WPC: One Love……Love Music

“If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it…..” ~ Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night.’

For this Week’s Photo Challenge, Anne McCarthy has chosen the theme ‘One Love’. Can you imagine a world without music? I certainly can’t, and as long as I can remember, music has played an important part in my life. The love of music is something that has followed me since I was a child in the 1950’s when my small fingers first touched the piano keys at a boarding house in Blackpool where our family was staying for a week’s holiday by the sea. I was probably five-years-old, and standing up could  just reach the piano keys. I managed to pick out ‘God Save the Queen’, with one finger, and my dear mom, thinking that I absolutely must be a child prodigy, decided to send me for piano lessons when we returned home. Well, I wasn’t a child prodigy, but learning piano did nurture my love of music.

Music with the power to heal and uplift the human spirit, has often been called the universal language, and is always so welcome when it just seems to pop up on my travels. I can’t resist taking photos of musicians who have added to my pleasurable sightseeing experiences, and Italy yielded a few such photos, like this street musician playing the well known love song ‘Besame Mucho’  whilst an elderly couple had an impromptu dance on the sidewalk. Such a special memory.

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At a rooftop restaurant also in Rome, we were serenaded with the same song.

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In the Piazza San Marco in Venice, the music group at the Grand Cafe, had many diners feeling the love and up on their feet dancing.

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Even at a small lunchtime venue in a back street of Venice, a merry band of musicians appeared to make our meal more special.

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So there you have it; My ‘One Love’ is a combination of my love of music, my love of travel, my love of Italy and all this of course in the company of my darling hubby the love of my life.

 

 

5 Day B&W Challenge~#2 Romance in Rome

I’m still in Rome for day two of the 5 Day B&W Challenge, and my photo is quite a different  from yesterday’s. Whilst happily meandering through the city, we came upon this happy scene. I always enjoy seeing street musicians, but this lovely couple really made my heart sing along with the music. As you can see, they were oblivious of anyone else, and really living in the moment. Just the beautiful music and their love for one another. ‘Bésame Mucho’ was obviously their special song. I think the B&W really adds a timeless quality to this image.

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Thanks Issy of Isadora Art and Photography for asking me to take part in the 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

I’m not sure who has already been nominated for this challenge, and of course it’s entirely voluntary, so today I’m asking Marylou of ‘Natuurfreak’ blog if she would like to join in. I always enjoy seeing the photos she shares.

5 Day B&W Challenge ~ #1 The Colosseum

Isadora Art and Photography has tagged me to take part in the ‘5 Day B&W Challenge’, which requires that I post one B&W photo a day for 5 consecutive days.

I’m very much a colour person, and also not really into editing photos, but here goes. I’ve decided to convert some of my Italy pics, and the first one is a view looking down on ‘The Colosseum’, Rome’s most famous monument. This edifice, completed in 80 AD, was originally named, ‘ Flavio’s Amphitheatre’, and took three years to build, using the labour of 40,000 slaves. There are four storeys above ground, the lowest tier being reserved for the VIP’s, and the upper seating for the ‘lower class’ citizens, including women. Below ground were cages containing wild animals, which were hoisted up to allow tigers, lions, crocodiles etc., into the central arena. There was a wooden floor over the top of the cages, where fights to the death between animals and gladiators were witnessed by as many as 55,000 bloodthirsty spectators. Such sports were hugely popular in those days, but I think I’d far prefer to watch tennis, or even football. How about you?

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There are just two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

I’m not sure who has already been nominated for this challenge, and of course it’s entirely voluntary, so I’m asking Boeta of  ‘Our Rumbling Ocean’ blog, if he would like to take part. Boeta lives on the east coast of South Africa, and posts some really amazing wild life and flora images.

 

Thursday’s Windows: Vatican Sphere within Sphere.

For Dawn’s ‘Lingering Windows Challenge’ #33, I have an image of a couple of windows in the Vatican museum, which overlook the first ‘Sfera con Sfera’ which was commissioned in 1991 for the ‘Cortile della Pigna’. Award winning sculptor, Arnaldo Pomodoro has created thirteen different versions of this bronze sculpture, which are located all around the world, and there has been much controversy over  their meaning and significance. This one is 4m in diameter, and if you click to enlarge the image, you will see more windows reflected in its surface, and maybe I’m being fanciful, but all those little rectangles look to me, very like windows looking out at us.

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To read more about these sculptures, you can click here.