Some music and photography here to sweeten your day.
Talk to you soon!
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.
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.
This is an old farmstead in the mountains.
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 🙂
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 🙂
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.
I am eternally grateful for having her in my life.
This is my Mother.
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.
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 🙂
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.