“Don’t look with yearning at the road…”

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I took this photograph in 2007. Since then, I have passed the place numerous times but for some reason have never stopped for a picture again. People take beautiful images of this place from Spring to Autumn, but all I have is this one and a few more – all gloomy and joyless.

Photography is scarce in the end of November.

In Tchaikovsky Album The Seasons, the piece of music written in E major for November is very light and cheerful.  It has always surprised me, because November has never been my favorite, and nothing cheers me up when I think of November.  If you don’t mind, let’s listen first. I intentionally use this unprofessional performance: a young girl, Sophia, reminds me of myself.

Tchaikovsky,  Les Saisons, Novembre,Troïka .

Troika is a sled drawn by three horses,  a very symbolic image for Russia. They must have had plenty of snow in Russia in November back in the 19th century. So I also heard about Ireland.

Russian publisher Nikolay Bernard, the one who commissioned Tchaikovsky to write The Seasons,  suggested a subtitle for each month’s piece. Tchaikovsky accepted all of Bernard’s subtitles. You will be surprised to learn what this cheerful, jingle-bell-ish piece of music has for a subtitle:

Don’t look with yearning at the road,

And don’t rush after the troika.

Suppress and stifle the dreary dismay in your heart for good.

This is a poem by Nikolay Nekrasov depicting a sad destiny of Russian women in the 19th century. Looks like Tchaikovsky didn’t care…

But I love his music, and want to share another sweet piece – a waltz performed by Brigitte Engerer.

Tchaikovsky – Sentimental Waltz Op. 51, No. 6 – Brigitte Engerer

This is my Tutor Edite Kampe and I, many years ago, graduating after 7 years in the Music School.

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I am eternally grateful for having her in my life.

This is my Mother.

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I want to share another piece of music, a polka that accompanied my every birthday party until I became 12 and put a full stop on this sort of dancing… There are simply brilliant interpretations of this piece – you can look out in Youtube – but I have chosen this one, for an obvious reason… Thank you Mom

Rachmaninov – La Polka Italienne – Anna Hetmanova & Anastasia Pozdniakova.

I am grateful for my family and my music tutors who helped me make Music a part of my life forever.

I found this lonely rose in Kilkenny park. Must be the last one.  On my way home I was listening to The Seasons and smiled recalling my Music School days. I wish everybody had similar experience in their life. I am so blessed.

rose

Give your children and grand children opportunity to study music. Don’t be frustrated if you fail to raise a Mozart. It is not about career. At least, they will know what concert they really want to attend, or what music is played  when a carousel goes around 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving! Give thanks for all you have! You can always have even more.  Look for the best gifts,  create,  grow. Don’t let the life pass  by like troika in that poem 🙂 Enjoy and use your  blessings.

Photography tip of the day: Show motion, use slower shutter speed.

inesemjphotographyHave a great weekend!

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    1. Great news! If you don’t want to travel far from Dublin, I would recommend some cliff walks in Howth (http://www.discoverireland.ie/Activities-Adventure/cliff-path-loop/71514) and Bray ( http://visitwicklow.ie/activities/the-cliff-walk-bray-to-greystones/). Malahide Castle and Park is a beautiful place also. All three locations can be reached by a city bus, which is inexpensive. Great Fish&Chips in Howth, my favorite 🙂 Powercourt gardens is a lovely place – also on a city bus route. What way are you going to drive South? There are many attractions and spectacular views.

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      1. We are taking a tour, two days in Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and Killarney, Shellig and Ring of Kerry, Blaney and Waterford, Wales and Cardiff Castle, Bath and Stonehenge, and London for one day.

        I’m trying to talk my friend into taking an extra day in Dublin so we can see some of the town outside of the tourist spots.

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        1. Is it a booked tour you are taking, or you are driving yourself? Would be great to take a boat trip to the Cliffs. Check out my post about that tour. Ring of Kerry takes just some 3-4 hours, so you can look around for something else to see. If you go to Blarney, visit Cork. What do you want to see in Waterford? Check out Cashel – the Rock of Cashel. You might like it.

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      2. My friend is a crystal collector and wants to go to a glass factory there. We aren’t driving but I don’t mind doing cabs or local buses to get places. We are meeting with the travel agents next weekend so everything’s still a bit up in the air.

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        1. The factory is closed, there is only a workshop for tourists. I have never been there… The factory was fun though. They closed and moved to a new building in the city centre, totally touristic. Let me know how the meeting with the agent goes.

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        1. Well, they put the Cliffs and Killarney in one trip… check out the map, they are miles away. Blarney castle is a short stop – they just want you to shop :))) Same the Crystal place. Trinity library and the book of Kells is a great place to see. I would better go to Kilkenny Castle instead of blarney. but probably Kilkenny is not on the way. Ah, you will like everything anyway 🙂

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      1. We can customize the trip which is why I was asking 😉 I’ll take the options with me when I meet w the agents. I’m expecting tourist fluff and hope to dodge some of it by escaping the buses at a few points.

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        1. Good they let you to customize. Like if you go to the Cliffs in the afternoon, you can stay in some fun place like Doolin and listen to Irish folk music all the night 🙂

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  1. I already love your Blog. I’/m out in Korea now,then home for 8 months then to China. With photos, stories and just a great feel, your BLog truly rises above the pack. Nice work.

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  2. I loved the “unprofessional” performance – she played it well I thought. I kind of like November, especially because of Thanksgiving. We had over 12 inches of snow and went skiing in northern Wisconsin over the holiday this year. It was wonderful. And you do have a beautiful picture of your mother.

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  3. Thank you for sharing these memories and the special photos and music from your life that accompany them. I agree. Music is such a blessing for children and a benefit for their development. I can see that now as my own children grow up with music in their lives. Beautiful post (as usual 🙂 )

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  4. An impressive post. Very poignant, starting with Tchaikovsky and the story behind the Fours seasons and going forward into your deep insights regarding Life itself….
    Beautiful photographs, as well… your mother made me think me of a famous actress. Gorgeous portrait, dear Inese…
    Thanks for sharing ❤
    Sending you all my best wishes!. Aquileana 😀

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    1. Thank you dear friend! My Mom was a pretty lady indeed 🙂
      Because of my being busy lately I only can post once a week… I would love to share something special, but my life is so sickly busy and mundane … 😦 I only hope for some nice changes on Christmas:)

      My the very best wishes! Have a happy and productive week!
      Inese

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  5. What a lovely story! Your mother is beautiful and lovely musics that you learned. You were so lucky to be raised with music like that and even can play music instrument! I can’t play any music instruments but I do enjoy such wonderful music..thank you so much for sharing..hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Indah! Music is a language everyone understands. I am not practising too often, but I do some accompaniment job for a choir and occasionally for a soloist. It is like a bicycle – once you learn… 🙂
      I have never learned to swim properly. I admire those who swim.
      Have a wonderful weekend you too! 🙂

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  6. Such a lovely post. I always had a love of music and had a chance for some lessons when I was 10. It has stayed with me. I agree with you that everyone should at least have an introduction to music — reading it, playing it… It enhances and enriches.

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  7. I didn’t know about your musical training either. I never had any, I simply enjoy listening. I’m happy you have so great memories and so affection for your time learning. Nobody can take it away from you. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Teagan’s ‘Atonement, Tennessee’. I did!

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    1. You girls are so gifted! I am finishing the Green Lady, then goes Atonement, and then I will look around for more books.
      My musical training lasted only seven years, but the subjects like History of Music gave me a lot. And also, discipline and responsibility. I wish all young people had learned these two 🙂

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  8. Hello! Long time no pass through your blog, well long time…over a week or so.

    I did heard that great poets came from Russia, seems the guy who told me that was right, plus the vodka 😉

    It also seems that great music can also be found there in mother Russia, plus caviar.
    Now that I think about it no wonder great writers and composers of music come from Russia they have the caviar and vodka. Great sources of inspiration.

    The first picture again for me is a hunted one, but in a beautiful way.

    P.S And your mother looks gorgeous in the picture.

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    1. Thank you, friend! I haven’t been reading your page a week or so, but did it yesterday night. You shine as always.
      Russia is past her best days, I am afraid… I blame vodka, as one of the factors…
      Have no credible data on caviar though.
      Have a great weekend, be good!

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  9. I agree with you about November! I do enjoy Thanksgiving, though. It is a day to contemplate what is good in life and in the world rather than complain about what is wrong.

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  10. I hope you have had a lovely day, Inese. Thank you for the beautiful music (the first one is all the more lovely for being “not professional”) and for the photos. I enjoy seeing old pictures. Though it’s worlds away from Tchaikovsky i was on a parallel flight of fantasy just now. A beautifully detailed sketch from another blogger of a southern mansion put “Tara’s Theme” in my head and i finally had to go play it.
    Hugs galore.

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    1. Thank you for reading! It is amazing how different composers and different pieces of music seem to fit perfectly with particular day and particular mood.
      Start reading your Atonement Monday 🙂 Cant wait:)
      Hugs!

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  11. I love Tchaikovsky and didn’t know that side of you. I took piano lessons so playing instruments is not completely foreign to me. I had a very demanding teacher who came from a family of pianists. I still don’t know to this day whether her extreme expectations and demands made me not continue to pursue playing the piano. I was not a Mozart although she kept on saying that I did have the hands of a pianist. What a disappointment for my family when I refused to attend the classes. Yet I am forever grateful for my early experiences with music. Beautiful post.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your story, Maria! Sorry they pressed too hard on you, but from the other hand – I wish they pressed harder on me, may be I would go to the college if the did… No one ever knows. What is for sure – music has enriched our lives anyway 🙂

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