The rhythm and cadence of every written piece is the same for each person who reads it…right? No matter who they are, no matter where they are from, and no matter what possible differences they might have, every single one of the will read or sing each word in EXACTLY THE SAME PRECISE MANNER…or not. Even if two people from the same household read a poem, they will each put their own spin on it. Everyone has their own interpretations, that is what makes the written word such a powerful thing.

Nations can rise and fall with the flick of a pen and when you combine that power with spoken words in the reading or singing of a piece and the entire feel can be manipulated through inflection. Read a recipe out loud (I recommend my newly published on Yahoo! “How To: Juicy Herbal Chicken” First, read the ingredients as if you are starving and those are the most beautiful words you have ever seen…then read it again as if you hate chicken, can’t stand the thought of even smelling the cilantro, and never want to eat again. Be angry at the words…see how that works?

One of my personal favorite ways to demonstrate this is to read Dr. Seuss, A.A.Milne, and/or other classic authors such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson or Edgar Allen Poe with different tones and emotions.

Try reading Green Eggs and Ham (Dr. Seuss) as if it makes you terribly sad. Read The Raven by E.A. Poe as if it makes you giggle uncontrollably in places.

Sing A.A. Milne’s Tigger’s song like you are Eeyore or drop the drama and quote The Lady of Shallot (Alfred, Lord Tennyson) as if you were merely reading a bit of a gossip column (Oh look dear, The crazy lady in the tower passed away. Huh.)

Do you see the difference a little change in your voice can make?

Sometimes when I’m reading, I hear the words as spoken by a teacher or an actor, their interpretations coloring even my own private readings. For example, I always hear The Lady of Shallot (and usually read it as) Megan Follows in the movie Anne of Green Gables. And I am willing to bet you that the vast majority of people don’t just read through the Gollum lines in any J.R.R. Tolkien book…precious.

As a slight side note, I would like to also mention the actors who portray beloved characters in live action films. When Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark confesses to being Iron Man it is done completely differently than expected, but absolutely perfectly. Here is a man who is a narcissistic play boy that doesn’t care for many people, admitting to himself that he is a hero. Perhaps an entirely flawed and destructive hero, but a hero none-the-less.

When you meet the Ninja Turtles, or when you see yet another James Bond and you almost recognize them…this is an example of the chance every actor is given. With direction, they can change their characters and inject their own spin, their own mannerisms by using the written script as more of a jumping off point.

Case in point—everyone in Harry Potter and Johnny Depp.

p.s. this was supposed to be a video blog and I chickened out…But I would LOVE to hear suggestions or see your own videos of songs or prose that you found to practice this concept with!

Who is your favorite Character of All time?

There are so many different ways that I could answer this question. Let’s be honest here, as you get older and learn more about the world that surrounds you, childhood favorites oftentimes become forgotten pieces of our lost youth. I could go on to say that my ALL TIME FAVORITE character is that of Dumbledore, or possibly one of Nora Roberts’ amazing heroes. I wouldn’t be lying, I do love all of those characters, I do adore Harry Potter as a whole, and I could even say that the Mad Hatter has always been a favorite of mine throughout all of the reincarnations on television, in movies, and in the multiple written re-imaginings of Wonderland. I have always adore Jareth, the Goblin King from the Labyrinth, and I say, with great pride in my geekery, that Tolkien wrote some of my heroes in the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series.

 These are total truths. However, if I were to really sit down and think of my all-time favorite character, whether it be on screen or in the written word, I would have to reach deep inside and confess that Winnie-ther-Pooh and his friends take that lead position in my heart, even above the Care Bears. I even wrote papers and created lessons on the original works of A.A. Milne for my education degree because of the love I have for the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood. A stuffed Tigger and a small stuffed Piglet, both probably older than my father, are carefully preserved and living on my bookshelves to help my inspiration flow freely and my daughter has a room full of artwork that I drew for her, all centered on those characters. Eeyore, Rabit, Owl, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Roo, Heffalumps, and Woozles…they are all here, all wandering around my house and helping to make it a home.

I cannot just choose one, though Tigger is often my favorite, because each of these endearing and enduring characters has grown up and changed with me, bringing through rough times and back to good with simple songs and wise words that are as true for four year olds as they are for seventy-four year olds. Love, Imagination, and a good dose of Silly are what I need to thrive, and I get it all with a quick visit to Winnie ther Pooh and Friends.

May you all have such a connection to wonderful literature and lifelong friendships! Have a Blessed, and honey filled, day!