Adventures, In Seattle, Music

My New Bae is Beethoven

When was the last time you were submerged in classical music? If you are like me, the answer is simple: never.

Emerald City Music would like to change that by making classical music accessible and part of the lives of all music lovers. They provide access to top notch chamber music that is comfortable and affordable. Classical music experiences where no tie is required and you can feel totally at ease wearing your comfy sweater and jeans.

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Intrigued, I grabbed my camera, threw on a bright orange skirt, and headed into the light sprinkle of Seattle rain to experience an Emerald City Music concert for myself. And I am so glad I did.

It started with mingling around a photo booth. There was popcorn, chocolate, and an open bar. There was a general ease in the atmosphere.

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The program showcased The Dover Quartet who played through Beethoven’s life with small educational chats in-between pieces. The musicians took turns explaining the life and history of the music, their roles as performers, and even touching on what made these particular pieces valuable to them personally.

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As the music flowed, I began to see Beethoven in a new light. First as a student of music displaying a hint of oncoming dissonance. Then as the evening moved on, I felt his evolution into full force rebellion further complicated by the knowledge and emotion of his encroaching hearing loss. The gripping sounds of an all-consuming calling being snuffed out by a cruel unstoppable deadline.

img_7127At the end I stood up with all the other attendees, we were astonished. Violin, viola, and cello strings had been shredded. It turns out The Dover Quartet doesn’t just play classical music, they tell human stories in song.

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Filing out of the concert space, the rain continued to softly beat down on the roof of 415 Westlake, it was a perfect Seattle moment; unexpected, gripping, and calling on me to grow as a person. Beethoven was no longer the name of an old dead classical musician relevant only to the upper crust but kind of punk rocker from long ago. He felt the things that inspire artists, he took chances, and he created a story I needed in my life.

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Invigorated and with a bit of popcorn in my teeth, I instagramed in joy at my new love for Beethoven. Emerald City Music had been victorious and I was happy, there was new music in my life.

Invite more music into yours by learning more about Emerald City Music and checking out their Twitter, Facebook Page, and Instagram.

Experience the astonishing Dover Quartet on their website and find them on Twitter and YouTube.

Adventures, In Seattle, Journal, Not In Seattle, Uncategorized

Now Uploading – YouTube Channels!

I am so excited. I just keep saying that. At the start of this month, I begin uploading Amara In Seattle videos and within a week I had launched all three Amara In Seattle channels.

Making the decision to start early, while I am still in a learning phase was hard, but I find that creating is about learning as you go. There are many things I am working to improve, but I am thrilled to dig in and grow. To start. To take one step at a time. But most of all, I am excited to start interacting with all of you, amazing digital rock stars.

I hope you will join me on these of strange, beautiful, and fun adventures by subscribing, liking, sharing, and interacting with the three AIS channels:

Amara In Seattle (#AIS), the main channel. Here we adventure in the pacific northwest looking at history, events, pop culture, Americana, geekery, music, books, technology, social media, DIY, thrifting, vintage, retro, nostalgia and all kinds of other cool stuff.

Amara Not In Seattle (#ANIS) is a travel channel. A place for us to get lost traveling from exotic locales to local experiences, these are life enriching journeys. And to help your travels, there will also be travel tips, tricks, books, and reviews.

Amara In Seattle Vlogs (#AISV) is the catchall. A place to do random stuff like unboxings, DITLOs, super random talking, bloopers, internet trend videos, behind the scenes fun and other such vlogish things. http://bit.ly/2dTHKZF

As I keep saying, I am… well… so excited and I hope you are too. It’s going to be such fun!

Questions? Ideas? Leave me a comment on one of the channels above or send an email to: amarainseattleinfo@gmail.com

Business, Press, Events or Collaboration Inquiries, please email: amarainseattlebusiness@gmail.com

Best Adventures,
Amara In Seattle

All, Journal, Life

Adventures Of A Lifetime

Amara In Seattle (AIS) finally has a landing pad and I couldn’t be happier.

Yesterday marked my first post on this website, so the beautiful wild strange adventures have begun.

Here you will find a plethora of interesting content covering stuff like:

  • Pop Culture
  • Americana
  • Local History
  • Geekery
  • Nostalgia
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Crafts
  • Books
  • Social Media
  • DIY
  • Fashion
  • Beauty
  • Thrifting
  • Travel
  • …and so very much more.

Some of those things my be familiar, the Instagram and Twitter accounts that have been going for years. Then there are the glittering gems like the mixtape project, Mixed with Care, and  Shiny Stuff & Wild Things, a Tumblr sharing small moments of inspiration, joy, and strangeness.

Others adventures are going to be brand new, like my three (yes, three!) new YouTube channels:

But Amara In Seattle is much more than individual videos, projects, and moments, Amara In Seatttle (AIS) is series of adventures led by innovation, creativity, and delight.

What you have found is a community of rock stars forging creation and inspired lives! Have cool ideas? Want to share your inspiration? You can always find me here & by tagging your projects with #AIS

See you soon (I’m so excited!!!)14264076_10105239335017522_7120550377866818869_n

Best Adventures,

Amara In Seattle

 

 

 

Fashion, Fashion & Beauty, Style

Awesome Autumn Palette ’16

Autumn 2016

 

Awesome Autumn Palette 2016

  • Grey, Meredith – a soft cosy color perfect for a calm cup of tea on a doctor’s day off
  • Burnt Pumpkin – the classic spiced orange
  • Sunlight Leaf – calm yellow that hints at its history as a green
  • Cosy Leopard – a napping wild print
  • Emerald City – inspired by the deep green sparkles off of Elliot Bay
  • Officer Olive – hardly camoflauge more like punk rock
  • Blueberry Jam – berry picking season is over but flavor is not
  • Empress Purple – a royal splash of eggplant
  • Licorice in Amsterdam – tangy dark sweetness
  • Sparkles – it’s up there twice on purpose

Picking clothing for the season change is as much about what you already have as what you want to add.

I challenged myself to create a palette that infused classic autumn colors with unexpected elements. Choosing classics like burnt orange. Developing new seasonal ideas, such as blueberry jam. And adding in some fun by doubling down on the sparkles!.

Keep an eye out for these style elements on the Amara In Seattle Instagram and please let me know in the comments how you would add these style elements into your fall 2016 fashion journey.

Best Adventures,

Amara In Seattle