On Music, Creativity and Writing: Part 6 – That’s a Wrap, with Cait

Good friends, good books…  this is the ideal life.  ~Mark Twain


As I was preparing this last “installment” of my interview with Cait, I found so many luscious quotes about reading, writing and music that I just have to sprinkle them throughout – like colorful-confetti-accents dusted atop little cakes – as we share the closing tea and conversation from Cait, with a C


Free Flower Clip Art :: Carnation                                              There is nothing in the world so   much like prayer as music is.  ~William P. Merrill

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red starI love to watch and listen to you play piano and saxophone, Cait. I can see and feel your joy as the music inspires  you.  Do you have a favorite instrument?   I don’t really have a favorite; each instrument has something that makes it its own.  What I like most about music is making it your own. There’s such freedom in music!

red starDo you ever feel nervous playing in front of a lot of people, or is it just fun?   I’ve really been working on expressive playing.  I usually don’t get nervous – if I’m in a group – but this past April when I was going to be in a solo competition, I was just a tad anxious about that!

Free Flower Clip Art :: Carnation                                                                    Music is what feelings sound like.  ~Author Unknown

red starIf you had a day when you could make or create anything you wanted what do you think you would choose?   If I had a whole day, I would probably put together a play with my friends.  It’s something Happy children silhouetteswe’ve always wanted to do, but never really had time for.  Of course, it would involve dancing and music, too!                                                                      

Free Flower Clip Art :: Carnation                                                                               Music is the poetry of the air.    ~Richter



red starIs there something creative you haven’t tried yet that you would like to learn?  Maggie and I have a paper fashions kit that we use all the time, and I’ve made dozens of outfits. I’m always wishing I could brings some of those ideas to life, so I’d like to get into sewing.

red starI know you enjoy creating delicious and pretty things with food too.  What type of baking or cooking is your favorite?  I prefer baking over cooking.  I love to make cookies, scones, cakes etc. I really enjoy decorating desserts too.

On my thirteenth birthday a couple of months ago, we had a cake-decorating contest.  My team and I made a 3-D bird cage with a little bird – not a real one! – inside it. We used sugar flowers, fondant, frosting, glitter and so on.  It was a great time!

red starYou and your sister Maggie have been designing your own greeting cards for awhile now too, so pretty and unique with beautiful 3-D images. I’m saving the ones you gave me!  It was so fun to see them on consignment at a local store, too.  Do you enjoy making cards with the purpose to sell, or do you prefer to make them for family and friends?  

I enjoy both! I love that my family appreciates our cards so much, but it’s also fun to earn a reward for our hard work!


red starYou’ve already told us how you love being home-schooled because you get one-on-one time with your mom (you can read that fun story in part two with Cait).  What else do you enjoy about being home-schooled? 

There’s just so much flexibility, too (with homeschooling).  For example, I finished my seventh grade math book early, so a couple months ago I started the eighth grade book.  That’s not really something you could do at school.  We also get all our work done during the day, so there’s no homework at night!!

Free Flower Clip Art :: Carnation                                                          A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  ~Chinese Proverb

 red starWhat are you looking forward to in high school?  One thing I look forward to is the opportunity to make (new) friends, and the experience with tests and homework, so I’ll be ready for college!



red starYour mom tells me she thinks of you as the writer in the family.  What do you enjoy most about writing?  Do you think of yourself as a writer?                    Hmm… It’s kind of hard to tell if I think of myself as a writer – it depends on if I like what I’ve written.  I can at least say that I enjoy writing, and it’s so encouraging when it turns out well.  I hope that someday I could write a book.

Free Flower Clip Art :: Carnation                                             

                                                                 If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison

red starWhat is your favorite school subject?   Probably creative writing.  It’s kind of ironic, though, because I love it so much, but I’m kind of shy when sharing it with others, though.  My mom loves to read my stories and speeches, etc.

red starWhat type of writing do you enjoy most?  Fiction stories?  Poems?  Something else?   And, what do you enjoy about that particular kind of writing?   I definitely prefer writing stories as opposed to poems.  There’s more “scope for the imagination,” as Anne Shirley would say.  I also love descriptive writing.  It’s so much easier to imagine a character or mood when the author gives a captivating image to go along with it.  I have been known, though, to compose a few pieces of “dramatic literature” – as I call them – which might be closer to poetry than stories (these compositions are shared only with my closest friends).

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Thanks for all your “apples of gold,” Cait!   (And thanks to you who have enjoyed following along!)

As I post this, Cait is on her way to one of the historic areas of our country, where she’ll play in a marching band specially chosen to celebrate the 4th!  Have fun, hon! Thanks for sharing some of your thoughts and dreams with me here… Someday I’d love to read some of your creative writing, and if you agreed, maybe even to “publish” a bit on here 🙂  I know what you mean about being a bit reluctant to let others see it. I’ve felt that way too, and sometimes still do… Yet, I think music and writing are intertwined as they paint beauty on our world…and you have a lot to shine to others in one or both.  🙂

Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.  ~Alphonse de Lamartine

stock vector : Vector Illustration of the little girl lying on the cloud and reading a book.


If you Contrasting Fleur de lis had a day when you could make or create anything you wanted what would YOU choose?


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4 Responses to On Music, Creativity and Writing: Part 6 – That’s a Wrap, with Cait

  1. Vanilla Angel says:

    I would definitely choose music. My favorite part of church is our worship time. How wonderful it would be to have a day of praise and worship. It seems like we just start and it is over. I am so very amazed at the many kinds of music that are used in our praise and worship of God. One of my latest CDs is Bigband Praise. I can imagine couples dancing to this recording. I do so enjoy singing and playing my guitar for our Lord. I could never imagine my life without music. I thank God for the gift He has blessed so many with that they can share with us. Whether it be the composing, writing, playing or singing what beautiful gifts He has given so many. Music is food for our spirits and without it in my life I know that my spirit would be malnourished. 🙂

  2. I agree…music has been so powerful in my own life. I’ve never played an instrument but wish I did. Have you ever heard Babbie Mason’s CD, “Timeless?” She wrote most of it and it has a definite “big band” sound. So beautiful.

    • Vanilla Angel says:

      Hi Pam, nope I have never heard of Babbie Mason. I will definitely have to look that CD up. I just can’t have enough music. I really do believe I am a music addict. An evening full of music is so wonderful…. not using it as background but truly listening to the words and instruments is so very refreshing. Amazing how different songs speak to us… some right away but some we have to get to know like when we meet a new person. The more time we spend with the song the more it speaks to us.

  3. Oh, you would love Babbie! She sometimes sings on Charles Stanley’s program, if you ever watch that. She has a beautiful voice and that CD is my absolute favorite of hers. I can never get enough music either, although I haven’t had as much time to listen lately. Yes, I feel exactly as you do about music! I love the verse that says David soothed away Saul’s sickness and anxiety with his music…

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