Artwork by Ada Z from Collagepodge.com
I often wake up to a jazz standard in my head, and today it’s Teach Me Tonight, particularly, Dinah Washington’s version, with the lyric:
Starting with the ABC of it
Right down to the XYZ of it
Help me solve the mystery of it
Go on, teach me tonight
The alphabet is a mysterious thing, with its evocation of detail, range and completion. I loved the alphabet song on Sesame Street, and choosing words for each letter as a first grade assignment. In college I was pleased to discover the word abecedary, which is a delicious way to describe the inscription of the entire alphabet.
I particpated in the A to Z Challenge in 2011, and met a blogger who is one my most faithful commenters, and I love her thoughtful reflections on being a playwriter, piano teacher, and creative person dealing with inner critics and taking courage, Play off the Page‘s Mary Aalgaard. For 2012, Mary did a fabulous A to Z, where she took a picture of each letter from her surroundings to begin the post.
This year, I was yet again drawn to a writer, Beth Stilborn, who writes on writing, reading, the arts and life. Beth kindly referred to my L is for Levels and Loving Them post in an an article she wrote on art for the visually impaired.
For 2012, I chose a loose theme of my art, and this simple modification made the challenge, though still a challenge, much more inviting. Going through the alphabet is like practicing scales, exploring the whole range of notes and how they connect together. At first it seems artificial, but then you recognize those connections, those runs of notes, in the beautiful music you wish to play.
What were your favorite posts of the 2012 A to Z Challenge?
Note: It’s “almost the A,B, and C of it” because I started with C!