Playing A Happy Bossa

Sunday, May 17, 2020


While I certainly do wish I was by the sea, perhaps a night spent playing a happy bossa inside my room feels more like it.

Throughout this period of staying home and the so called "social distancing", I sometimes think that they should've termed it as "physical distancing" instead, because we're all doing our best to bridge the distance and gaps with our loved ones in our own creative ways. 

We go on phone calls and videoconferences more than usual. Through these calls, we can play with fun filters, play games together, study the bible together, and we can get honest with how we're coping. We have check-ins at work, and there are those icebreaker questions that actually allows us to get to know each other in a deeper manner. Aren't we all still very much social at this point?

I'm also grateful that one of those creative ways is to make music together virtually. My good friend, Julian, tapped me to play the flute for a song from the Final Fantasy 7 videogame! I'm not a gamer, but I do have a lot of friends who are, which is pretty awesome. When he sent me this song, I felt drawn to it right away, and was excited to give it a shot. (And I totally wanted to dress up in a summery outfit, too!). 

I invite you to give the cover a listen here, or right here: 


A cover of Final Fantasy 7's Costa Del Sol 

I mainly play hymns and classical music with my flute throughout the years after high school, so playing this piece was a lot of fun, and it was definitely different from what I'm used to. I did play a variety of pieces before, especially when I was still part of my high school's orchestra and symphonic band, but it was through this fun project that I was able to explore a different genre, even for just a bit!

I spent a couple of afternoons practicing this piece before getting on with recording myself, which transpired after my work from home shift. It was for me a great way to unwind, take deep breaths (definitely have to!), and reward myself after a good day's work. What with the song being so light and upbeat, I felt I cheered myself up while playing this. I can remember telling Julian how I fell in love with it, despite its short length.


A Happy Bossa By The Beach was written on the sheet music. I assumed it must be the overall feel this song wanted to convey, and perhaps it's for us to remember the beach, how it feels when our feet first meets the warm sand and sea.



How we see the clouds slowly drifting by as we float on our backs, occasionally worrying if too much water has gone inside our ears. But then later on relaxing a bit as we realize it isn't so bad after all. How we admire the beauty of the bright blue sky, and wonder why we don't look up enough on most days.

How the sun touches our skin, and lends us its golden glow. How the smell of the sunscreen on our skin makes us feel invincible under the sun.

How we look forward to the rising and the setting of the sun, how this big ball of yellow seems so close and within reach, saying hello and bidding good bye to mark the days of the year.

How we feel the waves pushing and pulling our bodies away and towards the shore, how the oncoming wave looks bigger than it last did, and crashes onto us. How we are fascinated by seeing the waves, sparkling and gleaming against the sun, how it all seems so endlessboundless, and infinite. And perhaps we feel the same way, in which we feel anything is possible, even for one moment.

I can almost see, feel, and hear it all, and I hope you can, too.

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How was your week, dear reader? I hope you are safe and sound, and that your weekend was restful. Thank you for your time with me on here!


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18 comments

  1. This is lovely. Your music reminded me more of The Sims rather than Final Fantasy! I wish I could go take a vacation away from home soon and just enjoy the beach, it feels very nostalgic. Just the sound of the waves feels therapeutic already. Anyway, have a great week Anna! 😊💕

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    1. Thank you Ann! Bossa Nova is such a vibe. I'm with you in missing the beach; that's where I'd like to be, even just once, this year. I would be so happy seeing all the blues and having the sand under my feeeet. Hope you're having a great week as well ;) <3

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  2. I agree with you about the naming. Social distancing sounds like we don't want to talk to people at all. I mean ever thought about social media? We are still interacting. Not really social distancing if I am still interacting with someone, even virtually! It is so cool that you guys got to create music together! Been seeing this a lot and it's amazing! Great job, love the video!!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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    1. Virtual interactions count as social, right? Naming conventions can really affect the way we see things. Music collaborations done online can be satisfying once everything's been put together, definitely! Thank you Nancy for your time with me on here ~

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  3. Oh wow these beaches look so lovely! I'd love to spend time on a beach right now xo

    Gemma | Makeup Muddle

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    1. Same here Gemma!! Thanks for your time here with me :)

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  4. Wow I love that you are playing music together over video chats, it's a great way to stay connected and be creative! ♡

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    1. We individually recorded ourselves, then our friend compiled everyone's records, and it turned out quite nicely :) Thank you for your time dear!!

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  5. Great job on the melody of A Happy Bossa, Anna! A true wind player. Wish we had played together during orchestra days in Uni.

    Sher | simplysherlyn.blogspot.com

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    1. I honestly didn't think I would pass the auditions! It was a good experience nonetheless. I hope we get to play together someday ;)

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  6. I absolutely love your writing! I love the point you made that this isn't necessarily a social distancing, but a physical distancing. More than anything it's forcing us to be creative in making connections with others and is showing the true value of community. <3

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    1. Truly, truly Hannah! Can't agree more; we find ways to reach out especially in this unique time. Thank you for your time with me :")

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  7. That's so cool how you all are playing music together over video chat! It's such a lovely and creative way to connect. I'll have to try something similar with my friends too!

    https://sundaydahlias.com

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    1. It is indeed really fun to make music together, especially in our setting now. :) I'm excited with how it sounds after everything's been compiled, it's like everything coming together, falling into place. Thanks for your time on here!

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  8. I hate being under the sun but I wish I could go out now, swimming or just chilling while watching sunset.

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    1. I embrace the heat of the sun especially on beach days, but not very much when I'm outside on a regular day.. I don't like sweating right after my shower :))
      Watching the sun rise and set though, it's a sight to behold each time! Thanks for your time with me on here, Rasya :)

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  9. How I wish I could visit the beach again. Keep safe!

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    1. Same feels here, Reina. But we will, some day, and it's going to be the best feeling when we do so! Thank you for dropping by :)

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