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Challenge of Music

Erin's Challenge of Music

Erin’s Challenge of Music

Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati has come up with yet another unusual challenge for us. She has done this in part to create awareness for an increedible organization Music & Memories. These folks supply Alzheimers patients with Ipods and playlists. Patients show improved memory function and interactive skills after listening to their favorite tunes. If you visit their webpage, you will see an incredile video featuring a man who barely spoke at all yet after listening to a tape of his old time favorite tunes perked up and chattered away with others.

Music plays such an integral part in our lives. Tunes we hum or sing along with brighten our days. Music can take us back to a happier time, to some crazy memories, it can soothe us when we are sad and calm us when we are angry.

Here’s what we had to do for Erin’s challenge:    Pick a song, one from another year that evokes a memory.  Use that song to inspire us to create a piece of jewelry.

I chose a song that came out in 1977, written by the talented Stevie Wonder.   It’s a song about music and how it plays such a part in our lives.   When this song was popular, I had met Ben and Justin’s father and we fell in crazy  loco love.   We both loved music and loved to dance.   When we danced, we were like that couple in Dirty Dancing, eye to eye, in sync, fancy steps.  Once, when we went out to dinner, my first time out in cool clothes since Justin had been born, we danced to this song.   You know those old corny movies when the cute couple dances and everyone else clears the dance floor then breaks out in applause?   That happened to us.   That’s  the way it was with us.    We would dance in the kitchen, the living room and out on the sidewalk if one of “our songs” came on.   And people loved us!

Here’s the song

Here’s the lyrics, just in case you didn’t get them. ( Sir Duke, by Stevie Wonder).

Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand
With an equal opportunity
For all to sing, dance and clap their hands
But just because a record has a groove
Don’t make it in the groove
But you can tell right away at letter A
When the people start to move

They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people
They can feel it all over
They can feel it all over people

Did you feel it?   It’s happy, it’s young, its alive with LIFE!

Here’s my bracelet.   It’s orange and peach and creamy white, young vibrant and happy colors.   The chain and the music notes are gold because gold is rich and warm.   The little charm is one I got from Tealwater Designs in the Art Charm Exchange.   My bracelet is not original or trendy but it has LOTS of beads that will click and shoosh with a percussive sound when I wear it and give a beat to my day as I work or play.


I’m going to keep this bracelet and not put it in the shop.  But, Erin is going to have an auction after this blog hop, to benefit Music and Memories Organization.   So, I wanted to make something to put in the auction.   I made these little earrings, a variation on the art charm I made and my own design so here we go.   I’ll let you know when the auction is held so anyone interested can support this organization.

Earrings for auction.

Earrings for auction.

If you want to see what others have made, check out Erin’s blog.


March 1, 2014 - Posted by | challenges, fashion, gemstones, Jewelry, New Age | , , , , , , ,


  1. Oh, I do love your bracelet. I seem to make similar ones over and over. Enjoy the hop!


    Comment by Judy C | March 1, 2014 | Reply

  2. Very nice. I particularly like the earrings!


    Comment by Kelly Morgan | March 1, 2014 | Reply

  3. What a fun song and an equally fun bracelet. I love bracelets full of dangles. The movement and freedom is just so much fun to wear — and the colors — awesome!

    The earrings are so great as well. The colors are beautiful and the wirewok looks so nice.


    Comment by Tanya | March 1, 2014 | Reply

  4. A very sweet story of true love. ;Your pieces are just lovely!


    Comment by Alice | March 1, 2014 | Reply

  5. I love jewelry that makes its own music! Your bracelet is so full of joy and movement,


    Comment by Shaiha (@Shaiha_) | March 2, 2014 | Reply

  6. How awesome Miss Lee! I love the picture in my mind of you and your love dancing down the street hand in hand. This is a powerfully fun and happy song! And your bracelet will jangle away the blues any day! Thank you also for making something for the auction. I have a few things to get through this week and then I will share how we can raise money for this great cause. I am totally tapping my toes at work with this song on! Thank you for joining me in the 3rd Annual Challenge of Music. Enjoy the day! Erin


    Comment by tesoritrovati4800 | March 4, 2014 | Reply

  7. Your jewellery really catches the happy, vivid character of a song that just makes you want to move and dance. Great job!


    Comment by manekibeader | March 5, 2014 | Reply

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