have wanted to do something and I had never confessed it to anyone because of how stupid it is!
I am one of these people who want to run away with the circus, kind of – but not quite!
Since I was a child I would often find myself listening to classical music and imagining myself as a circus acrobat, primarily trapeze, trampolines or tight rope walking. I often saw myself in the circus glamour and doing my stuff – but more recently, as silly as it sounds, I have thought of myself doing this in a comedy sketch form. A clown in fact, but I am not interested in any circus. I am inspired by the Cirque Du Soleil.
I know it will take me around fifteen years to get to the standard they would hire, so this is why I am not taking myself seriously.
It’s just a stupid big dream of mine.
I have even thought about the clown design I would have for myself.
I don’t want it as a long term career, I just want to do my show on tour for a year and then give up, because it is something I would have worked hard to do and ticked off my bucket list – one of the BIG dream tick offs!
But as I said, I don’t think it will ever happen and it is just a silly dream after all, I can barely walk two miles without coming to my knees right now – still recovering from eight years of bedbound sickness, this is why I am not taking it seriously.
But I am totally in love with The Cirque Du Soleil.
I sent an email to a local disabled adult beginners gymnastics tutor today, she said twenty hours a week for ten to fifteen years and I could do my dream and no, forty years old is not too old to be accomplished in that!
There are many silly dreams I don’t share.
Thanks for reading!