Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Blue Danube Waltz as Inspiration


Erin Prais-Hintz’ Challenge of Music blog hop comes at an interesting time.  I just found out that I am losing my hearing.  I have genetic hearing loss, especially in my left ear, just like my dad and his brothers and sisters.  It sucks!  I was a Music Major for a time in college; music has been in my life from my very earliest memories.  I sang in the choir, I played in the band. 
 
Music was on the stereo all the time while I was growing up.  

I loved listening to my mom’s favorite records.  One of the pieces my mother would dance to around the living room was Johann Strauss’ Blue Danube Waltz.  Every time I heard it, my heart would leap, my spirit would soar.  That is the piece of music I chose as my inspiration for this challenge.
  
The clear plastic tubing is filled with the same Czech glass beads that are wire-wrapped beneath. 

The loops suspend silver wires with fresh-water pearls.  The tube sits on the collar-bone and the beads and pearls move in synch like dancers around the ballroom.
Go to Miss Erin’s blog and check out the other participants.

18 comments:

Designed by Vera said...

Beautiful! I have wanted to work with plastic tubing, even bought some! I guess I will have to get it out and get creating! Love the post, the music and your story. But isn't that where music comes from??? Our stories.

Amy said...

What a neat and creative piece! I love those crystals in the tubing!!

Cynthia said...

Wow, very creative. I love all the movement your piece has, when worn (I can imagine it!) Great job!

Sharon Driscoll said...

I've never thought of tubing to help create movement in a piece and you've done it with such grace. Beautiful piece.

Maneki said...

Beautiful! A modern design with simple, clean lines. for an old, graceful piece of music -- and it works very well. A very creative interpretation that captures the mood of the music in just a few wellchosen components!

Jennifer said...

Whoa - tubing. Thats a cool idea! And a great added element of movement to the piece!

rosebud101 said...

Awesome!!!!!!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love your idea of using the clear tubing with the beads dangling down - Fabulous!

Monique said...

So sorry to learn of your hearing loss, Emanda. I know I would feel lost if music were missing from my life.

Your clever design really does evoke the sway of dancers waltzing across the dance floor. The blue glass with pearls honours a time when sparkle was the order of the day!

Molly Alexander said...

What a great choice of music and a beautiful necklace to compliment it! I love the movement you've created in your design - absolutely perfect for Strauss!

:) Molly

re-maker said...

I like the very interesting way that you added movement to your piece!

Mary K. McGraw said...

Not being able to hear music again would be a great loss to me, so enjoy as much of it as you can while you can. Your piece is lovely and feels live the Blue Danube.

AliMc said...

Tubing! I forgot that was on my mental wish list, gotta put that on paper. Great piece, I bet it has awesome movement!

kmorgan said...

Love your necklace! Tubing is new to me but something else to add to my to-do list.

The Blue Danube is also one of my mother's favorite musical pieces. I can see the movement of the dancers in your piece.

I'm sorry to hear about your hearing loss. We all should appreciate more what we have while we have it. Thank you for sharing with us!

TesoriTrovati said...

Hello Miss Emanda! I am so happy that you could play along with me in the Challenge of Music. I am sorry to hear of your hearing loss. Hearing is one of the great joys in life. I love your story of your mother waltzing around to this song. I can just picture that! And this is a most clever use of a humble material. I have a coil of tubing that would be fun to play with! Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece with us! Enjoy the day. Erin

SoulsFireDesigns said...

What a truly beautiful and creative piece! And thank you for sharing the story of your mother :)

I am so very sorry about your hearing :( I have sang all my life and love music so much... I was once asked if I would rather go deaf or blind and I replied blind... because I'd miss music so. I am going blind, actually, slowly but surely. My sight has been deteriorating since I was in second grade. ANYWAY, lol, I am so sorry and I am sending you well wishes. I only wish science and medicine could cure everything that takes so much away from life. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Thank you for sharing <3

beadrecipes said...

Lovely necklace, and such creative use of tubing. I like the movement of the beads, and can see them as dancers to the waltz.

Pearl and Pebble said...

Soooo pretty and elegant! I can see it on the neck of a be-gowned lady swirling along a ballroom floor to this very waltz for sure:)