it sure was lovely

When I lived in Japan I used to go for walks late at night, find a park bench under a street light and write songs until my hand grew sore from holding my pen. Sometimes I would write heartfelt poetry. I’m serious.

Even though I sang and danced for a living I couldn’t read or write music so I made up a scale of dashes and dots to help me remember the melodies I created. My dad bought me a little handheld tape recorder and I sang into it to further jog my memory. I sang quietly so no one would hear. There was rarely anyone around that late, but just in case I hummed and whispered.

I don’t do that anymore (sit on deserted streets humming made up songs). Now every now and then I walk around and take photos.

I took these in Chinatown in Victoria about a month ago on a cold, bright Saturday afternoon.

I have forgotten all but one of the melodies I made up all those years ago. I’ve since lost my tape recorder, and my notebook with all it’s dashes and dots is at the bottom of a paper pile somewhere, unopened.

But I remember what it felt like to sit outside, alone but warm at midnight. I remember what it felt like to get an unheard string of notes just right. To close my notebook, stand up and slowly walk home through the dark.

And I’m glad I did that goofy shit back then because even though it’s a little embarassing now it sure was lovely.

8 Responses to “it sure was lovely”

  1. Teresa says:

    Gorgeous photos!

  2. Peggie says:

    It sounds fantastic. Thanks for the snapshot into younger you. So important to be reminded of those lovelies in our past and find ways to connect them to where we are right this very amazing moment.

  3. Kari says:

    Japan has always been on my must visit list!


  4. @Teresa- Thank you!

    @Peggie- “right this very amazing moment”- I like that 🙂 So true 🙂

    @Kari- You should! Wonderful country!

  5. Crystle says:

    So pretty! This makes me want to get out and snap some local stuff!

  6. Sarah says:

    I love you Shauna

  7. @Crystle- You should!

    @Sarah- Love you too, Lovely 🙂

  8. Kim says:

    I don’t think you should be embarrassed at all about that – it sounds great and I would love to read some of that poetry too. Wonderful photos Shauna!