Day 318: “Suite No. 5 in Cm Sarabande”

These darn hips! Day 318 I was doing some deep stretches in my hip flexors because they get get really tight in the winter time. “Sarabande” in music terms is based on a slow stately traditional Spanish dance and often follows the “Courante” which is defined by short advances and retreats in classical Baroque suites. This was the perfect song to slowly move my hips around. A little goddess pose, a little happy baby, and some hip openers with this song on repeat was just heaven. I find that I repeat songs a lot in my dancing/stretching naked sessions. This one was particularly effective. Below is a YouTube clip of the song. Try it for yourself!

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Day 317: Suite No. 5 in Cm, “Prelude, Allemande, Courante”

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to read one book every month. For January I am reading The Samuri’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama. A character in the book, Sachi, was afflicted with leprosy as a teenage girl and fled to a nearby mountain town on the coast of Japan to not cause dishonor to her family. She was mainly afflicted by sores on one side of her face which turned into scars in her later years leaving the other half a beautiful portrait of her younger self. Tonight I draw the young Sachi in her kimono. The drama of the beginning of Suite No. 5 takes me to the small beach town of Tarumi at a time when Japan sought to conquer China, and almost did. A time when tuberculosis didn’t have a cure and leprosy was a curse. This was less than a century ago. To think how far we’ve come and the everyday blessings we have is humbling. Below listen to “Allemande” and feel your heart soar!

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Day 316: Suite #4 in E Flat Major: “Bourrée & Gigue”

“Bourrée” and “Gigue” were commonly used in music during the Renaissance or Baroque period to title and describe lively dance compositions. These tend to be the shortest songs in suites. In my illustration I wanted to capture this hurried movement with twirling and spinning. Using quick sketching with my pen I wanted there to be a sense of ease and continuousness of a gesture. Also a whirlwind of images, one leading into the next. Just as I felt when I was dancing. When I listen to these pieces they seem to bounce and never slow.  I couldn’t help  but bob my head. And then a quickly as it began it was over. The gigue was up!

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Day 315: J.S. Bach Suite #4 in Eb Major; “Prelude, Allemande, & Courante”

Today I enter Suite #4 just after #1. I’m not exactly sure why they are not ordered from 1 to 6. Perhaps it has to do with how they all flow together. I honestly don’t mind at all. If you like yoga, this suite is perfect. There are many moments to enjoy and savor certain holds. The music gives you a subtle push to go deeper and the rhythm helps you remember to breathe. Below is “Sarabande” to to give you an idea of how great this would sound when you’re in downward dog or reaching up for a sun salutation!

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Day 314: Suite No.4, J.S. Bach Unacccompanied Suites, Yo-Yo Ma

Day 314 and I emerge into the 4th suite by J.S. Bach. This time I am in Keystone, Colorado. The snow rises with the mountains as the tops of pine trees wade in white dust. As we drive up the mountain we look ever the road edge only to see the ridges and valleys have disappeared into a foggy chalky abyss. After skiing and snow shoeing we return to our cabin and warm by the fire. After a few hours of friendship and libation I retire to my room and dance to my music. Solitude suits me. As I slide into bed I close my eyes, my body at peace, as the snow falls silently outside my window lulling me to sleep.

Day 313: J.S. Bach Unaccompanied Cello Suites, No.1, Yo-Yo Ma

There are 6 Suites total on this album. They are also unordered. The next suite will be No. 4. The first is very familiar, the quaint essential classical track list. What scholars would listen to while they debated politics and romance over whiskey in a musty study hall lit by candlelight at the turn of the twentieth century. Or a warmup for the company of the New York Ballet, silk slippers gliding across chalky wooden flooring in the growing morning light.

I’ve begun listening to the album when I wake up and prepare breakfast. It lingers in my mind as I sleep. I feel elevated after dancing naked, purpose. The music moves through me, through Yo-Yo Ma, through everyone in earshot and time itself. I mean, this Bach guy was on to something. I think I’ll keep this going. Here’s to the classics!

💕BrynnPossible

Day 312: Yo-Yo Ma, J.S. Bach, The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites


Day 312 I begin with the J.S. Bach’s 6 Unaccomapnied Cello Suites featuring Yo-Yo Ma! This album is is amazing. It’s just Yo-Yo Ma in a studio playing these historical suites. No big deal. I can hear his breathing at moments, the gentle sliding movement of the bow on the strings, and tiny ambient noise that create the feeling that he’s playing in the room with me. “The J.S. Bach B Sides”. This is an excellent album to relax to, stretch to, or start off your morning with a calm mind before a busy day!

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Day 311: Obrigado Brazil


Well, Day 311 marks the last day of  Yo-Yo Ma’s “Obrigado Brazil”! It was very special for me to revisit this album I’ve had for over a decade. Even more so that it still resonates with me today as an adult. Moving forward I will continue my classical music month with another awesome album by Yo-Yo Ma (I promise I’ll pick a different artist after this!) “J.S. Bach, The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites”. Honestly I just feel so fancy dancing naked to music centuries old!  #classicalmusicnerd

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Brynn Possible’s 2017 Inspirations!: Part 2

Today I am featuring my new favorite journal to fulfill my New Year’s Resolution! I love this small, compact, journal from Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress. If you love to draw, sketch, or make lists, this will make a stylish and excellent companion. Check it out!

 

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress

“Notebook”

~$15

Note: This notebook is priced around $16 at Wordshop but $15 online from Bison.

Wordshop Paperie, Denver

Favorite Paperie EVER!!

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Day 309 & 310: “Alma Brasileira”

“Alma Brasileira.” This song. On repeat. Just melt away. I thought I was going to get through the rest of the album but this song pulled me into a whirlpool of emotions. I was cast off into a waking dream. The cold left my body, wintered in Denver, and found warmth in the vibrations of the violin strings and piano accompaniment. I’ve never been to Brazil but I was there. Is Obrigado Brazil my new favorite album?! This is definitely a must have! Below you’ll find a video to listen for yourself!

💖-Brynn Possible