Year is running out

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This year is running out, and there is still so much to do! Finishing projects and fixing things in a hurry doesn’t seem to be neither productive nor satisfying. Sometimes the front looks OK, but the back tells another story… like in this picture… Well, lets don’t press too hard on ourselves: it might take years to realize that some things look better unfinished. 

There is something I call perfection, though. It is a video clip that I share every Christmas. When I watch this video, I feel like everything falls into place; my questions and my doubts get a perfect answer; vanity dissolves; harmony returns. Music and Art are perfectly woven together, and I am sure you will enjoy watching and listening to it, all of you, regardless of your age, religion or familiarity with arts.

Mike Masse is a former attorney who began performing once a month at the Pie Pizzeria in Salt Lake City in 1993, and did it until recent years when he moved to Colorado with his family. Now he is a full-time musician, performing in different states. Check out his  web site  : there is his gig schedule, and you might find him near where you live.

Mike also performs live with the former members of the band Boston, Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian. Here is a great piece, More Than  A Feeling (1976) for you to enjoy.

This is a fantastic acoustic cover of Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” performed by Mike Masse & Jenny Oaks Baker.

So, it is what I am doing today instead of “finishing and fixing” 🙂 I am listening to the music I enjoy.

This is Dublin in December.

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This is an old farmstead in the mountains.

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I love Irish music. Its roots go back to the medieval times, and one of the best examples is Wexford Carol. You can listen to this traditional Irish Christmas song sang by The Palestrina Choir of St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin.

Listening to the beloved hymn, I think about the coming year 2015. I cannot believe I have lived so long, but I don’t mind to keep on living.

The year 2014 has been both successful and devastating. They say 2015 will give us a break.  We will see. There is a song  I really like: Muse, Time is running out,  from their best album Absolution.  It is difficult to say what the song is about: Matt Bellamy himself is not sure…

Matt Bellamy: “It’s just about feeling that the last moments of your life are running out and… it’s more about the emotion itself: being suffocated, feeling that your last chance is being taken away from you by something that’s outside of your own power, and you can apply that to society, a relationship, your religion or whatever”

I like the song, but it makes me feel uneasy when I think it might be about something that is coming – something that is outside our power and control; something that can affect us in a bad way. So, may be lets think that it is simply about a mad love with a woman of destiny 🙂

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What  I really want to say  –  the truth of the matter is that the time is truly running out. Gradually.

Thank you for listening to this very different selection of music with me!

Tip of the day: This holidays, take some photographs that are out of your usual genre. Discover yourself 🙂

inesemjphotographyHave a great weekend!

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    1. I have two accounts… One will have to go… So sad! It is the best community of true friends ever. Thankfully, I have some folks on my facebook and Twitter. Golden days of Panoramio are long gone, to be honest… I hope that Eduardo will unite us again 🙂

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      1. that would be nice.. will you transfer your photos to Google Views…. wonder what other people are doing – its nice to think photos are still there but wonder as technology improves, older photos could look like postcards from another time

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        1. Exactly! Losing these images is like losing a part of history. I know that they are all around the internet by now, still, it was great to see them in one place. I will preserve my first account for sure.

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        2. Need some advice … i connected my Panoramio account to Google+ but cant see them on Google Views .. do you know the process.. is there something i need to do or do they do it?

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        3. Unfortunately you cannot see them in Google +… Right now this function is disabled. I added to Google + last year when they first closed Panoramio for a couple of days. I totally dislike it and don’t see any good in it. The same senseless “followings”… ah well. I think that when they close Panoramio in June, our pages will still be there intact, just accessible from your Google + account instead. They should keep them if they want to keep Google Earth running. So, just wait until June.

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  1. Inese – You’ve hit upon a universal theme with your many followers.
    I love the opening photo. I simply sat for what seemed like a very long time for me and lost myself in the background. So many places I look, rather it be a photograph or real life, don’t seem to have a space for me to pause and simply breath.
    I too have felt that need to push, to rush and have felt disoriented instead. I’ve found it hard to concentrate on any one thing and am frustrated I haven’t accomplished any one thing I wanted to do over my blog break. I told Tom just last night I’d never felt so rushed in my entire life and it had to be self-imposed somehow. After all those years when I worked 80 or more hours a week and took care of him also — nothing adds up.
    I’m looking forward to more of your great blogs next year. You have made a remarkable place for yourself here in blogland.
    Merry Christmas.

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    1. Sheri – Thank you for your always kind words. I think that you don’t really know how to take a break :). You have never had a chance to learn this lazy skill. Especially in the end of the year it seems like the time is getting crazy and disappears like the water down the drain. Try to take another break in January: may be it is going to work out better.
      Hugs and best wishes for 2015!
      Inese

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        1. Sheri – Thank you so much for these kind words! Take a break, enjoy the time with your guest. I have already taken some three breaks – so much to do – and you know, we will be here when you are back again.
          My warmest wishes to you!

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  2. I just love the pix, Inese. The first, Dublin, and the girls are lovely, too. But you won’t be fretting on your death bed, “If only I’d taken more shots of those girls.”

    Glad you seized the music of the moment.

    Diana

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  3. This year for sure is been great year for me. Started blogging.. met many lovely person here.. and so much more including you! Accomplished many things and many on the list for 2015. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! 🙂

    Be Bettr, Stay Bettr! Hugs!!
    Swetank. 😀 😀

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    1. Thank you Swetank! I am glad that you look back and see a well-spent time.
      I wish you to enjoy your 2015, and to come back to me and report that it was fantastic and a true success 🙂
      Merry Christmas and all the other wonderful Holidays that are on the way!
      Hugs! Stay Bettr! 🙂

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  4. Great post, I like your wisdom when you say: “What I really want to say – the truth of the matter is that the time is truly running out. Gradually.” Very wise, and each new year is a reminder of that, isn’t it. Thanks for all the artwork and music shared.

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    1. Maria – thank you for your kind comment! Every year seems so long when it lies ahead, and so short when we look back. Another precious year of our life is gone, and regardless of it being good or bad, it is still a huge part of the time we are entitled to. I think it is the reason why I accelerate my life instead of calming down at my age 🙂
      I wish you peace and good people to love you, to stand by you, and to enjoy your time together 🙂

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  5. I know what you mean about the feeling (that time is running out). Can’t really explain it but I feel it too. It’s a great idea to take time to pause from all the business (hard as that seems) sometimes it’s as if something is blowing in the wind and we have to stop to hear it. Thoroughly enjoyed the first audio (love that carol!) Didn’t have time to listen to the others (school pick ups must be done) but thanks for sharing your thoughts and music. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and peace and joy in the year to come.

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    1. Thank you so much, Claire! Hope your school gets sorted out this week and you will enjoy the peace of Christmas and the fun of New Year celebrations. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed that all my efforts seem to have no effect at all. Then, in despair and rebellion, I just take a book of fiction and read all the evening, or listen to the music I love. This way, I guess, I am recharging my ‘batteries’ , and the following day everything is just flying 🙂
      Happy Christmas to you, and a great New Year! May all the best things and all the best people come your way.

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  6. Beautiful post! I love the way you combine awesome music and images. They are completing each others. Sometimes we need a break from our busy days..gosh, especially near to Christmas and New Years..gosh, somehow everything double busy! 😀 Wishing you a wonderful Christmas with your family and beautiful New Year celebration! Hugs and best wishes from Rotterdam!

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    1. Thank you so much, Indah! I too don’t know how it happens that everything has to be done in such a short time, and yes, it feels like it doubles these days 🙂 My very best wishes of happiness to you and everyone you love!

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  7. Thanks so much for the post…Sometimes it’s precisely when we don’t have time that we need to stop and take stock…otherwise we might miss everything in the rush…And thanks for the music….

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  8. What deep reflections on time, as told with the supports of photography, music and video. Not only is the year running out, as you gently explain, but the lifetimes are too. I am glad you are enjoying the music rather than doing ‘fixing’ tasks as we all need time to relax and delight in the moment 🙂 Beautiful post, Ines!

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  9. Dear Inese!.
    Beautiful post… I listened to the first video song you added over here and I absolutely like it!. The photo-gallery is stunning as always.
    I am so glad we met in Blogland this year!. Let’s keep it up next year, shall we? ❤ Sending you and yours all my best wishes for this Holiday season. Aquileana 😀

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  10. I like what you said about leaving things unfinished. I was always pushed, as a child, to finish what I started, so when I grew up, I gave myself permission to leave things unfinished if I felt like it. And I usually go back to it later, when I do feel like it.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Ann! You are so right! Pushing doesn’t work well in some situations. Sometimes it also happens with me that when I go back, I see that it was not worth finishing 🙂 We have to give ourselves time.

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  11. Beautiful photos and music, thank you and the very best of wishes for you this Christmas and for the new year.
    PS: One of my long-time absolutely greatest favourite songs is Carrickfergus.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Merry Christmas to you too, and a happy New Year! So glad that you love this Irish song. I was in Carrickfergus this summer and sure I was humming the tune all the way:)

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  12. Another lovely post, Inese. Beautiful music and photos. But i know what you mean, feeling that time is running out. I wanted to accomplish so very much more by now with my writing. Instead of creating, i’m bogged down with worries about uncontrollable things at the job that actually pays for the roof over my head… You aren’t alone in that boat. Hugs!

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    1. Oh Teagan, I know it so well… Example: I got your book a while ago, and haven’t started reading it because I haven’t finished the previous one 😦 No time!!!!!
      Hugs!

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