Daniel Crossing

Spilt milk

 

Sometimes reminders of mistakes or decisions from the past tend to revisit us at inopportune times, especially when we've already dealt with it. It's no use crying over split milk, they say ...

The gentle flow

 

Package instructions are always written from the most objective viewpoint. Ask me, I've been a technical writer (and still consider myself one actually), and understand how you just have to say it the way it is ... even when you know it might hurt.

I'm not the only one

 

When John Lennon wrote the song - Imagine - there's a line that says: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." That's very true for many things. In fact, it's more than about dreams ...

For completeness sake

 

I'm not exactly sure why I thought of Piccadilly Circus in this blog, perhaps it's representative of all the choices you can make there. Bus or train and what line, and interchanges, to where. It takes a little bit of peace in the soul to know which way to go.

He's in the wind

 

I've been reading the book of John a lot lately. Don't know why. Maybe it's because in the presence of change it's the very basics that count.

When I wrote my first radio play

 

The main character has a crush - well, more than a crush - a love that he didn't act on - and runs into this love at the reading of the will. It was forbidden passions, all over again. And did I love it. And with any good soapie there are twists and turns. 

Heaven is so real

 

As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. When a reporter asked, "How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?" Edison replied, "I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps." (http://www.uky.edu/~eushe2/Pajares/OnFailingG.html). Ever consider the connection between what we do here on earth and whether it's needed just for now or maybe there's actually more to heaven than we think?  Skills, talents, character, etc. Surely it can't just end here on earth?

What brings 657 bikers and drivers of 500 cars together?

 

William is a Grade 7 learner at Sonop primary school in Paarl. Royal Kids was delivering shoes at the school
when the principal asked them if they met William. The principal explained that William lives with 14 other
people in a single roomed house. Yet, in the midst of these circumstances, William is an A+ student. He sits
under a table after everyone else is asleep to do his homework and study. He has been an A student since
Grade 1. William walks 14 kilometres to school and back with no shoes - all year round.

Remembering Madiba

 

This is a time when most South Africans and people from around the world are remembering Tata Madiba. Remembering Nelson Mandela invariably implies remembering the struggle. Although I never met Nelson Mandela I feel a deep sense of mourning, and celebration, during this time. 

Love Awakened, haha

 

7 reasons to love life:

Rock sitting with a friend at Seapoint beach – it could become a sport

Singing at a tea party for 120 women gathering for a good cause

Being written about in Nicolette’s blog – she’s from La Petite Patisserie – the company that sponsored a beautiful cake for the tea party.

Meeting fans – Natalie and Dawn - whom I’d like to call friends, and meeting ex-colleagues, who are still friends

Saying hello to the bonnet of my car against the windshield whilst driving 100km/h

Getting very wet – head to toe - with my clothes on – thanks to the Cape of storms

Being a part of God’s plan to be a friend to a stranger 

The light at the end of the tunnel

 

I'm continuing the blog of regaling how I got to this point. I had to take a break from blogging because I was intensely involved with a computer screen with regards the artwork for the CD. That's done now and I can get back to one of my much loved activities - writing.

And so the story goes ...

 

A few days ago a friend of a friend whose now a fb and twitter friend asked me to regale the tales of how I went about getting to this point in making the EP because she was going to record a demo and wanted to know the do’s and the don’ts.

Celebrate good times, come on!

 

Women's day - 9 August - is a pretty special day in South Africa. It's the one day where women are celebrated on a national scale, and I was reminded about the simplicity of celebrating good times.

A little bit of everything

 

The EP is in the mixing stage. This means that the mixing engineer, Dave Langemann, takes the product to another level. Mixing involves adding reverb, working on the levels and dynamics, as well as the aesthetic quality we are all used to listening to on our favourite tracks. It also means I don't have much to do with respect to the recording itself, although listening and feedback is imperative at this stage. Besides this there is a lot of planning going on in the background (marketing strategy, pressing and distribution, etc). As for this weeks blog entry, it's pretty much a mashup of what I was up to this past week. Hope you enjoy it!

Vox, the cold, and food for the soul.

 

Last week's top helpers:

1. A special vocal aide concoction coupled with a great team.

2. Biryani from the FoodInn on Long Street in Cape Town.

3. Listening to music on SimfyAfrica: Bon Jovi “What about now” album, P!nk’s “Just give me a reason”, Goo Goo dolls “Name”,Wilson Phillips “Hold on”. And some more inspiration from Josh Groban’s “You raise me up”, Hillsongs “Exceeding Joy”.

4. Blackberry's YouVersion Message version of the Bible and a newly acquired King James version that smells and looks good.

5. A good breakfast to start off the day.

House rules

 

My sister and I live alone – that’s until a few weeks ago, when we invited my uncle to stay with us. He’s a great guy. He has loads of stories about yesteryear and the goings on of well-known South African politicians he rubbed shoulders with back in the struggle days (some of which I would love to share, but cannot unless I want to be sued!).

First blog post for 2013 - how can that be?

 

What if someone described your life as an octagonal wheel and that it's progress is slow? Of course, if you imagine it the first thing you will notice in your minds eye is that an octagonal wheel is not round, and therefore cannot turn. A wheels purpose and intention is to turn and move forward, but the very shape of an octagonal wheel prevents it from turning, as it should.

Happy new year!

 

Happy new year! Buon anno! Feliz ano novo! नया साल मुबारक! สวัสดีปีใหม่! Szczęśliwego nowego roku! Gelukkige nuwe jaar!

Building bridges to cross

 

Over these past three months I've thrown myself into community work. It was very rewarding. The non profit organisation I work with, called Arkarts, has been working at a primary school where we started a choir. These kids are so awesome, and eager to learn! All they needed was an opportunity. It's really quite fulfilling to be part of something that is bigger than yourself - it puts life into perspective. So, please take a moment to visit the website at www.arkarts.co.za and also, if you have a chance, please like the facebook page at www.facebook.com/arkarts. These kids are worth it, and the more people we tell about it the better chances they have to get funding, prayer and resources. Keeping it short this time, ;) xx

Poetic justice

 

I'm finding the art of rewriting very satisfying ... and what better way to practice it by writing poetry. My writing is usually quite literal, so I'm trying hard to mix it up with some metaphors and similes and personifications and whatever else comes to mind. I hope you enjoy this one ... 

Birdsong

 

Outside the room at the B&B, every night, the birds across the road get together and chirp. They tweet and chirp as if every one of them is telling the other about their day. There’s an excitement in the air - from where I stand I can feel it.

Impressions of Bangkok, the city of life

 

Part of my day job is to travel to cities of the world and train clients on the products the company I work for develops. This particular trip took me to Bangkok. Over the next few days I’ll share my impressions of the city… feel free to add your comments as well ...

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