But this is far too serious. The very banal reason to start this blog is that people say it sells more stuff. When your sales are web based you have to draw attention to it, you draw attention by talking about it, nowadays by blogging about it. I could use the seasons of the year to write about, or the next holiday coming up. I am sufficiently self-centred to prattle on about what is happening in my world - and the 4th July simply does not feature in the Southern hemisphere.
Three months ago I joined a choir. This choir has decided to sing Verdi’s Requiem. And for no particular reason at all I had some skulls to use up in my bead collection. There you have it, no deeper meaning involved.
The Requiem has a great fit to the cold winter months. Plus, just weeks before we moved from a decidedly tropical climate to Dunedin, New Zealand, which is anything but - we are experiencing a real winter with cold and snow and wet, it’s fantastic, real weather! And in this real winter weather I tend to use darker colours, with black, emerald green (apparently Pantone colour of 2013), and that nice shiny black rainbow or AB or iris. The necklace has to be big, long and bold to be worn over roll neck jumpers. The brooch has to gather enough cloth to fit on top of the woollies. Typical winter requirements.
What I really enjoyed with the Verdi Requiem is that we had four performances. Normally you practice and rehearse, have your one performance and that’s that; well, it is now part of the repertoire, but is not likely to be used again anytime soon. With this piece the Dunedin City Choir had committed itself to all four performances with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. For that, 60+ members of the choir travelled to Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington and bumped up the numbers of the local choirs there. The traveling members performed the Requiem two, three or four times, all with individual dress rehearsals with the orchestra and soloists. We had a lot of practice of the Requiem.
Admitted, I am a bit late with writing about it, really should have done this before the performances started. But the Auckland performance has been recorded and can be found on Concert www.radionz.co.nz, and there is a fine review interview of the Wellington concert as well.
So this jewellery lasts longer that the performance. It also shows a little of my inner journey through the Requiem; yes, I was ready to give it all up after my dismal audition for traveling (I guess I just got lucky that we were short of second altos). In the end it is all joyful and happy, and the many loops on the bracelet or brooch tell the story.
There is a lot more to be said about death and jewellery of course, or even skulls and jewellery. I’m thinking here about the black mourning jewellery of victorian times, and the solid place of goths and vampires in today’s fashion. But I much rather hear your comments than bleeting on myself.
Ah - bleeting, sheep, spring time.... maybe there is a happy colour skull bracelet coming up ....