At 20 February, 2006 20:28, Just Me said…
According to dictionary.com ordinary is “not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree…”. Your music is anything but ordinary although I think I understand what you mean when you say you would like it to be “intimate & ordinary.” To be personal and yet universal? To have meaning only for us and yet for everyone who hears it? I’m just not sure that “ordinary” does it justice.
Thank you. Should I call you “Just Me” or “Just You”? I think ordinary is very good. Ordinary has no aspirations, no claim to greatness, and no claim to I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing. Ordinary does not have to prove anything. Ordinary does not compare itself to others. Ordinary just is.
I like being in love with the ordinary, and I like when ordinary things begin to shine – not in a glossy, chromey sort of way, but in a very simple way. That tea-bowl that doesn’t look fancy, but fits my hand so perfectly. That plant that doesn’t have a single colorful blossom, but stretches to the light in such a beautiful arc. Ordinary is about how blue the sky is today and how funny my grumpy face was this morning before that first pot of tea.
You should call me “Heather”. ;)
There is great beauty in all the ordinary, every day aspects in our lives. It is a wise person who appreciates them. It feeds the soul when we stop and focus on those small ordinary things realizing how important they are in our lives. Many days that tea bowl is probably just a receptacle for your morning beverage but as your hands curve around it perfectly it brings you a small comfort in the perfection and beauty of it. Some days you are aware of it, other days you probably take it for granted. It is little pieces like that in our days that bring us small joys, or at least they should. It’s just a matter of taking the time “to stop and smell the roses.” Yes, ordinary is good: it becomes the norm by which we measure the extraordinary.
“Success is doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”
I still maintain however that your music does not fall into the “ordinary” category and I am sure you have a legion of fans who would agree.
Thank you, Heather. I shall receive your compliment in the spirit it was given.