What about Coco Pesto?

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What about me, he asks

Here’s a song I wrote two days ago, or was it yesterday? haha. It’s called ‘What About Coco Pesto?’ and it’s pretty self explanatory 🙂  check out my Soundcloud if you have the time. If you like flowers and ukuleles you can also have a look at my Instagram 😉

Gotta stay positive, everyone goes through breakups right? I will be okay, right? Can someone confirm?? haha
Good night I leave you with this adorable Corgi

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 Doggos can make anything better

 

 

How to Have More Fun Playing The Ukulele

Currently, I am learning how to play the Ukulele and I am loving it. As I don’t have any proper music education and I am just learning off youtube tutorials and Tab charts the tips I am giving are to be taken with a grain of salt. 🙂

However, in the past six months, by changing the way I practice and trying new things I have learned and improved a lot. In addition, this past week I feel like I have passed a threshold. Playing seems easier, more fun and, I felt like sharing what helped me reach that point.

  1. Learn the Scales (or Just Some)

    I put this one as my first tip because I wish someone had told me about scales before. Without basic knowledge of music, it can be a little bit hard to wrap your head around it. However, even understanding just the bare minimum will help you understanding how notes and keys work.
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    In addition, if you know a few scales it will help you with learning how to solo on top of songs. For example, even though I don’t even know all the scales by heart just being more familiar with them helped me tab out a small part of the song “City of Stars” from La La Land. This made me so proud haha. Ukutabs, is a great website to learn how to play the ukulele and it provides a very large database for ukulele scales. So if you are interested in finding out more about these I suggest you go have a look at this page –>  https://ukuscales.com/

  2. Allowing Yourself to Solo

    You might not yet master scales perfectly, 60015712 birdbut you are getting a feel for them (as am I) and what better way to reach greatness than to practice? Thus, even though you might not feel ready yet, allow yourself to try and solo, find a little personal riff. It is so much fun to integrate riffs in chord progressions, and in my opinion, it accelerates progress!

  3. Don’t Keep it All to Yourself, Play with Someone Else!

    So that’s a hard one, at least for me. I always yearned to play with other people whether it was guitar or ukulele but since I never used to play outside of my room, I was both shy and unable to spontaneously adapt myself to others. However, since I have slowly started to get accustomed to some scales it has become easier to play with others. Playing with someone teaches you so much more as you can share knowledge and experiment with new things that you wouldn’t have tried alone.
    It is so much fun to play with another person especially when you get to the point where you feel like you are both on the same level. Music just flows.

  4. Challenge Yourself

    Try to practice songs with chords you don’t know, try and experiment with different chord shapes even if it hurts or you have to be slow for awhile. I find that it is great practice for your fingers and it will increase your repertoire. In addition, if you are the type to write songs, it will give you more possibilities!

  5. Play in The Sunshine by The Water (Outdoor in General)

    Do I need to explain?
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  6. No Pressure

    Stop judging yourself because you think you are not as good as other people out there. You are learning! It’s ok. Don’t let that idea stop you from playing. How did these people you admire get better at the instrument they master? By playing it over and over again!

  7. Be Silly

    Sometimes you are going to hit a plateau and it’s okay, chill. Like I said in point 6. no need for pressure. Make-up chord progressions maybe add silly words to it, sing about your love for milk and your disgust for anything fishy haha (I hate fish).  Have a laugh.

    Colorful Case on A sunny DayHave a look at my Instagram 🙂

These are my tips, it helped me, I hope it can help you 🙂

Also, check Cynthia Lin’s tutorials out, they’re great!

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The Museum of Broken Relationships

My last post wasn’t a hopeful poem, it was about how sometimes love seems to be this vicious cycle of hope, joy, disenchantment and heartache. I know it is not always the case, but I think everyone would agree upon the fact that it can sometimes be quite easy to let yourself fall into pessimism. I was thinking about my bad experiences, about those of my friends and couldn’t help but feel like a sad ending is almost always inevitable.

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Good question Jess, good question!

Right now, I am feeling way more positive about love because I am having a good day and I am training myself to focus less on the negative and more on the bright side of things. This is important as there is no point in expecting the worst when things are going great unless you are planning on sabotaging your happiness.

However, these thoughts and this poem, stuck with me and made me curious about people’s love stories, how they started, how they went and how they ended. As I am in Zagreb at the moment, I remembered that it is the home of a rather peculiar but also really touching museum called the Museum of Broken Relationships.

I felt like this was the ideal place for me to go with all my thoughts, doubts and clouded judgments about the past and the future and it truly was. It was not only a fun experience that I shared with my boyfriend, it was actually really moving and a boost creatively speaking. It felt empowering at times, hopeful but also really deeply sad.

Basically, the Museum of Broken Relationships is a place to which people have donated objects that symbolize a relationship they had. Next to the object you will not only be told how long the relationship lasted whether it was for a day, a week or 30 years but also get to read a little personal description.

Some of these descriptions are little summaries, others are poems and my favorite ones are just simple sentences that say it all (e.g.: A jersey of some sport, maybe basketball and the phrase “He was a player.”). It is all random, personal and somewhat magical as they take you to the most intimate part of some strangers feelings and the core of what they shared with their significant other at the time. You go through bitter statements to really sweet ones and it is just an emotional roller coaster! I urge everyone to go straight to Zagreb to see it.

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What I liked the most about this museum was the overall message of hope and freedom. These objects were given by people wanting to let go, wanting to finally move on and leave pain and regrets behind. One of the features of the place was a “Confessional”, a large album in which every visitor could leave a comment, an experience, a signature, a drawing, anything really.

A few months ago I chose to forgive someone who hurt me really badly and as time goes by I can tell that I am healing slowly. However, I still have nightmares and quite often bitterness comes back and leaves this feeling of resentment and fear.What if I made a mistake by letting this person back into my life? What if the story repeats itself? There goes my positivity down the drain!

In my opinion, doubting is worse than anything, I took my decision and I just need to let go or I will never be able to fully forgive. In that perspective, I left a confession in the Museum’s album in hopes it will maybe help me move on as it is now exposed among other abandoned baggage. Writing my experience down felt like saying to myself that I am ready to stop reliving the past. Hopefully, this is going to turn out to be more than some wannabe symbolic moment haha

The Museum of Broken Relationships (MBR) is a great experience that is more than just sad stories and break-ups, and I can’t even put it all into words. I will just strongly suggest that you check it out as it is beautiful and different from anything that is out there!

There are two MBRs in the world, one in Zagreb and one in Los Angeles. However, exhibitions are held all around the world and you can visit their website on which you can have a look at some shared stories, share your own and even choose to contribute by sending an item. I am already planning on spending a lot of time on that website haha !!

I haven’t felt so excited about something in a while so I really wanted to share it with the world and while I am at it, I’ll share this song from the wonderfuly talented youtuber Dodie Clark.  Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

A Ukulele in Zagreb and Some Words

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Colours on a Grey Day
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Lost Inspiration
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Little Blue Ukulele    

Walk

Looking for the right strings
Words in images
Meaning in sounds

Melting is the inspiration

In the lifeless cold
Faded colours mirror the soul

There’s beauty in the
Broken
Lonely
Path
On which confused spirits
Walk

 

A Song: When You Know

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The struggle

I have wanted to write a song for a while now, I knew which chords I wanted to use but somehow rhythm and lyrics didn’t come to me easily. For weeks I felt frustrated as if there was something stuck in me that I needed to push out somehow.

Of course, it’s like anything when you try and force something to happen, it doesn’t. Another thing is, these last weeks I have been feeling really happy and fulfilled. I am traveling around, I have been in Budapest and Zagreb and right now I am back in France.

Although all of this cropped-argh.jpgis awesome, I have noticed that my creativity (
Gee that sounds pretentious) really depends on my mood and is at its peak when I feel upset. I have mentioned this in an older post Music is The (my) Answer to Everything. So it is somehow frustrating because I still want to be creative when I am happy but I just don’t know how.

Can someone help??

As I was leaving Zagreb to go home for Christmas, I left someone I deeply love behind. Even though I know we will be reunited soon, it felt difficult to leave him due to things that have happened between us in the past.

Driving past frostbitten landscape I couldn’t help but feel a little bit lonely. However, as my thoughts wandered I realized that paradoxically the reason why I felt so lonely in that moment, is because I actually have someone that I love and who loves me back… it inspired me because it calmed some of the doubts that I had about this relationship.

Finally, I came up with lyrics, a few days later I came up with a melody. I like it, it’s not genius, but it’s how I feel and I wanted to share it. Enjoy the CHEESINESS haha.

Where he sits, is where you sleep
His head on your shoulder
While on his lap, you stretch your legs
He brings you comfort, your bring him warmth
And any place becomes a home

That’s when you know
If an hour away seems to long
That’s when you know
As just a thought can make you smile
That’s when you feel from deep within
You can look at tomorrow with him…. 

A poet once said
Distance is to love
What wind is to fire
A breeze threatened their flames
But seamlessly stronger, the fire grew
It cannot be extinguished nor tamed
As they united more than flesh
No doubts remained

When you not scared of the work ahead
When you’re ready, when you want it
That’s when you know it is right …. He is right

Motivation of the Day: Honoka & Azita

I am a huge ukulele fan. It feels like I have always been a huge ukulele fan but to be honest, the passion that I now have for this instrument started only a year ago when my boyfriend bought me a little blue ukulele for Christmas.

I played a little bit of guitar before, I am not very good at it and I never took classes but since the first time I picked up a guitar, it has always been a great pleasure of mine. I tried to thrive and improve myself but my performance seemed to plateau. I had to admit that it was probably time for me to get classes (which I still need to do).

I felt frustrated by guitar and played less until my blue ukulele came into my life and brought back the excitement of stringed instruments!  Ukuleles are so fun to play with and their cheerful sound never fails to brighten up my day. I am in love. This was the best present anyone has ever gotten me. BEST PRESENT EVER!

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My little blue ukulele in Budapest

 

This little walk down memory lane wasn’t for nothing, I swear. I wanted to explain why I started to get into ukulele before getting to my point… After almost a year of owning a ukulele, I feel like I have reached a new plateau and the frustration I was getting with guitar is back.

Two days ago while I was looking up a ukulele tutorial from The Ukulele Teacher’s YouTube channel (check him out, he’s great!), I spotted a video on the suggestion bar called “Most incredible GIRLS playing UKULELE in the world!“. The caps, the words “ukulele” and “incredible” captured my attention. I had to check out these girls! Honoka (18) and Azita (15), two young and extremely talented Hawaiian girls shredding the ukulele and just sharing their beautifully contagious smiles.

As I watched the video I was just overwhelmed with feelings of admiration but also happiness (I am sure you just felt the same! Right? 😀) When these two girls play ukulele you can feel their love and passion for the instrument and music itself. In addition, their technique is simply mind-blowing!

I got sucked into watching several videos on their YouTube channel “Honoka and Azita” and just felt my frustration with ukulele turn into motivation! I will probably need a teacher at some point but for now I mainly need to hold on and keep exercising. If I really love ukulele as much as I say, I will make sure that I get better. Thanks to the inspiring Honoka and Azita I feel like I have a new found motivation that will help me achieve new goals and maybe one day I will be able to play with them and keep up (I am allowed to dream…no? haha).

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My step-father has led on several times that he might get me a better ukulele for Christmas… I hope it’s true, I love my little blue ukulele but let’s be honest it is more of a toy than a proper instrument!

16 days until Christmas!

I will leave you with this lovely cover because, yes, these girls sing too!