Friday, November 19, 2010

Sound of Music: 45 Years Later

Sometime last month I took a ride with my Naija-Aussie friend and we were reminiscing about the 'olden days' movies and cartoons. We sang alot of classical oldies from Disney movies and some of the movies of old. Gosh! They don't make such lovely movies and cartoons any more (a sad face).

One of the oldies movies that got us singing on top of our lungs while my friend drove with precaution (the windows were wound up...worry not...lol!) was "The Sound of Music". That got me browsing the internet for the cast the next day. I found out that they were going to appear on Oprah's Show on Friday, October 29, 2010. I actually put an alarm for it to remind me. But unfortunately I could not watch it that day.

There are some movies that bring back beautiful childhood memories. I know for sure that my own children are going to watch the Sound of Music. It's the kind of family movie that does not disappear....if you know what I mean. After 45 years, people still watch it. Infact recently I found out that my brother had the movie on his labtop. As I watched and sang along, I could not help smiling to myself. It's one of the longest movies I have watched so far. But you could stay glued to it till it ends!

Check out Oprah's website with details of the Sound of Music crew on her show.

Right now, as I write this, am listening to some of the movies popular songs like "Do-Re-Mi", "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "My Favorite Things", "Edelweiss", "The Lonely Goatherd", "So Long, Farewell", "Maria" as well as the title song "The Sound of Music". Sigh.....Doesn't it make you to want to be a child again????

Sing-Along with me:


Lyrics Sound Of Music - Do-Re-Mi lyrics

Check out the Cast - Then and Now:

THEN


NOW

Monday, November 8, 2010

With love, ARTS

Always wanted to do something in the arts field. I remember those days in secondary school when anyone was looking for me, the first place they would come to was the art class....I was always there during my free periods drawing or painting or reading anything that had to do with Arts. I also remember when they used to ask us what we wanted to study in the university, some of my mates said Medicine, Engineering, Mass Communcation, International Relations.....and all the most wonderful career path you know 'adults' want to hear. Well, as for me, I used to say Fashion and Texile Design. And anytime I said that, everyone would look at me like I was not serious. Infact, once the Proprietress had a one on one session with my mates and I, when we were about to graduate from secondary school. When she asked me what I wanted to study and I told her, she tried so hard to convince me to go into Law or Mass Communictaion. Well, I blankly refused.....lol! Though I ended up reading Sociology in University (and I'm glad I took that course. I've learnt alot!), I still have my art love calling on me.

Recently...infact, for a long while now, I have been trying to find art schools where I could do some textile design training like tie-dye and batik. Did a bit of it while in secondary school and as an entrepreureship practical course in university. I heard about Nike Art Gallery owed by Mrs. Nike Davis Okundaye. Found out that her textile training school is at Osogbo, Osun State. However, her art gallery could be found at Lekki,Lagos. So last week, I ventured on my journey to find how to go back to my love, ARTS. And my gooodness.....when I went there, I was in tears.....!Oh yes! I saw artworks that made my heart beat with joy!!!! And to my greatest joy, I was privileged to meet Mrs. Davis-Okundaye that day. She was atually having a photo shoot with one of the top magazines in Nigeria. She smiled at me as I ooohed and aaaahed about the artworks in her gallery. There are three floors filled with lovely works of arts. I was specially invited by her to come for an exhibition she was having the next day for some foreign delegates. Went for the exhibition the next day and enjoyed every bit of it! I got to meet the only Female Talking Drummer in Nigeria, Ara. She sure is talented!!!!

Am sure going to do my textile and fashion design soon.....And am serious about it this time. I was so happy with my "journey" that I actually called my Fine Art teacher from secondary school (yay! I still keep in conctact with him...lol!) and he was so happy that I was going back to my love for arts. One day I would share with you all, on my blog, some of my art works from secondary school. *wink*. But right now, enjoy some of the photos I took at Nike Art Gallery.

Also check out Nike Art website
Enjoy!
P/S: Do you see the green tie-dye am wearing in the photos below? I made that during my tye-dye pratical class in university :)

NIKE ART GALLERY SIGN POST

NIKE ART GALLERY (The gate was designed as a tye-dye material!)

MRS. NIKE DAVIS-OKUNDAYE & I

ARA, THE FEMALE TALKING DRUMMER

ARA & I

YORUBA CULTURAL DANCERS (EYO Display)

IGBO CULTURAL DANCERS